One morning in January you wake up and quilted diamonds of down blanket the land.
To that end, here’s my new purchase, the UNIQLO Compact Down Jacket.
First up, a reasonably neat (and highly Sturdy) Extreme Casual—San Francisco look. Barely stylish, but saved from Slobovia by the ladylike shape of the jacket and a trustworthy Schiaparelli pink cashmere muffler. Assisted, maybe, (giving myself the benefit of the doubt,) by the pattern play between jacket and bag.
DETAILS – Earrings: A decade old from Claudia Kussano | Scarf: Two decades old from Loro Piana (similar color) | UNIQLO Compact Down Jacket in Navy (also comes in black, lavender, and other colors ) | Jeans: Levi’s 501 Original for Women (new jeans! new jeans! button-front! 100% cotton!) | Shoes: Clarks “Penwick Abbot.” Also new. So cheap I still can’t believe it. | Bag: Bottega Veneta Large Hobo. Navy version. Not cheap.
Here’s a somewhat more Tomboy getup, more ghurka-like, certainly more windblown as a suburban train pulls up. The boxy jacket balances enormous chinos.
DETAILS – Earrings: Gold ball posts c/o Blue Nile (a present! they sent me a present!) | Aqua, violet and mustard scarf: Decades old from Etro (similar) | UNIQLO Compact Down Jacket | Boyfriend Chinos via J.Crew on sale now | Bag #1: Bottega Veneta Small Messenger. In gray and metallic.| Bag #2 Duluth Pack | Shoes: Perforated “Blair” sneakers by VINCE
(Why I’m wearing sunglasses under a gray sky but squinting unshaded eyes into bright sun I simply cannot say.)
The jacket can be worn:
- At 60℉ over short sleeves
- At 50℉ over long sleeves
- At 40℉ with a sweater or sweatshirt underneath
- Possibly at 30℉ with a coat over. But it rarely falls below 40 here, except in the wee hours of the morning. So I’m the wrong person to confirm that UNIQLO website recommendation.
Not bad for $70. Oh, and it’s got narrow faux leather trim at the zip, the sleeve-end, and the pockets. Nifty. Ladylike.
This is one of those pieces of clothing I look forward to wearing. When I realize, “Hey, the UNIQLO will work,” my day feels just a bit better. Which is entirely the point of style — at least the Extreme Casual variant. BTW, it’s light, silky-soft, and packs into a little stuff sack, just like the sleeping bags of our teenage years. These days, however, we avoid patchouli, and no matter how Extremely Casual, walk rarely barefoot on sidewalks.
With that, welcome, everyone, to 2016!
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