AEO Gift Guide for Him: The Dapper Dude

Clean cut & buttoned up. If you have The Dapper Dude on your holiday shopping list, you’re looking for a gift with the perfect mix of modern detail and classic #AEOSTYLE. Plaid scarves, wool jackets & mock neck sweaters are at the top of this guy’s wishlist. We curated a gift guide for the guy who likes to keep it classy 24/7.

Show us what you’re giving & getting this season with #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter, and shop this gift guide below!

For The Guy With Classic #AEOSTYLE. Shop Holiday Gifts for the Dapper Dude.

SHOP GIFTS FOR THE DAPPER DUDE: 

DIY: Distressed T-Shirt and Jeans

Every piece of clothing you wear has a story. It holds memories of that awesome concert you went to or that road trip you took. It reminds you of where you’ve been, and all the cool things you’ve done.

Your favorite piece of clothing not only instills a sense of confidence and comfort, it also projects your individuality. When it comes to your style, you should never have to settle, which is why we’re going to show you how to distress your tees and jeans so you can make them as unique as you are.

Click the images below for tutorials on how to create a distressed tee, cutout tee, or distressed jeans.

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HOW TO MAKE A DISTRESSED T-SHIRT

Distressed tees have that worn-in, laid-back feel. They’re casual, yet edgy. For an understated look create small holes, or go bold with large gashes and bleach. You can get both looks with items you have lying around the house —  a razor, scissors, sandpaper, a cheese grater, cardboard, and bleach.

Each of the methods are simple. Just make sure to put a piece of cardboard inside the t-shirt of your choice before you start distressing to prevent you from cutting through both sides of the tee!

CHEESE GRATER

The cheese grater is harder to control than other tools, but produces holes with interesting frayed edges. To get this look, hold the fabric taut against the cardboard and grate in all directions. This technique is best if you want a random cluster of holes somewhere on your shirt.

SANDPAPER

The sandpaper is great for the seams and collar. Just rub coarse sandpaper (we used 90 grit) back and forth in all directions where you want your shirt to show a little extra wear.

SCISSORS + PUMICE STONE (OPTIONAL)

Scissors are best for creating large holes. Just snip horizontal lines of varying sizes. For an extra worn look, rub a pumice stone or sandpaper along these cuts.

BLEACH

If you want to make the distressed areas of your tee stand out, use bleach (we used 2 parts water, 1 part bleach) to highlight the holes and cuts in the shirt. You can also use it all over the shirt for a grunge look.

RAZOR

The razor is the tool that gives the most variation, and it is easy to control. The razor you use should be new and sharp. You can drag the razor horizontally to create long slices in the tee similar to the scissors, pull it straight down (holding the fabric taut) for a variety of small holes, or place the fabric on a solid edge (like the corner of a book) for a line of straight holes.


HOW TO CUT A T-SHIRT

It’s easy to get bored of a plain tee. If you want to spice it up, cutouts will do the trick. No sewing needed! We’ve created 7 templates to inspire you to revamp your t-shirts. Just print out the one you like, cut out the template, chalk it on your shirt, and cut out the design.

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HOW TO DISTRESS JEANS

There are countless ways to distress jeans­—large holes, small holes, frayed seams, the list goes on. Whatever look you want to achieve, there are five basic steps you should follow when distressing your jeans.

  1. Choose a pair of jeans. Denim with less stretch works best if you’d like to create traditional frayed at the knees look, as threads without elastic are less likely to snap.
  2. Try on the jeans and mark where you want to distress them with chalk.
  3. Determine which distressing techniques (razor, cheese grater, sandpaper, tweezers) you’d like to use.
  4. Start distressing. Place cardboard in the pant legs to avoid distressing both sides of the jeans.
  5. Wash on cold and wear.

Like with creating a distressed t-shirt, you should have all the tools you need at home!

RAZOR

The razor is best for cutting larger holes out of the jeans and fraying the denim at the pockets and seams. You can create a hole by placing the jeans against a hard surface and cutting away material with the razor, giving the edges of the hole a naturally frayed look. To distress at the pockets and seams, run the razor along each surface.

CHEESE GRATER

The cheese grater is most difficult to work with, but provides interesting texture. For best results, use the side of the cheese grater with small holes. There are two ways to use a cheese grater. The first is to grate the material in all directions until a small hole begins to form. Continue grating until the hole is a desired size. This will also thin the fabric around the hole, giving it a unique, distressed look. The second way is to make small, parallel cuts with your scissors and grate over this area. This will create a cleaner look, similar to sandpaper.

SANDPAPER

The sandpaper is simple to use and makes it easy to target a specific area on the jeans. Just wrap it around your finger and rub in all directions until a hole starts to form. We used coarse sandpaper (90 grit).

SCISSORS AND TWEEZERS

This is the most common method to distress jeans, especially if you want to fray them at the knees. See detailed instructions below.

Giving Back: AEO Better World Community Day 2016

This year marks American Eagle Outfitters’ fourth annual AEO Better World Community Day. On Thursday, June 9th, more than 1,000 associates from our corporate offices in Pittsburgh, New York City, San Francisco, China, Hong Kong and Mexico volunteered their time to over 30 different community organizations worldwide. We visited everywhere from the Pittsburgh Zoo to local food kitchens to nature preserves. Check out the below images from our day of volunteer work across the world.

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Every year, we work hard to make this day of giving better and bigger, so that we can make a huge impact in helping lives and saving the planet globally. Many of our Community Day projects are grantees of the AEO Foundation. All of the organizations we volunteered with received a monetary donation from AEO as well.

