Seeking prints charming…

@livviedix in an AE SMOCKED OFF-THE-SHOULDER TOP

 

Give your fall style AND your mood a boost with the season’s
prettiest prints.

 

@thetaylorcherie in an AE RUFFLE SLEEVE TASSEL BLOUSE

PRINT EDITION

From moody blooms and ditsy buds to retro paisley and delicate stripes,
we’re seeing a front-page-worthy pattern …

 

 

GET IT, GIRL

Go for an even girlier take on the trend with ultra-feminine cropped,
off-shoulder and peasant silhouettes.

 

 

@emmacatherine09 in an AE RUFFLE SLEEVE TASSEL BLOUSE

SHOW US YOUR TAKE

Share how you wear your favorite trends
on lnstagram & Twitter with #AExME @americaneagle
for a chance be featured on the blog or ae.com!

 

 

 

3 jean fits you NEED to try.

 

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Introducing three effortlessly cool takes on the must-have tapered jean.
Not sure which one is for you … ? Don’t worry, we gotcha covered!

 

AE NE(X)T LEVEL FLEX SLIM TAPER JEAN

SLIM TAPER

A slimmer thigh and slightly narrower 12.75″ leg opening means a more subtle taper.

You’ll love it if: you like skinny jeans, but want more room
in the seat and thigh.

 

AE NE(X)T LEVEL FLEX ORIGINAL TAPER JEAN

ORIGINAL TAPER

Room to kick it in the thigh and a tapered, 13″ leg opening.

You’ll love it if: you like a slim fit, but with a little extra room through the seat and thigh.

 

RELAXED TAPER JEAN

RELAXED TAPER

The most pronounced taper of the three, with a dropped crotch, cropped length and rolled hem.

You’ll love it if: You’ll love it if: you’re into a more
fashion-forward look.

 

@iandanboyde & @zaybaie

SHOW US YOUR TAKE

Share how you wear your favorite trends
on lnstagram & Twitter with #AExME @americaneagle
for a chance be featured on the blog or ae.com!

 

 

 

Stylist’s Picks: All-day happiness

If you’re going to wear your Hometown Sweatshirt every day, Erin knows you’re going to need a new way to style it! See how she’s layering hers for fall.

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This season’s Hometown Sweatshirt is the coziest addition to our City Sweatshirt Collection. It has all the feels of your faves, this time with ribbed trim, side slits and a hi-low hem. It comes in 8 sunfaded and sunwashed shades that feel a little lived in and a LOT loved.

Stylist’s Picks: All-day happiness

Erin knows you’re probably ready for a new way to style your sweatshirt, and this Prairie Romper is just what you need! Prairie florals are everywhere this fall, and this cute romper is Aerie all over. Erin loves the pretty crochet trim and pintuck details. Our designers are killing it this season!

Stylist’s Picks: All-day happinessAccessories for the daydreamers! Finish your look with a bandana and a cute straw hat. And don’t forget your feet! Because we know you’re going to be jumping in puddles all day long… AE has Hunter Boots for all your rainy day fall needs.

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Want to see more of Erin’s faves? See them here!

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Meet the Rock the Vote t-shirt design winners!

A few months ago, we asked you to send us t-shirt designs that inspire others to get out and vote – and you guys DELIVERED. Check out the winning designs in stores and online now (all sales benefit Rock The Vote!) and get to know the awesome people who created them below.

Q: What inspired you to enter the contest?

I’m inspired by people who use their voices and knowledge to create positive change. Voting is the one thing every person can do to have a voice in our government, and young voters need to get engaged and get to the voting booths. Today’s government choices and policies will affect our generation for many years. I was excited to promote voting to my generation through American Eagle’s effortless and trendy style. 

Q: Tell us about your design?

My design combines red and blue hands raised up together to symbolize the American flag, and also people from different political parties coming together to vote. While our opinions may differ, we are united by our country and our American freedoms which include the right to vote. We’re lucky to be able to have a say our country’s policies and priorities. It’s not like this everywhere, and we shouldn’t take it for granted. 

Q: What does freedom, individuality and self-expression mean to you?

Freedom, individuality, and self-expression means everything to me. As an artist I never want to feel censored, and I never want to be afraid to express myself. These are American values that we need to protect.

Q: How important is voting?

Voting is so important, and it is every citizen’s right. If you pass up your right to vote, you are allowing other people to make decisions on your behalf about key issues that you might not agree with. The easiest way to make your voice heard is to vote. It makes a bigger difference than you think. 

Q: What does the future look like to you?

The future is looking brighter because people are speaking up and becoming more active in letting our elected officials know how we feel. You can make phone calls to your representatives, attend a march, learn about issues that will affect you, and learn about which candidates are most aligned with your ideals. I’m hopeful for our future. 

Q: What inspired you to enter the contest?

