Your Guide To Finding The Perfect Pair Of Shorts

Summer is synonymous with shorts season. This year, we have tons of shorts fits in different lengths & fabrics, and we’re here to clear up any confusion about AEO shorts with this guide. Our guy’s shorts are now available in Flex fabric, which are perfect for summer wear because they move with you, making them even more comfortable for summer activities – day or night. To find your perfect fit, check out the differences between our newest shorts styles plus our outfitting tips below.

Flat Fronts Only
Flex Flat Front Shorts are the fit of the summer, and you’ll find that even if you’re rocking cargo shorts, they’ll have a flat front style. AEO flat front shorts come in various cuts and lengths, including Slim Flat Front Shorts and Classic Flat Front Shorts. These Flex fits will be your go-to summer short: they’re versatile & pair well with everything from tees to button downs. Since they’re available in Flex fabric, you can literally wear them anywhere… even to sleep! We especially like to match Flex shorts back to a graphic tee and sneakers.

How To Find Your Perfect Pair Of Men's Flex Shorts

Shop The Look: Active Flex Slim Flat Front Short | Southwestern Graphic T-Shirt
Clubmax Sunglasses | Lace-Up Sneaker

Length Matters
How tall you are can directly influence the cut and length of your shorts. If you’re on the taller side, get adventurous and try out a shorter inseam. The 9-inch inseam of the Slim Front Flat Shorts or a 10-inch inseam of Classic Flat Front Shorts will suit your height well. A standard short or longer length short with either a perfectly straight leg or cargo pocket details work well for most guys, so you might consider trying those first! Still lost? The easiest way to find your best fit is to the head to the fitting room. Try on several different styles, and you’ll know after a couple of tries exactly which short fit is meant for you.

Rock A Print
The biggest guys’ trend of Summer 2016 is printed shorts. If you haven’t given much thought to how you feel about prints, now is the time to test them out. Vivid prints make a bold #AEOSTYLE statement, and AEO Flex shorts come in tons of prints and patterns, so you can easily experiment with your look. Whether you’re feeling a paradise print, are drawn to polka dots or are more of a stripes guy, our best advice is to go for it. Be adventurous and pair your printed or solid shorts with a graphic tee and sandals for a look that will carry you through the season.

How To Find Your Perfect Pair of Flex Shorts

Shop The Look: Active Flex Classic Flat Front Short | Stripe Popover Short Sleeve Shirt

Dress for the Day
Different occasions call for different shorts – for example, you’d probably want to wear different shorts to the movies than you would for a volleyball game. For active days, AEO Jogger Shorts and Hybrid Shorts in lightweight microfibers with a lot of stretch allow you more movement and freedom. A bright graphic tee will move with you through any activity, and Birkenstock sandals are great for beach days. For those weekend festivals and chill nights with friends, Denim Shorts are comfy and cool. Pair Cutoff Denim Shorts with a printed tee or a button down shirt, and add a few braided bracelets for a subtle accessory.

Show us how you’re wearing your AEO shorts using #AEOSTYLE on Twitter & Instagram for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: IN THE MARKET FOR SUMMERTIME

In the market for a new summertime shopping look? Our stylist has your go-to outfit for arts festivals, outdoor markets and more!

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: IN THE MARKET FOR SUMMERTIME

Shop Erin’s Look: Cropped Mesh Tank | Athletic Short | Triangle Longline Bralette | Printed Thong | Street Level Reversible Tote Bag | AEO Flatform Espadrille Sandal | Aviator Sunglasses | Bandana (Similar)

If you’re out in the sun all day, you’ll want to stay cool in a breezy set like our Cropped Mesh Tank and Athletic Short. Keep comfy underneath with our Triangle Longline Bralette and add a little fun with our printed Thong. Accessorize with our Aviator Sunglasses and AEO’s Bandana, and bring this Street Level Reversible Tote Bag to fill up with all the goodies you find. Treat your feet to AEO’s Flatform Espadrille Sandals so you can shop and stroll for days!

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: IN THE MARKET FOR SUMMERTIME

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Governors Ball Recap 2016

Last weekend, our friends Kevin, Syma and Laura took over our Snapchat and Instagram accounts to cover the music, food and fashion that is Governors Ball. Check out some of our favorite photos from their weekend below and share your festival outfits with #AEOFESTIVALFASHION for a chance to  be featured on our style gallery.

Laura hydrates with the biggest coconut water we’ve ever seen.

