Top 5 Summer Style Essentials

Every season has its style staples, and Summer 2016 is no different! Each year, some trends change and some all-stars stay the same. We’re breaking down our top five summer style essentials for guys and girls to make putting together your new favorite look a breeze. Keep reading for our picks, and let us know what you’re loving this summer in the comments below.

GIRLS: Flowy silhouettes are a break-out hit this summer. Cold-shoulder dresses and tops are everywhere, and we love how versatile they are. Dressed up or down, the cold-shoulder look will keep you cool, literally and figuratively. Soft shorts are also huge this year – they’re one of our top picks thanks to their comfort factor & fun prints. Shortalls are also making a huge comeback this summer with updated fits, like crisscrossed open backs or a sturdier, standard overall look. Two trends that have returned from last year are the crop bralette and the hi-rise shortie. We don’t see these style essentials going away anytime soon, so get familiar with our latest collection filled with eyelet details and denim destruction.

Summer has arrived. We've picked out our top five summer must-have style essentials.

SHOP THE SUMMER ESSENTIALS:
1. SHORTALLS like the AEO Shortall
2. CROP BRALETTES  like the First Essentials Eyelet Bralette
3. COLD SHOULDER DRESSES  like the Floral Cold Shoulder Dress
4. SOFT SHORTS  like the Tie Dye Soft Runner Short
5. HI-RISE SHORTIES  like the Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie

GUYS: Get out your graphic tees. Updated patterns and prints, especially with southwestern feel, are popping up on our graphics t-shirt this summer. Likewise, trend button-down t-shirts NEED a spot in your closet. Print button-downs can be more casual than your standard white button-down shirt & perfect for a night out. Flex shorts in every color will carry you through any summer activity and complement your printed shirts perfectly. One of our favorite shoes this year is the slip-on sneaker, since they have an edgier feel than lace-ups & are super easy to pull on and go. Keep a lightweight hoodie around for when nights get chilly, especially in a cool indigo wash.

Summer has arrived. We've picked out our top five summer must-have style essentials.

SHOP THE SUMMER ESSENTIALS:
1. GRAPHIC TEES  like the Graphic Crew T-Shirt
2. LIGHTWEIGHT HOODIES  like the Tie-Dye Ribbed Hoodie
3. PRINTED BUTTON DOWNS  like the Print Short Sleeve Shirt
4. FLEX SHORTS  like the Active Flex Flat Front Short
5. SLIP-ON SNEAKERS  like the AEO Slip-On Sneaker

What are your summer style essentials? Tell us in the comments, or show us using #AEOSTYLE for a change to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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Outdoor Adventures In AEO Flex Shorts

Now that warm weather has arrived, it’s time for your casual look to undergo a drastic change; trade in those sweaters & boots for shorts & sandals and get outside! Even if you’re short on time, there are plenty of adventures waiting. To take the guesswork out of planning, we’ve mapped out four short adventures you can do in a day… and the best AEO Flex shorts to go with ‘em.

Make the Climb
It’s as simple as getting to your nearest park, or even venturing out on an urban hike. Whether you explore the trails around you or blaze your own, your AEO Hybrid Shorts are designed to move with you, using revolutionary stretch technology.

Plus, some of the most challenging mountains on the planet might actually be right in your neighborhood. Need some recommendations? Check out Issaquah Alps & Cougar Mountain just outside of Seattle, Griffith Park in West Hollywood or Bear Mountain near NYC.

We’ve mapped out four short adventures you can do in a day… and the best AEO Flex Shorts to go with them.

Shop The Look: Active Flex Slim Flat Front Short | Legend Henley T-Shirt | Folding Aviator Sunglasses
Bandana | Straw Fedora Hat (Similar) | Teva Suede Sandal

Check Out a Show
Concerts always pop up over the summer months, so keep your eyes open for shows in your city. We can’t think of anything more fun than spending the day listening to your favorite songs, live.

For ultimate comfort, try our new Baja shorts, which mix the ease of athletic wear with a fresh beach-inspired silhouette. Our latest collection is full of solid and patterned options to really elevate your look. Pair your shorts with a slim-fit button down or a printed tee and finish the look with your go-to sneakers.

Go Paddleboarding
Nothing says adventure like getting into the great outdoors. If you’re heading out for a really active jaunt, pull on a pair of Flex board shorts or trunks. Each pair is made with 4-way stretch fabric so you won’t feel constricted as you’re moving out on the water. Plus, the quick-drying fabric is perfect for going from swim to street.

Grab your sunscreen and a tank or legend tee, and head to your nearest river or lake. Paddleboarding is becoming increasingly popular, so you should be able to find a spot that offers the water sport in your city.

