What’s In Your Gym Bag?

What's In Your Gym Bag? Gym Bag Essentials

Shop now: Aerie Crew Sweater | Aerie Shine Sports Bra | AEO New Balance Sneaker | Ban.do Gym Bag | Sprigs Banjee Wrist Wallet | Aerie Socks | Slant Stainless Steel Waterbottle | Nudestix

Whether you are hitting the gym in the AM or after work, it’s always best to have your gym bag set,  packed, and ready to go! Editing down your must-haves for a work-out is essential to pack light and get out the door quickly before you change your mind. From a fitted Sports Bra to the Gym Bag itself, shop our stylist’s faves above to help make you workout ready for the new year.

What are your gym essentials? Share and comment below!

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Real Talk with Catherine Gignac

Get REAL with Catherine Gignac, AEO’s Manager of Digital Creative! Read on to learn more about how she uses yoga to help balance the stress of everyday life, her favorite pose and what #AerieREAL means to her.

Real Talk with Catherine Gignac

You’re amazing at yoga! How did you begin?
Haha, thanks! It’s fun to be able to go upside down and stand on my head. Those poses constantly push me to try new, scarier things. But really, that’s not why I do yoga. Work and life are stressful (so gross, right?) and yoga balances all that out. I can have a rough day, go to yoga and then feel completely decoupled from what was dragging me down prior to class. I get far fewer headaches because my back and neck muscles are stronger. I take myself less seriously because I’ve learned to goof around and take risks on my mat. I’ve felt my highest highs and my lowest lows emotionally while practicing, but it’s always healing and empowering to just be alone with my breath and my thoughts. Plus, no one can tell whether you’re dripping tears or sweat! Most importantly, like-attracts-like and the community of yogis at my studio has sourced most of my closest friendships in life. We support each other and often say, “Detox before you retox,” and go out together after my Friday night class.

Real Talk with Catherine Gignac

What’s your favorite yoga pose? 
I have a love-hate relationship with double pigeon. It’s a crazy deep hip-opener that feels so good sometimes and so tense others. Yogis often say that we hold our emotional baggage in our hips. We run on them, sit on them, drive on them and they’re the biggest joints in our bodies. When we slowly open them up, we also peel away at layers of built up emotion that we haven’t let go of — kind of like peeling layers off an onion. Sounds crazy, but it’s true!

Real Talk with Catherine GignacGet Catherine’s Look: Pushup Seamless Sports Bra | Seamless Hi-Rise Legging

For somebody who is interested but hasn’t given yoga a chance, what would you say to them?
Just go and try it! Ironically, I hated my first class, but I found myself going to teacher training just a few years later. As a teacher, I always hear things like “I’ve thought about it but I don’t like the heat,” “I’m not flexible enough,” “Oh, I couldn’t do what you do!” but it’s not about that. I have students in my class from 11 to 72 years old (seriously!) of all different weights, health issues, and injuries. We encourage everyone to go at their own pace and do what they can. This week, a student of mine told me she’d been in a car accident and needs yoga to help rehabilitate her back. Another told me yoga helped her remain calm and get through the nightmare of having her newborn in the NICU for many months. Everyone comes to yoga for a physical experience, but if they stick with it, they end up having a total mind, body, spirit experience that few other forms of exercise can mirror.

Real Talk with Catherine Gignac

Real Talk with Catherine Gignac

Do you have a favorite quote or mantra?
My favorite quote is “You may think I’m small, but I have a universe inside my mind.” — Yoko Ono. I’ve loved this one for awhile because I’m pretty small in stature but I’m big in personality. Anytime I feel like I’m being underestimated or unheard, I think about this quote and remember we’re all pretty freakin’ powerful and expansive in what we can dream and accomplish. Another really great reading I love to share with my yoga class was introduced to me by my yoga mentor and it’s called the Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. Check it out, it’ll move you!

Real Talk with Catherine Gignac

What does #AerieREAL mean to you?
Ah, so much! I’ve loved watching the #AerieREAL campaign grow from a wee idea into a huge movement over the last few years. It’s the best feeling to have friends of mine, all in their late twenties and early thirties, tell me they’ve discovered Aerie and love, not just our undies and bralettes, but what we stand for. I’m proud of be part of the organization who decided to take a risk and start talking to girls in a way that we all relate to and deserve. #AerieREAL has inspired me to be less curated…on Instagram, in relationships, with what I say in my yoga classes. I’m unapologetically me, even if it’s means I don’t please everyone or say and do all the right things.

Real Talk with Catherine Gignac

Be sure to follow Catherine on Instagram @catherinegignac and Snapchat at Cathgig!

