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. :)”
How to Style: a Beach Kimono

Get Katie’s Look: Perky Triangle Wrap Bikini Top | Beach Kimono | Hi-Rise Festival Shortie Striped Tote |  Floppy Hat (Similar)

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How to Style: a Beach Kimono

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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.

How To Style A Romper

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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National Straw Hat Day

If you’re anything like us, you’re hat obsessed. So when National Straw Hat Day rolls around, we go big.

If you’re going for a classic look, the Panama Hat is both crisp and clean.  And if you’re more of a free-spirit, our Floppy Hat will mesh perfectly with your bohemian vibe. Either way, we’ve got you covered!

Blogger Alison from Ally Cog shares our love for all things hats by pairing one of our favorite styles with #AerieSWIM.

National Straw Hat Day with Blogger Ally Cog

What Inspired Alison’s Look: 
“I always prefer to keep things simple. By pairing slouchy boyfriend shorts with a knit tank I’m able to be comfortable and still feel cute. I also love that it lets the swimsuit be the statement piece! The color is bold, the crochet detail makes it anything but basic and the back gives it a hint of sexiness. And the hat totally ties everything together.”National Straw Hat Day with Blogger Ally Cog National Straw Hat Day with Blogger Ally Cog                      Get Alison’s Look: Panama Hat Beach Tank | Crochet One-Piece | AEO Denim Rolled Boy Midi
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Bold Prints + Cutouts with A Southern Drawl

Whether you’re heading to the lake or hitting the beach with your besties, your favorite Aerie Swim will have you looking and feeling confident in no time at all!

Picked the perfect suit and looking to accessorize? Grace from A Southern Drawl pairs her bold print Bridget Bikini with a lightweight Beach Shirt and straw Panama Hat for a weekend out on the lake!

Bold Prints + Cutouts with A Southern Drawl

Meet Grace:
“Hi there! I’m Grace and I’m a 22-year-old bioengineering graduate student, currently residing in Louisville, Kentucky, where I was born and raised.  I enjoy all things related to both fashion and fitness.  My personal style is always evolving! I created A Southern Drawl in 2011, and it continues to serve as a much-needed outlet for my creativity!”

Bold Prints + Cutouts with A Southern Drawl
Bold Prints + Cutouts with A Southern Drawl

What Inspired Grace’s Look:
“Lake weekends are the best kind of weekends!  I love getting away, even if it’s only for a few days.  I’m completely in love with this coverup from Aerie and this adorable bikini {did you notice the cutouts in the bikini bottoms?}.  Of course, I had to add their classic panama hat to the outfit to polish off this nautical look.  Also, if you’re looking for a perfect beach tote, then this colorblock tote is the one! It fits so many items, like a towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, and if you’re anything like me, the other 100 things that you decide to bring.”

Bold Prints + Cutouts with A Southern Drawl

Get Grace’s Look: Bridget Bikini Top | Hipster Bikini Bottom | Beach Shirt | Panama Hat | Colorblock Tote

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Bold Prints + Cutouts with A Southern Drawl

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Follow Her Friday: Rachel Hollis

This week we’re inspired by the courageous, career-driven, body-loving blogger, Rachel Hollis! Her proud bikini photo received tons of media buzz and we couldn’t help but want to learn more about this beautiful, mother of three.

Aerie: We love your body positive message – what inspired you to share this photo with your readers?

Rachel: So many reporters asked me this and the answer is kind of silly. I theme my Instagram every month to a color and that month’s color was orange… the exact shade of my cute new bikini top. We were in Cancun and I thought it would be a cute picture and so I had hubs snap a bunch. I am no kind of model and being in a swimsuit feels especially awkward so the one I chose is the one where I’m laughing at how silly I felt. When I saw it I noticed my stretch marks right away but I figured plenty of my followers are moms and have them too so I just decided to post it anyway. I couldn’t have anticipated what would happen with that picture, it still blows my mind.

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Aerie: How did you get started with The Chic Site?

Rachel: I was an event planner for ten years in Los Angeles and initially I started The Chic Site as a virtual way to house all my ideas. At the time I thought people would want to see pictures from fancy parties but what I quickly learned was that they were much more interested in recipes and parties from my own real life. When I started to focus on my personal style (down home with a little fancy thrown in) that’s when the site really started to gain a following.

Aerie: What’s your favorite part about running a lifestyle website?

Rachel: There are a lot of things to love. I’m my own boss, which is a great feeling. And I work with an incredibly talented group of people that I got to hand pick. In the words of Confucius, “Choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Also, I truly love the idea that we’re being helpful to women who read our site. Whether it’s a recipe, a makeup tip or a tutorial on how to decorate your bedroom I want our readers to come away feeling inspired and encouraged.

Aerie: Do you have any advice you would give to girls interested in starting their own blog or business?

Rachel: Be yourself, everyone else is already taken. Seriously, there are so many businesses and blogs out there and the only way you’re going to make a splash is with a genuine message that is authentically you. Also, if you want to start a business you can’t treat it as a hobby. A lot of new bloggers decide to throw up a post here or there without structure behind it. Build an editorial calendar, collaborate with people smarter than you, take yourself seriously and others will to.

