Real Talk With Danielle Candray

Danielle is an advocate and mentor for those with alopecia, a condition in which hair is lost from some or all areas of the body. She’s also a camp counselor with the National Alopecia Areata Foundation and one of the stars of our latest #AerieREAL bra photoshoot. Read on to see how the NAAF has impacted Danielle’s life and what makes her #AerieREAL!

Real Talk With Danielle Candrey

How has alopecia impacted your life?

I’ve had Alopecia since I was 2 and a half and I’m now 19 years old. Growing up with it was extremely difficult for me because kids made fun of me for years. I didn’t know anyone who had Alopecia so that caused me to feel isolated.When I was about 14, I attended an Alopecia conference hosted by the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) and it changed my life. I met amazing people who were just like me and the conference helped me get the courage to wear my wig less. I’ve gone to the conference every year since, so about six years and I have completely transformed. I made alopecia become something positive that could benefit me. I’ve met the most amazing people through alopecia and I have been given the opportunity to inspire other alopecians to embrace/accept themselves which is incredibly rewarding.

What would you like to share with those who are not familiar with alopecia? 

For those who are not familiar with alopecia, we are not sick. Most people assume that we are very sick and feel the need to treat us differently. Alopecia is not life threatening but is life altering. Alopecia is an auto-immune disease that causes the immune system to attack our hair follicles thus causing hair loss. There are different types of alopecia, I have alopecia areata which means my hair grows/falls out in patches. If you see someone who you think might have Alopecia, try not to stare too much, it makes some of us a bit uncomfortable. Everyone deals with their alopecia differently. Some are very open about it and like to talk about it like myself but some are still shy about it and feel embarrassed when asked questions. My tip for when meeting someone new who has alopecia would be to wait to ask questions until they mention their aloepcia themselves!Real Talk With Danielle Candrey

What’s one of your proudest moments?  

My proudest moment just happened in late June! I was working as a kid’s camp counselor for the NAAF Conference. My group started out with about 4 teenage girl campers but by the end of the conference, I ended up with 12 girls. I guess our table was the popular table! Throughout the conference, I talked to some of the girls and gave them advice, shared my experiences with alopecia, and even encouraged a few off them to take off their wig/hat! On the last day of the conference I was thanked by many of the girls’ parents because I helped their daughters come out of their shells and the girls were grateful that I was their camp counselor. Although I was there to make the conference a great experience for them, I believe they made my experience unforgettable and I thank them for that. So yeah, this past NAAF conference as a camp counselor was my proudest moment!

What makes you #AerieREAL?

I’m #AerieREAL because I’m not letting my alopecia or weight prevent me from doing the things I love!

The beauty about #AerieREAL is that it doesn’t mean we are “perfect” or love every inch of ourselves every day. To me, it means that it’s okay to have bad days because that’s what makes us human and real. As long as we remember to accept ourselves the way we are and treat our bodies with respect, then we can all be #AerieREAL.

 

#AerieREAL Pop-Up Tour

#AerieREAL is heading back on the road! We’re coming to your school & bringing our latest collection with us.

Be one of the first 25 people in line either day & get a FREE Real Sunnie Wireless Push Up Bra.
#AerieREAL Pop-Up Tour
Shop sweatshirts, leggings & everything you always want to wear PLUS get a free yoga mat when you spend $50+ and a free tote with any purchase.

#AerieREAL Pop-Up TourNew to Aerie? Take 40% off your purchase when you sign up (it’s free!) or use your AEO Connected® account! Bring your cards! No cash accepted.
#AerieREAL Pop-Up Tour
Come hangout in between classes and create some DIY essential oils with a donation to Bright Pink®. Need a mid-day pick-me-up? Enjoy free treats from Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP.

Find a tour coming to a school near you!

9.6-9.7: University of Colorado – Boulder

9.11-9.12: Arizona State University

9.17-9.18: University of New Mexico

9.24-9.26: University of Texas – Austin

9.28-9.29: Downtown Houston

10.4-10.5: University of Nebraska – Lincoln

10.10-10.11: University of Iowa

10.15-10.16: Northwestern University

 

 

Meet The Real Sunnie Wireless Push Up!

It’s here… our dreamiest t-shirt bra ever! We talked to Lauren Lippman, Aerie Bra Designer, about our newest fit, aka comfy support in 38 sizes that just got a lift! Read on to see what inspired this new addition to the Real Sunnie Collection and learn all the deets!AERIE_X_AE_3

We’ve never had a wireless push up before! What inspired you and the team to create it? 

With all the success of both Real Sunnie Wireless Lightly Lined and Real Happy Wireless Lightly Lined, we knew we needed to add a push up for our push up customers out there!  We want to make sure we offer something for everyone.

What makes the Real Sunnie Wireless Push Up your new fave?

It is SO COMFY!  The Real Sunnie Collection is all about comfort and stretch, and this style gives you amazing support and lift without you ever feeling it.

