Lollapalooza Festival Guide

Summer is all about getting into the festival vibe. With giant line-ups in great cities all over the country, it’s no wonder music gets us going all summer long. This weekend, we’re celebrating good food, great vibes and awesome #AEOSTYLE at Lollapalooza in the Windy City. Check out our super fun travel guide to ensure you’re experiencing the best parts that Chicago has to offer.

Wear:
Girls:
This season it’s all about going retro. Match a distressed pair of flare jeans with a crop top for effortless #AEOSTYLE. Add a hat, fringe bag and heel for boho inspired look and don’t forget to document your peace, love and #AEOSTYLE with your selfie stick!

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Shop the look:
AEO Denim X Boho Artist Flare
Fringe Crossbody Bag
Wide Brim Hat
Soft & Sexy High Neck Tank
Swedish Hasbeens Slip In Super High (similar)
Ring and BraidLeather Belt.
Turquoise Flower Collar Necklace
Ombre Tinted Aviator Sunglasses

Guys:
This season it’s all about athletic inspired #AEOSTYLE. Pair your Joggers back to a short sleeve button down,  add a hat and sneakers for a look that screams sport to street.
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Shop the look:
Ribbed Cuff Jogger Pant
Short Sleeve Oxford Shirt
Chambray Baseball Cap
Tonal Lace Up Sneaker

Eat: 

Pequods: Chicago is known for their deep dish pizza. One spot we can’t get enough of is Pequods. Crunchy on the outside, cheesy gooeyness on the inside. Pro tip: Go with a hungry belly!

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Fork and knife required! Photo Credit: Kailley’s Kitchen

The Girl and Goat: Open 7 days a week, this restaurant offers a bold twist on dishes from around the globe. Bonus, they offer a great wine selection for the connoisseur.  Pro tip: Make a reservation as early as possible! This place is extremely popular.
Waffles Cafe: They have a hybrid doughnut waffle known as a wonut. Need we say more? Pro Tip: Get there early! Once the wonuts are sold out, they’re done for the day.

Photo Credit: Spoon University

OMG YUM. Photo Credit: Spoon University

See:
Alt-J: Any time we get a chance to see this Indie Rock band from England, we take it! From “Breezeblocks” to “Left Hand Free“, this band will have you hooked the moment they start playing.
Broods: This sibling duo from Nelson, New Zealand is definitely one to see. Their Indie Pop- Electronica sound encapsulates their listeners, making it hard to resist their style. We recommend “Bridges” and “Never Gonna Change.”

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Broods. Photo Credit: AlwaysJudging.com

The War on Drugs: This Indie Rock band from Philadelphia has been making it’s name in the music industry since 2005. We love them so much, we’ve actually used their songs in our previous marketing campaigns and in store playlists! Check out “Red Eyes” and “An Ocean In Between The Waves” for music you’ll want to put on repeat all day long.

First Aid Kits: Another sibling duo we’ve fallen in love with are Klara and Johanna Söderberg from Sweden. Their Indie Folk sound is not only powerful, it’s endearingly catchy and sweet.  We love “Stay Gold” and “My Silver Lining.”

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First Aid Kit. Photo Credit: Romi the Writer

Chicago is a great town filled with fantastic food, people and scenery. We hope your time at Lollapalooza is one to remember. Make sure you tag your AEO festival looks with #AEOSTYLE for your chance to be featured on AE.com and Instagram! We hope to see you there!

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How to Wear the Denim X Boho Artist Flare with Frank Vinyl

The new Denim X Boho Artist Flare combines our revolutionary high performance stretch denim with light destroyed details and an edgy released hem for a perfect harmony of style and comfort.

Francesca from Frank Vinyl pairs her flares with a flowy, boho top and platform wedges for a easy summer time look.

How to Wear the Denim X Boho Artist Flare with Frank Vinyl

Meet Francesca:
Francesca Felix is a fashion blogger, stylist and photographer from San Diego, California. She loves to share her outfits with her followers and show inspiration on how to combine different outfits and pieces.

