It’s funny how some brands can make you think of a certain time. When I think about Hollister & Abercrombie, I think about the times where I drove 45 minutes (we didn’t have either of those stores at our local mall) to shop in a poorly lit store and get slammed with a major headache from all the fragrance, all in hopes to find that cool-girl screen tee & a denim mini that my parents probably wouldn’t even let me wear anyways. Upon graduating high school, though, I’ll be the first to admit that I would specifically not buy something even if I liked the style just because it was a certain brand but a couple of these stores have really evolved since the last time I shopped there. Here are 3 brands from high school & why we should be taking a second look at them…

American Eagle: AE made a name for themselves with their low-rise denim, polo shirts & screen tees but they’ve really evolved to stay on trend with the boho/festival vibes. They can definitely be a one-stop-shop for any festival you’re going to this summer! Here are some of my top picks:

  • Festival Shorts
    Festival Shorts
  • Distressed Denim Shorts
    Distressed Denim Shorts
  • Off-the-Shoulder Ruffle Top
    Off-the-Shoulder Ruffle Top
  • Chambray Romper
    Chambray Romper
  • Fringe Shift Dress
    Fringe Shift Dress
  • Straw Panama Hat
    Straw Panama Hat
  • Flatform Espadrille Sandal
    Flatform Espadrille Sandal
  • Braided Leather Flip Flop
    Braided Leather Flip Flop


Wet Seal: I definitely wrote this store off for good until about 3 months ago when I was asked to go to a meeting at the headquarters in Irvine, CA with my company. I always knew Wet Seal to be the place to buy super cheap, disposable clothing and had a bad rep for being trashy, just saying the words ‘Wet Seal’ put a bad taste in my mouth, but in that meeting I learned that Wet Seal actually started in SoCal back in 1962 as a ‘cal-chic’ clothing company. Long story short, the brand took a turn for the worst in the 90’s & 00’s and strayed away from their original style but is now under new leadership and getting back to their roots. Check out some of my fav cal-chic looks!

  • Floral Surplice Wrap Romper w/ Bell Sleeves
    Floral Surplice Wrap Romper w/ Bell Sleeves
  • Choker Neck Plunging Keyhole Woven Tank
    Choker Neck Plunging Keyhole Woven Tank
  • Oversized Lightweight Open Cardi
    Oversized Lightweight Open Cardi
  • Satin Low Back Slip Dress
    Satin Low Back Slip Dress
  • Denim Lyocell Joggers
    Denim Lyocell Joggers
  • Layered Flat Link Necklace
    Layered Flat Link Necklace
  • Whipstitch Saddle Bag
    Whipstitch Saddle Bag
  • Cat-Eye Sunglasses
    Cat-Eye Sunglasses
  • Faux Suede Lace-Up Heels
    Faux Suede Lace-Up Heels

Abercrombie: They did a serious rebrand and changed their company from the inside out. In short, they’re under new leadership, reduced logos, changed store fronts, hired a celebrity spokesperson, and more. Their new collection has a completely new look and you might actually wear it some of it!

  • Floral Romper
    Floral Romper
  • Distressed Denim Shorts
    Distressed Denim Shorts
  • Crochet Bralette
    Crochet Bralette
  • Embroidered Tassel Cropped Peasant Top
    Embroidered Tassel Cropped Peasant Top
  • Cold Shoulder Shift Dress
    Cold Shoulder Shift Dress
  • Mock Neck Drop Waist Dress
    Mock Neck Drop Waist Dress
  • Collection Silk Slip Dress
    Collection Silk Slip Dress
  • Square Sunglasses
    Square Sunglasses
  • Felt Floppy Hat
    Felt Floppy Hat
  • Sam Edelman Gena Sandal
    Sam Edelman Gena Sandal

Happy Shopping!

Xo, katie



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