Summer 2016 Beach Reads

Our motto for hanging out at the beach? Sun, sand and books. With more free time, summer is a great season to catch up on all of the bestsellers from the past year. Beach days are pretty much made for relaxing, and we love to do so with a book in one hand and a cold drink in the other (+ #AEOSTYLE, of course). We’ve rounded up some of our recent favorite novels – including everything from YA lit to fiction to memoirs – so that all you have to do is head to the bookstore or open up your Kindle! Check out our picks below, and let us know what you’re adding to your summer reading list.

Shop The Look:
Aerie Triangle Bikini Top
Denim X4 Hi-Rise Shortie
AEO Cat Eye Sunglasses

1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyer: How could we not include this bestseller AND movie on our list? If you’ve already seen Me Before You in theaters, you know just how deep the feels are in this humorous and heart-wrenching story. The book follows Lou Clark as her life unexpectedly changes forever after becoming a caretaker for a man who lost faith in life and love. You’re going to laugh and cry – maybe at the same time – during this read!

2. Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell: It wasn’t long ago that we were obsessing over Rowell’s hit novel, Eleanor & Park. Rowell has a talent for creating characters that are both unique and relatable, and the characters in this short story are no different. Truly a perfect beach read due to its shorter length, Kindred Spirits will make you just a little less alone in this world – because who isn’t a little bit quirky?

The best books to read when you lounge on the beach this summer in #AEOSTYLE.

3. The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer: At this point it’s pretty clear that Amy Schumer is all of us. Get to know 2016’s favorite comedian better in her autobiographical look at everything from her romantic adventures to embarrassing moments… then try to tell us you don’t want to be in her #squad.

4. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty: Moriarty became one of our favorite authors with her breakout bestseller Big Little Lies. This author has a gift for exposing our true selves, even when we don’t want her to. In this novel, two best friends discover just how much one small moment can change your life… for better, or worse. We can’t wait to get our hands on this book on July 26th!

The best books to read when you lounge on the beach this summer in #AEOSTYLE.

5. Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave: What would you do if everything you thought you knew about your soon-to-be husband changed in one second? In Eight Hundred Grapes, Georgia retreats to her family’s vineyard in Sonoma after her life is thrown for a loop. She only has one week to decide if she’s going to get married or not, but when she learns that her family has been keeping some secrets, the decision is tougher than ever. Bonus: there’s a rumor that Eight Hundred Grapes could become a film, so read it now!

6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: The first novel in a bestselling series of three, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children explores a hidden world right inside our own. Follow Jacob as he journeys to find the truth about his grandfather’s death and discovers something… peculiar… about himself along the way. Be sure to check out the movie trailer here, too.

What books made your beach reads list this summer? Tell us in the comments below!

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AEO Summer Beach Essentials

One of our favorite pastimes is hanging out by the pool or beach. With beach season just over a month away, we can’t stop daydreaming about laying in the sun and hanging out in the sand! This year, AEO has everything you need for a day by the water – we’re talking hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and, of course, pool accessories. Wherever your vacation destination is (even if you’re staying in your own backyard), you need to check out our summer beach essentials!

#AEOSTYLE Summer Beach Essentials... Everything you need fora weekend in the sun & sand!

Take it to the beach! A few key items to pack in your tote are a blanket, sunscreen & a big sunhat. Summer is the season of fun, so don’t be afraid to get adventurous with your vacation style. We’re obsessed with whimsical accessories like our pineapple sunglasses, and we think a matching mini drink float is necessary. When you’re ready to relax, play a game of cards or turn on your pool radio.  Don’t forget a small bag to stow away your phone and sunnies while you’re in the water. If you want to capture all of the beach action without risking a broken phone, an underwater camera will be your best friend!

SHOP EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR YOUR BEACH DAY:

1. AEO Straw Hat
2. Hang Ten 08 Tanning Oil
3. AEO Crossbody Sunglasses Case
4. AEO Cat Eye Sunglasses
5. Sunnylife Underwater Camera
6. AEO Medallion Paisley Blanket (Similar)
7. Big Mouth Mini Fruit Float Drink Pack
8. AEO Huarache Flats
9. Sunnylife Retro Sounds Radio
10. Invisibobble Hair Tie (Similar)
11. Hang Ten 30 SPF Sunscreen
12. AEO Sunglasses Case
13. AEO Pineapple Sunglasses
14. Slant Pineapple Tumbler
15. AEO Washed Linen Tote
16. Sunnylife Giant Playing Cards

Show us what your summer beach essentials are using #AEOSTYLE on Twitter & Instagram for a chance to be featured in our style gallery!

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Lauren and Preston’s Summer in the City Style Guide

Let’s face it, Summer is HOT... and after this winter, we won’t complain (promise!), but we WILL show you how to stylishly dress for the rising temps! Our very own (and very stylish) Director of Styling, Preston and Manager of Styling, Lauren put together relaxed beach looks inspired by some of their favorite beach towns. Check out the outfits below to keep your #AEOStyle cool all season long.

