Men’s Prep Shorts Interview with Ben. T

We sat down with Ben T., Assistant Buyer of Men’s Pants, Shorts, Swim and Fleece Bottoms, to talk about one of the most popular short fits of the season: the Prep Short. Read on to learn more about Ben and his recommendations on how to style the Prep Short.

Ben T.

Assistant Buyer of Men’s Pants, Shorts, Swim & Fleece Bottoms

Can you tell us about the history of the Prep Short?
The Prep Short was first introduced in the 2010/2011 Season. Since then the fit has evolved from a knee length, boxy fit to a trimmer fit through the leg that hits above the knee. This year we have introduced a noticeably different fabric with a small amount of stretch content for maximum comfort and wear-ability. We have also included a belt on the short this year for no extra charge to the customer. It’s been souped up.

Interview with Men's Assistant Buyer, Ben J.

Prep Shorts from Aqua to Floral

What are the new fits for the Prep Short?
Just one new and improved fit. The leg is slimmer and tapers slightly towards the hem. The short is meant to be rolled to an 8″ inseam, although you can style it however you please (rolled once to ‘’9 inch just above the knee, or unrolled at 10″ right on the knee).

The fabrics have changed, can you tell us why and how the new fabric feels?
This is my favorite fabric in our entire line. It is a dense twill with stretch in it. It feels really compact/ light and at the same time has a little give which makes it great to move in. It’s a perfect Summer short.

Any cool colors that you love this season?
Really excited for the Bright Rhubarb.  It’s a reddish fuchsia that you will not be able to find anywhere else. Imagine a lobster blushing. We also have a couple of really cool prints coming in, including a grey camo and a brown tropical that emulates a very cool Havana Yacht Club type look.

How do you wear the Prep Short?
The great thing about this short is the versatility. Like I said, you can cuff it or unroll it to suit your style. I love wearing them cuffed with a plain tee and a good pair of sunglasses. Super easy for anyone to get into.

Bens go to look


Shop Ben’s Go-To Look:
1. Legend V-Neck T-Shirt
2.Icon Sunglasses
3.Prep Short

Can you take the Prep Short look from day to night? If so, what do you recommend?
Switch out the T-shirt for a short sleeve woven or layer on a solid long sleeve oxford for versatility. Unbutton a few buttons and remove the sunglasses, unless you’re really trying to make a statement…

Why do you recommend the Prep Short?
Again, it’s versatile. You can wear it many different ways and fit it the way you like it. It is also currently our only short (aside from swim) with stretch. It’s basically the short design of the future.

Now we would love to learn a little about you!

What made you want to pursue a career in Merchandising?
I was always interested in big business but not so interested in working strictly with numbers and finances. With merchandising, you get to be very creative and hands on with your product. Your performance is not only measured by your bottom line, but also on the style and perspective you are infusing in your assortment. Great clothes are ultimately what creates brand loyalty and an excited customer base.

What kind of projects do you find yourself working on from day to day?
Most of what I do revolves around how to drive and evolve the business. If something is working well, I am asking why is this working? What can I do to get more? And, what do I have coming down the line that is like this? If something is not doing so well, I am brainstorming the opposite and making sure I don’t make the same mistake twice when building future seasons.

Five words to describe you…
Team player, risk taker, pizza lover, driven and adventurous.

Favorite destination:
Portland in the summer. That’s East Coast.

Favorite quote:
“Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’.”

First thing on your bucket list?
Travel for a year with a backpack and no itinerary expect for a list of must try street foods. (Try not to end up on the show Locked Up: Abroad.)

Favorite Band:
The Boss

Fun fact about yourself?
In my youth, I rocked both a mullet and a bowl cut for three years… each.

What does your iPhone say about you?
I organize my apps like a nerd. Not very exciting.


Ben's iPhone

Ben’s iPhone Home Screen that he sent us after our fast track interview




#AEOSTYLE: New Arrivals

Have you checked out the new arrivals in American Eagle Outfitters stores and online at We have a small capsule collection of our favorite 90′s style inspired pieces in the coolest silhouettes, fabrics and washes. This new collection is also based on mixing neutrals with pops of fresh blues and corals.  We only made a limited number of pieces, so if you see something you love, grab it before it’s gone and have fun styling these throwback looks.


