#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

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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)

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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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How to Style the Retro Romper, featuring Danielle Wittig

Danielle Wittig‘s positive outlook shines through on her sunny Instagram feed, her adventure-filled blog and, of course, her breezy, boho-chic style. Thanks to a lifelong a passion for connecting and communicating with others, Danielle went from chatting up new friends at coffee shops to a Communications Degree. And after graduating college, Danielle finally decided to combine her love of personal connection with her love of fashion. The result? Her irresistible blog, D’s Moments.

We asked Danielle to style one of summer’s staple pieces, the romper, and this retro-chic gingham number seemed like the perfect choice (love that keyhole cutout!).  After seeing Danielle’s take, we’re fully convinced: we need the AEO Knot Keyhole Romper in our closets. Like, STAT. Check out Danielle’s full look below…

How To Style The Knot Keyhole Romper D's Moments Blog
D’s Moments Blog is about embracing life’s simple yet beautiful moments, whether that’s a good cup of coffee, a blissful day at the beach or traveling to all your bucket list destinations. It’s a place where I hope girlies like me come to find positive inspiration and know that exactly who they are is the most beautiful human in the world!”

 

How To Style The Knot Keyhole Romper D's Moments Blog

 

“I believe that leading a healthy and authentic lifestyle is the best thing for your mind and soul. Blogging has become my favorite creative outlet and, most importantly, a space to bring us millennials together!”

 

How To Style The Knot Keyhole Romper D's Moments Blog

 

What inspired Danielle’s look:
“A lot of my sense of style comes from my Grandma. She’s always worn a killer ring on every finger and you’ll never see her not dripping in turquoise stones! Because of her, I believe in wearing pieces that make you feel good when you’re going about your day. My style is laid-back bohemian with lots of pretty prints and lots of denim. American Eagle totally masters the style and feel I always go for.”

 

How To Style The Knot Keyhole Romper D's Moments Blog

 

“If you know me, you know I am obsessed with those easy one-and-done pieces. With spring upon us, that means festivals, outdoor concerts and beach vacations, which was the inspiration when styling this look. Pair an easy statement piece like this cutest Knot Keyhole Romper with some comfy lace-up sandals, dainty jewels and a wide brim hat, you’re ready for all of your spring plans!”

 

How To Style The Knot Keyhole Romper D's Moments Blog

Shop the Look: Knot Keyhole Romper | Trimmed Fedora Hat | Bass Savannah Sandal | Petal and Stone Ring

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Hop to it: Easter 2017 Style

This weekend, we’re going for a light, bright and airy feel. Spring is all about feminine florals, pretty patterns and washed pastel tones. So even if your only celebration is unwrapping as many chocolates as possible, channel good vibes at your egg hunts, brunches and all the hop-pening festivities in these effortlessly on-point looks.

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

GIRLS: Go for a dreamy, romantic look with a flowy dress like this cutout-detailed, floral one. Keep the look casual and daytime-friendly by adding a distressed denim jacket (the frayed hem on this one is a nice touch). Round it out with strappy block heels and neutral accessories. Perfection!

 

Easter 2017 Lookbook Style Guide Spring Fashion

SHOP THE LOOK: Fray Hem Denim Jacket | Keyhole Fit & Flare Dress | Lace-Up Block Heel
Triple Cord Tan Bracelet | Tan Cord Lariat Necklace

GUYS: Button up your Easter look with a long-sleeve plaid shirt and warm-weather accessories. Notes of blue, light pink and white add just the right pop of color to this picnic-perfect shirt, complementing the earthy tone of the olive-green chinos. A braided belt, boat shoes, shades and a classic watch are the perfect finishing touches for a polished yet laid-back look.

Easter 2017 Lookbook Style Guide Spring Fashion

SHOP THE LOOK: Classic Plaid Button Down Shirt | Extreme Flex Slim Chino | AEO x Eastland Camp Moc
Braided Leather Belt | Aviator Sunglasses | Leather Watch

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