Introducing AEO Wear America

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This season, we partnered with extremely talented designers to bring you awesome products that were created in the USA. We will be introducing you to some of these designers over the next couple of months, sharing the inspiration behind their designs and a look into their studios.

In addition to these collaborations, we’re excited to announce our own collection of T-shirts, jeans and more products that we made in the USA. Here is a little back story from our NYC designers about the denim.

“Our women’s jeans are inspired by the Gold Miner jeans of the 1890’s and hand sewn in L.A.,” says our denim designer, Helen K. “Each pair is unique and takes over two days to make… crafted from 11.75 oz. denim yarns produced in our Greensboro, N.C. mill and finished them with timeworn topstitching, busted outseams, vintage metal shanks and rivet finishes.”

We asked men’s denim Sr. Design Director, Clint G., about the inspiration behind the denim and he said, “Authentic, masculine, old-fashioned American jeans! Inspiration came from our very own AEO vintage denim archives, which I have accumulated over the years. It’s a combination of flea market finds and jeans from vintage dealers. These jeans are crafted from slubbed 11.75 oz. and pure indigo 13 oz. denim in our North Carolina and Georgia mills and finished with hand sanded and whiskered details.”

In addition to our Wear America collection, here are the other brands we are partnering with:  Woolrich, Pendleton, Topo Designs, Baggu, Word., The Urban Smith, Muses & Rebels, Pommes Frites Candle Co., The Great Lakes, Wit & Whistle and Knot & Bow.

 

Keep checking the blog for interviews with the designers from these brands.

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7 things we love…

Welcome to this week’s edition of 7 Things We Love! Get inspired by all the things inspiring US right now, from what we’re reading and eating to what we’re wearing and listening to. Let us know what you think about our picks in the comments—and give us yours, too!

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WHAT WE’RE WEARING: THE AEO SWING TANK DRESS
We’re all about easy, effortless dressing—especially when we can take a piece from boho to moto with a few simple accessories or the addition of a leather biker jacket. And this dress is one that lets us do it all. We love the bold stripes and the swingy silhouette, especially since it’s forgiving—which means we can eat all the cookies we want…

WHAT WE’RE EATING: GLUTEN FREE PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
…Which leads us right to our next love. These. Cookies. Are. Everything. Now that it’s officially fall, we’re craving all things pumpkin—and these are a great way to satisfy our sweet tooth while still, shockingly, not being too unhealthy. Pumpkin’s full of good-for-you stuff like beta-carotine and fiber, but don’t let that fool you—these taste delicious.

WHAT WE’RE READING: FANGIRL BY RAINBOW ROWELL
Now that we’ve read (and are still obsessing over) Rowell’s Eleanor & Park, we’ve been devouring everything else she’s written. Fangirl is written in a similar style but this time follows Cath (short for Cather), a college freshman who writes widely followed fan fiction, has an identical twin and, in short, is struggling to figure out who she really is in the world. While the passages of Cath’s fan fiction seem a bit extraneous (and, if we’re being honest, we ended up skimming them), the story in between is sweet, honest and funny.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING: GONE GIRL
We’re pretty sure we don’t need to give you a synopsis of one of the most widely hyped, must-see movies of the year. So we’ll just say that we’re going to be first in line to see it. It stars Ben Affleck as the protagonist/antagonist and promises to be just as thrilling and captivating as the book (that pretty much never leaves the bestseller list).

WHAT WE’RE DOWNLOADING: THE PARTYPARTY APP
Not only is this app one of the easiest to use EVER, but it’s SO. MUCH. FUN. You can select 4, 9, 16 or literally infinity photos to upload from your camera roll and put into a slideshow that’s shareable on Instagram, Facebook and even your blog. (Definitely good news for Blogger users.) You can add filters, you can add different frames, you can control the slideshow speed. Basically, it’s a party in your pocket.

WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO: ELEVATE BY ST. LUCIA
Want a unique throwback sound with a modern feel… that almost sounds like you’re listening to Phil Collins and Genesis, but in a totally new way? This feel-good song will make you dance in your seat and will put the biggest smile on your face. Guaranteed.

WHERE WE’RE GOING: THE HUDSON VALLEY
Want a really great view of fall foliage? The Hudson Valley is where it’s at. A drive through upstate New York is breathtakingly beautiful in the fall thanks to the leaves changing colors on the trees. There’s a ton to do here, from a visit to the little town of Nyack (filled with cute boutiques and restaurants) to the Mohonk Mountain House, where you can go hiking or visit the spa. There are farmer’s markets and places to go apple picking scattered all over the area, too.

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Fall Must-Have: Feather Light Open Cardigan

Fall reminds us of pumpkin patches, apple cider, football and leaves changing colors, but it is also the season to start adding a layer or two to your outfits to prepare for the chilly days ahead. When the temperature starts to drop a bit, you will need that classic extra layer to keep you warm. Our Feather Light Open Cardigan is the perfect staple to do the trick. A super soft, drapey t-shirt and a sweater in one that doesn’t lose its shape after you wear it… bonus, right?  Check out how we styled two luxe and pulled together looks on Emma, in this timeless and cozy must-have below.

