By now, you should be familiar with Uniqlo U, the global retailer’s brand of elevated basics, designed by Artistic Director Christophe Lemaire and his UNIQLO R&D team in Paris. And while most of UNIQLO’s apparel offerings are enticing for the everyday shopper, we’re always looking to the U collection’s thoughtful and curated pieces for the season. Where else are we going to find chic cardigans, just oversized enough for a sleek silhouette against tapered trousers, or, for the men, work pants with subtle stitching? At UNIQLO, obviously, when the Fall/Winter 2021 line-up drops on 17 September.
This season, the collection is refreshed with elegant pieces that’ll easily slip into your daily wear rotation — 33 items for women, 28 items for men, and 12 items for kids, to be precise. These consist of nature-inspired hues and plenty of calming neutrals, which are then paired with earthy tones, a unique green-tinged denim, as well as bright accents including turquoise and pink. The Recycled Down Jacket is also updated, now made with a new fabric of about 40% recycled nylon, and a V-neck design so you can wear it under coats or over hoodies.
Other than the outerwear and pants we’ve come to love, women’s styles feature lots of comfy knitwear, whether it’s a boxy cardigan, versatile long-sleeved turtleneck top, or a streamlined sweater dress. One of our favourite looks has to be their denim shirt jacket and matching high-rise jeans, which offers a utilitarian appeal while you’re still able to cinch the jacket at the waist for some feminine form.
For the men, we’re drawn to clean silhouettes and relaxed separates that allow you to dress up and down however you like, from a casual flannel suit jacket or long-sleeved shirt worn over a t-shirt, to work and chino pants. A pair of wide-fit jogger pants fits that exact brief as well, while we also get Uniqlo U’s take on stylish sweat coords, for both men and women. Finally, the Kids’ line-up borrows key styles from the adults, though sized down for the perfect twinning look.
Ahead, we’ve picked the most appropriate wear for our sunny shores, though of course, pushing it a little by including sweater weather and air-conditioned offices as well, so we have a place to don those knitted sweaters.
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Uniqlo U Fall/Winter 2021 collection, $14.90 – $249.90. Full collection available online and at the Orchard Central Global Flagship store. Selected items available at selected stores.