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5 October 2014

A bit of research!

Last weekend I finally got to do some research I've been meaning to do for a while. Back on my Autumn/Winter plan a couple of the items were basic Merino sweaters from Uniqlo and some of my fellow blogging friends have recommended trying the menswear version. So I've waited patiently for the opportunity to get to a store and compare the men's and women's styles. Last weekend the DH managed to wangle us a wonderful day out courtesy of Chelsea Football club (superb hospitality!) and so I begged him for the chance to do a spot of shopping.....unfortunately not his favourite pastime!! He did relent but only on the proviso that we get on an earlier train (thanks to the marvellous train/ticket inspector that day) and with the stipulation was that I could only visit one shop on South Kensington High Street as that was only a couple of tube stations away from the football ground! Sorry, I'm digressing but this is my way of explaining away the complete lack of pictures! It is hard to shop with your husband pacing up and down the length of the fitting rooms whilst you are trying on! 

Anyway I tried to make the most of it and took in a heap of sweaters to try on. I took small and medium sizes in the ladies black crew neck sweater and the grey v-neck sweater and I picked up the XS in the men's versions of the same styles. I actually wished I'd taken the men's small as well but I don't think it would have made any difference to the end prognosis (although it could later on). I tried the ladies medium grey neck sweater first and knew immediately I wouldn't need to try the small as I wanted enough room underneath to be able to wear a shirt comfortably, for which the medium is perfect. It was the same story with the black crew neck, fitted not too snug, just right for layering I would say.


On me!




Me again!



So then onto the men's version, where I unfortunately only managed to get one photograph. I tried on the black crew neck first and the main difference I found was that the crew neck was higher, which for me was a little on the high side for wearing a shirt underneath. I then tried on the mens grey v-neck, where the v was also a little higher. I think you can just about make out the difference in the necklines between the men's and women's crew.


The mens's is quite a lot higher at the neck on me.


So what did I go for in the end? I went for the ladies version as I think the style was more suited to how I want to wear mine. If I had plumped for the men's I would have sized up and gone for a small as I would have preferred them to be a bit slouchier. I may go back for more so don't be surprised if I don't end up with the men's later on in the season.

While I was there I also managed to grab one of Uniqlo's Supima long sleeved v-neck t-shirts in white which is a great basic that I am really chuffed with and intend to order in more colours for some A/W layering. It's comes in all the neutrals you would want such as black, navy and grey and it is fantastic quality and value at just £9.90 (since I was considering the Whistles long sleeve layering T-shirt which would still cost £37.50 even with the very generous Grazia 25% off discount).



So if anyone was thinking of ordering the Uniqlo merino sweaters, I hope my research has helped although I would recommend trying out for yourselves......just not with the husband in tow!

The usual round up of what I've been wearing lately, still trying to eek out some of the Summer wear!


Zara jacket (Spring/Summer 2013)
Zara t-shirt (Spring/Summer 2014)
Zara jeans (Spring/Summer 2013)
Converse (ancient)
Furla bag (ancient, via eBay)


Zara jacket (old)
H&M white t-shirt (old)
Gap real straight jeans (Summer 2013)
Adidas Stan Smith (courtesy of eBay recently)


Whistles Leni blazer (Autumn 2012)
ASOS cami (Spring/Summer 2014)
Topshop Jamie jeans (Autumn/Winter 2013)
Kurt Geiger Kad sandals (Summer 2014)


Topshop parka (Autumn 2013)
French Connection (via eBay outlet A/W 2013)
Gap original fit jeans (Summer 2013)
Converse (ancient)
Scarf (old, Efurt, Hi-Hi in Oxted)


Gap blazer (Autumn 2013)
H&M Kidswear Breton (Autumn 2013)
Gap Always Skinny) (Summer sale 2014)
Adidas Stan Smiths (courtesy of eBay recently)

As for my original Autumn/Winter plan....well I am pretty much done!! I shall share the purchases with you next time. No deviations as such but a couple of things were substituted due to finding better alternatives or things selling out!!

Until next time!

As always I love to read and respond to your comments....let me know what you think!!

Michelle xx



38 comments:

  1. Looking gorgeous as always! I have the men's uniqlo cashmere crew neck in a medium which I love. - lovely and slouchy!

