Poll any fashion person (or cold-weather dweller, for that matter) on what helps them get through the winter, and you’ll likely get the same response: Uniqlo’s HEATTECH. Its line of barely-there, affordable basics made from bio-warming and insulating fabric have been keeping shoppers warm since 2003. You might look at the T-shirts and tights and think they’re something to hide underneath, but Uniqlo is giving shoppers a reason to show off their HEATTECH this year, with a little help from Alexander Wang.
The designer is creating a HEATTECH capsule for Uniqlo, which launches online on November 8. It will still be focused on basics, HEATTECH’s bread and butter (think bodysuits, T-shirts, leggings, and, yes, underwear), but with that Wang twist (like neon green accents.) The 34-year-old is a returning Uniqlo collaborator—he designed a capsule for the Japanese retailer back in 2008, as part of its Designer Invitation Project—as well as a frequent Uniqlo shopper: He told Vogue he gets his “socks, underwear, those everyday essential items,” there. “It’s not fussy, it’s pure, there’s quality to it,” he added.
Though Alexander Wang x HEATTECH is meant as an innerwear collection, the designer envisions the pieces in all sorts of scenarios—he tells Vogue: “Wear the bra top with a high-waisted jean and a denim jacket,” for instance. “I wanted to think about it in a way where even if it wasn’t just worn on the inside—if you wore it as a top as something to lounge around in—you feel like there’s a style, an aesthetic that could stand on its own.” If you can’t decide if you prefer an underwear set or leggings, you can nab both: Prices start at $15 and cap out at $40.
Check out every single piece in the cold-weather collection every fashion person will be wearing this year, even if it’s underneath their layers.