Back in Stock: The Return of Michael Bastian x Uniqlo For Spring 2015

A quick look at some collaboration offerings.
A quick look at some collaboration offerings.

Some big news on the men’s style front this morning — famed American designer Michael Bastian’s wildly affordable and wildly popular collaboration with quick-moving basics brand Uniqlo is back in stores this spring — specifically, as of today.

Plenty of '70s vibes and athletic influences seen here.
Plenty of ’70s vibes and athletic influences seen here.

The polos launched on the U.S. site early this morning, and early indications are that this collaboration is definitely worth dropping some cash on. There are classic thin and thick rubgy-stripe versions that bring to mind sporting influences (much like some pieces in last year’s collaboration). There are also plenty of wild prints — paper airplanes or red dragons, anyone? Contrast collars, classic piped-sleeve polos and a more adventurous open-collar style (that also appeared in last year’s line) help to round out the polo offerings.

A washed cotton polo from the Uniqlo x Michael Bastian 2014 collection. Jeans by J. Crew (484 fit). Belt by Merona. Desert boots by Clarks. Sunglasses by Tom Ford.
A washed cotton polo from the Uniqlo x Michael Bastian 2014 collection. Jeans by J. Crew (484 fit). Belt by Merona. Desert boots by Clarks. Sunglasses by Tom Ford.

Men’s shorts, tees and tank tops are also being added to the line for the first time, according to industry news site Shophound — this is something that should please many of us who simply want more of the collection. The bush-short style of four of the pairs is unique, to say the least, but it could provide a more tailored touch. From personal experience, the collaboration’s polos are relatively soft and breathable for pique fabric, a definite bonus. The washed cotton polos are also breathable and very wearable. They fit trim and best of all, usually go on-sale via a bundle pack (buy 2 for $29.90, for example). This year’s polo crop comes in at prices starting around $25 — a terrific price for a standout (and much-anticipated) collaboration. Pick up a few while they’re still around.

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