It’s In The Bag: Men’s and Women’s Totes, Backpacks and more

School is only a few short weeks away so what better time to start thinking about how to carry your books to class than now? Check out our favorite men’s and women’s backpacks and totes to help compliment any back to school #AEOStyle. Trust us, if fashion were a class, you’d score an A+ with these awesome accessories.

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Canvas Buckled Backpack in True Black
Canvas Duffel Bag
Canvas Messenger Bag
Canvas Buckled Backpack in Peacoat Navy
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Fjallraven Totepack No. 1
Fjallraven Kanken Backpack in Military Green
Fjallraven Kanken Backpack in Pink

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Now Trending for Men and Women: New Prep

Season after season, American Eagle Outfitters revamps its #AEOStyle. This season we’re bringing you a new combination of New England prep with modern edge. This trend focuses on classic pieces with a dash of unexpected twist to deliver a look that’s not only definitive, it’s cutting-edge too. Check out the trend videos below and shop the looks for both men’s and women’s:

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Shop the look:
Solid Poplin Button Down Shirt
Tipped Varsity Jacket (shop similar) 
Herringbone Paneled Cap
Slim Straight Khaki
Canvas Sneaker

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Shop the look:
Surplus Button Down Shirt
Cutout Buckle Bootie
Jegging Crop
Perforated Tote Bag

Would you wear the New Prep trend? Tell us in the comments below!

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#AEOStyle: Leggings For Days

Great for comfort and style, dressing up or dressing down, the Legging is the perfect bottom to add into your #AEOStyle season after season. No matter what your style personality is, we’ve got the color and pattern that works best with your getup. Check out some of our favorite prints and patterns below and get a leg up on your #AEOStyle.

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Shop the look:
Floral Legging
Vivid Printed Legging
Side Zip Legging
Faux Leather Tuxedo Stripe Legging
Floral Printed Legging
Printed Legging

Style Tips:
If you prefer a Solid, Faux Leather Tuxedo Stripe or Size Zip Leggings: Pair them back to a Button Down or an Open Stitched Jegging Sweater for edgy style that’s not only comfortable, its cool.

If you prefer Floral or Vivid Leggings: Don’t overdo it with pattern. Keep your top solid to draw the eyes towards you rather than away. We suggest a classic Real Soft Favorite V-Neck T-Shirt and a cardigan.

Remember:
One of the best things about leggings is that they’re the perfect transition piece. No matter what season you’re in, you can rock them all year long.

Mark Your Calendar:
Stay tuned for more prints and patterns… coming soon!

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Music Monday: Lollapalooza Festival and Packing Guide

Chicago is an amazing city. The beaches along Lake Michigan allow for fun times in the city, their infamous deep dish pizza will keep you satiated for days and the music scene is out of this world. This weekend, Lollapalooza gears up for another fun filled weekend in the Windy City. Check out our favorite haunts, who to see and where to go while touring this fantastic mid-western town.

Pack:
Girls.
Hi-Rise Festival Shorties are a must. Dress them up with booties, a loose fitting tank and a hat to top off your look.

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Shop the look:
Slip-On Bootie
Hi-Rise Festival Shortie
Pleated Lace Tank
Embroiderd Zipper Tote Bag
Mixed Media Bracelet Set

Guys: Mixing patterns is major for August. Pair your plaids and camo prints with solid undertones, like a white t-shirt and black shoes. Add some shades for #AEOStyle you can rock out to all day long.

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Shop the look:
Plaid Button Down Shirt
Canvas Sneakers
Legend Crew T-Shirt
Icon Sunglasses
12″ Ripstop Cargo Short (Shop similar)

Eat:  Pequods Pizza:  In our minds, the best deep dish in town. Crunchy, gooey golden crush smothered in marinara and cheese and covered with crispy pepperoni.

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Deep dish anyone? Photo credit: Yelp

Pierogi Wagon:  A food truck filled with Polish cuisine! Who doesn’t love a good dumpling filled with mashed potatoes and cheddar?

Dryhop Brewers:  50% kitchen, 50% brewery, 100% amazing. Try any one of their hop-centric ales.

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Dry Hop Brewers. Photo Credit: dryhopchicago.com

Batter and Berries:  A dynamite breakfast and brunch spot. We can’t get enough of their French Toast Sampler, it oozes with flavor.

Do:

Headquarters Beercade: Play old school arcade games while drinking ice cold suds. Mortal Combat anyone?

Kingston Mines:  One of the best blues bars in Chicago, hear the best of the best play any night of the week.

Sail on Lake Michigan:  Set your sails and enjoy views of the city from the waters of Lake Michigan.

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Sail Chicago. Photo credit: Flickr

Shedd Aquarium:  From sea turtles to sharks, see it all at the Shedd Aquarium.

Listen:

Lorde:  Shes a 17 year old bold beauty that’s making her mark on the music world. With songs like “Royals“, “Tennis Court” and “Love Club“, we can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

Lorde. Photo credit: hollywoodlife.com

Lorde. Photo credit: hollywoodlife.com

Vance Joy:  We’ve got a soft spot for Vance (he helped curate our current playlist for stores)! This singer-songwriter from Australia stole our hearts with “Riptide” and we can’t stop listening to his new release, “Mess is Mine.”

OutKast:  With 20 years of experience, this band knows how to keep fans happy! Classic tunes like “So Fresh So Clean” and “Hey, Ya” keep our dancing shoes on and our nostalgia game high. We can’t wait to see these boys take center stage.

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Outkast. Photo credit: MTV.com

Grouplove:  The ultimate college band, this five member band spits out an alternative rock sound that will automatically make you feel like your having the best time of your life. Check out “I’m With You” and “Let Me In.”