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How To Wear The Denim X Jegging Ankle With The Style Bungalow

Our second denim feature with Stephanie from The Style Bungalow, is all about our newest need-it-now fit, the Denim X Jegging Ankle. The Jegging Ankle is an edgy update to one of our best fits, the Jegging. With a legging-like fit and a shorter inseam, these jeans will look amazing with everything from your sneaks to heels. Check out Stephanie’s #AEOSTYLE inspiration below.
Style Bungalow AEO Denim X Jegging Ankle

What Inspired Stephanie’s Look: “Skinny ripped jeans are my favorite! They are a great way to inject edge into an outfit. They’re also extremely versatile and easy to style. I’ve worn this distressed pair with a sweater and sneakers to run a full day of errands and with a leather jacket to dinner with my friends, and the list goes on and on…”

Style Bungalow AEO Denim X Jegging Ankle

“For this particular look, I added a silver statement necklace with black pumps and aviator sunglasses to further the rock n’ vibe I was going for. A black blazer with an AEO Soft & Sexy swingy tank in tan tied this look together.”

Style Bungalow AEO Denim X Jegging Ankle

Shop The Look: Denim X Jegging Ankle | AEO Denim Jacket (similar) | Soft & Sexy Drapey Tank (similar) | Petal Statement Necklace (similar) | Aviator Sunglasses (similar) | AEO Classic Pump (similar)

Style Bungalow AEO Denim X Jegging Ankle

Show us how you wear our Jegging Ankle with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the AEO Style Gallery.

Photo Credit: Chelsea Anne

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10 for 10: Ten Styles, Ten Ways

January’s forecast: hues of blue! This month is about celebrating the blue year and incorporating denim, chambray and shades of blue into your look. We asked our Styling Manager, Laura, to pick out some of her favorite pieces from our latest collection to create a mini capsule wardrobe that speaks to the indigo trend and takes all the hard work out of putting together your own looks. Not sure what a capsule wardrobe is? We’ll fill you in: basically, a capsule wardrobe is a few key pieces of clothing (think skirt, denim, a few shirts, a sweater, shoes) that you can mix and match to create different outfits. It’s a simple way to streamline your closet and your look but still keep all of the #AEOSTYLE.

Because we’re working with a few similar shades, creating cohesive looks with several pieces in similar color families is easy! Laura chose pieces that could be dressed up or down, especially when paired with the right shoe. We’re using a casual, cool lace up sneaker and a heeled mule as our shoes of choice. Versatile, basic bottoms like our destroyed Denim X Cafe Jegging and a chambray skirt will go with virtually any top, but keep one thing in mind: neutral colors are your BFF here. Tanks make a great first layer or standalone top. Second layers can be anything from button down shirts to sweaters – this is where you can be playful! For some variety, Laura chose to add a our Cutout Shoulder Sweatshirt to use as a top on its own as well.

Check out all ten pieces Laura pulled and keep scrolling to see how we’re building ten looks with ten products!10 Styles, 10 Ways
1. AEO Open Knit Sweater
2. AEO Denim X Cafe Jegging
3. AEO Boyfriend Plaid Shirt
4. AEO Rib Crop Tank
5. AEO Cutout Shoulder Sweatshirt
6. AEO Denim Boyfriend Shirt
7. AEO Lace Panel Tank
8. AEO Western Heel Mule
9. AEO Lace Up Sneaker
10. AEO Chambray Skirt

10 Styles, 10 Ways

Look 1:
Laura’s Styling Tip: Wear the plaid shirt loose & tucked in the front. Heeled mules keep the look polished but casual.
AEO Boyfriend Plaid Shirt (3)
AEO Chambray Skirt (10)
AEO Western Heel Mule (8)

Look 2:
Laura’s Styling Tip: The lace panel tank acts as your first layer in this look. Wear the plaid shirt open over the cream tank. Complement the lace tank with your heeled mules.
AEO Boyfriend Plaid Shirt (3)
AEO Lace Panel Tank (7)
AEO Denim X Cafe Jegging (2)
AEO Western Heel Mule (8)

Look 3:
Laura’s Styling Tip: Button your plaid shirt halfway & tuck it in, or tie it up in the front! The choice is yours.
AEO Rib Crop Tank (4)
AEO Boyfriend Plaid Shirt (3)
AEO Denim X Cafe Jegging (2)
AEO Lace Up Sneaker (9)

Look 4:
Laura’s Styling Tip: This is a great denim on denim look that’s broken up by the pattern on the button down. Keep the top buttoned and loosely tucked in. Roll up the sleeves, too.
AEO Denim Boyfriend Shirt (6)
AEO Denim X Cafe Jegging (2)
AEO Western Heel Mule (8)

