This week in fashion is Uniqlo, a Japanese casual wear retailer. The brand largely focuses on basic daily wear instead of new trends on the market. This means you can find almost all your clothing needs here: from underwear to winter coats. The brand also offers a variety of fabrics with different price range, such as cotton, wool blend, fine merino wool, and cashmere.
With higher quality, comes higher price – that is to be expected. But in Uniqlo, you’re getting your money’s worth and more. The basic apparels are high quality and long-lasting – my supima cotton tees, which are quite affordable, still retain its shape and colour well even after years of wear. Unlike some other brands, most of Uniqlo’s clothing are also thick and durable enough to endure the harshness of tumble drying and other daily activities. Some of the features advertised feel gimmicky – I feel like my Heattech shirt, priced at $19.90, doesn’t really provide extra warmth as it promises – but it doesn’t bother me too much.
Uniqlo has both physical stores and online shopping website (offering free delivery for orders above $50). Online shopping might be your preferred way to purchase, especially if the physical stores are crowded. However, be mindful that Uniqlo uses CouriersPlease, a courier service with notorious reputation. Thankfully my experience has been alright so far (i.e. the package eventually arrived safely at my address). The return policy is not too bad either, with the options of returning in store or through post ($7 handling fee).
In conclusion, Uniqlo is a great shopping destination for casual, daily wear. If you have some more cash to spare, try their fancier fabric options; if not, even the cheap ones are great.
- Sells things you will actually wear on a day-to-day basis
- Value for money
- Practical returns policy
- Does not have the trendiest items
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars