AEO X College Fashionista: Freshman 15 – Week Two

AEO X College Fashionista: Freshman 15 – Week Two

American Eagle Outfitters and College Fashionista have partnered up to make your Summer to Back to School transition a little easier. 15 Style Gurus from across the country will show how they are styling their favorite pair of AEO Jeans on campus this Fall. Check out the looks from the second week of our campaign and tell us which look is your favorite in the comments!

 

 

 

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How to Style It: Basic T

How to Style It: Basic T

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There’s a reason we call it the Favorite T-Shirt. The fit is tailored to perfection, it comes in every color you can imagine, and it’s perfect on its own or layered with pretty much anything you can think of. There are literally hundreds of ways you can wear this essential tee, but we’ve put together four of our absolute faves. Check out cast member Elora rocking it in these four different looks and let us know which one you love most!

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How to Style a Basic T Four Different Ways

 

COOL AND CLASSIC

What’s better than jeans and a white T-shirt, right? (The answer: nothing.) This is just the epitome of cool, classic style — a plain white tee paired with destroyed jeggings for a little edge. Add a ton of jewelry and brown leather booties for a look you’ll want to wear every single day.

Get the look:

AE Favorite V-Neck T-Shirt

Jegging

DV by Dolce Vita Tallulah Boot

AEO Printed Loop Scarf

MOTO RULE

The moto trend is so of the moment, and the Favorite T-Shirt fits in perfectly with this look. Start with a drapey faux leather jacket, add destroyed boyfriend jeans, finish with boho-inspired accessories and black fringed booties. The consensus? Totally rockin’.

Get the look:

Boy Jean

AE Vegan Leather Moto Jacket

AEO Fringed Bootie

AEO Crossbody Tassle Bag

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FUN AND CASUAL

When you’re running errands, it’s so easy to just throw on sweats and go. But we’re loving this chicer take on the trend — a more fitted sweatpant with zipper details, a bold shimmer tote and studded wedge sneakers. Oh, and our iconic Favorite T-shirt, of course.

Get the look:

AE Zippered Sweatpant

AE Safari Shirt

AEO Studded Wedge Sneaker

AEO Heavy Metal Handbag

AEO Floral Baseball Cap

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GIRLY AND FLIRTY

This look is one part “I raided my boyfriend’s closet,” one part “I’m a girly girl.” The mix of the varsity jacket with the grunge-inspired flannel and pretty mini skirt takes this look effortlessly from brunch with your girlfriends to a date with your new crush. Just add a bold statement necklace and suede booties and you’re good to go.

Get the look:

AE Shimmer Lace Skirt

AE Varsity Jacket

AE Plaid Girlfriend Shirt

AEO Contrast Strap Bootie

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#AEStyle Roundup

#AEStyle Roundup

American Eagle Outfitters is all about expressing your individual style. That’s why we asked you to share your personal look with #AEStyle on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to show us how you live your life in fashion.

Shop the look:

AE Solid Polo

AE Contrast Sweater

AEO77 Cargo Short

Shop the look:

AE Shine Knit Hi-Lo Crew Sweater (similar)

AE Rolled-Up Denim Shortie

Shop the look:

AE Every Wear Burnout Tank

AE Hi Rise Festival Shorties

Shop the look:

AE Favorite V-neck Burnout T-Shirt

AE Surplus Anorak (similar)

AE Printed Circle Skirt (similar)

AEO Aviator Sunglasses (similar)

Shop the look:

AE Solid Oxford Button Down

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Project Live Your Life: Week 3 Finalists

Project Live Your Life: Week 3 Finalists

Check out week 3 winners from Project Live Your Life! Its up to you. Who will be in our next campaign? Vote now for our Project Live Your Life finalists.

Andrea T.- Always Active

Antonio O. – AEO Heritage

Bryan P.- Always Active

Carolina S.- Denim JEANius

Deborah V.- Denim JEANius

Eric K. – Old School Cool

Hugh W. – Ready to Rock

Jackie S. – Old School Cool

Kalique J. – AEO Heritage

Lexy P. – Vintage Style

Mahad A.- Always Active

Maria P. Always Active

Nic E. – Denim JEANius

Paige M.- Ready to Rock

Ruben P. – Old School Cool

Sara Z. – AEO Heritage

Sophia G. – Vintage Style

Stephany R. – AEO Heritage

Teren M. – Old School Cool

Timothy S. – Ready to Rock

Trey M.- Denim JEANius

Tyler G. – Vintage Style

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Yanina D.- Ready to Rock

Zach D.- Vintage Style

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AEO Friends & Family: Laura M., Legal Intern & Former Teach For America Teacher

AEO Friends & Family: Laura M., Legal Intern & Former Teach For America Teacher

This back to school season, American Eagle Outfitters is dedicating our time and effort to help underprivileged students across America get the resources and tools necessary to succeed. Associates from all over the company are coming together to donate school supplies to fill backpacks for Teach For America (TFA). One of our legal interns, Laura, has a special place in her heart for TFA. Before coming to AEO, she spent two years teaching 8th grade English and Social Studies in the Bronx for TFA. Read on to learn about her amazing experience and the time she shared with her students.

From your own personal experiences, explain how TFA helps underprivileged children learn.


“One Day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.” Teach For America. TFA’s mission is to get to “One Day” and eliminate educational inequity. TFA recruits people who are willing to devote 100 percent of their time to teaching in low-income communities and achieving incredibly ambitious academic goals for their students. They seek candidates who have demonstrated leadership abilities, a passion about their mission and an ability to overcome all manner of obstacles to reach their goals. TFA teachers enter the classroom with a very specific goal in mind, and their progress to the goal is carefully tracked. TFA also provides many support systems for their teachers to make sure that they are successful, and allows them to serve their students in a uniquely individualized way. TFA always reassesses its teaching model to make sure that it is as effective as it can possibly be.