American Eagle Outfitters Spring 2014 New Arrivals

Shop our favorite new arrivals:
1. Cropped Eyelet Tee
2. Destroyed Pocket T-Shirt
3. Cutout Cropped T-Shirt
4. Eyelet Cropped Tee
5. Printed Maxi Sundress
6. Button Front Skirt

Our Button Front Skirt is a 90′s throwback silhouette. We made it in three different colors and prints and gave each skirt an acid wash treatment which makes it softer and creates the vintage look. You can match these back to any of our cropped t-shirts.

Digging the cut-out details for spring? So are we! And our Cutout Cropped T-Shirt is an easy way to get the look. It features a trendy cropped silhouette in a cotton spandex for comfort and stretch. Our Eyelet Cropped Tee also features the acid wash that gives it the high-low dye detail that adds texture and dimension to the piece. The eyelet cutouts add femininity which balances the vintage feel of the wash. Pair any of the tops in the collection back to our Sky High Jegging or your favorite high-rise shorties. Add a pop of color and layer them with an Aerie bralette or bandeau.

The Printed Maxi Sundress features a pretty, feminine Carolina Daisy print and a 90′s throwback silhouette. Wear it on its own or with your favorite denim jacket. If you’re not a maxi dress type of girl, we also have a shorter version, the Printed Sundress.

Have you picked up any of these new pieces? Show them off with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your photo on our Style Gallery or our blog!

#AEOSTYLE Celebs Love

A few of our favorite celebs were spotted showing off their #AEOSTYLE this week. See how they styled their favorite American Eagle Outfitters pieces and don’t forget to tag your photos on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram with #AEOSTYLE for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery!

Modern Family star Sarah Hyland, was spotted wearing AEO during Coachella festivities this past weekend in Palm Springs. On Thursday night she wore some of our best festival-inspired styles, including cool accessories like the Studded Belt Hipsack and our Beaded Turquoise Hand Jewelry. During the festival, Sarah also wore pieces from our Made in Italy collection.

Sarah Hyland Coachella American Eagle Outfitters Spring 2014 Made in Italy

Sarah Hyland was spotted at the Filter Coachella Pre-Party in our Side Slit Maxi and Cropped T-Shirt.

Get the look:
Side Slit Maxi Made in Italy
Cropped T-Shirt Made in Italy
Studded Belt Hipsack
Beaded Turquoise Hand Jewelry

Sarah Hyland Coachella American Eagle Outfitters Spring 2014 Made in Italy

Sarah Hyland was spotted at Coachella in our Made in Italy Muscle T-Shirt and Denim Shortie.

Get Sarah’s look:
Made in Italy Muscle T-Shirt
Denim Shortie

Jamie Chung wore our Denim Vested Hoodie paired back with cool floral silk pants on her blog,  What the Chung.

Jamie Chung American Eagle Outfitters Vested Denim Hoodie

Jamie Chung wore our Denim Vested Hoodie on her blog, What the Chung.

Get Jamie’s look:
Denim Vested Hoodie

The Big Bang Theory star Kayley Cuoco wore our High-Rise Festival Shortie in her May 2014 Cosmopolitan feature.

Kayley Cuoco Cosmo May 2014 American Eagle Outfitters Shorts

Kayley Cuoco in our High-Rise Festival Shortie in the May 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan.

Get Kayley’s look:
High-Rise Festival Shortie

Star of The Newsroom, Olivia Munn, wore our Favorite Scoop T-Shirt paired back with an A-line skirt. She says the look is one of her favorite styles!

Olivia Munn Redbook American Eagle Outfitters Spring 2014

Olivia Munn in our Favorite Scoop T-Shirt in the May 2014 issue of Redbook.

Get Olivia’s look:
Favorite Scoop T-Shirt

Show us your #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your photo on our Style Gallery or our blog!

#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Surf Florals

Whether you’re shredding the waves or strolling the boardwalk, this season is all about surf-inspired floral prints. We teamed up with menswear blogger Marcel from One Dapper Street to showcase a look inspired by surf florals. Marcel knew just how to style our Floral Pocket Tank: he kept the focus on top by teaming the bold pattern with khakis in a neutral hue.

marcel floruss one dapper street american eagle outfitters spring break 2014 surf florals

Marcel from One Dapper Street in our Floral Pattern Tank, Skinny Khaki Pant and Printed Sneakers.

About Marcel:
One Dapper Street is a way for me to share a passion. A fascination that brought me here, thousands of miles from Germany to New York City: fashion. So I was going to fashion school, modeling here and there, loving shopping and photography then one thing lead to another and One Dapper Street was created.

marcel floruss one dapper street american eagle outfitters spring break 2014 surf florals

Accentuate your bright floral pattern with a neutral hued pant like Marcel.

