Introducing AEO APT: Fill Your Home With #AEOSTYLE

MAKE YOUR SPACE YOUR HAPPY PLACE
Styling tips & inspiration for transforming your dorm or apt with the new AEO APT collection: Feel like you’ve hit a wall in styling your apartment? We’ve got you covered. And your covers. Let’s start in your sanctuary, the bedroom. You want your bedroom to be a reflection of you, so we’re providing some ways for you to make the most of your space, no matter how small.

Make your space your happy place with home decor from the AEO apartment collection.

BEDDING IS EVERYTHING
The focal point of a bedroom is, well, the bed. You spend a lot of time there. It’s your snooze spot, your snack spot, your chill spot, and most importantly, your sleep spot. Make it yours by mixing and matching sheets and comforters to get a set that makes you want to spend the morning in bed (more than you already do). Whether you prefer a cool, morning hue or a darker, eye-catching print, your comforter should do the job of pulling everything in the room together so you can focus on catching all the Z’s you please. Try and incorporate a textured duvet to add subtle depth to the room, it’ll make sure you’ll always wake up on the right side of the bed.

Make your space your happy place with home decor from the AEO apartment collection.

GOT A BLANK SPACE, BABY?
Don’t be afraid of blank space, white walls are your friend! Open it up by avoiding darker paint colors that tend to give the illusion of a shrinking room. Instead, juxtapose a bold patterned boho tapestry against a blank wall to elongate and lighten up the space. Throw it over a bedframe to keep a clean look while not sacrificing the colors you love. If patterns aren’t your thing opt for a cityscape or nature scene that allows your bedroom to be your place to escape. Don’t let your walls confine you, give yourself more room to daydream.

Make your space your happy place with home decor from the AEO apartment collection.

LIGHT IT UP
You can’t go wrong with natural light, but when that doesn’t suffice you need lights that provide a warm and fuzzy wakeup aesthetic that doesn’t feel artificial. String lights are the perfect wall accent; hang them over your bed to get the right lighting for any mood, or bottle them up on a bedside table for a free-spirit, firefly aesthetic. You’ll get a soft glow ideal for mellow mornings or Saturday nights in.

Make your space your happy place with home decor from the AEO apartment collection.

Make your space your happy place with home decor from the AEO apartment collection.

PILLOW TALK
There is no such thing as too many pillows. Afraid your bed is boring? Liven it up by adding a printed or textured pillow to the mix. A great graphic or text decal can add just the right amount of fun to a room without being over the top. Throw it anywhere, whether it be on a bed or a chair or even the floor. Extra pillows mean more comfy, more cozy, and more you.

Make your space your happy place with home decor from the AEO apartment collection.

CLUTTER CONTROL
Less is more, especially in a smaller space. While your bedroom should be an expression of you, sometimes keeping it simple is the best way to go. Pick a few of your favorite photos to hang on a wall chain to add some personality to a bland corner without looking sloppy. Try not to crowd nightstands and shelves with unnecessary knickknacks, instead grab a staple candle or mug and keep the rest of the mess hidden in a vintage storage unit. A clean space is a happy space.

Whoever said that size matters was wrong! The room you’ve been dreaming about doesn’t have to stay a dream, make it a reality with AEO APT. Show us how you style your space with AEO APT using #liveinaeostyle on Instagram & Twitter.

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Lolla25: #AEOFESTIVALSTYLE Guide for Girls & Guys

We’re heading in to the high point of summer, and live music season is still giving you plenty of opportunity to rep your #AEOFESTIVALSTYLE wherever you go. We’ll keep you cool at Lollapalooza in the hottest new festival looks featuring hi-rise shorties & knit tanks so you’ll never miss a beat. Check out our Chicago travel guide & Lollapalooza outfits for guys and girls so you can make fun summer memories to savor all year long!

WEAR
GIRLS: 
Right now, we’re all about dark denim. Pair this first essentials strappy top with black denim festival shorties for a look that keeps it simple & makes a statement.  Leather booties will keep you festival-ready, day & night. Throw even more shade by adding the perfect pair of sunglasses.

