Real Talk with Mercy Nyangau

Aerie store associate Mercy was an #AerieREAL girl from day one. That’s why her managers at Aerie knew she had to join the team! Two years later, Mercy is one of the newest members of our fall bra campaign.

Read on to learn how Mercy went from storefront to photo studio in our latest bra photoshoot.

MercyNyanguaWhat made you want to join the Aerie family?

I applied to American Eagle the first month of college while I was looking for a job super last minute and AE just happened to be hiring! I honestly knew nothing about Aerie and very little about American Eagle but I still applied in hopes that I would get hired haha. Well I got hired into American Eagle and was selling jeans for like a month before one of the managers in Aerie was like “I want her. She needs to be an Aerie girl” and every shift I worked, they put me in Aerie for like two hours until eventually I was reporting straight to Aerie. Aerie family is a great way to describe the environment. The women I have worked with are all so supportive and loving and they genuinely care about you as a person not just as a co worker or employee. Two years later I have the best Aerie family. Some days I question if my job is real because I’m basically working with all my girlfriends! If someone told me about the #aerieREAL message, the work environment and that I would be surrounded by strong confident women, I would have applied to Aerie directly and I would have done it sooner.

What can Aerie girls expect when they visit an Aerie store for a bra fitting?

The biggest thing Aerie girls can expect when they come in for a bra fitting is support from the team. A lot of the time that I’m fitting someone for that perfect bra, I like to get input from other bra experts on what to recommend and how to problem solve. To the Aerie girl, it’s a one on one experience with a well trained bra expert but behind the scenes there’s like three other girls recommending styles they like and fit alternatives. Although we are all well qualified to individually fit our girls, we all try to ensure the girls leave confident and comfortable! A lot of the time we’re recommending styles, it’s not always for sale purposes but to make sure our girls are leaving happy and comfortable. My favorite days are when I get to put a customer in a completely different size than what they have known because I know it made their day.

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What is your favorite bra from the new collections? Why?  

Do I have to choose? Real Me lightly lined will forever have a place in my heart. I own 4 now and two are the same exact shade! I call it the bra for people who don’t wear bras but sometimes have to. It’s so comfortable and light that I can wear it all day without ripping it off as soon as I get home. Another unique feature that Real Me has and I love is the nude shades that match a range of skin tones. thats pretty neat 😉

What makes you #AerieREAL?

My go to response would be my level of confidence that has gradually increased through the years but I feel that there are other things that make me more real. Defying society’s expectations of me and how I should behave, speak and react are things that I believe make me the most #aerieREAL. I see myself as unique and someone who can’t be put in a box.

 

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Summer Getaway Packing List

Take advantage of the long weekend and plan one final summer getaway! We’ve put together a list of all our pre-fall faves for your last big trip of the season. Keep reading to see our must-haves.Summer Getaway Packing ListWhether you’re hitting the gym for some morning cardio or heading out for some mid-day brunch, we’ve got you covered. Have a ball with a cute baseball cap and Gola Specialist sneakers. A few easy accessories make an anything-but-basic sports bra with leggings seem put together!

Summer Getaway Packing ListWe’re falling for florals this season! These Harem pants are a must-have for kicking it cozy or shopping your heart out.Some things are even better together. Match these pretty & cool, not-to-mention super soft, pants back with cute crop top in the same print.

Summer Getaway Packing ListPack your must-haves first and accessorize later! Once you have your outfits planned out, it will be much easier to make them pop.  A bright pair of slides and color-matching scrunchies are a must this season. Heading to the beach? Don’t forget your sunnies!

Summer Getaway Packing ListYour fave basics got new deets! This Lace Bottom Sweatshirt adds a pretty touch to an already cozy top. Tie it around your waist during cardio or layer on the love around a bonfire.

Summer Getaway Packing ListPair your pretty patterns with your fave textures. This season, we’re introducing easy details like stripes, florals, velvet & lace—plus textures like soft and ribbed. Stripes and florals meet ribbed fabric, lace, and velvet! We’re all about mix and match. Start with a basic like our striped long sleeve tee paired with a floral accessory. Feeling adventurous? Try our new camo Play Real Me High Waisted 7/8 Leggings with our ribbed Chill Seamless Sports Bra!

Summer Getaway Packing ListDouble the fun! Take your look from day to play by throwing a dress over your fave bikini. Pair them with some fun velvet slides for an effortless look ready for whatever your night has in store!

 

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FIND YOUR STRETCH LEVEL

level of stretch graphicWe know that shopping online can feel like a bit of a gamble – especially when it comes to jeans and pants – so, to make things easier, we’re breaking it down. Below, find your cheat sheet to all the different levels of stretch we offer – from least to most stretchy – along with a few quotes from real girls we asked to try each one:

 

RigidThe classic. No stretch whatsoever—lightweight and soft with a vintage look and feel.

