Summer Shopping at Wally World

I teach classes on social welfare policy and at some point during the semester, my students and I talk about the socially unjust employment practices at Wal-Mart.  Many of my students choose to boycott shopping at Wal-Mart, and as a general rule, I do not shop there either.

Last year around this time, I was preparing for a trip home to St. Kitts, and was desperate for new swimwear.  I knew I wanted to spend very little because I rarely wear swimsuits.  I also wanted a chic one-piece.  While searching for a suit, I stumbled onto and found the following one shoulder, stripe swimsuit by Norma Kamali. I believe it retailed for about $9 too.  I took a chance despite mixed reviews (driven largely by issues around fit) and ordered it.  This swimsuit quickly became one of my favorites and still is!

Swimsuit—Normal Kamali for Wal-Mart

Since then, I occasionally browse the Norma Kamali collection on  Recently, I spotted a tube skirt with a striking tribal print on sale for $9.  Given my last amazing NK find, I did not hesitate to order it.  Besides, Wal-Mart’s shipping is only 97 cents.

The verdict.  The skirt’s print is quite striking in person, but the skirt is simply too short for my taste.  So, I won’t keep it.

Skirt—Normal Kamali for Wal-Mart, Tee—Max Studio via TJ Maxx, 

Blazer—Banana Republic, Shoes—Kelsi Dagger via Marshalls

Have you tried anything from the Norma Kamali or any other collection at Wal-Mart?


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  1. May 30, 2011 / 8:03 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the bathing suit. I think a one-piece one-shoulder is so chic, and the stripes make it even better! You look great in it!!
    I love the skirt also, what a shame that it didn't work out for you! I have browsed the Norma Kamali collection online too, and they always seem to have at least one really great piece I'm interested in but I haven't tried anything yet-you are making me get the feeling that I might have to soon!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. May 30, 2011 / 8:52 pm

    I despise Wal-Mart and swore last 4th of July weekend to never shop there again after a series of ridiculous customer-service related incidents by the mostly incompetent staff at my local store. That said, NK's line is pretty decent, I have a NK black blazer from 2009 that looks a lot more expensive than the $24 I paid for it. That suit is adorable on you!

  3. May 30, 2011 / 10:55 pm

    What did you do about the tan lines? The suit is cute.

  4. Annie
    May 31, 2011 / 12:31 am

    I do love the NK suit…Looks wonderful on you…I had browsed the NK line on Wally and have seen the skirt…too bad it is so short as it is a perfect piece to team with a black blouse or jacket…

  5. May 31, 2011 / 1:17 am

    Haha! We call it Wally Mart! I don't think that skirt is too short! I think it's perfect, and I love the Aztecish print on it!

    Live Life in Style

  6. May 31, 2011 / 2:51 am

    shorter than i wear too, but it really looks great on you!

  7. May 31, 2011 / 4:09 pm

    That skirt is a work of art, love it.

  8. Merita
    June 1, 2011 / 12:23 am

    Hey Psyche

    I love Wolly World, sorry. My favorite collection is George. I will look out for this line. I was telling my supervisor about your blog will show it to her tomorrow. I now know the url by heart 🙂

  9. June 1, 2011 / 12:08 pm

    Thanks @Life as Leah! We are on the same page regarding the one-piece one shoulder. I was so excited when I saw it on The good things is that shopping the collection online is easy because of the 97 cents shipping. You don't lose too much if a purchase doesn't work out.

    @Andi: Sorry to hear about your customer service experiences at your local store. I despise bad service. Your NK blazer sounds fabulous!!

    HAHAHA @Peacheslcg! The one shoulder does produce an interesting tan line. I don't recall too being bothered by it last year though.

    Right @Annie! That is exactly how I visualized it too. On the tall model, it looked short. I figured it had to be longer on my shorter self. But, with my hips and bottom, I was not getting much length out of that skirt. So, I just was not comfortable in it. It feels like it would ride up and I refuse to be pulling down all day.

    @Shasie: I love hearing all the 'affectionate' names for Wal-Mart! The print is definitely what drew me in.

    Thanks @Laura! I did reconsider after looking at the photos, but I know I would not be comfortable enough in it.

    Great way to describe it @Sing!

    Hey @Merita!! No need to apologize for the loving Wally World. I have not tried the George line yet. I have to talk to you about it. Thanks for sharing the blog with your co-worker!!