Today’s 1 piece styled 3 ways post is going to be about my absolute favorite find this season, the Uniqlo U Sweater from the Spring/Summer Collection 2019. It is currently on sale, so make sure to get one for yourself before it is sold out. I am wearing size XS, and the color is o1 Off White. Made from a thick French terry cotton material, prewashed, the relaxed cut and the mock neck add a touch of elegance to the casual sweater
A brief history about Uniqlo, in case y’all aren’t familiar with the brand.
Uniqlo is a Japanese brand that designs, manufactures, and sales their clothes using a set of strategies known as SPA (specialty store of private-label apparel, which they adopted from American retailer The Gap.) Uniqlo is owned by The Fast Retailer who also owns Theory, Helmut Lang, J-brand. Their low-cost clothes drive them to popularity fast!
I know I talk about sustainability and ethical aspects of brands all the time on here, and my goal this year is to gear towards that direction. The fact that I am not at a point where I can be 100% sustainable and ethical in my shopping choices yet, and I still shop fast fashion and am still a sucker for sale. However, I am well aware of what I want to put my money towards and have limited myself on quick temporary shopping urges in recent years.
What I shop or look for at Uniqlo:
I like their linen range in the summer, heattech pieces like leggings or under-shirts in the winter, and their occasional designer collaborations. Designers collaborations, just to name a few popular ones, are the most recent J.W. Anderson this spring and Alexander Wang last winter. Uniqlo U range, led by Christopher Lemaire from their Paris atelier and a team of international designers, is also another favorite that I always look for when shopping at Uniqlo. While Uniqlo covers all basics, Uniqlo U (as I’d like to think) takes all basics to the next level. Affordable, great materials, and elevated fit.
And did you know that Uniqlo’s first store was called Unique Clothing Warehouse? Its first store was opened in Hiroshima in 1984, and the first U.S store was opened in SoHo in 2006. Jil Sander, the German fashion designer, joined Uniqlo as a creative director and has won awards with his in the new label, +J collection in 2011. I own a +J coat, gifted and was bought secondhand, of course, here.
Now let’s get on to how I’ve styled this sweater 3 ways:
1. AN EDITORIAL LOOK
I immediately reach for my favorite Essie pants from Aritzia to pair with for this studio shoot. The off-white and light gray pairing is so fresh, another favorite spring pairing of mine this season!
2. A DATE LOOK
I love this look since it is such a simple comfy look yet does not look boring at all. The sweater is so cozy and keeps my warm all day, and a trench coat on top adds perfect spring vibe to the whole look!
2. A BIKER LOOK
I love the biker short trend that has been going around since last summer, and I’m so glad to have found Girlfriend Collective pieces to be so great in quality and fit. They are sustainably made from recycled water bottle, pretty cool, right! For this look, I’ve elevated the casual look with some leather elements and added some heels. It somehow weird looking, different, but I really enjoy this look. Hope that you do, too!
Hope you’ve enjoyed all 3 outfit pairings! Thank you for reading and have a fantastic weekend!
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