#AEOSTYLE Challenge Denim Edition: Original Boot

We believe in one-of-a-kind fits, not one size fits all. We put our blood, sweat and tears into designing the best fits, the latest washes and sizes designed for everybody.

We asked menswear blogger Anthony from Closet Freaks to style our Original Boot Jean. With a casual low rise and subtle bootcut leg, this jean is perfect from day to night and back again.

What inspired Anthony’s Look:
Lately I’ve been a fan of baggier jeans for the extra comfort they provide due to extra room in the legs. They kind of have a sporty-street wear feel to them, so I decided to play up the athletic theme with a varsity jacket, a 3/4 sleeve baseball t-shirt, and some running sneakers. I chose the bright orange varsity jacket as my statement piece and kept the shirt and shoes subdued in darker hues for balance. With the jeans, I chose to pinch-roll them at the bottom for a nice tight fit at the ankle. This is a fun styling trick I picked up when wearing looser fitting jeans so you can achieve that slouchy look without getting those frayed hems that come from stepping on your pants. Overall, I’d say this outfit makes a great weekend look for fall or even for the first week of school.

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Meet Anthony:
Anthony lives and works in New York City as a structural engineer by day and a blogger by night. Much like his seemingly separate jobs, his style is a cool contrast of bold & trendy with subtle & classic.

Get Anthony’s Look:
Original Boot Jean
Pocket Baseball T-Shirt
Tipped Varsity Jacket
New Balance Ballistic 501 Sneaker

Show us how you wear our Original Boot fit with #AEOSTYLE and #AEOJEANS for the chance to be featured on our blog or AE.com style gallery.

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Meet the AEO PR TEAM

Hello from the AEO PR team! We’re so excited to bring you an inside look at the AEO Public Relations office in New York City. We’re responsible for giving fashion editors, celebrities and bloggers all the latest news about AEO and Aerie. I’m Syma, and I’ll be keeping you updated on what’s new with the PR team and what we love at the moment. But first, we wanted to introduce ourselves! Keep reading to find out a little more about each of the members of the AEO PR team, how we describe our #AEOSTYLE and more.

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The AEO PR TEAM (L to R): Syma, Laurie, Colleen and Rachel }

Rachel:
I’ve been in the fashion biz for 25 years… and at AEO for almost 9! I have so many favorite parts of my job, starting with how much I love working with my AEO Team. They’re my second family and I often call them the “A” team. I am so happy and proud of the work we produce and the results we deliver. Seeing our products appear everywhere, from magazines and TV to celebrities and bloggers wearing them, is just so exciting. This business is so fast paced and ever changing—I truly don’t think I’ve ever had the same day twice! I love developing new relationships and encountering such talented and inspirational people daily. I’ve made so many great friends over the years! I love working for AEO because it reaches so many people… and I love seeing everyone wearing our jeans.

What is your #AEOStyle?
I personally am a denim girl at heart, and I believe living in AEO Jeans is the best way to live your life. Plus, I get to wear jeans to work every day. I love my Super Skinny, destroyed and Boy Crop jeans in white the most.

Laurie:
I’ve been with AEO for 8 and a half years. WOW, that’s sounds really long! I love working with the editors and forming new relationships, I love seeing the results of my work appear on the pages of magazines, and most of all, I love working with everyone on the AEO PR team.

What is your #AEOStyle?
I’m a denim girl for sure. I love my AEO black jeggings and boyfriend jeans. In the summer I live in my denim shorties. I love dainty details but I’m a tomboy at heart.

Colleen:
I’ve been at AEO for almost 6 years. My favorite part of my job is working with this crazy crew! I came to AEO from my family’s small business, so joining the team here was awesome—they’ve become my work family. The environment here breeds creativity. It’s exciting being part of expanding AEO’s exposure to the world, from magazines and cool online sites to bloggers. No day is the same. It’s always a challenge, with a lot of laughter and hard work.

What is your #AEOStyle?
I live in the Boy Jean in white—our best one yet!

Syma:
During my junior year in college, I interned in merchandising at AEO’s Pittsburgh headquarters. After I graduated and had a variety of internships, I took a chance on NYC and haven’t looked back since! I’ve been living my life in AEO Jeans for as long as I can remember and I love the energy of the brand. It’s pretty awesome to wear my favorite pair of destroyed jeggings to work. Our team is super fun and we work so closely—they’ve become my family in the city! I have always been obsessed with fashion and being a part of the PR team is a great mix of my interests.

What is your #AEOStyle?
The Hi-Rise Jegging and an easy, breezy tee, preferably in grey.

For more fun follow our team on Twitter & Instagram: @rachel_dicarlo (Insta) @racheldicarlo (Twitter), @lauriebibbo, @colltrugg, @symaspeaks and stay tuned for our monthly column: The Denim Dish!