Governors Ball Recap 2016 Their new favorite festival accessory? Polaroid cameras!
Governors Ball Recap 2016

Syma rocks her #AEOSTYLE in our Hi-Rise Denim Skirt, Straw Boater hat and our Soft & Sexy Lace-Up Jegging TankGovernors Ball Recap 2016

Syma, Kevin and Laura map out their weekend eats, concerts and hangs.
Governors Ball Recap 2016

Check out more images of Gov ball below! Governors Ball Recap 2016

Are you heading to a festival this summer? Tell us which ones in the comments below.

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Dress Up Your Summer

We love the carefree, effortless feeling that summer brings – less responsibility, more fun! Summer is the time of year when plans can happen on the fly, and you need the quick, pretty #AEOSTYLE to match. One of our favorite ways to put together a spontaneous outfit is by slipping on a one-and-done piece like a dress or romper. This season offers one of our biggest dress assortments yet, so it’s the perfect time to check out everything from our shift dresses to rompers to maxi dresses. Plus, you’ll find styles to fit any look, like an edgy romper or a polished pattern maxi dress. Make it work with your individual #AEOSTYLE! Keep reading to see how AEO will dress up your summer.

Weekend Concert
Whether you’re visiting NYC, Austin or Chicago for one of the major music festivals or keeping it low-key and heading to a local concert, a flirty, boho romper is always a top choice. Festival outfitting is all about the accessories, so an understated romper with small details like the bow on the one-piece below will allow you to amp up your festival style. Layer on necklaces, rings and bracelets, and don’t forget a pair of sunglasses. Lately, we’re loving trendy round shape. Finish the look with a fringe bag that will hold your wallet, cell and, of course, a retro camera!

Dress Up Your Summer! Take this look to a free concert in the park or music festival on the weekend.

Shop The Look: Soft & Sexy Babydoll Dress | Crochet + Bead Crossbody Bag
Round Sunglasses | Horn & Arrowhead Layered Necklace | Sunnylife Underwater Camera

Brunch With Friends 
Kick off the summer season by grabbing your friends for amazing food. Summer menus are popping up at all of our favorite restaurants, and brunch is the best excuse to catch up with friends while eating some mind-blowing waffles. Since brunch is usually relaxed, you’ll want a soft, feminine look to match. Pair a floral maxi dress with a wide-brim straw hat for a vacation-vibe. A faux-leather handbag in a neutral color will hold all of the necessities, like cat-eye sunglasses and lip balm.

Dress Up Your Summer! This look is perfect for weekend brunch with your BFFs.

Shop The Look: Hi-Neck Maxi Dress | Street Level Reversible Mini Tote
Aerie Panama Hat | AEO Cat Eye Sunglasses

Flea Market Browsing
Refresh your #AEOSTYLE and your interior design! Head to a local flea market to find a hidden gem. A casual, free-spirited look is great for wandering around outside. Be sure to take a light jacket that you can carry on your shoulder or pop on if it gets chilly in the morning. A comfortable pair of fun, patterned shoes adds interest to finish the look. Don’t forget a carry-all bag!

Dress Up Your Summer! Take this look to the Flea Market for a shabby-chic feel.

Shop The Look: Tiered Fringe Shift Dress | Denim Jacket | Slip-On Platform Espadrille | Street Level Reversible Tote

Hang at the Park
If you want to have a chill day but still take advantage of beautiful summer weather (and, let’s be real, show off this adorable look), plan a day at the park. Take a blanket, snacks and light reading material to carry you through the afternoon. This floral romper is vibrant and sweet, and the shorts silhouette will allow you to move around all day with ease. We’re all about the cold-shoulder lately, so feel free to work on that summer tan! Pull on a pair of bright white sneakers to complete the look.

Dress Up Your Summer! Grab some reading material and head to the park for a relaxing day.

Shop The Look: Floral Wrap-Front Romper | Keds Original Champion Sneaker | Cat Eye Sunglasses

How will you dress up your summer? Tell us in the comments below and show us on Twitter and Instagram using #AEOSTYLE.

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10 Ways To Spend Your Summer Friday

What’s our favorite summer holiday? Summer Fridays! Summer Fridays are a phenomenon that workplaces are starting to embrace, and we can’t image the months of June, July and August without them. If you’re not sure what we’re talking about… we’re sorry, and we hope that you get to experience the gift of walking out of work early every Friday in the summer very soon. We’re here to help you make the most of the hours you gain with a list of 10 ways to spend your Summer Friday.

1. Visit A Museum: If you’re lucky enough to live in a city with multiple museums… visit them! A little knowledge never hurt anyone, and you might be surprised at what you can learn in just a few hours walking around a museum. If you typically don’t have time on the weekend, an early-out Friday is a great way to fit a visit into your schedule.

