Sincerely, Jules: AEO Fall Favorites

As Summer starts to wind down, it’s time to think forward to the wardrobe updates that will take your style from 90 degree pool days to crisp fall nights. Jules from SINCERELY, JULES is here to with help with her favorite Fall pieces from our AEO Collection.

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Layering is key to transitioning your look from summer to fall. Jules perfectly styled fall’s it piece, the Button Down Denim Skirt, with a Soft & Sexy Favorite T-Shirt and the go-to Military Button Down Shirt. Add edge to your look with studded sandals (similar) for a trend right fall look.

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Shop more of SINCERELY, JULES favorites now on ae.com.

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Parkour Time: 10 Questions with Paul Joseph

We’re introducing AEO Flex/Denim, an innovative new denim technology that moves with you in three different levels of flexibility — Core, Active, and Extreme — and we wanted to really put it to the test. So, we partnered with the amazing athletes of WFPF to showcase the revolutionary versatility of these jeans and what you can do in them. We featured three parkour athletes in our latest Flex/Denim video and were so impressed by their talent that we wanted to get to know them a little more. Read on for our second interview with Paul Joseph.

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AEO: Who are some of your heroes? They do not have to be athletes.
PJ: Some of my heroes are Tony Hawk and Dave Mirra as they got me into extreme sports when I was younger.

AEO: When did you become interested in Parkour?
PJ: I became interested in Parkour after seeing David Belle in the rush hour commercial on TV.

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AEO: How much time do you spend practicing in a week?
PJ: I practice parkour maybe 3 days a week and on the other days I do things like calisthenics, tennis and slacklining.

AEO: What was your favorite part about shooting the AEO Flex Video?
PJ: My favourite part was during the stills shoot where we performed somersaults off of the trampette in the corn field, it looked amazing.

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AEO: What was the most dangerous Parkour move you’ve done to date? Any injuries?
PJ: I did a big running precision jump at IMAX in Waterloo and ended up slipping off a high wall and shattering my elbow, that’s the worst injury i’ve ever had.

AEO: What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
PJ: I play piano, produce music and enjoy the occasional bit of knitting!

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AEO: Greatest advice you’ve ever received in Parkour? And any advice for aspiring Parkour athletes?
PJ: The best advice I could give is just to keep training at your own pace. Don’t try and show off and do things just to impress others, and just have fun.

AEO: What was your favorite thing about the Flex Denim?
PJ: The flex denim jeans are the best jeans I’ve ever wore, they look and feel amazing. The flexibility in them is better than any other jeans I’ve tried, and I would even wear these jeans for training.

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AEO: Where else would you wear AEO Flex Denim to?
PJ: These jeans are so comfortable I would wear them for any occasion. I’ve been looking for a pair of jeans to train in for quite a while, now I’ve found them!

AEO: Top 3 songs you are listening to right now?
PJ: No top 3 songs at the moment but currently listening to hip hop/dubstep mixes which gets me pumped for training.

Follow Paul’s daily adventures here, and make sure to check out our previous interview with Max Henry, another WFPF athlete featured in our video.

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5 REAL Faves

Check back every Monday for our roundup of the week’s best looks, events and more!

1) SUNNIE DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN!
Last week, the skies cleared and our NEW Sunnie Pushup shined in. Have you tried the Perkier version of our #1 T-shirt bra yet? With 17 colors and 26 sizes to choose from, we KNOW you’ll love this girl!

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2) Holiday photoshoot sneak peak!
Check our Instagram on Wednesday for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at our Holiday 2015 photoshoot! Rumor has it we’ll be making it snow…

3) Inspired by him. Loved by her.
New! Gym Brief. Our fave boybrief fit takes notes from the boys with sporty new details. From piped pockets to sporty graphics to cute button details, this newest undie is a major favorite.

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4) Summer YUM-in’
Summer’s not over yet, and you still need to find ways to stay cool. Try a refreshing treat with this Raspberry Lemonade smoothie: take 1 can of lemonade concentrate, 1 ½ cans of water, 2 cups of frozen raspberries, ¼ cup of sugar and 4 cups of ice. Mix all together in a blender, top it off with some fresh lemon slices and enjoy!

5) ALWAYS #AerieREAL
Our new Assistant Swim Designer, Kathryn, says she’s #AerieREAL  “because I have an athletic build and don’t let myself get sidetracked by what the fashion industry says I should look like. I own my big booty!” As always, we want to hear your stories too! Share what makes you #AerieREAL on Instagram or Twitter.

We’ll see you next week, Aerie girls! Be sure to check back for our next round of REAL Faves. xo

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AEO Top 5 Trends For Summer

Labor Day is just over one month away, which means there is still plenty of time to make the most of summer. We’ve been watching your #AEOSTYLE submissions for the past few weeks and have curated our top five favorite trends for summer based on what you’re wearing. Check out our list below, and make sure to shop the looks while summer is still hot.

