AEO x Make It Right

Reuse, repair, recycle, upcycle – every day brings a new list of ways to reduce your carbon footprint and conserve resources. Most of us are happy to toss our plastic bottles and cereal boxes into a nearby bin – but Americans still produce three pounds of unrecycled garbage per person every day.

Part of the problem is that we don’t often see the end results of our efforts. Would we be more enthusiastic about recycling if we knew our trash was being used to produce something beautiful, useful or innovative? Maybe.

Make It Right is a non-profit organization building sustainable homes for people in need around the United States. Founded by Brad Pitt, Make It Right began by building homes for Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans. Today Make It Right works across the country – from apartments for disabled veterans in New Jersey to single-family homes for Native American families in Montana.

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Founder of Make It Right, Brad Pitt

And some of the products people recycle every day around the country end up in Make It Right homes. The countertops in the kitchens and bathrooms are made of 75% recycled content – things like glass bottles and broken porcelain dishes. Carpet is made of recycled carpet – and is recycled into new carpet when its reached the end of its use in a home. In some homes, Make It Right uses drywall made of recycled paper.

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A countertop made of recycled material

Together these products make well-designed, green homes for people in need of a safe place to live. When you choose to toss a bottle or a magazine into the recycling bin, your trash could end up helping build a home for a young person transitioning out of foster care, senior citizen, single mom, firefighter or veteran.

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 Families enjoying quality time together in their new home

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New homes made possible by Make It Right 

For Earth Day 2015, AEO is helping customers turn their old jeans into new homes. Used denim jeans can be turned into safe, sustainable insulation for homes. Better insulation increases energy-efficiency, leading to lower power bills for people in need.

More than 22.3 billion pounds of unwanted clothing, shoes and other textiles end up in U.S. landfills annually – 22.3 billion pounds! Wouldn’t you rather your favorite old jeans end up keeping someone’s home warm at night than ending up in a smelly pile of trash? Those jeans served you well – they deserve better!

It takes about 2.5 pairs of jeans to make a square foot of denim insulation. So grab your old jeans – and a friend – and bring them to your local American Eagle Outfitters store to start their new life. Even better, AEO will give you 20% off a new pair of jeans when you donate your old ones. Win-win, right?

This Earth Day your recycling effort really does make a difference to hundreds of families around the country.

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How to Wear the Jogger with Trend Styled

With a relaxed fit, drawstring waist and cuffed bottom, the Jogger is where style and comfort come together.  So basically, you get the best of both worlds.

Saul from Trend Styled shows us how he wears this extremely comfortable pant while running errands in the big apple.

How to Wear the Jogger with Trend Styled

What Inspired Saul’s Look:
My favorite thing about joggers is the athletic, relaxed feel it gives any dressed up or dressed down look. For these olive joggers I was inspired by the military color that is great with most earth tones like browns, whites, and grays and are perfectly comfortable for a day of trekking around the city. How to Wear the Jogger with Trend Styled Get Saul’s Look: Jogger Pant | Solid Crew Sweater |Tretorn Nylite Canvas Sneaker (Similar) | Camp Watch (Similar) | Chambray Baseball Cap

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Show us how you style the Jogger with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the AEO Style Gallery.

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#AEOSTYLE ROUNDUP: #AEOSELFIESTICK

This weekend, we’re offering a free #AEOSELFIESTICK when you purchase $75 or more in stores 4.3- 4.4 and online from 4.5-4.6. We challenged some of our favorite instagramers to post their best AEO selfie. Check out this week’s roundup below and get your selfie stick before they’re gone!

Show us your best selfie with #AEOSELFIESTICK on Instagram for a chance to be featured on AE.com.

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As Seen In #AEOSTYLE: Spring Style in Full Bloom

From GQ to Miranda Lambert, we’ve been spotting #AEOSTYLE on some of our favorite celebrities and in some of our favorite magazines. Check out where we’ve been spotted in this week’s edition of As Seen In #AEOSTYLE.

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Gladiator sandals are a huge trend this season. Get yours at AE.com.

