It’s In The Bag: Men’s and Women’s Totes, Backpacks and more

School is only a few short weeks away so what better time to start thinking about how to carry your books to class than now? Check out our favorite men’s and women’s backpacks and totes to help compliment any back to school #AEOStyle. Trust us, if fashion were a class, you’d score an A+ with these awesome accessories.

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Shop the look:
Canvas Buckled Backpack in True Black
Canvas Duffel Bag
Canvas Messenger Bag
Canvas Buckled Backpack in Peacoat Navy
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Shop the look:
Fjallraven Totepack No. 1
Fjallraven Kanken Backpack in Military Green
Fjallraven Kanken Backpack in Pink

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Now Trending for Men and Women: New Prep

Season after season, American Eagle Outfitters revamps its #AEOStyle. This season we’re bringing you a new combination of New England prep with modern edge. This trend focuses on classic pieces with a dash of unexpected twist to deliver a look that’s not only definitive, it’s cutting-edge too. Check out the trend videos below and shop the looks for both men’s and women’s:

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Shop the look:
Solid Poplin Button Down Shirt
Tipped Varsity Jacket (shop similar) 
Herringbone Paneled Cap
Slim Straight Khaki
Canvas Sneaker

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Shop the look:
Surplus Button Down Shirt
Cutout Buckle Bootie
Jegging Crop
Perforated Tote Bag

Would you wear the New Prep trend? Tell us in the comments below!

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#AEOStyle: Leggings For Days

Great for comfort and style, dressing up or dressing down, the Legging is the perfect bottom to add into your #AEOStyle season after season. No matter what your style personality is, we’ve got the color and pattern that works best with your getup. Check out some of our favorite prints and patterns below and get a leg up on your #AEOStyle.

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Shop the look:
Floral Legging
Vivid Printed Legging
Side Zip Legging
Faux Leather Tuxedo Stripe Legging
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Printed Legging

Style Tips:
If you prefer a Solid, Faux Leather Tuxedo Stripe or Size Zip Leggings: Pair them back to a Button Down or an Open Stitched Jegging Sweater for edgy style that’s not only comfortable, its cool.

If you prefer Floral or Vivid Leggings: Don’t overdo it with pattern. Keep your top solid to draw the eyes towards you rather than away. We suggest a classic Real Soft Favorite V-Neck T-Shirt and a cardigan.

Remember:
One of the best things about leggings is that they’re the perfect transition piece. No matter what season you’re in, you can rock them all year long.

Mark Your Calendar:
Stay tuned for more prints and patterns… coming soon!

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Music Monday: AEO Up Next: Tijuana Panthers

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For the first installment of the AEO Up Next Series, we called up Phil Shaheen of Cali based Tijuana Panthers to learn where his musical inspiration stems from; chat about how mowing the lawn can inspire inspiration and how cool cassettes still are. Stop into AEO to hear a playlist curated by the Tijuana Panthers. And be sure to head over to their website to buy their latest record, which, of course comes on cassette.

AEO:  Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Where are the other Panthers though?

Phil from Tijuana Panthers:  Ha! We’re sorta spread out. We’re still close enough where we can drive like a half hour for practice in LA. Dan lives there so we just practice either in the Silver Lake area or Echo Park or Glendale.

AEO:  How has the landscape or just the vibes of California affected the sound of your music?

Phil:  I think because of the 60’s there’s a lot of these garage surf bands that came up. And of course there’s the Beach Boys and all that. There was a lot of surf music going on back then. So I guess, the environment affected those people and we are influenced by those sounds for some guitar riffs and things like that. I think, overall, the landscape didn’t really affect us that much. But it affected us in that manner, I guess.

AEO:  So you were affected by the Cali sounds that came before you more so than the space itself.

Phil:  Yeah, we just grew up playing punk music. And a lot of punk music was influenced by surfing so there was a lot of influences that come from that.

AEO:  Can you narrow your influences down to one album or artist that really affected your path in music?

Phil:  For me it would be the Dead Milkmen. “Big Lizard in My Backyard” is the name of the record. I heard that record when I was in junior high, from a friend’s older brother. He gave us the tape to listen to, a cassette tape. We wore it out. I even buried it in my yard because it meant that much to me. It was like the best thing ever as a junior high kid. I mean, it’s the best thing ever now still. I still enjoy all those records that they put out. And we got to play with them.

AEO:  Oh, you did?!

Phil:  Yeah, we got to play with them at FYF in 2011. And then someone from FYF hooked up a show on Long Beach where the Dead Milkmen came and we got to open for them.

AEO:  That’s very cool.

Phil:  Yeah, it’s insane! The heros, who maybe aren’t heros to most people, but I had them up on this pedestal, we got to hang with them and play. So it was pretty cool.

AEO:  How was that show for you? Do you remember much of it or were you just awe-struck?

