We're back with our still very much stolen series(thanks, GQ Style), but this week I've been looking for essentials at the right price. A lot of that is because I like to have accessories do the talking, but also just not stick out. Essentials come at a variety of prices, and some will last you longer than others.
Uniqlo U Long-Sleeve T-Shirt
Although I try to stay away from fast fashion, Uniqlo is the one place I do choose to shop. This is because they don't try to follow the trends and focus on essential designs in a minimalistic format and when they do collaborations they feel very authentic. That's why I really like this black long sleeve from the Uniqlo U collection designed by Christopher Lemaire. It's a great wash and fit, but is also affordable and knowing the brand was made in an eco-friendly way. A lot of the collection is already sold out, but this tee and a couple other pieces are still in stock online.
This past weekend was the New York City Marathon and I happened to be a couple blocks away from the finishing point and seeing all these runners that had ran the 42 km really motivated me. But a lot of them had on chunky New Balance and Asics running shoes, and I am not quite ready to go that far, but these Nike Gyakusou Free running shoes are the perfect for style and function. I have always been a super big fan of the Nike X Undercover running collection and wear their track pants from last season at least once a week, and although it doesn't get any attention, it's a well designed functional product that I am a huge fan of.
Although Reigning Champ doesn't get the attention they used to when brands like John Elliott were really blowing up for their high-quality essentials, their products are still very solid. What I particularly liked about this hoodie was that it was a heavyweight terry, which is uncommon. I personally have always been a bigger fan of french terry rather than fleece, but it's often quite thin and doesn't keep you as warm but having a super thick terry will be ideal for layering in the colder months that are coming up.