What inspired Marcel’s look:
I shot this look in Peru, where I’m currently vacationing. I was inspired by the warm weather, magnificent food and strikingly beautiful sunsets. The first look we shot right around the time the sun set. I am absolutely loving the black floral shoes and this summer season it’s going to be all about nicely fitting chinos like these for me. Aside from that: yay tank tops! It’s been a while since I’ve worn one, for obvious reasons. I accentuated with a contrasting black belt, watch and shades, which is sometimes the finishing touch I need on a generally bright look, before I really like it!

Get Marcel’s look:
Floral Pattern Tank
Skinny Khaki Pant
Printed Sneakers

Show us how you style your surf florals with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your photo on our Style Gallery or our blog!

#AEOSTYLE Movie Awards

Inspired by the MTV Movie Awards coming up this weekend we chose some of our favorite #AEOSTYLE photos that we think deserve a Moon Man.

Best Female Performance: The Man Repeller as Carson from our American Beagle Outfitters campaign.

Best Female Performance: ManRepeller

Best Female Performance: @ManRepeller

Best On-Screen Duo: Preston & Lauren on The Today Show premiering American Beagle Outfitters.

Best Onscreen Duo: Preston & Lauren on @todayshow

Best Onscreen Duo: Preston & Lauren on @todayshow

Best Kiss:  Pinkie Pie and Ruby from our American Beagle Outfitters campaign.

Best Kiss: @aerie

Best Kiss: @aerie featured Pinkie Pie and Ruby from our American Beagle Outfitters campaign.

#WTF Moment: We’re not really sure who’s wearing our Tiered Babydoll Dress…

#WTF Moment: Not sure what's going on with @trajagopal.

#WTF Moment: Not sure what’s going on with @trajagopal.

Best Breakthrough Performance: The shortall is making a comeback in a big way this Spring.

Shortalls are making a breakthrough in #AEOSTYLE.

Best Breakthrough Performance: Shortalls are making a breakthrough in #AEOSTYLE. Photo Credit: @poorlittleitgirl

Best Comedic Performance: Meghan, funny girl @BrittanyFurlan’s dog, dressed to impressed had us in stitches.

Best Comedic performance: @BrittanyFurlan always knows how to get a laugh.

Best Comedic Performance: @BrittanyFurlan always knows how to get a laugh.

Best Cameo: Spotted – Fashion bloggers @IAmGalla & @CaraJourdan on our Instagram account.


Best Cameo: Fashion bloggers @IAmGalla & @CaraJourdan

Best Hero: @SageWiener saves the day with her #AEOSTYLE.

Best Hero: @SageWeiner takes the award!

Best Hero: @SageWeiner takes the award!

Do you have award-winning style? Show it off with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your photo on our Style Gallery or our blog!

Preston and Coco #AEOStyle Indio Roundup

Our Director of Styling, Preston and Sr. Stylist, Coco, packed their bags for the West Coast and are headed towards Indio, California for a fun-filled music festival weekend. Check out their #AEOStyle below and come back next week to see their favorite festival looks from our fans.

Coco and Preston3

Shop Coco’s look:
Printed Maxi Sundress
Tortoise Shell Sunglasses
Printed Straw Fedora (similar)
Keds Champion Original Sneaker

Shop Preston’s Look:
Slim Jean
Photo Real Muscle T-Shirt
Aviator Sunglasses Coco and Preston2

Shop Coco’s Look:
Babydoll Dress Made In Italy For AEO
Minnetonka Tramper Ankle Boots (similar)
Printed Crossbody Bag

Shop Preston’s Look:
Palm Trees Pocket Sweatshirt
Prep Floral Short

Coco and Preston

Preston and Coco hanging with Sarah Hyland.  Shop Sarah’s #AEOStyle below.

Shop Sarah’s Look:
Side Slit Maxi Made In Italy For AEO (similar)
Cropped T-Shirt Made In Italy For AEO
Floral Bun Wrap (similar)

prestonShop Preston’s look:
Striped Hoodie T-Shirt (similar)
8″ Prep Short

preston1Shop Preston’s Look:
Metallic Straw Hat Fedora
Printed Sneaker
Printed Icon Sunglasses (similar)
Legend Crew T-Shirt (similar)



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