Build Your Autumn Style With These 6 Uniqlo Layering Essentials
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Layering season has arrived - and these are the 6 pieces you need to get ahead of the cold.
Whether one finds themselves in the camp of eagerly anticipating the arrival of autumn or reluctantly mourning the rather damp last days of summer, the hour has arrived to shift our gaze towards the imminent season. To your relatively unworn linen trousers, we can only apologise, but after what has been a fairly underwhelming sunshine season (in so much that there was minimal sunshine), we’re ready to jump boot first into the impending cascade of leaves and the ubiquitous scented candles that go hand in hand with Fall. The ‘ber months may signal the start of sky-high heating bills to come, but they also happen to bring with them a whole new reason to get excited about getting dressed for the day. Though stowing away our summer shirts and dresses may elicit a pang, the siren call of cold weather clobber is nigh irresistible. Sumptuous and tactile jumpers to accompany skirts and denim. Cardigans, poised to layer over tees and printed shirts that refuse to hibernate. Lightweight jackets, versatile companions to all ensembles, ready to emerge from the wardrobe's shadows – staving off the need for a winter coat for a few months yet. Yes, arguably, autumn's fashion reigns supreme.
Yet despite the cooler seasons’ penchant for lush fabrics and heavyset items, you might be surprised to hear that some of our favourite early autumn wear comes courtesy of a popular high street haunt – Uniqlo.
To caveat, Uniqlo gets a special exemption from us throughout the year as one of the only high street brands deserving of its place hanging alongside our Bottega. The Japanese brand has long been an ode to simplicity, merging functionality and elegance at a pricepoint that appeals to the masses. Their plain white cotton tees are a mainstay in Port’s repertoire whatever the season thanks to their premium weight and just-so fit, but autumn is where the brand really comes into its own. Uniqlo's new collection of cocooning knitwear and pragmatically stylish outerwear is the answer to a seamless transition, with gilets, jackets, knits, and accessories aplenty – everything you need to cosy up to the cold without shelling out a small fortune.
As anticipation builds for the impending season, take a look at the six hero Uniqlo pieces that will have you secretly quite happy to wave goodbye to summer. There’s light layers through to clever accessories, each one geared towards making the switch into autumn that little bit simpler and no less stylish. Discover them below.
The Hot and Cold Gilet
A gilet is a must-have piece for the trans-seasonal weeks thanks to their lightweight and warm nature. Usually boasting of a loose-fitting cut and mid-length, gilets can also come in more fitted or longer styles too, so the world really is your oyster. Pick from pile lined fleece now or down padded styles primed for later.
The Just-Right Jacket
Lightweight jackets that can be layered effortlessly while still looking fashionable are a must when this time of the year comes around. From super breezy shirt jackets to corduroy coveralls for when the weather begins to turn, and pile-lined pieces when the weather becomes a tad chiller, Uniqlo has a jacket for everyone and every meteorlogical outcome.
The Pop Knit
A bright-coloured knit might seem more like a spring trend, but don't be fooled - they'll add the joy to a look that summer failed to. Uniqlo has a huge selection of knits, with them stocking all styles from crew to V and different blends such as wool, cashmere and many more.
Jumpers are all well and good, but turtlenecks can sometimes be better. An extra dose of warmth thanks to their high-neck style that keeps the chill firmly out, and whether you opt for a knit or a jersey fabric, turtlenecks are timeless and incredibly versatile. With a selection of wool, ribbed, cashmere or thermal to pick from, it's impossible not to find one that ticks all of the right boxes for you.
The Cool Cardigan
Cardigans are probably one of the most versatile garments you could possibly invest in, and when you buy a colour and style that really speaks to you, the chances are you won't want to take it off. Whether you prefer them fitted or boxy, bright or muted, chunky or thin, cardigans are easy-to-wear and can be styled differently every time.
The It Bag
At the moment it's impossible to scroll through Instagram and not be met with the iconic Uniqlo round mini shoulder bag. On every influencer's page and styled with almost every kind of outfit imaginable, this bag is the IT bag of 2023 – not bad for under £20. In a variety of different finishes such a corduroy or their classic water-resistant material, this bag can fit so many things inside while adding flair to your 'fit. Not your thing? Well, Uniqlo stock a couple of other autumn-friendly bags too, so fear not.
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September 01 2023 by Nico Parker