AEO Spring 2016 Lookbook: Mad Maven Style and Officially Quigley Part 1

Two of our favorite ladies, Nikia from Mad Maven Style and Casey from Officially Quigley packed their bags with #AEOSTYLE and set their sights for the Palm Springs desert to shoot a mini look book featuring our Spring Break collection. From flowy kimonos to denim shorties, to boho-inspired maxi dresses and more, Nikia and Quigley captured the carefree essence and the wanderlust feel that is our spring 2016 line. Check out some of our favorite photos from their shoot below and stay tuned as we reveal more photos throughout the month of March.

Photos taken by the talented Laci Havens.

What are your favorite looks from our Spring 2016 line? Tell us in the comments below!

AEO SPRING 2016 LOOKBOOK: MAD MAVEN STYLE AND OFFICIALLY QUIGLEY PART 1

AEO SPRING 2016 LOOKBOOK: MAD MAVEN STYLE AND OFFICIALLY QUIGLEY PART 1

AEO SPRING 2016 LOOKBOOK: MAD MAVEN STYLE AND OFFICIALLY QUIGLEY PART 1

AEO SPRING 2016 LOOKBOOK: MAD MAVEN STYLE AND OFFICIALLY QUIGLEY PART 1

AEO SPRING 2016 LOOKBOOK: MAD MAVEN STYLE AND OFFICIALLY QUIGLEY PART 1

AEO SPRING 2016 LOOKBOOK: MAD MAVEN STYLE AND OFFICIALLY QUIGLEY PART 1

AEO SPRING 2016 LOOKBOOK: MAD MAVEN STYLE AND OFFICIALLY QUIGLEY PART 1

AEO SPRING 2016 LOOKBOOK: MAD MAVEN STYLE AND OFFICIALLY QUIGLEY PART 1

AEO SPRING 2016 LOOKBOOK: MAD MAVEN STYLE AND OFFICIALLY QUIGLEY PART 1

AEO SPRING 2016 LOOKBOOK: MAD MAVEN STYLE AND OFFICIALLY QUIGLEY PART 1

AEO SPRING 2016 LOOKBOOK: MAD MAVEN STYLE AND OFFICIALLY QUIGLEY PART 1

Photos taken by the talented Laci Havens.
What are your favorite looks from our Spring 2016 line? Tell us in the comments below!

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Shorts Style: Looks For Every Short Adventure

This year, we’ve taken AEO Shorts to a new level by introducing our revolutionary denim technology, Denim X, into shorts. This high-performance stretch fabric won’t bag out and will hold its shape so that your… ahem… assets look amazing all day and night. Since we’ve upped our shorts game, it’s time to up yours, too. We’re showing you the shorts you can wear for every spring occasion, from beach days during your Spring Break vacation to brunch with your best girls to the hottest concerts and summer festivals, like the upcoming SXSW festival in Austin.

Keep scrolling to find our shorts style essentials with the works (think: bags, hats, sunglasses, swim & tanks!) & our suggestions for where to wear each look. Hover over each image for shoppable links!

TAKE YOUR SHORTS TO BRUNCH: Our blush-hued hi-rise shorties scream weekend brunch with your besties. Go for an easy, breezy spring look by pairing your shorts to a slouchy sweater. We this pullover sweater because of the fun cross-back detail, which pretty much requires a cute bralette to show off underneath! Take a small carry-all bag with you, and finish the look with strappy metallic sandals and big sunnies, especially for when you snag a coveted patio table!

WEAR YOUR SHORTS TO A FESTIVAL: Take your shorts on an adventure at one of the many upcoming music and tech festivals. With SXSW starting this weekend, we’ve got festival fashion on our mind. Our hi-rise festival shorties are the perfect match for a long-line crop top. A wide-brim hat and booties will amp up your festival look. Pile on accessories like a neutral-band watch, beaded stacked bracelets and a long necklace will complete the spring fest feel.

BRING YOUR SHORTS TO THE BEACH: Okay, if you’re doing the beach right, you’re probably not wearing shorts for the duration of the day. But, you still need a great pair of shorts to take you from the street to the sand! White denim shorts are a great beach option because they’ll look super cool paired with your favorite Aerie swimsuit. A beach tote is a non-negotiable accessory. How else will you stow away your beach towel, sunscreen & tumbler? Take a wide-brim hat to protect your skin during the hottest part of the day, and bring a patterned shawl to cover up at night.

