Our Stuff, My Style Winners

Our Stuff, My Style Winners

We love seeing how our in-store associates style the AE looks they love. This season, we chose four winners in the ‘Our Stuff, My Style’ program from our stores all over the country.  Their unique, individual takes on the trends we stand for are truly inspirational.  Meet Meaghann, Chris, Yvonne and Isaac and get to know what defines their personalities and styles.

yvonne American Eagle Outfitters store associate from Grand Rapids Michigan

Yvonne loves to express herself through fashion. The Grand Rapids, MI native adds personality to classic looks with sparkle and spunk, and looks forward to traveling to Paris, France.

 

Chris D American Eagle Outfitters store associate from Yuma, Arizona

Chris D. is a Florida native currently living in Yuma, AZ. He prefers classic pieces and a comfortable, put-together look.

 

Meaghann B American Eagle Outfitters store associate from Pittsburgh, PA

Meaghann B. lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA but dreams of big city style in New York or Los Angeles. Styling is her passion and she stays busy writing a fashion blog. You can check it out at www.sealed-with-style.com.

 

Isaac R. American Eagle Outfitters store associate from Bel Air, MD

Isaac R. from Bel Air, MD rocks an easy-going style that matches his open-minded personality. He’s an aspiring actor and dreams of the gorgeous West Coast shoreline.

AE Friends & Family: Meet Gab B., Host of AEO TV

AE Friends & Family: Meet Gab B., Host of AEO TV

Meet Gab B., the host of AEO TV. AEO TV is our internal training program for store associates to help educate them on all of the awesome fashions, outfitting options, and styling details you see in our stores. When Gab is not starring in AEO TV videos, she is pursuing her love of  stand-up comedy in Pittsburgh

How did you discover your passion for performing?

I guess it all started when I was cast as Dasher in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in the second grade Christmas play.

How did you get your start as the host of AEO TV?

I saw a tweet about an open casting call. I figured the job would be more of a traditional style of acting in a corporate video format. I’m so happy that I was wrong! I guess because I had both a background in media and comedy, when they created a “host” type position, my name came to mind.

What does your job entail?

I mostly interview buyers, designers, store managers, and corporate managers for store associate training purposes. I have been fortunate to host a couple live events for American Eagle Outfitters as well, including the annual holiday party and award ceremonies. I just finished up a two week tour around the United States and Canada working on a project to reward stand-out store associates, which we also filmed and will use as training tools.

Gab Bonesso host of AEO TV at the American Eagle Outfitters holiday party

Gab at the annual AE Holiday Party

Who has been the most important influence in your life?

My parents for sure. I am without a doubt a product of those two amazing individuals.

What is your dream job?

I would love to have my own sitcom,  a children’s talk show,  a sketch comedy show on HBO, or a solid career as a movie actress. Or all of the above! (I’m supposed to be dreaming, right?)

What is next on your ‘To Do In Life’ list?

Break dance or tap dance.

How would you describe your style?

Urban Prep.

How does your work influence your style?

My work as a comedienne definitely influences my style. When I perform standup comedy, I am very physical with my body, so it is imperative that I wear comfortable clothing but still be fashion forward.

Where do you find your inspiration?

I am honestly inspired by everything around me. People, nature, art, science… I can’t get enough of you, World!

Where is the coolest place you’ve traveled for your job?

The coldest place was Saskatoon, but the coolest place was by far New York City.

Do you have any cool interests or hobbies?

As an artist, I feel like my profession and interests are all tied together. I write plays, I write columns, I write songs… basically I love to write! I play trumpet and drums. I do a wicked Billie Holiday impersonation. I’m also a self proclaimed grill master with a penchant for grilling steaks and watermelon.

How to Wear It: Insta-glam It for the Holidays with Faux Fur

How to Wear It: Insta-glam It for the Holidays with Faux Fur

We’re fur real about faux this winter. The super-soft textures and assortment of stand-out prints & styles in our cold weather collection make these faux fur accessories even easier to wear. Whether you prefer a subtle trim on a knit hat or a statement-making leopard print coat, there’s no better way to glam up your look.

Aerie P Aerie Assistant Social Media Coordinator  finished off her pretty and festive look with the AEO Faux Fur Earmuffs

We love mixing delicate lace with shimmery sequins. Addie P. from our Aerie Social Media Marketing team finished off her pretty and festive look with the AEO Faux Fur Earmuffs for a textured finish.

