What Is Denim: Your Ultimate Denim Glossary

 DENIM FIT SPECS

Denim Glossary Fit Specs

Denim Glossary Fit Specs

RISE

The measurement from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the crotch seam. In other words, it’s where on your hips the jeans sit. Every body (and every one of our jean fits!) is unique, but, generally a “high” rise will sit near your belly button and a “low” rise will be closer to your hips. Source

Denim Glossary Fit Rises

INSEAM

The measurement from the bottom of the crotch to the bottom of the hem.

Denim Glossary Inseam

WARP

The vertical threads in a fabric. Source

WEFT

The horizontal threads in a fabric. Source

Denim Glossary Warp and Weft

WASH

The result of washing and rinsing denim to remove excess dye. Source

Denim Glossary Denim Washes

DESTROYED, DISTRESSED, DECONSTRUCTED

Purposely marred for a well-worn, vintage appearance. Source

Denim Glossary Destroyed Distressed Deconstructed

HEM

The bottom of the jean, which has been folded back and sewn down to form an edge

STEP-HEM

A raw hem that’s shorter in the front than it is in the back. Source

RELEASED HEM

A deconstructed hem that has been unstitched and unfolded for a frayed look and added length. Source 1  Source 2

Denim Glossary Hem

DENIM FABRICATION

Denim Glossary Fabrication

100% COTTON (see also: HERITAGE)

100% cotton denim. This rigid, durable fabric softens over time.

CLASSIC STRETCH

Our original soft, stretchy denim.

DENIM X

Denim with an upgraded stretch that retains it’s shape and won’t bag out. Natural fibers give this denim a super-soft feel for increased comfort.

DENIM X4

Revolutionary 4-way stretch means fit from every direction. Top-to-bottom warp stretch lifts your booty and gives you the feeling of longer legs, while side-to-side weft stretch contours the leg.
These forces work together to increase retention, which means these jeans won’t bag or sag, so your butt looks great, wear after wear.

CORE FLEX

Core Flex is designed with just enough stretch to give a little when you stand up, sit down, pull ‘em on or off. It has the same look and feel as 100% cotton denim, with increased flexibility for added comfort.

EXTREME FLEX

Our most flexible jean might also be our most comfortable. Designed with the max amount of stretch for ultimate comfort. Extreme Flex denim truly moves with you, and bounces back to hold its shape after.

FLEX 4/360

Revolutionary 4-way stretch means this denim moves with you in every direction. Top-to-bottom warp stretch moves up and down with you, while side-to-side weft stretch gives you room to sit or step.
The bottom line? Jeans have never been more comfortable.

HERITAGE (see also: 100% COTTON)

100% cotton denim. This rigid, durable fabric softens over time.

SELVEDGE

Premium denim bound with a “self edge” so it doesn’t unravel. You’ll know it by the trademark white and blue taping under the cuff, on the edge of the coin pocket, and on the back of the belt loop.

We’ve upgraded ours with just the right amount of stretch to make them even more comfortable. Source

Shop your favorite AEO Jeans HERE and show us how you wear them with #ICAN (or #WeAllCan if you’re with friends!).

Denim Glossary Fabrication

Denim Glossary Fit Specs

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AEO Jeans: Behind The Seams

BEHIND THE SEAMS

For the past 40 years, our jeans have been designed exclusively in New York City. Though our denim team is proud to call NYC home, they travel all over the world sourcing materials, researching the latest trends, and finding inspiration for the unique fits and washes they bring to you each season. As part of this process, they partner with a few of the most innovative and forward-thinking denim developers in the industry, collaborating daily across continents with teams dedicated exclusively to AEO jeans.
Once a year, the denim designers venture overseas to visit raw material suppliers, factories, and wash facilities. On their most recent trip, we asked them to snap a few behind the scenes photos. Take a closer look at how each pair of jeans is created.

Different rolls of fabric in the same shade are laid out and compared to ensure uniformity in each roll.

Different rolls of fabric in the same shade are laid out and compared to ensure uniformity in each roll.

Embroidering our name into unattached waistbands.

Embroidering our name into unattached waistbands.

Sewing on beltloops.

Sewing on beltloops.

Fresh bolts of denim are delivered and relaxed off the role before being cut.

Fresh bolts of denim are delivered and relaxed off the role before being cut.

Pocket bags ready for insertion.

Pocket bags ready for insertion.

Sample roles of denim.

Sample roles of denim.

Applying hardware

Applying hardware.

Whiskering in progress

Whiskering in progress.

The laundry

The laundry.

A bundled stack of AEO shorts post-washing. Now it’s time to add trimming and hardware.

A bundled stack of AEO shorts post-washing. Now it’s time to add trimming and hardware.

Show us how you wear your AEO Jeans using #ICAN on Instagram and Twitter (or #WeAllCan if you’re with friends!).

4th of July Mocktail Recipe

4th of July is a Tuesday this year… take it easy with this pretty mocktail! Mix up summer fruit and fresh flavors for a refreshing drink that’s all red, white and YUM.

