Musically Inspired #AEOSTYLE: 2016 VMAs

It should come as no surprise that one of our favorite award shows is the MTV VMAs. Music is a huge part of American Eagle Outfitters, so we’re constantly looking to music influencers for inspiration and, of course, entertainment. The art of the music video is alive and well, if the hype around the MTV Video Music Awards is any indication – and with buzz-worthy videos like Kanye West’s “Famous” to viral hits like Adele’s “Hello,” there’s a reason for everyone to tune in on Sunday night (not to mention the surprise factor we can always expect from an MTV broadcast!). Below, we’re laying out our most-anticipated moments of the night and sharing some musically inspired #AEOSTYLE.

WHAT YOU’LL BE TWEETING ABOUT ON MONDAY

  • BRITNEY SPEARS: Brit is back. It’s been 9 years since this pop queen has taken the VMA stage, and we know that Britney’s performances are always talked about (good or bad). This year we have high expectations, especially since she’ll be performing her new single “Make Me” alongside G-Eazy.
  • RIHANNA (and Drake?): Rihanna will be honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award at this year’s show and is expected to perform, too. Seeing as Drake is nominated for an award as well (come on, don’t tell us you forgot Hotline Bling already), will the are-they-or-aren’t-they couple collab for a surprise on stage?
  • NO T-SWIFT: Wait, what? A VMAs without Taylor Swift? That’s right, your favorite squad leader isn’t attending this year’s awards… but that’s not to say her name still won’t be swirling! With all the Kanye/Kim/Calvin drama, we can’t help but think that Taylor will still have some sort of presence at the event.
  • VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Five huge names are pitted against each other for this year’s coveted Video of the Year Moon Man: Adele – “Hello”, Drake –  “Hotline Bling”, Beyonce –  “Formation”, Justin Bieber –  “Sorry” and Kanye West –  “Famous”. With talent this big, we can’t wait to see what GIF-worthy drama might happen as the winner takes the stage.

WHAT TO WEAR ON SUNDAY

GUYS: Keep your VMAs style on-trend this year with a bold jacket or bomber and cool leather lace-up sneakers. Add some interest to the look by keeping a monochrome feel thru your t-shirt and jeans. Varying shades and patterns look so fresh and buzz-worthy that you might even convince your friends that you’re “Famous.”

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SHOP IT: Jacket | Stripe Crew T-Shirt | Core Flex Slim Jean | Leather Lace-Up Sneaker

GIRLS: Bold fashion is the name of the game at the Video Music Awards. Don’t be afraid to show off statement-making #AEOSTYLE and throw several trendy pieces into your look. We’re loving this black bodysuit/black denim combo, especially when its elevated with a satin patched bomber jacket. Finish your outfit off with a choker (obviously) and black booties for a look that will show them how you get in “Formation.”
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SHOP IT: Patched Bomber Jacket | First Essentials Triangle Top BodysuitSuper Low Rise Jean
Black Round Sunglasses | Velvet Chokers | Cutout Ankle Bootie

Will you be watching the VMAs in #AEOSTYLE? Tweet us your thoughts about the show & show us what you’re wearing with #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter.

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How To Style The Lace Bell Sleeve Shirt With Alyssa May

Lace details and breezy fabrics were made for effortless #AEOSTYLE. If there’s one thing we love about summer fashion, it’s the no-fuss nature of the season. We’re still deep into the trend of pairing dreamy, feminine silhouettes with edgier, worn-them-forever pieces for a look that’s equal parts free spirit and urban-chic. One of our favorite shirts from the latest collection, the AEO Lace Bell Sleeve Shirt, is on our must-have list right now for that very reason. Blogger Alyssa May styled the shirt with an easy, cool-girl vibe that’s perfect for the end of summer heat. Keep reading to see Alyssa’s full look & discover the inspiration behind her outfit.

Blogger Alyssa May styles the Lace Belle Sleeve Shirt.

Meet Alyssa:
“Alyssa May (@_alyssamay) is a Los Angeles blogger and influencer. After discovering her love for fashion, she found blogging as a creative outlet to express her very own personal style. Her self-entitled blog, ALYSSA-MAY.com, covers all different styles– from her girly & bohemian side to her chic & minimal looks! She loves experimenting with fashion and she continues to inspire others to do the same.”

Blogger Alyssa May styles the Lace Belle Sleeve Shirt.

What Inspired Alyssa’s Look:
“When it comes to picking out an outfit, comfort is always my priority! Sure, of course I care about the way it looks– but feeling comfortable (and confident) in your outfit is just as important. This top is perfect for the summer because of it’s light and airy material. I especially love the lace and wide bell sleeves, as it gives it a bohemian vibe. Let’s just say, a flowy top and distressed shorts is my favorite combination for a warm summer’s day.”

Blogger Alyssa May styles the Lace Belle Sleeve Shirt.

