I haven’t been to UniQlo here in KL although it opened just a couple of days ago. I’ll wait till the hype (and crowds) subside before going to take a looksee.
That said, I’m no stranger to Japan Fashion Store UniQlo, having visited their stores overseas and in their homeland of Japan so perhaps that might explain why I’m ready to wait my turn getting into the store here, where I read that there were queues to get in for days!
So, whats so great about UniQlo then that merits all this hype? If you are expecting cutting edge unique fashion, then you might be quite disappointed. UniQlo does collaborate with designers but it is mostly for T-shirts or selected casuals. And coming into Malaysia with a Fall/Winter collection might be a little misplaced, giving a bit of wrong impression of the brand. Its not just about winterwear!
UniQlo is, what I’d equate to The Gap, Giordano and Padini Authentics. It sells serviceable, affordable casuals so that’s what you should be going to UniQlo for, not unique one-off fashion. Let me share some personal favourites from Uniqlo with you
Some personal favourites from UniQlo are:-
- Camisoles – found in the lingerie section, the camisoles by UniQlo are soft to the touch, pretty to look at and well made. They trump anything by Mango or Zara any day. They are also affordable. I usually purchase those that cost about ¥1000 each that have a touch of design and lace, to wear under jackets and cardigans to work. I’d be loathe to pay more than RM40 each here so I hope they didn’t mark it up too high.
- Jeans – I own 2 pairs of the most comfortable skinny jeans this side of the universe thanks to UniQlo! They fit me to a T and yet allow me to breathe I got mine on sale for about RM69 in Japan last year. I’d watch out for their jeans even if sizing does tend to run a little small.
- Fleece jackets – Not applicable for us here where its always hot, but if you are planning a holiday somewhere cool, take a look at the fleece jackets and cardigans. I got my mom a couple for her winter holiday in Europe last year and she loves it! Kept her lovely and warm and its light too!
- Light jackets, hoodies and cardigans – I picked up some light jackets for myself too. They work well in cool areas e.g. the highlands or air-conditioned areas and are light and similarly well made. Mine were on sale (as usual) for about RM40 each.
- Winter wear - If you don’t like wearing boring ugly thermal underwear, try UniQlo’s HeatTech innerwear. I got Dad a HeatTech tee for his winter holiday. It kept him warm when it was cold and cool when indoors when heating is on. I also love the puffer jackets. A friend bought one and really likes it!
- Sale Racks – not quite products, but in every store I’ve been to overseas is a sale section where they put the out of season stuff on sale. Sometimes, the discounts aren’t great. But I always take a look because I never know what I might find – like a couple of tiered skirts I got from UniQlo Shanghai as you see in the picture for about RM35, which I’d never have bought full price
As I have said, getting excited about UniQlo is like getting excited about Giordano. The stuff sold are about the same in style – simple affordable casuals.
If that isn’t your thing, you’ll end up very disappointed and wondering what the hype is about UniQlo. However, if you don’t mind and if you are into simple affordable casuals, you will enjoy browsing UniQlo.
I took a look at some of the prices online and am happy that they aren’t too far off the mark. Guess whose casual wardrobe is getting an upgrade soon?
So, have you been to the UniQlo in Kuala Lumpur yet? Were you one of those queuing outside the doors on opening day? Have you bought anything from UniQlo that you liked that you’d like to share or do you think its all overrated?
UniQlo Kuala Lumpur is at Fahrenheit 88, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur