At what age should a male person accept that he is all grown up and stop wearing Abercrombie?

  • silverfox

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    Mar 03, 2009 12:51 AM GMT
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    After that it is
    T.O.F.A.
    (Too old for Abercrombie)

    What do you think?
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    Mar 03, 2009 12:59 AM GMT

    Age has zero to do with it, but, let's face it. You gotta have a good body to fully pull that stuff off. You look qualified to me.
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    Mar 03, 2009 12:59 AM GMT
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    Mar 03, 2009 1:01 AM GMT
    I never understood that store. Way too expensive for me when I was in high school, and by the time I got to college, I had no desire. I love me my Aeropostale and American Eagle. Nice clothes, and I can afford them
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    Mar 03, 2009 1:01 AM GMT
    20.
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    Mar 03, 2009 1:03 AM GMT
    18 for A&F
    20 for Hollister
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    Mar 03, 2009 1:06 AM GMT
    The stray t-shirt's acceptable as long as you have the body for it.

    For Abercrombie to make up the majority of your wardrobe?

    23.
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    Mar 03, 2009 1:08 AM GMT
    20
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    Mar 03, 2009 1:10 AM GMT
    when he to fat to fit it
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    Mar 03, 2009 1:11 AM GMT
    I think out of college is too old and even that is pushing it. You don't have to dress like a kid to be comfortable. I think my opinion is colored by the man behind the brand who reminds me of the ultimate Peter Pan/troll afraid to grow up.

    The company's embrace of re-eroticizing the male physique and courting faux-controversy are expert marketing (somebody's gotta keep paying Herb Ritts to do what he does).

    But my opinion is also colored by their past racist hiring and marketing tactics. All-american men are white, black, asian, latino, indian, native american (the original all-american icon_razz.gif ) gay, bi and straight. Granted that was back in 2005 but they built their brand on a fantasy of a world without brown people.

    But if you're that desperate to pay $60 for a hoodie then by all means.

    Just be sure to buy a visor with it.
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Mar 03, 2009 1:14 AM GMT
    I was too poor to afford it in high school (well, maybe clearance), and too stoned to care in college. Glad to have missed the opportunity. That store doesn't even make sense anyway, you could you be a petite young man and still need to buy an extra large shirt to prevent it from creeping up to your navel.
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    Mar 03, 2009 1:17 AM GMT

    Officially it's two years older then me, haha, actually I don't wear Abercrombie so I'm totally joking. Although I think it would still look hot on you bud.
  • mcwclewis

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    Mar 03, 2009 1:18 AM GMT
    Seriously? It's a clothing line. I don't think there's an age limit.


    Unless of course you mean specifically "Abercrombie," which is the kids store for "Abercrombie and Fitch."

    I buy my mom Hollister sweaters all the time, they look great on her, and she's 58.


    As for their racist advertising, you can't blame the whole company. They have a specific branch that deals with it, they're the ones to blame.

    Besides, Abercrombie and Fitch (which is also Holliser, they're the same company) is one of the only stores I've ever seen personally that takes it upon themselves to include that they don't discriminate against homosexuals in their hiring in New York state, which doesn't have a specific law against it.
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    Mar 03, 2009 1:23 AM GMT
    The Abercrombie label is irrelevant, it could be any brand. The problem isn't age, it's putting any bad body into good clothes. It's true that fewer old bodies are likely to fit into that brand than young ones, but I can also point to lots of young bodies that are equally out of place in something Abercrombie.

    Let's make Abercrombie and similar brands a goal, and not an exclusive privilege of youth, with some arbitrary cut-off age. It's partly why I joined RJ, to motivate myself to get back into shape, to where an Abercrombie fit isn't out of the question for me.

    Well, maybe the look won't totally work, and you'll never see me modeling in the A&F catalog, but if I can at least have the shape again I'll be happy.

    BTW, as I posted here some months ago, I first knew A&F as a men's outdoor outfitter. The men in my family were getting all their hunting & fishing gear from them over 80 years ago, and also their custom-made Army field equipment during WWII. It seems ironic to me that the same company now sells twinky togs, to guys who wouldn't know one end of a shotgun from another.
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    Mar 03, 2009 1:23 AM GMT
    i didnt know age mattered
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    Mar 03, 2009 1:31 AM GMT
    Age? How about since 2005 or 2006 when every t-shirt looked like the next? I walked through an Abercrombie yesterday, literally walk in, to the back, and out again... Same t-shirts as always. Zzzzzzzzz
  • UncleverName

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    Mar 03, 2009 1:32 AM GMT
    I'm 30 and maybe I'm a bit too old for it to be my whole wardrobe, but I still wear a few of their clothes.

    If I thought I looked like I was trying to look 20, I would stop wearing them. And I'm sure a couple of my younger friends would tell me if I looked like that.

    And there aren't too many clothing stores that make good fitted, athletic t-shirts. $30ish for a t-shirt isn't really that expensive, compared to A&F's competitors.

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    Mar 03, 2009 1:32 AM GMT
    I would say 14.
  • tbeaux

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    Mar 03, 2009 1:33 AM GMT
    mcwclewis saidBesides, Abercrombie and Fitch (which is also Holliser, they're the same company) is one of the only stores I've ever seen personally that takes it upon themselves to include that they don't discriminate against homosexuals in their hiring in New York state, which doesn't have a specific law against it.


    if we follow the stereotype correctly, it's because gay men model their clothes. icon_lol.gifMy sister and her girlfriend are well connected throughout the fashion industry in Los Angeles, they wanted me to try modeling for A&F. As much as I would love to sit and drool all over them gorgeous boys, I could not do it. 1) I have a big ass. Like it's really out there. 2) I don't think I could ever be a model I like to laugh a lot when they want you to be serious. 3) Only store I would ever model for in my life is J Crew.

