Is Abercrombie & Fitch your signature style, but you want to refresh your wardrobe? The following 17 Abercrombie alternatives are great places to start. Explore our list for various options of stores like Abercrombie to add variety to your classic closet, from affordable to high-end, brick and mortar to online.
If you’re looking to add a more sporty look to your denim, I especially recommend Pacsun and Cotton On. For a quirkier, shinier or edgier look, check Lucky Brand and Free People. Overall, any and all of the options I listed can beautiflly complement you Abercrombie fits.
I hope you will find your next favorite fashion emporium below! I’ll begin with a few department stores and then move on to my selection of specific brands. There are also second-hand options, so you have plenty to choose from!
Nordstrom is a department store that graces the presence of most shopping malls and has a robust online store. From classic blue jeans to preppy sweaters, the typical Abercrombie shopper can find items reminiscent of their familiar style. They also have a sister store called Norstrom Rack, where you can see last season’s pieces at sale prices—and it has an online store too!
On the other hand, Nordstrom is an excellent place for you to dip your toes into the waters of tons of different brands because they carry all the latest trends in addition to classic staples. You can find brands included in the rest of this list at Nordstrom, as well as others such as Top Shop, Vince, and UGG—all great options to try if you’re into the classics that Abercrombie provides.
If you’ve never shopped here, budget a few hours to see everything it has to offer—this store is huge! And please don’t make the oft-done mistake of calling it “Nordstroms” with an ‘S’ on the end.
Like Nordstrom, Macy*s (sometimes spelled Macy’s) is a typical department store with a wide selection of brands, but I venture to say that Macy*s is slightly more of a safe choice than Nordstrom. It carries brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, and Lauren Ralph Lauren.
If you know that your style is definitively classic and conservative, and your reason for reading our article is to find more options in a similar, fashionable vein, look no further than Macy*s! They often have sales, and I quite recommend the scarf section for fun accessories to add to your neck or hair.
Dillard’s is the last department store on our list before I get into individual brands and online-only shops. From timeless jeans, sweaters, and tops to upscale dresses and purses, Dillard’s offers styles for the Abercrombie shopper looking to update their wardrobe for the professional world.
If you are older than 25, you might be looking to upgrade your wardrobe to feel more adult. (Not that we’re against dressing like a teenager forever!) But there are always settings requiring more class and structure, so I recommend brands here like Michael Kors and Rebecca Minkoff.
Ah, Free People, the bohemian hippie queen’s Abercrombie & Fitch! There is no shortage of eclectic pieces with hints of excitement that remain reminiscent of Abercrombie’s style. Here, you will find sequined dresses perfect for a summer barbeque paired with sneakers or a night out on the town with sky-high heels. (Or the other way around. These days, fashion is all about wearing what makes you feel good.)
You can find suede jackets, leather boots, fashionable studded belts, and glitzy jewelry here that all pair well with Abercrombie clothes. So, if you love your uniform of jeans and white tees from Ambercrombie, Free People is an excellent place to find exciting statement pieces to give your look some flair.
Additionally, Free People has its own workout line, FP Movement, as well as handmade and vintage pieces that are either one of a kind or produced in small quantities. It is definitely one of my favorites on this list!
Pacsun takes the surfer-skater element of Abercrombie and pumps it up 20 notches! So if you wear your Abercrombie ‘in the wild’ and prefer to rock a hoodie and sneakers over a mini skirt and sandals, Pacsun is for you.
Shoppers can find beanies, checkered skirts and shorts, those T-shirts-with-long-sleeve-T-shirts-underneath that early 2000s skater boys used to favor, and so much more. They also sell Vans and Dr. Martens, two shoe brands that pair exceptionally well with traditional Abercrombie clothes.
Brandy Melville is an excellent alternative for teens who already live in Abercrombie but want to branch out a bit. However, there is one caveat: all of their clothes are one size “fits all.” And trust us, they seriously do not. They even sell jeans—in only one size. I can’t believe this is still a thing in 2022, but since their designs are so similar to Abercrombie, I still wanted to include them in this list.
If you fit into their clothing, great! They have adorable styles that complement an Abercombie wardrobe well. But if, like most people, you can’t squeeze into the sizes they deem beautiful, please know that you are gorgeous just the way you are! I hope that by bringing attention to their lack of inclusivity in writing, I can keep the windmill running towards change. But, to be frank, there are enough girls who fit their size to keep them in business, and let’s be honest—if I could fit them, I would probably shop there too.
The following two brands are as close to Abercrombie on our list as you can get without buying from the same parent company (Hollister is featured later in our lineup.) Lucky Brand, commonly referred to as Lucky Brand Jeans, is known for those pants from which their moniker is named.
Their website landing page has a very similar feel to Abercrombie; they even similarly shoot their modeling photos. However, Lucky has a bit of a southwestern sense, so it’s great for fashionistas who want to add a bit more pizzazz by silver and studs.
