#AskJenny Question of the Week: How Should My Bra Band Fit?

This week, everyone was wanting to know Jenny’s quick fixes for bra band issues! Since your band is the part of your bra providing the most support, it is so important to make sure you find your perfect fit. Jenny’s tips will help make sure you’re getting the size and support you need in a bra band, every time!

Q: How should my bra band feel when I first buy it? Tight or loose?

Q: My band is super tight and uncomfortable! Help!

A: If your band is too tight and digging in, chances are you just need to go up a band size. Or, sometimes, you need to realize that that bra style may just not be the best style for you.

Q: My band is riding up in the back! How can I keep it from sliding around?

A: If your band is riding up in the back, it’s too big! You need to go down a band size. You should be able to comfortably wear your bra on the loosest hook without any issues with it slipping and sliding.

That’s it for now! Have more questions for Jenny about fit and style? Email her at AskJenny@ae.com, or tweet @Aerie with #AskJenny! We’ll be answering your FAQ’s weekly on the blog (last week, we covered your question, “what is a sister size, and will it work for me?”).

Xoxo,

Aerie

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Follow Her Friday: Colbie Callait

Earlier this month, Colbie Callait released a video that made us do a double take.  The song is called “Try” and it shows a cast of beautiful women, Colbie included, going from full makeup and fake lashes to their fresh-faced, natural selves.

Follow Her Friday: Colbie Callait

Inspiring, to say the least, “Try,” is Colbie’s statement on how women shouldn’t have to “try so hard.” It was actually born out of her own frustration when her label told her that her music needed to change. After being pressured to be more like the pop stars that have set the standard – you know what we’re talking about – Colbie decided to scrap her new album and write a completely new one. The result was Gypsy Heart Side A, an EP with a lot of honesty, strength and so much inspiration.

Follow Her Friday: Colbie Callait

We loved Colbie’s message and shared it as our Wednesday Wisdom last week! Watch the video “Try” below and be sure to check out her new EP available for download here!

xoxo,

Aerie

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#OOTD: Intern Style

Internship season is in full swing! Luckily for us at AE and Aerie HQ, it’s casual Friday every day…which means we get to wear our favorite Aerie pieces 24/7! But getting your casual looks from a 9AM meeting to dinner with friends can be a challenge. We already knew our merchandising interns have great fashion sense, but mastering the ability to show off their personal style while keeping it professional? They’ve got it down to a science.

Get to know some of our Aerie and AE merchandising interns, and find some major outfit inspiration in how they rocked their favorite new Aerie pieces.

Name: Chelsea S.
Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
College: University of North Florida
Major: Marketing
What I’ve learned interning: “It’s amazing how much my voice is valued here. All members of your team look to you for fresh ideas since as an intern, you are the target customer. I love being able to influence decisions with my knowledge and opinions. At the same time, you have to accept that as an intern, you don’t have all the answers.”
More about me: “I’ve worked in an Aerie store as a bra expert back home for 2 years!”
Why we love her look: Chelsea’s denim vest is perfect for a little coverage around the office – plus, layers are key for unpredictable air conditioning! She kept it casual and cool with dressed down sandals. The topknot is a no-fuss way to top off her look!

Name: Kristen P.
Hometown: Griffith, Indiana
College: Indiana University
Major: Apparel Merchandising, Minor in Business and Fashion Design
What I’ve learned interning: “Moving to a new town and a new company is a big change! It can be challenging to get adjusted, but it’s a fun learning process.”
More about me: “When studying abroad, I visited 24 cities in 10 different countries!”
Why we love her look: Kristen’s hat and strappy heels put an urban spin on a cute critter print! We’d wear this outfit for a big presentation or meeting – Kristen’s style would definitely help put our best foot forward.

Name: Ali G.
Hometown: Winnetka, Il
College: Indiana University
Major: Apparel Merchandising
What I’ve learned interning: “It’s been an amazing experience seeing everything that goes into getting product in the stores, and seeing how styles I think would do well perform every week. I’ve also been surprised how even though everyone is really nice, young, and fun, they work super hard and all are amazing at their jobs.”
More about me: “At home I live on the lake, so I’ve also started to take up a hobby in paddleboarding! It’s super fun, relaxing, and also good exercise.”
Why we love her look: We love Ali’s glam and girly style! Her accessories add a bit of edge, but she keeps it pretty with easy, beachy waves. A light sweater also makes her look workplace appropriate. We’ll say it again – layering is key!

