Dress codes and uniforms are a normal part of many jobs. At A&F, your face and body are your uniforms, and anything else is, well, optional.
Guys had to wear pants that were too big so that people could see their undies and shirts that are so tight that people could see their muscles. We’re…speechless.
Hangers and Hook-Ups
In order to work for Abercrombie & Fitch, you have to look a certain way, and by that, we mean - alluring. But what happens when you put a bunch of attractive people together? You know the answer; it's basically the formula of every reality show on the planet.
As workers don't have much to do but fold clothes, once they are done doing that, they are free to engage in other, more enticing activities. Hook-ups were normal, as long as nobody got caught.
Stay on Script
Just like actors, those who are lucky enough to work for A&F have to stay on script. No improvising is allowed; it would ruin the whole vibe.
If someone does have the audacity to say something other than the assigned "Hey, how's it goin'?" they would be yelled at for running the brand's reputation.
Before beards were in, they were super out. Regardless of fashion trends, just like the military, Abercrombie & Fitch has a strict no stubble policy. We don't want to hide these pretty faces under beards!
The worst part was that if you forgot to shave, you had to shave with a used, old razor. That can't be safe, but who cares about safety? Not A&F, that's for sure!
Spend Your Earnings
One of the most ridiculous parts about having a job you can't wear your normal clothes to is that you have to keep spending money in order to go to work and make money.
At A&F, this has reached new levels of absurdity, as you earned a paycheck and spent it in the same place. This left most workers in an endless cycle of working but still being broke.