As Seen In #AEOSTYLE: What They’re Loving

From Glamour to InStyle and beyond, we’ve spotted some of our favorite spring trends in the pages of fashion magazines. Check out where we’ve been spotted in this week’s edition of As Seen In #AEOStyle.

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We’re spreading the love this season with Life Line and helping to launch the #loveisproject to spread love and empower women. Read  more about the #loveisproject here. Plus, Jacob Whitesides gets ready for his TeenVogue.com interview in #AEOSTYLE.

Shop the look:
LIFE Line #Loveisproject Bracelet
Legend Crew T-Shirt
Skinny Pant

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 We’re thinking Spring with boho tops and floral Maxi dresses.

Shop the look: 
Drop Shoulder Eyelet Shirt (shop similar)
Tiered Printed Maxi Dress

What spring trends are you most excited to wear this season? Tell us in the comments below.

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How to Wear the Tomgirl Jean with Crystalin Marie

With a new take on cool and casual, our Tomgirl Jean will take your denim game to a whole different level. With its relaxed fit and destroyed details, you’ll wonder how you went this long without owning a pair.

Crystalin, blogger behind Crystalin Marie, proves that relaxed denim doesn’t always equal casual when pairing with a fitted top and nude pumps.

Meet Crystalin:
Crystalin writes the fashion and lifestyle blog, Crystalin Marie. Her blog is based in the Bay Area and covers topics related to personal style, fashion, food, fitness, and lifestyle. In addition to blogging and working full time, Crystalin is in the middle of planning her summer wedding and running after her cute westiepoo, Lola.

How to Wear the Tomgirl Jean with Crystalin Marie

How to Wear the Tomgirl Jean with Crystalin Marie

What Inspired Crystalin’s Look:
“I love a good pair of relaxed destroyed denim and these Tomgirl jeans are perfect! I went with a more fitted sweater to balance out the looser fit jeans and then paired them with pumps to dress up the look.”

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How to Wear the Tomgirl Jean with Crystalin Marie

 Show us how you style the Tomgirl Jean with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery.

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AS SEEN IN #AEOSTYLE: Jeans and Accessories

From Teen Vogue to Poor Little It Girl, we’ve been spotting #AEOSTYLE in some of our favorite places. Check out where we’ve been spotted in this week’s edition of Bloggers Editors Love.

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Add the finishing touches to your #AEOSTYLE with our Plaid Blanket Scarf. It’s the perfect accessory for falling temps.
Shop the look:
AEO Plaid Blanket Scarf

20150212_blog_prTop off your look with a Photo Real Trucker Hat. Want to take your fashion to new heights? Put on a pair of Sky High Jeggings for elevated #AEOSTYLE.
Shop the look: 
Photo Real Trucket Hat
Sky High Jegging

 

 

Where are you hoping to spot #AEOSTYLE next? Tell us in the comments below.

 

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#AEOSTYLE ROUNDUP: Taking AEO To New Heights

From the tops of mountains to the snow covered planes, we’ve been spotting #AEOSTYLE all over the place. Check out our favorite looks from this week below and start snapping your outfits on Instagram and Twitter with #AEOSTYLE for your chance to be featured in a future blog post!

What better way to start your day than with a cup of coffee, a kiss and #AEOSTYLE. Our Jegging and Baseball T-Shirt are the perfect getup for weekend hangouts.

Shop the look:
Jegging
Soft & Sexy Colorblocked Baseball T-Shirt

 

Don’t let bad style keep you from exploring. Our AEO Denim X has the perfect stretch to keep you comfortable and stylish while discovering new faces and places.

Shop the look:
AEO Denim X
Cross Strap Sandal (shop similar)
Hooded Surplus Jacket (shop similar)

 

When the cold weather gets you down, pep up with #AEOSTYLE. Our Ripped Jeggings look great with a pull over and boots.

Shop the look:
Jegging
Cowl Back Sweater
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BC Reinvented Boot (shop similar)

Channel your inner boho beauty with Artist Jeans. They’ve got the perfect amount of flare to pair with your platform sandals.

 Shop the look: 
Artist Jean
Chunky Heel Fisherman Sandal (shop similar)

What #AEOSTYLE is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below.

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How To Wear Cargo Joggers With Uniform Journal

One trend that we’re really into this season is the men’s Jogger pant. At AEO, we’ve combined style and comfort into a relaxed fit pant with a drawstring waist and cuffed bottoms. The Jogger has become the quintessential staple for athlesiure wear and we’re not stopping there. We’ve added cargo pockets for practical comfort that you’ll want to buy in every color. We challenged menswear blogger, Roderick from Uniform Journal to style our Cargo Jogger and the outcome was well received. Get to know the LA based blogger and his #AEOSTYLE below.

Meet Roderick:
Hi everyone! I’m a fashion blogger based in Los Angeles, CA. I’ve worked for multiple fashion brands specializing in visual merchandising and styling. I’m passionate about fashion, photography, and writing. Another thing you’ll note is that I’m constantly editing my personal style and blogging allows me to instantly share all of my interests with the world.