Shop the look:
Lace-Pp Gladiator Sandal
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Miranda Lambert looks red hot in AEO Festival Shorties.

Shop the look: 
AEO Festival Shorties

20150401_blog_seen_in_prNeed a light jacket? We’ve got bright colors to spruce up your spring wardrobe.

Shop the look : GQ | Neon Jacket (coming soon)!
People Style Watch | Skinny Jean
20150401_blog_seen_on_prIt’s time to bring out your short sleeves and sunglasses. Add a pair of flared jeans for an on trend look this season.

Shop the look: Refinery 29 | Short Sleeve Oxford Shirt | Oversized Sunglasses
Shop the look: The Huffington Post | Hi-Rise Artist Flare Jean

What are you most excited to wear this Spring? Tell us in the comments below!

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#AEOSTYLE ROUNDUP: College Fashionista Spring Break Edition

Throughout the Month of March, we partnered with College Fashionista to bring you the best spring break travel guides. 5 style gurus put together packing and to-do lists for 5 different cities to ensure that your spring break was the best one yet. Check out what #AEOSTYLE they packed for their trips and start snapping your own spring break photos on Instagram with #AEOSTYLE for your chance to be featured on AE.com.

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Shop Allison’s look:
Boho Shift Dress
Wide Brim Fedora

Anna_640x640 Style Guru, Anna takes you to Charleston.

Shop her look:
Lace Shift Dress
Tortoise Shell Round Sunglasses (Shop Similar)
Jonathan_640x640 Style guru, Jonathan takes you to Miami.

Shop his look:
Vintage Striped Pocket T-Shirt
Icon Sunglasses
10″ Classic Short
Nicholas_640x640 Style guru Nicholas takes you to London.

Shop his look:
Short Sleeve Oxford Shirt
9.5″ Fleece Jogger Short

Rachel_630x640Style guru, Rachel takes you to Tulum.

Shop her look:
Embroidered Cami
AEO Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie
Straw Sun Hat

Tell us where you went for Spring Break 2015 in the comments below.

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How to Style the Fit & Flare Dress with Style Bungalow

If you’re anything like us, you’re currently scrambling to revamp your dress collection. Like seriously, what did we wear last spring? Our Fit & Flare Dresses are the perfect option, because they’re super comfy and offer a cinch waist silhouette that is flattering on all body types.

Fun, flirty and fit to flatter—this effortless dress will have you turning heads everywhere you go. Stephanie from The Style Bungalow is no exception. She how she styles our favorite Printed Fit & Flare Dress below.

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Meet Stephanie:
“Hi everyone! I’m Stephanie, a twenty-something former ballerina turned PR pro living in a sub-tropical paradise in South Florida. Addicted to fashion, I started The Style Bungalow in March 2014 as a way to share my personal, relatable style, inspirations and thoughts – one fab outfit at a time. I’m a firm believer that the choices we make in our day-to-day outfits can send a powerful message. From cool confidence to chic to free-spirited and creative, it’s important to make sure you’re reflecting who you are through your personal style. When I’m not home blogging, working or dancing the night away, I can be found running around town searching for on-trend pieces, spending time with my friends and family or soaking up the beautiful Florida sun. Cheers!”

How to Style the Fit & Flare Dress with Style Bungalow

How to Style the Fit & Flare Dress with Style BungalowWhat Inspired Stephanie’s Look:
Floral dresses are a staple every fashionista needs in their wardrobe this spring. This one, by American Eagle, feels fresh and girly, and swishes gently as you walk… or dance! I wore it with brown strappy heels and a jean jacket, but you can totally wear yours on a sunny spring day with sandals, hat and an oversized tote.”

How to Style the Fit & Flare Dress with Style Bungalow

Get Stephanie’s Look: Printed Fit & Flare Dress | Light Destroyed Denim Jacket (Similar) | Chunky Heel Fisherman Sandal (Similar) | Aviator Sunglasses (Similar)

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Show us how you style our Fit & Flare Dress with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the AEO Style Gallery.

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