Uniqlo and its ultra-affordable, clean and polished basics finally arrive in Orange County and the rest of Southern California! I am as happy as a clam. The pop-up store opened in South Coast Plaza on July 3, on the first floor near the carousel. The pop-up will stay open until August 10, and then the full-fledged store (first floor near Sears and Forever 21) will have its grand opening on September 5.
The store is small and the staff have chosen to dedicate the space to the following items: Ultra Light Down, leggings pants, Ultra Stretch Denim, oxford shirts, Supima tees, sweatshirts and sweat pants, and AIRism. I personally think that there’s a little too much Ultra Light Down for the currently warm SoCal weather, but my friend told me that displaying it might still work for people who might work/travel somewhere cooler and want to shop for some layers before heading over. If it were me I would have brought over some of the linen shirting and/or the chino shorts which I believe would be more useful for the immediate weather. Ah well. I am just a fan who likes to peanut-gallery. At any rate I’m just happy they’re finally here!
Not photographed is the UT/Uniqlo graphic tee selections with their current promo of being able to design and print onto a blank tee via their iPad app. I’m not too big into graphic tees, but Pharrell’s “The Same is Lame” collection was in stock as well as tees from Tom and Jerry, Disney, and Marvel.
I was looking forward to trying on some AIRism tanks. For some reason I was so focused on denim during my trip to SF that I completely skipped over trying AIRism (I think I did try on their v-neck tee and found it too sheer for what I wanted it to do.) But now that it is solidly summer, I’ve wanted a light, form-fitting tank top to wear as a layer or on its own. I figured I had much success with Heattech, so why not try its summer time cousin?
Here’s the spaghetti-strap tank version on me. I’m wearing a S. It’s good for tucking into pants and skirts. I eventually got the non-strappy version (I’m wearing it in this selfie) in XS because the shoulder/upper body area was a bit loose and droopy in the S. Since the AIRism tanks are packaged, I was told they’d be final sale, so I made sure to examine the fit before making my decisions. At this point, my Medium Heattech shirts have been quite loose, so I’m a little more confident that sizing down two sizes should be correct for the body I have now.
A note on the AIRism fabric: it’s very smooth and close-fitting (reminds me of a more cotton-like Spandex.) I haven’t had time to see how it looks post-wash, but I will be washing it cold and air drying like I do my Heattech. The Heattech pilled in a few areas, but nothing too terrible. Both AIRism and Heattech are a bit on the sheer side, so wear appropriately-colored underwear (or not, if you want that whole high-contrast look, haha.) If it’s not stretched too much, the darker colors aren’t as sheer as white or nude. I’d only wear this as a single layer casually or during the summer when wearing sheer fabrics is a little more forgivable.
I really can’t wait for the main store to open! I may have already bought more than I expected to, especially given my previous post on buying less and buying smarter. I’ll detail that in a later post, but otherwise hooray! Welcome to Southern California, Uniqlo 🙂