13 Uniqlo hidden gems and must-haves to give this season
When you think Uniqlo, do affordable, quality basics come to mind? Make sense, given all the classic-cut cottons, knits, and denim separates that the brand famously stocks. Not to mention, the brand's high-tech fabric made to keep you warm all season without bulky layers. But the Japanese clothier also makes some of the coolest collaborations from world-renowned designers (think Jil Sander and JW Anderson) and iconic brands (the Louvre, Disney, Peanuts, and more). Add it all up and you have the perfect place to tick off holiday shopping for just about everyone on your list, all while coming in under budget.
The catch: Because not all of the brand’s capsule collections are stocked in stores, the best way to score the coolest goods are online. Ahead, find the perfect wardrobe additions for your resident Disney Adult, nine-to-fiver who will soon return to in-office work, and rosy-cheeked baby who you just want to keep warm.
This sweater, made from micron wool, warms like a heavy knit, but is lightweight and thin, making it easy to pack and wear, no matter where the holidays take you.
SHOP: Premium Lambswool Crew Neck Long-Sleeve Sweater, $39.90, available at
Just when your favorite Disney adults think they’ve seen (and collected) the coolest merch, enter this revived design, which feels retro and fresh at the same time.
SHOP: Magic For All Timeless Classics UT, $19.90, available at
Quell your resident art lover’s wanderlust with this cozy Aphrodite sweatshirt straight from Paris’ Musée du Louvre.
SHOP: Women Louvre Long-Sleeve Sweatshirt, $29.90, available at
Rumor has it Jil Sander’s latest collection with Uniqlo may be its last, giving us all the more reason to add the achingly cool pieces to cart. This slouchy wool coat is made with cozy cashmere and an oversized collar and pockets, making it both architecturally interesting and an easy wear.
SHOP: Women +J Cashmere Blend Collarless Coat, $299.90, available at
No matter what’s trending on TikTok or who is ruling the pop charts, one marker of cool will always remain: Peanuts’ sunglasses-wearing Woodstock. Pick up this sweatshirt (rendered in Gen Z’s favorite hue) for just about anyone on your list — teens, aunties, and grandparents alike will identify with the laid-back optimism of this classic cartoon.
SHOP: Peanuts Long Sleeve Sweatshirt, $29,90, available at
This cashmere crew neck is cut like your favorite sweatshirt — a bit boxy, extremely comfortable — but is made in luxurious, and incredibly soft, cashmere.
SHOP: Women Cashmere Crew Neck Sweater, $89.90, available at
Maternity clothes are a tricky nut to crack: They’ve got to be supremely comfortable, give plenty of room to grow, but still hold shape and form — all without breaking the bank. Enter these extra stretch jeans that are equipped with a soft jersey panel and come in three washes.
SHOP: Women Maternity Extra Stretch Jeans, $39.90, available at
This toddler’s puffer jacket is just about the cutest thing we’ve seen. But all adorbs aside, it’s also super practical, thanks to a detachable hood, machine washable fabrics, fleece-lined pockets to warm teeny hands, and a chin guard to protect your kiddo’s face from coming into contact with a steely cold zipper.
SHOP: Toddler Light Warm Padded Full-Zip Parka, $39.90, available at
Part of Uniqlo’s first collaboration with White Mountaineering (a high-fashion label whose designer has roots at Comme des Garçons, working under legendary designer Junya Watanabe), this zipped jacket uses a fluffy, on-trend fleece to give texture only where needed and a more structured, sleek fabric elsewhere for sleeves that don’t bulk and pockets that keep their shape (even when stuffed with a mask, wallet, keys, phone, and earbuds).
SHOP: White Mountaineering Fleece Oversized Long-Sleeve Jacket, $59.90, available at
Whether your bestie wears athleisure for the gym, to lounge in, or both, chances are she’s worn out her leggings during peak pandemic. Give her a fresh set (rendered in quick-dry fabric) just in time to help fulfill her New Year’s resolution of completing more workouts, enjoying more chill time (or both).
SHOP: AIRism UV Protection Active Soft Leggings, $29.90, available at
If 2019’s pants aren’t quite the right fit for returning to the office in 2022, hook him up with a pair of stretch-wool, slim-fit pants that look and feel far more expensive than they are.
SHOP: Uniqlo Men Stretch Wool Slim-Fit Pants, $69.90, available at