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Abercrombie & Fitch
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Abercrombie & Fitch
Advantages: Good quality, easy to wear items with an edge
Disadvantages: The price, expensive shipping, small sizes
What is it?
Abercrombie & Fitch is an American clothing store. Obviously being American the styles of clothing vary slightly from your typical English articles of clothing. Abercrombie is one of the most expensive 'high street' stores that you will find in a standard American mall, and caters mainly for young adults.
Abercrombie and Fitch recently opened their flagship store in England in London, Burlington Gardens.
What does it sell?
The clothes stocked by Abercrombie are pretty un-adventurous, but almost every article sold is available in a wide range of colours and styles, unlike a lot of English stores where you will be limited to one or two colours. .
Vest tops are available in a wide range of different colours including lime, yellow, pink and navy, as are camisole tops. These are basically standard vests that you could find in top shop or even Primark, the only difference really being the Abercrombie logo stamped in the bottom corner of the vest (a moose!)
Stock is pretty standard for what you'd expect for a high street store and includes t-shirts (all with logos), jumpers, cardigans, jeans, skirts, jackets and coats. Shoes are not often stocked but flip flops are always available!
Who do they cater for?
Abercrombie website has sections for both men and women as well as for children, but their clothing ranges are most popular with teenagers and young adults. If you find an Abercrombie & Fitch store in the US, it is very likely that lurking not too far away will be an Abercrombie kids store, a store almost identical but selling the clothes in smaller (tiny!) sizes.
This is good if you're a twelve year old but I shouldn't imagine it's as nice for all the college guys and girls who bump into a toddler wearing the same jumper as them! You don't have to worry about this too much though living in England, luckily enough!
The website is very easy to navigate around, there are separate sections for men, women and kids, and then little tabs coming off each bar for you to easily select what you are looking for, e.g. skirts, jeans, t-shirts.... There's another tab where you can listen to some Abercrombie-style music, just click on the 'A&F playlist' link at the top to get a good in store feeling - these are all loud pop songs just in case your wondering! I think this is a lovely touch to the website, one of my favourite parts, although I often forget to use it.
There's also all the usual sections, including contacting the company, the option of joining the mailing list, creating your own online account and adding a wishlist of items which Abercrombie will then go on to email to your friends and family - sneaky but I like it!
Children's sizes are available usually in S, M, L and XL. Sizing charts are available on the chart but to give you a rough idea, a small would fit your average 9-10 year old, medium 11-12 year olds, L 13-14 year olds, and XL 15-16 year olds.
Sizes for men are S, M, L, XL and XXL, with small being a 36-38 chest measurement, XXL44-46. Generally speaking I would say go one size up from what you are usually, my boyfriend is usually a medium in all tops but a medium in Abercrombie was almost skin-tight on him! The sizing guide on the website will help find your exact size.
As for womens, Abercrombie stock XS, S, M, L and XL, although it is a rarity that you will actually find anything available in a women's XL size. I have found the womens sizing on articles to be very confusing which is why I'm going to detail them a bit more clearly here...
XS = UK size 0-2
S = UK size 4-6
M = UK size 8-10
L = UK size 12-14
XL = UK size 16
Don't be fooled however if you are a perfect UK 10 into thinking you should get a medium, I'm a size 10 and find the larges fit me well, sometimes even a bit tight. If I were to rewrite the size I'd say a small is around a UK size 2-4, medium 6-8, large 10-12 and extra-large a 12, possibly a very small size 14 but that would be pushing it.
It varies greatly on the design of the article chosen, but it essential that you try articles on unless you are 100% sure they will fit as the sizing of articles stocked (in my experience, anyway) tends to vary dramatically from one design to the next,; one week a medium fits me perfectly and the next an XL is tight on me...I'm pretty sure it's not down to rapid and excessive weight gain!
Prices and Conversion
A basic,. Logo-ed mens polo top will set you back around £50, women expect to pay around £40 and children get the better deal for a polo just under £25. Expect to pay around the £100 mark for a pair of mens or womens jeans from this store in London. If you purchase from the states though, the prices are around the same in dollars.
The current exchange rates are in our favour, meaning, roughly speaking your paying around £27 for a mens polo, £22 for a ladies and just £14 for a childs, including tax - this is only if you purchase from the US though, so it's worth a look if your over there!
The quality of all of the Abercrombie and Fitch range, in my experience, is very good. Clothing articles keep their shape and colour well (when washed correctly!) and almost all of their stock can be tumbled dried, making them extremely easy to care for.
If you order online, postage to the UK is quick and hassle free, returns are welcomed and free of charge as long as you send the item back in the original condition it was received in first. However you pay the price for it, and if you spend under £100 postage is a massive £20 just for standard delivery, and it doesn't get much cheaper if you spend any less.
If you live in or near London it's better to get into store and have a look round, that way you get the full shopping experience and wont feel like you've wasted an extra twenty quid!
I am an Abercrombie fan and often check out their new ranges on their website. The clothes they sell are almost always my taste and it's nice to get a look into the new American fashions.
If you happen to be in the states any time soon, I suggest popping in and having a look around, particularly if they have a sale on where a good deal of their stock is held for 50% off, sometimes even 75% (this will also be on the website). Likewise, if your in London have a look round their flagship store, but I don't think I'd be able to spend £100 on a pair of jeans I could get half price elsewhere. Check out ebay for US sellers getting on on the UK Abercrombie craze for some bargains!
The website is www.abercrombie.com - have a look around, enjoy!
Summary: A good quality high street store - but a bit too expensive!
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