AE X IT GETS BETTER GUEST POST: PATRICK TUCKER, AE ASSOCIATE

For the fourth year in a row, AE is proud to support the It Gets Better Project by donating 100% of sales of our annual Pride collection to the nonprofit, which uplifts, empowers, and connects LGBTQ+ youth around the world. But inclusivity starts from the inside out, which is why we’re taking this opportunity to reflect on what equality, individuality, and a better future mean to us.

 We kicked off our series of guest posts about love, acceptance, and how it really DOES get better with our Global Brand President, Chad Kessler, and have followed up with posts from associates across the country. Now Patrick, a store leader in Louisiana, shares how he has found purpose in his authentic, happy, open life.

 

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PATRICK TUCKER

Store Leader in Monroe, LA

I love that AE allows me to be open about my life and live authentically. Growing up gay in the rural South was hard, but the ability to marry my husband in 2016 made the long journey worthwhile.

Patrick Tucker and husband

I would tell my younger self to keep fighting because that’s how you get the life you dream of. I was able to make a difference in my life as well as educate my family and create an atmosphere of inclusiveness.

AE Associate, Patrick Tucker

I find my strength in knowing that what I do now could help someone else later. My favorite quote is from Dolly Parton: “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” I am me on purpose and I love my open, happy, authentic life.

Everyone has a story to tell. What’s yours? Share it with #ItGetsBetter @americaneagle to show your support and inspire LGBTQ+ youth around the world!

 

 

 

Don’t Skirt the Issue

Kick off the school year your way by adding new skirts and denim jackets to your closet options.

Separately, skirts and jackets can add a fresh take to your typical jeans and a t-shirt vibe, but together they create an outfit allllllmost too good to be true. Just add a top for layering, your favorite accessories, and a fresh pair of sneakers and you’re good to go.

SHOP WOMEN’S SKIRTS | SHOP WOMEN’S JACKETS

 

Denim on Denim

What’s better than one denim piece in your ‘fit? How about two? Wear a denim skirt with a denim jacket to double dip in this iconic material. Create a timeless, laid-back look by starting with a long sleeve cropped t-shirt, then layer on a distressed mini skirt and a classic medium-wash denim jacket. Throw on athletic sneakers and a baseball cap and you’re set for whatever the day brings.

AE Denim Jacket and Denim Skirt

 

Striped with Love

Midi skirts hit somewhere between a shorter mini skirt and a longer maxi skirt for that free, flowy feeling and just the right amount of between-seasons coverage. Pair a printed midi with a solid-colored top or fitted graphic tee, then complete the look with a wear-everyday denim jacket, chunky sneakers, and delicate hoop earrings. Wear your jacket buttoned up on chilly mornings, or try tying it around your waist for a cool throwback style.

AE Midi Skirt and Denim Jacket

 

Double the Patterns, Double the Fun

Who says you can’t wear more than one pattern? When it comes to prints, you can never have too much of a good thing. Wear a striped Henley sweater with a plaid mini skirt, then finish the look with a ‘70s denim jacket , a sneaker made for your on-the-go day, and pearl hair clips that serve major elegance. This outfit is so on point for fall we can almost hear the leaves crunching under your feet.

AE Mini Skirt, Henley sweater, and Denim Jacket

Show us how you wear your back-to-school skirts and jackets on Instagram & Twitter with #AExME or #AEJeans @americaneagle, and you could be featured on the site, blog, or social media!

 

 

 

AE X IT GETS BETTER GUEST POST: BRANDON KLOUDA, AE ASSOCIATE

For the fourth year in a row, AE is proud to support the It Gets Better Project by donating 100% of sales of our annual Pride collection to the nonprofit, which uplifts, empowers, and connects LGBTQ+ youth around the world. But inclusivity starts from the inside out, which is why we’re taking this opportunity to reflect on what equality, individuality, and a better future mean to us.

We kicked off our series of guest posts about love, acceptance, and how it really DOES get better with our Global Brand President, Chad Kessler, and have followed up with posts from associates across the country. Now, Brandon, a store manager in Iowa, shares how the first step to loving others is loving yourself.

 

SHOP WOMEN’S PRIDE    |    SHOP MEN’S PRIDE

BRANDON KLOUDA

Store Manager in Sioux City, IA

Working for a company that accepts you for who you are has truly made me love coming to work. The amount of support I have received from everyone at AE has truly made me feel welcome and able to be myself. The fact that we support LGBTQ+ communities at AE has a special place in my heart. I spread the word of such support and reach out to people to tell them that AE is a safe and amazing place to work.

I would tell my younger self that it does in fact get better. Coming out as gay and being a single dad scared me to death. But the amount of support I got from family and peers has been overwhelming.

Brandon and family

The best advice I’ve received is to be yourself and love yourself.

I celebrate me by being the best version of who I am and accepting the fact that there is nothing wrong with me.

Love yourself so you can love others.

Everyone has a story to tell. What’s yours? Share it with #ItGetsBetter @americaneagle to show your support and inspire LGBTQ+ youth around the world!

 

 

 

AE X IT GETS BETTER GUEST POST: JEN WARREN, AE ASSOCIATE

For the fourth year in a row, AE is proud to support the It Gets Better Project by donating 100% of sales of our annual Pride collection to the nonprofit, which uplifts, empowers, and connects LGBTQ+ youth around the world. But inclusivity starts from the inside out, which is why we’re taking this opportunity to reflect on what equality, individuality, and a better future mean to us.

