Minimalism is a hard edict to follow when you're in a seasonal whirl of stressful deadlines, now-or-never sales, and dismal weather. It's bleak and dark outside. You know what isn't dark or bleak? The inside of a mall, where things are warm and glowy and sparkly and (if you're in an Anthropologie store with a scented candle burning) it smells divine. And you know what's a welcome distraction from work? Online shopping. That's probably how I found myself buying a cashmere sweater with bows down the back for Black Friday, which I'm now returning because: 1) the bows are so big and stick out so far in the back, when I tried it on I felt like a girly stegosaurus who wouldn't ever be able to lean back in a chair comfortably; and 2) when I thought long and hard about the contents of my closet, I decided my purchase was probably driven by emotion more than need. Instead, I could rely on the Uniqlo HEATTECH Camisole to get more mileage and warmth out of what I have already.
I bought my first two HEATTECH camis when I visited London in 2008, then two more in New York in 2010, and another two in San Francisco a couple years ago. For less than $20 a pop, they really are the bee's knees because:
- They wash and wear very well. The 8-year-old camis are virtually indistinguishable from the newer ones.
- They up the warmth factor of a light sweater or a flannel plaid shirt noticeably.
- The fabric is thin, stretchy, breathable, and comfortable.
- The nude cami is the ultimate in layering versatility (although this cami does come in other colours).
- I can extend the wear I get out of a sweater between washes or drycleanings by layering a cami underneath.
The next time I'm tempted by the siren's call of a brand new chunky-knit turtleneck, I'm going to resist and reach for a HEATTECH cami to go under my cashmere pull-overs.
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