2. Check Out A Baseball Game: Pump a little excitement into the start of your weekend by checking out a baseball game. Baseball is the sport of the summer, and from the thrill of the game to the amazing food (um, nachos anyone?), we really can’t think of a reason not to go to at least one game per season.

3. Try A New-To-You Restaurant: Warm weather equals porch season! Grab some friends after work or school and go to a restaurant you’ve never tried, preferably with outdoor seating! Summer is the perfect time to try some trendy foods like avocado toast or acai bowls (because we all know you’re #eatingfortheinsta).

4. Go For  A Bike Ride: Get out and move! While the sun is still shining midday, take your bike out for a spin. A lot of cities even offer bike rental services with parking hubs around the city, so there’s no excuse not to take a ride in #AEOSTYLE.

Spend your Summer Friday taking a bike ride around the city in #AEOSTYLE.

Shop The Look: Denim X Shortie | Plaid Boyfriend Shirt | Round Lens Flat Sunglasses
Mixed Metal Ring Pack | Street Level Faux Leather Bucket Bag (Similar)

5. See A Free Concert In The Park: One of the best perks of summer are free concerts! It seems like free festivals are popping up more than ever, and chilling out with some friends and listening to music is a beautiful way to spend a Friday afternoon. Grab a blanket to sit on & some snacks to earn bonus points with the BFFs.

6. Take A Last Minute Mini-Vacation: You’re gaining a few extra hours on Summer Fridays, so make the most of it! Plan a quick, last minute getaway & leave as soon as the work. Whether you end up camping nearby or driving all night to find a beach, you’re sure to make some memories that will last longer than just the season.

7. Volunteer For A Few Hours: You get what you give! Since you’re getting time off from everyday activity, take the time to give back to your community by volunteering with a local organization. Not only will you have more fun than you expect, you’ll feel great about your actions after. If you need some inspiration, we recommend visiting a volunteer match website.

8. Check Out Your Local Farmer’s Market: We’re huge fans of supporting our local communities, and one way to do that is by buying local. Wandering around a farmers market is a great way to spend an afternoon. You’ll be able to try fresh pastries, local veggies and fruits and even meet new people. Ice cream cone in hand not optional!

Take your #AEOSTYLE to the farmer's market for a sweet treat on your summer Friday.

Shop The Look: Chambray Dress | Round SunglassesCurved Bar Necklace | Bead Bracelet Trio (Similar)

9. Head To The Pool: Wind down after a long week by heading to the pool. You don’t need to be a member at an exclusive club to go for a swim –
community pools are a great option for catching some rays. Pack your Aerie swim in your work bag for easy access after the day is done.

10. Hang Out At The Park: Be a kid for the day! Hang out at the park for the afternoon and jump around the playground or take a walk through the grounds.

How are you going to spend your Summer Friday? Tell us in the comments, or show us using #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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Banana Pineapple Matcha Bowl

Didn’t think your morning smoothie could get any better? Serve it inside a pineapple! This tropical smoothie bowl will brighten your day and help you welcome in summertime.

Banana Pineapple Matcha Bowl

INGREDIENTS

1/2 lime, juiced

1 frozen banana

1 pineapple

1/4 cup almond milk

1 1/2 cups spinach

1 1/2 tsp matcha powder

Banana Pineapple Matcha Bowl

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:

1 kiwi

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp coconut flakes

DIRECTIONS

1] Slice the pineapple in half length-wise. Use a knife to cut the outline of the “bowl” in the pineapple and scoop out the fruit with a spoon.

Banana Pineapple Matcha Bowl

2] Place 1 cup of pineapple in a blender, add in all other ingredients and blend until smooth!

3] Pour the smoothie into your pineapple bowl, top with coconut, chia and kiwi and eat up!

Banana Pineapple Matcha BowlABOUT CHAARG

We believe that working out can (and should!) be fun. We’re an organization of 5,000+ girls at more than 37 universities that encourages college-aged girls to find their fit, whether it’s yoga, CrossFit or anything in between.

You don’t need to be a marathon runner or a weightlifting champion to join—it’s all about finding what works for you. That’s the beauty of CHAARG. We’re a group of real girls with a passion for leading happy, healthy lives.

Sound like you? Learn more about us, check out CHAARG.com and find us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

ABOUT TERESA

Teresa Sandoval is CHAARG’s Creative Project Lead. She dedicates her free time to any and all activities that let her get outside. When she isn’t taking her dog for a run or spending time in the sunshine, she can be found getting messy and creative in the kitchen.

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