I've been shopping at Walmart basically since birth, so I was thrilled when the retailer dropped not one, but two stylish new lines for women.
After all, Walmart isn't exactly known for trendy clothing, but these new lines could change all that. Retail insiders are dubbing the new look Walmarché, a play on Target's alias, Targét.
Both of Walmart's new clothing lines are inclusive: Time and Tru is a straight-size line that goes up to a size 3XL, while Terra and Sky starts at 14W and goes up to 30W. The lines are also made to be interchangeable for women who are straight-size on top but plus-size on the bottom.
After hearing this news, Kayla and I knew we had to try out the clothes.
Watch a video review below and keep scrolling for outfit photos and a full review.
For Kayla, who is an XL in tops, a size 16/18 in pants, and a 14/16 in dresses, Walmart's mix and match options solve an oft overlooked problem.
Meanwhile, as someone who doesn't want to splurge on spring items when the season comes and goes so quickly, I wanted to see if I could get cute looks for less. I'm a size medium in tops and sizes 8 to 10 in pants and dresses.
Kayla was challenged to go out of her comfort zone in the dress.
"It was not my typical style, but I do like it for spring," she noted. "I also liked the print and color. It was very bohemian."
Thanks to the adjustable waist, you can wear this cinched or as a flowy shift dress.
At just under $17, Kayla thought the peasant dress was definitely a steal.
"I feel like you could find something similar to this at Anthropologie and it would cost quadruple the price," Kayla said. Good quality and actually wearable? NICE.
As someone who exclusively wears dark colors year-round, I really liked the print on this Time and Tru peasant dress.
Although I loved the color, the hemline fell in a weird way.
The hemline seemed to go slightly up, which I wasn't prepared for! While Kayla felt comfortable with her Terra and Sky peasant dress' hemline, I would definitely need to be more conscious of the Time and Tru version.
The detail on this dress was pretty impressive, too, considering the $16.48 price tag.
From the tassels to the stretchy cuffs, the dress was both fierce and comfortable. I definitely could see myself going from wearing the dress with boots to work, and then dressing it up for a cocktail evening event with heels.
Kayla did like the length of the shirt dress, although she didn't like how much it wrinkled.
Still, she was a fan of the $18.84 price, as well as the color — mixing and matching accessories wouldn't be a challenge.
"I think the dark wash denim was a smart choice for this dress because it could be accessorized with almost anything," she said. "I would buy it if I didn’t have trouble with the sleeves!"
Overall, I felt very chic AND comfortable. However, if I was going to buy it, I would size down.
I tried a medium (size 8/10), and the waist was a little bit looser than I would've imagined. Also, the pants felt VERY long for someone who's five foot five inches — I'd be afraid to get the bottom of the jumpsuit dirty, so I'd probably need throw on some wedges if I was going to wear it.
Kayla thought the top was true-to-size in a size XL, but found the off-the-shoulder style challenging to wear.
"It was kind of annoying to wear off-the-shoulder because it wouldn’t stay in place due to the elastic and the material," Kayla said. Thankfully, the top could be worn as a regular scoop neck, which Kayla favored.
When Kayla tried the jeans in a size 18W, they didn't have the dreaded gap in the back!
As curvier girls know, jeans can usually cause a "gap" in the waistband, rather than being fitted throughout. So when Kayla saw that the jeans fit in the leg AND at the waistband, she was thrilled.
Underneath the distressed detail, there was stretchy fabric for customers with curvier thighs.
"The stretch made a big difference. I didn’t feel constrained at all!" Kayla noted. Finding jeans that give stretch and look fashionable is a challenge, especially in the plus-size market, so it's nice to see how the brand meshed fashion and function together.
After looking at the $21.92 price, Kayla was ready to immediately buy the jeans, but the Walmart party train wasn't over yet.
Kayla was a fan of the $10.94 price, and could see herself wearing this ruffled top to a variety of places.
"I would dress this up for work or wear it with jeans to hang out with friends," Kayla explained.
Although my face didn't show it, I thought the sleeves were pretty cool.
I thought the fabric would engulf me since it was so loose, but I actually liked the fit a lot. It was comfortable enough to the point where I could wear it all day and not be agitated by the elastic on the shoulders, but at the same time, it was fashionable enough that it didn't look like a plain T-shirt.
I was quite surprised at the fit of these skinny jeans, which I tried in a size 8.
The final item I tried on was the Time and Tru denim shorts in a size 8.
Denim shorts ($13.86, Walmart)
Everyone knows how tricky shorts can be. Shorts can often ride up in the middle, causing chafe city to happen. But thanks to the folded hemline, the shorts didn't really ride up. I liked the length of the shorts too, since they weren't booty shorts or Bermuda shorts.
Spending about $14 on shorts I'll only wear a few months out of the year sounds reasonable.
I'm willing to splurge on items that I'll regularly wear, but since it can snow well into the springtime months here in New York, I'm not really up to spending too much on shorts. If you're looking for basic shorts and don't mind distressed details, this pair is a good option.
Finally, both Kayla and I tried on the Time and Tru sandals, in sizes 7 and 10 respectively.
Time and Tru sandal ($9.88, Walmart)
I'm a fan of braided sandals in general so I was really excited to try them on, but we both had issues with fit at first. It was tight around our feet, and for Kayla, it was difficult to fasten initially. However, after breaking them in, they seemed to fit a lot better and we felt more positive about them.
Final thoughts: Having interchangeable lines at one store is a smart choice that we hope more brands will incorporate.
With the similarities in price, design, and quality between the two brands, straight-size and plus-size customers can have a more equal shopping experience. "It’s so smart to have both straight and plus sizes in one place, especially with a consistent aesthetic," Kayla said. "It was so easy to mix and match the brands and all of the clothing items were pretty true to size."
However, Kayla would've liked some of the pieces to be more trendy. "Moving forward, I think the brands should incorporate a larger variety of trends, maybe a little more aspects of current street style," Kayla said.
Still, this was a minor downside. Although this is just the beginning of these two brands, I'm already planning my fall wardrobe. The Walmart lines are definitely Revelist-approved.