How to Wear the Vintage Hi-Rise Jean

HOW TO WEAR SPRING’S MUST-HAVE NON-STRETCH DENIM

How To Wear Non-Stretch Denim The Vintage Hi-Rise Jean

Don’t get us wrong – we’ll always have a spot in our closets for a great pair of stretchy jeans (brunch, for starters). But it’s time to get back to the basics: as in, 100-percent-cotton blues. Iconic, authentic, good-old-fashioned JEANS, crafted from rigid denim that is just waiting to be broken in to fit your body perfectly.

…and that breaking-in process? That is KEY. Non-stretch denim is an entirely different ballgame. Like most great things in life, it is truly about the journey… with the destination being an amazing rear view (obvs) AND a pair of jeans that fits like a glove and will last forever.

Lucky for you, we have an in with one of New York’s most in-demand stylists, and we’re sharing her tips for rocking spring’s most-talked-about jeans.

How To Wear Non-Stretch Denim The Vintage Hi-Rise Jean

WEAR ‘EM ON YOUR WAIST

A high rise is CRUCIAL. It highlights your curves, lifts your butt and creates a naturally sexy and flatteringly feminine silhouette.

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SIZE UP, IF NEEDED

Keep in mind that these are literally non-stretch. As in, denim that does not stretch.

The first time you try them on, they will likely feel pretty snug around your waistline – almost a little too tight, even. That’s a good thing, because once you break them in, they will loosen up to fit you just right. Choose a size that fits your true waist snugly, and the denim will do the rest, becoming a little bit softer and more forgiving with every single wear. Alternatively, if you prefer a looser, more relaxed fit and would rather skip the break-in process, simply size up and carry on!

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MAKE THEM YOUR OWN

We love the timeless look of a skinny belt and tucked-in tee, but this is the perfect pair of jeans for experimenting with different silhouettes and layers to find your own unique style.

How To Wear Non-Stretch Denim The Vintage Hi-Rise Jean

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AEO Shrunken Choker T-Shirt
Aerie Lace + Mesh Triangle Bralette
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Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Amory Clog

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Valentine’s Themed Unicorn Hot Chocolate for Two

Found your unicorn?  We’ve got the perfect treat to impress your main squeeze & show them just how special they are. Put a little magic into your Valentine’s Day celebration with Unicorn Hot Chocolate! This dessert is deceptively easy, and most of the work comes from adding the toppings. We found fun, festive candy at a craft store and upped the fantasy factor with bright pink cotton candy. If you’re embracing Valentine’s Day alone this year (#single #notmadaboutit), this recipe can easily be cut in half – and let’s be real, it’ll taste just as sweet.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Unicorn Hot Chocolate tastes as magical as it looks.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

All you need to create this bright drink: milk, white chocolate, food coloring & whipped cream!

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Melt the chocolate into the milk over low heat.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Stir in a few drops of food color & add vanilla extract.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Colorful toppings? Not optional!

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Add a few drops of food color to a bowl of whipped cream & swirl for a marbled look.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Top & serve!

RECIPE

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 8 oz. white chocolate
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • Food Coloring
  • Toppings of your choice
DIRECTIONS
  1. On low heat, melt the white chocolate in the milk over the stove top until small bubbles appear along the edge of the pot (don’t boil it!), stirring every few minutes so that the chocolate doesn’t stick to the bottom.
  2. While the chocolate melts into the milk, make the rainbow whipped cream in a wide bowl. Drop in two or three food colors in various spots. Using a knife, swirl the color around a few times to create a marbled effect. Set aside.
  3. Stir vanilla extract into hot chocolate.
  4. Add 3-4 drops of food color of your choice. Stir.
  5. Pour the hot chocolate evenly into two mugs.
  6. Spoon a few dollops of rainbow whipped cream on top & add other toppings of choice (we found these at a craft store)!
  7. Share 🙂

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Happy Holidays: Unlock our exclusive Snapcode

Calling all Snapchat fans – it’s time to get your selfie game on. Unlock our snap code and show us & your friends how you’re spending the holidays!

Not sure how to unlock & use the code? See our step-by-step instructions below:

How To Get the Snapchat Filter:

  • Open your Snapchat app.
  • Open the camera and snap a picture of the snapcode found below.
  • A “New Filter Found” notification should appear (expires after one hour).

How To Use the AEO Snapchat Filter:

  • Open your Snapchat camera and take a picture.
  • Swipe left to add a filter.
  • Keep swiping until you see the Holiday filter.

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AEO Gifts for Him: The Trendsetter

The Trendsetter is the guy who’s always in the know & loves to test the limits. Cuffed jeans & boots? Yeah, he’s been wearing those for months. Get on his nice list & help him keep his trendsetter status this holiday season with gifts from our curated guide – he’s sure to appreciate trendy workwear jackets & bright sweaters that will make him stand out.