Name: Megan L.
Hometown: Elizabeth, PA
College: University of Pittsburgh
Major: Marketing & Supply Chain Management
What I’ve learned interning: “My favorite part of the internship is that I am encouraged to use my creativity and think outside the box. It is amazing to wake up every morning to go do something I am passionate about! The most surprising part of the internship for me is that each associate you meet really wants you to succeed. This program places success right at your fingertips, you just have to grab it!”
More about me: “I have read the book Looking for Alaska over 10 times.”
Why we love her look: Megan’s outfit is comfy, but still pulled together. This look is perfect for 9 to 5 – and beyond! Just toss on a great pair of heels and you’re ready for your post-work evening plans.

Name: Ellie S.
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
College: Indiana University
Major: Marketing and Apparel Merchandising
What I’ve learned interning: “The Back to School season, in my opinion, is the best part of the year! It has been so exciting to see all of our hard work pay off with HUGE denim sales. It has definitely been challenging to learn every detail of each pair of jeans, from the fit to the exact wash…but now, after weeks of working with the product, it’s so fun to help my friends find the perfect pair of AE jeans!”
More about me: “I just studied abroad in Milan, Italy for five months! When I was there I learned how to make homemade pasta, gnocchi and tons of different sauces.”
Why we love her look: This cute boho style feels so fresh and fun! While it’s perfect for summertime, the pretty jewel tone colors also make it a great transition look to take you between the fall and summer seasons.

Name: Kelsey B.
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
College: University of Notre Dame
Major: Marketing & International Business
What I’ve learned interning: “All the financial metrics and ratios that are specific to the retail industry. College accounting classes can’t prepare you for this!!”
More about me: “I once spent an entire summer living out of a tent and hiking in Oregon & Washington!”
Why we love her look: Some days when we’re running out the door, a sneaker is the only shoe that will do. Plus, this graphic fleece is the perfect solution for those days when you just need to be comfy, but still cute. Kelsey’s taking tomboy to the next level with this look!

Name: Kristin S.
Hometown: Richmond, VA
College: University Of Virginia
Major: Media Studies
What I’ve learned interning: “How much it has taught me about the working world as well as about who I am and what I like.”
More about me: “One quirky fact about me is that I am OBSESSED with astrology!”
Why we love her look: Kristen’s look is flirty, but still super office appropriate! We love the Aerie Jumpsuit paired with a fun platform heel for a little bit of a dressier look. This is a style we’d wear to work, but totally rock on the weekends, too!

Name: Natalia C.
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
College: Anderson University
Major: Marketing and Spanish
What I’ve learned interning: “It’s definitely been a challenge getting familiar with all of our Aerie undies choices…there are so many! But probably my favorite part has been getting to see product before it comes out!”
More about me: “It’s my second year interning at AE!”
Why we love her look: Her style is totally sporty chic, from her jacket to her wedge sneakers! We love how her bold berry lip adds some extra color and a feminine touch to her style (plus, it matches her bralette)! Natalia’s got the laws of layering down – a pretty bralette or bandeau peeking out from under a tank can act as an amazing accessory!

Name: Taylor J.
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
College: Kent State University
Major: Fashion Merchandising
What I’ve learned interning: “So much planning goes into every single style, and it takes place so far in advance! Also, our opinions are valued, so it’s important to stay strong in your point of view when presenting to higher-ups!”
More about me: “My favorite things to do in my free time are practicing yoga and hanging out with my friends and family.”
Why we love her look: Who says you can’t wear your comfiest pants to work, and still look amazing? Taylor’s style is so downtown cool! We love how she dressed up her basic look with some fun heels and a statement necklace. Joggers are a great alternative to your favorite jeans when you feel like mixing it up!

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Three’s never a crowd when cute critter prints are involved! One print, so many ways to style…we heart Chelsea, Ali and Kristen’s looks!

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Work it, ladies! We love how Megan and Kristen styled the same Aerie romper to make looks that are totally unique.

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The AE Jegging, two ways. Sporty or sweet…we cant choose! Can we have both, please?

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We want to see your Aerie #OOTD! Show us on Instagram or Twitter with #AerieREAL for the chance to be featured on our blog or Aerie.com!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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The Ultimate Packing Guide

Here at the Aerie offices, we love traveling and we LOVE seeing your #AerieSWIM and #AerieREAL Instagram tags when you are off to new city and sporting a dose of Aerie! Whether you are jet-setting to foreign lands, road tripping across the states, or spending a much needed girls weekend at our friend’s beach house, we know you are looking for two things: comfort and style!

If you’re looking for a flight friendly or road trip #OOTD, look no further. Our layering tanks and bralettes are cute and cozy, our undies are jogger and legging-ready, and our newest knapsack from BAGGU? Soon to be your favorite must-have accessory.

Plus, if you’re in a packing pinch – check out our list of things to pack the night before! Don’t forget your toothbrush, too!

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Aerie’s Packing List for Summer Vacation

A Sweatshirt (For cool nights and flights)

Super cozy pajamas and boxers, too!