Create a Backyard BBQ
Take some time to plan a chill backyard barbeque.  All you’ll need? A hot grill and something cool to drink! This short adventure starts as soon as you turn on the tunes. Play some yard games to extend the afternoon, and make sure you’re wearing your Flex Flat Front Shorts for an iconic look with ultimate comfort and retention. A revolutionary blend of cotton and elastic fibers helps keep you cool while you’re on the move or manning the grill.

What short adventure will you take this summer? Tell us in the comments below & show us your shorts with #AEOSTYLE.

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How To Style Hi-Rise Shorties & The Hi-Neck Tie Side Tank With Hustle + Halcyon

The best of summer is yet to come… the season’s just getting started, and now is the perfect time to refresh your #AEOSTYLE. Some of our favorite pieces are both modern and bohemian retro, like our hi-neck tanks and destructed denim shortsPayton from Hustle + Halcyon styled our Hi-Neck Tie Side Tank and Hi-Rise Shorties with festival flair. Get to know Payton and the inspiration behind her #AEOSTYLE below. Love her look? Check out Payton’s past post featuring #AEOSTYLE, too.

Payton from Hustle + Halcyon styled our Hi-Neck Tie Side Tank.

Meet Payton:
“Hi friends! My name is Payton. I’m a life & style blogger and Texan who just moved out to sunny Los Angeles, California! I’ve always been obsessed with aesthetics and messing around with colors and textures in my personal style and through home décor, which ultimately led me to blogging about style. Hustle + Halcyon was born from the love of all things pretty, coupled with my affinity towards living a healthy, but balanced and realistic, lifestyle!”

Payton from Hustle + Halcyon styled our Hi-Rise Shorties and Hi-Neck Tie Side Tank.

What Inspired Payton’s Look:
“For this look, I kept it pretty simple because I wanted the crisscrossed sides and the texture of the top to be the real star of the show. I’m all about the neutral colors, so the suede-look top paired nicely with some western-vibe suede booties. I LOVE these shorts! They’re super flattering rolled up or left rolled down, and they’re so, SO comfortable! I added a silver collar necklace to liven up the neckline a little, a calf-hair cross-body to add in some extra texture, and let my hair just kind of do it’s big, blonde thing. I could totally see this look working perfectly for an outdoor summer concert!”

Payton from Hustle + Halcyon styled our Hi-Rise Shorties.

Shop The Look: AEO Hi-Neck Tie Side Tank | AEO Hi-Rise Shortie

Photography: XJENN3 Photography

Show us how you wear your Hi-Rise Shorties or the Hi-Neck Tie Side Tank with #AEOSTYLE for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery on AE.com.

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Summer Fashion 2016: #AEOSTYLE Picks

It’s the summer solstice! We finally made it – the first day of summer has arrived. We’ve never been more ready to soak up everything this season has to offer. From ice cream on the weekends to walks along the beach, we’ve got the perfect #AEOSTYLE to go on any adventure. Our styling manger, Laura, picked out two looks that will start your season off right, with just the right mix of trend-right pieces and seasonal basics. Below, we’ve got the best start-of-summer looks for girls and guys.

GUYS: Graphic tees are where it’s at this summer – go for a bold stripe or a bright pattern to really stand out. Basic denim cutoffs with deliberately destructed details pair well with almost every t-shirt or button down. Slip on a pair of athletic sneakers for a cool contrast, and finish the look with classic sunglasses.

It's the first day of summer! Our styling manager picked out the perfect look to start the season.

Shop The Look: Crew T-Shirt | Core Flex Denim Cutoff Short | Pony Sneaker (Similar) | Classic Sunglasses

GIRLS: We’re living for a bold shoulder silhouette this season, and we also love the ease of styling a one-piece like a romper or dress. A breezy, bright cold-shoulder romper with eyelet details and bell sleeves is definitely Instagram-worthy #AEOSTYLE. Pair your romper back to metallic strappy sandals and a crochet crossbody bag. Rose gold aviator sunglasses complete the look!

Our styling manager picked out your perfect first day of summer look! All you have to do? Get dressed!

Shop The Look: Cold Shoulder Romper | Woven Huarache Sandal | Crochet + Bead Crossbody Bag | Aviator Sunglasses

What are you wearing this first day of Summer 2016? Show us using #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter, and tell us in the comments below.

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Pineapple Mint Fauxjito

Our good friend Erin, the blogger behind The Almond Eater, is back with her final recipe for our summer countdown series. If you missed her other posts, you can find them here, here and here. Cool down this weekend and celebrate the summer solstice with a sweet drink! Keep reading for Erin’s recipe. 

Enjoy a non-alcoholic version of this classic drink! This Pineapple Mint Fauxjito tastes like a fruity and refreshing mojito minus the morning hangover. It’s sweet, refreshing and ready in just 5 minutes!

 

Make this Pineapple Mint Fauxjito & celebrate the summer solstice!

