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It was last fall that a friend asked me: “Have you seen Abercrombie’s new stuff?”
I laughed and cringed a little at the same time, recalling the Abercrombie & Fitch of my teen years in the early aughts. I hadn’t thought of them since the era of the Backstreet Boys.
But when my friend pulled up their website, there was no trace of the old A&F to be found. Instead, everything felt refined and sophisticated. The more I browsed, the more I loved their aesthetic. The clothes themselves were so my style — subtle, minimal-ish, classic but with a vibe. Like Aritzia, but at a friendlier price point.
I was especially excited about their denim. The sizing options gave me hope that I might find my new go-to jeans that really fit well. So I ordered a couple of pairs to try on, feeling hopeful. Maybe a little skeptical too. But when they arrived, I was smitten. And impressed. They’ve managed to do what no other jean has done for me lately — FIT.
So today I’m sharing my thoughts on their 90s ultra high rise straight jean, which I’ve had for a couple months now. Read on for my notes on the sizing, washes, fabric composition, and overall thoughts.
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I’m wearing the 90s Ultra High Rise Straight Jean in Light Wash.
SIZE: I have a 27in waist and a 39in hip. After trying on a few pairs, I realized I’m a Curve Love fit — GAME CHANGER. No gap in the back of the waist! On me, a 27 Curve Love is super comfy with a little extra room, a 26 Curve Love fits snatched yet still comfy. I have a pair in both sizes, so I tend to go back and forth between the two depending on what I need that day. In this post, I’m wearing a 27 Curve Love.
INSEAM: I’m 5’5 and wearing the regular length here. I love that it’s full length, just short of touching the floor when I’m barefoot. I usually like this length the best with sneakers or other flat shoes, but in this post I’m wearing it with a heel and it still works.
FABRIC COMPOSITION: These jeans look rigid, but a closer look at the fabric composition reveals they are made up of 99% cotton, 1% elastane. Ooooh that 1% elastane is my best friend! It makes them soft and comfortable, yet they still hold their shape through multiple wears.
DETAILS: I appreciate that they don’t have back pocket stitching or visible logos.
WASH: Their light wash is everything. It looks like the perfect vintage flea market find. Very authentic. I’ve tried some of their medium washes and they were nice too, but I wasn’t in love enough to buy them. A light wash just fits my personal style better. I also love the washed black color — it’s clean and classic, not too faded.
SIZING CONSISTENCY: I’ve tried on a lot of A&F jeans, and overall I feel that their sizing is consistent within styles. As in, I’m a 26-27 Curve Love in any wash of the 90s Ultra High Rise Straight Jeans. HOWEVER, I’m a different size in different styles. For example, so far I’ve discovered I’m a 25 Curve Love in the Low Rise 90s Straight, a 27 Curve Love in the High Rise 80s Mom Jean, and a 25 Curve Love in the High Rise Dad Jean.
It takes a little patience and some ordering + returning to figure out your size. If there’s a store near you, I recommend going in person to try a bunch of different styles/sizes.
I hope the information I’ve shared in this posts helps a bit! Feel free to ask any fit questions in the comments — I’ll answer them as best I can.
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