Here at AEO, we’re inspired by so many different things. Food, travel, music, movies… you name it, the sky’s the limit! We’re starting a new series on the blog where you can see all of our inspirations—and maybe get a little inspired yourself. Here’s the first installment of what we can’t live without.
WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO: KEEP YOU BY WILD BELLE
We’re digging this song from Wild Belle’s debut album, Isles. Chicago natives (and siblings!) Elliot and Natalie Bergman have created the perfect mix of indie rock and funk. This track’s addictive sound will definitely have you playing it again and again and again and… well, you get the point.
WHAT WE’RE DOWNLOADING: TRAKTOR DJ
Have big dreams of being a DJ? Well, it’s now easier than ever (and totally at your fingertips) with this awesome app. Choose from eight different effects like Beatmasher, Filter and Flanger to cut up and rearrange beats, create quick cuts and more. Plus, you can use it on your iPad or iPhone!
WHERE WE’RE GOING: DENVER
Looking for a place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Denver boasts one of the largest celebrations in the US. The two-day festival includes live music and all the authentic Mexican cuisine you can handle. Work off all the tacos by taking advantage of the city’s hiking trails and mountain terrain.
WHAT WE’RE READING: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS BY JOHN GREEN
It’s only one of the most popular YA books to come out in the past five years. This story about two teenage cancer patients who find each other and fall in love is a tearjerker, for sure… but it’s also full of hope and the appreciation of living life to the fullest. Not to mention the movie, which stars Divergent’s Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, is only one of the most anticipated movie releases of the year (it comes out on June 6).
WHAT WE’RE EATING: SMOOTHIE BOWLS
The weather’s heating up (finally) (we think?) and that has us craving colder foods. Smoothie bowls are the cousin of acai bowls, which are a Brazilian treat made from frozen acai pulp blended with other frozen fruit and topped with fresh sliced fruit, granola and honey. But since acai is a little hard to find, try a smoothie bowl—all you need is spinach, avocado, and whatever frozen fruit you have in the freezer! Mmm, mmm good.
WHAT WE’RE WEARING: AE SOFT FLORAL JUMPSUIT
The oversized floral print. The mismatched pockets. The bold black and white. The silhouette. Everything about this jumpsuit just screams “I’m right on trend for spring!” It’s really just a bonus that it’s incredibly comfy, too.
WHAT WE’RE WATCHING: MEAN GIRLS ON NETFLIX
This movie totally made fetch happen. We kind of can’t believe it’s 10 years old already. This classic just never goes out of style. Thanks to Netflix, we’re watching the antics of the Plastics over and over again and quoting all the memorable lines nonstop. A few of our favorites: “On Wednesdays, we wear pink.” “That’s why her hair is so big. It’s full of secrets.” “Whatever. I’m getting cheese fries.” “You go, Glenn Coco!”
Our Soft Tiered Babydoll Dress is a closet must for spring. It’s super soft, effortless and trendy — and with the endless ways to style this dress, available in two solid colors and two trend-right prints, you’ll be wearing this dress at least once a week!
To showcase the versatility of the Soft Tiered Babydoll Dress, we asked three bloggers to style the dress in their own way: Christine from The View from 5 ft. 2, Jess from The Golden Girl and Blair from The Fox and She.
I’m Christine, the creator of The View From 5 ft. 2, a personal style and fashion blog that provides style tips and inspiration with an additional petite perspective. I believe in taking chances when it comes to fashion. I enjoy making things work for smaller proportions and opening peoples’ eyes to what they can do with their own style. I’m a young, adventurous and as Beyonce would say, an “Independent Woman” chasing my dreams and figuring it out as I go. I love adventures, bold prints, calligraphy and a really good laugh.
