Love the Swim You’re in with Anastasia Ashley

Professional surfer and #AerieREAL girl Anastasia Ashley gets REAL about her commitment to not retouching her photos. Love the Swim You're in with Anastasia Ashley

“I am a surfer and my swimsuit is my uniform. 

I’ve never felt the need to photoshop my pictures because I am comfortable in my body. Maybe it is because I am always in a swimsuit and it is just natural for me but I think it is because I don’t spend hours in the gym killing myself, or starving myself or more importantly, I don’t compare myself to other women and their shapes and sizes. If I did, I would end up obsessing over things that don’t matter, like whether I am too muscular, It would be an endless cycle of disappointment and  everyone can get stuck in this evil, negative cycle. When we should really take that time to do more productive things for ourselves and each other. To live a happy and healthy life.” 

Love the Swim You're in with Anastasia Ashley

“As a woman, I think one of the biggest threats against women is brought on by both big companies in their advertising, but more importantly and more dangerously by other women through their social media, with the aggressive retouching of photos. 

We have to be aware that the social media isn’t real life and what we see is always through a filter. We also have to know who our audience is and that people are watching. We have a responsibility to send a positive message. We can’t give girls unrealistic expectations of what a body should look like, because a body really shouldn’t like anything other than what your body looks like.” 

Love the Swim You're in with Anastasia Ashley

Post your unretouched swim photos with #AerieREAL & we’ll donate $1 (up to $10K) to the National Eating Disorder Association for every new share!

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ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: COLD SHOULDERS

It’s all about you, girl… give him the cold shoulder! Plan a solo summer adventure, starting with the most fun way to get adventure-ready: something new!

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: COLD SHOULDERS

Shop Erin’s Look: Cold Shoulder Tee |  Cool Pocket Short | Happy Rockin’ Unlined Bra | Pouch

Make soft the centerpiece of your outfit with our Cold Shoulder Tee in THE softest jersey and Cool Pocket Short in breezy gauze. Throw your map in our Pouch, or throw away the map and make it a real adventure!

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ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: SPRING BRUNCHIN’

Sun’s out legs out! Our stylist’s outfit of the week is made for brunching in the sunshine. Go for a one-and-done look with our Scoop Back Peasant Dress, and show off our Boho Bralette + Mesh through the strappy back. Throw your wallet and sunnies in a pouch and accessorize with as many Tassel Charms as you can fit. Happy spring!

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: SPRING BRUNCHIN’

Shop Erin’s Look: Scoop Back Peasant DressBoho Bralette + Mesh | Graphic Boybrief | Pouch | Quay Don’t Change | Panama Hat | Bass Savannah Sandal

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: SPRING BRUNCHIN’

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LOVE THE SWIM YOU’RE IN WITH SASSY RED LIPSTICK

This summer we want YOU to love the swim you’re in! #AerieREAL girl, Sarah from Sassy Red Lipstick shares her journey to  truly loving her body. LOVE THE SWIM YOU’RE IN WITH SASSY RED LIPSTICK

“I receive a cute swimsuit in the mail that I’ve been anxiously waiting to receive. I’ve seen it on so many gorgeous women on Instagram and I can’t wait to take it on my upcoming vacation. I tear open the package as soon as it arrives and retreat to the full-length mirror in my bedroom to put it on. As I pull the strap over my shoulders and look in the mirror, it’s clear that I look different, different than all those perfect images I saw on Instagram that made me want to buy it, different than the model on the website I bought it from. My boobs make the top stretch too tight, my booty swallows the back, my love handles push out the side, and my thighs hug each other. Tears start to well up in my eyes and I take off the suit and return it to its package. I stand there naked, fixating on all those parts that make me different.”

