A plus size stripe tee fall outfit with a bold red wool coat.
Much like my last post, this look is all about stripes on stripes!
Plus Size Stripe Tee Fall Outfit
Abercrombie & Fitch Plus Sizes
So I ended up publishing the post without many details.
First, I wanted to say that I completely understand if you don’t want to support Abercrombie & Fitch.
Abercrombie’s Fatphobic History
Unsure what I’m referring to? Former Abercrombie CEO, Mike Jeffries, said some “controversial” things about his customer base many years ago.
At the time Abercrombie didn’t sell a size bigger than “large” for women, which was a size 10.
Take that in for a moment.
And consider that at the time, the average woman in the US was a size 14.
Jefferies told Salon.com:
“In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids.”
“Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely. Those companies that are in trouble are trying to target everybody: young, old, fat, skinny.”
“It’s almost everything. That’s why we hire good-looking people in our stores. Because good-looking people attract other good-looking people, and we want to market to cool, good-looking people. We don’t market to anyone other than that,”
Side note: A&F has also been accused of discriminating against African Americans, Latinx, and Asian Americans by favoring white floor salespeople which were called “models.”
A&F settled in a class-action discrimination lawsuit.
Additionally, A&F was also sued for age discrimination.
You Can’t Sit with Us
And when Jefferies was confronted about his words years later, he doubled down!
“…I sincerely regret that my choice of words was interpreted in a manner that has caused offense. A&F is an aspirational brand that, like most specialty apparel brands, targets its marketing at a particular segment of customers.
However, we care about the broader communities in which we operate and are strongly committed to diversity and inclusion. We hire good people who share these values.
We are completely opposed to any discrimination, bullying, derogatory characterizations, or other anti-social behavior based on race, gender, body type, or other individual characteristics.”
Did that sound like a sincere “apology” to you?
Well, thankfully old white men who are in denial about their irrelevance and prioritize their own ego over stockholders usually end up crashing and burning.
And not surprisingly, not even the ‘cool kids’ wanted to sit with Jefferies.
Abercrombie had a drastic decline in both sales and brand value while its competitors were extending their sizing and diversity in their models.
So eventually Jefferies was replaced by Fran Horowitz, the current Abercrombie CEO.
Horowitz has made significant changes to A&F’s business practices and brand image.
However, Abercrombie didn’t use any plus size models until just last year.
Is that “progress?”
So what do you think? Are you willing to shop at a retailer with such a heinous history?
Let me know in the comments below.
Plus Size Straight Leg Ankle Jeans
A&F offers select items in sizes up to a size 24, or a size 37 in their jeans.
Plus Size Straight Leg Ankle Jeans Sizing
The sizing is similar to J.Crew in that their jeans come by waist sizing (vanity), so check the size chart below to see which size you are.
These particular jeans come in 3 inseams: short (25″), regular (27″), and long (29″).
These jeans also come in a “Curve Cut,” which as you can see from the chart above, has more room in the hips.
I haven’t tried any of their jeans because they don’t make my size.
But, go here for a review and more sizing information.
Plus Size Stripe Tee Fall Outfit
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Go here for another post with this plus size navy striped tee.
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