The challenge? Head into Walmart to buy a wardrobe “must have” from thier selection and see what kind of outfit I was inspired to create.
I rarely buy myself clothes, so this sounded like a fun one! I set out with a must have goal in mind–a white button down shirt. I’m much heavier than I should/want to be right now, so my wardrobe is a bit scanty on things that fit well and look decent. A white button up shirt is a basic workhorse piece, and I’m without one that fits right now. That’s ok, because I found a silky white button up from White Stag, $12.94. That’s silky in texture, not “shimmer”. It fit just fine and I liked the casual rolled sleeve detail. The fabric is a bit thin, but that’s ok–it will work nicely in the summer and can be layered in the spring/fall.
So what inspired me after that? Well I saw these funky printed rayon pants from Faded Glory. I’m not usually a “pattern on my pants” kinda gal. I’m short (5’2″) and thick through the middle, so “loud” on the bottom seems wrong to me. I tried on a couple of pairs, and while the all over pattern didn’t work for me, the white, black and gray pattern that was sort of a vertical stripe seemed to lengthen me a bit. Plus they are seriously like wearing pajama bottoms. COMFY. And just $12.94–for that price if I’m not brave enough to wear them very often or the style changes quickly I won’t feel too bad.
So that’s an outfit for about $26. You can spend more than that on a single pair of pants.
Now white shirt and patterned pants is an outfit right there, but I like to have options. I picked up a black Faded Glory crew tee and a white sleeveless shirt with an embroidered/lacy detail around the neck.
Now I had the basic pieces, but they were kind of boring. Black, white and gray. I needed something to jazz it up a bit. I happened to wander through the purse section and saw these SUPER cute bags from Kathy Van Zeeland. Who knew she had a Walmart line? Her bags can run $100 or more other places (I know because I googled the brand when I got home) but Walmart’s value priced line is around $35. Yeah, I know, that’s more than I spent on the rest of the outfit, but it’s so cute!
I also wanted a pop around the neckline–so I checked out the variety of statement necklaces available. Some of them are on clearance right now (and I happen to know from our trip to Walmart last fall that there are new statement pieces on the way!) and I grabbed a blue one that I thought was just right for only $1!
So here are the outfits I came up with using my new pieces. The first is my favorite with the black tee underneath and the blue necklace. But any of them work and could be worn out shopping, to a business casual meeting, or even to church. I can add a different necklace, statement earrings, an infinity scarf, or pop on a brightly colored top from things I already own. Lots of versatility.
Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.