Now Trending: Tropic Florals

Who doesn’t love flowers? And while they may not be new for spring (think of the famous line from The Devil Wears Prada), we’ve totally reinvented the wheel in bright tropical floral that grab everyone’s attention. We’ve paired our floral corset top with bright high-rise jegging crops and topped off the look with a straw fedora. To check out more of our tropic floral prints visit our dedicated lookbook on ae.com.

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Tropic Floral essentials for spring.

Shop the trend:
1. Metallic Straw Fedora
2. Short Sleeve Open Cardigan
3. High-Rise Jegging Crop Pant
4. Floral Corset Top
5. Gizeh Habana Sandal

Be sure to show us how you wear your tropic florals with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for a chance to be on AE.com.

Now Trending: Surf Florals

 

Lauren, our Manager of Styling, shows you how to give your spring break look a chill vibe with a vintage-inspired floral print tank and adding a pop of color with a knit beanie. Don’t forget to show us how you wear AEO with #AEOSTYLE for a chance to be featured on AE.com.

 

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Surf Floral essentials for spring.

Shop the trend:
Vintage Palms T-Shirt
Knit Beanie
Printed Sneakers
Denim Cutoff Short

Be sure to show us how you wear surf florals with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for a chance to be on AE.com.

#AerieREAL Panel of Amazing Women

We’ve seen an incredible amount of support for #AerieREAL and we love seeing the support spread from woman to woman as each shares their #AerieREAL story. Your kind words, open hearts, and courage are what inspired us to launch our new challenge, “What Do You Love About You?”.

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You’re invited to self-nominate or to nominate a friend that you believe is #AerieREAL. We want to feature their moments, celebrate them and their accomplishments in hope that they inspire others.

5 individuals will be chosen to receive the ultimate Aerie experience! They’ll be invited to join us at Aerie’s HQ and will be featured in an interview on the AEO blog (right here!) complimented by a mini shoot in our Photo Studio. Then, our winners will join Aerie’s style and fit expert, Jenny Altman, as they enjoy a $200 shopping spree and more!

We have a panel of amazing, REAL women who will read through the entries! Read on below to learn a bit more about each and what makes them #AerieREAL.

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Dana Seguin, Aerie’s Senior Director of Marketing has been in the retail business for over 14 years. The last eight years has been spent in brand development and marketing for Chico’s, American Eagle Outfitters and their intimates brand, Aerie. She has spent the last year working on Aerie Real and refuses to use retouched images and helps to promote positive body image.

Amy Levin is the founder and creative director of CollegeFashionista, a fashion website featuring content from college students at more than 400 campuses around the world. A Chicago native, she launched the website in 2009 after a semester abroad in London, where the growing importance of street style inspired her to create a community for fashion, photography and self expression.

Jenny Altman, Aerie’s Style and Fit Expert, is the go-to resource from how-to’s and bra quick fixes. As a fashion editor and stylist for InStylePeople Style Watch, and O, the Oprah Magazine, Jenny has helped dress some of the world’s most celebrated personalities and most importantly she helps transform countless REAL women on a daily basis with her website ILOVEAGOOD.COM. Celebrity or not, Jenny believes intimates are (literally) the foundation of a confident look for all women and her passion is helping women find the right pieces for their body shape by talking about it in a REAL way.

Lindsay Avner, the Founder and CEO at Bright Pink was the youngest patient in the US to bravely opt for a risk-reducing double mastectomy with reconstruction. During the experience, Lindsay was frustrated by the lack of resources for women in her specific situation. So, armed with optimism and dedication, Lindsay founded Bright in Pink in January 2007. Now in its seventh year, Bright Pink is the only national non-profit focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women, while providing support to high-risk individuals.

Each day these women exemplify what being #AerieREAL means. It’s being true to you. Believing that imperfections are beautiful and believing that no one can change who you are.

