I have some old AE tees I wear as undershirts/pajamas but honestly I would not wear anything from AE/Hollister/A&F in public that was recognizable as such. Pick up one of those unbranded flannel shirts because it fits you, and you're gonna still pass teenagers on the street wearing the exact same piece in the exact same color but paired with those disgusting, fifteen-pound, extra-chunky cargo shorts, flip flops, white plastic sunglasses and a pukka shell necklace. There's no point at all, you can do so much better. MAYBE if you just moved back after a decade finding your zen in Thailand and the only clothes you own are Buddhist monk's robes. But how desperate is anyone really for a new flannel shirt under 50 bucks? I think the original problem here is that when you spend enough time on SF and SuFu you forget that it's possible for mall brands to remember the details once in a while. You note a BR pair of dress pants with an Etro-like patterned waistband lining or an AE shirt with a contrasting buttonhole like some Paul Smith design and you think "oh hey that's not half bad for $20" but honestly, shake it off, they're still just aping the true inventors and they're not offering similar quality or luxury, or anything else. It's passable stuff, often enough, and that's fine, but that doesn't make it worth buying.