to shop / {sale alert} 70% off muji a/w apparel

I adore Muji. I still remember the first time I experienced a Muji store in the early 90’s in Hong Kong with fellow bag and container loving cousins and aunts. Over the years I’ve bought clothes here and there but the fit isn’t a guaranteed success and tends to be boxy. However, I’ve always liked their aesthetic and quality.

The autumn/winter collection is on sale – 70% off! I made the mistake of wandering into the East Village Muji after a haircut and loved this heat control quilted jacket. It is super lightweight, extra warm, and reasonably priced at $29.99 (marked down from $99.95). While online inventory is somewhat depleted, try calling the stores (and that’s what I had to do since the store I went to was sold out of my size). It fits TTS to slightly big. I can layer this under an Uniqlo lightweight down jacket for semi-polar vortex weather and stay warm. There’s also a longer version in stores. See the rest of the sale.

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to shop / what is up with down

I have waited a long time for chic and affordable down “jackets”. After using Uniqlo for a few seasons, “lightweight” is also a must.

Uniqlo

I’m so glad I didn’t go out of my way to get the EU-only Uniqlo x Comptoir des Cotonniers down jackets last year, because it’s hit Uniqlo now for a much lower price and without colorblocking!

I’m a huge fan of Uniqlo’s ultra lightweight down. It is extremely light, compact, slimming, yet super warm. It’s perfect to pack for a trip where you need to cover multiple climates with limited luggage space, because it takes up close to no space.

This year’s down collection has a few new styles. If you really like something, don’t wait too long because they do sell out and do not always restock. Also, they tend to tweak styles year to year, so what you got last year may not be identical to what you get this year. Some of the new styles are minimally fashionable (unlike Moncler). Other styles acknowledge layering and are cut to minimize bulk. I can’t wait to check out the collarless jacket (which admittedly looks a bit like the jacket I got from Joe Fresh last year and haven’t worn yet).

While I typically gravitate towards black, I’ve purposely selected colors to demonstrate the detail and color range.

My petite friends, don’t forget to check out the kids’ styles. In looking at the extremely detailed size charts, the largest kid size (150) should fit a petite S – M. I think these would layer well.

Mango

I haven’t tried any of these “foldable, ultra light down” jackets from Spanish brand, Mango, but let me know your thoughts if you do. Mango’s distribution center is located in NJ, so shipping to NYC is typically next day and return shipping is a minimal cost.

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