Shop the Look: Lace Bell Sleeve Shirt | Tomgirl Midi Short (Similar)
Bar Top Sunglasses (Similar) | Fringe Heeled Bootie (Similar)

Show us how you’d style Lace Bell Sleeve Shirt using #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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Music Monday: August 2016 AEO Playlist

Keep the revolution going. It’s August, which means we have a new in-store playlist. Our vibe is still going strong with classic favorites and new hits, so this is definitely a playlist you don’t want to miss. You’ll hear artists like The Who, Ramones & The Rolling Stones, plus contemporary artists like HOLYCHILD, Two Door Cinema Club & Broods on our brand new, curated playlist. Check out the full set below, and click through to find the entire playlist on Spotify.

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Music Monday #AEODENIMREVOLUTION August 2016 Playlist

  1. In Common – Alicia Keys
  2. Tennessee (2001 – Remaster) – Arrested Development
  3. Colours – The Avalanches
  4. California – Behari
  5. Howlin’ For You – The Black Keys
  6. Rapture – 2002 – Remaster – Blondie
  7. Electric Love – BØRNS
  8. Free (feat. BØRNS) (Tommy English Remix) – Broods
  9. Heartlines – Broods
  10. Liquor Store Blues (feat. Damian Marley) – Bruno Mars
  11. Lightning (feat. John Rzeznik) – Cash Cash
  12. Should I Stay Or Should I Go – The Clash
  13. You Know It – Colony House
  14. Most Wanted – Cults
  15. Modern Love (1999 Remastered Version) – David Bowie
  16. Suffragette City (2012 Remastered Version) – David Bowie
  17. Talk – DJ Snake & George Maple
  18. Bedroom Eyes – Dum Dum Girls
  19. Drop The Game – Flume feat. Chet Faker
  20. Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand
  21. Eyes Wide – Handsome Ghost
  22. All We Ever Knew – The Head and the Heart
  23. Rotten Teeth (feat. Kate Nash) – HOLYCHILD
  24. Lust For Life – Iggy Pop
  25. Town Called Malice – The Jam
  26. Somebody To Love – Jefferson Airplane
  27. Sorry – Justin Bieber
  28. Parachute Kaiser Chefs
  29. She Moves In Her Own Way – The Kooks
  30. White Street – Kristin Kontrol
  31. Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix) – Lana Del Ray
  32. We Got U – Lemaitre, The Knocks
  33. Kids In America – Len
  34. Villainy – Local Natives
  35. Team – Lorde
  36. $Dreams – Max Frost
  37. I Love Me – Meghan Trainor
  38. Follow You – Original Mix – Mickey Cupid
  39. The Ocean – Mike Perry, Shy Martin
  40. In The Arms Of A Stranger – Mike Posner
  41. GREAT NIGHT (feat. Shovels & Rope) – NEEDTOBREATHE
  42. About  A Girl – Nirvana
  43. Another Girl Another Planet – The Only Ones
  44. Bloodshake – Peace
  45. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
  46. Never Been Shy – Prism Tats
  47. Pop Song 89 (Remastered) – R.E.M.
  48. I Wanna Be Sedated (Remastered) – Ramones
  49. Pieces Of The People We Love – The Rapture
  50. The Getaway – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  51. Dancing On My Own – Robyn
  52. It’s Only Rock’n’Roll (But I Like It) – The Rolling Stones
  53. Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones
  54. Only Love Can Break Your Heart – Saint Etienne
  55. Dreaming – Seapony
  56. Rebel Heart – The Shelters
  57. Rill Rill – Sleigh Bells
  58. I’m Free – The Soup Dragons, Junior Reid
  59. Beautiful Thing – The Stone Roses
  60. We Don’t Know – The Strumbellas
  61. Doin’ Time – Sublime
  62. Night Swimming – Tacocat
  63. Habits (Stay High) (Hippie Sabotage Remix) – Tove Lo
  64. Walk to the One You Love – Twin Peaks
  65. Are We Ready? (Wreck) – Two Door Cinema Club
  66. Summertime Blues – The Who
  67. LIKE I WOULD (Oliver Nelson Remix) – ZAYN

What’s your favorite song on the new playlist? Tell us in the comments below & leave your recommendations for next month!

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How To Style The Suede Jacket With TrendStyled

Outerwear is in. From bombers to popovers, jackets are definitely on our radar. Throwing a jacket to over your #AEOSTYLE is the perfect way to add interest and texture to your look, and our Suede Jacket is a great example of this. Made with one-hundred percent suede and on-trend details like front pockets and soft ribbing, this jacket will elevate a simple tee & jeans. Menswear blogger Saul Carrasco from Trend Styled styled the Suede Jacket & Core Flex Skinny Jean with an urban, worn-in vibe. Check out Saul’s full look below, and if you want to see more of his past #AEOSTYLE give his posts a look here & here.

TrendStyled styled the Suede Jacket with street style perfection.

