Abercrombie and Fitch

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  1. JordanLB23 macrumors regular

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    Ok well recently I bought a dress shirt from A&F. I got a medium, and the thing is, I find it slightly small/short length wise, but everything else is good like collar, length of sleeve which is slightly long. My question is, should I try to exchange it for a large? That way I have a longer length of it but the sleeves are longer as well...

    Also since I have a medium right now and I already find it short, wouldn't it shrink after I wash it since it's 100% suede cotton or cotton? Is there a way to stretch it out a bit from washing?
     
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    You'd probably be better off returning the shirt and getting one from somewhere different.
    You don't want to compromise other measurements for the sake of length- you should find one that fits how you want it, rather than the lesser of two evils.
     
  3. JordanLB23 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I"m not sure if the sleeves will get longer if I get a size higher though, or just the length.


    nvm they do, i checked the size charts. the sleeves go 0.5 longer, and the chest goes 2 longer i believe.
     
  4. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Well if you buy a larger size, and the sleeves don't seem longer, then A&F isn't a very good store then, is it. ;)

    The sleeves will definitely be longer. This just sounds like a case of "I bought a shirt that wasn't suited for me because I like the brand". You should have bought the shirt from another store. Depending on what you mean by "dress shirt", there's a chance you would have ended up with a nicer shirt from another shop, and for a lower price.
     
  5. JordanLB23 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well everything fitted very nicely, like I looked really good in it just I find the length somewhat short, it could be a mental thing cause I like to wear somwhat baggy/fitted clothes normally. I was wondering if it could possibly be stretched if i washed it length wise, and the sleeves would shrink just a tad.
     
  6. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I think if the shirt is really nice, and you want to keep it, you need to put the shirt on and take a photo of your sleeve near your wrist. If you keep your arms at your side and relax, the cuff (around your wrist) should cover a bit of your hand. I guess it's different if it's more of a "fashion" shirt, where you never intend to wear this to work, or with a suit and tie. If it's something you'd wear with a suit, I believe it should go down to where your thumb joint is (ie: where your thumb joins the rest of your hand. That makes the shirt a bit longer than the arm of a suit, which is what you want.

    If you're just wearing it to clubs, bars, and just out with friends, then as long as it's comfortable, it's OK. ;)

    But personally, I'd return it. You won't enjoy it. A shirt only looks good if it fits you. Even a shirt that looks great on a rack won't look good if it doesn't fit you well. Some shirts just weren't meant to be worn by some people, even if the shirt looks great, and the guy is a model.
     
  7. JordanLB23 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'll try to take a picture later. It's a dress shirt just to wear to chill with friends, clubs, parties.

    Is there anyway to stretch the length of it though without making the shirt look distorted?
     
  8. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

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    A&F tends to have long sleeves which is good for me because i have long arms.

    They have interesting sizing there too. I have shirts that are S-L and they all fit exactly the same.

    If the shirt doesn't fit you, and the large doesn't fit you, then just return it. Why spend money on a shirt that doesn't fit you?

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    Maybe check out American Eagle? I find for me that their sleeves are always too short, the length too short, and the shoulder and chest area too big. Their quality isn't as good either.
     
  9. Tofaha macrumors 6502

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    i'd say return it..i hate that store.
    a medium=small
    a large barley equals a medium
    they're prices don't reflect quality
    and frankly women dress like whores...where is their dignity? :confused:
    but then again... sex sells :p

    ps i love going into the store with my sister just to yell at each other because speaking in a normal tone is not possible because the music is so loud :D
    "WHAAAAT DIIID YOU SAYY??" ...
     
  10. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

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    I have a feeling this is going to turn into an Abercombie and Fitch hate thread.

    I know so many people that hate that store, and have no understanding why.

    I guess I could see why a girl would hate it, since an XL is equivalent to womans S. You look at the girls shirts in there and wonder how small of a person you have to be to fit into it. They're obviously looking for a certain type of customer.
     
  11. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    The store's clothing is designed with one "model" in mind. If you don't fit that mold then you'll find that some elements of the article of clothing fit nicely and others do not. You are better off if you do not fit that mold spending your money elsewhere.
    It's not that I hate on that store, but it is in fact the truth.
     
  12. JordanLB23 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I dunno... I asked my friends that I went with they said it looks very nice on me, since this is the first time I ever got something from A&F, cause my usual style is more like street/basketball player/urban, so they were surprised I pulled it off.

    But then I personally think its too short, I just asked my parents and they said it looked great so now I dunno I guess it's just me...
     