Get your festival fashion ready for Lollapalooza.

SHOP IT: First Essentials Cold Shoulder Shirt | Hi-Rise Festival Shortie | Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Kaden Bootie
Lapis-Colored Cocktail Ring | Evil Eye Arm Party Bracelets | Spitfire Astro Sunglasses

GUYS: There’s nothing plain about this classic pairing! Throw a cool, printed graphic tee on top of some cut-off denim shorts for a look that lasts. Add a finishing touch while keeping it clean with fresh, white slip-on’s – these sneakers are sure to be a fan favorite.

Get your festival fashion ready for Lollapalooza. Check out our guys' Lollapalooza outfits.

SHOP IT: Indigo Trend Graphic Crew T-Shirt | Core Flex Denim Cutoff Short | Faux Leather Shoe

EAT
The Gage: If you’re looking for a rustic place to refuel with a good meal & a cold drink, The Gage is your place. This Irish restaurant has a long list on tap and is within easy walking distance of Grant Park.

Toni Patisserie & Café: You can’t skip out on the most important meal of the day. Don’t stop exploring, pick up a French-style sweet treat or morning bite to eat on the go.

Giordano’s: What’s better than Chicago deep dish? Nothing. Try the best of the best at Giordano’s to keep you full & festival ready.

Check out Giordano's pizza for a bite to eat in between Lollapalooza sets.

Photo: @giordanospizza

MUSIC
Radiohead:
The beloved & groundbreaking alternative rock band from England has been a crowd favorite since 1985. You won’t want to miss their appearance at Lolla where they’re sure to wow with classics like “Creep” and “Fake Plastic Trees”.

Leon Bridges: The R&B you NEED. The singer & songwriter from Texas got his start in 2015 with the release of song “Coming Home”.  His performance is sure to provide your daily dose of 50’s & 60’s soul, a sound that never goes out of style. We recommend “River” and “Better Man”.

Leon Bridges is sure to be a fan favorite at Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL.

Photo: @leonbridgesofficial

Silversun Pickups: This Los Angeles bred indie rock band formed combines the influence of The Flaming Lips and Sonic Youth for their catchy, dream pop roots. If you’re not familiar with their sound, check them out NOW starting with “Bloody Mary” and “All The Go Inbetweens”.

Don't miss Silversun Pickups at Lolla25.

Photo: @sspu

LCD Soundsystem: If you haven’t yet heard of this unique electronic rock group Led by James Murphy, we need to change that. The group has done nothing but amaze us since they formed in Brooklyn in 2002. Once you’re hooked on their fusion of dance-punk & electronica, you won’t be able to stop listening. Our faves are “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House” and “I Can Change”.

Mac Miller: Now, that’s a rap. Pittsburgh born and raised Malcom James McCormick, known to fans as Mac Miller, rose to fame with the release of his debut studio album “Blue Slide Park”. His smooth rhymes will make you wonder how he makes spitting verses seem so effortless. Listen to “100 Grandkids” and “Another Night” to hear the best Mac has to offer.

Mac Miller will take the stage at Lolla25.

Photo: @larryfisherman

What are you most excited to do in Chicago? Which artists will you be checking out at Grant Park? Let us know in the comments below & show us your #AEOFESTIVALSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter.

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How To Style The Denim X Straight Crop Jean With Lisa Linh

Denim trends have the tendency to change constantly – one minute you’re in jeggings and the next you’re searching for the perfect slouchy Tomgirl jean. While it’s always important to wear the fit that feels right for you, it’s fun to experiment with new looks, too. This season, cropped, straight denim is making its appearance, and we couldn’t be more excited. With a looser fit that still hugs your curves thanks to Denim X technology, this timeless silhouette gets an update with cool, frayed seams at the crop that will give your #AEOSTYLE an edgier vibe. Blogger Lisa from By Lisa Linh gave us her own take on styling the Denim X Straight Crop Jean. Get to know Lisa and the inspiration behind her look below!

Lisa from by Lisa Linh styles the Straight Crop Jean with an edgy, feminine feel.