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Aerie Bra Designer, Lauren, in our 2016 Sunnie Sparks Campaign

The Real Sunnie Collection has tons of options. What special details will we see in this new push up?

We love adding a cute split strap to the basic as well as pretty lurex straps!  Heather fabrics too.

Has the #AerieREAL movement affected your bra designs?

Definitely!  Reading comments from customers about their experiences has really opened our eyes as designers.  We want to make sure every girl feels confident and comfortable in our product, no matter their age or size.  More amazing bras to come!

 

YES, WE HAVE THAT SIZE

If we had it our way, it would just be called “sizing” and everyone would have one. But rest assured, when you come into one of our stores for “your size”—we’ve 100% got you.

 

The proof? Our models! The majority of which were real people with real frustrations about jeans just like the rest of us mere mortals. Here’s what we heard on set:

 

THADDEUS

“…my body is very long, but (American Eagle’s) a nice job of framing everything from waist to ankle. I was just really astounded b/c I had never delved deeper into American Eagle to know that you guys catered to extended sizes.”

 

YANNEL

“You shouldn’t feel like you’re forced to wear like, stretchy things all the time to actually be comfortable.”

 

KHRYSTYANA

“Sometimes it can be very frustrating to shop for jeans…I put my legs into two jeans and start jumping for a few minutes until I’m sweaty, trying to fit…that feeling is very frustrating…with American Eagle I already know exactly the size and exactly what’s going to fit.

 

HADDY

“I barely find long enough ones my size, but American Eagle has been coming through.”

 

MAXEY

“…as a “plus-size” woman, jean shopping can be pretty terrible…. when you do find that pair that really look good, you almost like, dance in the fitting room. That feeling…it’s phenomenal…”

 

CARMEN

“You can’t feel good if you’re wearing pants that make you feel uncomfortable, because then that’s all that you’re thinking about.”

 

ALI

“It’s easy to find jeans that work, but it’s not easy to find the PERFECT jeans, and I want the perfect jeans. I don’t want my jeans to feel forced…. I want them to feel like they’re a part of me…”

 

So say goodbye to words like “plus”, goodbye “extended”, goodbye “big & tall”—we don’t speak that language. Our jeans are inclusively sized to fit every single unique body. Below is a breakdown of our sizes:

For him:

Waist sizes 26-44”
Lengths from 28-36”

For her:

Short, Regular & Long in sizes 00-20
Extra Short in 00-14
Extra Long in sizes 0-14

 

 

 

Introducing Our Newest #AerieREAL Ambassadors

This year, we more than doubled our #AerieREAL Ambassador universities from 10 to 25! The goal of the program is for every girl to feel good and know that the REAL you is the best you. We feel that one of the best places to do this is on campus!

We spoke with Laurie Mattock, Manager of Brand Experience, about the new and improved ambassador training. “This summer, we brought in over 45 of our newest brand ambassadors from college campuses across the country who will be sharing the #AerieREAL love all year long!  We definitely wanted to give the girls an experience to remember.” Read more about their time at Aerie HQ below.

Introducing Our Newest #AerieREAL Ambassadors

Introducing Our Newest #AerieREAL Ambassadors

Ambassadors began their day with yoga and team-building outside of Aerie HQ. Namaste #AerieREAL!

Introducing Our Newest #AerieREAL Ambassadors

Introducing Our Newest #AerieREAL Ambassadors

Ambassadors underwent training and became BFF’s (bra fit finders!) so they can help other girls on campus feel real good, too! This Aerie-exclusive way to measure helps you find your new best fit.

Introducing Our Newest #AerieREAL Ambassadors

Introducing Our Newest #AerieREAL Ambassadors

“So many girls have told us they’d love more support as they transition from home to school to their first jobs—so we’re spreading the #AerieREAL love across the US with the help of these AMAZING ambassadors!” said Laurie.

Introducing Our Newest #AerieREAL Ambassadors

Keep an eye out for #AerieREAL ambassadors on your campus!

Stylist’s Picks: This is big time!

It’s oversized, it’s buttery-soft chenille, and it looks amazing with everything. This t-neck is a really big deal. If you want to make a statement (Erin thinks you do!), the exploded space dye print in these Play Real Me High Waisted 7/8 Legging REALLY sets the tone for standing out.

Stylist’s Picks: This is big time!

Stylist’s Picks: This is big time!

Turtlenecks in all shapes and styles are a huge trend this season. And this t-neck is the biggest love of all! You have to feel this chenille fabric to believe it, and you’ll be extra happy to cozy all the way up with a t-neck style.

Stylist’s Picks: This is big time!

We made fuzzy slides so you can wear sandals long into fall. You’re welcome.Stylist’s Picks: This is big time!

Stylist’s Picks: This is big time!

Matrix-style sunnies have been everywhere lately, but these cat-eye-inspired glasses are the purrrfect blend of feminine and techy. Check two must-have fall trends off your list when you tie up your hair with a scrunchie that’s made of ah-mazing velvet!