15+ Abercrombie Essentials  – A Foodie Stays Fit



When I was young, Abercrombie and Fitch was the very last brand I would have worn. The sizing was extremely small, even in my correct size (which was obviously not conducive to a healthy mindset for young girls), and the clothes were always on half naked models. I always had a bad taste in my mouth about Abercrombie– without even mentioning the darkly lit store with a gallon’s worth of men’s cologne clinging to everything. You get it.

But I will say, that’s not how I feel anymore. I’m in my late 30s (almost 38) and believe it or not, I’ve started shopping there. And loving it. Much of the positive change Abercrombie has made can be attributed to their new CEO, Fran Horowitz, who took over in 2017. Abercrombie & Fitch, now has a brand new focus on inclusivity, diversity, sizing that ranges much further, and their models are now…err.. clothed ha.

Their jeans are what changed it all for me. I decided to try them last year after seeing someone post about them on LikeToKnow.it. The verdict? OBSESSED. The short version fits my petite, 5’1″ frame without needing to be tailored. I was shocked! After my pleasant experience with Abercrombie jeans, I ordered a few other items to see if their clothes were as good as their jeans. Turns out, they are! I have multiple pieces from Abercrombie in my closet and I’m always scouring their site for new arrivals.

In today’s post I’m diving into my favorite pieces from Abercrombie. I’ll update this post as the seasons change to include current items, so check back in the fall for more!

15+ Abercrombie Essentials

Abercrombie Must Haves For Women

I’m linking a few items I already own and love and a few that I’m eying for the fall. I’ll update this post throughout the fall as Abercrombie gets new fall arrivals.

Abercrombie Ultra High-Rise Ankle Straight Jeans

The Ultra High-Rise Ankle Straight Jeans are what converted me to Abercrombie.  I originally ordered one pair that was distressed, and now I own a 3 other washes in the same jeans. They cost $99 and go on sale ALL the time, which is a great deal compared to most jeans that I own in the $175-$225 range.

These jeans come in four different lengths: extra short, short, regular, and long. I’m 5’1″, and having shorter options makes a huge difference since regular jeans don’t always look the same after I’ve had them altered. (BTW, getting your jeans tailored to you is a sure-fire way to get more wear out of them). I order the Short length and I own both size 25 and size 26, which is true to size with the other brands of jeans I wear (Madewell, Joe’s, Paige, and Mother). For sizing help, I’m 5’1″, 116 lbs, and a 25 Short fits me well.

Here’s what I love:

  • high waist / high-rise jeans
  • option of a short length
  • slight distressing
  • loose-fitting on bottom, snug on the butt, thighs, and hips
  • not stretchy – I prefer the structure of true denim (They also make these jeans in a curve love version which has a stretchier fit)

Order them here!

Abercrombie Side-By-Side Comparison

Outfits all linked here

And here are a few more angles so you can see how they fit all around.

Abercrombie denim Comparison

Puff Sleeve Corset Sweetheart Top

I LOVE this top so much. The pattern/colorway that I have is sold out, but the same style is available in two other colors. I was surprised that I loved this considering it’s cropped, but when I pair it with high waisted jeans and denim shorts, you can’t tell. Keep in mind, I have a petite frame and my torso isn’t long, so that does help.

The puff sleeves aren’t overwhelming, but they add a stylish flare to a simple top, which makes it super easy to dress up! It’s also incredibly flattering on a larger bust, which isn’t always the case for tops like this. The back is smocked, which makes this top super easy to pull over your head, and is also the reason it works so well with larger busts. The pattern that I have is sold out, but the hot pink and kelly green options are stocked and fun fall colors.

I have it in an extra small, and you can shop it here!

Natural make up look for a fun birthday dinner this weekend! #LTKSeasonal #LTKbeauty

These cropped white jeans have become my spring staple! I love white jeans, but I’m pretty picky about how they look. This Madewell pair is perfect! My top is by Abercrombie and it’s pretty cropped, but with high waisted jeans it’s not an issue. #LTKstyletip #LTKSeasonal #LTKshoecrush

Outfit linked here

Traveler Polo Mini Dress

The next item I’ve worn nonstop since purchasing is the Traveler Polo Mini Dress. I originally bought it for golf since it had a collar, but I’ve loved wearing it as an athleisure outfit too. The fit is snug enough to be super flattering, but comfortable and giving enough to stay in all day. I love when a dress is flattering and comfortable at the same time. The black is out of stock, but the light grey color they have fully stocked is a great neutral.  Just pair with cute sneakers and you’re set!