So, instead of a mojito, today we’ll be enjoying a pineapple mint FAUX-jito. Get it?! I thought I was beyond clever when I “created” that word but, as it turns out, the fauxjito is real. Which is a good thing, because the flavors of a mojito deserved to be enjoyed with or without alcohol.

My cocktail of choice is a mojito. In one word, they are REFRESHING. In more than one word, they are refreshing and come in a variety of flavors and I’m fairly certain you can’t mess them up.

You definitely can’t mess these fauxjitos up – they’re that easy! They’re five ingredients and they come together in approximately 5 minutes, maybe 10 if your pineapple isn’t already cut. THAT’S IT. You’ve got your pineapple (duh), your club soda (necessary), your mint leaves (refreshing!), your lime juice (yes please!), and your…wait for it…coconut milk (YES I’M SERIOUS).

Make this Pineapple Mint Fauxjito & celebrate the summer solstice!

For whatever reason, I’ve been into adding coconut milk to cocktails recently, specifically coconut milk. Coconut milk plus any fruit equals tropical to me, and tropical equals fruity alcoholic and/or non-alcoholic beverages. Yes, it’s true. Coconut and pineapple may be the most common combination, and that’s because they go perfectly together. A match made in heaven, if you will.

So whether you’re sitting poolside with your BFFs your on your couch watching Friends reruns (no judgment here), I hope you find an excuse to sip on a pineapple mint fauxjito. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pineapple, muddled
  • 2 cups pineapple juice (1 cup fresh pineapple+1 cup water, mixed in a blender)
  • ½ cup club soda
  • 10 mint leaves
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • Juice from 1 lime

Directions:

  1. Place cubed coconut in a bowl and use a muddler (or a fork) to smash it down; divide evenly between two glasses.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir pineapple juice, soda, mint, milk, and lime juice together really well; pour overtop of muddled pineapple, dividing evenly.
  3. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!

Share your fauxjito pics on Twitter & Instagram using #AEOSTYLE! We’d love to see how you’re celebrating summer.

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Summer 2016 Beach Reads

Our motto for hanging out at the beach? Sun, sand and books. With more free time, summer is a great season to catch up on all of the bestsellers from the past year. Beach days are pretty much made for relaxing, and we love to do so with a book in one hand and a cold drink in the other (+ #AEOSTYLE, of course). We’ve rounded up some of our recent favorite novels – including everything from YA lit to fiction to memoirs – so that all you have to do is head to the bookstore or open up your Kindle! Check out our picks below, and let us know what you’re adding to your summer reading list.

Shop The Look:
Aerie Triangle Bikini Top
Denim X4 Hi-Rise Shortie
AEO Cat Eye Sunglasses

1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyer: How could we not include this bestseller AND movie on our list? If you’ve already seen Me Before You in theaters, you know just how deep the feels are in this humorous and heart-wrenching story. The book follows Lou Clark as her life unexpectedly changes forever after becoming a caretaker for a man who lost faith in life and love. You’re going to laugh and cry – maybe at the same time – during this read!

2. Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell: It wasn’t long ago that we were obsessing over Rowell’s hit novel, Eleanor & Park. Rowell has a talent for creating characters that are both unique and relatable, and the characters in this short story are no different. Truly a perfect beach read due to its shorter length, Kindred Spirits will make you just a little less alone in this world – because who isn’t a little bit quirky?

The best books to read when you lounge on the beach this summer in #AEOSTYLE.

3. The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer: At this point it’s pretty clear that Amy Schumer is all of us. Get to know 2016’s favorite comedian better in her autobiographical look at everything from her romantic adventures to embarrassing moments… then try to tell us you don’t want to be in her #squad.

4. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty: Moriarty became one of our favorite authors with her breakout bestseller Big Little Lies. This author has a gift for exposing our true selves, even when we don’t want her to. In this novel, two best friends discover just how much one small moment can change your life… for better, or worse. We can’t wait to get our hands on this book on July 26th!

The best books to read when you lounge on the beach this summer in #AEOSTYLE.

5. Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave: What would you do if everything you thought you knew about your soon-to-be husband changed in one second? In Eight Hundred Grapes, Georgia retreats to her family’s vineyard in Sonoma after her life is thrown for a loop. She only has one week to decide if she’s going to get married or not, but when she learns that her family has been keeping some secrets, the decision is tougher than ever. Bonus: there’s a rumor that Eight Hundred Grapes could become a film, so read it now!

6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: The first novel in a bestselling series of three, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children explores a hidden world right inside our own. Follow Jacob as he journeys to find the truth about his grandfather’s death and discovers something… peculiar… about himself along the way. Be sure to check out the movie trailer here, too.

What books made your beach reads list this summer? Tell us in the comments below!

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