How To Style the Jogger Short with The Neat Fit

Wanting to make a statement with your shorts? Look no further than the Printed Jogger Short. With its bold print, relaxed fit and drawstring waist, this is where style and comfort come together.

Neal from the The Neat Fit pairs his Jogger Short with a crew neck tee and denim jacket for a classic look.

How To Style the Jogger Short with The Neat Fit

Meet Neal:
Neal Jolly is a Toronto based menswear life and style blogger who is always in search to bring his readers the perfect fit. Whether it’s a baseball cap or clean suit, Neal understands the fit is everything. While taking on trends, he still has a very classic approach to style. The Neat Fit captures essentials that the everyday man should have hanging in his closet, and serves as a platform to offer readers aspiration and attainable style.

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What Inspired Neal’s Look:
“My travels are always inspiring my thoughts, and in turn my style. Recently I had the opportunity to vacation in a hot climate (which was a great change of scenery from the freezing cold Canadian temps). The palms and the whole vibe of the island were very relaxing, so I went for a more relaxed look. The palm printed jogger shorts were perfect for wear from the beach to sight seeing. I mixed prints by adding a striped tee and then added a denim jacket for when it got breezy in the evening. A denim jacket is a classic that can be worked in your wardrobe all year round, and mixed with trendier pieces.”

How To Style the Jogger Short with The Neat Fit

Get Neal’s Look: Printed Jogger Short | Vintage Denim Jacket | Striped T-Shirt (Similar) | Canvas Sneaker (Similar)How To Style the Jogger Short with The Neat Fit How To Style the Jogger Short with The Neat Fit

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How to Style the Hi-Rise Festival Shortie with Thetique

Heading to spring break? Gearing up for festival season? Grab a pair of Hi-Rise Festival Shorties and thank us later. No, seriously. Between it’s soft cotton denim, destroyed details and frayed hem, you’ll be in hi-rise heaven.

Tiana from the Thetique blog puts a classic twist on these edgy shorts by adding stripes and a timeless denim jacket below.

Meet Tiana:
Tiana Lewis, by definition, is native Nebraskan and full-time student at Texas Christian University. However at heart, she is a creative, a dreamer, and an optimist of all sorts. You can find her blogging about life, style, and everyday musings at Thetique, a space rooted in the belief that there is beauty in everything. Past unconventional beauty, she believes in things like: meaningful conversation, a life lead with intentionality, and running steadfastly in the direction of your dreams.

How to Style the Hi-Rise Festival Shortie with Thetique

How to Style the Hi-Rise Festival Shortie with Thetique What Inspired Tiana’s Look:
“Recently, I’ve been leaning more toward timeless outfits-ones you’ll look back on ten years down the road and think, “Man, I had style,” instead of “What was I thinking?” And because I believe that these kinds of looks are best dressed with a bit of edge, the Hi-Rise Festival Shorties make for the perfect piece to have in your closet long-term. They’re great with just about everything. I decided to pair them with a simple stripe, great wash of denim and a wide-brimmed hat to put together a look that could be easily recreated by anyone looking for a relaxed, yet stylish outfit created solely from the pieces in their closet.”

How to Style the Hi-Rise Festival Shortie with Thetique

Get Tiana’s Look: Hi-Rise Festival Shortie | Soft & Sexy Striped Baseball T-Shirt (Similar) Tomgirl Denim Jacket (Similar) |  Western Bootie (Similar) | Lack Of Color Black Out Short Brim Hat (Similar)

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How to Wear the Oxford Shirt with McLavin Style

Our iconic Solid Oxford Button Down Shirt is a must-have in every guys’ closet. Its classic cut offers a relaxed fit through the chest and arms for your total comfort, so not only will you look great, but you’ll feel great too.

Lav from McLavin Style puts a casual twist on this this classic shirt by paring with jeans and sneakers.

Meet Lav:
Lav is the blogger behind McLavin Style. He’s a 21-year-old university student from the UK who’s currently interning with an Investment Bank in New York. His blog covers Menswear and Fitness. His style is very simple and minimalistically universal with a dash of originality.

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What Inspired Lav’s Look:
“Rather than shying away from unique colors, challenging and implementing them in my style gives me that sense of excitement. Choosing this Lime shirt over any other common blue, black or white color was one of the reasons. A very unique and subtle color, if paired with the right pieces could be pulled off really well. Pairing it with dark denim and adding that bit of camo with my sneakers and quilted jacket to fight the cold and polish the look”

How to Wear the Oxford Shirt with McLavin Style Get Lav’s Look: Solid Oxford Button Down Shirt | Skinny Jean (Similar) | New Balance Running Sneaker (Similar) | Denim Jacket
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How to Wear the Tomgirl Jean with Crystalin Marie

With a new take on cool and casual, our Tomgirl Jean will take your denim game to a whole different level. With its relaxed fit and destroyed details, you’ll wonder how you went this long without owning a pair.

Crystalin, blogger behind Crystalin Marie, proves that relaxed denim doesn’t always equal casual when pairing with a fitted top and nude pumps.

Meet Crystalin:
Crystalin writes the fashion and lifestyle blog, Crystalin Marie. Her blog is based in the Bay Area and covers topics related to personal style, fashion, food, fitness, and lifestyle. In addition to blogging and working full time, Crystalin is in the middle of planning her summer wedding and running after her cute westiepoo, Lola.

