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.

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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:

  1. Jeans that fit and look amazing!

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.

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  1. Jeans that feel insanely comfortable!

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.

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  1. Options, options, options!

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.

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  1. For the girls, more high-waisted fits.

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.

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  1. For the boys, more skinny jeans.

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.

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Look, we get it. Rewards programs can be confusing. In theory, the benefits sound great. In practice, you’re never quite sure you’re doing it right, or where you stand with points. We’ve spent the past year working with our teams and shoppers like you to put together a program that’s truly unique. AEO Connected launched last week, and in case you haven’t had a chance to check it out, here are just a few of our favorite perks.

IT’S FREE. And super easy to sign up in store, online, or on the app. Once you’re in, we’ll send you email updates on your Reward status, exclusive offers and more. No forms to fill out, no wasted paper, just Rewards sent straight to your email.

There’s more free where that came from! FREE JEANS & BRAS are one of the best perks you could get. For every 5 pairs of jeans you buy, we’ll give you one free. Same deal with Aerie bras. Plus, you’ll earn points for every dollar you spend, and once you reach a set number of points, we’ll send you a Reward that you can use in store or online, just like you’d use cash money. The best news in all this is that your points will NEVER expire, so you can redeem them whenever you want!

Ok so, we’ve got free jeans, free bras, points on every dollar… still not sold? How about an exclusive birthday discount? AEO Connected has that too. And if you’re REALLY serious about style, we have different access levels for all kinds of shoppers. So the more you shop, the better your perks. We’ll automatically bump you up into the right level depending on how much you spend, and let you know when you qualify for things like bigger Rewards or 24/7 free shipping. Plus, get even more when you combine your AEO Connected account with an AE or Aerie credit card.

For the complete rundown on how new AEO Connected works and rewards you for shopping for your favorite brands, visit us in stores or at AE.com/aeoconnected

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What Is Denim: Your Ultimate Denim Glossary


Denim Glossary Fit Specs

Denim Glossary Fit Specs


The measurement from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the crotch seam. In other words, it’s where on your hips the jeans sit. Every body (and every one of our jean fits!) is unique, but, generally a “high” rise will sit near your belly button and a “low” rise will be closer to your hips. Source

Denim Glossary Fit Rises


The measurement from the bottom of the crotch to the bottom of the hem.

Denim Glossary Inseam


The vertical threads in a fabric. Source


The horizontal threads in a fabric. Source

Denim Glossary Warp and Weft


The result of washing and rinsing denim to remove excess dye. Source

Denim Glossary Denim Washes


Purposely marred for a well-worn, vintage appearance. Source

Denim Glossary Destroyed Distressed Deconstructed


The bottom of the jean, which has been folded back and sewn down to form an edge


A raw hem that’s shorter in the front than it is in the back. Source


A deconstructed hem that has been unstitched and unfolded for a frayed look and added length. Source 1  Source 2

Denim Glossary Hem


Denim Glossary Fabrication

100% COTTON (see also: HERITAGE)

100% cotton denim. This rigid, durable fabric softens over time.


Our original soft, stretchy denim.


Denim with an upgraded stretch that retains it’s shape and won’t bag out. Natural fibers give this denim a super-soft feel for increased comfort.


Revolutionary 4-way stretch means fit from every direction. Top-to-bottom warp stretch lifts your booty and gives you the feeling of longer legs, while side-to-side weft stretch contours the leg.
These forces work together to increase retention, which means these jeans won’t bag or sag, so your butt looks great, wear after wear.


Core Flex is designed with just enough stretch to give a little when you stand up, sit down, pull ‘em on or off. It has the same look and feel as 100% cotton denim, with increased flexibility for added comfort.


Our most flexible jean might also be our most comfortable. Designed with the max amount of stretch for ultimate comfort. Extreme Flex denim truly moves with you, and bounces back to hold its shape after.

FLEX 4/360

Revolutionary 4-way stretch means this denim moves with you in every direction. Top-to-bottom warp stretch moves up and down with you, while side-to-side weft stretch gives you room to sit or step.
The bottom line? Jeans have never been more comfortable.

HERITAGE (see also: 100% COTTON)

100% cotton denim. This rigid, durable fabric softens over time.


Premium denim bound with a “self edge” so it doesn’t unravel. You’ll know it by the trademark white and blue taping under the cuff, on the edge of the coin pocket, and on the back of the belt loop.

We’ve upgraded ours with just the right amount of stretch to make them even more comfortable. Source

Shop your favorite AEO Jeans HERE and show us how you wear them with #ICAN (or #WeAllCan if you’re with friends!).