Phil:  It was fun. I geeked out a bit but it was a more memorable show. We’ve gotten to play with a lot of old punk bands that I never thought we’d ever meet or play with. Like, hanging out with Keith Morris, from Black Flag and Circle Jerks, asked us to come do his radio show. So that was crazy.

AEO:  So you first heard that Dead Milkmen record on a cassette tape. And you sell your music on cassette and vinyl. How does a physical release, as opposed to a digital one, change your perception of a record?

Phil:  I think its personal preference. Some people really like the sound of analog. They love the sound of the hiss, pops and cracks on records. I never stopped collecting records from when I started listening to music. I think that maybe that’s the area that I grew up in. Long Beach, it’s pretty easy to get records. And it wasn’t even like my parents kept listening to records. It was my friends. When we were growing up tapes were what the medium was. Digital is great. I love it. I’m definitely not one to go either way. I like ‘em both. With digital, you can get music out to everyone, for free too a lot of the time.

AEO:  So, what’s the songwriting process like for you guys?

Phil:  We work on everything by ourselves. And then we come together and just hash stuff out. That’s just something we’ve always done, even when we first started out. We kind of jammed a little but we were never like a jam band. We’d never really get into it like that and just have a jam session. There are moments of inspiration, like I’ll be mowing my lawn and I’ll have this moment of, “Oh, I got some lyrics now.” It’s not about mowing my lawn. It’s just doing that mundane task helps me write stuff. Dan is different. Chad is different. Everyone has their own way of doing things but I kinda just zone out on some stupid task. Things come to me that way. I can’t just sit down and write anything.

Now that you’ve gotten to know more about Phil and the Tijuana Panthers, channel the band’s Punk rock style below:

Get The Look: Tijuana Panthers

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Shop the look: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

1: Signature Graphic T-Shirt
2: Global Print Paneled Hat
3: Reverse Belt
4: Skinny Jean
5: Plaid Button Down Shirt
6: Skinny Jean in True Black
7: Canvas Sneaker
8: Dark Denim Jacket

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#OOTD: Intern Style

Internship season is in full swing! Luckily for us at AE and Aerie HQ, it’s casual Friday every day…which means we get to wear our favorite Aerie pieces 24/7! But getting your casual looks from a 9AM meeting to dinner with friends can be a challenge. We already knew our merchandising interns have great fashion sense, but mastering the ability to show off their personal style while keeping it professional? They’ve got it down to a science.

Get to know some of our Aerie and AE merchandising interns, and find some major outfit inspiration in how they rocked their favorite new Aerie pieces.

Name: Chelsea S.
Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
College: University of North Florida
Major: Marketing
What I’ve learned interning: “It’s amazing how much my voice is valued here. All members of your team look to you for fresh ideas since as an intern, you are the target customer. I love being able to influence decisions with my knowledge and opinions. At the same time, you have to accept that as an intern, you don’t have all the answers.”
More about me: “I’ve worked in an Aerie store as a bra expert back home for 2 years!”
Why we love her look: Chelsea’s denim vest is perfect for a little coverage around the office – plus, layers are key for unpredictable air conditioning! She kept it casual and cool with dressed down sandals. The topknot is a no-fuss way to top off her look!

Name: Kristen P.
Hometown: Griffith, Indiana
College: Indiana University
Major: Apparel Merchandising, Minor in Business and Fashion Design
What I’ve learned interning: “Moving to a new town and a new company is a big change! It can be challenging to get adjusted, but it’s a fun learning process.”
More about me: “When studying abroad, I visited 24 cities in 10 different countries!”
Why we love her look: Kristen’s hat and strappy heels put an urban spin on a cute critter print! We’d wear this outfit for a big presentation or meeting – Kristen’s style would definitely help put our best foot forward.

Name: Ali G.
Hometown: Winnetka, Il
College: Indiana University
Major: Apparel Merchandising
What I’ve learned interning: “It’s been an amazing experience seeing everything that goes into getting product in the stores, and seeing how styles I think would do well perform every week. I’ve also been surprised how even though everyone is really nice, young, and fun, they work super hard and all are amazing at their jobs.”
More about me: “At home I live on the lake, so I’ve also started to take up a hobby in paddleboarding! It’s super fun, relaxing, and also good exercise.”
Why we love her look: We love Ali’s glam and girly style! Her accessories add a bit of edge, but she keeps it pretty with easy, beachy waves. A light sweater also makes her look workplace appropriate. We’ll say it again – layering is key!

