It's no secret that when Leandra Medine and the rest of the Man Repeller staff decide something is a thing, the rest of the fashion industry sits up and takes note. That's why we were totally intrigued when they declared that Abercrombie and Fitch may be 2015's major comeback kid. Is it possible that the source of our best (read: now cringeworthy) junior high ensembles could do enough of a 180 to make us want to shop there again?
It turns out that the Man Repeller team is totally on to something. To compete with our fast fashion faves like Zara and H&M, the retailer is working on making its image a little bit trendier. Gone is the moose logo stamped on every piece of clothing and the colorful T-shirts splashed with Abercrombie & Fitch across the chest. In their place? Chic, grown-up clothes that we'd totally add to our wardrobes. Don't believe us? The outfits below are all the proof you'll need.
1. Sophisticated Suede
Is ther any piece more on trend right now than the button-front suede skirt ($58, Abercrombie & Fitch)? Contrast this piece's trendiness by styling it with timeless essentials like a striped tee ($15, Abercrombie & Fitch) and faux leather jacket ($98, Abercrombie & Ftich). A&F has seriously stepped up its footwear game, stocking fashion girl-favorite brands like Sam Edelman and Dolce Vita - and these leopard Sam Edelman booties ($160, Abercrombie & Fitch) are (literally!) spot on. Polish off your look with a felt fedora ($38, Abercrombie & Fitch).
2. Layered Up
Abercrombie may still have prepster-vibes at heart, but its classic, preppy looks have gotten a fashion-forward makeover. Give the timeless look of a button down menswear shirt ($58, Abercrombie & Fitch) and printed skinny pants ($31.90, Abercrombie & Fitch) a trendy twist by layering a rib knit crop top ($9.99, Abercrombie & Fitch) over your shirt. Cool-girl metallic slip-on sneakers ($42, Abercrombie & Fitch) are both chic and totally functional - and every fashionista needs a chic pair of sunnies ($9, Abercrombie & Fitch).
3. Wrap It Up
Last season's trendiest sweater shape, the turtleneck ($39, Abercrombie & Fitch), is here to stay. Pair this cozy piece with an olive-colored wrap skirt ($30, Abercrombie & Fitch) to give your look a pop of autumn-appropriate color. If you invest in one pair of ankle booties this season, make it a classic pair you'll wear for years to come - this suede lace up pair ($130, Abercrombie & Fitch) is perfection. A&F's black fringe bag ($58, Abercrombie & Fitch) looks way more expensive than it actually is, and round sunglasses ($9, Abercrombie & Fitch) complete the look!