Simple fonts and soft vintage colors were the main points of inspiration for my design. Vintage design involves more than simply ripping off the past. Learning how to create something modern with elements from the past is something I find extremely interesting, as it relates to my personal style choices, and henceforth reflects in my art. Blending vintage influences with contemporary elements was key to creating a design that I felt was spot-on with American Eagle’s overall brand vibe.

Q: Tell us about your design?

My design reads, “Nothing changes if nothing changes.” Perhaps you’ve heard this definition of insanity: “Doing the same things over and over but expecting different results.” The truth is that nothing changes if nothing changes. I chose this quote to be the center of my design because of its relevance in terms of voting. Voting allows one to impact their future, but until that process is started, one’s opinion cannot become actuality. 

Q: What does freedom, individuality and self-expression mean to you?

To me, freedom means expressing myself freely, but not so unrestrainedly that my expressions/words harm others. Freedom means being able to embrace creativity without fear of retribution. Individuality means challenging the norm and questioning authority time and time again. Self-expression is a display of individuality, and for me, this means channeling it through my clothing choices and/or art forms, such as my writing and painting. Expressing myself means that people will see my spirit and true character; they will see the totality of who I am as an individual.

Q: How important is voting?

Voting is an important right in our society. As a constitutional right and privilege that Americans have, it is best to make use of that privilege, instead of squandering it and disregarding it. Through voting, you have the opportunity to influence the government and make your stance known. 

Q: What does the future look like to you?

For me, the future is full of endless possibilities. Throughout my life, I have found endless opportunity in every outlet available, and moving forward, I hope to continue doing the same. I do not know what is to come, but I know I will make the best of it, no matter what odds are against me. 

Q: What inspired you to enter the contest?

When I saw that AE wanted to use some of their customers’ designs, I wanted to take the opportunity, whether I won the contest or not. Plus, the Rock the Vote campaign is AE’s partner in this, which gave me a little extra motivation to enter the contest, because it’s so important to vote for not just your community, but yourself.

Q: Tell us about your design?

Honestly, my design is pretty simple. I used the name Rock the Vote because it is supporting the contest, and it has a nice ring to it! I used the classic colors for a voting pin and the American flag. When I was drawing it, I knew I wanted it to be simple and say what needed to be said, which is to vote! 

Q: What does freedom, individuality and self-expression mean to you?

I used to dress for others. I would wear basic clothing and sometimes I hid my style from others. Lately, I’m beginning to wear what I like and I think others should do the same. Individuality makes life so much more diverse and interesting, not only for others but for yourself! I love how young people like myself are standing up for what they believe is right, this past year especially!

Q: How important is voting?

Even though I am a bit too young to vote, I think it is so important. I entered the contest because I love how AE is promoting it in the form of clothing. It’s crucial to vote because it can affect you and others for years to come. Not only that, but it can give you a sense of freedom and importance.

 

Q: What does the future look like to you?

The future will have its ups and downs, I think, just like in the past. But now, at least, so many people are stepping up for important causes like women’s rights, gun protection and more! As time goes on, I hope that more people get the chance to speak up for what they believe is right.

Q: What inspired you to enter the contest?

I was inspired to enter the Rock the Vote contest with American Eagle because I have a passion for fashion and design and this was a great opportunity for me to get my designs out there. Not only was this a great way for me to gain experience with design, it is also for an important cause.

Q: Tell us about your design?

I love a good retro, ’70s style t-shirt and I know that this vintage look is trending right now. My design was inspired by a classic look, with the color scheme and font. The saying “Stay Woke & Vote” came to me when I was trying to find words that rhymed with “vote.” I thought the word “woke” would fit perfectly because it refers to being aware of issues, such as people forgetting or choosing not to vote. I hope that my design is something people are aesthetically attracted to, but I also hope that they are inspired by the words and meaning. 

Q: What does freedom, individuality and self-expression mean to you?

Something I’ve learned over the years is to embrace individuality. Everyone is going to be different, with varying opinions, styles, personalities, etc. Rather than suppressing the traits that make each person unique, we should embrace them. Instead of being like everyone else, or trying to fit into social norms, self-expression needs to be more encouraged. To me, freedom, individuality and self-expression are all related to each other because it is each of our freedoms to be able to express ourselves and be individuals. 

Q: How important is voting?

Voting is an important way to make your opinions count. It is crucial to stand up for what you believe in, especially when it comes to politics. A lot of people think that it doesn’t matter if you vote or not and they don’t care about politics; however, these choices directly affect everyone. Every vote matters.

Q: What does the future look like to you?

The future can be anything we make it. I hope that the future brings more progress in areas such as climate change. I am hopeful for the future. 

 

 

 

Real Talk with Kelsey from Thread International 

Love your world! We’re so excited to partner with Thread™, a company that takes plastic waste from Haiti, Honduras and Taiwan and transforms it into recycled polyester. So far, our Play leggings made with Thread recycled yarns have helped divert 403,960.22 pounds of plastic waste from landfills and oceans (that’s the weight of 6,463,363.5 plastic bottles!) and generated $85,688.55 in revenue ​in the First Mile in Taiwan. We talked with Kelsey, Director of Sales at Thread, and found out a little more about Thread and the impact that just one pair of leggings can have. Read on for more!

