THE VINTAGE HI-RISE FESTIVAL: LIMITED-EDITION COLLECTION

Blink and you’ll miss ’em. (Like, for real.)

Our (extremely) limited-edition Vintage Hi-Rise Festival collection just landed and it. is. so. GOOD. Designed by artists, this exclusive trio was inspired by the music, art and pop culture of three iconic decades – the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Each design is limited to just 500 hand-numbered pairs.

And when they’re gone… they’re GONE.

Luckily, we’ve got all the deets on what makes each pair totally unique, the inspiration behind their one-of-a-kind designs AND we even scored some tips from our stylist.

Read on for all the details and check out the entire Limited-Edition Vintage Hi-Rise Festival collection here.

Ltd. Edition ‘70s Vintage Hi-Rise Festival

Picture it… it’s 1977. You’re road-tripping across the country in a tightly packed car, singing along to the radio (yes, the radio – it’s the ’70s, guys) with your friends… And of course you’re wearing your lucky shorts – embellished with the paint splatters, studs, lived-in destruction and colorful patches you’ve collected along your journey.

Ltd. Edition ‘80s Vintage Hi-Rise Festival

Next stop: we’re time-traveling to the ’80s. A nod to early 1980s NYC street culture, this eye-catching design features a bright-white wash illustrated with vivid graffiti-inspired details and spray-paint-like splashes of color.

Ltd. Edition ‘90s Vintage Hi-Rise Festival

Last but not least, our ’90s edition was inspired by early-1990s punk rock and is decked out with metallic-silver embroidery, doodled artwork (butterflies, stars, spaceships, flames – you name it) and statement-making patches.

STYLED 2 WAYS: FEATURING THE ’70s VINTAGE HI-RISE FESTIVAL

Love ’em, but not quite sure how to wear ’em? Never fear! Our lead stylist put together two easy-to-replicate outfits that highlight this free-spirited pair’s best features. Check out her tips and shop each look with the links below!

LOOK 1: WEEKEND WANDERLUST

Let those studs, patches and paint splatters do the talking by keeping the rest of the look simple. A classic striped tank (the cropped silhouette won’t cover any of the short’s awesome details), distressed denim jacket and leather ankle booties make for a go-anywhere, do-anything look that blends retro vibes and modern appeal. Add your favorite sunnies and BOOM.

SHOP THE LOOK: AEO Ribbed Lace-Up Tank |AEO Round Sunglasses| AEO Fray Hem Denim Jacket |Bed Stu Rove Bootie| Product |

LOOK 2: FESTIVAL FEELS

We love this unexpected combo of rock-and-roll edge and soft, neutral notes. Play with textures and prints by mixing crochet, metallics, knits, camo… The options are endless! And thanks to this look’s easy layers and comfy-cute sneakers, you’ll be cool and comfortable from day to night.

SHOP THE LOOK: Product | AEO Tortoise Cat Eye Sunglasses | AEO Stay Lovely Camouflage JacketAEO Open Stitch Hi-Neck Tank |Brooks Vanguard Heritage Sneaker |

Which Limited-Edition Vintage Hi-Rise Festival short are you loving? Tell us in the comments below, and show us how you wear YOURS with #WeAllCan.

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Class of 2017: Graduation Style

Graduation season is here! Whether you’re wrapping up high school, college or grad school, you are a ROCKSTAR — and your accomplishments should be celebrated in style. Graduation weekend is all about YOU and the amazing things ahead for your education and career. Dress the part with looks that will take you from the ceremony stage to all of the festivities that follow.

Show us YOUR graduation style with #WeAllCan for a chance to be featured on social media or in our style gallery!

FOR HER: EFFORTLESS & BOLD
Go for an breezy, retro-inspired look with bright, tropical florals on white, like this eye-catching kimono-inspired maxi romper. With its romper-meets-maxi silhouette, it’s the perfect balance of classic and playful — and it will transition from day to night effortlessly. Make a statement in strappy block heels and finish the look with layered jewelry!

