How To Style The Vintage Hi-Rise Festival Short with Summer of Diane

With Spring Break and beach vibes on our mind, we’re ready to feel the sun on our skin and wishing for the warm weather to arrive. Blogger Rachael Proctor from Summer of Diane is helping is kick off shorts season by styling the Vintage Hi-Rise Festival shortie and pairing it back to with shoulder-baring silhouette. We love the Vintage Hi-Rise Festival because of its versatility, whether you’re going for a sport to street or beachy chic look, and durability. Rigid denim is making a comeback in jeans, denim jackets and now – these shorts! To learn more about the fit of non-stretch denim, be sure to check out our styling tips here, and keep reading to get to know Rachael & what inspired her shorts look below.

Summer of Diane styles the Vintage Hi-Rise Festival Short

Summer of Diane styles the Vintage Hi-Rise Festival Short

Meet Rachael:
“Rachael is the pint-sized, fashion loving, rebel behind the Miami-based style website Summer of Diane.  She launched her site after hanging up her hair stylist shears to become a full-time gypsy, having lived on both coasts totaling 5 states in the past 5 years.  She has finally settled her roots in Miami, but the constant change solidified her longstanding belief that it’s never too late to start a new adventure.  Summer of Diane is where she shares her bohemian beach style, travel inspiration, & passion for all things tropical.”

Summer of Diane styles the Vintage Hi-Rise Festival Short

Summer of Diane styles the Vintage Hi-Rise Festival Short

What Inspired Rachael’s Look:
“Being a self-proclaimed denim short aficionado, I have to admit that these Vintage Hi-Rise Festival Shorties are one of my favorites.  I absolutely love that they have zero stretch to the fabric, which makes them feel like genuine vintage shorts.  I know we’ve all been conditioned to equate stretch with comfort, but rest assured they are so soft & broken-in, that there is nothing uncomfortable about them.  Additionally, I would consider myself fairly petite, standing in at 4’11”, and I love how flattering the Hi-Rise style is on my smaller frame.  These shorts have even managed to give me the illusion of having curves, & that my friends, is nothing shy of a miracle.

With festival & outdoor concert season right around the corner, I wanted to put a fun look together to kick start your summer inspiration.  I paired the shorts with this feminine lace top because I felt like it was a nice juxtaposition against the ultra-distressed denim.  I topped the look off with some whimsical accessories & a pair of chunky platforms.  My personal style definitely leans more to the adventurous side than most, but I feel like festival season is the perfect time to experiment with your own look.  So have fun, throw some glitter on your face, & pick up a pair of these amazing shorts—You won’t regret it!”

Summer of Diane styles the Vintage Hi-Rise Festival Short

Shop the Look: Vintage Hi-Rise Festival | Cold Shoulder Top (Similar) | BC Footwear Set Me Free Bootie (Similar)
Street Level Tote (Similar) | Kitsch Elevated Straight Bobby Pins (Similar)

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Spring Break #AEOSTYLE: Packing Guide

Spring Break is back! We’re here to help you pack your bags for your Spring Break getaway with out packing guide. Pull out those board shorts & swim suits (we’re thinking the Aerie one-piece scoop suit will be our go-to this year), because we’re beach bound. We’ve got everything you need to survive the sun, sand and (let’s face it) non-stop activity of vacay week, from button-downs and dresses to tees and tanks. From sun-up to sun-down, your #AEOSTYLE will be on point in baseball hats and on-trend sunglasses to block out the shade. Ready to pack all of your spring break essentials? Let’s do this, #SB2017!

GUYS

Your packing list is as easy as it gets: shirts, shorts, shoes. Keep your luggage light by picking pieces in the same color family and picking tops like button-downs and active tees that you can swap out between board shorts and cutoff denim shorts. Top your look off with a baseball hat and Birks on the bottom, and make waves by spritzing on Surf cologne when you go out at night.

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PACK IT

TOPSAEO Short Sleeve Dip Dye Shirt | AEO Short Sleeve Graphic T-Shirt
BOTTOMSAEO Slim 9″ Cutoff Short | AEO 360 Extreme Flex Board Short
ACCESSORIESBirkenstock Arizona Sandal | AEO Packable Backpack | AEO Icon Baseball Hat
AEO Surf 1.7 oz. Cologne For Him | AEO Beaded Bracelet Set

GIRLS

Spring break is the first chance during the year to show off new spring trends, so don’t be shy! Embroidered details and summery tie-dye are must-haves this year, and an airy white dress makes the perfect daytime look or swim cover-up. Don’t forget denim shorts to pull on when adventure strikes! Accessorize your #AEOSTYLE with a baseball hat, sunglasses and carefree espadrille flats for a look that brings out the sun.