How are you styling your AEO shorts this spring?  Show us where you take your shorts on Instagram using #AEOSHORTSCONTEST for a chance to win a trip to Big Sur or a $500 AEO gift card!

How To Style AEO Shorts For Any Occasion: Take your shorts style to a summer festival.
How To Style AEO Shorts For Any Occasion: Take your shorts style to the beach., brunch & everywhere in between.
How To Style AEO Shorts For Any Occasion: Take your shorts style to the beach.
How To Style AEO Shorts For Any Occasion: Take your shorts style to brunch.

Music Monday: March 2016 Playlist

We’re gearing up for another month of new #AEOSTYLE and great music. Whether you’re shopping for spring-ready wear or heading on Spring Break, our March in-store playlist will have you feeling good in no time. Check out the line up below and be sure to follow us on Spotify to access all of our in-store sound.

Music Monday: March 2016 Playlist

  1. The Sound- The 1975
  2. Illuminate- Afrojack, Matthew Koma
  3. Scars- Alesso, Ryan Tedder
  4. Mistakes- Andra Day
  5. My Mind- The Arcs
  6. Molecules- LENNO remix- Atlas Genius, Lenno
  7. Broken Arrows- Didrick Remix- Avicii
  8. All The Things You Keep- Avid Dancer
  9. Then What- Balthazar
  10. Sometimes Wonder- Beat Connection
  11. Black Tambourine- Beck
  12. Find Yourself- Birthmark
  13. Suit of Armor- Birthmark
  14. Rollercoaste- Bleachers, Charlie XCX
  15. It’s Alright Now- Bombay Bicycle Club
  16. Trying- Bully
  17. Cold Cold Cold- Cage The Elephant
  18. Until You Were Gone- Boehm Remix- The Chainsmokers, Tritonal, Emily Warren
  19. Leave A Trace- Goldroom Remix- CHVRCHES
  20. T-Shirt Weather- Circa Waves
  21. The Luck Has Gone- Circa Waves
  22. Take Me Up- Coleman Hell
  23. Spaceship- Comet Blue
  24. Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To The  Party- Courtney Barnett
  25. I’ll Keep Loving You- David Guetta, Birdy, Jaymes Young
  26. Brighter End of Dark- De Lux
  27. Good Help (Is So Hard To Find) – Death Cab For Cutie
  28. Breaker- Deerhunter
  29. Nocturnal- Disclosure, The Weekend
  30. Ocean Drive- DJ Zinc Remix- Duke Dumont
  31. Ex’s & Oh’s- Elle King
  32. Foreign Language- Live – Flight Facilities, George Maple
  33. My Number- Foals
  34. Shake- Gary Clark Jr.
  35. Record High, Record Low- Givers
  36. Waiting To Ignite (feat. Ren Farren)- Goldroom, Ren Farren
  37. Venus Fly- Grimes, Janelle Monae
  38. Falling- Duke Dumont Remix- HAIM
  39. Warm On A Cold Night- Embody Remix- HONNE
  40. California (Cast Iron Soul)- Jamestown Revival
  41. We Don’t Stop- Kaskade
  42. Bad, Bad, Bad- LANY
  43. Day Two- Lemaitre
  44. Nobody Cares- LEON
  45. Smooth Sailin’- Leon Bridges
  46. Wide Eyes- Local Natives
  47. Turn It Around- Lucius
  48. For Love- Lush
  49. 3AM- Mads Langer
  50. Birthday Card- Marcus Marr, Chet Faker
  51. Learnign For Your Love- Marcus Marr, Chet Faker
  52. Intoxicated- Martin Solveig, GTA
  53. Can You Blame Me- Matt and Kim
  54. Cellophane (So Cruel)- Miami Horror, Aaron Miller, Gavin Turek
  55. It’s Only A Dream- Modern Space
  56. Compound Fracture- My Morning Jacket
  57. Cold To See Clear- Nada Surf
  58. Nevena- Oberhofer
  59. Never Gets Old (Jeffrey Brodsky Remix)- Penguin Prison
  60. Lost Weekend- Pete Yourn
  61. All Your Light (Times Like These)- Portugal. The Man
  62. Beat Of My Drum – Powers
  63. Begin Again- Purity Ring
  64. I Was Wrong- A R I Z O N A
  65. Possessed- Robert DeLong
  66. Headlights (feat. Ilsey)- Robin Schulz, Ilsey
  67. Fly- Roman Kouder, Patawawa
  68. 29- Run River North
  69. Drive You Home- Sam Feldt, The Him, The Donnies The Amys
  70. Lovers Wake- Savior Adore
  71. Ablaze- School Of Seven Bells
  72. Cheap Trhills- SIA
  73. Circadian Rhythm- Silversun Pickups
  74. Reckless Behaviour- SOAK
  75. Help Me Run Away- St. Lucia
  76. Spirits- The Strumbellas
  77. Apocalypse Dreams- Tame Impala
  78. Rivers- HUGEL remix- Thomas Jack, HUGEL
  79. Lonely Cities- Tigertown
  80. Run On Love- Tove Lo, Lucas Nord
  81. Ride- Twenty One Pilots
  82. Can’t Keep Checking My Phone- Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  83. La Loose- Wasahatchee
  84. Giving Up On You- Wild Belle
  85. Unsteady- Jack Novak & Stravy Remix- X Ambassadors
  86. Beautiful Now- Zedd, Jon Bellion
  87. Papercut- Zedd, Troye Sivan