  13. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

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    Well if you're going for the preppy look, your clothes are not supposed to be HUGE and baggy like urban clothing.

    But if you don't feel comfortable in it, return it. Post a picture and that way you can get some feedback from us.
     
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    It's not "preppy" to wear clothes that fit. What it sounds like to me is that the OP is used to wearing clothes that are 2-3 sizes too big, and now that he has a shirt that actually fits him, he thinks it's too small.

    How far down does the shirt go? Post some pics.

    I went through the same thing a few months ago, when my Friends finally convinced me Im actually a M, when all my shirts were XL :)
     
  15. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I think that's just reality with fashion, in general, though. It would be equally ridiculous to go to Express (which I love) and try to get the Abercrombie look out of their clothes.

    The idea of fashion is to help people look good and express a part of their personality through their clothes. What looks good on one body type just isn't the same as what looks good on another body type.

    Back to Jordan... no, you're not going to stretch a cotton shirt significantly in the dimensions you're interested in. I think maybe it's just that you're not used to the style -- dress shirts are not supposed to be baggy. Even at A&F (well, actually, I can't picture an A&F dress shirt in my mind... because it seems so inconsistent with their style, but I guess they must sell them).

    If it's fitted properly to you, then the bottom hem of the shirt should fall somewhere around 2-3 inches above your (actual) crotch. If you wear it with low rise pants, not tucked in, it should fall just lower than the pocket seams.

    (I have the opposite problem, 90% of the time -- the sleeves are too short, and the body is too long, as I have longer arms and a short torso.)

    Anyway, though, a dress shirt shouldn't be running all the way down to your crotch....

    This is an example (Theory, not A&F) that's about right for current designs.

    Theory shirt at Bluefly
     
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    I also think that the OP's problem is that he is not used to wearing clothes that are more fitted than baggy and can take a while to get used to. But once you get used to it baggy starts to feel weird. Just MHO though. Do what you think is right.:apple:
    Off Topic- I love the look of Abercrombie & Fitch, but the closest store to me is in Dallas at the Galleria. Since I have been becoming more fit one of my goals is to start dressing better. :cool:
     
  17. Ryan1524 macrumors 65816

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    I think the shorter length is probably intentional. It's cut to look good even if you wear it untucked. Compared to any conventional dress shirts that goes halfway down our thighs, A&F will look short.

    I have never bought anything from A&F though. Seems a little overpriced.
     
  18. jb60606 macrumors 6502a

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    every clothing manufacturer has their own interpretation of what an inch/cm/mm/etc is (especially with dressier clothing). If that medium won't fit, then neither will the large unless you're willing to gain some length elsewhere. Unless you really need that A&F branding on your clothing, I'd take that money elsewhere.
     
  19. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    Cotton is just going to shrink and get smaller over time. There really isn't any way adequate way to stretch it either.
     
  20. Prof. macrumors 601

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    A&F clothing is designed to be a size too small cuz they don't want any "large" ppl wearing their product; they are extremely discriminatory. Women clothing lines are notorious for doing this.
     
  21. Ryan1524 macrumors 65816

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    Yes, I heard that someone form A&F actually declared "Not everybody fits in our clothing." I think that's perfectly fine; no different than not liking a brand because nothing looks good to/on you (nothing fits).
     
  22. 7on macrumors 601

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    I like girls that wear Abercrombie and Fitch,
    I'd take her if I had one wish,
    But she's been gone since that summer..
    Since that summer
     
  23. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    Well said.

    I find it funny that people pick Abercrombie & Fitch to poke fun at. They call it expensive and "everything looks the same", when in fact you could say that about pretty much 90% of clothing stores, yet people don't judge them. I don't get it. I like their clothes (clearance is where it's at, never buy full price).
     
  24. todd2000 macrumors 68000

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    Boogaloo shrimp and pogo sticks....

    I can't believe I just quoted LFO (worse yet it's on my iPod) :eek:




    Anyway back on topic....

    I like A&F, but I agree they are a bit pricy for certain things. As for sales, what sales? The closest they have to a sale is the clearance rack.
     
  25. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

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    I really like A&F.

    The mens stuff isn't really designed for a certain type of person like the womens section.

    My dad's friend is a contractor that builds houses for really really really rich people all over the United States- mostly New England but he's been referred to places like NYC, California, etc. Currently he's building a house for the CEO of Abercrombie I believe on Fisher's Island, CT. When my dad's friend said "it'll take about 2 weeks for a rough estimate" the CEO said "it doesn't matter how much it costs just build it".

    Nice to know how much profit they make :p:D
     

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