Festival Faves with Color Me Courtney

Whether you go all out for festival season or give it a subtle nod, our festival faves are sure to bring out your inner boho babe.

We asked our girl Color Me Courtney to show us what she would wear to a festival. Between the crochet, destroyed denim and pop of color, it’s safe to say that we’re in festival heaven.

Festival Faves with Color Me Courtney

What Inspired Courtney’s Look:
“For this festival-esqe look I turned to Aerie & American Eagle, because they have a little bit of that boho vibe without being too bananas about it. When I needed festival fashion, they were the perfect partner for creating this chillaaxxeddd look – that’s perfect for Coachella or just somewhere coastal (ps is it summer yet?).”

Festival Faves with Color Me Courtney

“A girly-lacey bikini in a fun pop of color, prevented me from wearing a bra (score) while providing a little color pop when layered under a flowy poncho! I paired it with basic distressed denim shorts, an easy basic and must have for Spring/summer before adding studded sandals, a crocheted backpack and black sunnies. Oh and so you could still recognize me, I added a bright orange lip ;)”

Festival Faves with Color Me Courtney

Get Courtney’s Look: Perky Triangle Bikini Top | Bikini Bottom | Hi-Rise Festival Shortie | Sweater Shawl | Backpack | Sunglasses (Similar)Festival Faves with Color Me Courtney Festival Faves with Color Me Courtney Festival Faves with Color Me Courtney

Show us your festival faves with #AerieREAL on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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Follow Her Friday: Ashley Williams

We’re inspired each day by the stories you share that show how you’re #AerieREAL. This week we’re sharing the story of 26 year-old Ashley Williams, a graduate of University of Southern California who has used her focus in broadcast and digital journalism to launch her own inspirational social network, RIZZARR. Read on below to learn more about Ashley and to follow her journey!

Follow Her Friday: Ashley Williams

Meet Ashley Williams, our Follow Her Friday feature of the week!

Aerie: Hi, Ashley! Can you tell us a bit about RIZZARR?

Ashley: Rizzarr is based on the concept of the ripple effect… how one person can generate ripples of change in the world that can impact numerous people. RIZZARR is a news website that is combined with a social network and is targeted to Millennials. We have an editorial team but we also have a team that works on our product development and managing the social network element. Users can connect with, chat, and inspire their friends and other users from all around the world, but they can also post writing to their profile or submit it to the RIZZARR team to review, edit, and publish out to our main audience. I believe this is a new form of journalism that young people can take part in and really begin to take part in creating change that they wish to see and to disseminate changes or initiatives happening in their community.

Aerie: We love your entrepreneurial spirit. What is your ultimate dream job? 

Ashley: I think my ultimate dream job is doing what I am doing now, which is to own and manage my own company as well as to use it to inspire, empower, and uplift young people around the world. I would love to travel to different countries too as we scale to help with the company’s development. My other ultimate dream job that I wanted was to host my own show for a major news company. I am very thankful to have been given this opportunity early in my career and to been able to see that come to pass.

Follow Her Friday: Ashley Williams

Ashley loves to travel! Here she is in Egypt near the Sphinx. What a shot!

Follow Her Friday: Ashley Williams

Ashley in Spain during her study abroad experience in college.

Aerie: Do you have a role model? If so who is he/ she and why does he/ she inspire you?

Ashley: I do. For me, my role models are Sara Blakely, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, Chris Guillebeau, President Obama, and my parents. I really admire these individuals because they defied the odds and they stuck to their ultimate passions and dreams, despite all of the setbacks or situations they encountered. They never gave up on their dreams or what they believed in and they have led people to believe that anything is possible and that they too can put a dent in the universe. They just have to believe in themselves and never give up.

Follow Her Friday: Ashley Williams

Ashley and her BFF Anna visiting the Getty Museum in college.

Aerie: What does being #AerieREAL mean to you?
Ashley: It means fully and authentically embracing who you are, who you want to be, and who you will become while never allowing naysayers, doubters, or haters get in the way. Living your life to the fullest with no regrets.

Aerie: Do you have a favorite quote or mantra? Do tell!
Ashley: I do! It’s by Steve Jobs: “Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.’

And I just love the mantra of these:

“We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” –  Max Depree

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

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Thanks for sharing the #AerieREAL love, Ashley!

Follow Her Friday: Ashley Williams

Ashley loves mentoring young people. During her career, she often visits schools to talk about journalism and RIZZARR.

Aerie: We must ask – do you have a favorite Aerie bra fit?

Ashley: I like a couple of them. I like Jennifer Lightly Lined, Hannah in Strapless and in Multi-way, and Brooke! I think these all really help with elevating my body more and my curves. And honestly, they are just really comfortable and fit how I want to be presented.

Aerie: Last but, not least…do you have a secret skill or talent? Spill!
Ashley: I used to be really involved in acting and still believe it is one of my passions that I will tap into my later in my life. As a result, I can speak in multiple accents.

Thank you, Ashley! Want to stay in touch with Ashley? Be sure to follow her on Twitter and her network RIZZARR on Instagram!

xoxo,

Aerie

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#LoveYourRealSelfie

How do you get a perfect bikini body? Put a bikini on your body! To celebrate body positivity and our #AerieREAL initiative to #LoveYourRealSelfie, we brought more than 1,500 Aerie girls together to take the world’s largest unretouched selfie in South Beach, Miami!

#LoveYourRealSelfie - World's Largest Selfie

Bikini beauties were joined by actress and The Duff star Mae Whitman, DJ Hannah Bronfman, Aerie girls Iskra and Eli and Fashion Blogger Sincerely Jules! To top it off and get that AERIE-al shot, acclaimed aerial photographer Gray Malin captured the event from a helicopter, high above the Mondrian South Beach Pool.

