The Walmart Free Assembly brand arrived in 2020 — when most of us were wearing top joggers with work blouses every day. In the launch release, Walmart SVP Dennis Incandella described Free Assembly as, “a modern fashion brand that offers sophisticated style essentials at an incredible value.”
As much as I want to say, “We’ve heard that one before“I have to admit that Free Assembly is rising to the challenge — even now in 2022, two years after launch. Here’s what I love about this Walmart fashion brand in a nutshell: The styles are classic with a hint of trendy, the price point is low, and most of the reviews are very positive.
Overall reviews indicate that only a proportionally small number of dresses missed the mark with buyers. Poor fit was the most common complaint I saw, and that’s not surprising. Budget brands often have trouble creating pieces that consistently fit well.
Surprises me how many free assembly pieces I want to buy. Below are nine of my favorites from the Fall 2022 collection, along with tips on how I’ll wear them.
1. Baby jacket
For $37, this cute patterned denim jacket is a refreshing change of pace from the usual dark fall tones. It also fits right in with the trend of oversized shirts hanging around this season. You can layer Free Assembly’s medium-weight denim jacket over any casual-to-mid-range outfit for instant style.
Customers love this piece, rating it 4.4 out of 5 stars
2. Belted Cardigan
Here’s how you breathe new life into a wardrobe staple like a cardigan. Block some color and add a belt and collar. Now your cardigan is a sexy warm-weather piece that wears well over skinny pants and pencil skirts.
Free assembly belted cardigan sizes in this color palette are selling fast, so you’ll need to act fast. Alternatively, you can grab the same style in red. Both cost $26.
3. Utility Dress
The fatigue jacket has quietly become a fall fashion staple over the past few years. Free Assembly takes the trend to the next level by turning it into a garment.
Wear this utility dress yourself in early fall. As the weather turns colder, feel free to transition the outfit into outerwear. Wear it as a light jacket over any casual outfit with or without a belt. You can’t beat that versatility for a friendly price tag of $36.
4. Midi sweater dress
has fallen The Wear seasonal sweater dresses. And Free Assembly’s midi sweater dress is a standout choice. The fit-and-flare shape is so flattering and the red pops beautifully against the white pattern.
Add a blazer and kitten heels to make it a work outfit. Or wear heeled sandals and let your hair down for date night.
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5. Puffer jacket
A machine-washable puffer jacket made of recycled material in a rich navy color for $50? Yes! I’m surprised I don’t see more women wearing Free Assembly puffers around town. Maybe this affordable coat will start popping up everywhere as the weather gets colder.
If you don’t like navy, this style is also available in black, red, green, camel and off-white.
6. Top jacket
I’m always on the lookout for cute tops that don’t require too much effort. Free Assembly’s blouson top in optic white fits right into that category, thanks to pleats at the neck and pretty eyelets on the sleeves. The top contrasts nicely with the denim, but would also wear nicely over gray or green crop pants (or skirts) for work.
The blouson top is on sale right now for $11, but sizes are selling out fast.
7. Crew neck top
This pink crew neck with pleated sleeves is more classy than a t-shirt, but just as simple Slip it over jeans for a polished casual-day outfit. Sneakers will do if you’re running errands. Or, reach for your best ankle boots to dress things up.
The puffy sleeves of this top don’t work well with outer layers – but you can wear a fitted long-sleeve top underneath for extra warmth.
8. Cargo pants
Tired of jeans? An olive green cargo pant is just as versatile. Wear Free Assembly Cargo Pants with any top you usually team with jeans and it’s sure to be a hit. Boots and heels look divine with this pant style, but you can also wear flats or sneakers. If the pants feel too “military” add a cute bracelet for softness.
9. Cropped jeans
Add some flair to your denim look with Free Assembly’s high-rise, relaxed fit jeans. They blend comfort and style beautifully.
When making these jeans into an outfit, plan to balance out the wide leg with a fitted top. You can add a contrasting belt to define your waist.
How to try free assembly fashion
Walmart may not be your top pick for fashion retailers, but the Free Assembly line-up holds its own. (Walmart’s Eloquii Elements plus-size line and Scoop are also worth checking out.) To try the free assembly, lean into pieces that have ratings of 4 stars or higher. And avoid final clearance and non-returnable items—at least until you figure out how the free assembly sizes fit you.