Looks pretty good in black
I'm probably going to nuke the L in the dryer instead of returning them so I have a backup pair as M is out of stock now. Hope they shrink to just the right size
Also wore the M for a day. I don't think the waistband stretched. Then again, my waist is on the small side — getting the waistband over my quads was the hard part.
I didn't start wearing Uniqlo until 2013 when I moved to Japan.
Does everyone else feel that the quality has been declining?
stuff begins piling within a few months and I take care of my stuff well. Had a few shorts and sweatpants where the crotch wore out quickly and became nearly see through.
I would say they are on par with Zara quality. I only deal with it so far because pricing is very good. The Chino Shorts were about $12 last week, so they are easy to replace.
High end brands here like Beams or United Arrows want $40 (on sale from normally 70) for a similar style of shorts. Quality might be a bit better, but not sure if its good enough to warrant spending more than 3x more.
What I've noticed among men in Japan is
Uniqlo: all your socks, underwear and undershirts, basic button up shirts, tees, and outerwear you treat as disposable or as an emergency pair
Beams, UA, Ships, JS: all the outerwear, jackets, and suits that are expensive, but higher quality (but sometimes they are entirely synthetic and want ridiculously high prices for it)
GU or Wego: for all the trendy stuff that is cheap and will go out of style next year.
^ Yes, Uniqlo quality has been declining over the past few years. This probably coincides with their massive store expansion in the US (which hasn't been all too successful btw).
I still have pieces from 2008-2010 that are great. Heavy flannels, the MA-1 blouson above, the T-000 jeans in multiple colors, MIJ selvedge denim, etc.