What inspired Christine’s look:
There’s nothing quite like a light and airy summer dress! If you get a little creative with your styling, you can wear them all year long. It’s barely spring here in Chicago, so I styled the tiered baby doll dress with light layers. It has the perfect loose-fitting cut that allows you to layer over or under for a unique look no matter what the season. I chose a floral button down shirt that I wore loosely over the dress so that it looked like a casual jacket and mossy green sandals in a similar shade as the dress. I also paired it with a peachy-nude clutch and floppy fedora hat to tie in other shades from the blouse. I completed the look with a chunky gold watch and bracelets and tortoise sunglasses. You can use your silky button down shirts to quickly make strappy dresses spring-ready!
A Chicago transplant by way of the West Coast, I started The Golden Girl to document my love of style, food and the occasional crafty project. I now reside in the Gold Coast of the windy city (how fitting!) and I’m also Fashion Editor for The Everygirl.
What inspired Jess’s look:
This babydoll dress is the perfect transitional piece for spring! It looks incredible with a few added layers (completely necessary for unpredictable spring weather). On the other hand, it’s flirty, minimalist and downright adorable all on it’s own and perfect for festival season as the temperatures start to rise! Because the word “warm” is a loose term these days in Chicago, I threw on a long trench with some killer pastel pink heels to complete the perfect “Date Night” ensemble. This dress will be one I wear again and again for months to come.
Get Jess’s look:
Soft Tiered Babydoll Dress
I’m the fashion and lifestyle blogger behind The Fox & She. When I’m not blogging, I’m running my blog design business, Leap Blog Design, painting abstract art and making travel a priority.
What inspired Blair’s look:
Since I’m on the tall side (5’8″), I let the straps out and wore a lace bandeau top underneath to give it a fun, layered and bohemian look. I paired it with flat booties to give this girly frock some edge and a blazer for a tailored finish. I love mixing girly pieces with more tailored pieces to create a brand new look that’s all my own.
Show us how you style your babydoll dress with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your photo on our AE.com Style Gallery or our blog!
We sat down with Ben T., Assistant Buyer of Men’s Pants, Shorts, Swim and Fleece Bottoms, to talk about one of the most popular short fits of the season: the Prep Short. Read on to learn more about Ben and his recommendations on how to style the Prep Short.
Assistant Buyer of Men’s Pants, Shorts, Swim & Fleece Bottoms
Can you tell us about the history of the Prep Short?
The Prep Short was first introduced in the 2010/2011 Season. Since then the fit has evolved from a knee length, boxy fit to a trimmer fit through the leg that hits above the knee. This year we have introduced a noticeably different fabric with a small amount of stretch content for maximum comfort and wear-ability. We have also included a belt on the short this year for no extra charge to the customer. It’s been souped up.
What are the new fits for the Prep Short?
Just one new and improved fit. The leg is slimmer and tapers slightly towards the hem. The short is meant to be rolled to an 8″ inseam, although you can style it however you please (rolled once to ‘’9 inch just above the knee, or unrolled at 10″ right on the knee).
The fabrics have changed, can you tell us why and how the new fabric feels?
This is my favorite fabric in our entire line. It is a dense twill with stretch in it. It feels really compact/ light and at the same time has a little give which makes it great to move in. It’s a perfect Summer short.
Any cool colors that you love this season?
Really excited for the Bright Rhubarb. It’s a reddish fuchsia that you will not be able to find anywhere else. Imagine a lobster blushing. We also have a couple of really cool prints coming in, including a grey camo and a brown tropical that emulates a very cool Havana Yacht Club type look.
How do you wear the Prep Short?
The great thing about this short is the versatility. Like I said, you can cuff it or unroll it to suit your style. I love wearing them cuffed with a plain tee and a good pair of sunglasses. Super easy for anyone to get into.
Can you take the Prep Short look from day to night? If so, what do you recommend?
Switch out the T-shirt for a short sleeve woven or layer on a solid long sleeve oxford for versatility. Unbutton a few buttons and remove the sunglasses, unless you’re really trying to make a statement…
Why do you recommend the Prep Short?
Again, it’s versatile. You can wear it many different ways and fit it the way you like it. It is also currently our only short (aside from swim) with stretch. It’s basically the short design of the future.