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    1. I may have to go back for the men's roundneck at some point Joanna and I definitely felt it would have been better if I had sized up to give it that slouchier feel! xx

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  2. Thanks for the research Michelle, it's good to know about necklines as I'm a bit picky, I don't like them too high. I've got a few Uniqlo T's I've had for ages still going strong, and wash really well. Some lovely looks as always, really like the Stan Smiths.
    Sue x
    Bestfriendstyle

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    1. Looks like I did the research and purchased just at the right time Sue.....the weather has definitely changed today and something tells me I will be needing these sweaters soon than I thought! Glad I spotted the t-shirt too, I can't get over the quality for a top that costs less than a tenner!! xx

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  3. Great research, Michelle! I prefer the women's styles on you too, they look fab! Looking forward to seeing your other purchases. You look fantastic as always. Lynne xx

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    1. Thank you Lynne, I must admit I've never paid that much attention to the necklines before but they certainly make a difference! xx

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  4. I have a very shopaphobic husband too so we very rarely go together. Great research Michelle - those jumpers are absolute bargains aren't they. Keep us informed on how they was - good apparently. I have a fail safe method for sweaters: put husbands on a hot wash and ta-da, they fit me! He's not too chuffed though. Great outfits x

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    1. It was painful only being allowed the one stop shop Donna as there was a huge Zara calling me next door!! I was gutted as that it one store I haven't set foot in so far this season and I was desperate for a,look but hey-ho! The jumpers are such a great price.....especially when you compare them to Gap's which are double the price!
      I like your style with regards to the hubby's sweaters! Genius! ;0) xx

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  5. It's great to have someone do the research for you.......Our own personal shopper haha! Men and shopping are generally a very bad mix, but sometimes it just has to happen, and at least he had his great day out too! Looking for a really nice grey v neck, so will give them a go! p.s. Also on the look out for a black chunky boxy (not too long) roll neck sweater if you happen across one.....I have looked everywhere?! Helen xx

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    1. Glad to be of service!! Yep, I would normally just leave him with a coffee and paper while I do my thing but no chance of that this time as he was in such a rush to get to the game and start quaffing champagne!!
      So funny you should mention a black chunky boxy roll-neck!! I went to a Boden clearance a couple off weeks ago (did you get an invite as you are not that far away?) and I did manage to pick up a past season off duty sweater there......you planted that seed in my mind a while ago when you mentioned on your blog about a roll-neck, with the Next leather look leggings (I got the H&M version) and black Superga!! I've checked the Boden website but so far they have only done the sweater in charcoal this year but fear not I shall keep my eyes peeled elsewhere for you! xx

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  6. Fab research Michelle & lol at your negotiations with hubby!!
    Looking as gorgeous as always.
    Jane xx
    www.mymidlifefashion.com

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    1. Thank you Jane....I feel I will need to work a bit harder on him next time! Lol! xx

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  7. Fab research Michelle, love those Merino sweaters I think I may go and check out the men's I love the slouchy look. Xx

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    1. The sweaters are great quality for the price Frances, the men's version is only £5 more! They are definitely worth stocking up on xx

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  8. Love uniqlo for merino and cashmere sweaters - haven't tried the men's but think I would still prefer the womens. Love your Zara jacket in first pic!
    A x

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    1. I love Uniqlo too Abbi, it's so great for basics! I'm sure I could have done a lot more damage if I'd longer to look around!! xx

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  9. We were in the adidas box at Chelsea a few years ago, it was great. Nearly fainted when Noel Gallagher (teen crush) walked in (they were playing man city). Didn't care about the result (I'm a Leeds fan) but the free champagne & food was great!

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    1. Oh wow Lou! It's such a lovely experiance to be looked after so well all day but so see one of your idols must have been the cherry on the cake!! xx

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  10. Thanks for the research Michelle - really helpful. My hubby has a few of the crew neck ones and is a big fan of them. Ax

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    1. They are great aren't they Avril! It's a shame as the men's don't fit my hubby.....he is a giant 6ft 4" and they seem to come up fairly small as a brand! xx

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  11. Great research,I can see the benefits of both men's and women's...men's for that slouchy feel, women's for a more fitted feel of a top as opposed to a jumper. Will have to make a trip when I go up to London this week. I laughed at your comment re your husband. Mine is exactly the same! Btw I notice you wore your Kad sandals this week - seems silly to investigate that now, but they're on sale - and I reckon they will be great stored away for next summer. Are they true to size, and are they comfy (and not too narrow? I have wide-ish feet).