Tweet us, tag us, or tell us your story today! We’ll be highlighting our favorites by April 6th, but you can always tell us your #AerieREAL story anytime on Twitter and Instagram by tagging us with #AerieREAL.

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xoxo,

Aerie

AEO Friends and Family: Adam Gallagher from I Am Galla

Meet Adam Gallagher, the blogger behind I Am Galla. Adam’s stunning photography and awesome outfits caught our eye and we’ve been loyal followers ever since. We partnered with Adam to showcase a few of his favorite American Eagle Outfitters pieces that are essential to every Spring Break wardrobe in our Blogger Shop. Read on to learn more about Adam, how he started blogging and what fashion trend he hopes never comes back.

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Adam from I Am Galla.

When did you discover your interest in fashion and writing?
Ever since I was a kid I naturally cared about what I was wearing. I enjoyed shopping with my mom and dad and picked out ridiculous things (Hawaiian and global prints were my go-to). As I got older, my style evolved and I had this rule that every year in school I would change my look. I was all over the place but enjoyed every minute of it.

What prompted you to start I Am Galla?
When I graduated high school I received the best dressed award and felt like I had some obligation to really do something with that. I took to the internet and saw other people writing fashion blogs and started one of my own. It was a hobby that turned into a business and I’m grateful everyday because of it.

What is your favorite thing about blogging?
The best thing about blogging hands down is the freedom of expression. I get to dress however I want, photograph wherever I want and call all the shots. As bloggers we are the art directors, editors, stylists and models all in one and even though it seems like a “perfect life” it really is a lot of work and very rewarding. I love what I do.

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A candid shot of Adam.

What are you doing when you’re not blogging?
I’m always blogging! That’s where social media comes in. I could be enjoying other hobbies such as playing music, working out or traveling and yet I’m Instagraming the whole time for my blog. I’s not just something I do, it’s a lifestyle.

What is your favorite fit of AEO denim?
Skinny! I’m a firm believer that everyone (including men) shouldn’t be afraid to showcase some body shape. Fitted everything… that’s my rule.

What trends from AEO do you love most for Spring?
Pastel colors for guys are great. The Paneled Short Sleeve Button Down Shirt will definitely be something I wear with some chinos at the beach.

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Adam in two of his spring break essentials: pastels and chinos.

Where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere: eras in time, celebrities, books, colors, you name it. There is no limit to inspiration, that’s the great part.

What is the last song you listened to?
“Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac.

Where is the coolest place you have ever traveled?
Hawaii. It’s stunning. It’s kind of unbelievable that something that perfect exists.

What fashion trend do you hope to never see again?
Baggy pants: retired and fired.

What fashion trend do you hope comes back in style?
60′s is always welcome to come back in my book. Love mod, love the colors, love hippies, etc.

Tell us a few fun facts about you.
My favorite food is anything with pesto on it. I’m a huge animal lover. I’m a Libra. And I’m afraid of flying (yes, I’m a travel blogger).

What’s next on your life to-do list?
Really take my business to the next level. I just got an office in SoHo and an assistant, I just want to continue growing and really have an impact on the menswear market. I want to collaborate with the best and travel, travel, travel!

Follow Adam:
Blog: I Am Galla
Twitter: @iamgalla
Instagram: @iamgalla

#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Festival Looks

The arrival of spring means one thing to fashion and music lovers alike — festival season.  You can achieve street-style readiness with American Eagle Outfitters pieces including leather booties, maxi-skirts with an edgy slit, festival shorties and overstated jewelry.

We challenged three fashion bloggers, Erika and Natalie from The Fashionably Broke and Sara from StyleMBA to each create a head-to-toe look that can get you through any weekend festival while staying fashionable and feeling comfortable. Check out each girls look and be sure to visit their blogs to see even more photos.

Meet Sara:
Sara is a DC native. Her blog, StyleMBA, is a DC style blog about the business of fashion and home decor.

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Add a pair of leather booties to give any look that festival feel.