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

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How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe

Do you ever have those days where you just can’t pick out an outfit you feel confident in? Well, we have a solution — the capsule wardrobe!

What is a capsule wardrobe?

A capsule wardrobe is a small, curated collection of your favorite pieces of clothing. The pieces should be versatile so you can easily mix and match.

There are no set rules for how many pieces of clothing a capsule collection must contain, but somewhere between 25-37 is a good guideline to follow.

A typical capsule collection includes clothing, outerwear, and shoes. Some people include statement jewelry and accessories (though this is more flexible). Underwear, sleepwear, and workout clothes are not included.

What are the benefits?

When you curate a capsule wardrobe, the focus is on quality rather than quantity. This ensures that you’ll have a closet full of clothes that you love and are confident in wearing.

A capsule wardrobe will also save you time and energy in the morning, as there are less options to choose from and nearly everything matches! Plus, your clothing takes up less space, which is ideal for tiny apartments and dorms.

Who inspires us?

Two minimalist fashionistas have done a great job of embracing capsule wardrobes and modifying them to fit their style.

Caroline Rector of Unfancy experimented with a capsule wardrobe for a year. She chose 37 items to wear for 3 months at a time, and only shopped for the next season’s clothes during the last two weeks of the current season. Though she doesn’t keep a structured capsule anymore, her style is still reflective of a minimalist wardrobe, and she said the experiment made her feel more confident and joyful.

Courtney Carver of Be More With Less turned her mission to live with less into a minimalist fashion challenge — Project 333. This challenge encourages people to choose 33 items to wear in a 3 month rotation. These Project 333 participants are sure to inspire you as you curate your capsule wardrobe!

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Our capsule wardrobe consists of 33 pieces: 9 shirts, 4 sweaters, 5 jackets, 4 dresses, 1 skirt, 4 pants, and 6 pairs of shoes. We stuck to basic pants, and got more creative when it came to tops and shoes. We also included a ton of great layering pieces like the olive cardigan and chambray shirt to make sure we could mix and match items to create a variety of unique looks.

How to start a capsule wardrobe

Step 1 – Clean out your closet.

You don’t have to buy all new clothes to start a capsule wardrobe! Cleaning out your closet reminds you of everything that you have (and things you probably forgot you had). To begin, take all of your clothes out of your closet and start sorting them into five piles.

  • Yes – Clothes you love and wear all the time.
  • Maybe – Clothes you wear sometimes, but aren’t that attached to.
  • Sell – Clothes in good condition that you don’t like, but you think can be sold at a consignment store or online.
  • Donate – Clothes in good condition that you don’t like and don’t want to spend time trying to sell.
  • Toss – Clothes that are damaged or in poor condition.

Now sort through your Maybe pile again. Try on these clothes and decide if they belong in the Yes, Sell, or Donate pile. If you’re having trouble deciding, ask yourself these questions.

Once you have narrowed your Maybe pile into Yes, Sell, Donate, or Toss, take action. Instead of just leaving piles of unwanted clothes around your house for months, give yourself one week to donate, dispose of, consign, or create online listings for your items.

Step 2 – Determine which clothes are in season.

A capsule wardrobe is all about creating a set clothing that works for an entire season. Determine which of your clothes fit the oncoming season and which you should save for a different season.

Step 3 – Create a color palette.

Now that you know which of your clothes have capsule wardrobe potential, look more closely at them. See if you can find any color trends or if any items will be difficult to match with. From here, you can create a color palette for your wardrobe and remove any items that do not fit in the palette.

Step 4 – Box up and store clothing that doesn’t fit your capsule collection.

Items that are not in season or don’t fit your color palette should be boxed up and saved for another capsule wardrobe.

Step 5 – Take inventory.

The items from your closet may be enough for a complete capsule wardrobe, or you may need to purchase a few items to fill out your collection. Write down everything that you’ve chosen by category. This will help you see how many items you have and what you’re missing. Remember, the number of items in a capsule collection is up to you.

Step 6 – Set a budget and fill in the gaps.

Now that you’ve taken inventory and know what you need to shop for, set a realistic budget and get creative. Make sure to buy some quality basics that you can wear year-round in other capsule collections.

Step 7 – Admire your closet.

Congratulations, you did it! Take a moment to admire how color coordinated and organized your closet is, and get excited about creating fun combinations with these clothes for the next 3 months.

Capsule wardrobe worksheet

To help you get organized, we created this handy capsule wardrobe worksheet. Just click the button below to download the sheet, print it out, and start planning! You can color the in circles in with your palette and list the items you have and the items you need for easy reference when shopping. Good luck!

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AEO Gifts for Her: The Trendsetter

Want to stay in the know? The Trendsetter is your ultimate source of wisdom. She’s always ahead of the game (you know, she was wearing velvet like, five months ago) and never fails to be the first to download (and master) the latest and greatest apps. Think outside the box & check out the gift guide we curated for the girl who invents her own rules.

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