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Norma Kamali's Wide Range of Swimwear for Summer



    Norma Kamali, Norma Kamali for Wal-Mart

    Norma Kamali swimwear offers shockingly similar styles for vastly different prices, if you know where to look.

    Couture Snob tipped us off to the parallels between the full-priced Bill swimsuit (a retro-style jersey one-piece you may recognize from Miranda's poolside waxing conversation in the Sex and the City movie) and Norma Kamali's Bandeau Tankini Top for Wal-Mart (nearly identical neckline and straps, but in a two-piece), but while the Bill will put you back $385, the latter top, with a corresponding bottom, costs a mere $30. 

    That's quite the stark contrast, but Norma Kamali's incredibly retail-savvy: For all those shoppers in the in-between range, there's her eBay collection of swimsuits between $155-$165 for maillots and bikinis hovering just around the $200 range.

    The common thread between all Kamali's lines lies in the vintage-inspired silhouettes and attention to fashion and practicality, so snagging one for yourself is essentially a matter of name-your-price.