From Jeggings to Cardi’s we’ve been scoping some pretty awesome #AEOSTYLE. Check out some of our favorite looks from your submissions this week and keep tagging us on Twitter and Instagram for your chance to be featured on AE.com and the blog.
Every day, we’re inspired by the stories of our #AerieREAL girls. Today, we’re featuring Sam Ellis! Sam is a college athlete who overcame compartment syndrome early in her collegiate career. She went on to compete for all 4 years, finally playing in the lacrosse World Cup for the first ever Israeli women’s lacrosse team. Get to know Sam by reading her inspiring story below!
Aerie: Hi Sam! Thanks so much for chatting with us. First, tell us a little about yourself!
Sam: I graduated from college just over a year ago and now I live in NYC. In college, I was lucky enough to be a member of the Princeton women’s varsity lacrosse team. It was honestly the best time of my life – minus the 5 AM practices.
Aerie: Then you joined the first Israeli National Women’s lacrosse team! What was that experience like?
Sam: While I was a senior in college I tried out for the first ever Israeli National Women’s lacrosse team. Soon after I was selected to play on the team, I became an Israeli citizen, flew to Israel to train with my team, and then we competed in the 2013 World Games where we finished in 8th place out of 19 teams. Lacrosse has allowed me to experience so many things I never thought I would get a chance to be a part of. I attended an incredible university that has given me limitless opportunities, I had an athletic career that gave me some of the best friends and memories, and I was given the chance to further my lacrosse experience beyond college, and into something that was more meaningful than I ever thought was possible.
Aerie: What does #AerieREAL mean to you?
Sam: #AerieREAL is about being comfortable with yourself and loving who you are on the inside and out. When it comes to girls, we all have a complex. But the most important thing that a girl can do is accept herself for who she is and allow that acceptance to evolve into confidence.
Aerie: What makes you #AerieREAL?
Sam: When I was in college I was diagnosed with compartment syndrome in my legs, which makes it difficult to be active and have full blood circulation in your muscles. This is due to a inadequate amount of space in your legs for your muscles to expand properly. It’s a growing injury that many athletes are getting diagnosed with in recent years.
I got diagnosed with compartment syndrome when I was freshman in college. Since I wanted to play lacrosse for all four years, I decided to get surgery in the fall of my freshmen year. Even though the surgery was successful and I was able to continue to play lacrosse, the surgery left behind four 3 inch scars on my legs. I’m completely self conscious of my scars and in the first few years of recovery I was embarrassed of them. Wearing skirts or dresses was tough because people were always staring at these dark indents and lines on my legs. As I got older, I began to embrace my scars as my own, I feel less self conscious then I did 4 years ago and have begun to accept them as part of me. My acceptance of these visual reminders of what i once endured is what I’d like to think makes me #AerieReal.
Aerie: What’s your favorite inspirational quote?
Sam: “Don’t lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality.”- Ralph Marston
Aerie: What has been your biggest accomplishment thus far?
Sam: Representing Israel in the 2013 World Cup games was a big accomplishment for me. Being an Israeli citizen and representing my country in a way that I could make an impact has fulfilled me in ways I can’t explain. I hope to continue to give back to Israel, especially though the Israel Lacrosse community. I admire all the people who have contributed and volunteered to help to grow the the sport that I love in a country that I admire.
Aerie: Do you have a role model? If so, who is he or she, and why does he or she inspire you?
Sam: This is going to sound cheesy but I really look up to my parents. They’ve been together for 31 years and they’ve taught me everything. My mom is my rock and my everything. She has loved me in a way that I never thought was possible and she has always been there for me and my family. My dad is my number 1 fan and hero. He has always pushed me to be great but never overworked me to be something or to do something I wasn’t passionate about. My parents are the type of parents that just want me to be happy, feel special, and most importantly, they want me to know how loved I am. I hope I can be like that to someone one day.
Aerie: Do you have a favorite Aerie item? Do share!
Sam: I’m an athlete at heart so I’m always wearing sports bras. I’m obsessed with the Aerie Seamless Racerback Bra– its perfect for traveling or when you’re stepping out to run a quick errand.
Aerie: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, All, or Nothing?
Sam: All – Instagram takes priority though.
Aerie: Favorite song to listen to in the car or working out?
Sam: “Life of the Party” by Shawn Mendes has become my go to song for everything.
Aerie: What’s your favorite part of the day?
Sam: I love the afternoon mainly because I love eating lunch- it’s the time of day where you can eat any kind of food!
Thanks for chatting, Sam! Follow Sam on Instagram @SamHopEllis, or Twitter @SamEllyz to keep up with this girl to watch. We want to know your #AerieREAL story! Share your story here, or on Instagram or Twitter with #AerieREAL!
If you’ve been to an AEO store on a Friday, you may have heard some of your favorite throwback tunes from the 90′s early 00′s. We received an overwhelming chunk of good news regarding the Flashback Friday Playlist, so we’ve included more tunes to give you a great start to your weekend. Check out the additions to the in-store playlist below and rock out in #AEOSTYLE.