How to Wear the Denim X Boho Artist Flare with Frank Vinyl

What Inspired Francesca’s Look:
“My favorite is anything that is California Boho but I love to mix and match styles. I styled my AEO jeans with some platforms, fringe bag and off the shoulder boho top for a easy summer time look. I love anything that is flirty, feminine and a slight casual feel. The 70’s look is very “in” right now but I have also always been a long time fan of anything  vintage and slightly nostalgic. I added fringe and platforms with big round sunnies to reference the 70’s vibes.”How to Wear the Denim X Boho Artist Flare with Frank Vinyl

Get Francesca’s Look: Denim X Boho Artist Flare Jean | Lace Off-The-Shoulder Shirt (Similar) | Leather Fringe Crossbody Purse (Similar) Strappy Ankle Wrap Wedge Sandal (Similar)
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How to Wear the Braided Strap Tank with Hustle & Halcyon

We can’t enough of our Fashion Tanks this Summer. Whether you’re into crochet, lace or even fringe, it’s all in the details.

Payton from Hustle & Halcyon styles our Braided Strap Tank with distressed denim and a wide brim hat for the perfect boho-inspired outfit.

How to Wear the Braided Strap Tank with Hustle & Halcyon

Meet Payton:
“Payton Sartain is a student and lifestyle blogger from Fort Worth, Texas. Her blog, Hustle + Halcyon, chronicles her personal style, wellness tips, travel experiences, and more, all with an approachable, feminine edge. As a former military brat, Payton has passion for going new places and trying new things daily, and her inspiration and love for blogging has developed along the way. Hustle + Halcyon is a pretty little corner of the internet where girls can learn how to live a stylish, balanced life with ease. It’s all about finding the fun in the hustle.”
How to Wear the Braided Strap Tank with Hustle & Halcyon

What Inspired Payton’s Look:
“I’m SO obsessed with this feminine, versatile tank from American Eagle. Most of my days are filled with shoots, meetings, appointments, and lots of work, so my daily style is more ‘throw on and go’ than anything. This tank is PERFECT for the job! I love it paired with my wide-brimmed, felt hat, denim cut-offs, platform sandals, and these rad shades. The outfit couldn’t be anymore California: simple, laid-back, & so, so pretty!”

How to Wear the Braided Strap Tank with Hustle & Halcyon

Get Payton’s Look: Braided Strap Tank | Hi-Rise Festival Shortie | Wool Feather Floppy Hat Buckled Gladiator Sandal

How to Wear the Braided Strap Tank with Hustle & Halcyon

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Show us how you style our Braided Strap Tank with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the AEO Style Gallery.

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The Inside Scoop with Parkour ‘star’ Jake Johnson

Have you seen the latest Funny or Die video with Jake Johnson attempting to duplicate amazing parkour stunts? If you haven’t, it’s a must see, so watch it now or re-watch it again!

Read on to learn more about how Jake prepared for the parkour video in an exclusive interview with Men’s Journal.

How did you prepare to do a live parkour video? Have you ever parkour-ed before?
JJ: I prepared for this parkour video by doing months of parkour throughout all the major cities. I did a national tour with the other parkour guys in my parkour gang. We went from Dallas to Seattle to New York. New York was crazy. Parkoured all throughout Manhattan. Got halfway up the Empire State Building just parkour’n. The preparation has been extensive. Its been over six months so I hope we make some magic today.

Parkouring takes a certain amount of fearlessness, and a whole lot of core strength. Do you have both of those things?
JJ: Tenfold. I’m nothing but core strength. I hide it. I think true strength is not meant to be shown off, so I put a layer of fat over my strength to camouflage it. If I were an animal, I’d be an animal who could play like I was dead, so that when you go to strike me, I could attack. That’s my layer of fat over my core strength. Fearlessness? Hell, when I was a baby I was doing parkour. As an infant my mother was throwing me up onto buildings and I was climbing down. So, born fearless – and over 30 years of building core strength.