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 Feather Light Open Cardigan: The look of a soft, cozy sweater. The feel of your favorite drapey tee.

Look One:
Feather Light Open Cardigan
Favorite Scoop T-Shirt
Hi-Rise Festival Shortie
Dr. Marten’s 1460 Boot

Look Two:
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Favorite Scoop T-Shirt
Jegging
Ribbed Knit Beanie
Buckle Strap Bootie

Tell us your favorite layering piece for fall in the comments below.

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Introducing: Artisan De Luxe for AEO

We’re excited to announce a brand new partnership at American Eagle Outfitters: Artisan De Luxe for AEO. Artisan De Luxe is deeply rooted in vintage spirit, specifically in denim. Every product is an expression of the American spirit, nodding to nostalgia with a passion for craftsmanship and artistry. Obviously a natural pairing for AEO. We had them design a special collection exclusively for us, all created from premium materials. If you love this collection, snap up your favorites while you can… every piece in this capsule is limited edition.

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The Cable Knit Pocket Sweater takes an icon to the next level with a chest pocket done in distressed denim and deliberately placed stitched details. It pairs perfectly with the Juliet Boyfriend Jean, which is finished with paint splatters and patchwork embellishments.

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Your go-to outfit this fall? Pair the Plaid Button Down Tunic, designed with contrasting plaid patterns and a longer back hem, with the Yvette Skinny Jean. We love that this jean is designed in soft coated denim with zippered details at the pockets and ankles.

0390_9546_001_4989The ultimate boho-inspired dress… the Fringe Dress, designed in a fit and flare silhouette with crochet and embroidery and long bell sleeves. It’s even fully lined, so no slip needed!
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Give your standard denim shirt an update with allover stitching. The Stitched Denim Shirt is designed with buttoned chest patch pockets and goes perfectly with the Shawl Cardigan (lent a heritage feel with leather buttons). Throw on the Destroyed Jean crafted in rugged cotton denim and you have a look that’s ready for any occasion.

Love this line as much as we do? Tell us about your favorite looks in the comments below.

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Project Live Your Life Week Three Winners

Here they are! The final wrap up of the Project Live Your Life winners! Read on to see what makes each one of our winners I’MPERFECT in their AEO denim!

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Here we go!  I’MPERFECT in my #AEOJEANS because…

Day 12 Winners:

Megan:  They have a fit and wash for every style, so I can be comfortable being me everyday!

Paola:  They give me comfort and are also perfect for all-day combining it with what I like.

Steph: They’re effortlessly chic.

Rachel:  They help me stand out in a world that wants you to be like everyone else!

Day 13 Winners:

Apple:  #AEOJEANS allow me to be shameless like the sun.

Leah:  They’re the perfect fit for all of my adventures!!

Mellissa:  Style meets comfort.

Kim:  They make me feel so good, I radiate positive energy.

Erika:  Summer is made for adventures and exploring and so are my AE summer shorties!

Kirsten:  They help me embrace my curves and feel confident in my own skin.

Day 14 Winners:

Cindy:  They allow me to express myself, and there’s nothing more beautiful than being yourself.

Jade Nicole:  They always allow me to be creative and comfy.

Alieai:  No matter what style I decide to wear, I can always be myself.

Payton:  I always look stylish and cute with them on.

Abby:  Once you find the perfect fit for you, you never want to take them off

Day 15 Winners:

Evan: I feel so comfortable in them I wear them to bed.

Carolyn: They’re the perfect mix of style and comfort for a relaxing weekend!

Amanda:  They’re the only jeans that fit me length wise and allow me to be comfortable with my height

Aisha:  They are perfectly distressed and fit just right.

Stephanie: That’s the way they make me feel.

Tell us your favorite style of #AEOJEANS in the comments below!

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4 Quick tips to transition your summer #AEOSTYLE to fall

We all know it’s not an easy feat to transition your fave summer pieces into your fall wardrobe. And if you’re anything like us and not exactly ready to pack away your favorite denim shorties and sundresses, then your’e ready for a few quick tips to seamlessly kick off your fall #AEOStyle!

Here are four ways to effortlessly transform your summer style to fashion forward fall looks:

1. This may be the easiest piece to transition! Simply pair your Destroyed Jeggings with booties and an over-sized sweater and you’re set.

2. Add a military jacket over your fave sundress or wear a long sleeved t-shirt underneath for cool autumn #AEOStyle.

3. Tights worn under Denim Shorties with a killer pair of booties, why not?

4. Take your lightweight Crew Sweater (see below) from summer nights to autumn days! Wear over a maxi dress or simply pair with utility pants and an oxford for an updated fall look.

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AEO Model, Rossy, shows us how to take summer style (above) and stylishly transition to a stylish look for fall (below)
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Do you have any other seasonal transitioning tips? Share with us in the comments below.

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