Last year, when we did our budget-friendly styling challenge, I remember my sister making mad fun of the parameters I chose for the challenge. I had specified that each piece we styled up must be under $100, and our entire outfit had to be under $250. Scotti rolled her eyes: “Give me a break, Shane, that’s not even hard!! I can do an entire outfit under $100…including accessories. Someday I’m going to send you into a Walmart with only $50….”
So when Walmart recently reached out, my sister’s voice was ringing in my ears. We’ve partnered with Walmart before, but typically it’s about furniture or home decor. That always felt like a genuine pairing, especially because Raines’ entire nursery had come from Walmart. (I had really wanted some crazy-expensive Swedish brand, but it was so freaking far out of our budget…and then Walmart had pieces like this, so…yeah. Easy decision. The fact that Raines never slept in that crib is a whole other story… #crazycosleepers.)
Anyway. Back to the Scotti Styling Challenge: Shana walks into a Walmart and comes out wearing….what?
Four Cute Outfits Under $60
Here’s the thing: I didn’t do accessories. I barely wear jewelry as it is, and while I’m not an it-bag girl, I am pretty picky about my bags. That whole category felt like too much to take on. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that Walmart has a plethora of cute tops (totally satisfying that Need For Something New to Wear to X) and….the biggest surprise of all….JEANS. I really, truly love the jeans I picked — both pairs. One is more of a nostalgic kind of love (you’ll see, haha) and one is just….pretty darn GOOD.
In general, I was really happy with the quality of the pieces, too. (Especially the Time and Tru brand — great stuff.)
The Top That Reminds Me of A Designer One
You may remember last winter I featured a top like this on Instagram…for several times the price of this one. Black, polka dots, ruffled sleeves — such an easy and cute top to throw on with jeans for the weekend or trousers for work. One of my favs from the shoot.
But these jeans!! They’re soft and easy to wear, the rise is nice and high, the bum is cute, and the wash is perfectly faded. Good job, Time and Tru. Wow. (Size up, though. I’m wearing a size 4. I also hacked several inches off to get the right crop.)
The shoes, also by Time and Tru, looked great, but I suggest sizing down. I ordered my regular size and I could have gone a half or full size smaller.
The One That Reminds Me of My Date Night Top
This top looks very much like one of my most-worn tops from a French brand. I wear it all winter long with black skinnies and my leather jacket – it’s basically my go-to for date night. This one is similar, but with a slightly more casual, slouchier fit.
The shoes have a comfortable, padded footbed, but the leather on top is a little stiff at first. They might need to be broken in.
Rainbows And Sneakers FOREVER
Did I mention that Walmart.com now carries Lord & Taylor? And this sweater, by Design Lab, is one of Lord & Taylor’s in-house brands. This sweater is the most expensive thing in this article, retailing for $30. But so cute, right? It’s almost sold out, but I’ve been really impressed with all of the Design Lab pieces.
PRO TIP: If you need to return a Lord & Taylor item you purchased from Walmart.com, use the return label provided with your order, and send your product back to Walmart. If you lose that return label, you’ll have to contact Walmart customer service via chat.
Remember Jordache Jeans?
Did anyone else wear Jordache jeans???? These were like the coolest thing in…elementary school? Maybe middle school? Anyway, it was right before GUESS came on the scene and made us all want dark eyeliner and big hair and to walk around topless in our GUESS jeans — BUT BEFORE THAT…Jordache.
I’m obsessed with the contrast stitching and just-so-slightly-faded dark wash. One note: these jeans are described as ‘super high waist’ but I would classify them as a good mid-rise.
I love the varying tones in the sweater, but it’s not the softest thing in the world. It’s not itchy, either, but let’s set expectations accordingly.
The shoes? I’m wearing with my thick wool socks, and they are both comfortable and chic. These look much more expensive than they are.
Shop The Shoot
For ease of shopping, here are the pieces featured!
A huge thank you to Walmart for sponsoring this post! It was really fun going through the inventory, and finding pieces I genuinely loved at seriously affordable prices. As always, all thoughts, opinions, and product choices are my own (or in this case, Scotti’s too). And readers, thank you for your continued support. It doesn’t go unnoticed, and is so very much appreciated.
photo credit: Peaberry Photography (Sam, SO nice working with you!)