AE Project Live Your Life Fashion Show

AE Project Live Your Life Fashion Show

This month, we invited 16 of our cast members from the Project Live Your Life Back to School 2013 photo shoot to Pittsburgh to participate in a fashion show at our annual company-wide ‘State of the Place’ event. Our Home Office Associates were treated to a sneak-peek at our Back to School collection. Check out some behind the scenes photos from the event and testimonials from the cast!

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Members of the Project Live Your Life BTS 2013 Cast take a photo before the fashion show.


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Senior Creative Director of Photography George F. steps in to tie Luke’s tie during the fashion show.

When I got the e-mail that there was going to be an AEO Back to School fashion show I was so excited. All of the cast immediately started messaging each other on Facebook! AE FAMILY REUNION!!! We didn’t think we would get the chance to see each other again but luckily the show brought us all back together in Pittsburgh.

Right before the show I got super nervous because I didn’t want to fall in front of the entire audience but also because I was super excited. There was a TV in the back where we could watch each other rock the runway. I felt like a proud parent watching each of my friends!

Project Live Your Life American Eagle Outfitters Back to School 2013 Cast

Leanne with other members of the Project Live Your Life BTS 2013 Cast.

The finale was definitely my favorite part. We were pretty much asked to make a mess! I got to throw color starch all over the CEO of AE, the cast and the audience. It was a surreal moment. I got so into the color fight that I forgot there was an entire audience watching us.

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AE Fashion Show finale.


Leaving is always the hardest. American Eagle has magically found 20 of the coolest kids in the country and brought us together. All of us are such good friends now and it is so hard to say goodbye. -Leanne, a student activist from Fairfax, VA.

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AE 4th of July Outfit Guide

AE 4th of July Outfit Guide

How are you celebrating America’s birthday next week? Whether you’re spending the holiday on the beach, barbequing in your back yard or living it up with friends, our outfit guide will help you be the most stylish and patriotic person wherever you may be.

Girls, whether you’re chowing down on picnic food or watching fireworks fill the sky, keep your 4th of July look patriotic-chic with a red, white or blue graphic tank and a playful shortie. Keep your feet cool and ready for anything in a pair of perforated Keds and round out your look by adding a touch of sparkle with necklaces, a watch, and bracelets piled as high as your plate. Don’t forget your sunglasses!


Girls’ 4th of July outfit idea.

Shop the Look:

AE Heart Tank (check store for availability)

AE Hi-Rise Festival Shortie (similar)

Keds Rookie Perf Laceless Sneaker

AEO Triple V Necklace

AE Beaded Necklace

AEO Bracelet Watch

AEO Aviator Sunglasses

AEO Bangle Set

AEO Bracelet Set


Guys, the 4th of July is the perfect day to rock a pair of classic American hi-top sneakers which work perfectly with a patriotic graphic tee. Stay casual and comfortable for lawn games in basic cutoff shorts and add a pop of patriotic color with a blue belt. Finish the look with a pair of sunnies and you won’t be blinded by Lady Liberty’s shine.


Guys’ 4th of July outfit idea.

Shop the look:

AE Bandana Flag Tee

PRO-Keds Royal Hi Sneaker

AE Destroyed Denim Short

AEO Reversible Canvas Belt (similar)

AEO Bracelet Set

AEO Ombre Icon Sunglasses (similar)


How are you celebrating the 4th of July? Let us know in the comments below.

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Weekend Getaways: Nashville, TN

Weekend Getaways: Nashville, TN

Nashville is the country music capital of the world. Some of the biggest names in the industry got their start in this famed southern town. Whether you’re walking along Music Row or catching a show at the Grand Ole Opry, there is always something to do in the capital of Tennessee.


No Nashville look is complete without a pair of cowboy boots and denim cut-offs. Update the plaid flannel shirt look with a pretty printed top. Top off your look with a cowboy hat, necklaces and aviators for style to rival Taylor Swift’s.


Nashville packing guide for girls.

Shop the Look:

AEO Stitched Cowboy Boot

AEO Beaded Chain Necklace

AEO Aviator Sunglasses

AE Printed Popover Shirt

AEO Woven Cowboy Hat

AE Frayed Denim Festival Shortie (similar)

AEO Arm Party Bracelet (similar)

Guys, get the country look with a pair of destroyed denim shorts and an easy short-sleeve plaid. Chukkas keep your look classy and comfy while exploring Nashville.


Nashville packing guide for guys.