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PACK IT

Tops: AEO Embroidered Utility Shirt | AEO Soft & Sexy Ribbed Tie Tank | Aerie Super Scoop One Piece Swimsuit
Bottoms: AEO Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie | AEO Fit & Flare Tassel Dress
Accessories: AEO Colorblocked Backpack | AEO Surf 1.7 OZ Toilette | AEO Baseball Hat | AEO Bandana
AEO Round Sunglasses | AEO Espadrille Flat

Show us what you’re wearing on Spring Break using #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter!

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How To Style The Choker Neck Sweater With Glamarosh

The choker necklace made a huge comeback over the past year, and we’re so glad it did. We’ve used this 90s accessory staple to complement everything from bomber jackets to dresses, but now we’re loving a new take on the choker necklace that’s two of our favorite looks in one: the Choker Neck Sweater. Blogger Roshni Patel from Glamarosh styled this two-in-one top with an old Holloywood meets modern-chic feel by layering a long necklace over the choker top and pairing it with block mules. Check out Roshni’s look & what inspired her outfit below.

Glamarosh styles the Choker Neck Sweater for an on-trend look that's part laid-back, part effortlessly chic.

Meet Roshni:
“Roshni is a Los Angeles-based wardrobe stylist and fashion blogger focusing on trendy and chic affordable looks for every occasion.”

Glamarosh styles the Choker Neck Sweater for an on-trend look that's part laid-back, part effortlessly chic.

Glamarosh styles the Choker Neck Sweater for an on-trend look that's part laid-back, part effortlessly chic.

What Inspired Roshni’s Look:
“My choker blush sweater from American Eagle has been my favorite go to this year! The lightweight material makes it easy to layer with a denim jacket or wear as is on those warmer days. Since it was warm enough to ditch the jacket, I paired with a pop of color mules and 70s style sunglasses to add a little fun spark to your cozy essentials. The beauty in this piece is you can dress it up or down for any occasion. For those colder days, the sweater would pair well with a short skirt, OTK boots and a long coat.”

Glamarosh styles the Choker Neck Sweater for an on-trend look that's part laid-back, part effortlessly chic.

Shop the Look: Choker Neck Sweater | Vintage Hi-Rise Jean (Similar) | Lace Up Block Heel Sandal (Similar)
Lariat Necklace (Similar) | Sunglasses (Similar)

Show us how you’re styling the Choker Neck trend using #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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How To Style The Band Tee With Alyssa May

Great taste in music never goes out of style. Classic rock (think Bowie, The Ramones and The Doors) are a staple in pop culture, and we can’t think of a better way to rock the vintage trend than a band tee featuring these timeless artists. Paired with destructed jeans or a denim jacket, the band tee will turn your style all the way up. Blogger Alyssa May styled one of our vintage-inspired Rolling Stones tees with a major festival vibe that speaks her to unique #AEOSTYLE. Check out Alyssa’s outfit featuring the AEO Band Tee below, and if you love her look, find her past post in AEO here.

Alyssa May styled the vintage-inspired band tee.

Meet Alyssa:
Alyssa May  is a Los Angeles blogger and influencer. After discovering her love for fashion, she found blogging as a creative outlet to express her very own personal style. Her self-entitled blog (http://ALYSSA-MAY.COM) covers all different styles– from minimal street style to girly & bohemian! She loves experimenting with fashion and she continues to inspire others to do the same.

Alyssa May styled the vintage-inspired band tee. Alyssa May styled the vintage-inspired band tee.

What Inspired Alyssa’s Look:
Band tees are on trend at the moment, and I’m LOVING it! They’re super casual and add character to any outfit. And I mean, you can’t go wrong with a band tee and denim shorts, right?! But to add my own personal style to this trend, throwing on a pair of reflective sunnies and a statement coat is the perfect finishing touch!

Alyssa May styled the vintage-inspired band tee.

Shop the Look: Band T-Shirt | Vintage Hi-Rise Festival (Similar) | Ahhh-mazingly Soft Bomber Jacket (Similar)
Sunglasses (Similar) | Hat (Similar) | Choker Necklace (Similar)

Show us how you’re styling the AEO Band Tee using #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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Galentine’s Day Party Guide

Valentine’s Day always renews our nostalgia for handwritten love notes and heart-shaped treats – things worth celebrating regardless of your relationship status, really.  And even better, in our opinion, is February 13th – a.k.a. Galentine’s Day. What’s that, you ask? “Only the best day of the year,” according to Lesley Knope, Galentine’s Day gives us the perfect opportunity to honor the magical combination of friendship and females. This year, why not show your pals some love by hosting your very own Galentine’s party?  We have a few ideas to get you started.

