What Is Denim: Your Ultimate Denim Glossary

 DENIM FIT SPECS

Denim Glossary Fit Specs

Denim Glossary Fit Specs

RISE

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

INSEAM

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

Denim Glossary Inseam

WARP

The vertical threads in a fabric. Source

WEFT

The horizontal threads in a fabric. Source

Denim Glossary Warp and Weft

WASH

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

Denim Glossary Denim Washes

DESTROYED, DISTRESSED, DECONSTRUCTED

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

Denim Glossary Destroyed Distressed Deconstructed

HEM

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

STEP-HEM

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

RELEASED HEM

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

Denim Glossary Hem

DENIM FABRICATION

Denim Glossary Fabrication

100% COTTON (see also: HERITAGE)

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

CLASSIC STRETCH

Our original soft, stretchy denim.

DENIM X

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.

DENIM X4

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

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.

EXTREME FLEX

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.

SELVEDGE

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

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!).

AEO + IT GETS BETTER

INTRODUCING AEO + IT GETS BETTER

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.

American Eagle outfitters Pride It Gets Better

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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3 SUMMER STAPLES, ENDLESS BEACH VIBES

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!

White Denim Shorts Aerie Swim Trendy Chickadee

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!)

 

White Denim Shorts Aerie Swim Trendy Chickadee

“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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Styling The Cutout Floral Dress with Amanda Oleri

Growing up just outside of NYC, Amanda Oleri (@eastcoastfox) was introduced at a young age to the culture, fashion and pace of the city –  an energy that still influences her unique style (an effortless mix of trendy, modern and bohemian) today.

These days, you’ll most often find the founder of lifestyle destination East Coast Fox exploring her Brooklyn neighborhood, jet-setting to her next spontaneous escape destination, or updating the blog with her latest style tips and adventures.

We asked Amanda to style this ultra-feminine floral dress (with some eye-catching cutouts), and she gave it her signature NYC spin by pairing it with these bright-white high tops – because, as she puts it, “you can’t walk the city in heels!” The combo of flirty florals and sporty sneakers makes for an effortless, throw-on-and-go look.

Check out Amanda’s full look below…

East Coast Fox styles the keyhole cutout floral dress

East Coast Fox styles the keyhole cutout floral dress

Amanda on the inspiration behind her look:
“A cute floral dress is all you need ATM. Lucky for you, I’ve got one right here. And don’t be silly, it’s not your average floral dress – this baby is a head-turner. Between the sweet little cutouts on the side and the keyhole in the front, it’s the perfect blend of flirty and cute.”

Shop the Look: AEO Keyhole Fit & Flare Dress | K-Swiss Classic VN Mid Sneaker

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

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Make it your own: styling the Flat-Front Short with Sarunyu Nadee

Meet Sarunyu Nadee. An LA-based content creator, Sarunyu shares his cool Cali lifestyle on his Instagram, @godofcloudz, which features everything from his love of coffee to the sleek design and architecture that inspire him — all with a modern, minimalist aesthetic.

Sarunyu is a strong believer in the power of positive energy in making goals achievable and amazing feats possible. That vibe definitely resonates on his Instagram feed. And what’s NOT to love about that?

Check out Sarunyu’s look below…

@godofcloudz styling the flat front short

@godofcloudz styling the flat front short

What inspired Sarunyu’s look:

Sarunyu uses a ton of black, white and grey as the base for his modern, laid-back wadrobe, making it easy to mix, match and add in color and prints as he goes.

For this look, Sarunyu styled our Extreme Flex Flat Front Short in black (the 9″ inseam hits just above the knee) with a simple white graphic tee, a black denim jacket with distressed details, and a fresh pair of bright-white sneaks. We’re digging the combination of modern-monochrome and lived-in destruction — gives the whole look an athleisure-meets-streetwear tone.

@godofcloudz styling the flat front short

@godofcloudz styling the flat front short

SHOP THE LOOK: Extreme Flex 9″ Flat Front Short | Short Sleeve Graphic T-Shirt |Reebok Classic Leather Sneaker (Similar)

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