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No matter how glamboyant your taste, your wardrobe has to stay grounded with at least a few basics. And it's painless to spend money on plain clothes as American Apparel is taking an extra 50% off sitewide, including sale items, via coupon code "TAKE50". (Shipping adds $5, but orders of $50 or more qualify for free shipping. Some exclusions may apply, and sizes and stock are limited.)
Please note that American Apparel is currently going out of business, so all sales are final and stock is extremely limited. That said, this is the best sitewide discount we've ever seen from American Apparel, so here are 12 great deals from the sale to pad your stock of staples.
American Apparel Women's Loose Crop Tee for $11 via coupon code "TAKE50" ($11 off)
This cool, boxy tee is great for layering over tanks, dresses, and swimsuits, or you can just pair it with jeans and go. Multitasking for the win.
American Apparel Men's Resort Swim Trunks from $12.50 via coupon code "TAKE50" ($37 off)
Your swimsuit doesn't have to be fancy or expensive, it just has to function in the pool. This one will get the job done.
American Apparel Women's Delphine Tunic Sweater for $10 via coupon code "TAKE50" ($68 off)
This long sweater is cozy and low-maintenance for laid-back autumn afternoons. Go easy with leggings or dress it up with a skirt and boots.
American Apparel Men's California Fleece Slim Fit Pants for $9 via coupon code "TAKE50" ($27 off)
These pants are cooler than pajama bottoms but not as trendy as joggers, so you know they'll be wearable for years to come. Men's magazines actually do stories on finding loungewear like this.
American Apparel Women's Tri-Blend Loose Crop Tank Top for $10 via coupon code "TAKE50" ($10 off)
If you're not already armed with airy tanks for summer, add this to your cart immediately. You can throw it on with shorts and head out the door in under a minute.
American Apparel Men's 50/50 V-Neck T-Shirt for $5.50 via coupon code "TAKE50" ($16 off)
Color is what transforms a simple tee from a boring basic into an intentional outfit decision. No one wears bright orange or green just because it was the top item in the drawer.
American Apparel Women's Cotton Spandex Jersey High-Waist Hot Shorts for $11 via coupon code "TAKE50" ($11 off)
These shorts will do the most, taking on jobs like yoga and sleep and even working with sweaters for everyday wear. You might never want to take them off.
American Apparel Men's Tri-Blend Crewneck Pocket T-Shirt for $12 via coupon code "TAKE50" ($12 off)
If you feel incomplete without a shirt pocket, maybe grab this in every color. That'll be nearly a week's worth of tops.
American Apparel Women's Print Cotton Spandex Jersey Leggings for $8 via coupon code "TAKE50" ($24 off)
Anybody who tries to tell you leggings aren't pants needs to get acquainted with the dictionary. These fun prints will complement solid shirts, or you can go wild with pattern mixing.
American Apparel Men's 50/50 Henley Ringer V-Neck T-Shirt for $13 via coupon code "TAKE50" ($13 off)
Buttons and contrast trim elevate this shirt out of the dresser and into the closet. It's as close to a plain tee as you can get without wondering if it counts as real clothes.
American Apparel Women's Striped 9x1 Rib Fitted T-Shirt for $13 via coupon code "TAKE50" ($13 off)
Recall your favorite grunge-era looks without looking like you're in a costume in this striped shirt. The lack of a mock neck keeps it from being too on-the-nose, but everyone who sees you will still feel a faint pang of nostalgia.
American Apparel Cotton Twill Cap for $12.50 via coupon code "TAKE50" ($12 off)
As long as humans have heads, ballcaps will be a ubiquitous accessory with no baggage or connotation other than "hat." It's even better than a beanie, because it won't look silly if you wear it when it's warm out.
Readers, what caught your eye in American Apparel's store closing sale? Is there anything you're hoping will drop even further? Let us know in the comments!