Real Talk With Katie Berger, Swim Buyer

It may be getting colder outside, but our buyers are already thinking spring! Get REAL with Katie Berger, #AerieSWIM Buyer! Read on to learn more about how she helps to plan Aerie’s line each season, her forecast for spring swim and what #AerieREAL means to her.

Real Talk With Katie Berger, Swim Buyer

What are the responsibilities of a buyer? 
A buyer is responsible for strategizing the number of styles we can have in the store and online, along with the types of silhouettes and fits we would like to offer. Buyers work hand-in-hand with a design team that is specific to swim (though they dabble in other areas as well), who designs into our style requests. We then collectively build an assortment that we believe our customer will have to have in her closet (or swim drawer!).

Buyers track the sales trends of the business from week-to-week (and on occasion, day-to-day) to give us insight for future deliveries – if the customer doesn’t love it today, will she love something similar in a few months? A lot of the job comes from instinct, and knowing what your sales history tells you along with new trends you see coming our way! This job uses both sides of the brain… and I LOVE it!

What trends are you forecasting for swim in ’16?
We are still in love with strappy swim, but we also LOVE the 70’s vibes in swim – ruffles and crochet, one-pieces, crops and teeny tiny bottoms. I want to wear a one-piece with AEO denim shorts, head to the beach, and be ready for dinner in a snap!

We can’t WAIT for swim! Let’s talk about our current collection…what’s your favorite item for Holiday?
I love the fun accessories, including our gifting ‘grab and go’ collection! Great for gifting your friends, sisters or yourself! But really the bralettes are GORGEOUS. The laces are so feminine and the stylings are so great for any day of the week. I already bought 5 of them! And wait until you see the PJ pants…they are so cozy and cute! My Christmas morning look = aerie PJ’s.

Real Talk With Katie Berger, Swim Buyer

Love Katie’s look? Shop her blanket scarf here.

Are you an early riser or a night owl?
Neither?! I can get up consistently early on the weekends, but why can’t I get up during the week? I could say I’m definitely a napper!

What is your favorite city that you’ve either traveled to or want to travel to?
In February I went to Tulum in Mexico, and I have to say it is easily my favorite place I’ve ever been. The relaxed, non-commercial vibe is perfect for a getaway in the sunshine. We stayed at the Hotel Mezzanine, where they brought you coffee to your door every morning, and you could take the basket out to a hammock and enjoy your coffee while looking at the ocean. I have never been so relaxed in my life! I loved it so much, I’m going back in December. Next stop, I’m thinking Iceland! Have you seen the pictures of that island? It looks so beautiful.

We’re so jealous! That sounds amazing. What’s 1 item you can’t live without?
Chapstick (and Spotify). Oh, and actually a hair tie. Yep, definitely a hair tie too.

What does #AerieREAL mean to you?
I think this can mean so many different things to different girls. For me it means being and loving yourself and not apologizing for it. We recently talked as a buying team about how girls apologize constantly when speaking their minds, and I think that’s part of what this is about – learning how to stop apologizing for who you are or what you think and embracing and owning it!

We love that! Thank you Katie for sitting down with us!

Tune in to our Snapchat today (handle: aerie) as Katie gives us a behind-the-scenes look at her day at Aerie!

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Real Talk With Heather Durcho

Ready for some serious inspiration? Get REAL with Heather Durcho, AEO’s Front Desk Receptionist. She fearlessly volunteered to share her story with us as we honor breast cancer awareness this month, and we can’t thank her enough! Read on to learn more about the shining face we see every day in our Pittsburgh office.

Real Talk With Heather Durcho

Hi, Heather! Thanks for chatting with us. Can you give us a brief intro to what you do here at AEO? 
I am the front desk Receptionist. I do a little bit of everything. Answer phones, check in guests, and help out with some HR responsibilities. I think I may have one of the best positions in the office because I get to chat with so many different people during the day. There is never a dull moment up here at the front desk. I have been working here since March of this year and absolutely LOVE it!