#LoveYourRealSelfie - World's Largest Selfie #LoveYourRealSelfie - World's Largest Selfie

“We couldn’t be more proud to further our #AerieREAL campaign and bring our ‘Love Your Real Selfie’ message to life with this memorable and exciting aerial platform,” shared Jennifer Foyle, our Brand President. “Aerie is seizing Spring Break as an opportunity to challenge beauty standards, share a brilliant swim collection designed for all Aerie girls and celebrate body positivity with the world’s largest selfie.”

Now it’s your turn! Share the body positive love on Instagram with #LoveYourRealSelfie and help us to continue to celebrate #AerieREAL!

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Aerie For Yellowberry

Two years ago, 17-year-old Megan Grassell went bra shopping with her little sister, Mary Margaret. But in a sea of underwire, pushups and padding, they weren’t able to find anything for a developing, 13-year-old girl. So Megan set out to “change the bra industry for tween girls” and did something that most 17 year olds would not—she started her own company! Yellowberry began with one passionate girl, a mission to “build a product that didn’t exist” and a Kickstarter campaign. It soon grew into something much more. Not only did it land Megan on Time Magazine’s list of the 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014, but it also established Yellowberry at the forefront of a movement for girls everywhere.

Aerie For Yellowberry

Meet Megan Grassell, Aerie girl & CEO of Yellowberry

Aerie For Yellowberry

Megan and her little sister, Mary Margaret. #LoveYourRealSelfie

Yellowberry designs and makes real bras for young girls. Free of padding and push-up features, these bras are made for growing girls who want youthful, colorful and comfortable styles. Yellowberry urges girls to enjoy—not rush—the beginning, “yellow” stages of life, and Megan wants her product and her brand to “support girls to be who they are and celebrate their time as just that, girls.” We couldn’t agree more!

Aerie For Yellowberry

Introducing Aerie for Yellowberry – our best collab evah!

Aerie For Yellowberry

Now, we’re super-psyched to partner with Megan on Aerie for Yellowberry, our best collab evah! This exclusive collection of comfy, fun-to-wear bras is for our “little sisters,” the next generation of #AerieREAL girls. For Megan, this collab was meant to be: “I am incredibly grateful to be able to partner with a brand that shares so many of the same core messages that I built Yellowberry upon; inspiration for girls to have a positive self-image, strong self-confidence and a great sense of their own special identity.”

A girl with an idea is a powerful thing. A movement of girls is even stronger!

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Spring Break Style with Life of a Coyfish

Spring break is all about warm weather and best friends! Throw in some Aerie Swim and you’ve got the perfect mix. Whether you’re staying home or heading to the beach with your besties, our low-cut back Graphic One-Piece is sure to help set the tone.

Allexis from Life of a Coyfish shows us how she styled our favorite One-Piece suit during her spring break in the golden state.

Spring Break Style with Life of a Coyfish

“I know we all have Spring break on the brain. Where to go, what to do, and most importantly what to pack. I had an early spring break and my girls and I took a road trip to Big Sur, California! Since we’d be hitting some of the nicest beaches in the States I knew I needed a cute suit to feel confident on that yummy sandy turf! This one-piece was INCREDIBLE! The tribal print kept things fun and eye-catching, while the cut-out back kept things flirty! Hello, surfer boys! ;) To top off the look, as we wandered around the boardwalk, I pulled on these cute lace detail shorties, pink sunnies, and gladiator sandals! Perfect Spring break beach look? I say yes!”Spring Break Style with Life of a Coyfish Spring Break Style with Life of a Coyfish

Get Allexis’s Look: Graphic One-Piece | Destroyed Lace Trim Shortie | Tortoise Shell Icon Sunglasses (Similar) Panama Hat (Similar)

Spring Break Style with Life of a Coyfish

Spring Break Style with Life of a Coyfish

Spring Break Style with Life of a Coyfish

 Try on AEO shorts or Aerie swim and you could win the ultimate road trip! We’re giving away a VW Westfalia, $10,000, free AEO shorts and Aerie swim. See Official Rules here! xo

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What to Pack for Spring Break

Good news, Aerie girls…Spring Break is almost here! After daydreaming about lying on the beach with our besties since, oh, December, we can’t wait to hit the sand and stay there all week (with plenty of sunscreen, of course!).

Obviously perfecting your beach style is an essential part of the week. Check out our packing guide to be sure you’re not missing any of the necessities!

Oceanside Stylin': 

We’ll be posted up on the beach all day, thank you very much! The Holly Scallop Bikini and a reversible bottom (perfect for any Aerie girl with commitment phobia), is sure to make a splash.

Don’t forget sunny day essentials like a hat, beach blanket and sunscreen – nothing ruins a vacation like a sunburn!

What to Pack for Spring Break

A hat and some Sun Bum balm has got your cutie bootie covered from the rays.

Cute Suit, Will Travel:

Sometimes, there are only so many days a girl can do absolutely nothing. We’ll be spending at least one day experiencing our Spring Break destination with some sightseeing! (Extra props for using your trusty map, but we won’t tell if you use your phone.) Break out your most adventurous swim style for the occasion – perfect for exploring!

What to Pack for Spring Break

You may get lost, but you’ll look great doing it!

Last Rays of Spring Break:

Spring Break, like all good things, must come to an end. Make your last day memorable by mixing it up and take some risks with your style! A mix-and-match look with a hi-rise bottom shows you’re up on Spring’s newest trends, and have the confidence to rock them! Get it, girl.

Pro tip: tote some extra sunscreen to your spot on the beach! It’s a good way to make friends…or to talk to the cutie the next towel over.

What to Pack for Spring Break

This Hi-Rise style will leave a lasting impression.

Happy Spring Breaking, Aerie girls!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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