Uniqlo and I go way back to a fashion week at Lincoln Center smack dab in the middle of winter. I ran into a friend on the way to the subway, my fingertips frosted even with gloves on. My nose feeling like it’s going to fall off despite my heavily knitted wool scarf. I had a wool coat layered over a cashmere cardigan layered over a blazer layered over some sort of silk dress I decided to wear that fashion week and I was still freezing to the core. And hating life. And of course I was wondering how in the world my friend was running around town in just a sequined long-sleeved dress and looking like it was sunny and above 70 degrees out. HOW IN THE WORLD? She was like “Giiiiirl, I have my Uniqlo Heattech underneath this thing.” As soon as those three words left out of her mouth, I knew that I no longer had to suffer through the NYC winters as much anymore. And it felt like all of the world’s problems could be fixed by layering Uniqlo.
Coming from California, my first few winters on the east coast were pretty brutal. Being used to the denim and leather jackets that could get me easily through a January in Southern California was a whole other story over on this side. I had absolutely no idea of what were the components of a suitable winter coat, so of course I came super under-prepared. Instead I would layer a bunch of lightweight ones so that I looked like the Michelin man and could hardly move an inch in any direction, let alone fit through the subway turnstile. And I still felt cold. And then, there was the whole issue of waiting for the subway to come, surrounded by bodies of people at a similar Michelin man status as me, exchanging body heat and slowly sweating our layers off. Looks exchanged with those surround me feeling the same sort of annoying, sweaty pain. And then repeating the process say maybe one or two more times throughout the day. Let me tell you, carrying five layers of outerwear on top of my work bag, groceries and whatever else I decided to pick up that day was not the most fun. Comedic for those who were dressed well prepared for the cold. But for me, it was one of the heaviest endeavors of transitioning to east coast life from someplace where these sort of worries were never at the forefront of my mind before. A lifestyle change had to happen. And it took one little Uniqlo turtleneck t-shirt to really change the game for me. It’s like I found out the biggest secret and my little California jaw dropped in admiration and hope like it did the first time it viewed the NYC skyline from Dumbo at night. I was saved.
And here I am. Fall already here, and winter quickly approaching, and all my insecurities about keeping warm have flown out the window. I’m feeling warm and cozy as a pup on Christmas day. Look ma, not even a coat required in this wind chill! I mean, I’m sure that when winter actually comes around, a coat will very much be required, but everything Uniqlo Heattech will be my best friend in the upcoming months. How about you?
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