Our design team always uses real customer feedback to help create the season’s newest jeans. This year, we thought it would be fun to send our jeans to a random NYC couple who don’t wear American Eagle jeans.
Location: Brooklyn, NY
30 year old male – Touring musician/drummer
30 year old female – Freelance writer
The last time I wore American Eagle jeans was somewhere in the 2000s. I know this because, like everyone else in my high school, I was watching “The O.C.”—a show about beautiful teens being sad despite being rich and beautiful (this teen trope was new at the time). Like many, I wanted to be Marissa and Summer—always layering AE polos with hand-sized jean skirts. So naturally, I would regularly go to the store to copy their exact looks.
Fast forward to present day, my boyfriend and I are asked to test out some of the new jeans because we are skeptical. Two reasons why: one, we feel way too old for American Eagle jeans and secondly, we don’t think they’ll fit or look good on us. After all, the last time I wore a pair was when we, as a society, agreed that low-rise jeans on girls were THE thing and flared jeans on boys were cool. (We were wrong.)
But after a reddit deep dive of “surprising” rave reviews, we figured the Internet can’t be wrong.
Still, I feel pessimistic but I am relieved that the box of jeans has no low rises in sight. My man is not a jean wearer so he was just happy to try on a variety whereas I, on the other hand, only requested high-waisted fits because they’re my favorite. Nevertheless, I was still shocked to find so many different high rises. I’ll start with mine, from most stretchy to least.
1. High-Waisted Jegging – The Dream Jean
These felt the least like jeans—insanely smooth and stretchy against my skin but I would never have known just by looking at them. They really felt like second skin but looked like jeans. I’m not crazy about super skinny jeans but I will say that my butt looked UH-mazing in these.
2. High-Waisted Jegging – Super Stretch
Usually, I really really hate jeggings. They tend to look cheesy and cheap. All the fake whiskering and the strange grid-like fabric just scream “jegging!” But these look and feel like real jeans—durable, thick, and incredibly well made. Good job, AE!
3. High-Waisted Jegging – Ne(x)t Level
You’re going to have to try these on for yourself because they feel unlike any other jeans I’ve tried. Insanely stretchy but in a way that holds you in. They’d be great for going to an all-you-can-eat buffet, a night of dancing, or a long(ish) flight. Tight, not restrictive. I’ve gotta say that I’m not a destructed jean girl (these went all the way down both legs) but because of the incredible stretch, I didn’t feel like an exploding can of Pillsbury biscuits.
4. Mom Jean – No stretch
Hands down my favorite pair. As someone who has blown $200+ dollars on a pair of vintage jeans, I feel like such an idiot for not knowing these exist. They feel like someone’s already broken them in for me which, if you’re familiar with how rigid and uncomfortable vintage jeans are, is truly a blessing from the denim gods!
1. Slim – Ne(x)t Level Flex
At this time, my boyfriend was very distracted by my sexy Ne(x)t Level destructed jeans so he just nodded and agreed with my assessment.
2. Slim Straight – Extreme Flex
He was scared of these because “extreme stretch” and “slim” aren’t exactly the type of words he’d ever want in a pair of jeans. But they weren’t tight. They just sort of held onto his body better, if that makes sense. Again, “verrrry comfortable” and “feels amazing” were phrases he threw around a lot.
3. Slim Selvedge – No stretch
These were my favorite on him. He wasn’t used to the slightly roomier, relaxed fit but I loved them. So clean, so minimal, so Tokyo. They were just cool. These felt the most “raw”. No stretch whatsoever but the deep, rich indigo shade is so on point. Will simply have to force him to wear these to feed my female gaze.
4. Dad Jean – No stretch
“They feel so good!” is all he kept saying. Like, a lot. He would not shut up about how great they felt. He said they were also the softest jeans he’s ever put on and they felt “almost as comfortable as sweatpants.” I thought they looked cute but what do I know. Apparently, nothing since I’m the chump who spent $200 dollars on jeans.