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Guest interview: Photographer Annie Frame

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The amazingly talented photographer, Annie Frame

Love our graphic T-shirts? So do we! And we have an extra bonus for you… an interview with the photographer behind two of this season’s T’s: Annie Frame! Get to know this super cool Brooklyn based photographer in our exclusive interview with her below!

Tell us about yourself?
“I grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and moved to Brooklyn, New York five years ago to pursue art and find adventure.”

What is your favorite photograph you have taken and why?
“I can’t say I have a favorite, because it’s always changing and there’s just too many to choose from, but I always love photographing my friends above all else. [Mostly], the simple things, having picnics, going to shows, dancing, laughing, it’s the little things in life, and the people you get to share it with.”

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What inspires your photography?
“Actually, movies and music inspire my photographs greatly. It really helps me get into a mood, and that makes me imagine me what I want the photo to look like. That and I walk around the city and meet new interesting people every day.”

We featured two of your images on our graphic T-shirts this season; can you tell us the story behind the images and what it means to you to have these sold in AEO stores and online?
“First of all, absolutely thrilled to be on an AEO shirt! The first image, the one of two girls dancing was taken at a show that my friend’s band was playing at. They were in the front having a lot of fun and they seemed so free. I asked them if it was okay for me to take their pictures and they said “sure!” Later I found out they were best friends, and were both professional dancers as well. The other image is of my cat. His name is “little man” and he looks grumpy all the time, but he secretly loves to snuggle.”

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{ L to R: Annie’s photograph’s on our Photo Real Graphic Tank and Photo Real Graphic T-shirt }

What’s the best city you have visited and the top city on your bucket list?
“The best city I’ve ever visited is New York City. It was the best then; it’s still the best now. But Tokyo, Japan is definitely top on my list to.”

Tell us one thing about yourself that no one would guess about you?
“I play the drums and I love to dance. I even have a tattoo professing my love for these things.”

To check out this season’s graphic t-shirt collection, head to ae.com and to check out more of Annie’s work, visit her website at annieframe.com.

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Now Trending for Men: We Fit America

Ok, ok, we know.. this is not a new trend but it is one that needs to stay on your radar this summer or simply forever.  Head-to-toe outfits inspired by all things Americana are all the craze right now in the fashion world. The ivy league collegiate inspired style has been flooding men’s ready to wear runways all year long.  And to keep the look fresh, we’ve added new updates on key pieces to completely transform this timeless trend.

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The Tipped Polo: Not the polo’s you remember. A collision of street inspiration and electric colors reinvent the iconic staple.

Swap out your cuffed prep short’s for a pair of stylish yet comfortable joggers.  Add a patterned hat and bright sneakers to make a laid back bold statement with a touch of prep.

Shop the look:
Tipped Polo
Fleece Jogger Pant
New Balance 515 Sneaker
Triple Strand Leather Bracelet
Global Print Paneled Cap

From polo’s to button downs and varsity jackets — these are just a few of the many ways to piece together your red, white and blue inspired #AEOStyle.  Watch the video below to learn the multiple ways to reinvent the preppy look and check out our lookbook at ae.com.

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7 things we love…

Welcome to this week’s edition of 7 Things We Love! Get inspired by all the things inspiring US right now, from what we’re reading and eating to what we’re wearing and listening to. Let us know what you think about our picks in the comments—and give us yours, too!

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WHAT WE’RE WEARING:  AEO EMBROIDERED TOTE
The bold geometric design and metallic embellishments make this tote the one we’re grabbing for everything from beach vacays to brunch dates. It’s just roomy enough to hold all our essentials, but designed in a subtly flat silhouette that doesn’t overwhelm you.

WHAT WE’RE DRINKING:  MINT ARNOLD PALMERS
There is just nothing more refreshing in the summer than a big glass of ice cold lemonade. But we’re taking ours to the next level by combining it with green tea, honey and sprigs of mint. The result? The beverage you won’t be able to stop drinking for the rest of the summer.

WHAT WE’RE READING:  IF I STAY BY GAYLE FORMAN
What if you had the opportunity to decide whether you stayed on Earth… or left it behind? 17-year-old cellist, Mia, is in a car accident with her family that, impossibly enough, leaves her this choice. What follows is a beautiful, heartwrenching story about love, loss and the difficult choices we all have to make in our lives. Be sure to read this book before the movie, starring Chloe Grace Moretz, comes out on August 22.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING:  VERY GOOD GIRLS
We’ve been excited about this movie since we first heard that it was filming. Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen (AKA Mary Kate & Ashley’s sister) star as two girls in NYC who make a pact to lose their virginity during their first summer out of high school… and then both fall for the same guy. We bet we’ll beat you to the concession stand.

