10 questions with Parkour Athlete: Willie “WilJay” Moore

We’re introducing our innovative AEO Flex/4 denim technology, and partnered with an awesome WFPF parkour athlete to showcase the revolutionary versatility of our jeans and what you can do in them. Flex/4 is our latest 360° 4-way flex denim that follows your every move, retains its shape, and provides max comfort. We were so impressed by (Willie’s) athletic skills in our Flex/Denim video that we wanted to get to know him a little better. Read on for our full interview!

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When did you become interested in Parkour?
I’ve always been doing parkour, actually. I was always a pretty outgoing kid trying to do the next big thing that my friends couldn’t. Although I very specifically remembering doing my first back flip in elementary school recess, I never knew what parkour was until I found videos on the internet in middle school. I was also very influenced by the action movies and cartoons at the time.

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How much time do you spend practicing in a week?
Aside from training a few hours a week, I practice parkour in my own way each and every day. Parkour to me is more mental than it is physical. In its simplicity it’s all about overcoming the obstacles that are in front of you while finding new and creative ways to express yourself along the way. In a weird way I have grown up with Parkour at the forefront of my life and have been its student ever since I was a little boy.

What was the most dangerous Parkour move you’ve done to date? Any injuries?
I once did a double side flip from a pretty high object to a lower one. I sprained my foot first attempt.

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What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
I have never had any formal training in anything I have ever done. I really think big; sometimes too big for my current circumstance. I truly take pride in my ability to adapt to any situation. Everything is a learning experience and a tool that you can use in some shape or form. Attention to detail is everything.

What was your favorite thing about Flex denim?
The AEO Flex line is simply incredible? The Flex denim line is so far the most comfortable clothing that i have ever worn outside of my house! I have recommended them to everyone I know.

Where else would you wear AEO Flex to?
So far I have worn AEO Flex wear to a photo shoot, a video shoot, a stunt shoot, a business meeting, through a holiday, and out lounging with friends. I believe a better question is where wouldn’t I wear them? Hmm.

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What advice would you offer aspiring Parkour athletes?
My advice to aspiring Parkour athletes as well as anyone pursuing a passion is to always be unique. It is always way easier to be yourself than it is to be just like your competition. Being unique is what makes you valuable! Oh and have fun meeting other weirdos like yourself jumping about.

Any noteworthy projects on the horizon? Are there any projects out there you’d like the opportunity to work on?
I make YouTube videos every week. The goal is to grow my audience. Unlike most entertainers that use social media as a stepping stone, I feel that YouTube has become a large enough platform for me to become a successful, creative, and transparent influencer. I want to be the director, actor, and stuntman. On the other hand I would love to be a well-known secret agent like James Bond or a video game character! Who knows?

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Favorite movie of all time?
Wow that’s a really hard question! I would have to say that it hasn’t been produced yet. It’s still sitting in my dresser waiting to be directed! I’m kidding! I would have to say that I have a ton of favorite movies but never a favorite of all time past or present. As one of the many runners up, I would have loved to be in the magic movie Now You See Me.

Top 3 on your bucket list?
I want to inspire the youth and give the kids the same hope that I was given by so many great human beings. I want to travel the world with those who need to see it for its many differences and similarities. Last but not least I want to look back at my life when everything said and done and simply be able to say I lived the best life I possibly could in my very own and unique way. I was totally human.

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#AEOSTYLE Roundup: January Style

January has arrived! This is a tricky time of year for us style gurus because we find ourselves not quite wanting to give up our sweaters and vests, but with the promise of warmer weather ahead (and all those new Spring trends to try!) we’re sometimes quick to jump into the next season. We love the way you’re still embracing cold weather #AEOSTYLE while mixing in some lighter tones like blues and pinks. This year, we’re all about blue tones and destroyed denim, and we can’t wait to see the looks you come up with. For now, we’re showing you how to squeeze the last few wears of sweaters, scarves and furry vests with as much #AEOSTYLE as possible. Check out all the looks from this week’s #AEOSTYLE roundup below.

