Preston and Coco #AEOStyle Indio Roundup

Our Director of Styling, Preston and Sr. Stylist, Coco, packed their bags for the West Coast and are headed towards Indio, California for a fun-filled music festival weekend. Check out their #AEOStyle below and come back next week to see their favorite festival looks from our fans.

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Shop Coco’s look:
Printed Maxi Sundress
Tortoise Shell Sunglasses
Printed Straw Fedora (similar)
Keds Champion Original Sneaker

Shop Preston’s Look:
Slim Jean
Photo Real Muscle T-Shirt
Aviator Sunglasses Coco and Preston2

Shop Coco’s Look:
Babydoll Dress Made In Italy For AEO
Minnetonka Tramper Ankle Boots (similar)
Printed Crossbody Bag

Shop Preston’s Look:
Palm Trees Pocket Sweatshirt
Prep Floral Short

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Preston and Coco hanging with Sarah Hyland.  Shop Sarah’s #AEOStyle below.

Shop Sarah’s Look:
Side Slit Maxi Made In Italy For AEO (similar)
Cropped T-Shirt Made In Italy For AEO
Floral Bun Wrap (similar)

prestonShop Preston’s look:
Striped Hoodie T-Shirt (similar)
8″ Prep Short

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Metallic Straw Hat Fedora
Printed Sneaker
Printed Icon Sunglasses (similar)
Legend Crew T-Shirt (similar)

 

#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Shortalls

We made the iconic throwback shortalls cool again this summer. Shortalls are the perfect piece for music festivals, a cover-up from beach to street or just hanging out.

We asked two bloggers, Marsa from The DayLee Journal and Ashley from Twenties Girl Style to style our Denim Shortall. The girls each styled the piece a completely different way, so you have inspiration for both warmer summer days and cooler spring nights.

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Marsa from The DayLee Journal in our Denim Shortall.

Meet Marsa:
The DayLee Journal is a lifestyle blog about my day to day happenings.It started right after I got married, as a way for us to keep family and friends updated with our new life together, but soon after, the blog began to take a turn. Instead of just cheesy photos of the hubs and I, I started documenting my daily outfits from time to time. And thus, The DayLee Journal was born: a lifestyle blog with doses of personal style.

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Marsa styled our Denim Shortall for a casual day out.

What Inspired Marsa’s Look:
I want to talk about these Shortalls! They’re comin’ back! Besides the fact that they’re obviously super cute, they’re also amazingly comfortable. Denim and oxblood are one of my favorite combos, so I wore these with a simple white tee, threw on the slouchy oxblood cardigan for some basic layering and topped it off with a wide brim hat. Simple, but a favorite for a casual day out.

Get Marsa’s Look:
Denim Shortall

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Ashley from Twenties Girl Style in our Denim Shortall.

Meet Ashley:
I am a clothes hoarder and fashion obsessed, a book worm and an elementary teacher. I created Twenties Girl Style as a personal style diary to showcase (you guessed it) my personal style. Although I am a twenty-something, Twenties Girl Style isn’t just about being in your twenties, but rather embracing your style, no matter the trend. It’s about being trendy, care free and effortless, so no matter your age, you can definitely be a twenties girl!

Ashley Mickey Twenties Girl Style Shortalls American Eagle Outfitters Spring 2014

We can’t get enough of Ashley’s boho look with our Denim Shortall.

What Inspired Ashley’s Look:
I am obsessed with overalls/shortalls at the moment! Since receiving the Denim Shortall, I have worn them at least 10 different ways and I love how versatile they are. One of my favorite ways to wear these is with a more feminine flowy blouse and heeled booties. I love the laid back feel of the overalls but by adding this sheer off-the-shoulder top, it gives it a girly feel perfect for date night or a music festival! Every girl needs a pair of shortalls in her closet!

Get Ashley’s Look:
Denim Shortall

Show us how you style your Denim Shortall with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your photo on our AE.com Style Gallery or our blog!

Designer Interview: Tamarah Ghourdjian

Bright, bold and colorful prints grab our attention every season. This season’s print… Global!  We wanted the inside scoop on what influences our design team to create these fun and trendy prints, so we caught up with our Senior Director of Women’s Concept, Tamarah to learn what things and places sparked her team to conceive this season’s collection.

Name:
Tamarah Ghourdjian

Occupation:
Senior Director of Women’s Concept

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 Tamarah in our New York Design Office concept work space

Where did you draw inspiration for the global prints?
We pulled inspiration from everywhere — Vintage [finds], traveling the world, blogs, books, paintings and more!

Can you tell us how you wear the global print trend?
I wear our black and white print mix jumpsuit with a military jacket.

What are your three favorite global print pieces from this season’s collection?
I love the black and white floral jumpsuit, the tropical romper and the black and white zig-zag soft shorts.

