Bury my heart at Uniqlo

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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.

£59.90

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.

£39.90

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.

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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.

£49.90

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.

Note: this is not sponsored. None of my posts are sponsored. I’m an editorial girl and my opinions are not for sale.

33 Comments
  • Emma
    April 26, 2016

    Completely love uniglo too. I discovered it about 8yrs ago too. Like you I bought a very cosy ‘quilt’ coat that I wear a huge amount. It’s wonderful for children’s clothes too. Even my husband is a fan. He wears the sweatshirts and treated himself to a fantastic Jill sander coat a few years ago, which I now wear too. You are spot on about the website too. Not really a fan, but just can’t get to a shop, although there was a large branch open in Brighton years ago, but vanished as quickly as it appeared! 🙁

    • Maggie
      April 26, 2016

      I know – I was so cross about the Brighton shop. Now I go only to the flagship. It’s a hateful experience, the shops are awful, but worth it for the quality at the price.

  • Cat
    April 26, 2016

    I love uniqlo. Weirdly I sell my old Chanel items on eBay and then do a big shop on the Ines range at Uniqlo. Full circle fashion.

    • Maggie
      April 26, 2016

      LOVE that. That’s pretty much how I roll these days. I can’t be bothered carting around handbags which are dead weights with metal trimmings, or likely to get me mugged…

      • Cat
        April 26, 2016

        I lost my first and only Chanel bag to a mugging in Paddington Sydney. I turned the left over chain into a necklace. Uniqlo puffer jackets are essential if you spend the winter months standing around in parks with young children. There is that strange recognition of suitable dressing in many playgrounds. I am a Puffer Mum.

        • Maggie
          April 27, 2016

          eeek – how awful. I only ever wear mine to things like the races, or private events for exactly that reason. They are a liability…

  • Bernadette Green
    April 26, 2016

    Dear Maggie, they know what they’re doing, don’t they? I have to admit I have had only 2 flying visits into Quiqlo (1 in Sydney, 1 in London); the first thing I noticed was the quality of the knits on display. Great designs and quite finely crafted perfect for the office and beyond. I admit I haven’t actually purchased anything from Quiqlo yet but I know its only a matter of time. B

    • Maggie
      April 26, 2016

      I find the shops ghastly, but I tough it out for the quality of the merch…

  • Justine
    April 26, 2016

    Oh I love Uniqlo too! They just opened in my city (Brisbane) but before that I shopped on line like a mad person. Their heatech range of soft, thin and cozy thermals is stupendous and their airism underthings are fab. I’ve discovered wearing either a heatech scoop neck tee (Winter) or an airism (Summer) scoop neck tee under my Diane Von Furstenberg silk wrap dresses does away the dry cleaning need for ages. I agree Maggie their skinny jeans are genius for skinny hipped gals and so comfortable and cheap! Oh and their heatech leggings under jeans in the cold are excellent. Their Carine Roitfeltd silk tops too…beautiful. My 11 year old boy loves his jeans from Uniqlo. I just bought a leopard print polar fleece jumper for around the house. And it’s a good leopard print. I love you Uniqlo.

    • Maggie
      April 26, 2016

      You wear thermals… IN BRISBANE???!!! I’m maaaad about Heat Tech and wear it just as you do, as a garment, rather than a nana vest, but I didn’t mention it because I thought the concept would be alien to Aussies!

      • Justine
        April 26, 2016

        It’s the little heattech camisoles mostly that I wear in Brisbane, and the scoop neck tees. They’re excellent under say a silk blouse or cardigan or a dress for a bit of warmth as it does get cool enough here to need that, especially in the air con office. I haven’t found them too hot at all though I wouldn’t wear one on a hot summer day. I love their length as I can tuck them into pants/jeans and that gives good coverage. Also love they are so thin as there is never any seam or edge of the layer that is visible when tucking. Thanks for giving voice to Uniqlo! I had felt a little alone in my admiration!

        • Justine
          April 26, 2016

          Pps if only they did seamless stockings/tights/pantyhose so I could stop shelling out for Wolfords.

