AEO Associate Interview: Get To Know Jenelle H.

Do you want to know what its like to work as a buyer for AEO Women’s Fleece? We sat down with Jenelle H. to learn all about her role at AEO, what she’s like outside the office and even dug into her insanely creative side. Check out her interview below and be sure to watch her rapid fire interview for some Q and A’s that are sure to make you giggle.

Name
Jenelle H.

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Jenelle hard at work.

Occupation
Assistant Buyer, Women’s Fleece

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Jenelle’s #AEOStyle includes Hi-Rise anything.

What are some of your favorite trends that you’re seeing this summer/BTS?
Hi-rise anything! Shorts, jeans, skirts, swim bottoms…they’re comfortable, a throwback to my 80’s birth era, and all I want to wear this summer.

Summer days tend to be hot, while summer nights can get a bit chilly. How do you recommend styling your outfits to prepare for the change in temps?
Layers on layers on layers – I’m never caught without a second something, especially an open neutral cardigan or light soft jacket.

Are there any trends coming up for fall that you’re excited about?
Jegging tops! I’m exclusively a Jegging fit denim girl, so I’m excited to get cozy with over-sized sweatshirts & plaids. High rise bottoms & crops are great for the summer, but these tops are going to make it easier to accept winter finally setting in.

Jegging tops? Please explain!
Basically just a longer length, over-sized top that is meant to be worn with either leggings or Jegging fit denim. They cover your backside and are really comfy – this is the one we have in fleece:

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Jegging Top sneak peek!

What is currently your favorite AEO product?
I’m thrilled to get my hands on these Polka Dot Slip-On Sneakers we have now…  I’ve been plotting all kinds of summer biking in them since I first spotted the samples months ago.

Are there any prints, colors or styles that you’re currently obsessing over?
You might have already picked up on my passion for polka dots, but I also have a thing for florals.  Both are fun and classic, and definitely not limited to one occasion or silhouette.

Who is your style inspiration and why?
I somehow always manage to look slightly disheveled (the hair, maybe?) and I feel like Alexa Chung has that look perfected. She has this confident playful retro vibe with things like her dress silhouettes, peter pan collars, & the ability to rock some polka dots. I once stood behind her in the bathroom line at Lollapalooza in Chicago, and it was definitely a star-struck girl-crush moment.

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Words of encouragement drawn by Jenelle.

Favorite part of your job?
Seeing girls wearing products I’ve worked with – even if it’s years later! It’s fun to see how people decide to outfit a piece, and how they’ve made it part of their own style. I know the effort that went into it from my entire team… I always give them a mental high-five when I see other people loving something we brought to life!

What advice do you have for those wanting to enter into a Merchandising career?
Be good at juggling! Not necessarily literally (though I CAN do that – I’m secretly a single person circus), but being able to manage a million things at once is key. It’s a fast paced world here, and it takes a little time to get the hang of staying up to speed, but it’s part of what makes this job fun… every day is different!

You also have a very artistic side to you and have a website to boot! Tell us about your creative personality and inspiration behind your designs.
It’s impossible for me to sit still! I feel antsy unless I have something on my mind that I want to crochet, draw, cook, or bake. I’m inspired by seeing other people being passionate, having fun, & making awesome things – it makes me want to get up and do the same!

Is there anything else that we should know about you?
I have an odd adoration for word play – to the point where I have a pun problem. I’m considering starting a coin fee jar for each one I make…though some people think I should never change.

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This little lamb was crocheted by Jenelle.

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New England Edition: July 4th Style Guide

July 4th is right around the corner which means it’s time to show off your red, white and blue #AEOStyle. We’ve enlisted the help of our stylists, Preston and Lauren to piece together looks based on where you’re celebrating. No matter if you’re in the city or at the beach, we’ve got your itinerary and 4th of July outfit covered! Check out our favorite haunts and styles below and don’t forget to show us your Independence Day style with #AEOStyle for a chance to be featured on AE.com.

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Chatham, Cape Cod. Photo Credit: joesretirementblog

Destination:  Chatham, Cape Cod
Why:  Filled with quintessential New England charm, Chatham offers beautiful beaches, great food, penny candy and an all-american vibe. Plus, during the 4th, downtown Main Street turns into full blown parade!
Stay:  Chatham Bars Inn. Celebrate their 100th anniversary in the main hotel, or rent a bungalow footsteps away from the beach
Indulge:  Chatham Candy Manor. Homemade fudge with samples to boot plus hundreds of homemade chocolatey goodness.
Enjoy:  Ridgevale Beach. Ocean on one side, bay on the other. Rent sailboats and kayaks for the day then munch on lobster rolls and insanely good cheeseburgers at the Ridgevale Beach Snack Bar!
Packing Guide: 

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Girls: All-American #AEOStyle. 

