Project Live Your life week one winners

Here they are! Your week one Project Live Your Life winners! Read on to see what makes each one of our winners I’MPERFECT in their AEO denim!

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Here we go!  I’MPERFECT in my #AEOJEANS because…

Day 1 Winners:

Aimee:  They are the dose to perfection.

Lisa:  I’m comfortable all day and ready to take on life’s beautiful adventures in style.

Michelle:  I feel very sanguine in them!

Reed:  They make me feel confident and comfortable.

Day 2 Winners:

Silas:  They make my imperfection’s look effortlessly cool.

Michelle:  I’m free to be me! Loving the AEO sky high shortie!

Deborah:  I fight against crohn’s in my daily adventures. (photo credit to @tayalexandersmith)

Anna:  They are perfect for all occasions and have THE best washes and styles!

Shirley:  I’m one of a kind!

Day 3 Winners:

Anh Dang:  They make me feel comfortably and confidently me. Seriously, these are my all time favorite  skinnies!

Emily:  They give that boost of confidence in any look.

Levy:  They are my base of confidence.

Jaime:  I can be cute,  confident, and comfortable.

Lauren:  They make me feel like I can conquer any moment.

Day 4 Winners: 

Taryn:  They make me feel ready to take on whatever life throws at me!

Wendy:  I don’t  have to sacrifice comfort and still be in style.

Gina:  All beautiful things are young and free.

Nasaya:  Imperfection’s are beautiful and even with them, AE jeans fit me perfectly.

Taylor:  They make me feel perfectly comfortable in my skin… and my jeans!

Day 5 Winners:

Sarah:  They keep me effortlessly cool!

Caitie: They fit me just the way I want!

Samantha:  They were perfectly made for me!

Aaron:  The brand allows me flexibility through my own personal style.

Rachel:  There’s a fit that’s just right for every style I love.

Day 6 Winners:

Pricilla:  Just like me, they’ve evolved over time to fit my personal style.

Lindsay:  They help me find the beauty in myself that I see all around me!

Emma:  I live, love, and laugh everyday!

Anna:  Every pair feels like they’re personally made for me.

Shannon:  They let me express my own personal style!

Inspired yet? It’s not too late to enter for your chance to win 1,000 dollars! Check out www.ae.com/IMPERFECT for more information.

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#AEOStyle Awards

In honor of the infamous MTV Video Music Award’s tonight, we were inspired to create our own awards! We went through hundreds and hundreds of #AEOStyle photos and chose the following winners for each of our categories. So what are you waiting for … pop your popcorn, grab a spot on the couch, and pregame with the #AEOSTYLE awards before the big show!

BEST MALE #AEOSTYLE

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BEST FEMALE #AEOSTYLE

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@katie_did_what

FIT TO WATCH

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@lifeofacoyfish

BEST COLLABORATION

codyjohns@codyjohns

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

misstarabelle

 

@misstarabelle

BEST ART DIRECTION

sisterlystyle

 

@sisterlystyle

OUTFIT OF THE YEAR

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 @mox_ie

Tell us which artist you want to see win for the MTV Video of the Year award in the comments below!

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Music Monday: AEO Up Next: Vance Joy

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For this week’s installment of AEO Up Next, we present Aussie indie folkster, Vance Joy. He’s been super busy on tour and handling the new-found stardom that comes with a chart-topping hit. That hit is called “Riptide” and it’s just about the most simultaneously lighthearted and painful love song out right now. Check it out below and read on to get to know the man behind Vance Joy in the Q & A after the jump.

AEO:  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.

Vance Joy:  Elliott Smith: Either/Or

AEO:  Where was your first show and what was it like?

VJ:  It was at the Queenscliff Music Festival when I was 10. I was with my family. My little sister and I sat near the edge of the stage as Jimmy Little played his set. We had had his album “Messenger” in the family car for a while before the show, so we knew the tunes. I have a few strong memories of that night.

AEO:  Anyone who’s seen any movies about rock bands knows that the tour bus can be like an extension of a wild backstage party or a place for band antics. Tell us the craziest or funniest tour bus story to date.

VJ:  Our tour bus isn’t crazy at all it is pretty calm. On the long road trips you need to just zone out and read or watch some t.v show. We have had some late night music dancing sessions which have been memorable. I get so pumped up listening to “Turn Down For What.” And also Sheryl Crow “If It Makes You Happy”, but mainly “Turn Down For What”. We were driving around Maine with turn down for what pumping and getting so fired up.

AEO:  What was the last song you played on your phone?

VJ:  “Mad World” cat Stevens

AEO:  What’s your favorite thing to do when you have a creative block that you need to work through?

VJ:  Go run errands and make them the focus. Make coffee dates and run around like a headless chook.

AEO:  Top 5 albums that anyone who’s reading this should go out and buy right now:

VJ:  Cat Stevens – Tea for the TillermanColdplay – Rush of Blood to the HeadElliott Smith – Figure 8Father John Misty – Fear funKillers – Day and Age

Now that you’ve gotten to know about Vance, channel his look with #AEOStyle.

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Shop the look: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 |

1: Solid Poplin Button Down Shirt
2: Slim Jean
3: Downtown Leather Belt
4: Thorogood 1892 Boot
5: Slim Jean
6: Plaid Button Down Shirt

Want more Vance Joy action? Check out our BTS 1 playlist curated by Vance on Spotify!

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That’s a wrap: Behind the Scenes of Our New Commercial Shoot

We headed out to El Mirage Lake in the hot (we’re talking 110 degrees hot), dry, beautiful California desert to film our Back to School commercial for the launch of I’MPERFECT. We featured and used over 200 pairs of jeans showcasing our entire denim collection which includes, 22 fits, 81 washes, 84 sizes!

