Do You Uniqlo?

Posted in shopping advice by bluewellesleyblue on October 3, 2008

One of the best things about being in London for a school term is my new-found proximity to the Uniqlo stores dotted up and down Oxford Street. I need to stop converting all the British prices into their US dollar equivalents because at this rate I’ll never eat anything but whole wheat bread, cabbage, and whatever else is on sale in the produce section. While that is true for necessities like food and things-I-should-do like travel, it is not quite as true for unnecessary indulgences like clothes. With that in mind, the only places on the British high street that are also in my price range are Primark, H&M, and Uniqlo.

Alas, it seems like some of Uniqlo’s best and most creative items never make it to their UK stores. This, combined with what seems like strangely large sizing on their denim here, dampens my enthusiasm a bit. Still, I’ve bought two basic cardigans as well as a pair of black straight-leg jeans with a 30-inch inseam (just right for me!), and I’ve been getting a lot of wear out of all three. It wasn’t too pricey, even in USD, and all fill niches in my wardrobe that had gone unfilled for too long. The jeans run slightly big, but sometimes, you just want a pair that can never ever make you feel like you’re having a bloated day.

Anyway, being from the US, I’m no stranger to vanity sizing, which they don’t really do here. The smallest normal size is a 6 which at Uniqlo is a kind of generous US 4 but is a slim US 2 or so everywhere else I’ve tried bottoms.

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  1. great8productions said, on October 3, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Uniqlo has a pair of Selvedge jeans for men, something that H&M doesn’t. They are definitely outworking some of their counterparts.


  2. Tiffany said, on October 31, 2008 at 5:40 am

    Japanese brand? :O That’s pretty interesting.

  3. bluewellesleyblue said, on October 31, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Uniqlo denim is definitely pretty nice if its in the right fit. Can’t argue with the price at all, of course.

    Yeah, the simplicity I guess marks it as a Japanese thing? In both the UK and the States its pretty much only available in the one city – tragic.

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