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Off the Rack: Walmart's Spring Fashion Fail

This past weekend I make a quick trip to Walmart to see what was new for spring in the fashion department, and I have to say I was pretty disappointed. There were a few cute things but nothing worth going out of your way to buy. The Miley Cyrus collection continues to be a surprising source of cute, cheap pieces like the pink ruffle cami (shown above), just $12. Pair it with jeans, some heels and a blazer and you have a respectable going-out look. Norma Kamali's line continues to baffle me - what's with the oversized sweatshirts, camo pants and kooky prints? I struggled to find 5 items suitable for sharing: A black trench ($35), black lightweight parka ($35), leopard wrap dress ($20), pinstripe shirtdress ($20) and striped v-neck tee. Norma Kamali for Walmart has really lost its steam and it's a darn shame.

Have you found any budget-fashion gems at Walmart recently?

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The Wal-mart closest to me doesn't even carry Norma Kamali anymore, and I think I barely see any of the Miley Cyrus stuff. It's funny, because I'll go to a Wal-mart maybe 5 miles away, and it's all there. Did you see any Ms. Tina items at your Wal-mart? I saw some pieces at the farther away Wal-mart, but didn't note anything spectacular...
#1 SJ on 2011-03-30 14:29 (Reply)
Same here, there are 3 Walmarts pretty close by but only one carries Norma Kamali. I have not seen any Miss Tina items yet in person, just online. Curious to hear what people think!
#1.1 The Budget Babe on 2011-03-30 14:48 (Reply)
The animal print dress from Norma fits horrible :-(! I wen't to get it and I was very dissapointed. I do like her pencil skirts! I am very dissapointed too that this season Walmart really didn't do anything!
#1.1.1 Pochy on 2011-03-30 16:22 (Reply)
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#1.1.2 mpjwctckd (Homepage) on 2011-04-11 15:13 (Reply)
i found a couple of NK pieces online- a leopard print tunic and a capri length jumpsuit. i'm happy with them. my local store doesn't have anything spectacular in them either.
#2 Niki Cheapskate (Homepage) on 2011-03-30 15:17 (Reply)
I totally agree. Haven't found anything this season and really didn't over the winter either.
#3 Kristin S (Homepage) on 2011-03-30 15:27 (Reply)
The biggest surprise I find is that sometimes the nicest stuff is from the Miley Cyrus line. Of course I have to buy X-Large just to get them to fit, but they are made of the best material, and they have the best cut. Wow, I never thought I would say those words.
#4 Kayla (Homepage) on 2011-03-30 15:45 (Reply)
I did find some cute riding boots ($20) and black skinny jeans ($12) over the winter at WalMart. Last summer they had some cute boatneck/drawstring tops for $8 and I got them in 4 colors as they hide the belly and accentuate the chest. The past month or so has been a disappointment, but i'm hoping they will keep adding more items.
#5 JCo on 2011-03-31 07:10 (Reply)
Eek. That pink blouse is the best option. Have to say that I think that leopard print is kind of hideous. Really hate a bad leopard print, and the striped tee and dress? Bad.
#6 Alyson (Homepage) on 2011-03-31 07:45 (Reply)
I found a very cute floral print dress -- Susie Rose brand -- the other day at my Walmart. I had been keeping an eye out for it actually after seeing it in (I believe) the latest issue of Glamour that I just received. was either Glamour or Redbook (I get a lot of mags...I'm addicted!! LOL). The dress was $16.00 & it really is cute. Wore it yesterday. I also bought a pair of black jeggins from the Ms. Tina line ($18.00 fit so cute I HAD to have them...& I don't do leggings or jeggings usually) & also a cute printed silky type dress (also Ms. Tina..$12.00). The Ms. Tina stuff I purchased in February.
#7 Nicole on 2011-03-31 07:57 (Reply)
PS. I have tried to love the NK stuff because I feel like...well...I should...but I don't.
#8 Nicole on 2011-03-31 07:58 (Reply)
Wow. Yeah. Aside from the cute pink camisole (which would maybe last the summer if I wore/washed it a lot)...I have to say it's uninspiring. Lately I've had much better deals on more quality clothing from NY&Co. as well as Express. With all the sales and coupons I receive it's hard to find decent deals elsewhere. Especially for work clothing.
#9 Jen on 2011-03-31 08:56 (Reply)
I have two of the NK convertible dresses (had to order them online because neither of my local stores carry this line) and the quality and versatility of both rocks! I missed out on the black tube dress and regret it terribly. From what I've seen (online), it looks like there are usually always a few standout pieces, a few great work basics and a few utterly unwearable items.

I find the Miley Cyrus line to be hit or miss, but love the ruffled pink camisole. The sizing is definitely for juniors though.
#10 Sara (Homepage) on 2011-03-31 09:10 (Reply)
My local Walmart no longer carries the Norma Kamali line nor Miley's line, and hasn't for over a year. Now the "closest" Walmart that carries Kamali and Miley (according to their online merchandise locator) is almost 20 miles away. It's baffling: they took the "designer" lines out of all the metro area Walmarts, and left them in stores out in the boondocks.
#11 Target-Addict (Homepage) on 2011-03-31 09:18 (Reply)
I took a quick look at the clothing section of my local Walmart recently, and absolutely nothing jumped out at me. I've seen far cuter offerings at Target. I also saw some pics today from the Selena Gomez and Audrina Patridge for Bongo spring lines at Kmart, and they look promising. I picked up a few tops from Kmart last fall based on the look book post here and I received more than a few compliments. I was pleasantly surprised at how many very budget-friendly pieces appealed to me.
#12 Sabrina on 2011-03-31 11:39 (Reply)
ED9OmY THX that's a great answer!
#12.1 Nona (Homepage) on 2011-04-10 10:06 (Reply)
Could you post some pic's on Selena Gomez and Audrina Patridge Sping lines
#13 mandy on 2011-03-31 12:28 (Reply)
check out this great blog that showcases chic outfits entirely by Walmart!
#14 desiree asher (Homepage) on 2011-03-31 16:13 (Reply)
I picked up the leopard print NK dress at Christmas time in grey/black and I do love it. Too bad that line has been so uninspired lately b/c I bought several dresses in the line and like them alot a couple are quite timeless and travel well. What also has been uninspired for a while is the George line! So disappointing for several years. Oh well. It was fun to get decent clothes cheap while it lasted! :-)
#15 Robin on 2011-04-01 10:58 (Reply)
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