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PARTY TRICK #1

DIY invitations. They’re fun, easy, and who doesn’t love getting snail mail? All you need for these ones are some watercolor paints, paper and markers! Create a watercolor wash by spreading a thin layer of paint across the paper, adding more water as needed for a translucent effect. Use the markers (and your best penmanship) to fill in the deets, and for an added touch, throw some heart-shaped confetti, rose petals, tea bags or candy in the envelope.

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PARTY TRICK #2

Flowers. They make everything prettier. Decorate your tables with some small floral arrangements of your choice. (Pro tip: make enough so that all of your Galentines can take one home!)

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PARTY TRICK #3

Chocolate. And what’s better than chocolate? Pink chocolate! Whip up this impressive treat by melting bars of white chocolate and stirring in freeze-dried raspberries until the chocolate turns a blush-pink shade. Pour the melted mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkle on dried culinary rose petals, crushed pistachios, dried raspberries or sugared almonds. Allow the chocolate to set completely and then cut or break it into squares.

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PARTY TRICK #4

Fancy refreshments are a necessity! This hibiscus-rose iced tea is the perfect complement to your DIY pink chocolate. Start by freezing rose buds in water in a large ice cube mold. Brew some hibiscus tea, stir in honey to sweeten and let it chill on ice. Finally, pour in a bottle of rose water (you can find these at Whole Foods) and fill glasses with the tea mixture and the rose-petal-infused ice cubes. Top with extra rose petals and fresh raspberries.

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PARTY TRICK #5

Get creative with your table settings! Arrange your mini bouquets, desserts, drinks, some scented candles, small string lights, or anything else that sets the Galentine’s mood. Turn on the tunes and get the party started!

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SHOP IT: Wrap Romper | Denim X4 Hi-Rise Jegging | Vintage Hi-Rise Jean | Choker Neck Sweater

As for your #OOTD, keep your theme going with blush tones and florals. This pretty sweater paired with hi-rise jeans is cozy and perfect for chilling with gal pals. For something a little dressier (but just as comfy), you can’t go wrong with a romper. The flared sleeves and floral print have GIRL POWER written all over them.

The fact is, sometimes life gets in the way of our free time – and scheduling much-needed girl time gets lost in a sea of other (seemingly more important) to-dos. Luckily, Galentine’s Day offers us the perfect reminder to appreciate and prioritize our friends – and the perfect excuse to shower them with love. Happy Galentine’s Day to you!

Show us what you’re wearing, doing & eating this Galentine’s Day with #AEOSTYLE & tell us what you love about your friends in the comments below!

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Musically Inspired #AEOSTYLE: Looks For The 2017 Grammy’s

The Grammy’s are back and (dare we say) better than ever. With nominees like Queen Bey, Adele, Chance the Rapper, Twenty One Pilots & more, it’s hard to say which powerhouse artists will take home a golden gramophone. Plus, we can’t wait to watch once-in-a-lifetime mash up performances from Lady Gaga + Metallica and other favorites. “Major Key”: We were so inspired by this year’s artists that we created two noteworthy #AEOSTYLE looks that have all the edge that music’s biggest night deserves. Say “Hello” to our musically-inspired looks below, and let us know which performances you’re most excited to see!

You’re going to “Love Yourself” in this look. Put your look into “Formation” by pairing black and white pieces with a glam edge. Get “Closer” to style #goals by layering a black bralette under a white mesh tank and white jeggings. Channel your inner “Dangerous Woman” in black lace-up block heels. Finish your outfit with small details (our favorite kinds of “Cheap Thrills”) like a delicate choker necklace, a gold watch and a black crossbody bag.

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SHOP IT: Mesh T-Shirt | Aerie Lace + Mesh Triangle Bralette | Twill X Skinny | Steve Madden Admire
Breeda Asper Rose Black & Gold WatchChokersCrossbody Bag

Don’t get “Stressed Out”. If “Blue Ain’t Your Color”, that’s totally fine. You’ll have “No Problem” looking your best in edgy, cool black & white pieces, the most “Famous” color combo. Find some “Purpose” and ground our #AEOSTYLE in slip-on denim sneakers. Turn your look “All The Way Up” in a black tie-dyed tee under a button down shirt & black destructed skinny jeans.

Grammy's Inspired Men's Fashion

SHOP IT: Flex Dyed Crew T-Shirt | Button Down Shirt  | Extreme Flex Skinny Jean | Denim Slip-On Sneaker
Metal Cuff Bracelet | Metal Round Sunglasses

Who do you think will win big on Sunday night? Tell us in the comments below, and use #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram to show us your own Grammy-worthy style.

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