What do you want to hear on our next playlist? Tell us in the comments below!

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#AEOSTYLE Fashion Roundup: Step By Step

Building an effortless outfit can be as easy as 1, 2, 3… you just have to take it step by step! This week, you showed us simple but striking #AEOSTYLE looks. Making a great outfit doesn’t need to be difficult or complicated. Sometimes, less is more. That means jeans, tees & sweaters can your best friend. A few accessories like the right bag or pair of booties will elevate your style so that you appear more “out on the town” than “in on the couch.”

We picked out some of our favorite #AEOSTYLE images for this week’s fashion roundup. Take a peek at all of the great outfits below, and don’t forget to scroll over the pics so that you can shop each look!

LOOK 1:
@thefoldfiles makes a statement in bold stripes & a wide brim hat. Destroyed jeans take the look from classic to classically chic. Complete the look with dark booties and a small bag for necessities.

Shop @thefoldfiles‘ look by hovering over the image!

LOOK 2:
Play with prints like @goldiesarrow. A flowy, boho blouse is the perfect topper for black jeggings, and fringe booties bring the look full circle.

Shop @goldiesarrow‘s look by hovering over the image!

LOOK 3:
Think spring like @earlymorningblog! A nautical striped sweater is the perfect transitional piece from winter to spring, and when you have a great pair of sunglasses, the world just feels a little brighter. Don’t forget your destroyed denim!

Shop @earlymorningblog’s look by hovering over the image!

LOOK 4:
@another_day_another_outfit stands out from the crowd in mustard yellow jegging crops. A tiered, loose-fitting blouse is a great counterpart to tighter bottoms. Keep the rest of your look neutral if you’re going for colored jeans!

Shop @another_day_another_outfit‘s look by hovering over the image!

LOOK 5:
Wear the updated peasant top like @forallthingspretty paired back to simple, black denim. No need to get fancy when your shirt has great embroidery work! Finish the outfit with tan details in your shoes & bag.

Shop @forallthingspretty’s look by hovering over the image!

Show us how you’re wearing AEO 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!

@goldiesarrow shows us her #AEOSTYLE.

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Styling Tips: Spring Break Packing Essentials

Does it feel like Spring Break came a little early this year? We’re not complaining! If your trip is already booked, it’s time to get packing. We asked our Styling Manager, Laura, to pick out some of her favorite pieces from our most recent collection that you NEED in your suitcase, no matter where your Spring Break trip takes you. If a Panama City Beach Spring Break is your go-to choice, you’re going to need tanksshorts & the best swim gear – don’t forget a sunhat, sandals and a bag to carry everything, too! Is an alternative Spring Break more your style? Step up your style game in patterned joggers, or get to work in Flex/Denim cutoffs. Check out all of Laura’s Spring Break Packing Essentials below, and if you have yet to figure out where to travel for spring break… well, what are you waiting for?