Shop the look:
Chambray Sundress
Keds Champion Originals Sneaker

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Guys: Prep up your #AEOStyle.

Shop the look:
Denim Workwear Shirt
11.5″ Longboard Short
Canvas Chukkah

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Annapolis, Maryland: Photo Credit: car.realestatesbs.com

Destination:  Annapolis, Maryland
Why:  Crabcakes and Football (and beautiful water sprinkled with sailboats). It’s the perfect spot to watch fireworks and celebrate America’s Independence.
Stay:  Historic Inns of Annapolis. This quaint inn makes you feel right at home with beautiful rooms and fantastic hospitality.
Indulge:  Annapolis Ice Cream Company. You can’t go wrong with the sea salt caramel waffle cone. OMG its delicious.
Enjoy:  Pussers Caribbean Grille. Enjoy scrumptious fish tacos by the bay-side and turn your flip flops in for dancing shoes
Packing Guide:

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Girls: Red, white and blue with an east coast vibe. 

Shop the look:
Coca-Cola Graphic Muscle Tank
Stars and Stripes Denim Shortie
Thick Strap Sandal

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Guys: Prepster All-American look with an unexpected East Coast twist.

Shop the look:
Americana Tank
10.25″ Denim Cutoff Shorts
Canvas Sneaker

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New York, New York. Photo Credit: parliamenttutors.com

Destination:  New York City
Why:
 It’s America’s #1 city. Do we need to say more?
Stay:  AirBnB. Perfect for the traveler on a budget. We recommend staying in East Village or the Lower East Side.
Indulge:  Sprinkles Cupcakes. They change up flavors every day and offer specials multiple times per week, plus they have a cupcake ATM to satisfy cravings 24/7
Enjoy:  Fireworks. They’re being set off from Brooklyn and the East River this year so you can see them from Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. It’s a spectacle like no other!
Packing Guide:

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Girls: Keep it city sleek in #AEOStyle.

Shop the look:
Eagle Graphic Muscle Tank
Sky High Button Front Shortie
Birkenstock Gizeh Habana Sandal

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Guys: Laid-back prep meets busy city streets.

Shop the look:
Photo Real Muscle T-Shirt
10.25″ Destroyed Denim Cutoff Short
Canvas Sneaker

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Newport, Rhode Island. Photo Credit: njcharters.com

Destination:  Newport, Rhode Island
Why:  Beautiful beaches and mansions in the heart of New England. Enjoy stunning beaches along the coast of Rhode Island.
Stay:  The Attwater. This cozy boutique hotel has that old New England charm with updated decor and technology (they’ve got iPads in every room!)
Indulge:  Tallulah on Thames. Focused on finding seasonal ingredients from local resources, this restaurant offers delicious and flavorful meals.  We recommend the tacos.
Enjoy:  Schedule a mansion tour with Preservation Society of Newport County. Tour and learn all about the famous mansions that line the town’s coastline.
Packing Guide:

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Girls: New England vibe meets comfortable #AEOStyle. 

Shop the look: 
Sky High Shortie
Open Knit V-Neck Sweater
Marled Beanie
Slip-On Sneaker
Aviator Sunglasses

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Shop the look:
Jersey Polo
10″ Classic Length Short
Canvas Boat Shoe

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#AEOStyle Roundup

American Eagle Outfitters is all about expressing your individual style. Show us your original style with #AEOStyle on Instagram and Twitter for the chance to be featured on our blog so we can show the world how you take what we make and make it your own. Check out our favorite looks from this week below!

 Shop the look:
Denim Shorties
Favorite Scoop T-Shirt (shop similar)
Aviator Sunglasses (shop similar)

Shop the look:
Denim Shorties
Favorite V-Neck T-Shirt 

Shop the look:
Polka Dot Tie (shop similar)
Short Sleeve Striped Button Down

Shop the look:
Hi-Rise Festival Shorties
Favorite V Tank (shop similar)
Open Kimono (shop similar)

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Stitched Tank DIY with I Spy DIY

I have been seeing stitched details all over the place, and think they look so cool, so decided to try my hand at a little embroidery on my  NYC Subway Graphic Tank. If you have been following along, you’ve seen my love for neon is very real, examples herehere and here, so it was an obvious choice when picking colors. It was also cool using an embroidery hoop for the first time, it made the process so much easier and quicker even when free-handing. Read on for the step-by-step tutorial.

We're obsessed with this pop of color Jenni added to our simple black graphic tank!

I’m obsessed with this pop of color added to AEO’s simple black graphic tank!

How cute is Jenni's look with her customized NYC Subway Graphic Tank?

How cute is this AEO look with my customized NYC Subway Graphic Tank? Photo credit: Jessica Kaminski.

Shop Jenni’s look:
NYC Subway Graphic Tank
Muted Camo Jacket
Soft Circle Skirt
Slip-On Sneaker

Supplies for the Customized NYC Subway Graphic Tank.