In the end, I was shocked that we both didn’t feel “old,” plus we both found a fit that we loved that made us look and feel, well, expensive and that’s pretty much the best-case scenario when it comes to jeans.
NOBODY WANTS THEIR JEANS TO LOOK LIKE EVERYONE ELSE’S AND NOW, THEY NEVER HAVE TO!
If you’re in the NYC area, you can now customize your jeans for free at our Union Square store with any jean purchase. Not much of a DIY-er? Don’t worry—a steady-handed American Eagle Jeans Maker will be there to guide you, tell you what options you have and, overall, make your jean dreams come true.
Three ways to take what we make (our amazing jeans) and make them yours:
1. BACK PATCH
You know that leathery patch that’s always on the back of jeans? It’s technically called a jacron and you can get a different back patch sewn on in (almost) any color you want at participating American Eagle stores. It comes in both small and large sizes plus, you can get it embossed.
Come up with something clever to get stamped on your new back patch or, better yet—if you have siblings that regularly “borrow” your clothes, get your name stamped on it so everyone will know they’re a thief!
3. PAINT YOUR JEANS
Splatters, stripes, polka dots…the Frasier skyline—really, anything! Ask and you might receive. (Pro tip: This especially comes in handy when you want to add an extra personal touch to a friend’s gift.) Show the world (read: humbly brag about your new one-of-a-kind custom jeans) by tagging #AEJeans. You could be featured on our account and even end up in our next campaign.
YOU ARE THE ONLY THING WE CARE ABOUT WHEN MAKING OUR JEANS
It’s all about feelings! Not ours, of course, but YOURS. As in, how do our jeans make YOU feel.
That’s what we think about.
Okay maybe you might be thinking that’s a bit of an oversimplification but think about it—what else matters? Jeans on their own are a boring, utilitarian staple that often stirs up feelings of dread and discomfort. If we’re being completely honest, shopping for jeans is more often daunting and rarely, if ever, fun. Details like fit, washes, and styles are all pretty secondary to how you feel in your jeans and finding the right pair of jeans can be as intimidating as finding “the one”. But as they say—when you know, you just know.
So this season, like every season before, we cut out the guesswork and asked you guys straight up—what’s your dream jean like? Then, we went to work.
Here are the five things you asked for:
Since we started making jeans, we always wanted to bust the myth that you needed to spend a lot of money for a pair of great jeans or that you needed to be genetically blessed to look good in them. So we agonize over every single detail like back pocket placement, washes, and fits that are not only amazing but extremely flattering on every size and shape.
No, we did not make denim sleepwear. We created Next-Level Jeans. It’s all in the name, really. It’s truly a game changer—this advanced stretch technology is designed to feel super soft against your skin and look like real jeans, not like leggings. Engineered to hold its shape (aka yours) and stretch without feeling tight or restrictive so you can make moves, dance, eat, and live in them. Best of all, they bounce right back—no bagging out or stretching out over the course of the day. Seriously, don’t just take our word for it—get yourself to a store and experience them for yourself. You’ll be converted for life.
Most of us stick to our favorite “fits” once we find them, so it was a no-brainer to just blow out the options within each style. It’s our most expansive collection yet—13 total fits for men and 23 fits for women in over 100 washes. In other words, make some closet room because you’ll want to buy your favorite fit in every wash, color, stretch, and distress. You can even get a different back patches put on in select stores.
The numbers don’t lie, the ladies love a high-waisted fit. Luckily, we have 10 high-waisted fits, most of which come in multiple different washes. In fact, you can practically wear a different high-waisted jean every day for 2 months.
We get that it’s a bit scary to hear the word “stretch”, “slim”, or “skinny” without thinking of men in skin-tight jeans–but we wouldn’t do that to you. Our slim and skinny fits have been more popular than ever and with our new Next Level technology, they feel better than ever.