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If I Could Stuff My Closet With Uniqlo x Jil Sander, I Would

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The +J collection is what I want my post-quarantine wardrobe to look like

 

 

Against the backdrop of a pretty chaotic year, fashion news hasn’t sparked the same excitement it used to. Anyone surprised? Not really. But among the headlines covering new releases, collaborations and collections, there are the likes of Uniqlo and Jil Sander’s +J, which, in my opinion, launched at an interesting juncture. Yes, pandemic and all.

 

As strange as it is to get excited over foundational wardrobe pieces, here we are. Though maybe the exception of this collection was baked right in. Since this meant the hotly anticipated return of the queen of ‘90s minimalism Jil Sander to Uniqlo, certain expectations were set; this being a tightly edited selection of pieces created with intentionality and all of which look chic and sharp as hell.

 

Uniqlo x Jil Sander. Photo: Uniqlo

 

Uniqlo x Jil Sander. Photo: Uniqlo

 

It’s also been 11 years since Sander’s team-up with the Japanese retail giant for the first +J collection. But the legend obviously hasn’t skipped a beat. Now, in the heyday of loungewear, loungewear and more loungewear, her part two is almost like an inviting nudge to rework your closet during this downtime period. Imagine reemerging from your quarantine cave in THESE and looking like you have it together (trying to manifest something here).

 

Uniqlo x Jil Sander. Photo: Uniqlo

 

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The full +J collection, which carries both menswear and womenswear (though styles are androgynous so mix and match away), spotlights key pieces like a Supima cotton long-sleeved shirt, a cashmere pullover sweater, a ribbed blouson and a wool blend oversized blazer (instant favorite). In true Uniqlo fashion, all pieces––a total of 25 for men’s and 32 for women’s––come in several colorways, still focused on neutrals a la Sander save for the pops of navy, wine red and green here and there.

 

Best of all, of course, the trademark Sander elements are here for the super fans of minimalism: clean lines, texture play, elegance that’s pared-down but not lacking in personality. In my head, building blocks of great back-to-real-life looks that justify the +J collection’s steeper price range. Outerwear can go for ₱3,990 to ₱12,990, shirts and pants for ₱1,990 to ₱4,990, knits for ₱1,990 to ₱6,990 and accessories for ₱1,490 to ₱2,490.

 

After years of my wardrobe kind of yo-yo dieting on trends, fine-tuning my closet to hero understated classics has paid off big time (let’s go, team buy-less-but-buy-better); and I only see the appeal of this carrying over beyond 2020.

 

That said, and once more with feeling, the +J collection is what I want my post-quarantine wardrobe to look like. And if I could stuff my closet with this collab, I would.

 

 

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Uniqlo x Jil Sander’s +J collection is available online and in the Uniqlo Manila Global Flagship store. Meanwhile, select pieces are available in select stores. To find a Uniqlo store near you that carries +J pieces, tap here.

 

 

Art Matthew Ian Fetalver

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