Now we would love to learn a little about you!
What made you want to pursue a career in Merchandising?
I was always interested in big business but not so interested in working strictly with numbers and finances. With merchandising, you get to be very creative and hands on with your product. Your performance is not only measured by your bottom line, but also on the style and perspective you are infusing in your assortment. Great clothes are ultimately what creates brand loyalty and an excited customer base.
What kind of projects do you find yourself working on from day to day?
Most of what I do revolves around how to drive and evolve the business. If something is working well, I am asking why is this working? What can I do to get more? And, what do I have coming down the line that is like this? If something is not doing so well, I am brainstorming the opposite and making sure I don’t make the same mistake twice when building future seasons.
Five words to describe you…
Team player, risk taker, pizza lover, driven and adventurous.
Portland in the summer. That’s East Coast.
“Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’.”
First thing on your bucket list?
Travel for a year with a backpack and no itinerary expect for a list of must try street foods. (Try not to end up on the show Locked Up: Abroad.)
Fun fact about yourself?
In my youth, I rocked both a mullet and a bowl cut for three years… each.
What does your iPhone say about you?
I organize my apps like a nerd. Not very exciting.
Have you checked out the new arrivals in American Eagle Outfitters stores and online at AE.com? We have a small capsule collection of our favorite 90′s style inspired pieces in the coolest silhouettes, fabrics and washes. This new collection is also based on mixing neutrals with pops of fresh blues and corals. We only made a limited number of pieces, so if you see something you love, grab it before it’s gone and have fun styling these throwback looks.
Our Button Front Skirt is a 90′s throwback silhouette. We made it in three different colors and prints and gave each skirt an acid wash treatment which makes it softer and creates the vintage look. You can match these back to any of our cropped t-shirts.
Digging the cut-out details for spring? So are we! And our Cutout Cropped T-Shirt is an easy way to get the look. It features a trendy cropped silhouette in a cotton spandex for comfort and stretch. Our Eyelet Cropped Tee also features the acid wash that gives it the high-low dye detail that adds texture and dimension to the piece. The eyelet cutouts add femininity which balances the vintage feel of the wash. Pair any of the tops in the collection back to our Sky High Jegging or your favorite high-rise shorties. Add a pop of color and layer them with an Aerie bralette or bandeau.
The Printed Maxi Sundress features a pretty, feminine Carolina Daisy print and a 90′s throwback silhouette. Wear it on its own or with your favorite denim jacket. If you’re not a maxi dress type of girl, we also have a shorter version, the Printed Sundress.
Have you picked up any of these new pieces? Show them off with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your photo on our AE.com Style Gallery or our blog!
A few of our favorite celebs were spotted showing off their #AEOSTYLE this week. See how they styled their favorite American Eagle Outfitters pieces and don’t forget to tag your photos on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram with #AEOSTYLE for a chance to be featured in our AE.com Style Gallery!
Modern Family star Sarah Hyland, was spotted wearing AEO during Coachella festivities this past weekend in Palm Springs. On Thursday night she wore some of our best festival-inspired styles, including cool accessories like the Studded Belt Hipsack and our Beaded Turquoise Hand Jewelry. During the festival, Sarah also wore pieces from our Made in Italy collection.
Jamie Chung wore our Denim Vested Hoodie paired back with cool floral silk pants on her blog, What the Chung.
Get Jamie’s look:
Denim Vested Hoodie
The Big Bang Theory star Kayley Cuoco wore our High-Rise Festival Shortie in her May 2014 Cosmopolitan feature.
Get Kayley’s look:
High-Rise Festival Shortie
Star of The Newsroom, Olivia Munn, wore our Favorite Scoop T-Shirt paired back with an A-line skirt. She says the look is one of her favorite styles!
Get Olivia’s look:
Favorite Scoop T-Shirt
Show us your #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your photo on our AE.com Style Gallery or our blog!