Name: Megan L.
Hometown: Elizabeth, PA
College: University of Pittsburgh
Major: Marketing & Supply Chain Management
What I’ve learned interning: “My favorite part of the internship is that I am encouraged to use my creativity and think outside the box. It is amazing to wake up every morning to go do something I am passionate about! The most surprising part of the internship for me is that each associate you meet really wants you to succeed. This program places success right at your fingertips, you just have to grab it!”
More about me: “I have read the book Looking for Alaska over 10 times.”
Why we love her look: Megan’s outfit is comfy, but still pulled together. This look is perfect for 9 to 5 – and beyond! Just toss on a great pair of heels and you’re ready for your post-work evening plans.

Name: Ellie S.
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
College: Indiana University
Major: Marketing and Apparel Merchandising
What I’ve learned interning: “The Back to School season, in my opinion, is the best part of the year! It has been so exciting to see all of our hard work pay off with HUGE denim sales. It has definitely been challenging to learn every detail of each pair of jeans, from the fit to the exact wash…but now, after weeks of working with the product, it’s so fun to help my friends find the perfect pair of AE jeans!”
More about me: “I just studied abroad in Milan, Italy for five months! When I was there I learned how to make homemade pasta, gnocchi and tons of different sauces.”
Why we love her look: This cute boho style feels so fresh and fun! While it’s perfect for summertime, the pretty jewel tone colors also make it a great transition look to take you between the fall and summer seasons.

Name: Kelsey B.
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
College: University of Notre Dame
Major: Marketing & International Business
What I’ve learned interning: “All the financial metrics and ratios that are specific to the retail industry. College accounting classes can’t prepare you for this!!”
More about me: “I once spent an entire summer living out of a tent and hiking in Oregon & Washington!”
Why we love her look: Some days when we’re running out the door, a sneaker is the only shoe that will do. Plus, this graphic fleece is the perfect solution for those days when you just need to be comfy, but still cute. Kelsey’s taking tomboy to the next level with this look!

Name: Kristin S.
Hometown: Richmond, VA
College: University Of Virginia
Major: Media Studies
What I’ve learned interning: “How much it has taught me about the working world as well as about who I am and what I like.”
More about me: “One quirky fact about me is that I am OBSESSED with astrology!”
Why we love her look: Kristen’s look is flirty, but still super office appropriate! We love the Aerie Jumpsuit paired with a fun platform heel for a little bit of a dressier look. This is a style we’d wear to work, but totally rock on the weekends, too!

Name: Natalia C.
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
College: Anderson University
Major: Marketing and Spanish
What I’ve learned interning: “It’s definitely been a challenge getting familiar with all of our Aerie undies choices…there are so many! But probably my favorite part has been getting to see product before it comes out!”
More about me: “It’s my second year interning at AE!”
Why we love her look: Her style is totally sporty chic, from her jacket to her wedge sneakers! We love how her bold berry lip adds some extra color and a feminine touch to her style (plus, it matches her bralette)! Natalia’s got the laws of layering down – a pretty bralette or bandeau peeking out from under a tank can act as an amazing accessory!

Name: Taylor J.
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
College: Kent State University
Major: Fashion Merchandising
What I’ve learned interning: “So much planning goes into every single style, and it takes place so far in advance! Also, our opinions are valued, so it’s important to stay strong in your point of view when presenting to higher-ups!”
More about me: “My favorite things to do in my free time are practicing yoga and hanging out with my friends and family.”
Why we love her look: Who says you can’t wear your comfiest pants to work, and still look amazing? Taylor’s style is so downtown cool! We love how she dressed up her basic look with some fun heels and a statement necklace. Joggers are a great alternative to your favorite jeans when you feel like mixing it up!

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Three’s never a crowd when cute critter prints are involved! One print, so many ways to style…we heart Chelsea, Ali and Kristen’s looks!

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Work it, ladies! We love how Megan and Kristen styled the same Aerie romper to make looks that are totally unique.

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The AE Jegging, two ways. Sporty or sweet…we cant choose! Can we have both, please?

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We want to see your Aerie #OOTD! Show us on Instagram or Twitter with #AerieREAL for the chance to be featured on our blog or Aerie.com!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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Introducing Up Next: The Ultimate Festival-Inspired Playlist

Introducing Up Next: The Ultimate Festival-Inspired Playlist

Over the next few months, we partnered with six talented bands and musicians to deliver the ultimate festival inspired playlist for our stores. Vance Joy, De Lux, Hunter Hunted, Strange Talk, Desert Noises and Tijuana Panthers hand picked their favorite festival songs from this season while including their own genre into the mix. The end result? The perfect summer soundtrack. Over the course of three months, we’ll bring you exclusive band interviews, how to rock #AEOStyle similar to their own and the reason behind their sound. We can’t wait to take you on this musical journey so sit back, relax and rock on. Make sure to check back on Monday for our interview with Tijuana Panthers!

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Coming Soon: A playlist inspired by all of your favorite artists from the Budweiser Made in America series!

Tell us what’s currently on your playlist and your thoughts on #AEOUPNEXT in the comments below!

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