If you were to share what global print piece that every girl must have in her closet right now, what would it be?
My favorite is a jumpsuit or romper, whether it be an ethnic print or tropical. Both are on trend this season.

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 A few skateboards that our design team had printed with some of our global prints for Spring 2014.

How cool, right?

Now we would love to learn a little about you!

What made you want to pursue fashion design?
I grew up in a crafty family. My mother and grandmother taught me to sew, knit, dye fabrics, make jewelry, weave—you name it, they can do it all.  I started making clothes at a very young age, first for my dolls, and then later for myself and my friends.  As far as I can remember it’s always been a part of my life and I can’t think of anything else that I’d rather be doing.

What kinds of projects do you find yourself working on from day to day?
Everything and anything — No one day is the same, but research is always part of my day.  I am always looking for new inspiration; a new brand, [fashion] blogs, [street] style, silhouettes, boutique finds, prints or a color that inspires me.

What three items will we always find in your purse?
Chapstick.
A hair tie.
My passport.

What inspires your style and how would you describe it?
Anything vintage, authentic, lived-in and casual inspires my style.
You could say it’s boy meets vintage girl or somewhere in between.

Men’s and Women’s Swim Fit Guide

Summer is right around the corner, which means swim is officially in!  We know that body types are as original as a fingerprint which makes finding the perfect swimsuit intimidating and feel seemingly impossible.  Fear no more — with the help of our fab stylists, we’ve put together a Women’s and Men’s swimsuit guide to help you find your best fit yet so you can be rocking the perfect #AEOStyle all summer long. Surf the collection below.

Girls: From boy-shaped to full chest and full figured, we’ve got a suit that’s perfect for you.

SWIMSUITS

If You’re: Boy Shaped.
Create curves with a Ruffled Bandeau Top and fun patterns.

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Shop the look:
Ruffled Bandeau Top
Tropical Floral Bikini Bottom

If You’re: Curvy
Hi-Rise bottoms help slim down the thighs and elongate the legs while a top with a under wire helps keep it all in place.

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Shop the look:
Cutout Corset Bikini Top
Hi-Rise Printed Bikini Bottom

If You’re: Large Chested
Choose a top with more support. Halter shapes are flattering for larger chests.

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Shop the look:
Retro Halter Bikini Top
Printed Bikini Bottom

If You’re: Full Figured
Create a slimmer look through your center with a one piece with side slimming cut outs. Or, try a tankini for more coverage.

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Shop the look:
Cutout Crochet Monokini 

If You’re: Pear Shaped
Try a style with a skirted bottom to help cover any worry areas. Fuller coverage on the back helps too.

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Shop the look:
Bandeau Tankini Top
Printed Side Bikini Bottom

If You’re: Small Chested
Use patterns and color to look larger on top. You can also use underwire padded styles to enhance your chest for a perkier look.

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Shop the look:
Embroidered Triangle Bikini Top
Bright Bikini Bottom

Guys: From Board Shorts to Hybrid, we’ve got something to suit your needs.

SWIMTRUNKS

If You’re: Tall
Find a pair of shorts that have a longer inseam and hits at the knee.

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Shop the look:
Colorblock Board Short

If You’re: Stocky
Try a Hybrid Swim Short with a 10″ inseam that elongates your legs for the best fit.

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Shop the look:
Hybrid Short

If You’re: Lean
Show off your legs with a trunk that has a 6″ inseam. A perfect fit for those who dare to bare.

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Shop the look:
Printed Swim Trunk 

 

 

Designer Interview: 10 questions with Natalie Malcolm

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We had a rapid Q&A with Senior Designer Natalie Malcolm of Men’s Swim and Outerwear. We fired off 10 questions to Natalie to learn what inspired this season’s swim trends and get a brief insight into her personal life.

Ready.Set.Go.

1. Where are you from:
Manchester, England

2. What are the trends for men’s swim this spring?
Neon brights, color blocking and shorter inseams lengths. Favorites include; beach photo real and galaxy prints.

3. Where did the inspiration for these trends come from?
California beaches, from festivals and runway shows.
We also loved the color and energy from the 90′s vibe.

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4. What do you love most about working in a creative field?
Endless boundaries and ever changing trends, keeping up with the latest and greatest.

5. Five words to describe you-
Honest, grounded, sarcastic, fun, optimistic.

6. Favorite destination:
Cote D’Azur with my family and friends.

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Cote D’Azur  (Photo Credit: smarttravelinfo.com)

7. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Keep your head up and put your best face on.

8. And the advice you’d offer aspiring designers?
Be open to criticism, accept advice, have thick skin and of course, dress to impress.

9. Three fashion staples every girl should have for spring:
Rompers, printed sundress, and shades.

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10. One swim trunk every guy should have on his wishlist?
Colorblocked Swim Trunk!