Class of 2017 Graduation Style Graduation Outfits

SHOP THE LOOK: AEO Kimono Maxi Romper | AEO Metal Round Sunglasses |
AEO Lace Up Block Heel | AEO Rose Quartz Flower Cuff

FOR HIM: COOL & LAID-BACK
Keep it classic in a striped button-down shirt (long sleeves for the ceremony!) and slim white jeans. A braided leather belt and matching boots add some dimension and pull everything together for a look that’ll make a good impression for (literally) any occasion.
Class of 2017 Graduation Style Graduation Outfits

SHOP THE LOOK: AEO Stripe Oxford Shirt | AEO 360 Extreme Flex Slim Jean | Bass Proctor Leather Buc
AEO Tortoise Retro Sunglasses | AEO Braided Leather Belt |

What are your post-graduation plans? Share your goals, dreams, aspirations and, most importantly, photos with #WeAllCan for a chance to be featured!

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#WeAllCan: College Signing Day with Michelle Obama

“NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 26: 3rd Annual College Signing Day at the Harlem Armory on April 26, 2016 in New York City. The event, co-hosted by MTV, was part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative which encourages young people to continue their education past High School. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)”

There’s nothing quite like walking around with former First Lady Michelle Obama when she’s meeting students for the first time.  I’ve seen her stroll across a campus dorm quad at Howard University, taking a tour with Chicago high school seniors. The roar of college kids pressed against the quad gate and the deafening shouts of “We LOVE YOU!” from the adjoining dorm rooms made think that this must have been what it was like to walk around with the Beatles.  I’ve also been in the room when Mrs. Obama has surprised a group of students on a White House tour—that high pitched yelp followed by clapping elation—the is-this-really-happening euphoria that often manifests in spontaneous outburst of tears that don’t stop, even after getting a hug.

 

“NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 26: 3rd Annual College Signing Day at the Harlem Armory on April 26, 2016 in New York City. The event, co-hosted by MTV, was part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative which encourages young people to continue their education past High School. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)”

Since the launch of the Better Make Room campaign, Mrs. Obama and our valuable partners have worked hard around the nation to launch big events, new initiatives and inspiring PSAs. We’ve launched nationwide essay contests through Seventeen Magazine and MTV Founders. We launched Up Next, a texting initiative that provides resources for students. We’ve invited students to the White House for Beating the Odds. We’ve seen thousands of students make commitments to their futures, plan for college, apply for their FAFSA ahead of time, and lock their eyes on the future—where they have the potential to be whatever it is that they want to be. And of course, we’ve put on incredibly high-energy events in New York for National College Signing Day.

And no, not *that* college signing day.  When we’re out there celebrating signing day every spring, it’s not about high school athletes telling us where they plan to play ball, but rather America’s high school seniors standing up and proudly proclaiming where they’ll be continuing to study after high school.  And the seniors do this every year on around May 1, the deadline by which seniors around the country have to let colleges know where they plan to attend.

Last year? We had more than 1,200 events in all 50 states. In NYC, you could walk into Times Square and see student stories, pictures, and tweets plastered on the America Eagle Outfitters billboards.  Because on College Signing Day, students are the stars. They’re the ones who we should be celebrating.  And we haven’t stopped. This is only the beginning. You can go to bettermakeroom.org to register your event, download a signing day kit—and even learn how to win $500 from the College Football Playoff Foundation and Donors Choose for your event.  This year, we’re celebrating College Signing Day on May 5.  So on May 5, grab that college gear and post a selfie on social media with the #CollegeSigningDay and #BetterMakeRoom.

About the Author: Eric Waldo is the Executive Director of Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative, which now resides at Civic Nation.  Reach Higher encourages young people to pursue and complete their education past high school, whether via a two year degree, a four year degree, or an industry recognized credential, but some education past high school has to be the goal for every young person to be competitive in the global, knowledge-based economy.  He resides in Washington, DC, and is always proud to iron his Brown University t-shirt for College Signing Day.

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DIY: Embroidered denim jacket!

We’re all about individual style, and customized denim jackets are an easy (and fun!) way to add a unique element to your look. ESPECIALLY this season – pins, patches and embroidered details are EVERYWHERE. Iron-on patches designed to look like embroidery will make your jacket look like it took hours to create, while actually only taking up a few minutes of your time.

