Japanese fashion giant, UNIQLO, can be found at almost every mall in Japan. However, there are only a few brick and mortar stores in the USA and most are located in major cities. Funnily enough, the first time I went into one was in NYC’s Times Square about two weeks before I moved to Japan! And now I live a short five minute walk from UNIQLO!
I visited UNIQLO one of my first few weeks living here in Japan. I shopped around and loved how they have clothes for all occasions: working out, lounging, work, and everything in between. Their style is simple which is perfect for me because I don’t take too many fashion risks or wear trendy items.
After I had picked out some items to try on, I walked over to the dressing rooms and told the attendant how many pieces I had. This may have been one of the first times I used Japanese! I was walked over to my dressing room and the attendant told me to remove my shoes and leave them in a designated section of the dressing room. Most of the dressing room is a raised platform where, shoelessly, you try on your clothes. And if removing your shoes weren’t Japanese enough…..
….I was give a triangular piece of cloth. At first I had no clue what it was. Thankfully, there is a diagram inside the dressing that explains what it is for. As you can see by my pictures, the cloth is used to cover your face and hair when you try on and take off clothes. Why is that? To prevent makeup, lotion, and hair from getting onto the clothes.
I love this idea! Going to try on a shirt or dress and seeing makeup stains and strands of hair grosses me out. Using a simple cloth to cover your face and hair prevents this and keeps the clothes clean. Have you had any interesting shopping experiences?