Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015

Real friends. Real laughs. Real strong. Real love. Real now. #BackToREAL

You still have a couple months to soak up the summer sun, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in gear for Back To School! This year, our collection is all about heading back to real life. Whether reality for you is a heavy course load next semester or coming back from vacation and returning to the rise and grind of a 40-hour work week, one thing’s for sure. We’ll get you up and running and back to reality in no time.

Take a behind-the-scenes look below at our Back To School photoshoot featuring so many new faves from the collection!

Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015

Real cozy. We shot Back To School at the dreamiest NYC loft. Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015Real style! Aerie girls @SakurahHeffron and @CourtneyJamesCJ and our Stylist @ErinCRittling on location.
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Real views. This roof made for some our fave shots!

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Real smiles. Hi from @Sakuraheffron and @iamiskra! Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015 Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015

Real happy! @AllyLWalsh shows off our new Sunnie Lightly Lined Bra and Boyshort.Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015

Real loves. From our closet to yours! Our Back To School collection has so many new must-haves.

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Real city. This collection is in a New York state of mind. 
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Real skills! @Elizty always makes us smile. #BackToReal Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015 Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015 Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015 Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015 IBehind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015 Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015 Behind the Scenes: Aerie Back to School 2015

Real FUN (& fun fun fun fun fun fun). @CourtneyJamesCJ

Shop your favorite looks online now! Mark your calendars, these pieces will be at your local Aerie store on 7.7.

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Kick Off Summer with Aerie Swim

When summer officially hits, there’s no better way to celebrate than to grab your favorite Aerie Swim and head to the nearest pool. Blogger besties Jessica from My Style Vita and Cathy from Poor Little It Girl styled their go-to suits on a recent trip to South Beach.

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What Inspired Jessica and Cathy’s Look:
“For our recent trip to Miami, Jessica and myself knew we wanted swimsuit that was bold, and still stylish, as we headed to the beach on our mini vacation. The open back on my one-piece suit was fun and unexpected and left me feeling not too covered up while in the sun! Jessica’s pink romper and fun tropical print bikini fit right in with the fun style of South Beach!”

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Get Jessica’s Look: Triangle Bikini Top | Bow Hipster Bikini Bottom | Embroidered Romper Floppy Hat (Similar)

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Get Cathy’s Look: Double Bow One-Piece | Drawstring Short | Floppy Hat (Similar) 150616_cathyjessica_081 (2) 150616_cathyjessica_078 (2)

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Photos by Flytographer.

Show us your favorite Aerie Swim with #AerieREAL or #AerieSWIM on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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How to Wear the Hi-Rise Convertible Bikini Bottom

The Hi-Rise Convertible Bikini Bottom is going to be your new best friend. With it’s full coverage, foldover waistband you’ll be ready to hit the beach (or pool!) with total confidence. Mix and match with your favorite Swim Tops to create the perfect set.

Jess from The Golden Girl blog grabbed her favorite Holly Bikini Top and Hi-Rise Convertible Bikini Bottom and hit the pool with beach ball in tow!

How to Wear the Hi-Rise Convertible Bikini Bottom

Meet Jess:
Jess is the Founder & Editor of The Golden Girl, a life and style blog based in Chicago. She loves red lipstick and French Bulldogs, and when she’s not blogging, she can be found at the closest Dim Sum establishment or exploring the city with her Canon in tow.
How to Wear the Hi-Rise Convertible Bikini Bottom

What Inspired Jess’s Look:
“For my look, I wanted to finally try out the high wasted bathing suit trend. It’s so flattering on a variety of body types and I love that it’s a bikini with a modest take. In my wardrobe, I really try to focus on items that can be worn several different ways, and this bathing suit is no different. It’s about as versatile as they come! ”

How to Wear the Hi-Rise Convertible Bikini Bottom

“The adjustable bottoms are a perfect high waist fit, but you can adjust them to mid waist, or roll them down to a bikini cut! I have to say, they might be the most comfortable bathing suit bottoms I’ve ever worn!”

How to Wear the Hi-Rise Convertible Bikini Bottom

“I often have a hard time finding a bikini top that fits correctly. (Don’t you just love when that happens?) So this top was ideal because of the adjustable tie back, cups for the right amount of support, and the removable halter straps. I’m going to be living in this all summer along with these mirrored sunnies (which look expensive, but will only set you back a few bucks!) To top it all off, this adorable striped wrap is the perfect compliment– it doubles as both a cover up and a blanket to sit on!”

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Get Jess’s Look: Holly Bikini Top | Hi-Rise Convertible Bikini Bottom | Floppy Hat | AEO Aqua Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses

How to Wear the Hi-Rise Convertible Bikini Bottom

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How to Style a One-Piece Swimsuit

The One-Piece swimsuit isn’t for the timid. Between the bold prints, fun cut-outs, crisscross backs and crochet details, we’re clearly not afraid of a challenge.

