Many of us mistakenly expected the weather to remain 80 degrees this week after that scorcher of a weekend. Yet, Blacksburg has fooled us once again with its indecision of choosing a season. It is always pleasant when the weather tricks us and we haphazardly dress ourselves hoping to have matched what is waiting for us outside.
Ladies, you’re most likely contemplating wearing the leggings you wore over the summer along with your Northface windbreaker and equestrian-styled boots, and guys, you probably don’t even care enough to think that hard about your outfit, so that long sleeve VT sweatshirt and jeans should hopefully do you right.
Let’s face it. Most of us don’t have enough time to ponder the drudging question of “what to wear.” Also, it is frustrating to pinpoint what the temperature will be since it changes so often throughout the week—or day.
However, I know of a secret that can simply help you dress for the shockingly cold/hot fall, which some of you may or may not be familiar with. But as your designated fashionista, it is my duty to let you in on it.
The secret—Uniqlo, a Japanese brand that has been making its way in American fashion since the early 2000’s, especially with one of their many breakthrough innovative Heattech apparel. Although it is relatively unknown, it is essential for every closet and geographic region.
Heattech apparel represents the evolution of fashion that doesn’t only consider aesthetics but functionality. As we experience colder temperatures, Heattech apparel is designed to keep us warm without wearing bundles of clothing.
With a line of leggings, basic long sleeves and short sleeve shirts, undershorts, long johns, accessories, and more, it can be worn as inner and outer garments.
Each item in the collection is designed with seven to eight functions such as, heat generation which absorbs body moisture and converts it to heat, heat retention which collects body heat and body moisture through tiny air pockets between fibers, odor control against perspiration, stretch comfort to create a perfect fit and maximize comfor, and anti-static due to heat generation that absorbs body moisture.
The last extra function that is included in only the menswear collection, is moisture wicking. This incredible function allows fibers to absorb excess moisture in order to avoid feeling sticky and, ultimately, releases the excess onto the outside of the garment. Finally, the perspiration dries up quickly and keeps the fabric feeling fresh, which is great for men who sweat easily.
The great benefit to investing in either their leggings or long johns, is that regardless of what you purchase, it is affordable for something so technologically advanced. Prices range between $12-20, comparable to products made by Forever 21 and H&M. Not only does Uniqlo specialize in this form of technical fashion, but they produce basic apparel designed with simple prints and colors, required for any staple piece, such as jeans, blouses, skirts and winter jackets.
Heattech apparel promises to keep you warm as needed. So hopefully, you are now at ease when you find yourself uncertain about what to wear for the entire day without having to change multiple times.