Shop the Look:

AE Destroyed Denim Short

AEO Aviator Sunglasses

AE Plaid Western Shirt

AEO Classic Chukka


To Do:

Grand Ole Opry: The world’s longest live radio show (it got its start on November 28, 1925), and “the show that made country music famous”  has showcased some of the biggest names in the country music industry. The show attracts thousands of spectators from around the world each week. Be sure to catch the one hour “barn-dance” for a grand ole time.

Country Music Hall of Fame: Preserving the history of country music, the Country Music Hall of Fame captures historical events and educates its visitors on the culture of the genre. The first three inductees were Jimmie RodgersFred Rose and Hank Williams, but the hall of fame has inducted starts like Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and many more since.

Homes of the Stars Tour: Are you interested to see where some of your favorite country music stars call home? Take a tour of the cushy neighborhoods that surround Nashville and see where stars like Taylor Swift and Toby Keith reside.

Nashville Zoo: Need a break from music? Check out the Nashville Zoo! Filled with amazing creatures from all over the planet, the zoo offers a fun and fascinating experience for all ages.

Music City Trolley Hop: Take a tour of the historical city of downtown Nashville.  Stop at Ryman Auditorium, Bicentennial Park, and the Frist Museum for a fun filled afternoon.


To Eat:

Nashville is not only known for its great music, but they can cook a fantastic Southern meal and offer up some sweet and syrupy hospitality to go with it.

Loveless Motel and Café: For more than 60 years, the Loveless Motel and Café has been serving locals and tourist some of the best fried chicken and biscuits from scratch that the state has to offer. We recommend their Famous Loveless Country Ham or the Loveless Fried Chicken.

The Pharmacy Burger Parlor and Beer Garden: Home of the “Wurst-Burger”, The Pharmacy offers a wide selection of burgers, beer and chicken.  We recommend checking out the burger counter where you can top off your patty with crazy sides such as beer gravy, beer mustard and maple mustard.

Pancake Pantry: If you enjoy eating pancakes for breakfast and lunch, the Pancake Pantry is your paradise. The menu takes a creative spin on the traditional breakfast meal, leaving you with a plethora of pancake options to choose from. We recommend the Sweet Potato Pancakes for mouthwatering treat.

Jack’s Bar-B-Que: The south is known to curate some of the best Bar-B-Q on the planet and Jack’s Bar-B-Que lives up to this tall reputation. They’ve won a list of awards including the”Best Sauce on the Planet”  in 2004.  We recommend the Tennessee Pork Shoulder, Texas Beef Brisket or Smoked Boston Turkey.

Still need a little inspiration for your trip to Nashville? Check out our Nashville Pinterest board for more ideas.

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Aerie Friends & Family: Ashley B. & Yecca Z., Aerie Assistant Designers

Aerie Friends & Family: Ashley B. & Yecca Z., Aerie Assistant Designers

Meet Ashley and Yecca, two of Aerie’s Assistant Designers. These two work hard on designing our brand’s bread & butter – we mean bras & undies! Read on to learn more about how they discovered their passion for design and their fave hang out spots in NYC.

How did you get your start with Aerie?

AB: I interned for Aerie when I was a senior in college. I loved it so much that I wanted to come back full time after I graduated.

YZ: I had just graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a BFA in Fashion Design (specializing in Intimate Apparel), when an Aerie recruiter found me on LinkedIn!

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

AB: I’d say my father has probably been the most important influence in my life. He taught me how to be independent and he also taught me that I could do anything I put my mind to. If I didn’t know these things I wouldn’t be where I am today.

YZ: Definitely my family. We immigrated to America when I was 4 years old so my parents and little sister are the only relatives I really grew up with. We’re very close and each encouraged me to follow my dreams in their own way. My father taught me to be dedicated and always push myself to do better, while my mother praised my small accomplishments and cheered me up whenever I felt down. My amazing little sister and favorite person in the world, who is already a tour de force at 13, continues to inspire me to be the best I can be.


Ashley, left, and Yecca, right, posing pretty against the New York cityscape.

What songs are playing on your iPod?

AB: I listen to a lot of random music, but lately I’ve been listening to a lot of The Black Keys, Ellie Goulding and Bob Marley (it is almost summer!).

YZ: I love belters and crooners- Sam Cooke, Etta James, Otis Redding, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Adele, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, and Florence & the Machine to name a few. I also love folksy pop (The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men, Mumford & Sons, etc). Just can’t get enough of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis either, who doesn’t love them?!

How did you discover your passion?

AB: I started altering my own clothes when I was about 12. There was always something on them that I wanted to change! When I was about 15 I realized that I could actually do that as a career.