Do you have a favorite Aerie item? 
My favorite go-to Aerie items are definitely the cardigans and dusters. They are so comfy! I love that they are so versatile. I can wear one when I’m just lounging around the house. I can throw one on with a pair of jeans and head out to run some errands. Or I can even dress one up by adding a statement necklace and a cute pair of boots. Confession, I wore my favorite duster to work the other day and then slept in it that night! They are that cozy!

Real Talk With Heather Durcho

If girls want to see more of your style…where should they find you on Instagram?
My Instagram handle is @heddadurka.

What makes you #AerieREAL?
I was diagnosed with breast cancer (Stage 1 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma) in March of this year. The first question I had for my doctor was, “Am I going to lose my hair?” Within just a couple weeks after my first chemotherapy treatment, it was falling out in clumps. I remember one day I went to readjust my ponytail, and when I took out my hair tie, I was literally holding my entire ponytail in my hand. I decided enough was enough and shaved my head that same day. I was just coming to a point in my life where I was really starting to love and appreciate my body, flaws and all. Then cancer swooped in changed everything. My hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes fell out. I became bloated and puffy from some of the chemotherapy drugs they gave me. I didn’t look like myself at all. Literally the only thing that did not change was who I was inside, and that is what I decided to hold on to. I was still the same person I have always been, it was just the outside that was different. It took me a little while but once I finally came to that realization, I felt so much better about everything that was going on. Learning that I am just as beautiful on the outside as I am on the inside is what makes me #AerieREAL.

Amazing. Thank you SO much for sharing. Now onto a lighter note. What book did you least read?
I am addicted to reading! My kindle goes with me everywhere. The last book I read was “Who Do You Love” by Jennifer Weiner. If you haven’t read it yet then go do it right now!

Real Talk With Heather Durcho

Shop Heather’s Look: Duster Cardigan | Tank (similar here) | Girls Rule Notebook (in store!)

Do you have any favorite fall recipes
One of my favorite things to do in the fall is cook on our charcoal grill. I don’t have any specific recipes, per se. I just love being outside in the crisp fall air, watching the leaves change and enjoying a delicious home cooked meal. However, this would not be a proper interview without me expressing my deep and undying love for a large, steaming bowl of mac and cheese!

Describe your personal style in 3 words: 
Classic, comfortable, girly.

Real Talk With Heather Durcho

What does #AerieREAL mean to you?
I’m sure being #AerieREAL means something different to everyone. To me, being #AerieREAL is taking what I have learned about myself over the past few months and helping others feel the exact same way. We are all beautiful!

Thank you Heather!

Tune in to our Snapchat today (handle: aerie) as Heather gives us a behind-the-scenes look at her day at Aerie!

Learn more about our partnership with Bright Pink®, a non-profit dedicated to prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer.

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Real Talk With Rachel Adland, Associate Buyer of Tees

Want the inside scoop on the supersoft tees and tanks you love? Get REAL with Rachel Adland, Associate Buyer of Tees at Aerie! Read on to learn more about how she helps to plan Aerie’s line each season, her favorite item from our fall collection and the products she can’t live without.

Real Talk With Rachel Adland, Associate Buyer of Tees

Hi, Rachel! Thanks for joining us today. Can you tell us a bit more about your position here at Aerie? What are the daily responsibilities of a Merchant?

We assort the lines that are in the stores each season. Merchants strategize the business needs and relay them to our design team, who comes up with an awesome line that we cost out with production. Then we work with planning to get the financials behind it, order from the vendors and voila! The tees are in stores and ready to buy.

Real Talk With Rachel Adland, Associate Buyer of Tees

Shop Rachel’s Look: Aerie Drapey Turtleneck Tee

Starting from when you wake up in the morning, what’s an average morning like for you?

Snooze! At least 8 times. Quick, super-hot shower. Hair, makeup, debate if it’s a lipstick day or not, get dressed, pour coffee to-go and I’m out the door in 30ish minutes. In a perfect world I would get up and drink coffee while watching GMA, but I’ve had to face the facts that I’m not a morning person and when it comes down to it, I’d rather be snoozing.