Look 5:
Laura’s Styling Tip: The cutout sweatshirt is super fun on its own, so keep this looks simple by wearing destroyed denim & sneaks.
AEO Cutout Shoulder Sweatshirt (5)
AEO Denim X Cafe Jegging (2)
AEO Lace Up Sneaker (9)

Look 6:
Laura’s Styling Tip: Let the rib crop tank show through the open knit sweater & pair it back to a chambray skirt and heels.
AEO Open Knit Sweater (1)
AEO Rib Crop Tank (4)
AEO Chambray Skirt (10)
AEO Western Heel Mule (8)

Look 7:
Laura’s Styling Tip: Tie your denim shirt around your waist for this outfit. The lace panel tank adds great contrast to this denim look & gives it a great boho vibe.
AEO Lace Panel Tank (7)
AEO Denim Boyfriend Shirt (6)
AEO Denim X Cafe Jegging (2)
AEO Western Heel Mule (8)

Look 8:
Laura’s Styling Tip: Rework Look 5 by pairing your sneaks and sweatshirt with your trendy chambray skirt.
AEO Cutout Shoulder Sweatshirt (5)
AEO Chambray Skirt (10)
AEO Lace Up Sneaker (9)

Look 9:
Laura’s Styling Tip: Tired of wearing your sweater as a top? Same. For this look, Laura says to tie your sweater around your waist so that it’s more on an accessory.
AEO Lace Panel Tank (7)
AEO Open Knit Sweater (1)
AEO Denim X Cafe Jegging (2)
AEO Lace Up Sneaker (9)

Look 10:
Laura’s Styling Tip: Combine your rib crop tank and chambray skirt for a short and sweet look!
AEO Rib Crop Tank (4)
AEO Chambray Skirt (10)
AEO Western Heel Mule (8)

Can you come up with any more outfit combinations? Show us how you style your ten pieces on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery!

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Trend Alert! Hi Neck Sports Bra

The new year not only brings new trends, but new challenges! #AerieREAL girl Lauren LeBouef wore our Hi Neck Sports Bra and Sport-ish Crop Legging for a day of yoga at the beach. Read on to learn more about her experience! Trend Alert! Hi Neck Sports Bra

“I can honestly say that I am SO in love with this new workout outfit of mine! Something in particular that I love would be how the sports bra has a high neck line! I don’t own any other sports bras that are like that and I’m really liking not only the look of it but also the breathable mesh fabric at the top! When I’m shopping for workout clothes I like to try and find tops that show the cool details of the back of my sports bra’s! This grey top from Aerie has the perfect back cut out to show the crossing details of the sports bra!”

Trend Alert! Hi Neck Sports Bra

Trend Alert! Hi Neck Sports Bra

“This month is the perfect time to try something new this year that gets you out of your comfort zone and challenges you! When it came to the yoga part of this photoshoot, it was my first time doing some different and challenging hand stands! I definitely fell down a time or two but yet, kept trying again and again and the challenge was totally worth it! If you’re afraid of trying something new this year, don’t be! Getting out of our comfort zone and got for it! Trying something new this year is an awesome goal to have!”

Trend Alert! Hi Neck Sports Bra

Get Lauren’s Look: Hi Neck Sports Bra | Sport-ish Crop Legging | Waffle Low Back Tee

Trend Alert! Hi Neck Sports Bra

Trend Alert! Hi Neck Sports BraTrend Alert! Hi Neck Sports Bra

Trend Alert! Hi Neck Sports Bra

Photos by: Jessy Spohr Photography

Show us how you wear the Hi Neck Sports Bra with #AerieREAL on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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How To Style The Hi-Rise Jegging With Vanilla Extract

For our second denim installment with Nichole Ciotti from Vanilla Extract, we’re taking every day sexy to a whole new level with our Denim X Cafe Hi-Rise Jegging! This fashion-forward fit looks like a jean but fits like a legging. Check out Nichole’s #AEOSTYLE inspiration below.

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What Inspired Nichole’s Look: “Skinny jeans are the name of my game, and the denim I always gravitate toward. Because I reach for this style the most, I look for unique washes and tiny details that elevate my simple outfits. Beyond the amazing stretch and legging-like fit, this pair of jeans is made from recycled coffee grounds. Crazy, right? This conversation starter is perfect for all of my everyday looks including ribbed turtlenecks and long vests! A high-heeled bootie always makes me feel more confident, which is important as I walk into a meeting with a big brand.”

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Shop The Look: Denim X Cafe Hi-Rise Jegging | Turtleneck Tunic (similar) | Stretch Panel Bootie (similar) | AEO Vest (similar)

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Show us how you style your Denim X Cafe Hi-Rise Jeggings with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the AEO Style Gallery.

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