@shalicenoel

@shalicenoel

Spring into a new year with pink & blue cotton candy hues paired back to edgy destroyed denim.
Shop the Look:
Jegging
AEO Boyfriend Button Down Shirt (Shop Similar)
Aerie Faux Fur Vest (Shop Similar)

@chictalkch

@chictalkch

Oversized sweaters are better with destroyed jeans and heels. Add a scarf for maximum warmth!
Shop the Look:
AEO Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging
AEO Prescott Sweater (Shop Similar)
AEO Western Scarf (Shop Similar)
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@victoriaajoyce

@victoriaajoyce

Shades of grey and black stand out against stark white snow.
Shop the Look:
Hi-Rise Jegging
AEO Joshua Tree Sweater (Shop Similar)
AEO Flight Jacket (Shop Similar)

@prettyinpattern

@prettyinpattern

Mix prints, colors & textures for a fun winter look. Elevate the outfit with nude heeled booties.
Shop the Look:
AEO Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging
AEO Prescott Sweater (Shop Similar)
AEO Cable Knit Beanie (Shop Similar)

@thebrookedavis

@thebrookedavis

Keep the new year casual with your BFF the denim button down. Wide brim hat totally not optional.
Shop the Look:
AEO Western Denim Shirt
AEO Sateen X Jegging (Shop Similar)
Aerie Panama Hat (Shop Similar)

Show us how you’re wearing #AEOSTYLE this month by using #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured in our style gallery or tell us in the comments below!

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5 Stretches to do in the Morning

Whether you’re an avid runner or starting off the new year with a new exercise routine, stretching is key. While often overlooked, stretching can lead to fewer aches and pain, making working out much more enjoyable and long-lasting. Lisa from LMP Collections shows us how to do 5 easy stretches that can be added to any workout regimen.

5 Stretches To Do in the Morning

“Since I’m a runner, and training for a half marathon here in April, stretching is a BIG part of preventing injury and a great way to loosen up tight muscles. Stretching in the morning is a great way to start off the day and is also very relaxing. Benefits include less muscle aches, more energy, and better posture.” 5 Stretches To Do in the Morning 5 Stretches To Do in the Morning

Get Lisa’s Look: Lightly Lined X-Back Sports Bra | Sport-ish Crop Legging | Pretty Back Tank (Similar)5 Stretches To Do in the Morning 5 Stretches To Do in the Morning5 Stretches To Do in the MorningBe sure to hold each stretch for 15 seconds and breath! xo

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How To Wear AEO A-Line Jeans With The Style Bungalow

A new year marks a new beginning and what better way to ring in 2016 than with a pair of our new AEO A-Line jeans? With just enough flare to express your boho side, these jeans are the perfect addition to your seventies-inspired wardrobe. Stephanie from The Style Bungalow partnered with us for a three part series that involves some serious blues and we can’t wait to show you what she’s wearing. Get to know Stephanie and the inspiration behind her first look below.
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Meet Stephanie: Stephanie is a twenty-something, former ballerina turned PR pro living in South Florida. Addicted to fashion, she started her blog, The Style Bungalow, in March 2014 as a way to share her personal, relatable style, inspirations and thoughts. She believes the choices you make in your day-to-day outfits can send a powerful message. From cool confidence to chic and sophisticated to free-spirited and creative, she feels it’s important to reflect who you are and what you feel through your personal style. When she’s not home blogging, working or dancing the night away, Stephanie can be found running around town searching for cool pieces, spending time with her friends or soaking up the Florida sun!

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What Inspired Stephanie’s Look: “These jeans are perfect. I’m petite, about 5’2”, so finding a pair of flares that fit my frame without any alterations is rare! I love how they fit slim through the thigh and slightly flare out from the knee, making my legs look a mile long. They also have a cool, worn-in feel to them and the stretch-denim is very comfortable.