Meet Saul: Saul Carrasco is a Texas born transplant now based in Los Angeles and New York City working as a men’s lifestyle blogger. With his blog Trend Styled, Saul captures the lifestyle of the new modern guy by providing daily inspirations from his experience in balancing busy, city life with a relaxed state of mind. via TrendStyled

TrendStyled styled the Suede Jacket with street style perfection.

What Inspired Saul’s Look: “I love the weight of this suede jacket. It’s the perfect fall layer that I like to pair down with some essential Flex denim. No matter if I’m heading out on the town or just running some errands, this piece will be layered on all season long.”

TrendStyled styled the Suede Jacket with street style perfection.

Shop Saul’s Look: Suede Jacket Core Flex Skinny Jean
Seriously Soft Crew T-Shirt (Similar) | Leather Lace-Up Sneaker (Similar)

Show us how you style our Suede Jacket 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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How To Style The Chambray Bomber & Hi-Rise Shorties With THEVOGUESPY

If we’re sure about one thing, it’s that denim will never go out of style. This year, quality denim is making a huge comeback, and we’re seeing the fabrication pop up in everything from your favorite pair of hi-rise shorties to the best button down shirts. Another big style revival? The bomber jacket! Blogger Lauren Elson from THEVOGUESPY put together a cool, denim-on-denim look featuring two #AEOSTYLE essentials, the AEO Chambray Bomber Jacket and the destroyed AEO Hi-Rise Denim Shortie.

thevoguespy shows us her take on Hi-Rise Festival Shorties & the Chambray Bomber Jacket.

Meet Lauren:
Lauren is the blogger behind THEVOGUESPY, a blog dedicated to highlighting her love of fashion, photography and travel.Lauren is based in LA, and loves exploring the city to find inspiration and growing her personal style. She loves styling outfits, writing, exploring, trying new things and predicting new trends.

thevoguespy shows us her take on Hi-Rise Festival Shorties & the Chambray Bomber Jacket.

What Inspired Lauren’s Look:
I am a firm believer that pretty much any situation is more fun if you are wearing a great outfit. You can style the bomber jacket so many different ways, too. You can wear denim shorts like I did, put it over a sundress, with a skirt … the possibilities are endless! I love the patchwork details on the front of the shorts and the distressed look on the back pocket. I wore a navy t-shirt underneath the bomber jacket to keep it super casual and threw on some of my favorite white sneakers!

thevoguespy shows us her take on Hi-Rise Festival Shorties & the Chambray Bomber Jacket.

Shop the Look: Chambray Bomber JacketHi-Rise Denim Shortie
Soft & Sexy Ringer T-Shirt (Similar) | Slip On Flatform Sneaker (Similar)

Show us how you’re styling the bomber jacket & shorts with #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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How To Style The Denim X Straight Crop Jean With Lisa Linh

Denim trends have the tendency to change constantly – one minute you’re in jeggings and the next you’re searching for the perfect slouchy Tomgirl jean. While it’s always important to wear the fit that feels right for you, it’s fun to experiment with new looks, too. This season, cropped, straight denim is making its appearance, and we couldn’t be more excited. With a looser fit that still hugs your curves thanks to Denim X technology, this timeless silhouette gets an update with cool, frayed seams at the crop that will give your #AEOSTYLE an edgier vibe. Blogger Lisa from By Lisa Linh gave us her own take on styling the Denim X Straight Crop Jean. Get to know Lisa and the inspiration behind her look below!

Lisa from by Lisa Linh styles the Straight Crop Jean with an edgy, feminine feel.

Meet Lisa:
Lisa Linh embodies the motto of “wear what you want, when you want” with her Cali-chic style. After 10 years working as a savvy business woman, Lisa said ‘Bye-Bye’ to the corporate world and ‘Hello’ to the luxurious life of being a #BossBabe.

By Lisa Linh is a fashion and lifestyle blog dedicated to inspiring, motivating, and encouraging readers to follow their dreams. Lisa stands out from the crowd by putting an editorial spin on lifestyle imagery and diverse topics. Along with being a full-time content creator,  she is also a freelance social media consultant and photographer.”

Lisa from by Lisa Linh styles the Straight Crop Jean with an edgy, feminine feel.

What Inspired Lisa’s Look:
“Inspired by the love for summer with bare shoulders and ripped denim, classic trends that are chic and perfect for all body types. I decided to pair the Straight Destroy jeans with a loose fitted off-the-shoulder top and strappy heels for an easy summer night out look. Showing just enough skin, in all the right places, this outfit is a go-to for this season.”

Lisa from by Lisa Linh styles the Straight Crop Jean with an edgy, feminine feel.

Shop the Look: Straight Crop Jean | Cold Shoulder Pintucked Shirt (Similar)
Lace-Up Heeled Clog (Similar) | Spitfire Black Wrap Sunglasses (Similar)

Show us how you wear your AEO Denim X Straight Crop Jean with #AEOSTYLE for a chance to be featured on AE.com.

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