Fall Bottoms 4 Ways: Girls’ Night Out

Who says you can’t look amazing AND be comfortable while you’re out on the town with your besties? Dressing up your favorite jogger takes a little more finesse than pulling a pair on to hit the library, but luckily, fit and style expert Jenny Altman is here with pro tips for pulling off an effortless GNO look! Here, she builds the look starting with our Slim Fit Joggers. The fit is relaxed, but tapered in the leg for more of a dressed-up vibe. Scrunch ‘em up or down – either way, you’re sure to turn heads.

Our favorite part of this look? The floral bomber that’s a cool and colorful version of your favorite leather jacket! Just throw on your favorite pair of heels and you’re ready for an epic girls’ night. Have fun!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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How to Make Studded Jeans with I Spy DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY. I’m back with the fifth part of my series of DIY projects all around denim this Back to School season. This project is studded jeans which is one of the coolest trends for fall. Don’t just stop at jeans – you can stud shorts, canvas sneakers, denim jackets and more!

Photo credit: Jessica Kaminski.

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What you need:
Jeans
Flatback studs in four sizes
Tape Measure
E6000
Paint brush

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What to do:

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Step One:  Measure and mark equal distances between where you would like each stud to be placed on your jeans.
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Step Two:  Put glue on the back of each stud with the paint brush, then place on the jeans. Start with the largest gems and work down to the smallest.
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Step Three:  Create pyramids down the seam of your jeans, decreasing the amount of gems as you reach the top.
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Step Four:  Let dry. Hand wash. Done!
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Get Jenni’s look:
Jegging
Canvas Anorak
Double Zip Bootie

Have you made an awesome DIY project with your favorite American Eagle Outfitters pieces? Show us with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your project on our AE.com Style Gallery or our blog! Be sure to tag @ispydiy so I can see your project, too!

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Follow Her Friday: Kelsey Miller

We’re inspired each day by the stories you share that show how you’re #AerieREAL. This week we wanted to highlight an incredible story from Aerie girl, Kelsey Miller. As the Senior Features Writer at Refinery 29, we loved reading her funny and very candid musings each day. Her honest approach, especially when it comes to body image is refreshing. Read more below about this fantastic Brooklyn-ite below!

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Aerie: Hi, Kelsey! We are so excited to chat with you. Tell us a little bit about yourself! How did you get started in writing? 
Kelsey: I’m an out & proud late-bloomer. I began my writing career a few years ago, fiddling with personal essays and some humor pieces. When I got my position at Refinery29, I found that my most personal work is what hit home for readers and I decided to take the plunge with one very personal issue: food. I’ve struggled with disordered eating, body image, and yo-yo dieting for my entire life, and of course, I’m not alone there. But I finally quit dieting in the fall or 2013 and began chronicling my journey with Intuitive Eating and sustainable fitness in a column called The Anti-Diet Project.
Now, I’m working on a memoir called BIG GIRL: How I Gave Up Dieting & Got A Life, exploring my journey into the morass of disordered eating and, at last, out of it. It’s a story of struggles many of us have faced, and the rocky path toward freedom from food obsession and self-loathing. But, it’s funny! I hope!

Aerie: What does #AerieREAL mean to you?
Kelsey: It means knowing that you’re pretty great, right now, this minute. You’re you, and trying to be or look like someone else is what gets us into trouble. We all need growth but no one needs “fixing.” So, just be the most YOU, the most honest and forthright, even if you right now feel uncomfortable, ridiculous or fallible. Because, that’s everyone — that’s just the deal with being alive.

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Aerie: What makes you #AerieREAL?
Kelsey: I know that I’m not finished as a person, and I give up on the concept of “finished.” I struggle with self-esteem some days, and other days I feel like a rockstar. But, no matter what, this is who I am, and I refuse to sit out on life because of that. Why should I? With all my flaws, both physical and personal, I’ve still managed to do pretty well. I have friends, love in my life, and a career I’m sincerely thrilled about. I also have lousy days, bad habits, and a laundry pile the size of a grown man. Nothing is ever going to be perfect or even close to perfect. Screw perfect.

Aerie: What’s your favorite inspirational quote?
Kelsey: This question is killing me. Every time I go searching for THE inspiration quote I need, I end up losing two hours on Pinterest. Well, I don’t know if this is my favorite, but it’s one I never forget from Eleanor Roosevelt: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Aerie: What has been your biggest accomplishment thus far?
Kelsey: I want to say something very zen and mature here, but really I’m just so pleased and proud of my book. Every time I sit at my laptop and fuss over a tough paragraph, I have to remind myself that getting a book deal is a pretty incredible accomplishment and I should take the time remember that. Plus, the whole reason I’m writing a book is because I made a radical decision to change my life and embrace myself. So, high five, me. And, then I get back to work.