What’s your favorite item in our fall collection?

I LOVE the super soft ribbed turtleneck. I bought it in 2 colors and wear them every chance I get!

Time for a sneak peek! Which product are you most excited to launch for Holiday?

The new Holiday Flannel Button Down. It’s versatile, so you can match it back to PJs for a traditional holiday sleep look, or wear it out with jeans for a festive fall/winter look. The plaids are great too! Very wearable and easy to outfit and the fabric is super soft. Real Talk With Rachel Adland, Associate Buyer of Tees

Countdown to Holiday! Okay, let’s get social. Which is your fave? Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Snapchat?

Instagram and Snapchat for sure.

Speaking of, what’s your Instagram handle?


Officially following. What’s one item you can’t live without?

Chapstick or my hair clip. It’s really a toss-up. They are both equally important in my life and a bit stressful when we are apart.

Real Talk With Rachel Adland, Associate Buyer of Tees

Shop Rachel’s look: AEO Denim x Jegging

What does #AerieREAL mean to you?

Being #AerieREAL means being and feeling free to be who you are, express yourself the way you want to and not to waste your time on things that don’t matter. It means being proud to be you and loving the things about you that make you unique.

Thank you Rachel!

Tune in to our Snapchat today (handle: officialaerie) as Rachel gives us a behind-the-scenes look at her day at Aerie!

#AerieSupports Bright Pink

We’re so excited to celebrate our our sixth year partnering with Bright Pink®, a non-profit dedicated to prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer. This year, we’re partnering with the Pittsburgh Steelers on a two-story breast cancer ribbon covered with more than 1500 Aerie bras!

Yesterday, more than 50 Aerie volunteers helped to build the massive structure, designed by local Pittsburgh artist Steve Ford, at Stage AE next to Heinz Field. After our campaign, Aerie will launder and donate bras from the sculpture to local women’s shelters in Pittsburgh.

Along with raising funds for Bright Pink’s life-saving education and support programs, we hope this ribbon encourages women to understand their family’s health histories and their own potential risk for breast and ovarian cancer.

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“Our work with Bright Pink allows us to educate and empower our consumer about their health as well as share our commitment to #AerieREAL and body positivity!” – Jennifer Foyle, Global Brand President of Aerie #AerieSupports Bright Pink #AerieSupports Bright Pink

The ribbon sculpture was raised in front of Stage AE, where thousands of people will be able to view it from Heinz Field during Pittsburgh Steelers and University of Pittsburgh football games during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. It will make its debut at the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens primetime game on October 1. (Go Steelers!)

#AerieSupports Bright Pink

#AerieSupports Bright Pink

Visit your local Aerie store or to shop our limited-edition Bright Pink Bralette. 100% of proceeds will go to Bright Pink. Check back soon to learn more about Bright Pink and tips for being breast aware. Support your girls!

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Our #1 T-shirt bra just got Perkier! You asked and we listened. We took your fave five-star Sunnie Lightly Lined Bra and designed a version with a little extra push and lift. The bright side just got brighter with our NEW Sunnie Pushup Bra!

 NEW Sunnie Pushup Bra

Both Sunnie Lightly Lined and Sunnie Pushup feature multi-way stretch fabric for the ultimate in comfort. Their super soft fabric forms to fit your shape and helps smooth any back bulge. Sunnie Pushup has demi coverage, giving you the option to wear her with lower-cut shirts.

 NEW Sunnie Pushup Bra

If you haven’t tried Sunnie yet, now’s the time. Both her Lightly Lined and Pushup styles come in 17 colors and 26 sizes, including 32DDD!

New! Sunnie Pushup Bra

We like to make our girls happy, and we hope you love our newest fit. With free shipping and returns on all bras, what are you waiting for?! Try Sunnie Pushup STAT, Aerie girls!

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10 Ideas For A Daycation

Tired of the same old routine? Switch it up with these 10 ideas from CHAARG (Changing Health, Attitudes & Actions to Recreate Girls) to do on a free weekend day or in those few hours after your 9-5 and get addicted to these routine refreshers!