Cool in Cabo:
GUYS: Our classic denim shirt is the go-to for beach layering. Easy to throw on with a print bathing suit after the beach or to head out for lunch or drinks with friends. The accessory statement is all in the wrist – layering up vintage inspired cord & beaded bracelets for a cool, simple summer vibe.

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Cool in Cabo- Men’s

Shop the look:
Denim Workwear Shirt
Photo Real Muscle T-Shirt
Tropical Floral Board Short
Rubber Flip Flop

GALS: This look is all about laid back, easy items, perfect for a resort town like Cabo. We love a soft pant paired back to the sandal of the season, the Birkenstock… and worn with an easy print tank for an effortless look. Nothing says chill vacation mode more than a fedora to top off the look.

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Cool in Cabo- Women’s

Shop the look:
Birkenstock Gizeh Habana Sandal
Tie Dye Tank
Metallic Straw Fedora
Surplus Linen Pant
Tropic Printed Tote
Half Rim Sunglasses
Beaded Coral Necklace

Major in Miami:
GUYS: Our short sleeve half-pipe shirts are killer  with an awesome fit and perfect to wear from the beach to the bar. We’re seeing tons of florals in mens summer dressing and we love our floral version paired back to our new chino jogger for a summery yet urban vibe. Don’t forget a fresh pair of trainers and good wrist gear to top off the look.

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Major in Miami- Men’s

Shop the look:
Printed Short Sleeve Button Down Shirt
Jogger Pant
New Balance 501 Sneaker
Men’s Jewelry
Knit Beanie
Leaves Icon Sunglasses

GALS: Whats so fun about Miami is the ability to go from the sand to the street to the beach club all before dusk. We love the graphic print on this dress to throw over a bikini or for lunch on Ocean Drive. Wear under our vegan leather jacket for when the sun goes down. Miami dressing is all about versatility while looking cool and on trend.

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Major in Miami- Women’s

Shop the look:
Cutout Sundress
Cropped Vegan Leather Moto Jacket
Aviator Sunglasses
Silver Wedge

Vibrant in Venice:
GUYS: The SoCal surf scene is the epitome of laid back cool… this is where pattern mixing is natural and effortless. A bright striped tank paired to a denim cut off feels easy, on trend, and perfect for Venice. Our slip-on skate inspired Ollie is killer in the stripe print. Throw on the 5 panel cap with floral detail as you jump out of the water or off your surf board.

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Vibrant in Venice- Men’s

Shop the look:
Vintage Striped Tank
10.25″ Destroyed Denim Cutoff Short
Printed Slip-On Sneaker
Floral Brim 5-Panel Hat
Leaves Icon Sunglasses
Canvas Magic Wallet

GALS: The summer vibe in Venice beach all goes back to the influence of surf and skate. Our sky high shortie is super street ready when paired with a skate inspired lace up sneaker, cool print tank and fresh metallic sunnies. We love the hint of color in the trucker hat (totally SOCAL, right?) to top off the look.

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Vibrant in Venice- Women’s

Shop the look:
Sky High Acid Wash Shortie
Lace Up Sneaker
Tie Dye Tank (shop similar)
Aloha Trucker Hat
Aviator Sunglasses

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Spring Break Packing Guide

Spring Break Packing Guide

Greetings Spring Breakers!

It’s that time of year again- time to take a break from studying, exams, and snow and head to a relaxing beach destination for seven straight days of fun in the sun. Your flight is booked, your hotel reservation locked down, and now its time to…. Pack!

We know the feeling all too well- the stress of trying to jam your entire closet into a standard size suitcase, the overwhelming fear of not having your favorite outfits, accessories, beach wear and let’s not forget, coordinating shoes, on hand when you arrive at your Spring Break destination. So, to help you maximize the space in your suitcase and to cut down on packing time- we compiled a list of tips and tricks just for you!

Tips for the Gal’s:

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1. Fold your bikini top and place inside a back pocket of your shorts.

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2. Tuck your sunglasses in one of the front pockets of your shorts. Then fold shorts in half to protect sunglasses.

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3. Roll your tee and tuck inside your sandals.

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4. Place jewelry inside a pocket of your denim jacket.

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5. Roll your dress and place inside a hat.

Bonus Tip:  Roll delicate items, like dresses, in tissue paper and they will be wrinkle free when unpacked.

Packing Checklist:

T-Shirts

Dresses

Swimsuits

Accessories

Shorts

Shoes

Tips for the Guy’s:

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1. Rolling, instead of folding your swimsuit will take up less space.

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2. Place your flip flops in each back pocket of your jeans and then fold in half.

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3. Roll your tee and place inside hat.

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4. Hide your sunglasses inside one of your shoes.

Packing Checklist:

T-Shirts

Jeans

Accessories

Shorts

Swim

Shoes

We hope that these tips and tricks will help ease the stress of packing! Safe Travels! And P.S. don’t forget sunscreen!

Stay tuned this week for our Spring Break essentials guide!

 

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