STYLED 4 WAYS: THE ATHLETIC AESTHETIC

Don’t call it a comeback trend: “athleisure” is here to stay.

The last few years have seen a slow-but-steady blurring of the line that separates activewear from streetwear, to the point that the two are now nearly indistinguishable. Menswear as a whole has treaded into more casual, sporty territory, while activewear continues to adopt an increasingly streamlined, minimalist, wear-it-anywhere aesthetic.

And here’s where it becomes clear that this shift is more than a passing trend: with it, we’ve ALSO seen a general shift in public perception. No longer is it considered “lazy” or “sloppy” to wear your workout clothes outside the gym, and now more than ever, it’s seen as totally acceptable to mix activewear into to your everyday wardrobe — in some cases, even your work wardrobe.

The bottom line: everyone likes to be comfortable and everyone likes to look good. So when the stars align to make those two things happen simultaneously, repeat after us: YOU. TAKE. ADVANTAGE.

How, exactly? That’s where Laura, our Lead Stylist, comes in. Below, she shows us four easy-to-replicate ways to incorporate activewear into your everyday looks — WITHOUT sacrificing your style.

 

LOOK #1: MINIMAL + MODERN

Go for a cool, tonal look with head-to-toe black and grey hues. Laura’s picks: these space-dyed grey shorts, a simple black hoodie (the grey trim is a small detail that does a lot to tie the whole look together) and black sneakers with a bright-white contrast sole.

At a glance, this look could pass as high-end streetwear (closer inspection reveals essential performance attributes like reflective trim, thumb holes and bonded zippers).

Shop the Look:

AE Active Hoodie | AE Active Reflective Colorblock T-Shirt | AE Active Drawstring Short | Clarks® Trigenic Flex Sneaker

 

LOOK #2: STYLE MEETS COMFORT

Believe it or not, this outfit features the same grey shorts from the first look!

Styled with a classic chambray shirt, an olive-green varsity jacket and simple white slip-ons, they take on a whole new vibe — casual-cool yet totally pulled together.

Shop the Look:

AEO Reversible Embroidered Bomber Jacket | AEO Indigo Chambray Shirt | Reebok Club C 85 Sneaker

 

LOOK #3: RETRO SPORT

For our third look, Laura created a sporty, ‘90s-inspired feel by pairing slim-fitting joggers with light layers and a modern graphic hoodie.

Added bonus: the tapered leg and varsity-striped trim make these joggers the perfect modern-day replacement for those old, baggy track pants (but they’re just as comfortable!).

Shop the Look:

AE Active Hoodie | AEO Longline Crew T-Shirt | AE Active Side Stripe Jogger

LOOK #4: WEEKEND VIBES

Our final look is proof that a few minor tweaks can completely transform your aesthetic.

Laura took the layered tees and joggers from our third look and gave them a sport-to-street makeover by swapping the hoodie for a timeless denim jacket, adding crisp white sneakers and topping it off with a fresh baseball cap.

The result? A laid-back, put-together look that you could wear literally anywhere. (Well, okay, maybe not to that black-tie wedding. You get the drift.)

Shop the Look:

New Balance 530 Suede Sneaker | AEO Fitted Baseball Hat | AEO Canvas Sneaker

Show us how you are wearing the athleisure trend with #AEOSTYLE and tell us your favorite look in the comments below!

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Musically Inspired #AEOSTYLE: Looks For The 2017 Grammy’s

The Grammy’s are back and (dare we say) better than ever. With nominees like Queen Bey, Adele, Chance the Rapper, Twenty One Pilots & more, it’s hard to say which powerhouse artists will take home a golden gramophone. Plus, we can’t wait to watch once-in-a-lifetime mash up performances from Lady Gaga + Metallica and other favorites. “Major Key”: We were so inspired by this year’s artists that we created two noteworthy #AEOSTYLE looks that have all the edge that music’s biggest night deserves. Say “Hello” to our musically-inspired looks below, and let us know which performances you’re most excited to see!

You’re going to “Love Yourself” in this look. Put your look into “Formation” by pairing black and white pieces with a glam edge. Get “Closer” to style #goals by layering a black bralette under a white mesh tank and white jeggings. Channel your inner “Dangerous Woman” in black lace-up block heels. Finish your outfit with small details (our favorite kinds of “Cheap Thrills”) like a delicate choker necklace, a gold watch and a black crossbody bag.

Grammy's Inspired Style

SHOP IT: Mesh T-Shirt | Aerie Lace + Mesh Triangle Bralette | Twill X Skinny | Steve Madden Admire
Breeda Asper Rose Black & Gold WatchChokersCrossbody Bag

Don’t get “Stressed Out”. If “Blue Ain’t Your Color”, that’s totally fine. You’ll have “No Problem” looking your best in edgy, cool black & white pieces, the most “Famous” color combo. Find some “Purpose” and ground our #AEOSTYLE in slip-on denim sneakers. Turn your look “All The Way Up” in a black tie-dyed tee under a button down shirt & black destructed skinny jeans.