Fall in love your city all over again and discover some new favorites! Head into the heart of your city, walk the side streets, check out the shops you’ve never been in before and don’t be afraid to get a little lost. Exploring your own city on foot will force you to look at things in a new light.


Instead of diving onto the couch immediately after walking in the door, try something different. Take an art class, volunteer in your community or try a new workout class you’ve never done before. The fewer hours you spend in front of the TV, the greater your mental and physical health.


Instead of your go-to place, give your happy hour a different meaning. Pack an easy, travel-friendly picnic dinner, head to a local park and share a meal with friends. Not only will the new scenery be a refreshing change, but you’ll likely save a few dollars. Spending time outdoors can be a serious happiness booster, too!

10 Ideas For A Daycation with Aerie and CHAARG

Shop Teresa’s Look: Aerie Graphic Best T | Aerie Crop Yoga Pant


Do you take the same route to work every morning? It’s pretty easy to switch it up. If you walk to work, try taking a new path, even if it’s a few blocks out of the way. Drive or ride your bike? For a more health-conscious option, try running or cycling home from the office. You’ll see things from a new perspective and that unavoidable commute will feel exciting again.


Even if your daily responsibilities run long past 5 pm, you’ve still got time to squeeze in a mini-adventure. Summer skies are usually cloud free, so head out for a nighttime walk the next time there’s a full moon. This new, fresh perspective can be great for sparking creativity or getting a quick mental refresh.


If you or a friend has a truck, pack it up with some snacks, sleeping bags and a couple flashlights. Drive out to a nearby campground and set up camp in the truck bed. You’ll get the feel of camping with no equipment or major planning needed. No truck? Bring the same supplies, build a fire and roast marshmallows, then pack it all up and drive home at the end of the night. You’ll get the camping feel even if you don’t make it an overnight!


Grab some friends and sign up for a race in a different city. You’ll get the chance to explore a new city in a unique way, and race weekends often have great deals on food, hotels and more!

10 Ideas For A Daycation with Aerie and CHAARG


Unless you’re a West Coast local, the sunset can be a bit elusive. Just as the evening light begins to fade, hop in your car and start driving toward the sunset. Be sure to bring your GPS so you can find your way back! Find a nice place to stop along the way and watch the last rays of light fade. The excitement of not knowing where you’re going and spending a few hours cruising to your favorite summer songs make this mini-roadtrip feel like a great adventure.


If mornings are more your style, try squeezing in a sunrise activity before heading off to work or class. Outdoor workouts like yoga, paddling or hiking give you the added benefits of sunrise views. If it takes you awhile to wake up enough to work out, try grabbing an early morning breakfast with a friend—most cities have cafes that open at 6 for just that.

10 Ideas For A Daycation with Aerie and CHAARG


Are you always wishing you had more time? Turns out you do, but you just haven’t taken advantage of it yet! Did you know that waking up 20 minutes earlier or staying up 20 minutes later each day will earn you 5 more days each year? It’s true! Take 20 to sip your morning coffee and enjoy those few minutes before the world starts buzzing awake, hit the streets for a few quick miles or use that time to try out that hobby you didn’t have time for before.

If these options still seem too challenging to fit into your schedule, remember that simply leaving your phone at home and going for a walk can be enough of a break from the constant buzz, and may be just what you need. Tiny changes can help make big improvements in your daily life!


We believe that working out can (and should!) be fun. We’re an organization of 2,500+ girls at more than 24 universities that encourages college-aged girls to find their fit, whether it’s yoga, CrossFit or anything in between.

You don’t need to be a marathon runner or a weight lifting champion to join—it’s all about finding what works for you. That’s the beauty of CHAARG. We’re a group of real girls with a passion for leading happy, healthy lives.

Sound like you? To learn more about us, check out and find us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.


Teresa Sandoval is a CHAARG blogger from The Ohio State University. She dedicates her free time to any and all activities that let her get outside. When she isn’t taking her dog for a run or spending time in the sunshine, she can be found getting messy and creative in the kitchen.

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