Every time I visit Abercrombie & Fitch’s website, I am shocked by the absence of teeny, tiny, low-rise jeans, popped collars and logos brazened across every chest. Nary a moose in sight! As I said in my first ever article for The Mom Edit (aw baby’s first article), this is not the Abercrombie of your youthful dreams (or nightmares, really it depends).
An Abercrombie & Fitch Mini Try-On Sesh (Corset Dress To Vintage Flares)
As I am want to do, I quickly fell down a rabbit hole of cozy fall sweaters, high-rise leggings and flared jeans. Abercrombie did not disappoint.
1| Corset Mini Dress
Confession: I hate the TV show Friends. So when the TMEI (The Mom Edit Insiders on FB) did a “woke up like Rachel Green” challenge I was like, “hard pass.” That was until I tried on this Corset Seamed Mini Dress in black floral, which is giving a total ’90s vibe. I’ve paired it with my Vince Camuto booties that I’ve owned forever, but it would look great with a leather jacket or a pair of black patterned tights and combat boots.
Fit Notes: I ordered a large, but should have ordered the medium (sort of depends on the bra you wear — or don’t). The top is a bit too loose. What I also love about this dress is you can order it in different lengths, so if you fall on the petite or tall side you can order a length that complements your height.
2| Houndstooth Sweater + Vintage Flares
If you want to play with the flares trend, but not spend designer denim moolah, try these Ultra High-Rise Vintage Flares. Again, what I love about Abercrombie is that they offer different lengths, which is important depending on what kind of shoe you want to wear with these. They work with heels, but are short enough to work with sneakers (for me, I’m 5’7 for reference). This Houndstooth Sweater is available in other colors/patterns and feels like a delicious hug. Seriously soft. I’m also wearing my Steve Madden Sloanne Booties, which if you’ve been reading my articles for a spell, you know I’m obsessed.
Fit Notes: The Flares are TTS (I’m wearing a size 30). The sweater is TTS (I’m wearing a Large). The booties are TTS (I’m wearing an 8).
3| Slim Turtleneck + Vintage Flares
This Slim Black Turtleneck paired Vintage Flares is peak “tenured New England liberal arts professor” that you know I strive for. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this turtleneck. It’s a nice medium weight, fitted without being too tight; a solid winter staple. I tucked it in for a more polished look for my Feminism in Classic Lit 201 class (jk).
Fit Notes: The turtleneck runs TTS (I’m wearing a large). The jeans are TTS (I’m wearing a size 30) and my booties are TTS (I’m wearing an 8).
4| High-Rise Leggings + Fleece
Nothing makes me feel more #MomLife than some leggings and a fleece (not a bad thing). Not to sound all “MLM-y” but these Contour Leggings are buttery soft. They don’t have any built-in compression around the stomach, which I typically prefer, but very comfortable. Not going to change your life, but fine. I purchased this Asymmetrical Snap-Up Fleece during their Labor Day Sale and it is a delight (available in a slew of colors). These are the boots I’m trying out (attempting to find my unicorn Sorels). Winter chic.
Fit Notes: The leggings run big, size down (I’m wearing a medium). The fleece is TTS (I’m wearing a large). The boots are somewhat TTS (I’m wearing an 8, but may want to try an 8.5).
I don’t know why I continually forget that, unlike Victoria’s Secret body sprays (I can still taste the vanilla scent — bleh) Abercrombie really has evolved with the times. They’re not slinging low-rise denim and neither am I. Bring it on, moose, I see ya.