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Fashion’s home of the quality basic steps things up a little in this well-planned space.

Product Among the plethora of basic T-shirts and sweats there are a few pleasant surprises to be found at Uniqlo. A fleur-de-lis-printed polo shirt at £14.90 is strong while the Navajo-patterned hoodies are on trend (if in the Sale). Otherwise it’s business as usual, with summer blazers and jacket options and the soft if slightly shapeless linen shirts adding a fair-weather twist to the strong foundation of basics.

This is where Uniqlo excels. Sweatshirts at £19.90 are not only some of the most affordable around but also still beat its rivals on quality. Simple 100% cotton T-shirts are a bargain at two for £14.90 - you’d be hard pressed to find a better deal for that quality anywhere, while the perennial favourites like the impressive sock wall and free alteration service on trousers are all present and correct, in summery guises of course. Uniqlo really has the quality basics thing sewn up.

A good solid store - if you’ve been to any Uniqlo you’ll know the drill. Neat compartments that spread the length of the walls house everything from socks to jackets and come across as suitably Japanese. Overall the shop is well-stocked, with the display doubling as a stock room, but it is cleanly laid out so as not to appear daunting. Chinos are presented without size blocks which makes browsing tricky, but it’s a fly in the ointment of a well laid out and signposted store.

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