4th of July Mocktail

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Club soda
  • Lemon lime soda
  • 3/4 tsp. grenadine
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup raspberries
  • Starfruit slice (for garnish)
  • Ice

4th of July Mocktail

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Place raspberries in the bottom of the glass.
  2. Pour grenadine on top of raspberries.
  3. Muddle raspberries and grenadine until slightly crushed.
  4. Fill the glass 1/2 of the way with ice and pour club soda until the glass is 3/4 full. 4th of July Mocktail
  5. Slowly add lemon lime soda to the glass, continuing to create a layered look.
  6. Place  blueberries on top.
  7. Garnish the rim of your mocktail with a slice of starfruit.
  8. ENJOY!

4th of July Mocktail

What’s your go-to 4th of July drink? Comment below & tell us!

If you’re looking for another fun summer treat, check out our strawberry pink lemonade popsicle recipe here.

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Aerie ❤ Solstice In Times Square

We kicked off the official start to summer the best way we knew how to: celebrating our #AerieREAL girls and our Chill. Play. Move.™ collection at  Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga! Did we mention it was also International Yoga Day and National Selfie Day? Yep. OHM-amazing.

Read on to see some of our fave photos from the day, meet our #AerieREAL yogis and shop Chill. Play. Move.™ sports bras and leggings for your next yoga sesh.

Aerie ❤ Solstice In Times Square

We kicked off the AM and got in the #AerieREAL mindset with a Real Talk by Aerie Role Model, Iskra. Then one of our fave NYC yogis, Kathryn Budig, took the stage for a wellness segment about body positivity followed by a quick meditation.

Between each yoga class throughout the day, thousands of attendees were invited to visit Yoga Village. At the Aerie tent, we celebrated with flash tats, a photo booth and a peek at our latest Chill. Play. Move.™ collection.

Aerie ❤ Solstice In Times Square

Aerie x Solstice Sweepstakes winner Katie brought BFF Andi to NYC to celebrate the start of summer! The two spent the day enjoying yoga classes, meditation and wellness in Times Square.

Aerie ❤ Solstice In Times Square

Later in the morning, NYC was treated to an #AerieREAL Empowered Flow by AEO’s very own Senior Manager of Digital Creative, Catherine Gignac! This yogi does it all, and her energy and positivity were so inspiring.

Aerie ❤ Solstice In Times Square Aerie ❤ Solstice In Times Square

Aerie ❤ Solstice In Times Square

Trainer and entrepreneur, Holly Rilinger, and Iskra twinned on their mats! Aerie ❤ Solstice In Times Square

No retouching on these yogis!

Aerie ❤ Solstice In Times Square

Love these looks? Shop Chill. Play. Move.™ sports bras and leggings here!

Aerie ❤ Solstice In Times Square

After class, Melissa Wood talked about how a fit mind is the foundation for a fit body. All while looking amazing in our Move 7/8 Colorblock Legging!

Aerie ❤ Solstice In Times Square

Love these yogis! Jessamyn Stanley, Kathryn Budig and hundreds more #AerieREAL girls supported each other throughout Catherine’s class.

Aerie ❤ Solstice In Times Square

Aerie ❤ Solstice In Times Square

Aerie ❤ Solstice In Times Square

No better way to celebrate the longest day of the year! Thanks for all the love, NYC. Nama-stay #AerieREAL!

Want to join Aerie at our next event? Stay tuned at our Facebook Events page!

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ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: MUST-HAVES FOR THE 4TH

Red, white & all you! Our stylist’s outfit of the week is made for a little holiday coming up next Monday. Pool party? Picnic? Outside lounging? Erin’s look will get you set for anything the 4th throws your way.ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: MUST-HAVES FOR THE 4TH

Shop Erin’s Look: Scoop Piping Bikini Top | Piping Bikini BottomMesh Ruffle Top | Track Short

Early July means the summer’s hottest temps, and piping hot swim is ready for it! Wear our bright red Scoop Piping Bikini Top and Piping Bikini Bottom, and let it show through our sheer Mesh Ruffle Top. Get your blues in with our Track Short on the bottom, and you’re all set to party in the USA!

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: MUST-HAVES FOR THE 4TH

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4th Of July Packing Guide

Rock your stars and stripes! Use our guide to get set for anything the holiday weekend throws at you– working out, laying out and any way you’re celebrating.

 

4th Of July Packing Guide

Pair our Real Soft Lace-Up Bodysuit with a baseball cap and American Eagle denim shorts for a sporty laid-back look. We are LOVING the red stripes on this top!

4th Of July Packing Guide

Firework it out with our newest navy Chill. Play. Move. styles for the weekend. Our Chill Sunflower Lace Sports Bra can be paired with your fave muscle tank and leggings or shown off with a sundress.

4th Of July Packing Guide

Bralettes and undies in light and breathable fabrics are extra necessary in the summer heat. Pack them all!

4th Of July Packing Guide

Festive stripes and retro shades are all the rage. Pair this vintage look with a bright bandana for a pop of color.

4th Of July Packing Guide

Heading to the beach? Be the star of the day with our Piping One Piece and ombre shorts. Pack a picnic-ready change of clothes with our Cutout Maxi Dress and floppy hat!

4th Of July Packing Guide

What is your must-have for the Fourth of July?

Are you loving our summer faves? Check out more trends we’re loving this season!

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