Grammy's Inspired Men's Fashion

SHOP IT: Flex Dyed Crew T-Shirt | Button Down Shirt  | Extreme Flex Skinny Jean | Denim Slip-On Sneaker
Metal Cuff Bracelet | Metal Round Sunglasses

Who do you think will win big on Sunday night? Tell us in the comments below, and use #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram to show us your own Grammy-worthy style.

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How To Style The Birdseye Crew Sweater With Ryan Clark

Sweaters are great for a lot of reasons – they’re easy to pop on, versatile and,best of all,  warm. Because sweaters are so versatile, you can easily change them up to suit any style simply by switching out what you pair them with. For months now, we’ve seen sweaters worn with destructed jeans, bomber jackets, sneakers – basically anything and everything grunge-inspired. That’s why we’re excited to share this look featuring our Birdseye Crew Sweater styled by Ryan Clark from @ryanclarkstyles and High Fashion Living. It’s a little more polished with just the right amount of edge (check out the cuffed pants paired with structured boots), and you could definitely wear this anywhere from school to work to a night out with the guys. Add a collared shirt under the sweater for an added layer of prep to balance out the look.

How To Wear The Birdseye Crew Neck Sweater With Ryan Clark

Meet Ryan:
Ryan is the Founder and Creative Director of @HighFashionMen & @HighFashionLiving. He is the blogger behind @ryanstylesnyc and a GQ Fashion Influencer.

“Ryan recently moved to NYC to pursue his passion for fashion. Originally setting out to make his mark on the field of medicine, Ryan left Texas and prospects of medical school behind to further the growth of  High Fashion Men. His unique style and approach to men’s fashion has built a diverse celebrity clientele, an expansive social media following, and  a respected fashion platform in a relative short period of time.”

Shop Ryan’s Look: Birdseye Crew Sweater | Solid Oxford Button Down Shirt (Similar)
Slim Cropped Extreme Flex Chino (Similar) | Leather Plain Toe Boot (Similar)

Show us how you style our Birdseye Crew Sweater with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the AEO Style Gallery. Plus, check out @aeomenswear for more men’s style inspiration.

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Seasonally Inspired #AEOSTYLE: First Day Of Fall Outfit

It’s safe to say that Fall has become one of the most anticipated seasons of the year… and we don’t hate it. Aside from all the hype about pumpkin spice and changing leaves, Fall is a great season to push pause and refresh. It’s a season of change and a time to appreciate everything you have and can do. We’re ready for autumn, and we have the #AEOSTYLE to prove it. Check out our must-do’s for the season and, of course, what we’ll be wearing when Fall arrives on September 22.

WHAT  TO DO THIS SEASON

  • GET OUTSIDE: Make the most of mild temps and go for a hike to check out the Fall foliage.
  • TRY SOMETHING NEW: A food, an activity – anything! There’s never a bad time to take a chance.
  • REVAMP YOUR #AEOSTYLE: Clear out your closet and update your Fall look (hint: our looks below might help!).
  • SET SOME GOALS: Consciously choose to make a positive change this season.

WHAT TO WEAR ON THE FIRST DAY OF FALL

GUYS: Keep your look for the first day of Fall as chill as the weather. Layering is key this season, so mix colors, textures and styles for a cool, casual look. We took muted tones of green and orange and paired them back to one of our favorite colors this Fall, grey. Ground your look with neutrals in your denim & shoes – leather hi-top sneakers are durable and on-trend, perfect for an active outdoor season.

Welcome Autumn with First Day Of Fall #AEOSTYLE

SHOP IT: Military Jacket | Full Zip Hoodie | Find Your Wild Graphic Tee
Extreme Flex Slim Jean | Leather Hi-Top Sneaker | Classic Sunglasses

GIRLS: Laid-back #AEOSTYLE is the goal here, and you can achieve the look with simple layers inspired by the colors of the season. We love the bold color of a red tank, and the floral embroidery in the jacket we paired it with brings some life to this edgy look. Our outerwear of choice for Fall 2016 – the bomber jacket – is on top. Destructed hi-rise jeggings and hi-top shoes finish the outfit.

Welcome Autumn with First Day Of Fall #AEOSTYLE

SHOP IT: Embroidered Bomber Jacket | First Essentials V-Neck Tank (Similar) | Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging
Etched Cuff | Cat Eye SunglassesK-Swiss Classic VN Mid Sneaker

Share your autumn must-do list in the comments & show us what you’re wearing with #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter.

