STYLED 4 WAYS: THE ATHLETIC AESTHETIC

Don’t call it a comeback trend: “athleisure” is here to stay.

The last few years have seen a slow-but-steady blurring of the line that separates activewear from streetwear, to the point that the two are now nearly indistinguishable. Menswear as a whole has treaded into more casual, sporty territory, while activewear continues to adopt an increasingly streamlined, minimalist, wear-it-anywhere aesthetic.

And here’s where it becomes clear that this shift is more than a passing trend: with it, we’ve ALSO seen a general shift in public perception. No longer is it considered “lazy” or “sloppy” to wear your workout clothes outside the gym, and now more than ever, it’s seen as totally acceptable to mix activewear into to your everyday wardrobe — in some cases, even your work wardrobe.

The bottom line: everyone likes to be comfortable and everyone likes to look good. So when the stars align to make those two things happen simultaneously, repeat after us: YOU. TAKE. ADVANTAGE.

How, exactly? That’s where Laura, our Lead Stylist, comes in. Below, she shows us four easy-to-replicate ways to incorporate activewear into your everyday looks — WITHOUT sacrificing your style.

 

LOOK #1: MINIMAL + MODERN

Go for a cool, tonal look with head-to-toe black and grey hues. Laura’s picks: these space-dyed grey shorts, a simple black hoodie (the grey trim is a small detail that does a lot to tie the whole look together) and black sneakers with a bright-white contrast sole.

At a glance, this look could pass as high-end streetwear (closer inspection reveals essential performance attributes like reflective trim, thumb holes and bonded zippers).

Shop the Look:

AE Active Hoodie | AE Active Reflective Colorblock T-Shirt | AE Active Drawstring Short | Clarks® Trigenic Flex Sneaker

 

LOOK #2: STYLE MEETS COMFORT

Believe it or not, this outfit features the same grey shorts from the first look!

Styled with a classic chambray shirt, an olive-green varsity jacket and simple white slip-ons, they take on a whole new vibe — casual-cool yet totally pulled together.

Shop the Look:

AEO Reversible Embroidered Bomber Jacket | AEO Indigo Chambray Shirt | Reebok Club C 85 Sneaker

 

LOOK #3: RETRO SPORT

For our third look, Laura created a sporty, ‘90s-inspired feel by pairing slim-fitting joggers with light layers and a modern graphic hoodie.

Added bonus: the tapered leg and varsity-striped trim make these joggers the perfect modern-day replacement for those old, baggy track pants (but they’re just as comfortable!).

Shop the Look:

AE Active Hoodie | AEO Longline Crew T-Shirt | AE Active Side Stripe Jogger

LOOK #4: WEEKEND VIBES

Our final look is proof that a few minor tweaks can completely transform your aesthetic.

Laura took the layered tees and joggers from our third look and gave them a sport-to-street makeover by swapping the hoodie for a timeless denim jacket, adding crisp white sneakers and topping it off with a fresh baseball cap.

The result? A laid-back, put-together look that you could wear literally anywhere. (Well, okay, maybe not to that black-tie wedding. You get the drift.)

Shop the Look:

New Balance 530 Suede Sneaker | AEO Fitted Baseball Hat | AEO Canvas Sneaker

Show us how you are wearing the athleisure trend with #AEOSTYLE and tell us your favorite look in the comments below!

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GET INSPIRED with #WeAllCan featuring Catherine Gignac

GET INSPIRED with #WeAllCan featuring Catherine Gignac

We’re inspired by stories of passion and people turning their dreams into reality. Every day we get the chance to work with some extraordinary individuals right in our home office. Individuals who are empowered to live authentically and work tirelessly toward their goals, both personal and professional. We’re proud to highlight a few of their unique stories and inspire YOU to share what you can do, be or create with #WeAllCan.

This week we’re featuring our amazingly vibrant Manager of Digital Creative, Catherine Gignac. Learn what drives her and get a glimpse inside her adventurous lifestyle.

 

Show us what you can do, be or create with #WeAllCan.

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How To Style The Cutoff Denim Short With Justin Davids

Just as we were about to pack away our snow gear, winter came back with a vengeance. Even though Snowmageddon 2017 is imminent, you can still think spring (or, if you’re lucky enough to live on the west coast, you can actually break out your warm weather look now)! Denim cutoff shorts are going to be a big trend this year – you’ll be seeing them everywhere from summer music festivals to the beach. Menswear Instagrammer Justin Davids styled our super versatile AEO Denim Cutoff Short with a laid-back, easy vibe. See Justin’s full look below and let us know what spring trends you’re excited to wear in the comments.

Justin Davids styles the Cutoff Denim Short.