Shop Addie’s Look:

AEO Faux Fur Earmuffs

AE Lace Cutout Dress

AE Sequined Crop Cardigan

Jamie S., American Eagle Outfitters Associate Marketing Manager, is absolutely adorable in the AEO Knit Earflap Hat. The faux fur trim keeps this cozy winter hat super-soft.

Jamie S., Social Media Associate Marketing Manager, is absolutely adorable in the AEO Knit Earflap Hat. The faux fur trim keeps this cozy winter hat super-soft.

Shop Jamie’s Look:

AEO Knit Earflap Hat

AE Studded Chiffon Top

Cassandra P American Eagle Outfitters Social Media Coordinator is all about the cheetah print with the AEO Cheetah Trapper

Social Media Marketing Coordinator Cassie P. is all about the cheetah print. This fun trapper adds enviable edge to the understated palate of her casual look.

Shop Cassie’s Look:

AEO Cheetah Faux Fur Trapper Hat

AE Curved Hem T

AE Sweater Hoodie

AE Faded Black Denim Jacket

AEO Hidden Wedge Sneaker

Maggie L, American Eagle Outfitters Assistant Shoe and Accessory Buyer AEO Faux Fur Chubby and matching headband

Assistant Buyer Maggie L. is so ready for a night out in the AEO Faux Fur Chubby and matching headband. We’re digging the contrast between the glam outerwear and deconstructed details on her black jeans.

Shop Maggie’s Look:

AEO Faux Fur Chubby

AEO Faux Fur Headband

Jeggings

Mae J, American Eagle Outfitters Graphic Designer, wears the AEO Faux Fur Trapper Hat in Cream

The AEO Faux Fur Trapper Hat in Cream adds a little rock vibe to Graphic Designer Mae J.’s sheer shirt dress. With playful pom poms and animal ear detail, this hat was made for party season.

Shop Mae’s Look:

AEO Faux Fur Trapper Hat

AE Shimmer Dot Shirtdress

American Eagle Outfitters Merchant Order Specialist Juliana C cozies up in the AEO Faux Fur Knit Snood

Merchant Order Specialist, Juliana C., cozies up in the AEO Faux Fur Knit Snood. This extra-warm looped piece is a must-have for keeping winter weather at bay.

Shop Juliana’s Look:

AEO Faux Fur Knit Snood

AE Reverse Fair Isle Sweater

How to Wear It: Men’s Cold Weather Accessories

How to Wear It: Men’s Cold Weather Accessories

There’s no arguing that the most essential piece in your winter wardrobe is the jacket or coat you’ll wear over almost everything: the one that you can throw on without thinking, that keeps your look not just under wraps, but on point.  And once you’ve found the perfect puffer, duffle, or pea coat, everything else is just details, right?

Wrong. You’re wearing that awesome jacket because it’s COLD. And because it’s cold, the hat, the scarf, the mittens, and the details matter.  They’re the finishing touches that will keep you warmest when it’s coldest and always looking perfectly put together no matter what the wind chill.

This season, we’re making cold weather gear super easy to style. Chunky wool knits, bright classic patterns & rugged trappers are perfect mixed, matched and on their own. Top off your look with AE outerwear accessories and you can’t go wrong.

Brandon Sewall Natural Body Movement Trainer wears an American Eagle Outfitters trapper hat.

The AEO Camo Trapper Hat adds texture and warmth to a layered winter look and we love the versatility of the AEO Fingerless Mittens.

Shop this look:

AEO Camo Trapper Hat

AEO Fingerless Mitten Gloves

AE Heritage Shawl Cardigan

AE Denim Jacket

Brandon Sewall Natural Body Movement Trainer wears an American Eagle Outfitters beanie and gloves.

Contrasting hues of blue pop when you pair the heathered AEO Touchpoint Gloves with the AEO Knit Hat in a heritage instarsia pattern.

Shop this look:

AEO Touchpoint Gloves

AEO Knit Hat

AE Hooded Duffle Coat

AEO Shawl Sweater

Brandon Sewall Natural Body Movement Trainer wears an American Eagle Outfitters trapper and gloves.

Rugged AE Trapper Hats are lined with super-soft faux fur and available in classic flannel, plaid, knit or updated camo.

Shop this look:

AEO Camo Trapper Hat

AEO Fingerless Mittens

AE Plaid Flannel Shirt

Brandon Sewall Natural Body Movement Trainer wears an American Eagle Outfitters scarf, beanie, and gloves.

