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My Uniqlo Summer Essentials

I had a plea from a reader last week to do a post on the best things to buy from Uniqlo. As it’s my favourite place on the high street to buy basics, of course I can duly oblige. There’s nothing really fashion-forward or majorly eye-catching here, but that isn’t what Uniqlo is about. It’s more for your wear-every-day-very-useful-wardrobe-staples that you can mix in with the things you already own with ease.

So, here are my top SIX things to look out for.

THE TARDIS BAG 

Pretty sure I don’t need to tell anyone about this bag anymore. Surely you all have one by now. This simple, cross-body bag is THE most useful bag ever. I christened it ‘the Tardis bag’ as it’s a lot bigger inside than it looks. It can hold all your daily essentials. I find it particularly useful on holiday, as it can hold suncream, water, wallet, sunglasses and still have room for a few souvenirs. I’m not ashamed to say I have this bag in five colours now.

THE SIMPLE SWEATSHIRT 

Look no further for a plain sweatshirt. I think this is a unisex fit. I wear it in a medium. Everyone in my immediate family has one. It’s soft, comfortable, washes like a dream and costs less than £25.

THE CLASSIC T SHIRT 

Uniqlo do a fine array of T‑shirts in many shapes, sizes and colours. My favourite is the classic crew neck from the Uniqlo U range. It is what it says: a simple, classic T‑shirt. Good fit, slight stretch, take your regular size for a closer fit or size up if you want it looser.

THE VEST WITH A BUILT-IN BRA 

There are quite a few of these to choose from. The cropped ones like I’m wearing below are higher in the neck and work really well with high-waisted trousers. They also do regular-length ones with a slightly lower neck line. No need for a bra as that’s already built in. Perfect for the summer. I have it on good authority that they work well even if you have big jugs.

THE WIDE LEG TROUSERS 

This whole outfit above is Uniqlo, but for now we’ll just focus on the trousers. Wide leg (but not TOO wide), good length, don’t crease and (like all Uniqlo things) wash really well. Perfect, easy workwear trousers.

THE COTTON SHORTS

I got these shorts last year for holidays, and they are an excellent pull-on cotton option. Not that many sizes left this year, but these gingham ones look just as good, and I’d be buying these longer linen ones if I didn’t already have a very similar pair.

I hope this has been helpful. Regarding sizing, I’d say Uniqlo is fairly true to size. I know it’s a bit London-centric right now in terms of stores, but I hear there are more on the way for the rest of the country.

K x

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