 

Indio Music and Travel Guide

We’ve waited all year to head back to Indio, California to endure two weekends of sunshine, great music and lots of fun. This year, we’re not holding back as we tell you our favorite must- see bands, where to hang and what to wear.

Pack:
Guys: Going weekend 1 or weekend 2, or both! We’ve got festival ready #AEOStyle that will carry you through each weekend. Pack a pair of  cutoff shorts with Canvas Slip-On Sneakers and a tank top for the ultimate day look. Add a hoodie or button down for when the desert sun goes down for warmth that won’t hate on your Indio style and don’t forget to rock a pair of shades.

#AEOStyle Festival Looks

Shop Weekend 1:

Colorblock Pocket Tank
Destroyed Denim Cutoff Short
Striped Hoodie T-Shirt (similar)
Canvas Slip-On Sneaker

#AEOStyle Festival Looks

Shop Weekend 2:

Photo Real Muscle T-Shirt
Taper 5-Pocket Short
Canvas Sneaker
Workwear Plaid Button Down Shirt
Black Icon Sunglasses

Girls: Whether you enjoy jamming out to classical tunes or want to release your inner flower child, we’ve got #AEOStyle that will match your music personality. Rock a 90′s style inspired look with a LST & FND Pink Floyd Muscle Tank, High-Rise Festival Shorties, a plaid button down and Jelly sandals. Feeling more bohemian that 90′s? Pair our High-Rise Festival Shorties with a Cropped Lace Tank, leather sandals, and a fun backpack. Add your favorite accessories and shades to complete your look.


#AEOStyle Festival Looks Shop Weekend 1:
LST&FND Pink Floyd Muscle Tank
High-Rise Festival Shortie
Bright Plaid Girlfriend Shirt
BC In No Time Jelly Sandal

#AEOStyle Festival Looks Shop Weekend 2:
Cropped Lace Tank
High-Rise Festival Shortie
Perforated Bucket Backpack
Tie Front Sandal
Aviator Sunglasses
Longhorn Charm Necklace

Do:
Filter Magazine X Aerie Coachella Kick Off Party: Start the weekend off right by hanging with our friends at Filter Magazine and Aerie! We promise there will be great music, good people and goodies from Aerie. RSVP here.

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Beauties Chloe Bridges and Anna Sophia Robb from the Carrie Diaries stopped by the Aerie X Filter Magazine party last year for a night filled with fun.

Backstreet Art District: “Off the strip…but worth the trip” Stroll through a variety of artist-owned galleries for original pieces that will leave you inspired.

Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve: Take a hike and enjoy the springs, dunes and mesas that Palm Springs has to offer.

Eat:
Shields Date Garden: Chocolate covered dates, honey dates, date milkshakes…need we say more?

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Photo Credit: Sunset.com

Spicy Pie: A festival favorite! New York style pizza served by the slice. Enjoy your ‘za while listening to your favorite bands in the background.

Coolhaus Cookie Sandwiches: First pick your ice cream flavor, then pick your cookie flavor and what do you have?.. A delicious gourmet cookie sandwich designed by you! This sweet treat is offered on festival grounds as well so eat as many as you please, you’ll need the extra calories for dancing.

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Photo Credit: TastyTouring.com

Listen:
Dum Dum GirlsMadonna, The Stone Roses, Siouxsie and the Banshees – The Dum Dum Girls are a mix of all of the above and then some. With LA Rock style, these ladies have been making unfailingly hip music that gets stuck in your head since the early 00’s.
Listen: “Bedroom Eyes” “Lost Boys & Girls Club

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Dum Dum Girls. Photo Credit: MTVIggy.com

Factory Floor: These Londoners have been making live synth-based dance tracks for a handful of years now. But the release of their self-titled LP on DFA Records is what truly put them on the map. Prepare to dance.
Listen: “Two Different Ways“, “Fall Back

Kate Nash: An English singer, songwriter and musician is best known for UK number 1 album, Made of Bricks. Shortly after she released “My Best Friend Is You” and “Girl Talk” in 2013.
Listen: A throwback to “Foundations” and the playful “Merry Happy”.

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Kate Nash. Photo Credit: myignorantyouth.com

Ellie Goulding: Another British Beauty, is top on our list. From her first album, “Lights” to her second “Halcyon” that released in October 2012, there are a number of good listens we don’t want to miss!
Listen: “Anything Could Happen”, “Burn”, and “Explosions

HAIM: This all girl sister rock band from Los Angeles, Ca has been kicking some serious butt in the nu-folk meets 90′s R&B world.
Listen: “Falling“, “The Wire

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HAIM. Photo Credit: NPR.org

Lana Del Rey: Her brilliant lyrics voice her soulful emotions in a way that is different then a lot of musicians today. We can’t get enough of her alluring voice that leaves us wanting more.
Listen: “Blue Jeans“, “National Anthem

Check out our Indio Playlist for more artists that we’re excited to see!

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