Add some polish to your puffer with a classic plaid scarf, two-toned AEO Touchpoint Gloves and a bright red beanie.

Shop this look:

AEO Touchpoint Gloves

AEO Ribbed Beanie

AE Lightweight Puffer Jacket

AE Friends & Family: Dan B., AE Brand Creative Director

AE Friends & Family: Dan B., AE Brand Creative Director

How did you discover your passion?

Oh man, that’s a tricky question to answer. Growing up in a small town, I really didn’t have a lot of focus or direction. I’ve always been a very visual person, and as such, I was easily distracted. My teachers and peers saw this as lack of motivation and focus,  so I had a pretty difficult time in school. As most artists/designers can attest to, I have about a 3 second attention span. It took me a long time to understand what it meant to have creative talent and then how to focus that energy. I was always drawing, sketching or painting and I loved taking photos, but it didn’t dawn on me that I had a unique talent until my senior year in high school. I found myself cutting classes to spend more and more time in the art wing. My art teacher was a huge influence in my creative life. While other teachers all but gave up on me, he inspired and pushed me to focus my creative energy into something tangible. My senior year I decided to go to The Cleveland Institute of Art to get my BFA. I would say this is when I truly discovered my passion. Being surrounded by tremendously creative and passionate young artists really motivated and pushed me.

How did you get your start as an art director?

Honestly, I think it was a mix of hard work and luck. I was always intrigued with retail and fashion-based marketing. It seemed like a fun field to get into, so I structured my portfolio and thesis around fashion. A design recruiter at another retailer called me up a few weeks after graduation and I signed on as an associate level graphic designer. From there it was lots of hard work and long hours. Four years later I found myself at American Eagle Outfitters as the Art Director for their newly launched kids brand, 77Kids. And now, after a lot of late nights and a few years later, I’m the Creative Director for the AE Brand. This job is pretty great. We have an incredibly talented team and fun work environment. I can honestly say I love coming to work everyday.

Dan Barbato American Eagle Outfitters Brand Creaitve Director

Dan B., AE Brand Creative Director, during the 77kids opening in NYC.

Who or what has been the most important influence in your life?

That’s easy, my family. I have a large Italian family and I’m very close to them all. They are my biggest fans and have been incredibly supportive.

Dan Barbato American Eagle Outfitters Brand Creaitve Director

Dan with his dad, uncle, and brother.

What is your dream job?

I would love to own and run a little coffee shop or bar.

What is next on your ‘To Do In Life’ list?

I really enjoy traveling. My next stop is Paris and Berlin. I’ve been obsessing about visiting for a year now and I’m looking to plan a trip in the spring.

How would you describe your fashion style?

My style is pretty All-American and classic. I like simplicity. Pretty much everything in my closet is black, grey, white or navy. My go-to is a pair of dark skinny jeans, a grey T and a pair of Chucks.

How does your work influence your style?

My design style is very minimalistic. I like clean lines, grids, solid colors and lots of space. I like classic and timeless design that speaks for itself. I would say my work and my personal style mesh fairly well together since AE is the classic all American brand.

Dan during the American Eagle Outfitters Spring 2013 shoot.

Dan during the American Eagle Outfitters Spring 2013 shoot.

What was your favorite part of the Holiday 2012 shoot?

It was so much fun, but my favorite moment was shooting Priscilla at midnight as she jumped around and threw glitter at us. It was pretty hilarious. There were about five of us in a huge, open, pitch-black field in the middle of the Oregon wilderness. It literally couldn’t have been any more amazing.

Where do you find your inspiration?

I find inspiration everywhere. I’m extremely observant and am constantly taking in everything I see. There’s just so much beauty in this world, it would be a shame to waste a moment! A few artists and designers that have inspired me this month: Scott Hansen, RJ Shaughnessy, Kimberly Gordon, Mattias Adolfsson, Todd Selby, Grant Hamilton, Atelier Olschinsky and Jeff Luker.

Where is the coolest place you’ve traveled for your job?

I’m so blessed to have a job where I get to travel to some pretty incredible locations. I’d say one of the coolest places was an Island in the Florida Keys called Indian Key. We had to take a 45-minute boat ride every morning just to get to this little private island. That was pretty sick!

Do you have any cool interests or hobbies?

I listen to music non-stop. I try to get to as many shows as possible. I love to gallery hop and frequent museums. I enjoy the outdoors and nature and love to fly-fish and camp. I’m an avid scotch and whiskey connoisseur. I also love to grill and cook when I have time.

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