          • Maggie
            April 27, 2016

            I so agree with you about the Heat Tech – they are nice enough to be worn as a garment. I wear mine as yoga top when it’s cold. I agree on the tights, but I’ve got Wolfords I’ve been wearing for 15 years, so I don’t mind the outlay – they last better than most pants, but that’s the 40 denier opaques.

  • Anna
    April 26, 2016

    Greetings from Melbourne, where I have discovered Uniqlo only this year, but what a revelation it has been. In summer, nice cotton t-shirts for a tropical holiday and capri pants that actually fit. I have the opposite problem to you – big thighs, small waist – so I chuckled at your description of the joy of finding compliant trousers.
    Now we are in autumn, and the winter collection has not disappointed: a new knit jumper, 8 long-sleeve tops, and a pair of jeans (that fit!), all for under AUD 200.
    Now, to just convince my husband to switch over to Uniqlo for his one-stop-shop…

    • Maggie
      April 26, 2016

      I’m trying to get my husband to embrace it too – but he find the shops too trashy for him, which is a shame because I think the cashmere is fantastic. x

  • Wattleflatjane
    April 26, 2016

    Being rather rotund I gave up a while back on trying to shoehorn my bowl of jelly into their lovely gear. This was also compounded by a sarky sales cow smugly passing on the happy news that she was sure nothing in the Ines range would fit me. And I know that range was designed for ME!

    • Maggie
      April 26, 2016

      You are SO not rotund Miss Wattle! I think they’ve changed their sizes to fit more EUropean bodies, but perhaps the Aussie drop comes straight from the Japanese stock. I used to big extra large, but now I’m a small to medium. That’s why I mentioned the sizes. How long ago was that?

      • Anonymous
        April 27, 2016

        You are kind! It was a year or two ago, so perhaps things have changed. I will gird my loins and visit them again. xx

  • Gail
    April 26, 2016

    Sitting at my computer tonight wearing my comfy dark blue Uniqlo pants which I wear as pyjamas. I get heaps of wear out of their heattech and airism tops and enjoy their interesting printed teeshirts. I have comfortable Uniqlo jeans too. I mainly shop thrift but for new I like Uniqlo.

    • Maggie
      April 26, 2016

      Yes Heattech! I didn’t mention that as I thought the thermals aspect might be a foreign notion to the Aussie readers. I swear by them. My daughter loves the underwear.

  • Gay Bedini
    April 26, 2016

    I think we were separated at birth!

    Haven’t ventured into the jeans but love everything else and went wild with the Liberty print shirts, womens and mens. I typing this wearing navy loafers, jeans, navy jersey top, navy cashmere jumper and a Uniqlo down gilet (of which I have too many variations and colours to mention!)

  • jan logaan
    April 27, 2016

    I love your all navy Uniqlo look Maggie.
    You have ignited a desire in me to rush into their Sydney
    flagship store.

    • Maggie
      April 27, 2016

      Just to warn you – the shops are grim. So much merchandise, it can be hectic and a pain to find sizes, but I think it’s worth it. Let me know how you get on xxx

  • Lisa Rosen
    April 27, 2016

    Hi Maggie,
    I still have a little gift for you…but i need a postal address!
    It’s Bowie related…
    xxx

    • Maggie
      April 27, 2016

      Oh how lovely! I will email you.

  • Jonnatess
    April 27, 2016

    so glad to hear of you wearing all that navy and not a spot of black amongst it! I still cant do it even after your little pep talk at Mosman Library in Sydney

  • Lisa
    April 29, 2016

    Have just done an update to my winter wardrobe. Cashmere jumper/ cardi, jeans & coats. (Short to replace my older one & longer) Thanks for the inspiration 😊

  • Linda
    May 1, 2016

    Inspired by your post I dashed into the Sydney store and hey presto found just the thing for my upcoming Canada (brrrr) trip. The ultra light down black and white coat/jacket. It’s perfect and pops into its own little pack. Plus it has pockets! It was on special too. I’m happy. It was an XL and I’m a 16. It fitted fine with quite a flattering shape

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