Aerie: Do you have a role model? If so, who is he or she, and why does he or she inspire you?
Kelsey: Every time I feel overwhelmed or ridiculous I think about Tina Fey. She’s made a career based on refusing to see herself through anyone else’s lens and I think we can all agree it’s working out pretty well for her. She’s always unapologetically herself, and she’s a seemingly tireless creator. Her brilliant work aside, I admire her creative energy, her bs-free attitude, and the fact that she manages to somehow have a life on top of everything — but never puts forth an image of perfection. She seems to have it all while acknowledging the myth of “having it all.” She’s open about struggling and the importance of missteps. She’s a wonder, to be sure. But, she’s the real deal, too.

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Kelsey and her handsome boyfriend, Harry Tanielyan!

Aerie: Do you have a favorite Aerie item? 
Kelsey: Aerie bikini undies have been my favorite since college, so it’s hard for me to say I love anything more. But, I think the Aerie Real T-Shirt is pretty tough to beat. I might love it a little bit more. I STILL LOVE YOU TOO, UNDIES!

Aerie: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, All, or Nothing?
Kelsey: All, but it’s mainly Instagram and Twitter these days. I feel like I’m able to be funny and smart-mouth’d on those platforms, whereas on Facebook I feel like I need to watch my mouth lest my grandfather happen to log in that day. Plus, Facebook keeps giving me ads about how to lose a hundred pounds and I’m like, hey, Facebook, I got this.

Aerie: Favorite song to listen to in the car or working out?
Kelsey: Right now? “Carrying The Banner” from Newsies (the movie, not the show). I refuse to be embarrassed by my enduring love of musicals. If you were a theater kid like me, then nothing gets your heart pumping more than a cast recording. Whatever gets you through the workout, people.

Aerie: Do you have a secret talent, skill or quirk? Do tell! 
Kelsey: I can do the entire rap from TLC’s “Waterfalls.” And, I absolutely will do it if you give me 2.5 glasses of wine.

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Thank you, Kelsey! Follow her on Instagram here and on Twitter here!

xoxo,

Aerie

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Fall Bottoms 4 Ways: #OOTD for Class

When you’re running out the door and need an outfit that’s comfy AND cute, reach for this no-fuss style from our fit and style expert, Jenny Altman. You won’t be hitting the snooze button on your style with the bold colors in our Printed Hi-Rise Leggings. They’re an unexpected alternative to your basic pair. And let’s face it, you can only wear a stretched-out hoodie and the same boring black leggings to class a few times before people start to notice (we’re all guilty!).

Check out Jenny’s tips below for looking pulled-together when you really just rolled out of bed.

 

We give this look an A+ for style! For more of Jenny’s tips on wearing and pairing our new Aerie bottoms, check out her Lazy Sunday styled look!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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Trend Alert: On the Edge

Who says you have to play it safe? Not us. Start living life on the edge by pairing our street-ready Vegan Leather Circle Skirt with a Selfie Muscle Tee. Add a pop of color by wrapping our Shimmery Crew Sweater around your waist, Grunge style. And complete the look by throwing on a pair of our Dr. Martens 1460 Boots, because life is too short not to rock this iconic staple.

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Shop the Look:
Vegan Leather Circle Skirt
Selfie Muscle Tee
Shimmery Crew Sweater
Dr. Martens 1460 Boots

 

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Getting tired of your same old jeans and tee routine? Step outside your comfort zone with our Jogger Pant. With its relaxed fit, drawstring waist and cuffed bottom, it can be dressed up or down. Pair with a timeless Vintage Denim Jacket and our Dr. Martens 1460 Boot for an ode to the 90s.

Shop the Look:
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Jogger Pant
Vintage Denim Jacket
Dr. Martens 1460 Boot

 

Show us your #AEOSTYLE for the chance to be featured on our blog or AE.com style gallery.

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Introducing: Artisan De Luxe for AEO

We’re excited to announce a brand new partnership at American Eagle Outfitters: Artisan De Luxe for AEO. Artisan De Luxe is deeply rooted in vintage spirit, specifically in denim. Every product is an expression of the American spirit, nodding to nostalgia with a passion for craftsmanship and artistry. Obviously a natural pairing for AEO. We had them design a special collection exclusively for us, all created from premium materials. If you love this collection, snap up your favorites while you can… every piece in this capsule is limited edition.

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The Cable Knit Pocket Sweater takes an icon to the next level with a chest pocket done in distressed denim and deliberately placed stitched details. It pairs perfectly with the Juliet Boyfriend Jean, which is finished with paint splatters and patchwork embellishments.

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Your go-to outfit this fall? Pair the Plaid Button Down Tunic, designed with contrasting plaid patterns and a longer back hem, with the Yvette Skinny Jean. We love that this jean is designed in soft coated denim with zippered details at the pockets and ankles.

0390_9546_001_4989The ultimate boho-inspired dress… the Fringe Dress, designed in a fit and flare silhouette with crochet and embroidery and long bell sleeves. It’s even fully lined, so no slip needed!
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Give your standard denim shirt an update with allover stitching. The Stitched Denim Shirt is designed with buttoned chest patch pockets and goes perfectly with the Shawl Cardigan (lent a heritage feel with leather buttons). Throw on the Destroyed Jean crafted in rugged cotton denim and you have a look that’s ready for any occasion.

Love this line as much as we do? Tell us about your favorite looks in the comments below.

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