(Pro tip: if you’re not into DIY, you can shop our embroidered jackets herehere and here)

M&J Trimming Patches DIY Embroidered Jacket

To find our iron-on patches, we took a trip to M&J Trimming in NYC. We chose big, bold floral details that complemented our perfectly worn-in denim jackets, but if flowers aren’t your thing, they have tons of other super-cool patches including stars, tigers and tattoo-inspired designs. Keep reading for our DIY tutorial!

DENIM STYLES PERFECT FOR CUSTOMIZATION: Fray Hem Denim Jacket | Denim Vest
Women’s Vintage Hi-Rise Jean | Women’s Jegging | Men’s Skinny | Men’s Slim

M&J Trimming Patches DIY Embroidered Jacket

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Denim jacket (or other denim of choice!)
  • Iron-on patches (we found ours here)
  • Iron
  • Ironing board or iron-safe surface
  • Thin piece of fabric (dish towel, washcloth, etc.)

M&J Trimming Patches DIY Embroidered Jacket

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Heat up the iron on high, no steam.
  2. Plan out your design! Lay your jacket on a flat surface and experiment with patch placement until you find an arrangement you like.
  3. Start ironing the patches on one at a time. Place patch on the desired area and cover with the thin fabric.
  4. Lay the iron over the patch for 30-60 seconds, giving the glue enough time to adhere to the jacket.
  5. Let the patch cool completely before checking to make sure it’s secure.
  6. Repeat for each patch!

M&J Trimming Patches DIY Embroidered Jacket

Will you give this DIY a try? Take a pic of your finished jacket & share it with us using #WeAllCan!

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Styling the Jumper Dress with Monica Chang

Monica Chang loves all things fashion. When she’s not busy with her job at a WeHo startup, she’s filling her Insta (@monichang) with fun, vibrant photos of her bohemian-meets-minimalist style. Based in Los Angeles, Monica loves music (hiphop all the way), checking out the LA food scene (pad thai and donuts are at the top of her list) and vlogging her way through one coffee shop after another for her YouTube channel.

We challenged Monica to style this playful polka-dot jumper dress and she handled it like a BOSS, layering it over a short-sleeve tee for a chic yet effortless look. We’re loving the monochromatic effect of the tee and dress combo and the way she played up the look with a few key accessories and cool lace-up ballet flats.

Check out Monica’s full look in the AEO Jumper Dress below…

Monica Chang styles the Polka Dot Apron Dress

Monica Chang styles the Polka Dot Apron Dress

Monica on the inspiration behind her look:
“I’m all about wearing pieces that can easily transition from season to season – and this jumper dress is especially versatile! It’s still a bit chilly in Los Angeles (70 degrees is cold for me, alright?!) so I layered it with a plain black tee and simple gold jewelry, including some cute rings from American Eagle! I also wanted to add color and dimension to the outfit, so I paired it with my pink ballerina flats. And come summertime, I’ll likely style this with a lace bralette and my good ol’ Birkenstocks.”

Monica Chang styles the Polka Dot Apron Dress

Shop the Look: Jumper Dress | Soft & Sexy Crew Favorite T-Shirt (Similar)
BC Footwear Take Your Pick Sandal (Similar) | Round Sunglasses (Similar) | Triple Cord Tan Bracelet (Similar)

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

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GET INSPIRED with #WeAllCan featuring Syma Raza

We’re inspired by stories of passion and people turning their dreams into reality. Every day we get the chance to work with some extraordinary individuals right in our home office. Individuals who are empowered to live authentically and work tirelessly toward their goals, both personal and professional. We’re proud to highlight a few of their unique stories and inspire YOU to share what you can do, be or create with #WeAllCan.

This week we’re featuring the creative, stylish & motivated Associate Manager of PR, Syma Raza. Learn what inspires her and get a glimpse inside her NYC lifestyle.

@symaspeaks #WeAllCan

Show us what you can do, be or create with #WeAllCan.

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