We kicked off our series of guest posts about love, acceptance, and how it really DOES get better with our Global Brand President, Chad Kessler, and have followed up with posts from associates across the country. Now, Jen Warren, an associate in Kansas, shares how important it is not just to stand by LGBTQ+ communities, but also to educate allies.

 

SHOP WOMEN’S PRIDE    |    SHOP MEN’S PRIDE

JEN WARREN

Operations Clerk at Distribution Center in Ottawa, KS

I am an openly gay, 34-year-old, AEO employee at the distribution center in Ottawa, KS. I have worked for AEO since October 2006. I love nothing more than to be able to come to work and know that my job is not in jeopardy because of who I am.

I could not be more proud of who I work for because of AEO’s support of all people, not just LGBTQ+ people. Obviously, that hits closest to home for me, but I appreciate ALL the equality in our workplace.

Jen and her nephew

Times have certainly changed in the last 15 years since I came out. I can’t imagine having to come out before then. I am very happy that kids these days have far more opportunities to be successful with programs such as It Gets Better, which is supported by AE’s Pride collection.

Educating allies is just as important, if not more important. Educating parents of gay children is so important, too, especially in these parts.

Jen getting a pedicure with friends

Let me tell ya! I believe AEO’s policies have helped turn around a few employees on their feelings about homosexuality. I was born and raised in Ottawa, Kansas. It could use all the education it can get on LGBTQ+ rights. AEO helps the case!

Everyone has a story to tell. What’s yours? Share it with #ItGetsBetter @americaneagle to show your support and inspire LGBTQ+ youth around the world!

 

 

 

5 New Fall Faves: Back-To-School Outfits for Her

New school year. New must-haves. Check out these 5 styles handpicked by our stylist for your back-to-school outfit rotation, including must-have jeans, tops, and accessories. Start by planning all your new looks around your favorite new fit – Curvy jeans. They’re in stores and online now in sizes 00-24… ‘cause it’s not about size. It’s about SHAPE.

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AE Curvy Mom Jeans

Curvy Mom Jeans

The relaxed, vintage-vibe Mom jeans you love – now in a Curvy, stretchy fit you’ve been asking for. Not really into Mom jeans? It’s all good. With tons of styles including skinny, flare, and wide leg jeans, you can find the jeans that make you feel the most amazing.

AE Plaid & Flannel Shirts

Plaid & Flannel Shirts

Play with proportions this fall. Plaid and flannel shirts go both oversized AND cropped so you can change up your style daily. Wear your flannel unbuttoned with a graphic tee underneath, or change up your look by wearing it around your waist for a throwback ‘90s vibe.

AE Curvy Jeggings

Curvy Jeggings

An instant classic for a reason, and that reason is your booty. It’s never looked so good in this fit that’s made for curves with more room through the hips and thighs. Curvy jeans come in high-waisted, super high-waisted, and highest waist designs that pair with your favorite cropped and fitted tops.

AE Henley Sweaters

Henley Sweaters

What’s better than a cozy henley shirt? How about a cozy henley sweater? These tops have that collarless, button-up neckline you love and all the warmth you’re going to need. Want other just-as-awesome layering options? Crewneck sweaters, cardigans, and denim jackets.

AE Bucket Bag

Bucket Bags

Big enough to stash all your stuff. Chic enough to make you feel like the boss you are. Toss in all your school essentials and you’re ready for the day. If you need more storage space, try a backpack to tote bag!

 


 

Want to be featured on the site, blog or social media? Show us your first day of school outfits on Instagram & Twitter with #AExME or #AEJeans @americaneagle.

 

 

Back To (School) Basics: 5 Fall Outfit Essentials for Guys

Don’t stress too much about your back-to-school outfits. Keep things relaxed and looking good with these fall must-haves, including comfy joggers, stacked jeans, and super-soft tops.

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AE Stacked Skinny Jeans

Stacked Skinny Jeans

Comfort you have to feel to believe, designed to show off your sneakers with a trending stacked look. These jeans have a longer inseam to create the stacked effect, so just order your usual size.

AE Graphic Tees

Graphic Tees

Repping your vibe’s never been so easy with bold colors, super-soft fabrics, and graphics featuring your favorite logos, musicians, and pop culture moments. Graphic t-shirts come in different styles like drop-shoulder and standard, plus unisex fits made for sharing.
AE Hoodies

Hoodies

Stay warm. Pop a hoodie. They’re just right for early mornings, cool days, and late nights. Go with a classic pullover or zip-up hoodies, or keep things lighter with a hoodie t-shirt.

AE Joggers

Joggers

The relaxed-fit, tapered-leg jogger you love. Now in throwback nylon made for making moves. And if you’re not into the nylon look, we’ve got lots of other joggers in khaki, performance fleece, and cotton fleece fabrics.

AE Men's Underwear

Men’s Underwear

The softest. The most comfortable. The most you. Whatever fit you’re into – boxer shorts, briefs, trunks – we’ve got you covered. Stay fresh this semester with new prints and colors.

 


 

Show us how you rock your back-to-school outfits on Instagram & Twitter with #AExME or #AEJeans @americaneagle, and you could be featured on the site, blog, or social media!