Feels like someone’s already broken in my favorite vintage jeans.”

 

Super Stretch – Moderately stretchy, but made to feel like real jeans.

“…extremely soft and flexible but still feels like denim”

“Sturdy.”

“These have a true denim feel.”

“…seemed the most like jeans, rather than leggings”

 

Ne(x)t Level – Our most advanced, innovative stretch. Never bags out or loses its shape.

“Contoured to my curves”

“They kept their shape all night long”

“…fit me like a glove without being constricting. Absolutely in love with these jeans”

 

Dream JeanTHE stretchiest, softest, most legging-like AND all-around supportive jeans we offer.

“Lightweight”

“I love that this jean feels durable and comfortable at the same time.”

“Amazingly soft…like wearing leggings”

 

And lastly, for the visual learners:

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There’s #AerieREAL In Store For You

Feelings change. Bodies change. We’re changing with you. Finding a bra you love should be empowering. That’s why we’ve created a new bra fitting experience. We spoke with the Lead of Store Operations, Christina Daniels, about the experience. Read on to see why you should head to your local Aerie store for a free bra fitting from one of our BFF’s (Best Fit Finders). 

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Tell us about the new bra fitting experience in store! What makes it different from anything Aerie girls have experienced before?

I think one of the problems is the stereotype behind bra fittings. We did A TON of research as a brand and our girl was saying it was overwhelming, she felt super critical of her body, she was anxious and overall it was just unpleasant. But when you have a good, comfortable bra (and an awesome bra fitting experience)- you feel Ah-mazing and that is what we want for every girl. And I worked in stores too- there is seriously no better feeling than changing a woman’s confidence by just helping her with a bra. It is one of the reasons I’ve been with the brand for so long!

There's #AerieREAL In Store For YouOur new BFF (Best Fit Finder) measuring technique is so quick & easy! Tell us more.

I am SO EXCITED for this tape. Usually you see associates kind of fumbling and trying to do quick math with the measuring tape (which I am seriously terrible at so I feel their pain), but those days are gone. This tape tells you EXACTLY what your band size is and what your cup size is –no math required. It also tells you your sister size, which is a game changer. For those that don’t know what a sister size is, it is a comparable bra size to the one you measured. It holds the same amount of breast tissue but the band size differs. So sometimes girls find a better fit with their sister size, but this info is also good to know if your measured size in your fave color is sold out and feel like your heart can’t go on without it, in which case, again, I can relate.

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There's #AerieREAL In Store For YouWhat is a BFF?

When you say “BFF” you probably think of someone supportive, honest, fun and understanding. So our Aerie BFFs, or Best Fit Finders, are exactly that. They are the best of the best in our stores (I clearly like the word “best”). These are our associates that have a ton of experience and are truly the bra fitting pros. They know all of the in’s and out’s of our collection, fitting and troubleshooting. So if you are in store looking for a fitting- look for the girls with “BFF” on their name badge + booty bag (our new fanny packs)!

How is the #AerieREAL love being shared by our BFFs throughout the bra fitting experience? (ie. body project training)

This new experience is quick and easy, but our goal is to have you leave feeling more confident and more beautiful than when you walked in. We know shopping for intimates is a super vulnerable experience- and we’ve all been there. So we’ve armed our associates with some tools to help make you feel good. We’ve trained associates to take the focus off of the number and size and just focus on how she feels. Sometimes your bra is the first thing you want to take off, but that shouldn’t be the case! At the end of the day- we want her to feel good and more importantly, feel comfortable. We’ve also given associates training on what to do if they are hearing customers feeling insecure and how associates can combat it. Working in stores, you have women whose bodies have changed, they gained or lost weight, just had a baby or have just gone through puberty- associates need to be comfortable handling all of that and the emotions that come along with it. We’ve also amped up the information we’ve given associates on our bra collection so they can truly help find you the right bra to make you feel good.

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What would you say to someone who is nervous about coming into our store to get a bra fitting for the first time?

“Just do it”- Nike, but also…me. Bra Fittings are more fun and easy than what you probably have pictured in your head. A fitting is truly key to finding your best most comfortable size and style. Plus our Aerie associates are seriously so amazing. I have been in a ton of stores these past few months working on this new training program and it astounds me how passionate each and every associate is. They are going to find you a bra you’ll love and have you walking out feelin’ like Beyonce. So seriously, just do it.

 

Can’t make it to the store? Order your fave styles online with free shipping and free returns when you buy a bra or bralette.

Feel good inside and out.

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