I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge HUGE fan of Uniqlo. Sure, I’ve had people tell me that their clothes aren’t fashion forward, too simple and in some cases, very aunty-looking. To all that I say “Pfbfttt!” I’m not fashion forward, I like simple and why, I’m in aunty-category! Gone are the days when young kids will call me “Jie Jie PB”, now it’s “Aunty PB” and I’ve (thankfully) come to terms with it HAHA!
But this obsession of mine with Uniqlo means that I physically avoid the stores, because I’d always walk out with something, and now that they have online shopping, that’s even more dangerous. I have to physically stop myself from going to the online store! That said, I’ve also picked up some excellent deals online, so let’s just say that I don’t hold back that often. Hah!
What I really wanted to share with you however, is not my obsession with Uniqlo, but with the Uniqlo Airism range. (NB: I’m not sponsored, although I won’t say no to Uniqlo showering me with Airism clothing in all forms, thank you LOL) The Airism range is what I think was formerly known as Dry Lux, something I’d shared with you many years ago, and it is the anti-thesis to the famed and popular Heattech range which is targeted at winter-wear. But for those of us living where the sun beats down relentlessly on us for practically 365 days of the year (366 this year!) Airism is the way to go. In fact, if you’re suffocating in this heat, but are loathe to parade in the altogether, then get thee to a Uniqlo store stat! It’s the next best thing to going naked 😀
The Airism range is now fairly large, with tops ranging from the bra-tops to camisoles, and even down to underwear. I haven’t tried everything in the range, but of the items I’ve tried, my favourite are the Bra-tops and now, the camisoles. Oh the Airism camisoles, they’re a God-send for long hot summer nights! <- read that any way you will 😉
Uniqlo Airism Camisoles are thin enough to be worn as innerwear
What makes the Airism range of clothing so unique, is the material. The tops are made of a synthetic material that is very thin and moulds to the body. I believe they are really meant to be worn as innerwear e.g. under a blouse or shirt, hence the thinness. They aren’t meant to be worn on their own, that’s for certain. Not unless you have the body and confidence of a nymph. They make great layering items, for thin or sheer tops as they keep you cool so you don’t feel uncomfortable even though you layer. They really are form-fitting, and unfortunately, show up every line, crease and lace of your bras underneath, if you wear them out, and every lump and bump of your body as well. Sigh… 😛 I have noticed that they now make T-shirts that are less fitted, but I haven’t tried those.
Uniqlo Airism material keeps your body cool
But what really makes these tops the most comfortable I’ve worn in hot weather, is how it miraculously keeps you cool. For some reason, the material draws heat and sweat away from your body and cools you down quickly, so you actually feel far more comfortable than if you were cavorting in the altogether.
When I travel, I usually travel in the Uniqlo Bra Tops, and I made sure I bought a few in the Airism range, because they kept me far more comfortable, especially when I go to places like Bangkok, where it’s hot and I get sweaty walking around. I even got my Mom to buy some, simply because every one needs an Airism bra top. In fact, everyone needs a Uniqlo Bra Top, but that’s another story! LOL! 😀
Uniqlo Airism camisoles help you sleep better!
It was during this current heat wave that I discovered how much better the Airism camisoles helped me sleep. At its peak, when temperatures were nudging 38°C in the day, not even the air-conditioning was helping. At night, the temperature barely fell below 30°C and I found myself tossing and turning, and sitting up, drenched in sweat. It was awful.
But one day, I decided to clear out my closet, and saw an Airism camisole that I’d bought a while ago on sale, but not yet worn. As I had nothing to lose, I decided to try it that evening, to see if it would help me stay cooler, since the bra tops did feel more comfortable than usual. What I did not expect however, was a full and complete night’s rest! I did not wake up once, sweating, and I felt incredibly comfortable.
The thin stretchy material is so form-fitting that even if you toss and turn in the night, it doesn’t wind itself around your body, trying to choke you like a python, but moves with you. It literally feels like a second skin, only better, because it wicks away sweat from your body and magically keeps your body temperature down, better than your skin can on its own. It was like having your own personal air-conditioning for your body, and if you have ever had to toss and turn in stifling summer humidity, you will understand when I say that your body heats up like an overheated engine, trying desperately to keep your body thermostat stable, by excreting heat through sweat, so you end up a sticky, sweaty mess. Wearing Airism to bed helped me regulate that temperature so I stay cool, not sweaty, and as a result, I get my beauty sleep, instead of waking up looking like a panda.
Since my discovery, I almost immediately ran out and stocked up on a few more camisoles for rotation, despite breaking my cardinal rule to never buy anything at full price 😛 This was an emergency, dammit! I HAD to have my Airism camisoles for bed! Marilyn Monroe famously slept with nothing on except Chanel no. 5 – I think she would have liked the Airism camisole too LOL! 😀
Are you a fan of the Uniqlo Airism range as well? Have you tried wearing the camisoles to bed?
I picked up a few at full price (approx RM39.90 | US$9.90) in store, but I’m going to wait for when they go on sale again to pick up more. I’ve realised that my wardrobe is slowly but surely turning into a Uniqlo store in itself, but you know what? I’m happy about it, the clothes fit me, they are affordable and of decent quality and hey, it’s really better than going naked! 😀 Tell me your Uniqlo story so I know I’m not alone in my obsession 😛