If Uniqlo isn't a household name yet, the Japanese retailer is making huge leaps and bounds — stateside — to change all that. With five brick-and-mortar stores (in San Francisco, NYC, and Paramus, NJ) and its just launched ecommerce site, the time is now for Uniqlo to show why it's a solid resource for all things classic, basic, and wardrobe essential. Two words: Spring 2013. Defined by its bread-and-butter staples (think great skinny denim, the perfect oxford shirt, and great cotton blazers), Uniqlo is looking to next season with a focus on blowing out what it does best with an extra dose of print and color. Yesterday, we previewed the line and spotted chiffon plaid blouses, gingham tops and pants, beachy striped high-waisted shorts, candy-colored jeans, polka-dotted boyfriend shirts, and oh yeah, even a mini collaboration with Karen Walker (drops in March). All the makings of the ultimate mix-and-match getaway wardrobe. Then, to offset the rainbow spectrum, there were enough LWDs, linen shirtdresses, and soft jersey layers to go around. The complete collection might not be fully available until May, but it's slowly (but surely) rolling out its breezy pieces starting in January. All the convincing you need, until then, can be found in the official lookbook here, so keep clicking.
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