Bras (We suggest: a Plunge Bra, a Multi-Way Bra, a Lightly Lined, and a Bralette!)

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2 Swimsuits

A Wallet, Purse, and Carry-All

Super Cute Socks!

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Joggers

Leggings

Tops (Tanks and a few 3/4 length tees!)

Undies (Lots of them!)

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A Hat or Baseball Cap

Scarf (Our favorite layering piece!)

Perfume

Nail Polish

Sunglasses

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Chargers (We know you can’t live without your cellphone!)

Headphones

Camera

Toiletries

+ lots of SPF!

Have a safe trip!

xo,

Aerie

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#AskJenny Question of the Week: What Are Sister Sizes?

So we all know our bra size…but what is a sister size, anyway? Our fit and style expert, Jenny Altman, is here to explain the ins and outs of sister sizing for the confused among us.

Below, watch Jenny’s quick explanation of a sister size, and read on for even more info on whether a sister size could be a good option for you!

 

Q: What’s the difference between my bra size and my sister size? And will it work for me?

A: You’ve all probably heard sales associates mention “sister size” when it comes to bra size. A sister size is really just one size up or down from the size you normally wear. An associate may suggest trying a sister size if you’re spilling out or not fully filling out a particular style, or if they don’t have your size in stock.

Sometimes wearing a sister size works flawlessly, other times it does not work as well. It all depends on two factors: how “full” of a cup size you are, and the style of the bra. You really just have to try on different styles and sizes to see what will work best for you!

For example, let’s say you are a 32C.

If you are a more shallow C, sizing down a cup size and up a band size (34B) can work well, especially in a full coverage bra style like the Sofie or the Sunnie. Just keep in mind that wearing a larger band size will offer less support, because your bra’s support should always come from the band, not the straps!

If you ARE a full C cup, you could consider sizing up a cup size and down a band size (30D). Trying your larger sister size may work best in a cup with less coverage, like a demi cup style (I love the Ella Gel or the Blakely!).

If you are, however, a “full” C, and your band and cup size work for you in most every bra, then sizing into the sister size is usually not your best option. You already know you need that C, so try to stick with it when possible.

The sister size is really just a way of saying, “hey, even though you normally wear a size 4 jeans, the super skinny style in size 6 will probably work, just as a boyfriend jean in a size 2 would”. Try your actual size and try the sister size in the styles you like, then you see which one best fits your cup as well as your band size. If you aren’t sure, ask one of our Aerie bra fit experts for their opinion!

That’s all for today! Don’t forget – if you have fit and style questions for Jenny, email them to AskJenny@ae.com, or tweet @Aerie with #AskJenny! She’ll be answering your questions weekly on the blog. Our most recent post? All about Multi-Way Bras that do it all!

Xoxo,

Aerie

Guest Blog Post: Jenny Altman on Perfect T-Shirt Bras

Sheer and lightweight tees and tanks all have one thing in common – they need a great t-shirt bra!

The t-shirt bra is the modern girl’s go-to bra of choice…and why? There is no show through. It is like your trustworthy BFF that works with everything. It may not be the most sexy bra in your drawer (although it can be tres pretty), but it makes your boobs look good and keeps you modest even in the coldest of places.

Here are my go-to t-shirt bras for summer and back to school:

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Sunnie is my #1 basic t-shirt bra. She is full-coverage (but not too much), has stretch for comfort, is lightly lined (no show through!) and hides the back-fat (well, we all have some!). She’s paired here with our Love Me Don’t Retouch Me tee for the perfect comfy and confident look!

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Charley is my new BFF. She conceals, has a deep plunge for low tees and tanks, gives great push up and even has a super secret j-hook in the back, instantly transforming her into a racerback bra. Plus her colors are amazing! I love the cotton Charley in light grey with the neon yellow trim! It pairs perfectly with the neon stripe Charley tee!

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Blakely is a longtime fave, especially with pretty lace detail. She is a great lightly lined demi-cup which gives coverage and a full, rounded shape. Her solid colors are amazing (with contrast lace detail!) and her allover lace shows you that t-shirt bras don’t have to be boring. The lace is flat and smooth so it still works under tees, but looks much fancier than your go-to nudes.

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Jaclyn is your smoothest, softest pushup bra with underwire. She is the perfect t-shirt bra (so smooth, everything just glides over her) with built in pillows around the wire (seriously!). She feels dreamy and lovely even while doing her job of pushing you up to perkiest perfection! I love the ombre colors, too. Check out the lilac with two tone purple lace around the band.

Which t-shirt bra is YOUR go-to?

Tell me your fave or ask me a question at AskJenny@AE.com.

Xoxo,

Jenny

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