I wear my favorite amazon biker shorts underneath since they do not have shorts built in. (Mom fashion hack!) Unfortunately the black is sold out, but the light grey option is a great fall color.

I have this in an extra small and LOVE it. It’s hard to be the price too. Shop it here!

My favorite athleisure workout dress! I also wear this to play golf and it’s the best. I wear my Lululemon fast and free running shorts underneath in a Razorback sports bra. #LTKSeasonal#LTKfit #LTKstyletip #LTKfit #LTKSeasonal

Outfit linked here

Women’s golf outfit idea! This golf dress is PERFECT for a spring golf tee time. The collar makes it appropriate for the golf course, and the length makes it feminine enough that you feel Q all day! I paired it with Lululemon fast and free shorts underneath, since there are no built-ins. I’m wearing an extra small. #golf #golfoutfit #LTKSeasonal#LTKstyletip#LTKfit #LTKstyletip #LTKSeasonal #LTKfit

Outfit linked here

Smocked Midi Dress

I don’t have any weddings on the calendar this fall, but if you do, this dress is a stunner. I’ve grown to really appreciate a tasteful bodycon style dress, and when it has a fun pattern and some ruffles, that’s a winner. I love this fall print as we transition into cooler weather. It doesn’t quite scream fall the way flannels and pumpkins do which makes it great for the warmer fall months too.

If I was wearing this dress to a fall wedding, I’d pair it with these heels, this clutch (here’s a more affordable option), and gold jewelry. For cooler weather, I’d also bring a tan pashmina.

Asymmetrical Snap-Up Fleece

Now this pullover is full-on fall in the best way! I love outerwear in the fall. It’s rare that I’m not wearing a jacket of some sort, even in my house, every day in the cooler months, so I love finding cute options like this. The quilted detail is fun and feminine and the asymmetrical snaps are also a cute detail. It’s been a top seller from Abercrombie for years!

I always pair pullovers with leggings or jeans.

Classic Short Cardigan

I’m a huge fan of cardigans as tops these days. They’re a great option for nursing moms, as well! There are 6 color options for this cardigan but I’m drawn to the purple one. I’d pair this with the Ultra High Rise Ankle Straight Jeans. I love the cropped length with the looser fit –such a cute combo.

Everyday Crew Essential Tee

I love Abercrombie’s basics like the Everyday Crew Essential Tee. I have a few of their tees and they always become my favorites. You can never have too many clean, classic tees, and these are a great affordable option.

Ottoman Squareneck Tank

Another great basic! This tank comes in a million cute colors and I love the ribbing. The cropped length is great for high waisted jeans.

Abercrombie Must Haves For Men

Tommy rarely shops and has had the same tops and bottoms for YEARS. Here are some of the items I’ve been eyeing for him to help freshen up his closet!

YPB Training Joggers

These training joggers have a cool, tapered fit and they have a nice amount of room through the thighs. These are made in Abercombie’s core active fabric. The waistband is elastic and perfect for lounging.

YPB 7″ Lined Cardio Short

Other item I’m looking for to help refresh Tommy’s closet is workout shorts. I love the style of these cardio shorts from Abercrombie because of the two-toned colors and the length. Seven inches always feels like the perfect shorts length to me.

YPB Training Tee

Are you sensing a trend here? I’m on the hunt for nice looking lounge and activewear for Tommy to wear on the weekends. This Training Tee comes in tons of colors and it’s made in their core active tee fabric. I like that it’s free of logos!

Lightweight Puffer Vest

Tommy already has a few vests he loves, but if you’re looking for a puffer vest that’s more affordable than North Face or Patagonia, this lightweight puffer vest is a great option.

Abercrombie Must Haves For Kids

I LOVE browsing the kids’ section when I’m shopping to see if there’s anything worth adding to my own order for Thomas. Unfortunately Abercrombie’s kid selection is for ages 5 and up, but if you have older kids, here are a few items I like!

Boys Long-sleeve Preppy Icon Shirt

I really love the blue plaid pattern and colorway in this shirt. It would be super cute for church with khakis.

Boys Puffer Vest

I love the navy version of this puffer vest for little boys. It would look great with the button down from above!

Girl’s Pleated Skort

Skorts for kids are the best idea ever. This floral print skort is super cute and a practical item for girls heading to school this fall.

Girl’s Fleece Skort

Another ADORABLE skort for little girls. If they made this in my size, I’d buy it!

Bottom Line

Don’t knock Abercrombie until you try it! I was super surprised by how much I like the items I have, and it’s inspired me to shop at A&F more often. I’ll keep this post updated as Abercrombie continues to upload fall arrivals!

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