The coolest new partnership: AEO Flex/Denim x WFPF

If you asked the all-knowing Internet, “Internet, what is Parkour?” you’d likely get an answer describing it as “the activity of moving rapidly through any environment–typically an urban one–while running, jumping and climbing over obstacles.”

Anya Chibis Lady's Jam Crawl

Parkour Women’s Jam, Photo: Anya Chibis

If you asked a Parkour historian, you’d probably learn that this “new” sport’s roots go all the way back to the early 1900s, when French naval lieutenant Georges Hebert developed a training method that combined obstacle course challenges with what he considered to be a more “natural” way of moving.

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GCA Parkour WFPF/USAParkour gym, Photo: Matt FitzGerald

But if you asked any of us at the World Freerunning Parkour Federation (WFPF) that very same question, you’d receive a different (and definitely unanimous) response: Parkour is a way of life, a way of looking at the world and believing that there’s no obstacle we can’t overcome. Part martial art, part extreme sport, and part creative expression, Parkour’s unique physical and mental practice is truly a lifestyle–and one that continues to grow today, in almost every country around the globe.

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WFPF Instructor certification graduates at Scottsdale Parkour Freerunning

That’s where we come in. Founded in 2008, WFPF brought together some of the world’s most accomplished Parkour athletes in an effort to preserve the sport’s values while also developing it responsibly. Over the years, we’ve worked with thousands of practitioners in over 50 countries. We’ve also partnered with a limited number of brands–usually those already rooted in the Parkour community–that share our enthusiasm for leading a positive, outside-the-box lifestyle.

WFPF Athletes Ewan Burns photographer

WFPF Athletes, Photo: Ewan Burns

So, when AEO came to us with their new AEO Flex/Denim line, we were curious… and when they told us that the jeans feature an innovative denim technology that allows for all kinds of extreme movement, we were excited.

We decided to put them to the ultimate test: Let’s see what some of the world’s top Parkour athletes can really do in them… and, hey, let’s film it too.

The result? Not only did we have an awesome time making the video, but, well, let’s just say you gotta see it to believe it. These jeans are the real deal.

 

Want to learn more about WFPF and what they do? Check out WFPF.com and USAParkour.org. And watch more WFPF videos here.

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How to Wear the Blanket Poncho with Lisa Prang

Ponchos are the perfect boho-inspired layer for cooler days and nights. With the easy draped silhouette and open front, the pairing possibilities are endless.

Lisa from LMP Collections styles her favorite Blanket Poncho with a Crop Top for the perfect free-spirited look.

How to Wear the Blanket Poncho with Lisa Prang

Meet Lisa:
Lisa is a graphic design student living in Michigan whose dream is to move to the west coast and pursue fashion. Her fashion and lifestyle blog ‘LMP Collections‘ has been her greatest inspiration and hopes to inspire the lives of others. When she’s not working on her blog, she enjoys traveling, running, and taking photographs.

How to Wear the Blanket Poncho with Lisa Prang

What Inspired Lisa’s Look:
“This look was inspired by the cool and casual days of summer. From a day out shopping to watching the sunset on the beach, this blanket poncho ensures a comfortable boho style all day.”

How to Wear the Blanket Poncho with Lisa Prang

Get Lisa’s Look: Blanket Poncho | Lace Back Crop Top (Similar) | Sky High Shortie (Similar) | Swedish Hasbeens Heart Platform Sandal (Similar)
How to Wear the Blanket Poncho with Lisa Prang

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How to Wear Core Flex Denim with Ty Severe

Our new Flex Denim is made to move with you. It has the look and feel of your favorite AEO denim, but with 3 levels of stretch for an increase in comfort and flexibility.

Our friend Ty Severe styled the Skinny Core Flex Denim for a day at the beach. With its level 1 stretch and destroyed details, this is where style and revolutionary comfort meet.

How to Wear Core Flex Denim with Ty Severe

Meet Ty:
Ty Severe is the creator + style influencer behind the Menswear fashion blog, TySevere.com.

How to Wear Core Flex Denim with Ty Severe What Inspired Ty’s Look: 
“Living in Los Angeles I can’t help but be inspired by film! I curate my closet with the greatest in mind – James Dean, Paul Newman and Steve McQueen. Keeping my looks cool, current and classic is easy to do with my American Eagle distressed denim.”

How to Wear Core Flex Denim with Ty Severe

Get Ty’s Look:  Skinny Core Flex Jean | Legend Henley | Bold Mirrored Sunglasses (Similar) How to Wear Core Flex Denim with Ty Severe

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How to Wear the Fringe Muscle Tank

We’re all about fringe this season and you should be, too. Start by creating your free-spirited summer look with the Fringe Muscle Tank. The soft crocheted cotton, scoop neck and fringe trim, make it the perfect boho-inspired tank for the beach and beyond.

Check out how Lauren and Chandler styled our Fringe Muscle Tank below.

How to Wear the Fringe Muscle Tank

Meet Lauren: 
Lauren is a San Diego based freelance model, she enjoys spending most of her time soaking up the sun at the beach, while hiking, or just being active outside. Lauren has a strong passion for music, dance, and fashion. Lauren is inspired when people achieve their goals, while participating in what they love, and here she is doing just that!