What inspired Sara’s look:
When I think of festival style I think COMFORT. A distressed pair of AEO cutoffs, some booties, and a soft flannel top are the perfect uniform for a day of frolicking in the dessert and enjoying your favorite bands day and night.

Get Sara’s look:
Destroyed Midi Short
Cropped Button Down Shirt
Perforated Bucket Backpack
Perforated Bootie

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Erika shows us how to wear a maxi – and still be able to dance – in our Front Slit Maxi Skirt.

About The Fashionably Broke:
The Fashionably Broke is a blog dedicated to inspiring the fellow fashion-obsessed. Written and told by two sisters, Natalie and Erika Pinto, through style expression and linking to their favorite brands and products. It is their mission to inspire girls everywhere achieve a fashionable lifestyle, on any budget.

What inspired Erika’s look:
A black maxi skirt is best dressed down with a studded belt and booties and must have a nice, high slit for easy, breezy movement.

Get Erika’s look:
Front Slit Maxi Skirt
Button Down Panel Tank (similar)
Beaded Multi-Strand Necklace

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Natalie shows off one of the coolest trends in accessories – hand jewelry.

What inspired Natalie’s look:
Swapping out regular blue jean cut-offs for a pair of black denim ones, paired with a sheer blouse, can really amp up your desert style. Don’t forget your backpack and body jewelry, of course!

Get Natalie’s look:
Printed Chiffon Button Down Shirt
High-Rise Festival Shorties
Beaded Turquoise Hand Jewelry
Perforated Bucket Backpack

Be sure to show us your festival fashions with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr for the chance to be on our blog or AE.com Style Gallery.

AEO Friends and Family: Cara McLeay from A Fashion Love Affair

In case you hadn’t guessed it yet, we’ve been blogger-crushing on Cara McLeay from A Fashion Love Affair for years. We were so thrilled we had the chance to partner with her for spring break and feature her favorite pieces from our latest collection in a shop on AE.com. Read on to learn more about the girl behind the blog!

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Cara McLeay from A Fashion Love Affair.

When did you discover your interest in fashion and writing?
I have always loved fashion for as long as I can remember and I really got into writing and reading in high school, and then went onto study English in University.

What prompted you to start A Fashion Love Affair?
I started A Fashion Love Affair to share my daily inspiration and love of fashion and style. I had no idea what an amazing community I would find–it is so much fun to connect with people who share your same passion!

What is your favorite thing about blogging?
Blogging offers so many amazing experiences and opportunities–but my favourite thing by far is the people it allows me to meet.

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Cara in Florence.

What are you doing when you’re not blogging?
I love being outside so I try to spend as much time as I can walking my dog, swimming, hiking and running. I also love to travel and am always planning my next trip.

What is your favorite fit of AEO denim?
The Tomboy Jean. I love dressing them up with heels or looking casual with a t-shirt and flats. I am a big fan of the boy-meets-girl look.

What trends from AEO do you love most for Spring?
Floral prints.

Where do you find your inspiration?
Traveling, Pinterest, music, movies, magazines–and everywhere in between!

What is the last song you listened to?
Drunk in Love by Beyonce–on repeat!

Where is the coolest place you have ever traveled?
I try to travel as much as possible so have been lucky enough to see some pretty amazing things! I think the coolest places have been South Africa, Vietnam and Turkey.

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Cara in Hawaii.

What fashion trend do you hope to never see again?
Wedge sneakers & Uggs!

What fashion trend do you hope comes back in style?
Off the shoulder tops! I was a big fan of the Flashdance off-the-shoulder sweatshirt.

Tell us a few fun facts about you.
I have a 7 year old beagle named Gus
I have a Bacherlor’s Degree in Women’s Studies.
My favorite fruit is pineapple.

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Cara with her beagle, Gus.

What’s next on your life to-do list?
More traveling! I really wanted to visit Peru and climb Machu Picchu.

Follow Cara:

Blog: A Fashion Love Affair

Twitter: @carajourdan

Instagram: @carajourdan

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