#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


As part of Alternative Spring Break 2014, American Eagle Outfitters has teamed up with the Student Conservation Association to beautify and clean up urban parks throughout the country as part of Alternative Spring Break. We’ll bring you the story of each location throughout April. Join the movement this Spring Break and don’t just go somewhere, do something! Read on to learn more about our San Francisco project from Jean, an SCA team member.

Our volunteers arrived in droves to Golden Gate Park starting at 10am on Day One. I had nonstop registration traffic for about an hour! I loved the energy and excitement of all the volunteers. Once we did a quick introduction, we all headed out to different projects including building planter boxes, painting, cleaning around the building, planting, mulching, and weeding.

SCA Leader Teamer Marvin V. preps planter boxes.

SCA Leader Teamer Marvin V. preps planter boxes.

I took a deep breath, drink of water and led 25 volunteers into Golden Gate Park to work near Alvord Lake, spreading mulch and weeding planters along the bike path. Immediately, visitors to the park began thanking us as we worked. One man said the mulch was especially needed because “it’s gotten so dusty around these trees. It used to be so pretty. This will be great!” We even got a few thumbs up from people on tour buses as they yelled “thank you!” to us.

Right before lunch, we regrouped with everyone involved in the project and heard from some speakers. They did a great job motivating us and articulating the importance of not only conservation work, but urban conservation. Phil Ginsberg, the General Manager of San Francisco Recreation and Parks, was especially inspiring. He spoke of the need to protect urban greenspaces, to help the environment and give people a connection to nature within cities.

Christopher C. speaking on the history of Golden Gate Park.

Christopher C. speaking on the history of Golden Gate Park.

Throughout the week, we forged ahead with our projects, completing them with enthusiasm. I spoke with an SCA alum, Amanda Botsford, who said she came out to the event because she remembered how transformative her SCA experience was and she wanted to reconnect with SCA.

Working on the mural.

Working on the mural.

Throughout  the week,  I was so impressed to see volunteers working past 4pm to ensure everything was completed on time. The SCA members from Oakland and Menlo Park were a huge help cleaning up once we completed our work. It was awesome to see them in action! They embodied the spirit of volunteerism, and reminded me why I love working with SCA members.

The project was an incredible success. The park looks better than ever and we left our stamp with the colorful mural created by Chor Boogie.

Volunteers in front of the completed mural.

Volunteers in front of the completed mural.

Keep checking back for coverage of our clean up and art installations this Spring Break in New Orleans, Chicago and Pittsburgh.

Follow the SCA on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and go to AE.com/SCA to donate.

Meet the Cast: Matty


Meet Matty, an aspiring chef from Bend, Oregon and winner of American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life. We had the chance to learn more about Matty — read on to learn why she loves to cook and what her specialty dish is.

You’re originally from Dalles, OR and now live in Bend, OR. What do you heart about those cities?
The things I heart about Dalles is that most of my family lives there and it is a place I can always run away to if needed. I heart everything about Bend! Bend, Oregon will forever have my heart. From the breath-taking scenery, to the kindest people you’ll ever met, and the small town feel… I love it all!

You love to cook. What is your specialty?
My favorite thing to cook is Chicken Parmesan.

Do you feel like food is a form of art?
I definitely feel like cooking is a form of art. It’s crazy to throw together so many different ingredients together and have it turn info something amazing that you’ve never even tasted before!

When did your love for cooking begin?
My love for cooking began when I was a pretty little, around 8 or 9 years old I would say. I would always watch my grandpa in the kitchen and watch cooking shows on TV with him for hours. I think I fell in love with all the different smells!

Do you have any cooking traditions?
A cooking tradition in our family is everyone coming together to help make great meals for the family. I think that’s what I really love about cooking, it brings the ones you really love together.

Who inspires you to cook?
My grandpa inspires me too cook, as well as most of my family.

What do you enjoy most about cooking?
The thing I enjoy most about cooking is making everyone happy through food and bringing everyone together. Who’s not happy when they are eating good food?

You love nature and enjoy working in your community garden. What are some of the reasons that you love doing this?
I loved working in the community garden over summer for the fact that I was helping out someone else. It felt really good to give back to such a beautiful town.

And the Winner Is… Project Live Your Life Week 5

And the Winner Is… Project Live Your Life Week 5

To celebrate our Spring 2014 photo shoot in San Francisco as well as our #HEARTTHISCITY partnership as part of Alternative Spring Break, we wanted to make the prize for the last week of Project Live Your Life a trip to the City by the Bay. Gil A. from North Laredo, Texas will be taking a friend on a trip to San Francisco! Congrats, Gil!

Be sure to check back here and at ae.com/liveyourlife to meet the grand prize winners who will be part of our Back to School 2014 campaign.

#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Global Prints

Our designers travel the world to find the coolest print inspiration to create global prints exclusively for you. Sometimes global prints can seem a little tricky to style, but fashion bloggers Ashlyn from Let it Be Beautiful and Shanna from Because Shanna Said So created two looks to help us out. Be sure you visit each girl’s blog to see even more shots of their looks.

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Ashlyn from Let it Be Beautiful in our Soft Floral Jumpsuit.

Meet Ashlyn: Ashlyn is a personal life + style blogger living in DC with her better half + English Bulldog, Tinsley. Let it Be Beautiful was originally created as a personal outlet where she could share her life as a physician assistant student. Quickly, her blog evolved into a place to share her inspiration with others. Let It Be Beautiful offers a daily dose of style, design & prettiness!

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Detail shot of our Soft Floral Jumpsuit.


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Ashlyn took the romper in a completely different direction by adding a denim vest.

What inspired Ashlyn’s look: When deciding on what to pair with the jumpsuit, I was thinking ‘cozy & casual’ for spring or summer. I tend to throw on my denim vest over a dress, tank or t-shirt & the outfit is completely transitioned. Also, adding a pop of color to any look is important to me, so my red bag was a no-brainer. Get Ashlyn’s look: Soft Floral Jumpsuit Denim Vest (similar)

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Shanna from Because Shanna Said So in our Soft Pant.

Meet Shanna: Shanna is a personal style blogger born and raised in Texas. She currently resides in the Austin area and is living life to it’s fullest. She began her blog in late 2011 with a passion for reaching women of all ages and sharing affordable fashion, accessible style inspiration and her favorite cosmetics. She truly believes that women do not have to spend a lot too look like they did.

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Shanna shows off the versatility of a soft pant by wearing sneakers for a casual-cook look.

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Detail shot of our Soft Pant.

What inspired Shanna’s look: I opted to style these pants on a very casual level. They are easy to move around in with an elastic waist and airy material. They are super comfortable and perfect for running weekend errands. The versatility is amazing and could easily be taken into the evening with a pair of heels, a solid crop, long chain necklace and clutch. Get Shanna’s look: Soft Pant Show us how you style your global prints with #AEOSTYLE on Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our AE.com Style Gallery, our Instagram and Tumblr accounts or blogs.


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