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    1. If you get the chance try both Carol because it's definitely a case of each to their own with the fit of a sweater! I am so glad to hear from all these lovely comments that I am not alone with a husband who hates shopping!!
      Absolutely go for the KG Kad's if you can get them reduced, they have such a fab height heel, perfect for day or evening. I would say they are true to size and not too narrow, I think my feet are pretty average and I have found them to be comfortable! xx

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  12. It's very much an each to their own taste thing isn't it? I prefer the slightly lower/wider crew of the womens but want the men's fit. My XS men's summer navy crew is fine on me but I had to experiment as well as I had ordered a size small before that but found that the shoulders were too wide consequently. It would have worked on someone a little taller than me but being shorter - I have to take in my proportions. In the mens' I size down and in the womens' I size up.

    And I can totally relate to the shopping torture ... reminds me of when I was only allowed in one shop in London last year during half term - I had a very tentative 5 mins whilst the hubs and 2 boys stood in the doorway. That was pressure!

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    1. Thanks Sue, I hear what you are saying about the shoulders on the men's sweater if you go up a size. My sister bought me a men's sweatshirt from Primark for my birthday and the shoulder seam is so different than that on a women's top....they are very wide! The sizing down in men's and up in the ladies is great advice now that I think about it!
      What are men like when it comes to shopping? I'd rather go it alone, although I do have an amazing partner in crime with my 8 year old daughter! xx

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  13. Great post Michelle...I rarely shop with my husband as he is totally allergic to it ! Love all your outfits:) Have a great week!
    ~Anne xx

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    1. Men really know how to take the pleasure out of things don't they Anne! Hope you have a great week too! xx

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  14. I have a Uniqlo is xs grey. It's too small for layering and the neck is too wide as I like to have a shirt collar peaking out and that's it so I think the men's style might be just what I'm looking for. Thanks for doing the hard work.
    I only ever take my husband shopping when we are on holiday. Even then it annoys me when he doesn't like the things that I really like.

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    1. You are most welcome....I had you in mind when I was doing the research!! If you prefer slouchier over slimmer fitting the men's one will definitely be better for you! If even though I had himself pacing up and down it was still nice to fit in 20 mins of shopping whilst we were in London Town!
      Funnily enough, on holiday is the one time when the DH doesn't mind the shopping so much! Maybe it's becuase there are so many distractions such as footie while we are away!! xx

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  15. I've been looking at Uniqlo jumpers so your sizing tips really help, I have a jacket & some tees from them but I've not bought their jumpers before, but I have heard such great reviews & also they are so reasonably priced! We definitely need a store over our way (although that could be dangerous!!). x

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    1. Wouldn't it be wonderful if they had a Uniqlo in Bath Sian?! Mind you it is doubtful the hubby would be too impressed by that as I am sure I would do a lot more damage in there if it was that accessible!! xx

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  16. Oh you've done it to me again Michelle - first the Lulu Guinness now the merino - my wish list with them is getting longer! So tempted to order, thanks for sharing x

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    1. Ahh-ha Natalie, sorry to add to your wish list woes!! I know you like a bit of Uniqlo too! They are so great for basics! xx

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  17. Cracking outfits Michelle. The red striped top with the khaki is just amazing. I need a red breton in my life

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    1. Thank you Fiona....I'm finding the outfits a bit of a challenge at the moment as there are a few new purchases I am desperate to wear but it still feels a bit too warm to get some of it out yet!! xx

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  18. Hey my love! Love this post I really adore Uniqlo knits and want to add a couple of sweaters to the collection- as usual you've got it nailed and looking gorgeous as usual! xx

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    1. Hey Sharon, thank you! The knits are fab, great basics!! I shall no doubt be back for more as I think I could do with a navy crew and v-neck!! Hopefully the next time I go to Uniqlo I shall be on a little shopping jolly with you! xx

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  19. They look like really great jumpers Michelle & I really like the V neck grey one! Men are so mean....one shop?! LOL! You did well considering & I would of been chuffed if I had got what I wanted too! I can't believe you got some Stans from Ebay! That is so cool! I really like all of your outfits here & you look great as always! <3 Ax

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    1. Hi Andrea! The sweater are excellent quality for the price....definitely worth stocking up on! I have done pretty well with sourcing a few bits on eBay lately as well as purged tons of unwanted stuff from my own wardrobe to fund the new purchases!! xx

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