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Uniqlo is a Japanse clothes retailer with stores all around the world. The stores in the UK are based in London but you can order online.
The store are bright and airy but fairly uninspiring - the first time I walked into Uniqlo, I walked straight back out as I didn't see anything I liked, as it looked bland. I changed my mind and haven't looked back since.
The range of different items is limited, but they do lots of colours. You can buy about 10 types of t-shirts in a variety of colours (red, green, blue, white, black) and styles (long sleeved, short sleeved, v neck, scoop neck). This means the garments are great if they fit, but if they don't, you have to discount a big section of the store.
The quality of clothing is excellent. Pretty much everything I have bought in Uniqlo has washed well and held its shape.
Uniqlo focus on basics, so you won't get high fashion items.
Uniqlo collaborate with different designers like Lulu Guinness, Celia Birtwell and Jil Sander. The different types of garment are limited, but they have a wide range of colours and patterns.
If you spend over £20 on bottoms (trousers or jeans), they will alter them for free, otherwise, alterations are normally about £2.99. You try on the garments and then ask a sales assistant to pin them up and come back later that day. If they aren't busy, you can get them done is as little as an hour, otherwise it could be 2-3 hours. If you are planning on going shopping, pop into Uniqlo first and then go off and finish your shopping before popping back for your garments on your way home.
Heattech - thermals for winter, warm, but not bulky
Jeans - wide range of different styles and they don't sag
cashmere - haven't bought any myself, but I've heard good things about them
Uniqlo is a clothes shop that is relatively new to the UK, and it started out in Japan. At the moment, all the UK stores are in London, but they also offer an online service, and they are expanding, so they might start having stores or at least concessions elsewhere in the UK. If you can get to a shop, I would definitely suggest you have a look around.
The prices are high street, but the clothes are good quality. I have a shirt I bought there, which cost a similar amount to one I got in Topshop, but the material is thicker and softer and generally much better quality. Uniqlo clothes wash well, and retain their bright colours. The clothes are mainly what I would call basics, rather than statement pieces. Usually, they are brightly coloured, and fairly simple, but they are always well made and fit well.
They are expanding their range, and now they do a wider range of products, but most of them are still pretty simple. I would recommend this shop if you are looking for:
Shirts- men and women's shirts well made with nice material in a variety of colours. These can cost as little as £10, but £20 is a more usual price. The material used is really soft, making the shirts nice and comfortable to wear.
Knitwear- Simple and basic, but the woman's range looks really nice, and is soft, and feels good quality. A V-neck sweater costs about £14.99, cardigans are more expensive.
Jeans and trousers- Skinny fit jeans in a variety of bright colours and nice trousers of other material. The fit on the skinny fit is not really tight, but the colour variety is more than you can find elsewhere. Jeans cost £15-30 which is very reasonable.
Jackets- Simple styles, well made for reasonable prices.
Essentially, Uniqlo is a great place to shop for basics.
There aren't many staff about, mostly they serve on tills, but they always seem pleasant. In the oxford street shop, they give student discount if asked, but this is not advertised. I have never had a bad experience with a staff member in this shop.
I bought online from Uniqlo just before Christmas as the weather had got a lot colder and I was particularly interested in their HeatTech range. My order arrived remarkably fast, I was really impressed they had got it to me so quickly right before Christmas. I ordered three long sleeve HeatTech tops, two HeatTech vest tops and pair of HeatTech leggings. They all fit well, the colours were lovely and they did seem to keep me warmer even through all the snow we had! Most of the tops have had continuous wear as both daywear and nightwear from when I received them up until a few weeks ago when the weather became milder and they have worn and washed really well, also retaining their shape well with washing. I like the fact they are a thin layer so good for layering up, I found I got the same warmth from one of the thin long sleeved T shirts that I would have got from one of my chunkier jumpers. Overall I was really impressed with the whole experience and would definitely order online from Uniqlo in future.
I had avoided Uniqlo for the past couple of years because in the past I'd found their clothges to look great in the store, but never to last very long in real life. But that was before they were on every high street, with massive billboard posters and national advertising campaigns.
People were now swearing by Uniqlo. It was the new New Look, better than Primark, funkier than H&M. So I thought I'd give it another go.
I purchased the basic V-neck jersey long-sleeved t-shirts. I think they were £6.99 each. I bought 4. In a size small. I'm an average UK 8, and these looked about the right size. When I got home I tried them on and was pretty impressed. Good value, nice fit, stretchy. Pretty perfect. And £1 cheaper than H&M and certainly appeared to be better quality than anything in Primark.