I styled these flares with a chunky knit sweater and a chic belt cinched at the waist with block-heeled sandals to add height. I layered on lots of rings, wore my favorite gold watch and a pair of aviators.”

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Shop The Look: A-Line Jean | Don’t Ask Why Crew Sweater (similar) | Jewelry (similar) | Aviator Sunglasses (similar) | BC Retriever Wedge Sandal (similar) | Knotted Braid Leather Belt (similar)

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Show us how you wear our A-Line jean 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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What to Pack for a Winter Getaway

It’s officially cold outside, which means it’s officially time to get out of town. Our stylist pulled her winter getaway must-haves to get you ready to go. Pack it up, pack it in!

What to Pack for a Winter Getaway

Shop the Look:  Crop Bikini Top | Bikini BottomOff-The-Shoulder Sweater | Lace Pushup Racerback Bralette | Classic Joggers | K-Swiss Belmont Sneaker | Whish’s Flawless Wax & Shave Serum | Hidden Love Eau De Toilette | Makeup Bag

Getaways are all about the L’s: lounging and laying out. Forget the fancywear and pack your cutest and comfiest warm weather favorites made for much needed R&R. Before you head outside, get your legs ready for sunshine and swimsuits with Whish’s Flawless Wax & Shave Serum. Then go straight to the pool in our extra comfortable Crop Bikini Top (fits like your fave Bralette) and Bikini Bottom.

When the sun goes down, no need to change out of your suit. Just throw on our Off-The-Shoulder Sweater over a pair of Classic Joggers, add cute sneaks like K-Swiss’s Belmont Sneaker and you’ll be ready for easy nighttime fun.

Happy getaways, girls!

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Real Talk With Fo Porter

This Pilates powerhouse was made for our new Aerie Studio faves. Read on and find out what makes this freckle-faced beauty #AerieREAL!

Real Talk With Fo Porter What music are you currently listening to?

Forever Jeff Buckley and Gwen Stefani.

Lover or fighter?

Passionate, so both.

Breakfast in bed or dinner out?

Dinner out!

What are you reading?

I read graphic novels. I’m a huge comic book nerd.

What makes you really laugh?

My fiancé, when he’s not stuck in his head and being a hard ass all the time. I like when he’s goofy.

Real Talk With Fo Porter

Shop Fo’s Look: Hi-Neck Sports Bra | Outta-Sight Shine Mini Boybrief Undie

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Celebrity tabloids, but the real stuff, not the weird stuff you see in The Enquirer. The “real” stuff!

What does the world need more of?

Love and equality.

How does it feel to know that you won’t be retouched?

It’s empowering because it’s real. It’s something that people take for granted when they look in a magazine.

Do you think retouched images have an impact on young women?

I think a lot of kids don’t even know what retouching is. It’s sad because they don’t get it, and they get older and think it’s ok. Just being comfortable in your own skin is a really big thing that should be happening.

Real Talk With Fo Porter

Shop Fo’s Look: Tank (Similar) | Lightly Lined Strappy Sports BraLoungey Jogger

Yea, I knew this girl who had a crooked tooth, and that “made” her.

Yea! Me having my freckles, people would always say “Did you not like your freckles when you were younger?” They would always try to put it down.

Because that’s how they deal with things.

Yea! But no, I’ve never been insecure with my freckles. Ever. I’ve always embraced them.

Real Talk With Fo Porter

Shop Fo’s Look: Satin Sleep Romper

What makes you #AerieREAL?

I feel like as I get older, I’ve grown into a more womanly body and that makes me #AerieREAL. “I’m a woman, hear me roar!” kind of a thing. I like my curves and I like being able to look at myself in the mirror and not feel like “Ugh, I wish I could do this and this.” We all have our insecurities, but I’m definitely comfortable in my skin.

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