Denim Glossary Fabrication

Denim Glossary Fit Specs

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AEO Jeans: Behind The Seams


For the past 40 years, our jeans have been designed exclusively in New York City. Though our denim team is proud to call NYC home, they travel all over the world sourcing materials, researching the latest trends, and finding inspiration for the unique fits and washes they bring to you each season. As part of this process, they partner with a few of the most innovative and forward-thinking denim developers in the industry, collaborating daily across continents with teams dedicated exclusively to AEO jeans.
Once a year, the denim designers venture overseas to visit raw material suppliers, factories, and wash facilities. On their most recent trip, we asked them to snap a few behind the scenes photos. Take a closer look at how each pair of jeans is created.

Different rolls of fabric in the same shade are laid out and compared to ensure uniformity in each roll.

Different rolls of fabric in the same shade are laid out and compared to ensure uniformity in each roll.

Embroidering our name into unattached waistbands.

Embroidering our name into unattached waistbands.

Sewing on beltloops.

Sewing on beltloops.

Fresh bolts of denim are delivered and relaxed off the role before being cut.

Fresh bolts of denim are delivered and relaxed off the role before being cut.

Pocket bags ready for insertion.

Pocket bags ready for insertion.

Sample roles of denim.

Sample roles of denim.

Applying hardware

Applying hardware.

Whiskering in progress

Whiskering in progress.

The laundry

The laundry.

A bundled stack of AEO shorts post-washing. Now it’s time to add trimming and hardware.

A bundled stack of AEO shorts post-washing. Now it’s time to add trimming and hardware.

Show us how you wear your AEO Jeans using #ICAN on Instagram and Twitter (or #WeAllCan if you’re with friends!).



Over the last seven years, the It Gets Better Project has successfully leveraged the influential power of media to uplift and empower LGBTQ youth around the world. From an unprecedented social media campaign to a best-selling book to award-winning television programming, we are always seeking new ways to get our message of hope into the hearts and minds of those who need it most.

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We have witnessed tremendous progress on a global scale toward greater acceptance for LGBTQ people. Yet, today, our youth are bombarded with threats to their civil liberties and, in some cases, their lives, because the communities they call home refuse to accept them. Our partnership with American Eagle Outfitters for the #WeAllCan campaign is the perfect collaboration to ensure that LGBTQ youth know they have the potential to achieve great things and to make a tangible and positive difference in the world. And, it provides an opportunity for those who love the American Eagle Outfitters brand to wear their support of a more inclusive world!

American Eagle outfitters Pride It Gets Better

The social narrative is always changing. We know how to change that narrative, and the support of forward-thinking organizations, like American Eagle Outfitters, makes that change possible. Together, we will amplify our message of hope until every single person on this planet understands the intrinsic value we all possess as human beings. We owe it to our youth, we owe it to ourselves, and we owe it to the future of our society. Life can and will get better for LGBTQ youth — and for everyone else — when we start celebrating our differences and adopt a #WeAllCan attitude.

American Eagle outfitters Pride It Gets Better

AEO is donating 100% of sales from our 2017 Pride Collection to It Gets Better. Because together, #WeAllCan make the world a brighter, better, more inclusive place for everyone!

Shop the Pride collection HERE.

American Eagle outfitters Pride It Gets Better

We want to know what Pride means to YOU. Share your story with #WeAllCan and you could be featured on our Pride Parade Float or Times Square billboard!

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Molly Hogan (@trendychickadee) is a sun-chasing, sandy-beach-loving boho babe. Based in LA, her blog is dedicated to bringing followers all the latest info on her favorite up-and-coming brands, emerging trends, travel diaries and more.

Molly’s relaxed, beachy vibe reminds us of what we love most about summer: effortless, sunny style during the warmest days of the year. We asked her to show us her take on 3 summer staples – tanks, shorts and Aerie swim!

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White Denim Shorts Aerie Swim Trendy ChickadeeMolly took her first look to the sunny Golf Coast of Florida. First order of business? Pool time, obviously. Molly rocked Aerie’s swimsuit of the summer, the One Piece Super Scoop, and topped it off with a straw fedora.

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Next up, Molly took her bike for a quick spin around town in classic white denim shorts and a flirty, strapless ruffled top. Does anything feel more boardwalk-ready than pale, nautical stripes? (We think not!)


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“My favorite summer wardrobe staple is a pair of white denim shorts, and AEO has the best of the best! I paired them with a breezy tube top for a beach bike ride, and then a chambray crop later in the day for an early dinner.”

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Shop The Looks: Hi-Rise Shortie | Ruffle Tube Top | Chambray Crop Cami | Aerie Super Scoop One Piece | Trimmed Fedora Hat

Show us how you’re styling YOUR favorite summer staples using #WeAllCan on Instagram & Twitter for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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