The word "washed" in retail is fraught with peril. Much as "heritage" probably means wrinkled and/or distressed, "washed" is generally a euphemism for "cheap-feeling" and/or "faded". In the case of Michael Bastian's new set of polos for Uniqlo, the $23 price point might make the t-shirt-esque casualness of the chosen cotton jersey forgivable. Overall the collection is quite a bit weaker than last year's superb collaboration but the second batch, which arrived Monday, includes some great bold stripes and a welcome continuation of the johnny collar experiment that worked so well in 2013.

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