1. Nelly – Air Force Ones
2. Snoop Dogg – Beautiful – Feat. Pharrell, Uncle Charlie Wilson
3. Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
4. Eiffel 65 – Blue (Da Ba Dee) – Extended Remix
5. Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
6. Sugar Ray – Every Morning
7. LFO – Every Other Time – Radio Edit & Album Version
8. Pras – Ghetto Supastar (That is What You Are)
9. Kanye West – Gold Digger
10. Counting Crows – Hanginaround
11. Willa Ford – I Wanna Be Bad
12. Savage Garden – I Want You
13. Britney Spears – I’m a Slave 4 U
14. Sum 41 – In Too Deep
15. JAY Z – Izzo (H.O.V.A.)
16. Kelis – Milkshake
17. Robbie Williams – Millennium
18. New Found Glory – My Friends Over You
19. Lit – My Own Worst Enemy
20. Third Eye Blind – Never Let You Go (2008 Version)
21. 3LW – No More (Baby I’ma Do Right)
22. Miley Cyrus – Party In The U.S.A.
23. Technotronic – Pump Up the Jam
24. Mark Morrison – Return Of The Mack – C & J Street Mix
25. Nelly – Ride Wit Me – Album Version (Edited)
26. The Offspring – Self Esteem
27. Eminem – The Real Slim Shady
28. Ace of Base – The Sign
29. The Smashing Pumpkins – Tonight, Tonight
30. Chumbawamba – Tubthumping
31. Dashboard Confessional – Vindicated
32. Spice Girls – Wannabe – Radio Edit
33. Haddaway – What Is Love
34. blink-182 – What’s My Age Again?
We’re taking advantage of some serious fringe benefits this season. All jokes aside, we’re totally obsessed with our Open Fringe Cardigan and you should be, too.
Jess is the Founder & Editor of The Golden Girl, a life and style blog based in Chicago. She loves red lipstick and French Bulldogs, and when she’s not blogging, she can be found at the closest Dim Sum establishment or exploring the city with her Canon in tow.
What inspired Jess’s look:
This sweater is is the ultimate casual fall essential! Since I work remotely, my favorite coffee shop is usually my office. It’s become my “work outfit” staple — comfy and cozy has never been so stylish! I paired mine with a pair of high-waisted jeggings and my favorite graphic tee. (I’ve got an obsession with French Bulldogs!) My favorite compliment to the sweater is these amazing boots, which add a little edge. They’re rugged and glam all at the same time. Finally, I added high knee socks for added warmth. (Combatting the Chicago weather is a full-time job!)
Megan Elliott is the creator and blogger behind Lush to Blush. She is an avid lover of the earth and everything on it, especially flowers, and has been a vegetarian for seven years. On her blog, she explores fashion, lifestyle, and all things lovely.
What inspired Megan’s look:
I’ve been searching for the perfect wine colored sweater for quite some time now and I’m so glad that I finally found it at American Eagle Outfitters. There were actually a few different sweaters I was deciding between, but ultimately chose this one because of its rich hue and perfect amount of thickness. I layered it with a relaxed, boho style cardigan to keep warm and to keep the look casual. I have to say, I’m not typically a ripped jeans kind of girl, but I figured it’s important to have at least one pair in my closet, and when I tried these high rise skinnies on, I knew I had to have them. Finally, I let my socks peek out from under my boots for a little extra cozy factor.
Show us how you style the Open Fringe Cardigan with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to be featured on our Style Gallery!
As the temperatures cool down and the leaves fall, we only have one thing on our minds…the Blanket Scarf. This must-have accessory is extra large, super soft and perfect for Fall to Winter weather.
Three of our favorite bloggers show us how they style this oh-so-cozy staple below. Show us how you style it by sharing photos on Instagram and Twitter with #AerieREAL.
Alex Good is a blogger and Youtuber that wants to live in a world where tutus are accepted in everyday attire, chai lattes and donuts are a daily indulgence and dogs talk back. When she is not blogging, you can find her watching romantic comedies (shamelessly) with her husband and dog, dreaming up her next blog post or hunting for the best red lipstick. Explore and be inspired at Beautyosauruslex.
What Inspired Alex’s look:
Consider this cozy scarf your new autumn staple! Imagine being able to wrap a soft, but adorable, blanket around you, that is exactly what this scarf. The scarf is not lacking in size so I wanted to keep the rest of the outfit structured and fitted. Perfect for everyday with a pair of your favorite jeans or dress it up for those chilly fall evenings!
20-something student learning to live in the Here & Now & discover her sense of style along the way.
What Inspired Jessica’s look:
Nashville is holding out on full blown Fall. Over the weekend I could have easily sat by the pool in my swimsuit (would have been nice if I wasn’t grading a 5 foot stack of papers instead!) So in order to ease my way in, I am mixing up my own transitional style. White jeans, gray accents, & a blanket scarf? Sounds good to me! Speaking of this blanket scarf – it IS the size of a blanket, & might be the most fabulous scarf I have ever worn!
20-something year old Life and Style Blogger from Calgary who lives a vegan friendly lifestyle.
What inspired Eleni’s look:
Fall is one of my favourite seasons for fashion. I absolutely love the layering, scarves and booties that compliment the cooling temperatures. This look is totally practical for your every day life but when I knew I was heading on the highway for a couple of hours I still wanted to look cute but feel comfy. I love that I am able to dress it up or down and the versatility of it makes it a must have item for every girls’ closet.
Love the Blanket Scarf, but still unsure of how to style it? Check out this video!
We can’t get enough of Aerie’s new nighties! Our favorite part? Not only are they soft and comfortable for sleep, but they’ve also been crafted with a fabric that’s thick and sturdy enough to wear out of the house! If it’s one thing we love, it’s a look that can take us through all 24 hours of our busy days.
Our Aerie buyers rocked their nighties for a day at the office to show their favorite styling tips and tricks. Read on to learn 4 ways to style your nightie from a few of our favorite girls in the know.
Look 1: The Laws of Layering
Look 2: Keep It Simple
Look 3: Cozy Coverage
Look 4: Urban Edge
Thanks for the inspo, Aerie buyers! Be right back…we’re just running over to Aerie to buy the nightie in every color.
How do you style your nightie? Tell us below or show us with #AerieREAL!