Cut Copy:  Well known in the Synthpop world, Cut Copy knows how to generate wild sound that is catchy, energetic and mysterious at times. Check out “Lights & Music” and “Take Me Over.

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Cut Copy. Photo credit: BitTorrent Blog

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Music Monday: AEO Up Next: Tijuana Panthers

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For the first installment of the AEO Up Next Series, we called up Phil Shaheen of Cali based Tijuana Panthers to learn where his musical inspiration stems from; chat about how mowing the lawn can inspire inspiration and how cool cassettes still are. Stop into AEO to hear a playlist curated by the Tijuana Panthers. And be sure to head over to their website to buy their latest record, which, of course comes on cassette.

AEO:  Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Where are the other Panthers though?

Phil from Tijuana Panthers:  Ha! We’re sorta spread out. We’re still close enough where we can drive like a half hour for practice in LA. Dan lives there so we just practice either in the Silver Lake area or Echo Park or Glendale.

AEO:  How has the landscape or just the vibes of California affected the sound of your music?

Phil:  I think because of the 60’s there’s a lot of these garage surf bands that came up. And of course there’s the Beach Boys and all that. There was a lot of surf music going on back then. So I guess, the environment affected those people and we are influenced by those sounds for some guitar riffs and things like that. I think, overall, the landscape didn’t really affect us that much. But it affected us in that manner, I guess.

AEO:  So you were affected by the Cali sounds that came before you more so than the space itself.

Phil:  Yeah, we just grew up playing punk music. And a lot of punk music was influenced by surfing so there was a lot of influences that come from that.

AEO:  Can you narrow your influences down to one album or artist that really affected your path in music?

Phil:  For me it would be the Dead Milkmen. “Big Lizard in My Backyard” is the name of the record. I heard that record when I was in junior high, from a friend’s older brother. He gave us the tape to listen to, a cassette tape. We wore it out. I even buried it in my yard because it meant that much to me. It was like the best thing ever as a junior high kid. I mean, it’s the best thing ever now still. I still enjoy all those records that they put out. And we got to play with them.

AEO:  Oh, you did?!

Phil:  Yeah, we got to play with them at FYF in 2011. And then someone from FYF hooked up a show on Long Beach where the Dead Milkmen came and we got to open for them.

AEO:  That’s very cool.

Phil:  Yeah, it’s insane! The heros, who maybe aren’t heros to most people, but I had them up on this pedestal, we got to hang with them and play. So it was pretty cool.

AEO:  How was that show for you? Do you remember much of it or were you just awe-struck?

Phil:  It was fun. I geeked out a bit but it was a more memorable show. We’ve gotten to play with a lot of old punk bands that I never thought we’d ever meet or play with. Like, hanging out with Keith Morris, from Black Flag and Circle Jerks, asked us to come do his radio show. So that was crazy.

AEO:  So you first heard that Dead Milkmen record on a cassette tape. And you sell your music on cassette and vinyl. How does a physical release, as opposed to a digital one, change your perception of a record?

Phil:  I think its personal preference. Some people really like the sound of analog. They love the sound of the hiss, pops and cracks on records. I never stopped collecting records from when I started listening to music. I think that maybe that’s the area that I grew up in. Long Beach, it’s pretty easy to get records. And it wasn’t even like my parents kept listening to records. It was my friends. When we were growing up tapes were what the medium was. Digital is great. I love it. I’m definitely not one to go either way. I like ‘em both. With digital, you can get music out to everyone, for free too a lot of the time.

AEO:  So, what’s the songwriting process like for you guys?

Phil:  We work on everything by ourselves. And then we come together and just hash stuff out. That’s just something we’ve always done, even when we first started out. We kind of jammed a little but we were never like a jam band. We’d never really get into it like that and just have a jam session. There are moments of inspiration, like I’ll be mowing my lawn and I’ll have this moment of, “Oh, I got some lyrics now.” It’s not about mowing my lawn. It’s just doing that mundane task helps me write stuff. Dan is different. Chad is different. Everyone has their own way of doing things but I kinda just zone out on some stupid task. Things come to me that way. I can’t just sit down and write anything.

Now that you’ve gotten to know more about Phil and the Tijuana Panthers, channel the band’s Punk rock style below:

Get The Look: Tijuana Panthers

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1: Signature Graphic T-Shirt
2: Global Print Paneled Hat
3: Reverse Belt
4: Skinny Jean
5: Plaid Button Down Shirt
6: Skinny Jean in True Black
7: Canvas Sneaker
8: Dark Denim Jacket

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#AEOStyle Roundup

American Eagle Outfitters is all about expressing your individual style. Show us your original style with #AEOStyle on Instagram and Twitter for the chance to be featured on our blog so we can show the world how you take what we make and make it your own. Check out our favorite looks from this week below!

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Hi-Rise Festival Shorties
Boho Embroidered Top (Shop similar)

Shop the look:
Original Straight Jean
Photo Real Graphic Tank
Plaid Button Down Shirt
Clarks Originals Desert Boot
Glory Hats by Goorin Jackson Fedora
Men’s Accessories

 

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Hi-Rise Denim Shortie
Lace Paneled Top (Shop similar)
Drawstring Cargo Vest (Shop similar)

 

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Acid Washed Girlfriend Shirt (Shop similar)
Real Soft Favorite Scoop T-Shirt
Mid-Rise Super Skinny Jean

 

Shop the look:
Hi-Rise Denim Shortie
Real Soft Favorite V-Neck T-Shirt
Real Soft Mix Stripe Cardigan (Shop similar)

 

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Denim Shortall
Tropic Graphic Muscle Tank (Shop similar)

 

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Denim Shortall
Lace Swing Tank (Shop similar)

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