    Anyway, moral of story, When I was with a bunch of models, I have to say 6 of the 8 guys there were gay.

    But I don't mind A&F and Hollister, it's just I can't fit into them. I'm a size 34. It's this juicy thing behind me, BUT I think i'll keep the big butt. Plus J Crew to me has a lot more style and class...so does expressmen.
  • Rookz

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    Mar 03, 2009 1:35 AM GMT
    mcwclewis saidAs for their racist advertising, you can't blame the whole company. They have a specific branch that deals with it, they're the ones to blame.


    Yet that branch company still represents A&F even if they are a branch company. In retrospect, they did not do shit to make up for their racist marketing.

    And as for their 'hiring' process, no where in America are you suppose to not hire a person because sex/age/sexual orientation, etc. They have laws against that ALL over.

    One more thing, age doesn't matter. If you're willing to spend the money on poor quality crap spray-painted with a company logo on it, go ahead. Importantly, why spend so much for a brand name? Are people such nobodies that they need to advertise to be seen?
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    Mar 03, 2009 1:44 AM GMT
    Hollister, Abercrombie, and Ruehl are all parts of the same company. TECHNICALLY, Hollister is aimed at late middleschool/early highschool kids........ Abercrombie is aimed at late highschool/early college kids......... and Ruehl is aimed at late college/early post college ppl. i would say that technically, if you've graduated from college, you've also graduated from Abercrombie. lets set the age at 20. however, i can understand the hesitancy to throw away old abercrombie clothes, as they're not exactly cheap.... and so if someone wants to wear it around the house, or while doing yard work, into their mid twenties, that's ok i guess. after that, one looks like a douche who's in denial about his age.

    the thing with abercrombie is that it's not just a 'look' or a line of clothing.... its a brand and an 'image' with a story that they sell; the image of the elitist, popular kid... they're selling sex- and a particular brand of it. this is why it looks ridiculous on the wrong people- its one of the best-marketed brands in the world. american eagle is a poor-man's abercrombie.... except that instead of smoldering teen sex, they sell purity and bright candy colors with wacky prints... THEIR whole story is different, though few acknowledge it. Aeropostale is a poor man's American Eagle, and looks awful on everyone. their look is 'the poor kid.' but all of these revolve around the pubescent.

    dressing one's age is ALWAYS sexier than trying desperately to dress like a college kid (unless you are one, and then you're just dressing your age). similarly- though on a side note- dressing as you DID when you were a college kid, despite being in your 50s, is equally heinous.
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    Mar 03, 2009 1:47 AM GMT

    I guess if we're old enough to have purchased Abercrombie sweaters and shirts BEFORE they put their name and logo on the outside, then maybe we're too old to buy the overpriced rags.

    A couple of years ago, I had a date with a guy in his 40s who had an A&F polo on, one size too small so it highlighted his pecs. He could have been a poster child for the term "clone". Oh well, the date ended with a handshake in the parking lot, so I guess I wasn't his type.

    Whenever I see a straight boy in Abercrombie I smile to myself, since I know he has succumbed to homoerotic marketing and probably isn't even aware of it.
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    Mar 03, 2009 1:49 AM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidLet's make Abercrombie and similar brands a goal


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    Red_Vespa saidIt seems ironic to me that the same company now sells twinky togs, to guys who wouldn't know one end of a shotgun from another.


    If any of you see me in Abercrombie, I pray you aim the right end at me icon_eek.gif
  • EricLA

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    Mar 03, 2009 1:50 AM GMT
    Completely depends on the guy. There are 20 year olds who look stupid wearing it and 40 year olds who can pull it off. But, at some point it can look silly.
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    Mar 03, 2009 1:51 AM GMT
    I know what you're saying, and I've never been a label wearing/act like I've got money when I really don't/superficial bullshit person to begin with, but look at who you're dealing with - gay men. These are people who, for the most part got no adolescence. They are 30 going on 13. They have to get that 8th grade girly shit out of their system between 20-40. Look at any gay club or gay group where everyone talks about you the second you leave the room or any gay social function. Girlstown. There is no growing up. Two men physically can not have kids (unless you adopt - not the same thing); we can't find relationships for the most part or even get married. When you have no milestones, no rules, no 'life blueprint' that our straight peers had, why grow up? We sure as hell don't encourage each other to. But we love to make fun of those who don't.

    This is why gay males are the most hypocritical people on earth. We criticize each other like crazy so we can feel good about ourselves for one second (because we are still the last group of people that society gets to shit on, but since we have nobody to shit on, we shit on each other)...and that's okay, but none of you admit it.

    If it's not Abercrombie it's something else. Look a little deeper as to WHY they are wearing that shit in the first place - maybe because they're looking for acceptance from this hostile group of guys that pulled the rug out from under their ass after thinking they would accept them after coming out, so now they're doing anything and everything (to extremes) to 'fit in' - no matter how ridiculous it looks. We all do it in some way, and we are all guilty of judging others who are doing it now.