After one wash these tops have all lost their strecth and look like potato sacks on. The colour fades from vibrant to dull in about 2 washes. So disappointed. I certainly won't be going back there again! I'll stick to my H&M t-shirts that actually wash, stay the same colour and keep their shape.
Uniqlo might look pretty in the shop, but for staying power - go elsewhere. Unless you like to only wear your clothes once or twice that is....
Uniqlo is a clothing chain that originally started in Japan in the 80's but is now taking over our high streets with inexpensive fashion items.
I have a friend, we'll call him Mr F, who is a terrible follower of fashion, particularly those of the high street variety and rather thrifty too. Formerly a great fan of Topman (not my kind of shop) he has recently become infatuated with Uniqlo and has turned me onto it. Not being fashion conscious and one to wear ludicrously tight skinny jeans I was apprehensive, but I needn't have been. Yes, they sell these items but once passed these you can find some good quality, plain, simple clothing at great prices.
This chain is very good for utility wear and it is here that I award it good marks. If you are looking for a simple pair of trousers (£20ish), sweater (can be as low as £15) or polo shirt (£10) then this is the place to come. I have now bought many items here and have found them to be of excellent quality and good for everyday use. Colours and patterns are classic and plain and the fit is usually very good.
The stores I have been too have always been clean and well organised. It is often easy to find things and staff are on the whole helpful. I have found that they do tend to run out of certain items fast in popular sizes which can be frustrating but I suppose is testament to their popularity.
Uniqlo first opened in Japan in 1984, originally called "Unique Clothing Warehouse". The name Uniqlo came as a contraction from "Unique Clothing". The first UK store opened in 2002 and this number has since grown to 14. There are over 700 stores in Japan.
I see Uniqlo somewhere in between Gap and Muji: they stock the bright colours of Gap but also have the Japanese aesthetic and simplicity of Muji. There's something for most people in Uniqlo: from funky printed t-shirts to more classic pieces too. I also detect a hint of American Apparel in there, but it's much cheaper (and I find the things fit better in Uniqlo!). I think Uniqlo is aimed at many ages from teenagers to 35 year olds. In my local store I see people of all ages, and it's due to the simplicity and range of the garments that Uniqlo has such a wide appeal.
- What is sold in Uniqlo?
They stock men's and women's clothes and they are best known for their extensive range of basics:
T-shirts: They stock virtually every type of t-shirt you can imagine in a rainbow of colours. I find the colours do change according to the season. For example I've discovered that they tend to stock brighter shades in the summer, so I'm unable to buy tops in my favourite shades of navy blue and grey. I remedy this by buying things when I see ready for when I actually need them. The cotton they use is very smooth and excellent quality and I have never had a t-shirt shrink or lose its shape.
Jeans: These also come in every type of shape you can imagine (straightleg, bootcut, skinny etc) and as well as stocking the usual indigo and black, they often come in bright colours too! One downside is that they only come in one leg measurement but they do offer an alteration service.
Merino wool: They hold an incredible range of cardigans, jumpers and dresses made of beautiful merino wool in the most stunning colours. I personally have several wool dresses that have lasted very well and have not bobbled at all. I would just tell you to wash them by hand as one of mine shrunk in the wash (my fault - it said hand wash).
As well as other basics like leggings, vests, and tights, Uniqlo stocks great one off items that they don't repeat the next year. I have a beautiful long-sleeved purple dress with a velvet trim that I bought three years ago, and also a couple of empire line summer dresses that are incredibly useful. I go into my local Uniqlo regularly looking for special items like these and snap them up as soon as I see them as I know they won't be back the next year!
Tops come in XS - XL, and trousers come in sizes 6 - 16 and 30 - 36 inch for men. I find the clothes fit me very true to size. I am a size 8, and buy either size XS or S in their tops depending on how I want them to fit.
I can honestly say that I find Uniqlo clothes wear very well and have many items that I've washed countless times and still have plenty of wear left. The dyes they use seem to really last well and clothes don't fade. Also I find things keep their shape well. You can't compare Uniqlo to cheap shops like Primark (although their prices are sometimes similar). Uniqlo clothes are made to last and they fit very well.
Uniqlo is very good value. T-shirts cost about £4.99, long sleeve t-shirts £7.99 and there are often offers such as "buy 2 for £12" which often saves a couple of pounds. The more luxurious items such as wool jumpers do cost a fair bit more but this is to be expected due to the materials used.
- The shops
The shops are always very clean, bright and spacious. The clothes are well organised so it's easy to find what you're looking for. Items like t-shirts tend to be folded up on metal shelves and jeans, dresses and other items are hung up. Some items such as leggings and vests come in plastic bags. They usually have one in each size hanging up next to the sealed ones so customers can try them on without opening up a new pack. Whenever I've been into a Uniqlo there is usually someone folding and tidying.
