You are going to think I’m being paid by Uniqlo the way I plug them eh? Ah I wish that too Or maybe even a new wardrobe? No? Oh well, just count me among their legions of fans of affordable casual clothing then.
With Fall/Winter entering the Northern Hemisphere, Uniqlo has brought back their ubiquitous puffer jackets, flannel shirts and Heat Tech innerwear. If you plan to travel anywhere cold (and I don’t mean Genting Highlands) pick yourself up a couple of the Heat Tech T-shirts. Almost every member of my family has one or a few of these in various designs, and they can all vouch for how warm it keeps you in winter worn next to your skin. I have a pair of jeans with the Heat Tech technology and I love them! They are a little bit warm when I wear them here in the tropics but when I go somewhere cold they are a lifesaver and keep my legs beautifully warm even while standing in the coldest winds.
But really, you know. For the most part, I live in Malaysia where its hot and humid all year round and staying warm is the farthest thing on my mind. I just want to stay cool and dry, and here’s where I’ll tell you again, to head to Uniqlo for their Dry Lux or Sarafine T-shirts. They are sold as innerwear in Uniqlo and I don’t know if its a formal term, but I’d call these Cool Tech
I own a few Dry Lux and Sarafine items in their bra tops and camisoles, but I never really paid attention to how they felt. I just knew they were comfortable but if you are sensitive about body shape or “lady lumps” as I call my muffin tops, you may not like how they tend to cling to the skin. I believe the second skin factor is part of the technology the same way Heat Tech T-shirts tends to be very fitted too.
Anyway, I recently picked up a Dry Lux sccop neck T-shirt because I saw this on the packet – “Air-conditioning innerwear that keeps you cool in the heat”.
“Air-conditioning innerwear”!!! I had to have it. Also it was on sale for RM24.90. Woohoo!
The Dry Lux material is soft and silky against the skin and I started paying a bit of attention to how I felt when I wore it and it was true to a large extent that it kept me cooler than even cotton. Even if you sweat, it wicks away sweat so you don’t feel sticky and wet and clammy. And it dries so quickly! I was quite impressed actually.
Even when you wear it as inner wear e.g. under a cardigan or jacket, it actually keeps you surprisingly cool. I think its the composition of the material which despite being man-made, I find cooler than even cotton. It is also supposed to have antibacterial properties to prevent odours and you know what? I will agree you stay smell free even after sweating like a… erm… something porcine
The only down side, other than how close fitted it is, is the lack of designs it comes in. The plain light colours are a bit revealing and the patterned ones are a bit… “aunty” so its really hard to build up a collection But if I come across any Dry Lux items of clothing that look halfway decent, you can bet I’d be on them in a flash!
The only problem now is that Uniqlo is very season-centric. You can’t get Heat Tech in Spring-Summer collections (I’ve tried). They don’t bring them in because “its for winter”. Since Dry Lux was part of their Summer innovation, I wonder if that means they don’t have them in store for the next 3-4 months? That would be silly you know. We are after all living in a land where its perpetually Summer all year round!
I looked around online and apparently Dry Lux and Sarafine are interchangeable names for the same thing. I have tops in both Dry Lux and Sarafine and they both feel and function the same way so I’m not sure what’s going on there.
Oh and have you seen the local Uniqlo ad for Fall/Winter this year? Last year, we had Orlando Bloom and Charlize Theron. This year, this.
If I weren’t already a fan of the brand I’d run screaming in the opposite direction. The girl’s fine but the guy scares the bejesus out of me. I keep thinking he’s about to beat me up. I think he’s taking Tyra Banks’ advice to “Look fierce!” too seriously.
Have you tried anything in the Uniqlo Dry Lux or Sarafine material? Do you like it? Or tell me if that guy in the ad puts you off too (unless you are a fan of his of course)