Overalls
The unexpected summer MVP? Overalls! Give this youthful staple an updated twist by layering it with a crop top or dress it up by pairing it with heels and a lace shirt.

overalls styled by @sevenandstitch

@sevenandstitch

Shop the look:
AEO Denim Shortall
AEO Striped Ballet Back Cropped T-Shirt

overalls styled by @eclecticstyles_

@eclecticstyles_

Shop the look:
AEO Denim Shortall

overalls styled by @dwittig

@dwittig

Shop the look:
AEO Denim Shortall

Soft Shorts
We’re all about combining comfort with style, and soft shorts are the perfect mix. From pretty prints to crochet details, soft shorts are your summer BFF. Pair your shorts with an elegant, flowing tee or be bold and mix prints!

shoft shorts styled by @tarzbayanlor

@tarzbayanlar

Shop the look:
AEO Lace Soft Short
AEO Wide Brim Fedora Hat
AEO Soft & Sexy Lace Trim Cami (similar)

shoft shorts styled by @schoolismyrunway

@schoolismyrunway

Shop the look:
AEO Printed Soft Shortie
Don’t Ask Why Long Sleeve Baby T-Shirt (similar)

shoft shorts styled by @chictalkch

@chictalkch

Shop the look:
AEO Printed Soft Short
AEO Long Sleeve Button Down

Stripes
Summer is the season for boating and beach vacations, so naturally we love a nautical spin on our #AEOSTYLE. Rock classic pieces like swing dresses and tees with fun stripes all the way through the end of the season, especially when you’re on the water.

stripes styled by @symaspeaks

@symaspeaks

Shop the look:
AEO Striped Ballet Back Cropped T-Shirt
AEO Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie (similar)

stripes styled by @hey-ciara

@hey-ciara

Shop the look:
AEO Cross Strap Tank Dress (similar)

stripes styled by @lbreneman

@lbreneman

Shop the look:
AEO Striped Ballet Back Cropped T-Shirt
AEO Tortoise Shell Round Glasses (similar)

Ponchos
Hot days, cool nights – you know how it is. Ponchos are one of our favorite trends of the summer because of their versatility. Use them as an accessory over your favorite sundress or denim shorts or make them the star of your outfit. We also love how practical they are for nights when cookouts turn into bonfires!

poncho styled by @britnieharlow

@britnieharlow

Shop the look:
AEO Striped Fringe Poncho
Hi-Rise Jegging

poncho styled by @meldenisse

@meldenisse

Shop the look:
AEO Textured Poncho
AEO Hi-Rise Festival Shortie

poncho styled by @lisamarieprang

@lisamarieprang

Shop the look:
AEO Blanket Poncho
AEO Lace Back Crop Top (similar)

Wide Brim Hats
Statement hats are one of this summer’s biggest accessories. No doubt you’ve seen them on nearly every head at all of the best music festivals – which is why you should have one, too! We think wide brim hats look amazing with maxi skirts or distressed shorts and a crop top.

wide brim hat styled by @daisiesandcroptops

@daisiesandcroptops

Shop the look:
AEO Panama Western Hat

wide brim hat styled by @dailycraving

@dailycraving

Shop the look:
AEO Denim Rolled Boy Midi
AEO Wide Brim Hat

wide brim hat styled by @sunsprinkle

@sunsprinkle

Shop the look:
AEO Wide Brim Fedora Hat

Where have you spotted #AEOStyle? Tell us in the comments below.

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How to Make Floral Jeans with I SPY DIY

If you know anything about us as a brand, we love a good DIY. So much in fact that we called in the do it yourself expert Jenni R., from I SPY DIY to collaborate with her all month on how to create the perfect pair of jeans for your back to school outfit. Today’s installment features a fantastic floral jean that will have your #AEOSTYLE blooming all year long. Check out Jenni’s easy step-by-step guide below to create your very own pair. And don’t forget to check back each week this month to read Jenni’s DIY posts.

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What you need:
American Eagle Boho Artist Flare Jean
Fabric Spray Paint
Stencil
Tape
Stencil Brush 

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What you do:
Step 1:
Lay your American Eagle Boho Artist Flare Jeans on a flat surface. Tape the edges of the stencil to the jeans to prevent any smudging of the paint.
IMG_5014Step 2: Spray the fabric paint over the stencil and let dry. Experiment with lighter and darker colors to create a tie-dye effect.

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Step 3: Even out any uneven paint with a stencil brush for a DIY boho look!
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We want to see your DIY Floral Jeans! Tag us on Instagram with #AEOSTYLE for your chance to be featured on AE.com.

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Help Us Give 20,000 Back Packs to Students in High-Need Communities

As we know all too well, students in high-need communities can face many barriers in their pursuit of a high-quality education. Having access to school supplies doesn’t have to be one of them. That’s why American Eagle Outfitters, STATE Bags, and Teach For America are teaming up to give away 20,000 backpacks to students across the country – with your critical support.

For every STATE backpack purchased at American Eagle Outfitters this back-to-school season, we’ll be giving away a backpack to a child in need.  You can click here to purchase the backpacks online or find your local American Eagle Outfitters store here and turn your next shopping trip into one with far-reaching benefits.

Our partnership will equip students across 20 urban and rural communities with the supplies they need to enter the classroom ready to learn. In addition to receiving STATE bags, students at participating schools will also receive essential tools such as pencils, crayons and binders.

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In New York and Los Angeles, we’re excited for students to receive their bags during STATE’s signature bag drop events – motivational rallies led by STATE’s dedicated team of “PackMen” and “PackWomen” that leave participating kids with a renewed spirit and belief in themselves. Packmen and Packwomen are experienced child development specialists who grew up in low-income neighborhoods themselves and serve as role models and mentors.

In addition to purchasing bags to support deserving students, you can donate at the register of American Eagle Outfitters stores to support Teach For America. Funds will be matched by the retailer – up to $100,000 – to help Teach For America recruit, train, and place committed individuals to serve in our nation’s highest-need classrooms and open doors of opportunity to students.

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Our three organizations are committed to providing all students with access to opportunities that will allow them to succeed in school and life. We’re thrilled that with your support we can put essential school supplies into the hands of 20,000 students and can help make the 2015-16 school year one that’s filled with endless promise and potential.

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