Meet Justin:
“I recently switched coasts, moving from Los Angeles to New York City. My girlfriend and I create daily vlogs chronicling life in The Big Apple. I teamed up with her to also create DIY room decor for teens. One reason I was so drawn to the city was because the fashion here is very adventurous. I’ve been loving the high fashion vibes just as much as the street style. When it comes to my style I’d say that I’m sort of  a chameleon. I change up my look depending where I’m going and what I’m doing.”

Justin Davids styles the Cutoff Denim Short.

What Inspired Justin’s Look:
“These ripped denim shorts are a new spring staple for me because they can be styled a million different ways. Shorts are a tough beast to tame, some are too short or run a bit too tight, but these are comfy, and they hit that sweet spot just above the knee. Heading into spring I tend to reach for styles that are crisp and clean, so I paired these ripped shorts with a classic striped tee for a classic vibe, which fits with my laid back style day to day. Being that it’s still a bit chilly here in the city, I decided to throw on a lightweight neutral colored spring trench for layers done just right.”

Justin Davids styles the Cutoff Denim Short.

Shop the Look: Denim Cutoff Short | Flex Short Sleeve Stripe T-Shirt (Similar) | Garment Dyed Shirt Jacket (Similar)
PF Flyers Rambler Sneaker (Similar) | Metal Round Sunglasses (Similar) | Timex Weekender Chronograph Watch (Similar)

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

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ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: ST. PADDY’S DAY YOUR WAY

St. Paddy’s Day your way! Keep it classy this year with just a hint of green, styled by our favorite Irish #AerieREAL girl!

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: ST. PADDY’S DAY YOUR WAY

Shop Erin’s Look: Baby Tee | Wide Leg Chambray Pant | Boho Plunge Bralette | Cutout Boybrief | Tretorn’s Nylite Plus Sneaker | Baseball Hat | Textured Backpack | Cat Eye Glasses |

Get your green in, starting with your first layers and our Boho Plunge Bralette and Cutout Boybrief. Add more hints of green with Tretorn’s Nylite Plus Sneaker and AEO’s Baseball Hat, then mix in happy blues with our Baby Tee and Wide Leg Chambray Pant.Lucky you!

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: ST. PADDY’S DAY YOUR WAY

 

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Music Monday: AEO March 2017 Playlist

We have a feeling you’re probably itching for a getaway right about now… the excitement of a new year has worn off, you’re back in the routine and might need a break. Whether you’re hitting the road for a Spring Break getaway or prepping for the first weekend of music festival season, we’ve got a playlist that will be your perfect companion (even if you’re just traveling from your bed to the couch for a little staycation). It’s the season of remixes, so be sure to listen for a few of your favorite popular tracks refreshed by some of the best DJs and producers out there right now. The full song list is below, but be sure to check out the AEO March 2017 Playlist on Spotify & give us a follow so you never miss a new set.

AEO March 2017 Playlist

SHOP THIS LOOK: Cami T-Shirt Top | Vintage Hi-Rise Straight Crop | Laser Cutout Floral Wide Necklace

AEO March 2017 Playlist

  1. Dangerous – The xx
  2. Burn Break Crash – Madison Mars Remix – Aanysa, Snakehips, Madison Mars
  3. Say a Prayer for Me – RÜFÜS DU SOL
  4. Fever – The Black Keys
  5. Sit Still, Look Pretty – R!OT Remix – Daya
  6. Paris – The Chainsmokers
  7. Alaska – Maggie Rogers 
  8. Living – Dante Klein Remix – Bakermat, Alex Clare, Dante Klein
  9. Heart Won’t Forget – Matoma, Gia
  10. Dark Days – Local Natives
  11. Move Your Body – Single Mix – Sia
  12. Classic (feat. POWERS) – Zephure Remix – The Knocks, Powers, Zephure
  13. Thinking About You – Andreas Moss
  14. Hypnotic – Zella Day
  15. All Caught Up (feat. Tinashe) – GTA, Tinashe
  16. Feels Right – Galloway Remix – Jocelyn Alice, Galloway
  17. Grown Up – No Wyld
  18. Don’t Give Me Up – Gothic Tropic
  19. All the Ways – Branchez Remix – Wet, Branchez
  20. Clearest Blue – Gryffin Remix – CHVRCHES
  21. I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker Soundtrack) – ZAYN, Taylor Swift 
  22. It’s Easy (Like Walking) – The Sadies, Kurt Vile
  23. Destruction – Joywave
  24. Brightside – I M Alec Remix – Icona Pop, I M Alec
  25. Invitation (feat. Yade Lauren) – Yellowclaw, Yade Lauren
  26. waves – Tame Impala Remix – Miguel, Tame Impala
  27. Secrets – The Weeknd
  28. Colours (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) – Roosevelt
  29. Glorious – Izzy Bizu
  30. Follow the Leader – Foxygen
  31. Castle on the Hill – Ed Sheeran
  32. Road Blaster – Lauer Remix – M83, Lauer
  33. Your Soul (Holding On) – RHODES, Felix Jaehn
  34. Romeo – Chairlift
  35. Ain’t My Fault – R3hab Remix – Zara Larsson, R3hab
  36. New Bohemia – Transviolet 
  37. I Got You – Cheat Codes Remix – Bebe Rexha, Cheat Codes
  38. Higher Love – Decco Remix – Alex Vargas, Decco
  39. Automatic – ZHU, AlunaGeorge
  40. Romantic – NOTD Remix – Stanaj, NOTD
  41. Hold The Line – Broods
  42. California – Grimes
  43. Unsteady – Fancy Cars Remix – X Ambassadors, Fancy Cars
  44. Pretty and Young – Austin Mahone
  45. Not My Girl – Bahner Remix – Tokyo Police Club, Bahner
  46. As The Romans Do – Theo Katzman 
  47. Be with You – Avid Dancer
  48. Ocean Eyes – Astronomyy Remix – Billie Ellish, Astronomyy
  49. Should’ve Been Me – Naughty Boy, Kyla, Popcaan
  50. Cleopatra – The Lumineers
  51. Final Song – Diplo & Jauz Remix – MØ, Diplo, Jauz
  52. Olympia – Sundara Karma
  53. My Boo – triple j Like A Version – Flume, Vince Staples, Kučka, Ngaiire & Vera Blue
  54. The Commander – Kid Cudi
  55. Bridges – Broods

