Men’s Now Trending: Made to Wander

Can you ever go wrong with a Plaid Button Down Shirt? The answer is no. It’s rustic and sophisticated at the same time. Don’t ask us how that works, it just does. Pair with a Denim JacketSkinny Khaki Pant and Desert Boot to achieve that perfect #AEOSTYLE.

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Shop the Look:
AE Denim Jacket
AEO Plaid Button Down Shirt
AE Skinny Khaki Pant
Clarks Originals Desert Boot

We’re taking cool and collected to a whole new level this summer. Those classic shorts you can’t live without? We’ve added a desert feel with southwestern-inspired prints and paired them with a traditional Denim Western Shirt. It’s laid-back cool with an expected twist – individual style at its absolute best.

We want to see your #AEOSTYLE. Share a photo on Instagram or Twitter with #AEOSTYLE for a chance to be featured on AE.com.

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DIY Denim Shorts with Floral Embellishment

Cutoff shorts are the quintessential summer staple for your #AEOStyle. We’ve put together a DIY to change your perfect pair of jeans into your favorite denim cutoffs. Plus, we’ve added a few extra steps to add a pop of color to your new shorties. Check out our easy step-by-step instructions below and channel your inner creative goddess!

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Step 1:
Gather Materials:

  • Denim with a wash of your choice
  • Fabric (we used a scarf) You’ll only need about a half yard.
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Fusible fabric tape
  • Iron

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Step 2:
Measure how long you want your shorts to be. Leave about 4 inches of length for the cuffs then cut.

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Step 3:
Fold about an inch over for the first cuff and secure with fabric tape. For best results, follow the instructions on the fabric tape package.

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Step 4:
Fold the fabric over the tape and measure the width of the leg opening and then cut the fabric accordingly. Then, measure about 4.5 inches of the fabric for the length and cut.

Bonus: Trace the space above the left pocket and cut a piece of fabric to add some extra embellishment!

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Step 5:
Using the fusible fabric tape, secure the cut fabric to the inside of the short, right above the cuff. Fold the short over to form the second cuff, folding the fabric along with it. Place another piece of fabric tape on the inside of the cuff between the denim and fabric and secure. Use the tape to secure the fabric to the pocket.

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Step 6:
Voila, you’re done! Enjoy your new shorts!

Don’t forget to tag your AEO DIY projects on Instagram and Twitter with #AEOStyle for a chance to be featured on AE.com.

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Year round staple: the Military jacket

Look no further… your search for the perfect military jacket has come to an end and to top it off we created three versatile looks starring this must have piece to inspire your style. Our fresh take on this timeless trend features a soft cotton canvas body, leather-like long sleeves and a fleece hoodie.  Once you add this jacket to your wardrobe you will soon learn how frequently you will be sporting it or as we simply say: just become obsessed with it. Our favorite way to wear this look is the unexpected way, by pairing the jacket with a feminine dress and boots.  Too daring for you… fear not fashionistas, there is basically no wrong way to wear this jacket – so go ahead, push the style boundaries and create your own military inspired #AEOStyle.

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Toughen up your favorite flirty dress

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 Military jacket paired back to a graphic t-shirt equals effortless cool

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The no brainer look: jeans, white t-shirt and slip-ons

Show us how you style your moto and military jackets with #AEOStyle for a chance to be featured on our blog, twitter and instagram and inspire others with your originality.

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Music Monday: Aerie’s Midsummer Playlist

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It feels like just yesterday that we were longing for the heat, sun and summer jams. Now it’s almost the middle of the season! Don’t let those pool parties slip away without having the perfect soundtrack to the splashes.

With this selection of tunes, we mixed up fresh new sounds with a few throwbacks for good measure. Get to know some of our favorite power ladies including Charlie XCX with her song “Boom Clap”; Ellie Goulding with “Goodness Gracious” off her hit record Halcyon Days; and “On a Roll” from the dance pop duo, Icona Pop. Also, take note of newcomer, Elle Eyre. We’ve had our eyes, ahem, ears on her for awhile. Trust, her song “Deeper” is an earworm.

We also reached as far back as 1990 to bring you Bell Biv DeVoe’s “Poison,” ‘cause, let’s face it, that song is timeless. And we jumped forward a whole decade to remember how cool the Dandy Warhols were (and still are) with their song “Bohemian Like You.” Then topped off our trip down memory lane with AlunaGeorge’s cover of “This is How We Do It”.

Go ahead. Slip into your bikini, toss on those sunnies and push play! Listen to our Midsummer Playlist on Spotify here.

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#AEOSTYLE Editors and Bloggers Love: Summer Basics

When we think of summer fashion, we think of our favorite denim shorties, distressed denim crops and cool graphic tees and tanks. We love our summer basics and some of our favorite bloggers and editors do too! Bloggers Cara from A Fashion Love Affair and Cathy from Poor Little It Girl have been wearing their favorite American Eagle Outfitters denim while Refinery29 and Seventeen have been adding some of their favorite AEO basics to their summer collections, too. Check out where we’ve recently spotted AEO below.

Cara from A Fashion Love Affair wore our Destroyed Midi Short while at the beach in her hometown of Vancouver, Canada.

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Cara from A Fashion Love Affair wears our Destroyed Midi Short.

Get the look:
Destroyed Midi Short

We love how Cathy from Poor Little It Girl always looks fashionable for a great price. She featured our Boy Jean Crop in her feature of “Denim Favorites for Under $100″.

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Poor Little It Girl featured our Boy Jean Crop.

Get the look:
Boy Jean Crop

Wondering how to wear a challenging summer trend, distressed denim? Refinery29 has you covered (hint: wear the jeans a little big!) with our Boy Jean Crop.

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Wear your distressed denim a little big for that perfect look.

Get the look:
Boy Jean Crop

Seventeen featured our Don’t Ask Why Muscle T-Shirt in their round-up of “25 Hot Crop Tops Under $25″.

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Looking for a cute crop top? Try our Don’t Ask Why Muscle T-Shirt.

Get the look:
Don’t Ask Why Muscle T-Shirt

We want to see what you’re wearing this summer from AEO. Use #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your photo on our AE.com Style Gallery or on our blog!

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