DSCF1822What Inspired Roderick’s Look:
Weekends should be comfortable, and these joggers are like sweatpants in disguise. The cargo pockets scream military, so the first thing I grabbed was my military shirt. Then I added a striped tee to bring it all together. The end result was a casual outfit that allowed me to move freely throughout my day.

DSCF1830Get Roderick’s Look: Cargo Jogger | Legend Striped V-Neck T-Shirt | Denim Workwear Shirt (similar) DSCF1812Show us how you style the Cargo Jogger with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery.

 

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Behind the scenes: the making of the LOVE bracelet

It’s just before 7pm as the three of us watch the larger-than-life burnt orange African sun set on the edge of the Ngong Hills. Each of us covered head to toe in the deep red dirt of the Great Rift Valley, smiling from ear to ear and drinking down an ice cold Tusker beer. It’s been one of those days when you’ve worked so hard that your brain hurts and your body aches yet your face is shining because of the deep satisfaction from the day.

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Just over a decade ago I purchased a one-way ticket to Kenya. I had no idea when I got on that plane just how much the people of Kenya would change my life and what that change would create for many others. I knew very little about Africa then and about the world of international development. I was just a kid from Texas recently graduated from the University of Kansas with a heart on fire wanting to know more about my purpose in life, who I was, and where I fit in the world.

I am so grateful that I did jump on that plane, despite the well intentioned wisdom of so many who kept telling me to go to medical school first and then go help the people in Africa. I am thankful that I was too ignorant or stubborn or whatever it was to get on that plane. As a result I quickly realized it wasn’t about my helping the people of Africa, or about the people of Africa helping me, but about us learning how to love and appreciate one another. During that year of living in Kenya my understanding of the world broke wide open and for the first time I realized how intertwined our lives are to one another, even those we may never meet. My heart was shattered in such a beautiful way that I expanded and began to see how much I had to learn from my new friends and family in Kenya. For the first time I began to know the abundance of LOVE.

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And that brings us to the present moment, drinking a few Tusker beers, watching the sun set after a long day in the Kenyan wilderness overseeing the creation of our new product, the LOVE bracelet. Jeremiah, Jim and I had just spent the day visiting the 10 Maasai community groups totaling more than 400 women who had recently been employed as artisans through our collaboration with American Eagle Outfitters (AEO). It was one of those work days that you couldn’t possibly dream up even if you tried. Three friends meeting with more than 400 Maasai artisans, talking with them about life, about what it means to them to hand-stitch LOVE each day with their friends as they sit under acacia trees near their homes.

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The LOVE bracelet was designed by my friend, Chrissie Lam, during a collaborative trip to Kenya with our fashion brand, LIFE Line. We had been in partnership for a few years and wanted to partner on a product that would continue to empower the people of Kenya through job creation. One of the key elements I have learned over the past decade is that much harm has been done in Africa under the intentions of doing good. The reason for this is that much of the Western worlds efforts to “help” Africa actually perpetuates a culture of dependency where African communities literally wait on Western aid to “help” them rather than give them opportunities to live empowered lives. I have found that the best way to do this is by creating jobs where people are able to take control of their own lives by becoming business men and women providing for their families just like any of us here in the West want for our own families.

I couldn’t be more excited about our latest partnership with American Eagle Outfitters and the launch of the LOVE bracelet. Over the last 3 months during the production of the LOVE bracelet AEO has empowered LIFE Line to create more than 400 jobs for Maasai women in the Great Rift Valley. Not only have we created jobs, but the Maasai women have made these beautiful bracelets through their ancient tradition of beading under acacia trees near their homes. These products were not made in a factory. They were literally hand-stitched under acacia trees by women community groups gathered in love to stitch LOVE for you!

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Together, we have empowered these women to earn a living, care for their children, and provide for their households. It puts a smile on their faces as they wake up, walk with their community of women to live into purpose-filled work of a quality product. Their efforts also connect us here in America to a powerful story of LOVE that we then get to share via the hashtag, #loveisproject.

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As the three of us sat there watching the sun go down we all smiled knowing that such a product handcrafted in the African wilderness would soon be front in center in the 1,000 American Eagle Outfitters stores across America. What an incredible feeling and what an amazing collaboration between The Supply ChangeLIFE Line and American Eagle Outfitters to believe in something greater than ourselves and to live that belief out loud across the world through LOVE. I hope you enjoy the LOVE bracelet and ask that you please share the love via the hashtag #loveisproject. Thanks to everyone for doing your part to open this door, including our personal TRIBE and the original #loveisproject backers, for believing in us and for seeing the opportunities created when we leverage the influence of fashion to empower lives though job creation.

Big LOVE,

Zane

More about LIFE Line: lifelinefashion.org and @lifelinefashion on Instagram

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