AEO 2017 March Playlist

SHOP THIS LOOK: Short Sleeve Band T-Shirt | Extreme Flex Skinny Jean

What songs are on your own Spring Break playlist? Let us know in the comments!

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#AEOFESTIVALSTYLE: 2017 Music Festival Packing Guide

Pack light, pack right. As we’re heading into the 2017 music festival season, we’re on a mission to be super efficient packers without sacrificing any #AEOFestivalStyle. One thing we like about packing light is that challenges us to make several outfits using just a few essential staples and some great fashion pieces and accessories. First, think about how many days you’re going to be at the festival (three is pretty typical!). You’ll need to bring enough clothes to create three awesome looks, but have no fear – by swapping out key items like tops, you can mix and match your festival style without being an outfit repeater. Check out our packing guide for girls and guys below, and let us know what festivals you’re heading to this spring and summer in the comments!

WHAT TO PACK THIS FESTIVAL SEASON

GIRLS: All vintage, all day. This festival season, focus on vintage details in tops, denim and accessories like old-school lettering and lace-up or tied details. Mini backpacks, bandanas and round sunglasses are a must, especially when you’re pairing them back to vintage, two-toned denim shorts. Here’s what you need to pack: one pair of shorts and effortlessly pair back to tanks in neutral colors (we chose dark grey and one of our fave new neutrals, blush). If you want to switch it up one day, bring a lightweight slip dress and a kimono to layer on top. Bonus: you can layer the kimono over the tanks, too. Finish your look with a pair of versatile buckled ankle booties!

Music Festival Season 2017 Packing Guide: What To Wear To Music Festivals

PACK IT
TOPS:
Crop Tie Tank | Raglan Lace-Up T-Shirt | Hi-Neck Lace Trim Cami | Paisley Kimono
BOTTOMS:
Tassel Slip Dress | Vintage Hi-Rise Festival Short
ACCESSORIES: Printed Bandana | Perforated Belt | Blue Lens Small Aviator Sunglasses
Metal Round Sunglasses | Dolce Vita Spur Booties | Street Level Mini Backpack

GUYS: Guys, when you’re packing take a note from Drake and start from the bottom. What base layers do you really need? Our essentials are shoes, underwear and a great pair of denim shorts. We chose a pair of shorts that will last you throughout the festival (but we wouldn’t discourage you from packing one more pair, just in case!). Festivals can get a little sweaty, so make sure you have enough tees to wear each day. Vintage band tees, baseball tees and tie-dye tees will keep you festival ready. If there’s any time to get a little wild with your #AEOSTYLE, it’s during festival season – so go ahead and pack that printed poncho! It can double as rain gear, anyway. Top off your look with a snapback and beaded bracelets.

Music Festival Season 2017 Packing Guide: What To Wear To Music Festivals

PACK IT
TOPS:
Palm Print Packable Poncho | Short Sleeve Tie Dye T-Shirt | Short Sleeve Band T-Shirt
AE Active Long Sleeve Crew T-Shirt
BOTTOMS:
Extreme Flex Denim Short | Cooling Base Layer 6″ Flex Trunk
ACCESSORIES:
Double Buckle Sandal (Similar) | Beaded Bracelet Set | Horn Pendant Necklace | Patch Snapback Hat

Where will this festival season take you? Gov Ball? Lolla? ACL? We want to know! Tell us in the comments below & show us your #AEOFestivalStyle on Instagram & Twitter.

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