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What Inspired Crystalin’s Look:
“I love a good pair of relaxed destroyed denim and these Tomgirl jeans are perfect! I went with a more fitted sweater to balance out the looser fit jeans and then paired them with pumps to dress up the look.”

How to Wear the Tomgirl Jean with Crystalin Marie How to Wear the Tomgirl Jean with Crystalin MarieGet Crystalin’s Look: Tomgirl Jean | Cable Front Jegging Sweater (Similar) | Striped Lace Sleeve T-Shirt (Similar)

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AS SEEN IN #AEOSTYLE: Jeans and Accessories

From Teen Vogue to Poor Little It Girl, we’ve been spotting #AEOSTYLE in some of our favorite places. Check out where we’ve been spotted in this week’s edition of Bloggers Editors Love.

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Add the finishing touches to your #AEOSTYLE with our Plaid Blanket Scarf. It’s the perfect accessory for falling temps.
Shop the look:
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20150212_blog_prTop off your look with a Photo Real Trucker Hat. Want to take your fashion to new heights? Put on a pair of Sky High Jeggings for elevated #AEOSTYLE.
Shop the look: 
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Behind the scenes: the making of the LOVE bracelet

It’s just before 7pm as the three of us watch the larger-than-life burnt orange African sun set on the edge of the Ngong Hills. Each of us covered head to toe in the deep red dirt of the Great Rift Valley, smiling from ear to ear and drinking down an ice cold Tusker beer. It’s been one of those days when you’ve worked so hard that your brain hurts and your body aches yet your face is shining because of the deep satisfaction from the day.

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Just over a decade ago I purchased a one-way ticket to Kenya. I had no idea when I got on that plane just how much the people of Kenya would change my life and what that change would create for many others. I knew very little about Africa then and about the world of international development. I was just a kid from Texas recently graduated from the University of Kansas with a heart on fire wanting to know more about my purpose in life, who I was, and where I fit in the world.

I am so grateful that I did jump on that plane, despite the well intentioned wisdom of so many who kept telling me to go to medical school first and then go help the people in Africa. I am thankful that I was too ignorant or stubborn or whatever it was to get on that plane. As a result I quickly realized it wasn’t about my helping the people of Africa, or about the people of Africa helping me, but about us learning how to love and appreciate one another. During that year of living in Kenya my understanding of the world broke wide open and for the first time I realized how intertwined our lives are to one another, even those we may never meet. My heart was shattered in such a beautiful way that I expanded and began to see how much I had to learn from my new friends and family in Kenya. For the first time I began to know the abundance of LOVE.

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And that brings us to the present moment, drinking a few Tusker beers, watching the sun set after a long day in the Kenyan wilderness overseeing the creation of our new product, the LOVE bracelet. Jeremiah, Jim and I had just spent the day visiting the 10 Maasai community groups totaling more than 400 women who had recently been employed as artisans through our collaboration with American Eagle Outfitters (AEO). It was one of those work days that you couldn’t possibly dream up even if you tried. Three friends meeting with more than 400 Maasai artisans, talking with them about life, about what it means to them to hand-stitch LOVE each day with their friends as they sit under acacia trees near their homes.

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The LOVE bracelet was designed by my friend, Chrissie Lam, during a collaborative trip to Kenya with our fashion brand, LIFE Line. We had been in partnership for a few years and wanted to partner on a product that would continue to empower the people of Kenya through job creation. One of the key elements I have learned over the past decade is that much harm has been done in Africa under the intentions of doing good. The reason for this is that much of the Western worlds efforts to “help” Africa actually perpetuates a culture of dependency where African communities literally wait on Western aid to “help” them rather than give them opportunities to live empowered lives. I have found that the best way to do this is by creating jobs where people are able to take control of their own lives by becoming business men and women providing for their families just like any of us here in the West want for our own families.

I couldn’t be more excited about our latest partnership with American Eagle Outfitters and the launch of the LOVE bracelet. Over the last 3 months during the production of the LOVE bracelet AEO has empowered LIFE Line to create more than 400 jobs for Maasai women in the Great Rift Valley. Not only have we created jobs, but the Maasai women have made these beautiful bracelets through their ancient tradition of beading under acacia trees near their homes. These products were not made in a factory. They were literally hand-stitched under acacia trees by women community groups gathered in love to stitch LOVE for you!

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Together, we have empowered these women to earn a living, care for their children, and provide for their households. It puts a smile on their faces as they wake up, walk with their community of women to live into purpose-filled work of a quality product. Their efforts also connect us here in America to a powerful story of LOVE that we then get to share via the hashtag, #loveisproject.

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As the three of us sat there watching the sun go down we all smiled knowing that such a product handcrafted in the African wilderness would soon be front in center in the 1,000 American Eagle Outfitters stores across America. What an incredible feeling and what an amazing collaboration between The Supply ChangeLIFE Line and American Eagle Outfitters to believe in something greater than ourselves and to live that belief out loud across the world through LOVE. I hope you enjoy the LOVE bracelet and ask that you please share the love via the hashtag #loveisproject. Thanks to everyone for doing your part to open this door, including our personal TRIBE and the original #loveisproject backers, for believing in us and for seeing the opportunities created when we leverage the influence of fashion to empower lives though job creation.

Big LOVE,

Zane

More about LIFE Line: lifelinefashion.org and @lifelinefashion on Instagram

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