Retail Recon: Uniqlo
Happy Friday, everyone!
This week, I was able to stop by Uniqlo!
This is a very reasonably priced Japanese brand that has finally made its way to the West coast! I have to say I was quite impressed.
The items I was most inerested to try on were from their Heattech line, which is made of a special fabric designed to retain body heat as well as somehow convert moisture into additional heat. I am sure most of you have already heard of it, but maybe some of you SoCal kids like me have been afraid to order them without being able to try them on.
The store keeps most of their Heattech in plastic packaging, but they do have samples at the racks as well as their Bra Tops hanging to try on. Here I am wearing the Bra Top in black. Unfortunately the photos of the top alone are too terrible to share (I don't have much shame, but it is there). Despite the built-in bra providing nice headlight coverage, I would definitely not wear the standard Heattech as a stand-alone piece unless you are super duper proud of your midsection. This makes sense, because a garment traps heat body if it fits close to the body. I did, however feel that the fabric was comfortable, breathable, and soft (not some weird polyester-scratchy-sticky-microfiber thing like I feared). I would definitely use them for layering. True to the size chart, I sized up to a M from my usual department store size (S).
Ultra Light Down
I was also impressed to see that the Ultra Light Down jackets, coats, and vests were... ultra light! Lighter than most other down jackets I've felt, and crazily compressible. I was in love with the green color option, however it is cut for a much longer torso (or less prominent backside) than mine. Neither the S or M fit over my hip area, even though the S fit my bust with room to layer. I would have been tempted had one fit, because the jacket also features two inner slip pockets, a feature often missing on women's garments.
Ultra Stretch Denim
Definitely a favorite! Many of my clients long for a high rise jean with a slimmer fit than Not Your Daughter's Jeans (NYDJ), so I tried the high rise on this trip. I sized up from my normal denim size, and they are fantastically comfy, don't feel hot or itchy like many other budget jeans, and there was really minimal gaping at the waist (rare for a high waist and prominent rear combo). These are shown in the top row of the photo collage. I also really appreciated the high pocket placement on all the bottoms - really makes for a perkier look.
The bottom left photo shows the Heattech Legging Pant, and the two right bottom shots show the Heattech Courduroy pants. I preferred the Legging Pant for versatility, but I love the fit of the cords and will probably nab some Heattech jeans because of them (they did not have the jeans in stock, but they are available online). Once again, these are both comfy and soft, warm without feeling hot and itchy. I found the rise flattering as well, and I really appreciate the inner drawstring on the leggings- no annoying legging crotch creeping down throughout the day! I prefer a size up from my normal premium denim size once again - though in the case of the legging, I could have gone true to size for more of a legging legging look. I totally vote for a looser fit, though, so they can be worn as a dressier cigarette pant as well. Note that they are not as stretchy as a workout legging despite the close cut!
I also liked the:
Jeggings & Leggings
I was not a huge fan of the:
Japanese denim (didn't feel especially soft or look amazing)
Wool options (the linings felt cheap to me)
Sweaters (if you're going for a basic shape, it's better to invest in a high quality material that will feel better and last longer without pilling).