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Laura’s students pose for a picture in the park.

What were your reasons for pursuing Teach for America?

I believe in the mission, and I wanted to be challenged in the way that TFA promised to be.

What are some of the biggest goals that TFA tries to achieve?

TFA aims to change the trajectory of students’ lives. This involves raising their academic performance, helping them to imagine the future they want for themselves and providing them with the skills to get there. Academic goals are, at a minimum, that all students in a TFA classroom will improve their reading level by two years each year, and will achieve 80 percent mastery of all standards.

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Laura (center) with her students.

What subject/grade did you teach? How long did you teach?

I taught 8th grade English and Social Studies to a class that was 50 percent special education and 50 percent general education. I taught in a Title 1 school where 100 percent of the students qualified for low or reduced price lunch.

While teaching in the Bronx, what were some of the most important lessons you learned from your students?


I learned a lot of awesome lingo, and they were always quick to tell me how I should be dressing, but really I learned a lot about how to be strong in the face of terrible odds, and to remain hopeful when everything around you tells you to give up.

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Laura’s students pose in their graduation caps.

What do you think is the most important thing(s) that a student should take away from TFA?

The goal of a TFA teacher is to change the trajectory of their students. This involves giving them the skills to do better academically, socially and, ultimately, professionally. Students of a TFA teacher should at the end of the year have a picture of where they want to go in life, and more importantly, a belief that they can get there.

What resources do you feel are necessary for a student to succeed?


Students need strong role models, a lot of individualized attention that addresses their specific challenges and to be held to high expectations.

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Laura and her students dress up for a formal event

What resources do classrooms taught by TFA need the most?

TFA classrooms are in the neediest areas in the country. The students need school supplies, technology and the opportunity to have experiences that their more affluent peers have. After-school programs, summer camps and sports teams are just some of the valuable experiences that students in low-income areas never get to have.

What were some of the biggest obstacles/challenges that you faced as a teacher during your time with TFA?


Every single day was a challenge, and each challenge was different than the one before it. At first it was daunting to learn to keep 40 8th graders under control all day long. It was a daily challenge to help my students believe that doing well in school could change their lives when they had so few examples of that around them. It was a challenge to engage students and keep them entertained, and a challenge to meet so many kids at their own level.

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More of Laura’s students pose in their graduation caps.

Any memorable moments?

So many! Memorable moments, memorable people – a million irreplaceable memories. In teaching, in one day you may be madder than you have ever been, and then sadder and then happier. It pushes you to your limits! Every day is an adventure, and many of the moments are worth holding onto. Click here to read more about Laura’s memorable moments.

What can the public do to help TFA?


Support the teachers – they are doing the hardest job in the world. Donate money to support their classrooms. Donate time – meet their students, provide opportunities for students to get out of their communities and see more of the world. Invest your talents in the TFA communities – spend a day contributing your skills, giving legal advice, medical help or job training.

 

Are there any misinterpretations or misconceptions about TFA that you want to set straight?


There are a lot of misconceptions, and a lot of people who have conflicting ideas about achieving the same goals. What is important is that people continue to think about how to achieve educational equity in their city – no one person has all of the answers. TFA is highly scrutinized, and has been very successful, but our public school system has a lot of room for improvement, and there is plenty of space for debate.

 

To learn more about Teach For America and ways in which you can help, click here.

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AE Friends & Family: Rachel C., Assistant Denim Designer

AE Friends & Family: Rachel C., Assistant Denim Designer

Meet Rachel C., Assistant Women’s Denim Designer at our New York Design Office. Learn more about one of the talented designers behind your favorite jean fits!

What do you look for in a good pair of jeans?

For me denim is all about fit and wash, I want a pair of jeans that look great and feel great.

How did you find your passion for designing denim?  

Art is part of who I am. It was always been a part of my life in some form. Fashion was just another outlet but most certainly my favorite. Something just clicks when I’m designing, it’s hard to explain, but it’s what I’m supposed to be doing.  Denim has always been a huge part of my wardrobe. I live in jeans and a tee, so it is no wonder I ended up designing denim.

Rachel at our New York Design Office.

Rachel at our New York Design Office.

How did you get your start with AE?

I started almost a year ago, a couple months after I graduated. It’s been an amazing experience so far and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.

Where do you find inspiration for designing denim?

I love gathering inspiration, because inspiration can come from anywhere. I find a lot of my inspiration online from blogs, flipping through magazines, visiting art museums and listening to music.

A look at Rachel's desk.

A look at Rachel’s desk and inspirations.

What is your favorite AE denim fit?

I love our hi-rise jegging!

There are so many washes to choose from in denim. What’s your favorite and why?

That’s a hard question, because there are so many to choose from.  I guess it would depend on my mood and outfit. But if I had to choose my favorite it would be a classic vintage inspired wash. Something that has a lot of character to it, some great destroy.

How do you style your favorite jeans?

Normally I do a messy roll at the bottom and pair them with a black bootie and a t-shirt. I layer on some jewelry and I’m good to go.  My style is pretty laid back and bohemian. I like to be comfortable but pulled together.

 

What’s currently playing on your iPod?

I’m hooked to Lana Del Ray right now. But I also have Santigold, Matt and Kim, and Florence and the Machine playing on repeat too.

What’s next on your “life to do” list?

Get married! My finance and I just set the date for next September.

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Rachel with her fiance.

What do you think the next big denim trend will be?

I think there are a lot of exciting new things happening in the denim world. I’m really excited about what the future holds but don’t want to give anything away.

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