Uniqlo in London
When I was in Japan, I loved Uniqlo. Mainly because they were the only place I could trust to stock my size (UK 12 – not that big, but when in Japan you feel like an enormous monster) but also because they had lots of really cute limited edition stuff in their collaboration series.
About a month ago, I decided to buy another pair of jeans. Since I’ve never really had money to spend while being in the West, I’m not aware of things like which brands to go for, or even how much the nicer brands cost. A small look around the department store and I was shocked to learn that Diesel jeans cost around 100 Euros! I wasn’t expecting that at all… so I headed to H&M. I ended up buying a really lovely pair of jeans for around 40 Euros – around the same price I’d pay at Uniqlo. They were lovely, and fit around my bum just right; so much so I kept on checking out my own bum in the mirror.
Then, I took them home and washed them. Bad move. The blue ink coming from the jeans meant that I had no choice but to wash them, however, once washed they were just not the same. They are now baggy around the bum where they were once snug. And the waist doesn’t sit right either. I’m heartbroken. And yet, my Uniqlo jeans (the black jeggings had to be put down a few months ago, sadly) just keep going and going. They are amazing.
Shopping in Japan was a right pain in the bum and I used to complain about it all the time. But what I wouldn’t do right now to be able to pop into a nice big flagship store and go on a mini spending spree….