WHAT WE’RE DOWNLOADING:  BROKEN AGE
If hand painting, sci-fi/fantasy/adventure and iPad games aren’t your thing, maybe the fact that this one is voiced by Elijah Wood and Jack Black will make you take a second look. The gamer in us is pretty excited to play this one.

WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO:  FIFTEEN BY GOLDROOM
LA-based Goldroom combines emotive choruses, soulful rhythms and lush electronic ornaments to create a sound that’s somehow a throwback to the 90’s with a totally modern feel. The lyrics of this song, which features Chela, really speak for themselves: “It’s been a long time, wondering why/the summer smells like sin and wonder/Feels like it got inside of a place and time/I dream about when I get a walk in”

WHERE WE’RE GOING:  SAN DIEGO
From the world acclaimed San Diego Zoo to Legoland, there’s a little something for everyone in the balmy paradise that is San Diego. Plus the weather is pretty darn awesome, pretty much all the time. (Okay, okay… and we can’t help but think of Will Ferrell talking about how San Diego’s name came to be in Anchorman.)

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Interview: The Wind and the Wave

Austin, TX is known for live music. In fact, you can’t walk down Sixth Street without being pulled into a bar by the sounds of guitar riffs and kick drums. Trust us, we’ve tried. But that being said, the city is obviously a hotbed for burgeoning talent in the rock and country arena. Enter, The Wind & the Wave – an Austin-based duo that charmed their way into our hearts when they stopped through Pittsburgh on their tour with the Jameston Revival. Get to know more about Patty Lynn and Dwight Baker and listen to a song from their new LP!

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I like your tattoo.

KM:  Oh, thanks. It’s a celtic knot.

Dwight:  Are you Scottish?

KM:  No, I’m a bit Irish.

Dwight:  We played in Ireland.

KM:  That’s so cool, tell me about it!

Patty:  We went on a tour with a band called Stereophonics. They’re huge over there. So we were on their US/Canada tour.

Dwight:  Yeah, we played Ireland, Scotland and mainland Great Britain.

KM:  Tell me about how you found each other and became a band.

Patty:  I was in another band and I was living in Austin. And he came out to see somebody that my band was opening for. And liked what he heard, I guess.

Dwight:  I just thought you were pretty. No, I loved what I heard. She’s got an enchanting voice. It’s magic.

Patty:  And so after that, my band built a relationship with him. He has a really nice studio in Austin. We made a couple records with him. And then through that process, we just became friends. We just enjoyed each other’s company. Definitely more so than I enjoyed the company of my bandmates. It was just kind of a natural thing that happened.

Dwight:  And then she quit her band. And I had a break in my schedule so we started writing together and it became that record very quickly. Then three months after that, we signed to RCA. It was very weird and very quick.

KM:  That is quick. So you’ve been a band for about a year?

Dwight:  Yeah, I think we’re at about 18 months. It’s been fun.

KM:  People usually want to know what any artist’s influences are. But we’re going to make you narrow that down to the one album that truly affected your path in music.

Patty:  Transatlanticism by Death Cab for Cutie just opened my brain. Before that I didn’t really know what I liked in music. Like, I liked whatever my friends liked, or thought I did anyway. And then I heard that record and it’s just in another world.

Dwight:  I’d say that the first record that affected me was Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys. The first one that I went like, “whooooa. I want to sing along with all of this! This is genius!” And I’m like, 6.

KM:  I wanna go back to the topic of touring for a minute. Which place was your favorite to play and why?

Dwight:  I like the Midwest. I like Des Moines and …

Patty:  Like Omaha.

Dwight:  Yeah! There’s something really awesome about the Midwest. Or just out-of-the-way places, Portland’s been great too. When you don’t get a band everytime they come through on tour, like a city doesn’t get every tour, kids are just dying for it.

Patty:  Which is the way it should be all the time. But it’s not. I mean, we’re from Austin and I love Austin. Favorite place to go? Austin. But the people who live there see live music 10 times a day.

Dwight:  We loved European fans too. ‘Cause they just get up on each other’s shoulders and throw a beer in the air.

Patty:  They know how to do it right.

Dwight:  It’s like a working class crowd with Stereophonics and they’re just out for a good time. And it just makes the show more fun. Listening, paying attention but being rowdy too.

Patty:  They’re always in the moment.

Dwight:  American fans these days tend to spend a lot of time on their cell phones.

Patty:  Me included! I’m on my phone all the damn time! But when you go to a show, it’s like, why are you there?

Dwight:  You almost want to give a lecture. Let’s all put our phones on silent like on an airplane and all participate and afterwards, let’s go crazy!

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