I’ve admittedly been extremely critical of Abercrombie + Fitch in the past. Listen, I grew up scrounging up every quarter I could out of the swear jar (thank you to the Cleveland Browns for always letting my dad down) just to afford an extra-large T-shirt from Abercrombie when I was 11. I have some serious trauma from not fitting into their jeans when I wore a size 8. And even in adulthood when I was plus-size, I put my head down every time someone in the office started talking about how they had “the best jeans” because of the embarrassment of them not carrying my size. So you’ll understand that when they launched plus sizes, I was skeptical.
I’d been burned by Abercrombie in the past, and I refused to let a store make me feel like sh*t for another second. When our editors in all different sizes tried on their jeans, I opened my eyes a bit because even our plus-size contributor loved her Abercrombie jeans. After a year of my sizes changing nonstop and feeling like I could never find a pair of jeans that fit, I finally ordered a few pairs to try on at home, and I immediately understood the hype. They fit like a glove, don’t bag out by the end of the day, and have trendy styles I usually can’t find in mid and plus sizes.
Due to my newfound appreciation for Abercrombie (we’re still in the talking phase, but I’m telling all of my friends about her), I’ve been on their site nonstop, drooling over their new fall arrivals, and I have quite the wishlist going. Here’s what I’m considering picking up now that I can finally shop there:
These are the jeans that started it all. I bought these after seeing our editors rave about them and them going viral on TikTok, and I can't say I blame everyone for loving them. They're Goldilocks jeans: not too rigid, not too stretchy; not too tight, not too baggy; not too thick, not too thin. Everything I could ever want in a jean is right here.
I love the criss-cross detail on the waistband that makes the jeans a little different, and I'm also really excited to try the straight ankle jeans too.
Mastering the art of layering is always on my to-do list that never gets checked off, but this year, I'm dedicated. This dress would look great over a button-down or turtleneck, with boots or loafers, and with my favorite chunky headband hair accessory trend.
I've been on the hunt for a good brown leather trouser, and this is one of my favorite shades of brown that I've seen. It's the warm-tone chocolate brown that I love, and it doesn't help that it's also the same style and fit of my favorite '90s straight jeans.
This two-in-one set will make getting dressed in five minutes before Zoom calls (oops) a total breeze. I love that I can wear this buttoned up for work, with the tank when out and about, or the tank alone for nights out, and it looks fall appropriate without being too heavy.
I'm buckling in for another fall and winter working from home, and I'm filling my closet with loungewear I'll actually wear outside too. These joggers would be perfect for spooky movie nights, but they're also nice enough to wear on walks around the neighborhood and to the grocery store. They look ultra comfy, and I love the camel color with other shades of brown and black (which any closet is going to have some of already).
Are capes in style? I'm not sure, but it doesn't stop me from wanting one so bad. It's like fall's version of big shirt, big pants with a trouser (preferably leather) or big shirt, little pants with your favorite pair of black leggings. It looks cozy AF, and I want in.
The cardigan trend was really made for an outfit repeater, and I'd like to personally thank Hailey Bieber for it. I envision this buttoned all the way with trousers for work or casually unbuttoned with jeans for a night drinking a spiked cider by a fire with my girlfriends. They're so versatile that I can't help but wear them again and again.
I never thought the day I'd wear flannels again would come this soon (I was in high school when Tumblr decided to reinvigorate the '90s, so wearing flannels around my waist with a tattoo choker and Docs again is too soon for me), but I'm all about it again. This time, though, it's with a 2021 spin. I love the cropped style of this flannel, and instead of wearing it tied around my waist with a white V-neck and skinny jeans, I'm dying to wear it as a shirt over trousers or wide-leg jeans (a Harry Styles vibe, if you will). This also looks so comfy and soft, and I won't deny that it's quintessentially Midwestern fall. I love it.
A few years ago, someone in our office said Abercrombie had the best bodysuits whether you had a large chest or not, and I've been wanting to try one ever since. This has such a unique neckline, and the knit material makes it feel extra fall, even if I end up wearing it in a hot restaurant for my birthday.
Last year, every cute winter coat sold out before I could order, and I'm not making that mistake again. I've eyed this one since last year (when I knew I'd want a little more wiggle room in the XL), and I'm finally jumping on it. Our fashion editor tried four Abercrombie coats last year and raved about the warmth. Now, I just don't know which color to order. The black is classic and the brown is sexy, but the white is making my House of Gucci Lady Gaga dreams come true. It's a toss-up.
OK, hear me out: I know that even when I couldn't fit into Abercrombie's clothes that I could eye their accessories, but now I'm all in—a boycott is a boycott. So now that I feel better about the brand, I'm giving all of their items a shot, including this bag. I've been in need of a good gym bag for a while, but everything is either gigantic (I do not shower or change at the gym, so I really just need to carry the essentials) or $5 million (usually both). I love the size and trendy style of this, and the material looks perfect for lugging my stuff through the elements all winter long.
Abercrombie's activewear is highly intriguing to me, and I figure the best place to start is with something I'd wear as both activewear and regular clothes. This sports bra could easily go under a denim jacket or cardigan for running errands, but I also completely intend on seeing if it holds up at the gym (reviews say their activewear generally does, but I'll be the judge of that).