LOVE THE SWIM YOU’RE IN WITH SASSY RED LIPSTICK

Shop Sarah’s Look: Scoop Ruffle Bikini Top | Hi-Rise Bikini BottomLOVE THE SWIM YOU’RE IN WITH SASSY RED LIPSTICK

“Sad story, right? Something tells me many women can relate to this past experience of mine. Surrounded by a world of airbrushed images and perfected pixels, it is so hard for even traditionally beautiful women to feel pretty. For a curvy girl like me, there didn’t seem to be a place where I was accurately represented. After all, I am not a slim size 2, but I’m also not a plus size. I’m right in the middle, in some sort of a fashion limbo that society hasn’t quite figured out yet. After years of feeling displaced, I finally realized I had to find my own way of feeling loved and accepted. I knew it had to come from within. And the moment I figured that out was the moment I truly began loving my body.

Of course it didn’t happen overnight, but I told myself that every day I was going to love my body a little more than I did the day before. I was going to stop myself from constantly dwelling on the parts I didn’t like and focus on the ones I did. I decided I was going to express myself through my style and act confident until I truly became it.”

LOVE THE SWIM YOU’RE IN WITH SASSY RED LIPSTICK

“The past few years have been a huge growth period for me. It feels incredible to actually be able to say that I love my body and have no anxiety about changing it. My big booty and hips that make me a size 10? I love them for giving me a curvy hourglass shape. My love handles that roll over when I bend and turn? They are my sassy statement in a swimsuit. {Trust me ladies, the side roll is SO in right now!} These thick thighs that don’t let any daylight shine between them in photos? My husband says they’re one of my sexiest features. I agree. All these parts make up the real, natural body that is mine. It is feminine, it is strong, it is powerful.” 

LOVE THE SWIM YOU’RE IN WITH SASSY RED LIPSTICK

“One of the most beautiful aspects of my newfound confidence is that I am blessed enough to have an audience of women that I get to share it with, women who have felt the exact same way as me and are looking for someone to relate to. The response I get when I post my unretouched body in a swimsuit for the world to see is always so refreshing, encouraging, and empowering. The private messages I get from women wanting to become comfortable in their own skin and learn how to move further along their journey to self-love are so precious to me. Together we share a bond in the important duty of reminding one another how beautiful we actually are.

Now when I get a new swimsuit in the mail, my relationship with my bedroom mirror has become much more pleasant. I wiggle my boobs into place, I stretch the back out to accompany all the extra cushion, and then I look in the mirror and do something crazy: I love myself.”
LOVE THE SWIM YOU’RE IN WITH SASSY RED LIPSTICK LOVE THE SWIM YOU’RE IN WITH SASSY RED LIPSTICK

Post your unretouched swim photos with #AerieREAL & we’ll donate $1 (up to $10K) to the National Eating Disorder Association for every new share!

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ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: BOHO & BREEZY

¡Caliente! Our stylist’s outfit of the week features favorites from our ALL-NEW collection. Wear your Longline Boho Bandeau as a top and match it with our burgundy Sunnie Thong. Pair it with your cutie Cozy Sweater Short on the bottom, and add a breezy open layer over it with our Crinkle Button Top. Let the adventure begin!

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: BOHO & BREEZY

Shop Erin’s Look: Longline Boho Bralette | Sunnie ThongCozy Sweater ShortCrinkle Button Top | PouchERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: BOHO & BREEZY

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Lorna Jane Activewear

Lorna Jane Activewear is made to motivate your workouts! #AerieREAL girl Simply Sabrina tells us how she uses the collection to prepare for her first 5K. Lorna Jane Activewear

“I love mixing up my workouts and I use Classpass to try a variety of studios to keep my body challenged including barre, spin, TRX, hot yoga, and mega reformer pilates. As I start training for my very first 5K I want to make sure that I run as much as possible outdoors and be prepared for uphill terrain and weather conditions. Running a 5k has been on my list for two years now and I’m excited to finally be crossing it off! I love how the Lorna Jane collection keeps me feeling cool when the weather is warm and my body heats up quickly, not to mention how bright the colors are. I feel like I can tackle anything!”

Lorna Jane Activewear

Shop Sabrina’s Look: Lorna Jane High Intensity Sports Bra |  Lorna Jane Reactive 3/4 Tight Lorna Jane Activewear

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