Meet Lisa:
Lisa Linh embodies the motto of “wear what you want, when you want” with her Cali-chic style. After 10 years working as a savvy business woman, Lisa said ‘Bye-Bye’ to the corporate world and ‘Hello’ to the luxurious life of being a #BossBabe.

By Lisa Linh is a fashion and lifestyle blog dedicated to inspiring, motivating, and encouraging readers to follow their dreams. Lisa stands out from the crowd by putting an editorial spin on lifestyle imagery and diverse topics. Along with being a full-time content creator,  she is also a freelance social media consultant and photographer.”

Lisa from by Lisa Linh styles the Straight Crop Jean with an edgy, feminine feel.

What Inspired Lisa’s Look:
“Inspired by the love for summer with bare shoulders and ripped denim, classic trends that are chic and perfect for all body types. I decided to pair the Straight Destroy jeans with a loose fitted off-the-shoulder top and strappy heels for an easy summer night out look. Showing just enough skin, in all the right places, this outfit is a go-to for this season.”

Lisa from by Lisa Linh styles the Straight Crop Jean with an edgy, feminine feel.

Shop the Look: Straight Crop Jean | Cold Shoulder Pintucked Shirt (Similar)
Lace-Up Heeled Clog (Similar) | Spitfire Black Wrap Sunglasses (Similar)

Show us how you wear your AEO Denim X Straight Crop Jean with #AEOSTYLE for a chance to be featured on AE.com.

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How To Style The Tomgirl Jean With Wait, You Need This

Today we’re talking about a breakout star: the Tomgirl Jean. This fit has taken our #AEOSTYLE feed by storm, and for good reason! The ultra-flattering Tomgirl Jean is the perfect mix of “I woke up like this” and on-trend style. With a relaxed rise and loose fit that tapers at the bottom, the Tomgirl Jean is a denim fit that everyone can get behind. This season, we’ve updated our Tomgirl Jeans with authentic destruction, cool patches & vintage washes. Blogger Janelle Lloyd from Wait, You Need This is showing you how easy it is to put together an outfit featuring our Tomgirl Jean, because – puns aside– you need this fit. Keep reading to meet Janelle and find out what inspired her look.

Janelle from Wait, You Need This styles the ripped and patched Tomgirl Jean.

Meet Janelle:
“I’m Janelle, New York City dweller and blogger behind Wait, You Need This. I love trying out new fashion trends, decorating spaces, traveling to new places and inspiring others to do the same on my blog and Instagram (@waityouneedthis).”

Janelle from Wait, You Need This styles the ripped and patched Tomgirl Jean.

What Inspired Janelle’s Look:
“I’ve always been attracted to relaxed, bohemian looks and boyfriend jeans are a big part of that. Let’s just say I have quite a collection of them. Living in Manhattan means I also like to add a touch of edge to an outfit so I paired them with a cropped tank in go-to black. The billowy top and relaxed denim were a cute and comfortable combination perfect for the weekend.”

Janelle from Wait, You Need This styles the ripped and patched Tomgirl Jean.

Shop the Look: Tomgirl Jean | Soft & Sexy Racerback Swing Tank (Similar) | Suede Fringe Buckle Sandal (Similar)
Street Level Tassel Reversible Tote (Similar) | Rosegold Aviator Sunglasses (Similar)

Are you obsessed with the Tomgirl Jean, too? Show us how you’re styling the denim with #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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How To Style The Soft & Sexy Jegging Tank With Sam Landreth

Chances are you’ve heard the buzz about our Soft & Sexy collection. There’s a reason the obsession is real: soft, buttery fabric in the most comfortable and trend-right fits like the perfectly cropped tees, strappy tanks and flowy dresses are the pieces you need in your closet! Each season, our Soft & Sexy collection is evolving with more styles and options. Right now, one of our favorite pieces is the Soft & Sexy Jegging Tank – the silky smooth, drapey fabric is super flattering. Plus, fun details like lace panels bring hints of texture to this staple tank top. Blogger and photographer Sam from samantha nicole styled our Soft & Sexy Jegging Tank with a hint of Pacific Northwest charm and all the #AEOSTYLE. Get to know Sam and the inspiration behind her look below!