- Customer Service
I have found the staff to be very polite and professional. There always seems to be someone manning the changing rooms, and queues never seem to be much of a problem as they usually put another person on the till if it's busy. One thing that annoys me slightly is that they don't give a student discount on multi-buy offers or sale items. They always point this out very politely but it doesn't stop me asking again the next time with a hopeful smile!
I buy a large proportion of my clothes from Uniqlo and personally like their dresses. I don't dress head-to-toe in Uniqlo but find that their cheap basics can look great dressed up with the right accessories. If you like simple, well-cut garments then you will love this shop. The stores are all in the south-east so if you live elsewhere in the country, take a look at their website www.uniqlo.co.uk where they do hold a good range of items. I hope they have plans to expand in the future.
I first came across Uniqlo about ten years or so ago - back then I used to read "The Evening Standard" every day and there was an article proclaiming the launch of this Japanese clothing company in the UK, wherein some bigwig in the company proclaimed Uniqlo were going to be bigger than Gap globally.
I remember visiting one of these stores in London not long afterwards and being rather unimpressed - probably due to the fact there was nothing available for anyone over a size 14, ruling me out as a customer.
A few months later I read they were struggling in the UK market and those words of the company bigwig seemed to coming back to bite him in the posterior. Hubris of course has a habit of doing that.
I didn't set foot in a store again until this year when I visited the Westfield shopping centre in London, and all I can say is what a difference a decade makes.
Uniqlo has been in existence in Japan since 1984 - the name being an acronym for the company's original name "Unique Clothing", and it has a presence now in seven other countries.
Now I appreciate many of you will be reading this and wondering what on earth I am talking about - which is fair enough given Uniqlo have 14 UK stores, all of which can be found within the M25. So if you don't live in London or visit the city often, you may well be blissfully unaware of them.
~~What they sell~~
Uniqlo stores sell casual menswear and womenswear, which is clearly aimed at under 40s I would guess.
Clothing is cheap and cheerful, but the quality is good, and what I particularly like is the use of colour in the store - it reminds me of visiting Gap back in the nineties before they started selling a variety of black, brown, grey and white and finding it hard to deviate from this range of shades.
Shirts, t-shirts, jeans and sweatshirts are the staples in Uniqlo, but you can also pick up knitwear, nightwear, underwear, dresses and sweatpants.
~~Why you should visit~~
I have already briefly mentioned that Uniqlo is a colourful store, and that's one of the reasons it drew me back in when I saw the store in Westfield - both my daughter and myself were delighted to see the rainbow of colours on display both in the window and inside the store.
The layout is very organised with an industrial vibe - there's a lot of chrome and shelves on castors. Much of what is on sale is folded on shelves as opposed to being on a hanger and the interiors do seem similar to Gap, with the exception of some seating available in Uniqlo stores.
Uniqlo excel in basics so if you are looking for t-shirts, jeans, sweatshirts or some layering tops, this is your place as you can be sure that most items will be available in a myriad of colours, which for me is a breath of fresh air.
They have also realised that not everyone is as petite in the UK as they are in Japan, and sizes have been increased to reflect this. Womens' trousers now go up to a size 16 and tops, knitwear and dresses go up to size XL which easily fit me and I am an 18. I have also bought loungewear sweatpants in a size XL which fitted no problem. Sadly they only do jeans in one leg length in womenswear, however three leg lengths are available in menswear.
On my first visit to the store in February I picked up a merino wool cardigan for £6.99 on the sale rack - and I would advise anyone visiting Uniqlo to always have a rummage through sale stock as you can pick up some major bargains! I have managed to get beautiful fine knit cotton t-shirts for £2.99 which puts Primark to shame given the quality of both the fabric and the finish.
Even full price Uniqlo isn't expensive. I bought a long length jersey modal cardigan last month for £14.99 and have seen similar cardigans for more in Sainsburys and Gap. They also have hooded jackets which are ideal for winter for £29.99, which seems very reasonable to me and I plan on buying one for my daughter on my next visit to London.
~~A few essentials~~
Uniqlo do allow returns but in line with most high street stores they request you return an item within 28 days of purchase.
Changing rooms are available in the stores and I always make use of them due to the fact I can't just pop down the road to take something back...so bear this in mind if you are only in London on an occasional visit.
The flagship store is located at 311 Oxford Street, but the stores I have enjoyed visiting the most were at Westfield and Kensington, perhaps because I found the sale racks more interesting!
Staff tend not to bother you too much but they are very helpful if you need assistance - which is how it should be in my opinion.