GALS: Your packing game is all about the ability to mix-and-match for the ultimate Spring Break style without having to pay extra baggage fees on your flight. With the right mix, you can create several different looks for any occasion, whether you’re heading to brunch with your girls or hanging out on the beach. Be sure to take a shawl for cooler nights to throw over a strappy crop top, tank or dress! For days when you just want to chill, muscle tanks and shorts will be your BFFs. A trendy bag is the perfect carry-all so that you won’t lose your accessories, like sunglasses and necklaces. Last item on your list? Go-with-everything, beach-ready sandals!

We're giving you styling tips for Spring Break 2016! Check out our Women's Spring Break trip vacation packing essentials.

YOUR PACKING LIST:
Tops: First Essentials Strappy Bralette | Halter Sweater Tank | Soft & Sexy Muscle Tank | Paisley Mesh Shawl

Dresses: Lace Inset Dress

Bottoms: Print Soft Jogger | Hi-Rise Festival Shortie

Accessories: Round Sunglasses | Strappy Sandal | Straw Hat | Fringe Bucket Bag | Etched Pendant Necklace
Silver & Coin Charm Necklace | White Chain Braid Arm Party

GUYS: Here’s your no-fuss packing list – shorts, shoes & shirts. For warm days on the boardwalk or a sandy beach Spring Break beach volleyball tournament, you need clothes you can actually move in. Fill your bag with bold graphic and patterned tees, plus Flex bottoms to pair them with, from denim cutoffs to new Flex/4 360 swim trunks. Keep everything you need (sunglasses, sunscreen, water, other necessities) in a tote or a zipper pack and top off your Spring Break look with a tropical flatbill cap.

We're giving you styling tips for Spring Break 2016! Check out our Men's Spring Break trip vacation packing essentials.

YOUR PACKING LIST:
Tops: Chambray Baja Hoodie | Indigo Graphic Crew T-Shirt | Pocket Crew T-Shirt

Bottoms: Flex/4 360 Swim Trunk | Classic Length Jogger Cargo Short | Core Flex Denim Cutoff Short

Accessories: Patch Flatbill Hat | Sports Sunglasses | Zipper Pack | Classic Sunglasses | Slip-On Sneaker
Leather Flip Flop | Logo + Camo Patch Bag

What are your Spring Break plans? We’d love to see your #AEOSTYLE Spring Break pictures, so tag us on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery!

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How To Photograph Like A Pro: #AEOSHORTSCONTEST

You may have heard about it by now, but American Eagle Outfitters is giving away a once in a lifetime trip to Big Sur, California and $500 AEO gift cards! All you have to do is take a great shot wearing your favorite shorts and tag us with #AEOSHORTSCONTEST for a chance to win! To help you get the best photo of yourself, we’ve listed a few tips and tricks on what photos stand out to us the most. Take notes and get snapping!

1: Pick a photo-worthy background: We love a good image that goes beyond great #AEOSTYLE. Choose a background that is visually appealing and draws the eyes to your photo. If you live in a city, take pictures with fun skylines or city art. Live closer to the great outdoors? Your options are endless!

How To Photograph Like A Pro: #AEOSHORTSCONTEST

Photo By: @leahgae

2: Strike a pose: Find an angle that flatters your features best. Side angles, looking down at the camera or facing away from the camera are all great options.

3. Check your lighting: Lighting is so important when taking a great photo. Depending on what you’d like your aesthetic to be, lighting can make a good photo great. Check out this awesome article for ways in which you can use lighting to your advantage.

How To Photograph Like A Pro: #AEOSHORTSCONTEST

Photo By: @sisterlystyle

4. Focus, Focus, Focus: This might be simple, but make sure you focus when shooting! The sharper the image, the cleaner it looks.

5: Have Fun: Don’t forget to have fun while shooting! Embrace your unique #AEOSTYLE! We love seeing our customers doing what they do best in AEO.

How To Photograph Like A Pro: #AEOSHORTSCONTEST

Photo By: @kelaaawelaaaa

Good luck and check back each week for our #AEOSHORTSCONTEST winners!

 

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