Blogger and photographer Sam Landreth gives our Soft & Sexy Jegging Tank a taste of the PNW.

Meet Sam:
“Hi guys! My name’s Sam Landreth (@samlandreth) & I’m a photographer + fashion blogger living in Portland, Oregon.”

Blogger and photographer Sam Landreth gives our Soft & Sexy Jegging Tank a taste of the PNW.

What Inspired Sam’s Look:
“I’ve always loved fashion –  vintage inspired looks + flowy, girly pieces – so I absolutely loved this top, it totally fits into everything I wear on a regular basis! You can dress it up with skinny jeans + ankle boots & a jacket or dress it down with boyfriend jeans/overalls & a baseball hat, just like I did here. I’m obsessed with pastels right now so ivory & pale pinks are my staples. If you’re looking for a perfect summer piece, this is it. XOXO”

Blogger and photographer Sam Landreth gives our Soft & Sexy Jegging Tank a taste of the PNW.

Shop the Look: Soft & Sexy Jegging Tank | Corduroy Baseball Hat (Similar) | Marled Cable Boot Socks (Similar)

Show us how you wear your Soft & Sexy Jegging Tank with #AEOSTYLE for a chance to be featured on AE.com.

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Three Ways To Wear Bodysuits With Jennie Ross

Major flashback Friday vibes: the bodysuit is in & we can’t get enough. AEO First Essentials is going to be your go-to shop for this trend. With tons of color variations and fun details like keyhole cutouts, ruffles and ties, the #AEOSTYLE possibilities are endless. Bodysuits are perfect for every occasion, from lounging on the weekends to going out with friends. Model Jennie Ross styled three of our favorite new bodysuits to show you how you can make them your own. Get to know Jennie and the inspiration behind her #AEOSTYLE below!

Meet Jennie: “Hi everyone! I’m Jennie, a 21 year old model, currently living in Boston, MA. I have always had a great love for fashion, styling and the arts. I started modeling in high school, and over the past few years, I was featured in a handful of movies. Everything in my life has been super exciting lately, but it all comes with hard work and dedication. A major goal of mine, ever since I began modeling, was to always remind other women to be confident every day and to remember to always stay true to who they are.”

Jennie Ross styles AEO bodysuits three ways.

What Inspired Jennie’s Look: “When I am on the go, either to work or to an audition, this is my go to look. The First Essentials V-Neck Bodysuit  is my number one choice for a top, because it looks so great on, and it’s insanely comfortable. The Bomber Jacket is an essential, in my opinion. It will help bring your streetwear look to the next level. Pair those with a hi-rise shortie, and you’re ready for a night out in the city.”

SHOP IT: V-Neck Bodysuit | Bomber Jacket | Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie | Keds Chillax Sneaker (Similar)

Jennie Ross styles AEO bodysuits three ways.

What Inspired Jennie’s Look: “Growing up in New England, I’ve found that the seasons change far too quickly. That’s why I always keep a cute cardigan around for those chilly late summer nights. In this look, I am wearing the First Essentials Tie Bodysuit and the Tomgirl Jean. I think everyone should have a go-to outfit that you can easily dress up by adding heels and a great pair of earrings.” Jennie recommends pairing this look with a cozy cardigan for when nights get chilly, too!

SHOP IT: Tie Bodysuit | Tomgirl Jean | Dolman Boyfriend Cardigan

Jennie Ross styles AEO bodysuits three ways.

What Inspired Jennie’s Look: “I absolutely fell in love with the First Essentials Off-The-Shoulder Bodysuit. It’s perfect for a summertime date, when you want a flirty and romantic look. I paired it with the Hi-Rise Festival Shortie, which gives it a super boho vibe.”

SHOP IT: Off-The-Shoulder Bodysuit | Hi-Rise Festival Shortie

Photographer: Lena Mirisola
Makeup: Heather Schofield

How will style your First Essentials bodysuits? Tell us in the comments below or show us on Instagram & Twitter using #AEOSTYLE for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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