Want a keepsake of American Apparel’s signature aesthetic? Here’s what to buy in its fire sale.

Want a Keepsake of American Apparel’s Signature Aesthetic? Here’s What to Buy in Its Fire Sale.

Want a Keepsake of American Apparel’s Signature Aesthetic? Here’s What to Buy in Its Fire Sale.

The XX Factor
What Women Really Think
Jan. 20 2017 7:59 AM

Remember American Apparel’s Signature Aesthetic by Buying a Velvet Crop Top in Its Fire Sale


American Apparel, which declared bankruptcy in 2015 and sold its remaining assets to a Canadian firm last week, made a number of well-designed, well-made basics: leggings, T-shirts, hoodies, underwear. But that’s not what the purveyor of domestically manufactured clothes will be remembered for. Rather, American Apparel will be remembered for its pervy founder, its pseudo-pornographic advertising, and its subset of delightfully impractical garments. For every classic, universally flattering T displayed in a given American Apparel outlet, there was a shiny body suit, plunging V-neck dress, or cutout crop top that seemed contrived to make even the most attractive body look ridiculous.

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L.V. Anderson is a former Slate associate editor.

Now, as American Apparel is offering a coupon code for a 40-percent discount on every item on its website in its company-wide fire sale, some of these ill-thought-out designs can be purchased for a song. I trawled through the site’s sale section to find a few perplexing items that are marked way down even before you apply the 40-percent discount. If you’re looking for a keepsake to remember American Apparel’s signature aesthetic by, consider one of these. (All current prices listed below reflect the 40-percent discount, and prices and availability are obviously subject to change.)


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They say horizontal stripes make you look wider, which is why it makes perfect sense to put them on what is essentially a skintight swimsuit with sleeves.


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Are you a mime looking to show off your feline side? Have I got a garment for you!


Harper Wide Leg Jumpsuit
Originally $75; now $34.20


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God help the woman who gets her period while wearing this one-piece.

Sloan Cutout Top
Originally $39; now $18


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For all those annoying times when your shoulders and sternum are too hot but your neck is too cold.


Velvet Crop Tee
Originally $36; now $10.80


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Presumably intended for women who want to enjoy the holiday festiveness of velvet but live near the equator.

Shiny Sleeveless Crop Top
Originally $35; now $3


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You read that right: This form-fitting metallic confection can now be had for less than one-eleventh of its original price—possibly because it is flattering to only one-eleventh of American Apparel’s target audience.