Aerie: Do you have a favorite quote or mantra?

Rachel: There is no such thing as luck, there is only preparation meeting opportunity at a moment in time.

Aerie: What’s your favorite Aerie product?

Rachel: I love a great t-shirt but I am such a sucker for a summer sweater! Haha, only in LA would someone consider the term summer sweater but it’s a real thing! You know the kind with a loose weave or the ones that are so light it’s like wearing cotton? I love them! It’s a way to feel cozy even if the weather is warm.

Follow Her Friday: Rachel Hollis

Aerie: What does being #AerieREAL mean to you?

Rachel: #AerieREAL is the idea of not just being comfortable with but grateful for who you are today. I love the idea of wanting to better your self, to become a better person inside and out. But that doesn’t mean that who you are right now (at this exact weight, with that exact hair, with your nose and your smile) isn’t awesome. Celebrate where you are, the real you because the real you is fabulous!

 Thank you, Rachel! Be sure to check out The Chic Site and follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

xoxo,

Aerie

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Real Talk with Beauty for Real

Good beauty products not only make you look beautiful, but make you feel beautiful. Our new Beauty For Real For Aerie collection does just that. We had an opportunity to sit down with Leslie, the founder of Beauty for Real, to find out more about this collaboration and inspiration behind the amazing product line.

Aerie: Can you tell us about Beauty for Real and how it got started?

Leslie: As a make up artist with the perspective of working with thousands of women over the years, I recognized a need to address beauty from a more realistic point of view.  Both in terms of the way products are developed and produced and also the way they are presented to the consumer.  Great, natural ingredients, simple straight forward and functional packaging along with a more “real” approach to photography and models is our highest goal.

Real Talk with Beauty for Real

Aerie: Beauty for Real for Aerie is all about enhancing your natural beauty. Can you tell us what inspired the collection?

Leslie: Gorgeous skin is always the canvas for looking beautiful and because this is a summer collection where more skin is exposed, we focused on enhancing and highlighting the skin.

Aerie: We love that these products contain natural ingredients. Can you explain this process?

Leslie: There are many old natural remedies that are tried and true, but there are also new natural ingredients that are being discovered everyday.  We work with our research and development chemists to utilize the most natural ingredients in the most beneficial way.

Aerie: The Sugar Rush Scrub smells delicious! When is the best time to apply?

Leslie: Of course, it can be used morning or night in the shower, but I love to wake up with it in the morning as a reinforcement to my morning coffee.  The brown sugar and coffee extract are like a sweet, yummy latte without the calories!

Real Talk with Beauty for Real

Aerie: The Beauty For Real for Aerie Sun Kissed Lip Gloss offers the perfect combination of moisture and shine. Can you tell us about the two different shades?

Leslie: They do have lots of great hydrating ingredients; Aloe Vera, Avocado Oil along with super anti oxidants; Green Tea Extract and Grape Seed Oil.  Not only are they terrific summer colors, but the benefits are substantial.  Pink Sands is really like an enhanced natural lip color and Sun-shine gives a bit of nude gold.

Real Talk with Beauty for Real

Aerie: The Aerie Beauty For Real Glow Stick comes in three different shades – High Tide, Cocoa Cabana and South Peach. What is the best way to apply this pretty bronzing illuminator?

Leslie: They can be used individually, but I like to use all three!  Use High Tide as a highlighter anywhere you want to create a luminescent glow- on the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, on the cupids bow.  South Peach is an amazingly fresh blush color- use it on the apples of your cheeks for a subtle pop of color.  Coco Cabana is a bronzer that gives you the sun kissed summer glow you want without the sun exposure- blend it along your hairline, below your cheekbones and a touch on your nose and chin.  Apply them from the stick and blend with your fingers, the creamy texture melts right into the skin for a most natural finish.  They are also great to use on you collar bones and shoulders!

Real Talk with Beauty for Real

Aerie: The Sea & Surf Spray is a summer must-have! Do you have any tips for how to achieve perfect beach waves?

Leslie: I live in Miami where beach hair is the only way to go in the summer when it’s hot and humid.  After showering, you can spray a bit in your hair, then let it air dry. When it’s nearly completely dry, spray a large section and then scrunch it up for a few seconds to set. The Meadowfoam Seed Oil conditions your hair and keeps it from drying out when you’re in the sun and wind. It makes your hair smell like heaven!

Real Talk with Beauty for Real

Aerie: What’s your favorite Beauty for Real for Aerie product?

Leslie: I really love them all, but I have to say, I’ve already used up 2 jars of Sugar Rush!  It’s the way it smells and my skin feels so soft and hydrated after using it. I’ve become obsessed and have to use it everyday.

Aerie: What does being #AerieREAL mean to you?

Leslie: I love the idea that Aerie is more honest with its idea of what’s beautiful.  Everyone has imperfections and it’s great when we can easily accept them, enhance our best features, feel great and get on with living a beautiful life.

Show us your favorite Beauty for Real for Aerie products with #AerieREAL on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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