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Getting ready!

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AEO CMO, Michael Leedy (second from Right) with a few of the crew members

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The crew hard at work

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AEO Stylists, Preston and Lauren trying to survive the desert heat

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The dust storms were so intense that production was shut down for half a day

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That’s a wrap!

Check out the commercial for our newest campaign I’MPERFECT below and tell us what you think about it in the comments below.

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Farewell AEO 2014 Interns!

At the end of every summer we experience the same bittersweet moment as we say goodbye to our amazing interns! One of those talented interns, Tyreke White, spent the summer in our photo studio and demonstrated his talent of creating beautiful imagery. Inspired by his love of the popular blog, turned book, Humans of New York, Tyreke had an idea that goes far beyond the camera lens.  He wanted to create a photo book that would capture the emotion and moments of his fellow colleagues to serve as a reminder of the special friendships formed for years to come.  A project that could be shared and hopefully just the beginning of his life long journey to inspire the world.

Introducing the 2014 AEO Interns:

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Row 1, L to R: Kristen Pospychala, Tyreke White, Chelsea Schulze, Megan Lundy, Maria Ilochi, Mark Dai, Kristin Schmidt | Row 2, L to R: Natalia Concepcion, Kirsty Butchart, Allese Kukalis, Angie Minnick, Chris Uhler, Julia Goll, Ellie Seta, Taylor Johns  | Row 3, L to R: Jared Clemmensen, Kelsey Birsic, Timothy McNally, Laura McCanney, Lindsey Barbour, Wesley Jernigan, Ali Garoon, Tara Llewellyn | Row 4, L to R: Tiffany Trinh, Alex D’Angelo, Megan Albright, Abby Einwag, Brian Kang, Brooke Hanby, Nicholas Massina, and Eric Mink

Tyreke put six questions in a hat and had each of his colleagues randomly pull one out with the task to answer the question wholeheartedly.  The responses from each participant is what evoked the emotion that Tyreke caught on film. We chose our favorite answer from each question to share with you below:

What is your greatest fear?
“I’d have to say my biggest fear is not pursuing my dreams and not going after what I think’s most important to me, even if that means being selfish. I just don’t want to be complacent.” – Nick M.

In five years, what do you hope to have accomplished?
“What I hope to have accomplished in five years is a good start to my career coming out of college, maybe even looking at grad school at this point, and really just enjoying what I’m doing, waking up and being happy with where I am.” – Chris U.

To you, what defines true happiness?
“True happiness, to me, means not having to think about being happy because that’s just how you live your life.” – Alex D.

To you, what defines true success?
“I define true happiness as waking up every morning, being excited about the people I’m with, the things that I’m doing, what I value in life and having that surrounding me at all times and being a point of hope, drive, and motivation.” – Kelsey B.

What inspires you?
“What inspires me are people, traveling, and finding beauty in the little things.” – Lindsey B.

Who has been the most influential person in your life and how?
“My mom actually might be superwoman. The best advice she’s given me is to keep laughing no matter the circumstance because laughing will get you through anything. She’s always been right.” – Brooke H.

 

Meet Tyreke White:

“The reason I began my photographic journey five years ago was very simple, I wanted to capture the world. I wanted to capture those fleeting moments that we often times forget about as quickly as they happen, and photography was a good device for this. Photography has allowed me to explore the huge spectrum of human emotions and personalities. Above all, photography has given me a subtle voice, a way to express how I’m feeling and to fearlessly share my story, my passions, and my dreams. Storytelling was the true inspiration for this project, however. It’s all too easy to take for granted the fact that everyone has a unique story worth hearing and remembering. So, when that storytelling is coupled with a shutter-click, the story is immediately ingrained for eternity – in a manner that is not only delicate but also inspiring. It is in this way that I hope to inspire the world. Thank you, AEO, for giving me the opportunity to showcase the stories of my fellow interns. And thank you, Humans of New York, for the photographic inspiration.”

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Wishing you all the success in the world as you conquer your dreams, Tyreke!!

We would love to hear what inspires you and what you think defines true happiness. Tell us in the comments below.

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It’s all about the Street Scene!

If your style icons include the likes of Zoe Kravitz, Gwen Stefani, Demi Lovato and Rihanna then the street scene trend was made for you! Rock-and-roll aesthetic mixed with oversized sweaters, a pair of fabulous rugged boots and jeans that fit like leggings will give your #AEOSTYLE the perfect edge this school year. Read on for styling tips to create a look that’s casually cool, requires little effort and will make you standout in any crowd.

1.  Start with the basics.  Grab your fave destroyed jeggings paired with a rocker inspired tank or your go-to fitted dress.
2. Toughen up your look with our must-have moto jacket that will make your outfit look expensive and will also carry your summer style through fall.
3. Bring on the bling! Always accessorize with studs, chains and spikes. Layer on our mixed metal bracelets with a stacked spike necklace.
4.  Add a scene stealing shoe. Our leopard print slip-ons or rugged boot will do the job.
5.  Don’t forget the retro element. Mix up your street scene style with acid wash jeans and a cozy flannel tied around your waist.

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 This look is inspired by NYC street style.

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 Destroyed denim paired with leopard slip-ons provide the perfect amount of edge to this casually cool look.

Want more Street Scene inspiration? Check out our lookbook at ae.com or watch our trend video below.

Tell us what pieces you’re hitting the streets with in the comments below!

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