For nail-in-the-coffin type proof that American Apparel’s heyday is well and done, look no further than the financial pages. After declaring bankruptcy in the fall of 2015, the brand announced it’s shuttering its L.A. headquarters and all 110 American stores, with the last door to close in April. As such, the next few months mark the last opportunity to stock up on the sort of basics the brand rode to popularity on. Even if you haven’t found yourself stepping inside an A.A. recently, it’s the sort of thing you’ll miss when you need it. Where to start? Read on for our picks.


Finding the perfect plain, heather gray sweatshirt was never hard post–American Apparel. Bulk-buy crew neck and hoodie styles (whether slouchy or shrunken) so you’re prepared for any styling quandary.

American Apparel Lightweight Pullover Sweatshirt, $38;


When the ’90s started inspiring today’s street style stars, bodysuits came back in a big way. A.A.’s selection is pretty much the best, so it pays to get one in every neutral hue you’ll need.

American Apparel Bodysuit, $28;

Skater Skirts

The time when your spring-and-summer closet couldn’t exist without a round skater skirt has come to an end, but as we know, trends have a reliable way of coming back around. It wouldn’t hurt to have one on deck.

American Apparel Denim Circle Skirt, $54;









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