American Eagle is similar to Abercrombie to the point of being almost indistinguishable. I remember shopping there when I was younger, but the clothes didn’t fit the same way. At the time, some of our friends felt the exact opposite: American Eagle fit them perfectly, while Abercrombie didn’t sit right on their bodies.
Because of this, I recommend trying American Eagle if you love Abercrombie and half a pear or apple-shaped body. You will achieve the same classic style, and if it fits you better, you will feel more confident and beautiful.
I want to note that your outfits will look ten times better if you buy clothes in the correct size rather than trying to squeeze into something that doesn’t fit! Trust us; you’ll look more like a size three in size nine if that’s what works than trying to squeeze into a size three!
American Eagle also has a lingerie and workout clothing brand that has become popular in some corners of TikTok and YouTube!
Amazon! Maybe not the most obvious of choices for a fashion blog, but oh my gosh, the possibilities are endless! So if you miss the Y2K (Year 2000) days, check out Amazon. You can find denim and floral mini skirts, teeny crop tops, and mini purses—all staples in the 2000s shopper’s Abercrombie arsenal.
Pro Tip: Make sure always to read the reviews! Sizing is entirely different on each listing due to Amazon having clothing available from all over the world. In China, for example, where many clothes come from on Amazon, their size is akin to our size, small or medium. Make sure you check what reviewers are saying about sizing—and believe them. When in doubt, size up. You can return most Amazon purchases quickly (double-check the seller’s policies), and you can also do Amazon’s Try Before You Buy program for some brands if you aren’t sure.
DHGate and AliExpress are other options for this type of shopping, and some of the brands are the same. DHGate and AliExpress have a more comprehensive selection, but their shipping times are exorbitantly longer.
Poshmark marks the first of our online second-hand options. Shoppers can find vintage Abercrombie pieces here for a fraction of the price, current Abercrombie fashions (with some diligence), and vintage pieces from a slew of other brands. I love finding Y2K micro-mini denim skirts from Abercrombie and Hollister here. So now that you know our secret, please don’t steal the skirt we’re eyeing!
eBay is an echo of Poshmark, but we’ve found there to be lower prices than Poshmark at times. So think of eBay, very respectfully, as the Walmart to Poshmark’s Target, and you’ve hit the target!
You can also find vintage Abercrombie perfume and cologne on eBay. Cologne and perfume last for years, so it can be fun to experiment with older scents.
Depop is the most popular resale shop in this category, especially for Gen-Z. If you want to find Japanese clothing brands like D.I.A. and Alba Rosa, the Japanese 90’s equivalents to Abercrombie, Depop is for you.
Warning: Depop can sometimes be outrageously expensive. I recommend shopping here as a complement to the rest of the stores on our list because it can be a great place to find unique pieces. Try checking here regularly because good things sell fast!
Forever XXI, or Forever 21, is one of the most affordable options for Abercrombie-like clothing. Their jeans look very similar to Abercrombie’s, but you can find more going-out and clubwear here as well.
I haven’t shopped here in a while, so let us know down below if their brick and mortar stores are still as disorganized, chaotic, and staffed with inattentive employees! Regardless of their past flaws, I can’t ignore the adorable styles available at this budget-fashion warehouse.
Cotton On is Abercrombie’s wearable streetwear cousin. It’s comfy and versatile, with personality. Need I say more?
I had to include Hollister Co. on our list, of course, as it is owned by Abercrombie & Fitch Co. Hollister is geared towards a slightly more surfer, laid-back audience but echoes quite similarly to its sister brand.
Aritzia, owned by the same parent company that owns Free People and Urban Outfitters, is an upscale, timeless-but-trendy fashion house. Everything they sell promises to become a staple in your wardrobe, so beware. I have heard of many a newbie-Aritzia-shopper-turned-addict. And the price is steep at about $80 for a tank top.
(Even if it is the best most beautifully fitting tank top you’ve ever seen in your life, you don’t need 12 of them. Or maybe you do.)
Tommy Bahama is the designer brand I chose for our list for obvious reasons. They carry Hawaiian prints and beachy attire that screams mature ex-Abercrombie shopper. So if you feel too old for Abercrombie—which I don’t agree with—head over to Tommy Bahama!
What Makes a Store Similar to Abercrombie
Abercrombie stands out because it offers timeless, classic, conservative pieces that simultaneously keep up with the times while subtly following trends. They achieve this by altering the way their jeans fit and adding the color black to their offerings—something that happened circa 2015. By staying relevant in small ways, they stay a solid staple in many of our wardrobes.
I chose the stores on our list based on whether they carried similar styles, but I also added some that will give you some options to be a bit experimental if you so choose. Each of our choices has classic pieces that will suit anyone based on these criteria.
Top Stores Like Abercrombie, Final Thoughts
I hope you found something—or multiple things—for your next shopping trip that will suit your tastes and needs. With 17 stores like Abercrombie & Fitch, I feel confident that you will find your new favorite on this list!
Drop us a comment below and tell us which store from our list is your new favorite! Did we miss one? Let us know which stores you think are similar to Abercrombie below!