What’s the best apparel for parkouring? Why did you choose American Eagle stretch denim?
JJ: You need your apparel to be able to stretch, so you can do what you need to do. But I’m also not looking to look like a schlub in sweatpants. In case I’m climbing up a building and there’s a beautiful lady up there, I’d like to look handsome – so I want pants that actually looks like jeans. But, given my flexibility, I also need to be able to possibly do the splits. I can’t have a pair of jeans ripping up the middle making me look like a clown. I need a nice in-between.

Would American Eagle stretch denim have helped you escape angry dinos in Jurassic world?
JJ: Well, considering I was the control room nerd in Jurassic World, the answer is yes.

Is parkour your way of preparing to run from dinosaurs in the next film?
JJ: Yes, the way that I prepare for all the movies I do is I prepare to run from dinosaurs while doing parkour. The movie I’ve got coming out in August, a smaller indie movie called Digging For Fire, made by the director of Drinking Buddies, is about a relationship. My wife in it, Rosemarie DeWitt, and I have a small baby together. We take a weekend apart; she forms a weekend romance with Orlando Bloom, I hang out with my friends in it – Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell. The only way to prepare for that kind of adult indie is to do parkour and pretend I’m running away from dinosaurs. So 100% yes.

Is this outfit a direct nod to Nedry from the first film?
JJ: Is that Wayne Knight? Newman? No, if anything it’s a nod to Samuel L. Jackson in the first film. But, no, we’re not going after a Newman look. The goal of this campaign is not to look like Newman from Seinfeld circa ‘91.

What is your normal fitness regimen?
JJ: I actually go to the gym a couple times a week. And my friend (Steve Berg) and I take hikes at least twice a week. Because you’ve gotta get that cardio going or you’re going to get in some trouble.

Why do this Funny Or Die video?
JJ: I’ve been working with Funny Or Die for a lot of years now, on projects here and there, and I find them to be very funny. The talent that comes out of there – from the creatives to the actors that get involved – it’s just top of the line talent. American Eagle contacted me, I know the brand, I like the jeans and I like the clothes. My character on New Girl wears this stuff so I do know it. I read the Funny Or Die script and thought it was very funny. I think it’s funny to parody a parkour video while also doing some actual parkour, because it looks cool. And I was able to get a good friend and collaborator, Max Winkler, to direct it. He’s done over 10 New Girl episodes and we did a movie together. Amanda Lund, who is really funny, is also in the video. She was also on New Girl and we are going to improvise and have fun. So, it just seemed like it would be a fun afternoon.

 

As Seen In #AEOSTYLE: Sizzlin’ Style Edition

From Maxi dresses to denim skirts, we’ve been seeing some of our favorite product in the pages of our favorite magazines. Check out where we’ve been spotted below in this week’s edition of As Seen in #AEOSTYLE.

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Denim is BIG for this Back to School Season and it’s not just your traditional jeanwear. We’re spotting denim vests, skirts, jackets, and more! Need to switch up your denim focused #AEOSTYLE? Be best dressed in our Crochet Maxi.
Shop the look: 
Cosmopolitan: Denim Vest
Nylon: Button Front Skirt (coming soon!) | Light Destroyed Denim Jacket
OK!: Crochet Maxi

Where have you spotted #AEOSTYLE? Tell us in the comments below!

 

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#AEOSTYLE ROUNDUP: Coast to Coast Edition

From coast to coast and everywhere in between, we’ve spotted superb #AEOSTYLE! Check out who inspired us below in this week’s roundup.

True blue #AEOSTYLE.
Shop the look:
Tie Dye Ruffle Tube

Golden Gate #AEOSTYLE. Where do you wander in AEO Jeans?
Shop the look:
Jegging

Perfectly styled for Summer #AEOSTYLE.
Shop the look:
Hi-Rise Festival Shortie

Channel your inner boho with AEO accessories.
Shop the look:
Concho Leather Belt

Snap to it in Jeggings.
Shop the look:
Destroyed Jegging

Show your softer side with AEO Dresses.
Shop the look:
Patchwork Flowy Dress

Where have you spotted #AEOSTYLE? Tell us in the comments below.

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