How to Wear the Fringe Muscle Tank

What Inspired Lauren’s Look:
“This fringe top is perfect to throw on while going out for a day at the beach this summer! This top is not only a cute shirt but also makes a great swimsuit coverup! I chose to wear this soft comfy fringe top over my swimsuit top and paired it with loose comfy floral shorts. This is a great go-to outfit for a hot summer day at the beach!”

How to Wear the Fringe Muscle Tank

Photos by Kylee Patterson

Get Lauren’s Look: Fringe Muscle Tank | Printed Soft Shortie (Similar)
How to Wear the Fringe Muscle Tank

Meet Chandler:
Chandler Nehrt is just your typical small town girl turned passionate style blogger and fashion fanatic, to put it plainly.  Beyond her one-stoplight town Midwestern roots, she is currently a marketing student, concentrating on social media and brand management.  Her blog, Candidly Chan, is her primary creative outlet, where she aims to provide unique content, a good laugh when necessary (which is always), and above all, style inspiration to all those who may stumble upon it.

How to Wear the Fringe Muscle Tank

What Inspired Chandler’s Look: 
“I must say, tops like this one are my jam in the summertime.  A lightweight, fringe tank top is the ultimate easy-breezy summer staple to have in your wardrobe, don’t you agree?  I wanted to play up the effortless, music festival vibe of this tank, so I added a chic, wide-brim fedora and some of my favorite lived-in sandals.  I also decided to skip the plain blue jean shorts for some white cutoffs to showcase the big white-on-white trend of this season.  This look is perfect for nearly every summer occasion you can think of, and that’s what I really love about it.”How to Wear the Fringe Muscle Tank

Get Chandler’s Look: Fringe Muscle Tank | Denim Shortie (Similar) | Wide Brim Fedora (Similar) | Double Buckle Sandals (Similar)

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How to Wear the Textured Poncho with Mel Denisse

The poncho is the ultimate free-spirited layer. Its draped silhouette, bold geo pattern and fringe hem are sure to add the perfect amount of boho to your pulled together look.

Mel from Mel Denisse pairs her favorite Textured Poncho with Shorties for an effortless look. How to Wear the Textured Poncho with Mel Denisse

Meet Mel:
Mel is a writer at heart– filling scrap books and blank pages since before she can remember. Since combining that with modeling + photography and other artistic platforms, she’s cultivated a sense of all around living in beauty through her creativity to spark inspiration in daily life.

How to Wear the Textured Poncho with Mel Denisse

What Inspired Mel’s Look:
“My style mostly defaults towards a ‘dark and flowy’ aesthetic, which makes this textured poncho so fun to wear. Its effortlessness can make its way into almost any look, and that is a staple piece in my opinion. I paired it with some destroyed denim shorts and a black body suit as a contrast to give the poncho more room to ‘play.’ I’m looking forward to creating more looks with it throughout the summer season.”

How to Wear the Textured Poncho with Mel Denisse

Get Mel’s Look: Textured Poncho | Vintage Hi-Rise Shortie (Similar) | Soft & Sexy Cropped Halter Tank (Similar) | Double Buckle Sandal (Similar)

How to Wear the Textured Poncho with Mel Denisse

How to Wear the Textured Poncho with Mel Denisse

How to Wear the Textured Poncho with Mel Denisse

Photos by Charley Woodman 

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How to Wear the Tomgirl Short with Vanilla Extract

Our Tomgirl denim is all about the relaxed fit and destroyed details. The Destroyed Tomgirl Short takes this casual cool look to a whole new level with its midi length and frayed hem.

Nichole from Vanilla Extract pairs her tomgirl short with a plaid button down and neutral flats for the ultimate casual cool look.

How to Wear the Tomgirl Short with Vanilla Extract Meet Nichole:
Nichole Ciotti is a San Francisco based entrepreneur obsessed with putting together simple but dynamic outfits that won’t break the bank. She is co-creator of a new social media platform called Feature. Follow @nicholeciotti online to see her street style inspiration and all of her favorite things to see, do, and eat around the Bay Area.

How to Wear the Tomgirl Short with Vanilla Extract

What Inspired Nichole’s Look:
“I live in distressed shorts all summer long and these tom girl shorts are in high rotation. They’re lightweight with ample stretch making them comfortable for all sorts of fun summer activities. I was drawn to this particular fit because they strike the perfect balance between regular shorts and the relaxed boyfriend style, which I’ve found to be universally flattering. Since my style is pretty casual, I decided to pair them with a favorite plaid button down, but they also look great with a plain white tee or light sweater!”How to Wear the Tomgirl Short with Vanilla Extract

Get Nichole’s Look: Destroyed Tomgirl Short | Plaid Boyfriend Shirt (Similar) | Street Level Reversible Tote (Similar) 

How to Wear the Tomgirl Short with Vanilla Extract How to Wear the Tomgirl Short with Vanilla Extract How to Wear the Tomgirl Short with Vanilla Extract

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