Jessica from The Steele Maiden styles her favorite Cross-Back One-Piece by pairing it with our Beach Tank and Short.

How to Style a One-Piece Swimsuit

What Inspired Jessica’s Look:
“My motto for the beach is casual and comfortable.. but still cute!  I loved the relaxed fit on these breezy shorts and this sweater tank is so easy to throw on, plus it was easily dressed up with jeans and heels to head out to dinner later that night. And I can’t get enough of Summer hats like this straw fedora – stylish and practical, it’s a win win.”

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Get Jessica’s Look: Cross-Back One-Piece Swimsuit | Beach Tank | Beach Short | Panama Hat (Similar) | AEO Half Frame Icon Sunglasses (Similar)

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“I’ve been dying to try a one piece suit this Summer and this floral one-piece didn’t disappoint! The cut was so flattering and the lace-up back detail really makes it standout from the crowd.”How to Style a One-Piece Swimsuit How to Style a One-Piece Swimsuit How to Style a One-Piece Swimsuit How to Style a One-Piece Swimsuit How to Style a One-Piece Swimsuit How to Style a One-Piece Swimsuit

Show us your favorite One-Piece with #AerieREAL or #AerieSWIM on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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How to Style: a Beach Kimono

A bold beach coverup is always a good idea and the Aerie Beach Kimono is nothing short of genius. Not to mention, its fun floral print and fringe trim will compliment your solid Aerie Swim perfectly.

Katie from Little Black Blog hits the beach in her favorite Perky Triangle Wrap Bikini and Beach Kimono during her stay-cation in the Windy City.

How to Style: a Beach Kimono

Meet Katie:
“I’m Katie, the twenty-something behind the Chicago based personal style and beauty blog, Little Black Blog. I started my blog over four years ago as a creative outlet to express my love for fashion and graphic design. Since then, it’s evolved to become so much more and led me to meet other creative and inspiring women.”

How to Style: a Beach Kimono

How to Style: a Beach Kimono

What Inspired Katie’s Look:
“Sometimes a stay cation is the perfect little get away while living in the Windy City. I took a weekend stay downtown and escaped away to the North Avenue beach around the Lincoln Park area of Chicago. There is nothing more relaxing then sitting by a calm Lake Michigan, grabbing a cute pair of sunnies, packing my straw beach bag with a good book, and of course, mixing up my beach style with an amazing Aerie bikini.”

How to Style: a Beach Kimono

“I loved the fun zig-zag wrap top and the cute bottoms with cut outs. The best part about a solid color swim suit is I can go back to Aerie and purchase more bright tops or bottoms to mix and match my style. Sometimes too many options to pick from is a good thing!”

How to Style: a Beach Kimono “This bold beach kimono is the perfect coverup for a day at the beach or for a music filled weekend paired with the festival shortie. In Chicago, we love our music festivals in the park. A cute pair of high-waisted shorts that can double as a beach and festival essential are in a win in my book – but then again anything from Aerie is always a win. :)”
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Get Katie’s Look: Perky Triangle Wrap Bikini Top | Beach Kimono | Hi-Rise Festival Shortie Striped Tote |  Floppy Hat (Similar)

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Show us your favorite Aerie Swim with #AerieREAL or #AerieSWIM on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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Memorial Day Style with the Aerie Romper

We have no doubt that the Aerie Romper will be your go-to beach cover up this summer! With Memorial Day, just around the corner, this crisp white one-piece will pair perfectly with your favorite Aerie Swim.

Luisa from Peaches to Pearls styles the romper with her Brooke Bikini and Embroidered Tote for the perfect beach-ready #OOTD!

How To Style A Romper Meet Luisa:
Originally from the beautiful beaches of Destin, Florida, Luisa from Peaches to Pearls is a beach girl at heart. Currently living in Atlanta, Georgia, she is finishing up her Master’s in Clinical Nutrition. Luisa incorporates her passion for food and fashion by sharing affordable places to dine and shop in Atlanta. Luisa describes her style as “simply chic” and says she loves finding a good deal on designer clothing.

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What Inspired Luisa’s Look:
“Inspired by the kick-off to summer, Memorial Day, I absolutely love this chic, dainty romper for the beach. Paired with some cute AE sunnies, beach hat and beach bag – this look is perfect for summer 2015. And no outfit is complete with some delicious ice cream on the beach!”

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Get Luisa’s Look:  Aerie Romper | Brooke Bikini Top |Crocheted Hipster Bikini Bottom | Embroidered Tote | Floppy Hat (Similar) | AEO Half Frame Icon Sunglasses

How To Style A Romper Show us how you style the Aerie Romper with #AerieREAL or #AerieSWIM on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

Photos by Piper Williams

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