Tell us how you are giving back to your community in the comments below. 

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Love is Love: World Pride 2016

Pittsburgh, Toronto, New York City and San Francisco are not only some of the greatest cities in the world – they also happen to be just a few of the many cities that support a cause that is near and dear to our hearts…Love.

For the fourth year, American Eagle Outfitters is proud to be a supporter of Pittsburgh Pride taking place on the streets of downtown close to our Headquarters on June 12th. And there are many events taking place all over the globe this month! On June 26th, New York City and San Francisco will be hosting their annual themed March and Pride Parade, respectively. We wanted to support the cause too!  So we designed limited edition “Love is Love” t-shirts, underwear and temporary tattoos that will be sold in select stores and online!  To help ensure that these events continue to take place all over the globe, 100% of sales will be donated to InterPride. Read on to learn more about InterPride, what they stand for and the amazing work that they do. 

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Shop the Collection Now: My Bae Is Gay Soft & Sexy T-Shirt, Pride Vibes Graphic T-Shirt, Love Is Love Soft & Sexy T-Shirt, Love Is Love Graphic T-Shirt, #Equal Graphic T-Shirt

InterPride is the international organization that ties Pride together globally.  Members of their organization are dedicated volunteers who organize and work to put on Pride events all over the world.  InterPride’s vision is a world where there is full cultural, social and legal equality for all.  InterPride’s Mission is to increase the capacity of their network of LGBTI Pride organizations around the world to raise awareness of cultural, social and legal inequality, and to effect positive change through education, collaboration, advocacy and outreach. InterPride acts as a source of education and a stepping-stone to elevating community interaction for PRIDE events worldwide.  They promote Pride on an international level and increase networking opportunities and communication among Pride Organizations. Learn more at interpride.org.

If you are going to one of these events or live close by, check out the following United States and Canada stores that are selling the shirts: Phoenix, Miami, Salt Lake City, Ala Moana, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, NYC, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Toronto, San Diego, Vancouver, Montreal and Atlanta.

Going to a Pride event? Tell us where in the comments below.

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Earth Day: Buy One, Get One…Tree!

This Earth Day, buy one get one… tree!

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) and AEO are partnering this Earth Day to make an even bigger impact on our planet’s well-being. Beginning April 15, AEO will donate a tree with help from SCA, for every pair of AEO Denim X and Flex Shorts purchased (up to 100,000 trees). This initiative will continue until Earth Day on April 22.

Through the simple act of purchasing a pair of shorts, you will be doing your part to help our planet. Wondering what 100K trees can do to help the Earth? We’ve got that covered. Read on to learn about the many environmental benefits trees provide to our planet & the impact 100,000 new trees can have:

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More Fun Facts:

  • 100K trees are enough to create a 1.3 square mile of dense forest or one the size of Central Park in NYC!
  • A large tree can give off as much as 100 gallons of water into the air per day. This has a cooling effect roughly equivalent to 10 single-room-sized air conditioning units operating 20 hours per day.
  • The annual energy cost reduction of a tree is $50.
  • Cities are constantly in need of new trees to plant. The average tree in an urban area has a life expectancy of eight years.
  • The bark of one single tree can provide a home for hundreds of living things, including close to 300 species of insects and 350 varieties of lichens. These plants and bugs then provide food for numerous birds and small mammals.
  • Planting trees remains one of the cheapest, most effective means of drawing excess CO2 from the atmosphere.

This Earth Day, do your part to make our planet a greener place! It’s as simple as buying yourself an awesome new pair of AEO Shorts. If you’re looking to take it one step further, click here to learn about upcoming SCA events in your area and how you can participate.

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Introducing… #AerieMAN

Whatta man, whatta man, whatta man, whatta mighty mighty good #AerieMAN.

…curious? Our latest campaign is all about spreading the body-positive, self-loving vibes of the #AerieREAL campaign to a bigger audience. ‘Cause when we say, “The real you is sexy,” we mean ALL of you. Even the dudes. So, without further ado… meet the guys who inspired it all.

Introducing... #AerieMAN. The real you is sexy. Check out the full range of #AerieMAN Men's Underwear now at American Eagle, including the best men's underwear like cotton briefs and performance boxers.

MEET KELVIN: Kelvin is a body-positive style blogger, a lover of bubble baths and, as it turns out, a master of the butt selfie.

Introducing... #AerieMAN. The real you is sexy. Check out the full range of #AerieMAN Men's Underwear now at American Eagle, including your guy's favorite cotton briefs, polyester boxers and trunks and performance underwear.

MEET DOUG: Doug is a free spirit who lives by the motto “pants off, zen on.” Basically, he’s FLEXY and he knows it.

Introducing... #AerieMAN. The real you is sexy. Check out the full range of #AerieMAN Men's Underwear now at American Eagle, including your guy's favorite slim fit boxers, athletic briefs and trunks and cotton underwear now.

MEET MATT: What defines a man? According to Matt, it all comes down to his character. (And according to us, those abs don’t hurt, either.)

Introducing... #AerieMAN. The real you is sexy. Check out the full range of #AerieMAN Men's Underwear now at American Eagle, including your guy's favorite cotton boxers, polyester briefs and trunks and athletic underwear.

MEET DEVON: If the mark of a man is his ability to let go and dance like nobody’s watching, then let’s just say that Devon is truly the whole…ahem…package.

Want to let loose in your own pair of men’s underwear? Then check out the full collection now, including everything from his favorite the most comfortable cotton boxers to athletic fit performance briefs.

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