I recently achieved a new personal best: I left the house in quadruple Uniqlo.
Genius drapey jersey pants (navy blue). Navy blue cashmere crew neck. Ultralight down gilet. Navy blue fleece pea coat.
With a vintage navy and white polka dot silk square and my New Balance 420s (guess the colour) I felt the epitome of sports daywear chic. Also uniquely comfortable and warm.
And of course there was a designer bag and a serious watch to balance out the chain store plethora. Me-vintage Calvin Klein shades.
The Japanese brand first made inroads into my heart about eight years ago when I found the most amazing puffa ¾ length coat. In shiny black with an interesting cut is was smart enough to wear to Town in the coldest part of winter.
Then I got it to the till and discovered they were half price for one day only so I bought it in bronze as well. Under £40 each and I don’t think I’ve ever got more wear out of anything.
When something is that warm – and that light, with a stand up neck that keeps the wind off that vulnerable area – it instantly becomes your number one grab, every time you leave the house. Black for Town and bronze for Country, job done.
They also folds up into a comfy cushion which is great for travelling.
The next great discovery was jeans which actually fit me, because my body shape with skinny hips and thighs, but no discernible waist, is very difficult to trouser.
If I can do them up round my Mr Pickwick middle they flap around my hips and thighs in a most unattractive and unflattering manner. So imagine my joy on finding ultra dark indigo, proper denim, narrow straight legs, with rivets where there should be rivets (I won’t buy a jean that doesn’t have brass rivets at the hips). And £35.
Other scoops have included needlecord skinnies and brilliant grey skinny cargoes, but I’ve recently found actual TROUSERS in there which fit and flatter, which is like entering Narnia for me.
They do a cut called ‘smart’ which lifts and separates your butt-ocks and flattens your tum, so they’re pretty life changing, but better still are the heavy jersey ones, with side pockets and pleats – with waistbands of the same slightly stretch fabric. Yes. A virtual elasticated waist.
They are as comfortable as pyjamas, but look like tailored pants, with an edge of the current sports luxe. What a revelation. They will be so perfect for long haul.
On top of all those joys they do the best value cashmere in the world – they do lots of colours, but who cares? it’s black, navy and grey that I buy – with really good shapes in sweaters and cardies.
Then there is the astonishing ultralight down, which folds down smaller than an umbrella and is brilliant for layering under tailoring. Put it all together and you have the best value, best quality, best basics you can find.
Two caveats: the website drives me tonto, it’s so slow and the sizes are very unpredictable. So go to a shop, if you possibly can.
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