YZ: I took a sewing class my sophomore year of high school and thanks to the encouragement and support of my fantastic teacher Mrs. Patterson, I took the class five times over and each time loved it more and more. I had taken art classes before, but working with fabric and trims, and being able to wear my creation really gave me a satisfaction I had never experienced.


Yecca looks effortlessly breezy by the water

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

AB: Travel! I’m kind of yearning for a big adventure. Like a road trip to Alaska, or traveling across Europe. I haven’t done anything like this in a while and I’m ready for another!

YZ: I hope to someday travel to every country in the world, starting with those in South America. I’m fascinated by the vibrant culture and welcoming locals. The food, the dancing, the jaw-dropping nature!  The Salt Flats of Bolivia are first on my list and I can’t wait to go in January!  

How would you describe your style?

AB: I would say my style is pretty girly but still a bit casual. I love to add something a little different to what I’m wearing. I usually add something that’s a bright color or lace. I LOVE tops with lace.

YZ: I like easy ensembles that incorporate multiple textures. Usually this means sheer and flowy, with some quirky dangly earrings. I grew to love earrings in college because they were the only piece of jewelry that didn’t interfere with my sewing and draping. I also always try to layer in my bra. 🙂


Ashley loves a pop of color, making roses a perfect backdrop

Favorite Aerie Bra?

AB: Reese is my favorite lately. She has the amount of support that I like and I like that she always has a special lace or embellishment.

YZ: I love Hailey, because of her flattering plunge neckline and thin memory-foam pad. But to be honest, I also wear bralettes more than anything because I feel more natural and comfortable without a wire. I love layering them with my tops and dresses. Our Softest Lace Bralette is my favorite right now because they come in so many beautiful colors and everything about it is so soft!

How does your work influence your style? 

AB: My work and my life totally influence my style. Working for a lingerie brand and working in NYC makes it easy to be a little more adventurous with my style at work. I usually try to incorporate some form of a lingerie-esque piece in my outfits. Whether it’s a bra strap that is a fun color or has a beautiful lace, or something sheer to make what you’re wearing underneath part of your outfit.

YZ:  I used to only love muted colors and shades of grey (no pun intended). But designing for Aerie has led to a whole bevy of rich colors popping up in my wardrobe! Now I love mixing them together.


Ashley and Yecca walking along the water

What is your dream job?

AB: I’d love to have my own lingerie line one day. I also really want to have a job that allows me to travel. So I have to figure out how to do both at the same time!

YZ: One that takes me around the world in search of inspiration of all kinds. But life right now is not too shabby!

What is your favorite spot in NYC?

AB: This is a tough question! But I’d have to say Central Park. There are so many things to do there, especially in the summer. And the rooftop of the MET gives you a great view of the city.

YZ: I am quite partial to Brooklyn Bagel. There’s only one in Manhattan and fortunately it is right around the corner of my college. So every time I pulled an all-nighter or needed a pick-me-up, I’d reward myself with a scrumptious oversize “whole-lot-o’-grain” bagel smeared with any one of my favorite fillings (namely veggie tofu, jalapeno asiago, fig, or blueberry). I’m salivating just thinking about it!

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Behind the Lens: Project Live Your Life Photo Shoot

Behind the Lens: Project Live Your Life Photo Shoot

Project Live Your Life will be back this July. We’re looking for inspirational people doing cool things to become part of the AE brand. Get inspired to enter Project Live Your Life by reading a photo shoot testimonial from Elora, a jewelery maker from Bend, OR and a member of our Back to School Cast.

Elora with Hanna and Seth from the Project Live Your Life BTS 2013 cast during their AEO Performance photo shoot.

Elora (middle) with Hanna and Seth from the Project Live Your Life BTS 2013 cast during their AEO Performance photo shoot.

The Project Live Your Life campaign has been a huge eye opener for me. It has helped me come to the realization of what a beautiful individual I am and gave me confidence that I was lacking for a long time. I feel so thankful to have been given the opportunity to travel, hang out with amazing people, and make many close friends.

Elora with the Project Live Your Life BTS 2013 cast during their photo shoot in NYC.

Elora with the Project Live Your Life BTS 2013 cast during their photo shoot in NYC.

I never thought that so many good things could come from simply entering an American Eagle contest online. This really has opened many doors for me and I can’t wait to pursue even more.

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Surfer Blood Exclusive Interview for AE

Surfer Blood Exclusive Interview for AE

Get to know a little more about Surfer Blood, the awesome band that helped us make the playlist currently rocking AE stores. Get to your nearest AE store today to check it out!

Listen to the AE Summer playlist on Spotify.

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