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AEO DIY: Sea Salt Hair Spray

From Gigi Hadid to Olivia Palermo some of our favorite celebrities and fashion icons rock the perfect beach wave. We’ve put together an easy step by step guide on how to create your very own sea salt hair spray to give you those effortless ready-for-summer strands. Move over Becky with the good hair…it’s our time to shine.

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Materials you’ll need:
2 tablespoons sea salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoon water-based hair gel
1/2 teaspoon leave-in conditioner
1/2 teaspoon argan oil (optional)
1 to 2 drops of essential oil of choice for fragrance (optional. We prefer rose or lavender scents)
Pot and stove top (or microwavable bowl or cup)
Spray bottle that can hold more than a cup of water
Utensil for stirring
Measuring spoons

Steps:
1. Heat water just before boiling in pot or bowl. Remove from heat.
2. Add your salt, stirring occasionally until it’s completely dissolved.

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3. Add the fun stuff! (Hair gel, leave-in conditioner, argan oil and essential oil). Stir until ingredients are completely combined.

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4. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature before pouring it into the spray bottle.

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5. Give that bottle a good shake.

How To Apply:
Always shake your spray before applying. For best results, spray a few spritzes two inches from roots on either dry or wet hair. Scrunch, twist and toss your hair to create that perfectly messy texture. Spray and scrunch until you’ve reached your desired look! Pro tip: Use a hairdryer to speed up the drying process.

Do you have any other good hair DIY tips? Tell us in the comments below!

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Introducing AEO APT: Fill Your Home With #AEOSTYLE

MAKE YOUR SPACE YOUR HAPPY PLACE
Styling tips & inspiration for transforming your dorm or apt with the new AEO APT collection: Feel like you’ve hit a wall in styling your apartment? We’ve got you covered. And your covers. Let’s start in your sanctuary, the bedroom. You want your bedroom to be a reflection of you, so we’re providing some ways for you to make the most of your space, no matter how small.

Make your space your happy place with home decor from the AEO apartment collection.

BEDDING IS EVERYTHING
The focal point of a bedroom is, well, the bed. You spend a lot of time there. It’s your snooze spot, your snack spot, your chill spot, and most importantly, your sleep spot. Make it yours by mixing and matching sheets and comforters to get a set that makes you want to spend the morning in bed (more than you already do). Whether you prefer a cool, morning hue or a darker, eye-catching print, your comforter should do the job of pulling everything in the room together so you can focus on catching all the Z’s you please. Try and incorporate a textured duvet to add subtle depth to the room, it’ll make sure you’ll always wake up on the right side of the bed.

Make your space your happy place with home decor from the AEO apartment collection.

GOT A BLANK SPACE, BABY?
Don’t be afraid of blank space, white walls are your friend! Open it up by avoiding darker paint colors that tend to give the illusion of a shrinking room. Instead, juxtapose a bold patterned boho tapestry against a blank wall to elongate and lighten up the space. Throw it over a bedframe to keep a clean look while not sacrificing the colors you love. If patterns aren’t your thing opt for a cityscape or nature scene that allows your bedroom to be your place to escape. Don’t let your walls confine you, give yourself more room to daydream.

Make your space your happy place with home decor from the AEO apartment collection.

LIGHT IT UP
You can’t go wrong with natural light, but when that doesn’t suffice you need lights that provide a warm and fuzzy wakeup aesthetic that doesn’t feel artificial. String lights are the perfect wall accent; hang them over your bed to get the right lighting for any mood, or bottle them up on a bedside table for a free-spirit, firefly aesthetic. You’ll get a soft glow ideal for mellow mornings or Saturday nights in.

Make your space your happy place with home decor from the AEO apartment collection.

Make your space your happy place with home decor from the AEO apartment collection.

PILLOW TALK
There is no such thing as too many pillows. Afraid your bed is boring? Liven it up by adding a printed or textured pillow to the mix. A great graphic or text decal can add just the right amount of fun to a room without being over the top. Throw it anywhere, whether it be on a bed or a chair or even the floor. Extra pillows mean more comfy, more cozy, and more you.

Make your space your happy place with home decor from the AEO apartment collection.

CLUTTER CONTROL
Less is more, especially in a smaller space. While your bedroom should be an expression of you, sometimes keeping it simple is the best way to go. Pick a few of your favorite photos to hang on a wall chain to add some personality to a bland corner without looking sloppy. Try not to crowd nightstands and shelves with unnecessary knickknacks, instead grab a staple candle or mug and keep the rest of the mess hidden in a vintage storage unit. A clean space is a happy space.

Whoever said that size matters was wrong! The room you’ve been dreaming about doesn’t have to stay a dream, make it a reality with AEO APT. Show us how you style your space with AEO APT using #liveinaeostyle on Instagram & Twitter.

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