If you are curious about Uniqlo and don't have the chance to get to a branch in London, there is a website which sells a limited range of clothing but gives you a fair idea of what is available instore.
The website also details where the UK stores are.
I really love this store and wish they would expand their operations within the UK to some of the major provincial cities as they offer quality products in a range of colours at prices that won't break the bank.
Uniqlo is a clothing store originally from Japan, which, in the last few years has began opening branches in and around London, including a major store on Oxford Street in London.
Uniqlo is a fairly "young and trendy" store although the nature of their clothing means it does span quite a few age groups and is a very popular stop amongst people spending a day shopping down Oxford street. The clothes they offer are all quite simple, and are not overcomplicated with huge designs, words or brands splattered across the front of the clothes as you find in a lot of high street stores, and for this reason the shop is quite refreshing and manages to appeal to such a wide audience. The clothes are off excellent quality, with a lot of the emphasis seeming to be on qood quality as opposed to wasting their money on "fashoinable" designs.
When shopping in Uniqlo you tend to find that they offer a reasonably limited number of different styles of items, and tend to focus on basic versions of wardrobe classics, for example plain t-shirts, hoodies, sweaters, blouses etc etc. However, where they offer something different to other stores, is that although the clothes are plain in design they come in a huge variety of different colours.
Take for example a pair of slim fit jeans, as well as the few shades of blue and grey you would find in most stores, they will have the same cut in huge variety of vivid and interesting colours. In fact this is one of the reasons the shop is so appealing, since as soon as you walk in, you are greeted with the a rainbow of jeans, top, socks and jackets which really gives the shop a fun atmosphere and makes you want to keep coming back.
Their main focus is on the casual clothes market and they also offer a limited amount of accessories, however they do not sell any footwear (certainly in the men's department anyway).
As a regular visitor to Uniqlo I have noticed an excellent little feature which I assume is an attempt to keep you coming back into the store as often as possible. Every few weeks Uniqlo will select a couple of items, and offer a special discount on them. This isn't like a usual sale where you have to sift through the dregs of what has been left, but is just an on-the-spot sale on certain items of clothing, so you can rest assured they will probably have your size (for a change). The discount is usually around £10 but will depend on the item. But they are usually excellent value. A few weeks ago I picked up a paid of straight leg jeans for £15 as opposed to the usual £25. As I say, its not a sale of what's the end of season line like you get in usual shops, it just seems to be an incentive to get people coming back as often as possible.
One slight downside to Uniqlo is that they always seem to be slightly understaffed, and the staff they do have seem to be rushing around off their feet, dealing with queries of trying to get the buyers served to keep the queues in check. That said, anytime I've dealt with the staff they have still maintained a pleasant and good attitude and I have no complaints about this element of the store.
Since Uniqlo seems to be relatively new to the UK, it unfortunately seems you're not able to access one unless you ;live in the South East of England. However I'm sure they will begin to sprout up all over the place as their popularity increases and if you do see one then its definitely worth a quick visit.
When I go to London I always make sure I go to one of the Uniqlo shops on Oxford street and even though shopping on Oxford street can be slightly crazy at times a visit to Uniqlo always makes me smile again! The shop is a Japanese brand that specialises in unbranded, simple clothing that can form the basics of any wardrobe.
The windows of the shops are full of mannequins showing of their wonderfully colourful clothes and the atmosphere inside the shop is usually really nice and relaxed. Last time I went there they had a brilliant selection of jeans in loads of different colours and they had a promotion on their regular style jeans, meaning they were only £19.99! They had a well stocked range of sizes and styles in a dedicated jeans department and lots of assistants to ask if you needed any help.
Apart from a very good selection of jeans they had lots of other clothes that were all well-tailored, using good quality material and of colours and style that would work with many different outfits. In women's department they had a particularly good range of knitwear that would be perfect for either work wear or casual occasions. Equally with the menswear it looked like they had a wide range of wardrobe essentials.
I think the ethos of this company to provide lovely clothes that aren't branded is very admirable, and Uniqlo can always be relied upon to have well-fitting essentials at very reasonable prices.
Uniqlo UK is one of the most expensive Uniqlo world wide. After currency conversion, the cheapest place to buy Uniqlo products is in China or Japan.
However, Uniqlo is not without its merits. if you are looking for colourful basics, this is the one place to stop. The one colour that you want would most likely be found on at least six basics of different design ie long sleeves, short sleeves, crew neck, v neck, cardigan, sweater
Uniqlo sells merino wool cardigan and sweater at 14.99 pounds during their offer period. Currently, this dec, they are having cashmere sweater at 39.99. They also do lambswool and cotton. The cotton tshirts tend to go from 4.99 during offer period. otherwise, they are usually 7.99.