Real Talk with Kelsey from Thread International 

Kelsey, Director of Sales at Thread

The Thread yarns in our Play leggings start as plastic waste in Taiwan. How does a plastic bottle become one of the leggings we love?

Great question. In my opinion, recycling is about as close as we get to magic. Your plastic starts out as discarded bottles in Taiwan. There are several thousand individuals around the country who pick up and collect these bottles. They sell this material to entrepreneurs who run “collection centers.” These centers sort and prepare the bottles for recycling facilities where they are washed and ground up into flake. That flake gets melted down into pellet and extruded into filament, which is then finished into yarn. That yarn gets knitted into fabric, and finally cut and sewn into your Play leggings.

The best part about this process, is that in addition to diverting plastic waste from landfill and oceans, our supply chains also support income opportunities and small businesses that support their communities. You can look great, and know that you’re having positive impact in the world when you wear these leggings.

Real Talk with Kelsey from Thread International 

Aerie Play Pocket & Cuff Legging, Made with Thread recycled polyester yarns

You focus on the importance of the “First Mile” of the supply chain. Can you tell us more about this? 

Absolutely. Recycling is still often an unregulated industry in many parts of the world. Especially in countries where there may not be a lot of waste management infrastructure, or municipal recycling. The First Mile refers to the individual people that pick up the plastic bottles that become Thread fabric. Our impact team works with these collectors to ensure that their work is dignified and safe and that they have the opportunity to grow sustainable collection businesses to support them and their families.

First Mile also refers to the traceability of our material. Recycled polyester is not a new material, but Thread is the only material that can tell you what country our recycled plastic was sourced from as well as the network of people picking it up. Knowing where your stuff comes from is important, because without this knowledge, you can’t be sure that your entire supply chain is responsible.

 

What advice do you have for someone trying to be more sustainable with their fashion choices? 

Start paying attention to the brands and material choices you are purchasing. If a brand is transparent and forthcoming with information about their supply chains, that is a good sign. If they make products using recycled polyester, organic cotton, hemp, or other sustainable materials that’s a great place to start. If they don’t use these materials, or you can’t find information about their supply chains, don’t be afraid to reach out to the brand and ask. If brands know sustainability is important to their customers, they will be more likely to make sustainable choices.

Learning how to repair your clothes, thrifting, second hand shopping, and clothing swaps with your friends are also great ways to keep your clothing circulating and useful and out of landfill. Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good – there is not such thing as a “perfect” material or fiber. Making more informed choices is a great start.DSC01279

 

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Real Talk with Sadie Strong 

She’s a veteran, she’s a mom, and she’s #AerieREAL! Sadie Strong has learned to embrace her body through all of its stages. Read on below to see how Sadie tries to pay it forward while keeping it #AerieREAL in her everyday life.

Real Talk with Sadie Strong Has being a mom affected how you feel about your body?

When I was pregnant I embraced my baby bump. I wore a bikini, showed it off with crop tops and everything. I thought it was the best body I had ever had. Honestly, in the back of my mind I was worried about what others were going to think of me and my post pregnancy body. “Was I going to bounce back?” “ What if I didn’t?” Now, being almost a year post birth I put all of those questions to bed. The body I have, my son loves to cuddle with and take naps on. If anything, being a mom has made me more comfortable with the appearance of my body because I know the amazing things it’s capable of doing.

What’s your advice for someone who seeks balance in their life?

I believe balance is like an internal scale, weighing the options on how you live your life.

When you put outside world opinions on one side of the scale instead of your own thoughts, opinions and needs, you have to try a lot harder to balance your scale. I believe you need to truly put your own happiness first to have balance in your life. It’s a lot easier to balance yourself and be happy when you are not trying to please strangers as well. Real Talk with Sadie Strong 

Big or small, how do you pay it forward?

I truly try and pay it forward as often as I can. Usually in small cute ways whether it’s for my loved ones or strangers. This is silly but often when I get coffee in a drive through I pay the persons behind me also just because I know it will make them smile. For my kids I like to leave surprise notes around their rooms, or in their backpacks at school to remind them how smart and amazing they are or send them little jokes. I love to give people a small moment of happiness because life isn’t always easy, but I believe a smile goes a long way and can get you through a day.

What makes you #AerieREAL?

I’m #AerieREAL because I  am my TRUE self and I choose to be me. Every curve, scar, smile, and feeling! I am enough just the way I am. I am a mom and disabled veteran, and being able to accept my body and myself  for who I am, allows me to live my best life and be Role Model for positivity and self love.

Want to learn more about our latest #AerieREAL photo shoot? Read about it here!

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