Before we realized that clothing did not need to cost a ridiculous amount of money and that polos did NOTHING for our hot bods, there was Abercrombie & Fitch. There were other places too (Hollister… American Eagle… and um, yeah that was pretty much it), but for some unknown reason, A&F was number one.

Now, A&F is a great place to shop again, but let me tell you—it is not the same as it used to be. Here are the things from Abercrombie & Fitch that every teenager either owned or wanted to own in the 2000s.


1. Ripped denim jeans.

Flared out at the bottom and faded. Bonus points if the jeans had writing on them. Bonus BONUS points if they were *Ezra Fitch.*

Ripped Jeans from Abercrombie & Fitch 2000s

2. Ripped jean skirts.

The shorter the better. You were only cool if your pockets showed at the bottom!

Ripped Denim Skirt from Abercrombie & Fitch in 2000s

3. Ruffled cotton skirts.

Cotton skirts were like the yoga pants of the early 2000s. So much comfort, so much fashion. Tennis match anyone?

Ruffled Skirt from Abercrombie & Fitch in 2000s

4. Ruffled knit skirts with a pattern and/or bow on it.

These were not as comfortable as the above cotton skirt, but they were trendy AF. Note the disproportional bottom. High on the right, low on the left. Why? No one knows.

Abercrombie & Fitch 2000s: Ruffled Skirt with Bow

5. The infamous Abercrombie & Fitch polo.

Abercrombie & Fitch Polo in 2000s

6. Zip sweatshirts.

A basic 2000s b*tch staple.

Abercrombie & Fitch 2000s: Zip Up Hoodie

7. Zip sweatshirts with FUR on the inside.

Overpay and then overheat. Sounds like a great plan to me.

Abercrombie & Fitch 2000s: Zip Up Sweatshirts Lined with Fur

8. This epic winter jacket.

That’s me and a friend in the below picture, btw. It’s worth noting that I matched the brown moose to the brown tank top I was wearing under it on purpose. Peak Abercrombie & Fitch cult things, nothing to see here.

Abercrombie & Fitch 2000s: White Winter Coat

9. Belts that you wore over your t-shirts that you wore over your tank tops because … no one knows.

Belts should never go anywhere except under belt loops. May this trend rest in peace.

Wearing a belt over a shirt in the 2000s

10. Ribbed tank tops, preferably with lace at the top or the bottom. 

Even Summer Roberts – I mean Rachel Bilson – was doing it. And with a ruffled cotton skirt! FASHION FASHION FASHION.

Rachel Bilson in a Ribbed Tank at The OC Event

11. Thongs with ribbons on the side.

My first thong was from Abercrombie & Fitch. Horrible flashbacks of me giggling and buying thongs from A&F with friends at the mall while rocking braces are happening right now. These thongs also sucked. The ribbon wasn’t stretchy. Why would anyone want these? Oh right, the moose. A branded vagine. Sigh.

Abercrombie & Fitch 2000s: Thongs with Ribbons

12. Any graphic t-shirt that mentioned “Abercrombie,” “Abercrombie & Fitch,” or “A&F.”

If it talked about something random like being on a “sailing team,” you didn’t even care. You loved and needed to own all of these overpriced graphic tees.

Abercrombie & Fitch 2000s: Graphic T-Shirts

13. Any graphic tee that you knew would piss your parents off.

Or scare your teachers. Or both.

Abercrombie & Fitch 2000s: "Humorous" Graphic Tees

14. This classic jean jacket.

Still a classic item to buy from Abercrombie today! But without the moose.

Abercrombie & Fitch 2000s: Jean Jacket

15. The world’s shortest shorts.

Oh, you have thighs? Sorry, these aren’t going to fit you.

Abercrombie & Fitch 2000s: Denim Shorts

16. Cargo pants.

Abercrombie & Fitch 2000s: Cargo Pants

17. ARMY cargo pants.

This girl is selling hers on Poshmark. Gurlllllllllllll.

Abercrombie & Fitch 2000s: Army Cargo Pants

18. Corduroy pants.

Thus proving we would literally wear anything as long as the Abercrombie & Fitch moose was visible.

Abercrombie & Fitch 2000s: Corduroy Pants

19. Sweaters that we could find literally anywhere else for less money… but this one had a moose on it, so we had to get this one.

Abercrombie & Fitch 2000s: Moose Sweaters

20. Plain white t’s… FEATURING THE MOOSE!!!

Because you even needed your plain white t-shirts to be branded… which kind of made them not plain anymore but SO WHAT.

Abercrombie & Fitch 2000s: Moose Plain White Tee

21. These pajama pants.

These were for men, but the girls pants were basically the same thing.

Abercrombie & Fitch 2000s: Moose Pajama Pants

22. This moose sweater.

This wasn’t an ugly Christmas sweater. This was a way of life. I owned a moose sweater back in the day. Not this one, but ‘tevs. Ariana Grande owned this one.

Abercrombie & Fitch 2000s: Ariana Grande in Moose Sweater

23. This skirt that has been eaten by a plethora of moose.

“We takin ova.”

Abercrombie & Fitch 2000s: Moose Skirt

24. Sex.

Arguably their best item. Abercrombie & Fitch sold sex to teenagers like no one else could. See this below picture for their 2002 Christmas issue. Damn.

Abercrombie & Fitch 2000s: A&F Quarterly Magazine


Hi I’m Sam. I made this website in 2011 and it’s still here! I'm the author of the humorous self-help book AVERAGE IS THE NEW AWESOME. I like pizza, French fries, barre, spin, more pizza, more French fries, and buying clothes. Follow me on twitter & Instagram at @samanthamatt1... and on this site's meme account on IG at @averagepeopleproblems. OKAY GREAT THANKS BYE.

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