I absolutely adore Uniqlo clothing. Over the past few years, it's probably the only place I've gotten clothes for myself and my husband without trying on clothes first, and it's 100% the apparel store I spend the most year in and year out.
The ironic thing about this statement is that a lot of the clothing at Uniqlo makes me look quite frumpy. So much that I wrote this article on the particular pieces I feel are the exception to this usual rule (my favourite staple pieces that don't make me look frumpy from Uniqlo).
Part of the frumpiness, in my opinion, comes from the fact that the oversized "trend" is so in, and much of Uniqlo's clothing is oversized, so it's intended to look the way it does.
The problem is, oversized clothing makes me look particularly shabby.
It never suits me except in the case where I'm wearing tight clothing, and have one piece that's oversized, and that piece happens to be a piece of outerwear (like an oversized coat, long sweater, or button up jumper).
Still, most of the time I prefer more fitted pieces, and still I will absolutely always go about 2x smaller than my size for oversized pieces from Uniqlo. Otherwise I'm absolutely swimming in the clothing.
For example, if I'm a size small, I'll opt to get an oversized sweater or jacket that's an XXS from Uniqlo, if I possibly can.
When it comes to their Ultra Stretch Leggings (which I adore and love to the point where different colours of these leggings have become my autumn/winter/spring staples - I rarely ware anything else), I am probably a size small right now, and will opt for a small for regular, every day comfort, but definitely not for going out, as the creases and sag and general lack of tightness would bother me too much.
For going out, I will opt to buy an XS, and when I am my more typical weight (I've gained a few pounds for sure lately), I often opt to go down to a XXS since I fit a standard XS.
All this to say, for women, I feel like Uniqlo sizes run large not small. Meaning I almost always opt to buy a size that's one smaller than what I am.
There are exceptions to this rule. I have yet to try their jeans and other pants that size by accurate waist measurements (size 22 or 34, etc.), but I'm almost certain these would be exactly the size they're supposed to be.
But in my experience having shopped online at Uniqlo for years, and wanting to always grab items that are most likely to suit me as I've never returned a product before (who has time for that?), I opt to get one size smaller when it comes to tops and bottoms, and two sizes smaller for outerwear or anything that looks like it's styled to be oversized.
Don't get me wrong - getting two sizes smaller on an oversized item doesn't make it look like it's fitted.
There are elements on oversized clothing, like a dropped hem on the shoulder, that make a piece look oversized even if it's a little more fitted.
Still, with two sizes smaller than what I feel I am at the time, I don't feel as though I'm completely lost in a piece.
Will I get an XXS if I feel like I'm an XS? Absolutely. Because I love the quality of Uniqlo clothing and I feel when their clothes look good and are in a style I really love, their attire just can't be beat at this price point.
But one size down isn't the ideal for me for oversized clothes, and I'll keep this in mind, only grabbing things that really strike my fancy if they are pieces I feel may leave me looking frumpy. Which turns out to be quite a lot of cuts at Uniqlo.