If you haven’t heard of them, Uniqlo is a Japanese brand that sells basics at affordable prices. Since they are from Japan, you can guess that their sizing runs smaller than average – which is great news for us petites. Another bonus is that they offer free hemming. I was happy, however, that the XS in pants worked fine for me (I’m 5′ 2″) so I didn’t need to bother with hemming. I happened to be in Bellevue a few weeks ago when they had a grand opening for their new store, so I ducked in and grabbed a few pairs of basic pants.
They have a basic women’s pants/jegging (pictured above…and below). These were warm, stretchy, and flattering. And at a great price – regularly $29.90, on sale for $19.90 (and as of today looks like they are back up to regular price – but I would keep an eye out for a sale, especially after Christmas). I think I will go back and pick up another pair or two in different colors (or better yet, online – although note that although shipping is free, returns are not).
These are a dark charcoal grey with a denim texture. Note I am wearing the asymmetrical top from my first post…in the spring! It hasn’t been all that cold around here lately (I am near Seattle) and still is warm enough to wear with a tank top underneath and of course, some cozy boots. Note that there is some bunching on the leggings – I don’t mind as I am mostly wearing these with boots, but if it had bothered me, I could have had them take an inch or two off.
I also had been eyeing some warm sweats/joggers to wear around town but hadn’t been wanting to spring the $80 – $100 at Lululemon or Athleta so I was excited pick up these fleece-lined joggers for $39.90 ($34.90 for grand opening sale). They are much better in-person than on the website so I’m glad that I happened to see them in-store.
And lastly, I discovered Uniqlo selling pants advertising some type of keep-warm “Heattech” technology.
Unfortunately, these leggings/pants did not work out for me. I’m not sure what it was about them, but they just weren’t as flattering as the other pants. They were thicker than the average legging, but they didn’t feel especially warm to me. In fact, the grey leggings above felt just as warm or warmer. You might feel differently though – as they have some positive reviews on the Uniqlo site, at least for style. As for me, however, I’m taking these back.
On another note, I picked up a down-like (in appearance, not in warmth) jacket for my son, and found that it fits me and is actually pretty cute. Sorry, no picture right now but I will try to add one later. If you need something lightweight and aren’t terribly worried about warmth…it’s a decent packable jacket for a steal of a price. It would work for fall or spring (or, if you live in warmer climes, an anytime jacket). I can’t attest to how well it will hold up (the zipper feels a bit flimsy), but it’s a nice looking jacket & comes in some fun colors. I also picked up some fleece-lined pants for my 11-year old boy who pretty much will only wear jeans or sweats to school. He loves them as they are cozy and great for the chilly and wet weather we’ve been having around here lately. This is another pair of pants that I think looks better in real-life than in the pictures they have online.
Hope this was helpful. I am interested in knowing what other Uniqlo pants or products worked for you, especially if you are petite!