They also have quite a wide variety of jeans from 24.99, also colourful. At the moment, their heat tech series is on sale going for 12.99 for two. The heat tech series are like Long johns except in a greater variety of colour, thus, spicing up the winter wardrobe.
The quality of their fabric is very high as I have machine washed my stuff multiple times and they still look as good as when I first bought.
If you are looking for something basic, safe but colourful, this is the place to go. Students get discounts.
I have visited Uniqlo many times but nine times out of ten come out empty handed. The stores are excellently laid out, if they have what you want here, you will have no bother finding it. Bar a few nicely designed pieces, Uniqlo sells basics, if you want an idea of what the stores are like think Gap. The clothes are good quality and not badly priced for what you get. I bought a gorgeous long grey wool mix jumper there recently for £20 and it's great quality. But I went in looking for a plain jumper and plain I got. It's not a shop for browsing really, it's a shop for going in knowing you want straight leg black cords, and they'll probably have them. It's a great shop to have on our high streets. So many clothing stores are now fashion stores, and basics are often pushed to the back, or even not stocked at all, because the trends are what it their main focus. The only thing I would say that although they are well priced for the quality, if you just wanted a white t shirt, for example, you could find it cheaper elsewhere.
I love Uniqlo for it's quality basics, such as shirts, merino wool jumpers and japanese denim, always with plenty of sizes in stock. You'd expect the prices to be extortionate for items such as these, yet they are often comparable to h&m or zara prices for items that are just about cotton. They also do a student discount, which is useful when stocking up before a new term.
It would be silly to expect high fashion items here, as basics are what it does best, so I don't really mind seeing similar things each time I come here. The basics will never go out of fashion, and can complement items bought elsewhere, plus a decent shirt or piece of knitwear can be seen on any catwalk, any season. They have started to get some designer collaborations though, and I can only hope this continues.
The stores tend to be light, functional and modern, and are set out well. The staff are there to help if you need it. It is everything it needs to be.
What is Uniqlo?
Uniqlo is a clothes store from Japan which sells functional and basic clothing for men, women and children. They also sell a few accessories such as bags, belts and umbrellas. They have very few stores in this country mainly around the South East. The stores I have visited are in Kingston-Upon-Thames, Richmond, Wimbledon, Wandsworth and Oxford Street. I think they only have two more stores one in Bromley and the other in Essex.
Store layout and Changing Rooms
The stores have a minimalistic style with a neutral décor. The layout of the stores changes every few weeks so that means they move their clothes around even if the actual range of clothing hasn't changed. Clothes are arranged on shelves neatly folded with a few items on display. The shop assistants seem to spend all their free time folding clothes as it can get quite messy on a Saturday afternnon.
The changing rooms consist of unisex white and wooden styled cubicles with a dark curtain. They contain a chair, full length mirror and 3 hooks. You can take a maximum of 4 items into the changing rooms.
The shop assistants on the whole helpful and pleasant and there is always at least one on the till, and one near the changing rooms. They are generally under 30 even though the customer base seems to be anyone from around 20 to 60. They also seem to have a high turnover of assistants as you rarely find the same one in the shop again.
The only time they are not so pleasant is when they leave a security tag on your clothes and you return them with the receipt to get them to take it off. Then they act like you stole the basic cheap item you brought simply because their door alarms didn't go off when you left the shop. (They do generally have a security guard wandering around the store so if you did try and steal I imagine you would be chased down the street.)
Uniqlo is a cheaper version of Gap with jeans averaging about £25, jumpers £15 and t-shirts £4 to £10 depending on patterns. They generally always have something on Sale and if you are not their standard customer size (if you are female this is a size 12 to 16 with a 32 inch leg) then you will find stuff to buy. They also do Special Offers and Promotions to shift stock i.e. 2 t-shirts for £10
The items that sell well are their jeans in different leg lengths (female 28 to 34 inches) and their long and short sleeve t-shirts. Unfortunately this means they often have these items out of stock in their average sizes and this stock depletion can last 3 weeks.
I have never returned any items to the shops simply because I try everything on or know my size already. Unless you go on a Saturday afternoon there is not normally a long queue for the changing rooms. Also most people seem to try jackets and jumpers on the actual shop floor, or are a repeat customer and know their size.
value for money 4- clothes are average quality but not expensively priced.
stock range 4 - they do basics well
stock control 2 -I've been to 3 stores on one Saturday morning and not found any of one particular size and they have and then they over stock on some rubbish
customer service 3
number of shops 2 - you can have too few shops in a chain