Supplies for the Customized NYC Subway Graphic Tank.

What you need:
NYC Subway Graphic Tank
Neon Embroidery Thread
Needle
Embroidery Hoop
Scissors

What to do:

Step One: Thread your needle with embroidery thread.

Step One: Gather Supplies

Step One: Thread your needle with embroidery thread.

Step Two: Thread your needle with embroidery thread.

Step Two: Put your tank in the embroidery hoop,and adjust the fabric so it's pulled tight.

Step Three: Put your tank in the embroidery hoop,and adjust the fabric so it’s pulled tight.

Start stitching, alternating between a simple running stitch and a zigzag stitch.

Step Four: Start stitching, alternating between a simple running stitch and a zigzag stitch. Knot off each line when done stitching.

Step Five: Show off your customized #AEOSTYLE!

Step Five: Show off your customized #AEOSTYLE!

Looking for even more DIY projects for your favorite AEO pieces? Check out my DIY Neon Gem Sandals.

Have you made an awesome DIY project with your favorite American Eagle Outfitters pieces? Show us with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your project on our AE.com Style Gallery or our blog!

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It’s Here! Aerie’s New Store Design

What goes under your AEO? Aerie, of course! With our new easy to shop, customer focused, and freshly designed store, you’ll find it has never been easier to shop for intimates.

We sat down with Hannah B., Aerie’s Marketing Coordinator, and one of the many minds behind the new store design and asked her to give us a behind-the-scenes look at new Aerie stores.

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Aerie: What can the Aerie girl expect from the new store design? How is it different?

Hannah: It was designed with her in mind. The new stores are located next to or inside AEO stores to create an easier experience while shopping between brands. That way she can outfit herself from head-to-toe in one stop! The entire store is focused around the ideal shopping experience for our girl. She’ll love the ease of our new undie and bra fixtures!

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Aerie: Personally, what is your favorite part of the new store design?

Hannah: I have two! First, the undie cage fixture is SO pretty! It’s front and center and grabs your eye the moment you enter the store. It’s shoppable from every angle, featuring wide, lit drawers that makes finding your favorite Aerie undies a breeze.  And, I can’t forget to mention the chandelier lights that hang down from the center! They make quite the glamorous showcase for our undies.

I also love the new concierge area that truly adds a personalized experience when shopping at Aerie. Since the fitting rooms are incorporated in this area, our Bra Experts are always close at hand to offer assistance. What I love most is that they’ll even bring you your own tray of personally recommended bras and place them on the table outside of your fitting room. Whenever you’re ready to try a new one, there they are! It’s a private, yet intimate, personalized experience.

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Aerie: Okay, well we are now on the edge of our seats. We want to go bra shopping NOW! Where can our girl find one of these amazing new Aerie stores?

Hannah: 11 stores have already hit the US with 10 more opening this year. We’re also going GLOBAL! The design made its debut in our Israel store this past spring. Girls can also shop the new store design in Ontario, Quebec, China, Mexico, Columbia, and soon, the UK.

Thanks for the sneak peek Hannah! We can’t wait to shop!

So let’s hear it! Who has shopped the Aerie store design? Or, what feature are you excited about? Tell us below!

xoxo,

Aerie

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#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Hi-Rise Jegging Crop

Fashion blogger Ashlyn from Let It Be Beautiful is featuring a different fit of American Eagle Outfitters jeans on her blog for the next several months. Read on to see how she chose to outfit our Hi-Rise Jegging Crop.

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Ashlyn wears our Hi-Rise Jegging Crop and Don’t Ask Why Button Tank.

Meet Ashlyn:
Ashlyn is a twenty-something currently living in Washington, D.C. with her better half & English Bulldog, Tinsley. She is a physician assistant by day and a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger + part-time graphic designer for Let It Be Beautiful by night. 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 and prettiness!

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We love how Ashlyn paired blue on blue.

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Add pretty details with metallic sandals.

What inspired Ashlyn’s look:
Easy breezy style is what summer is all about. When the temps start rising, why not wear clothes that are light weight to help keep things comfy & cool? This ice blue button down tank is perfect for mixing, matching and layering with your favorite pair of shorts or denim during the summer months. I have never worn Jeggings until now and this pair is a super soft light weight denim that is easy to wear during the hot summer months. The high-rise waist is becoming my new favorite style! You will find me in these all summer long.

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The destroyed details on our Hi-Rise Jegging Crop are on trend for summer.

Get Ashlyn’s look:
Hi-Rise Jegging Crop
Don’t Ask Why Button Tank
Triple Strap Wedge Sandal (similar)

Show us how you wear Hi-Rise Jegging Crop with #AEOSTYLE for the chance to be featured on our blog or AE.com style gallery.

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