DIY Neon Gem Sandals with I Spy DIY

If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you know that we love DIY projects. We partnered with the super-talented Jenni Radosevich from I Spy DIY to customize our Thick Strap Sandal with neon gems for a perfect, one-of-a-kind summer shoe.

Jenni from I Spy DIY in our Cutout Back Sundress, Chambray Boyfriend Shirt and Thick Strap Sandal.

Jenni from I Spy DIY in our Cutout Back Sundress, Chambray Boyfriend Shirt and Thick Strap Sandal. (Photo Credit: Jessica Kaminski)

Summer is finally here and it's time to slip on my sandals! I have been looking for the perfect white ones to wear with my sundresses, and was super jazzed to find this pair. 

Summer is finally here and it’s time to slip on my sandals! I have been looking for the perfect white ones to wear with my sundresses, and was super jazzed to find this pair.   (Photo Credit: Jessica Kaminski)

Meet Jenni:
Growing up in Wisconsin, Jenni Radosevich was always creating her own style. If she saw something in a magazine that she couldn’t find in her local department store, she would make it herself. Now living in New York, her affinity to “spot style you love, and do-it-yourself” has manifested itself into a website: ISpyDIY.com and book, I Spy DIY Style, which has been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, Rachel Ray Show, CNN.com, The Today Show, Wall Street Journal and InStyle magazine.

Get Jenni’s look:
Cutout Back Sundress
Chambray Boyfriend Shirt
Thick Strap Sandal

Jenni's customized Thick Strap Sandal.

“I love the thick strap, but every time I looked down, all I saw was a blank canvas asking to be decorated.” -Jenni    (Photo Credit: Jessica Kaminsky)

Supplies:
Thick Strap Sandal
Neon gems
E6000 heavy-duty craft glue
Paint brush

Supplies for Neon DIY Gem Sandal.

Supplies for Neon DIY Gem Sandal.

Step 1: 
Layout your ideas for the neon gem design.

Step 1: Layout your ideas for the neon gem design.

Step 1: Layout your ideas for the neon gem design.

Step 2:
Put a spot of heavy duty E6000 glue on the back of the neon gem with your paint brush.

Step 2: Put a spot of heavy duty E6000 glue on the back of the neon gem.

Step 2: Put a spot of heavy duty E6000 glue on the back of the neon gem with your paint brush.

Step 3:
Press neon gem firmly onto sandal.

Step 3: Press neon gem firmly onto sandal.

Step 3: Press neon gem firmly onto sandal.

Step 4:
Continue gluing neon gems on shoe in your design.

Step 4: Continue gluing neon gems on shoe in your design.

Step 4: Continue gluing neon gems on shoe in your design.

Step 5:
Let dry overnight before wearing.

Step 5: Let dry overnight before wearing.

Step 5: Let dry overnight before wearing.

Two different design inspirations from Jenni.

Two different design inspirations from Jenni.

We're ready to add a little color to the beach with our neon gem sandals!

We’re ready to add a little color to the beach with our neon gem sandals!

Have you made an awesome DIY project with your favorite American Eagle Outfitters pieces? Show us with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your project on our AE.com Style Gallery or our blog!

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#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Joggers

Have you tried summer’s hottest trend in pants – the jogger? With a relaxed fit, drawstring waist and cuffed bottom, this is where style and comfort come together. Although joggers might look like a dressed-up sweat pant, joggers are the coolest fashion piece you can have in your closet right now.

Four Atlanta fashion bloggers, Jessica from My Style Vita, Lauren from Fashionably Lo, Megan from Lush to Blush and Tiffany from Tiffany Style are doing a four-week style challenge this summer. Each girl wanted to take on our Joggers for this week’s challenge. See how each girl styled her look below and head to their blogs to see even more looks.

Meet Jessica:
Jessica is a fashion and lifestyle blogger for My Style Vita. She shares her everyday style from fashion, food to decor. She is also the co-founder of the first blogging community of its kind, Southern Blog Society.

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Jessica from My Style Vita in our Joggers.

What inspired Jessica’s look:
I wanted to dress these up to make them feel more like a knit bottom than a casual sweatpant. Adding floral heels and a black blouse instantly made me feel dressed up.

Get Jessica’s look:
Jogger Sweatpant
Button Front Pocket T-Shirt (similar)

Meet Lauren:
Lauren Price is the Editor & Creator of the Atlanta based Fashion & Lifestyle blog, Fashionably Lo. Fashionably Lo is the go-to source for women seeking the latest trends at a budget-friendly price-point. Through a variety of fashion, beauty, recipe and decor posts, Lauren combines affordable and quality life & style tips that are sure to encourage and inspire the fashionably broke, chic and stylish.

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Lauren from Fashionably Lo in our Joggers.

What inspired Lauren’s look:
From lazy day lounging to casual date night, I dressed up my joggers with a simple ribbed tank, my favorite pair of ankle strap heels and a bold pink lip. I love how effortless these pants are and already foresee them being a major wardrobe staple this summer!

Get Lauren’s look:
Jogger Sweatpant
Relaxed Pocket T-Shirt (similar)
Faded Denim Jacket (similar)

Meet Megan:
Megan Elliott is a freelance writer and stylist. She is an avid lover of the earth and everything on it, especially flowers. She finds comfort in coffee and scented candles. Read about everything she loves, from style, recipes and more on her blog, Lush to Blush

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Megan from Lush to Blush in our Joggers.

What inspired Megan’s look:
I paired my joggers with a casual chambray button down, fun printed sandals and topped it all off with my new favorite hat for a day of travel. These pants are great for a girl on the go since they are the perfect combination of comfortable and chic. And depending on how you style them, they can easily be dressed up or down. I went for a happy medium with this look.

Get Megan’s look:
Jogger Sweatpant
Chambray Boyfriend Shirt (similar)

Meet Tiffany:
Tiffany Olson is a social media consultant and fashion columnist. She started Tiffany Style in 2009 as a platform for her fashion interests and projects. She loves sharing her latest fashion finds on Tiffany Style Blog and aims to always keep her readers up-to-date on the latest and greatest in the fashion world

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Tiffany from Tiffany Style in our Joggers.

What inspired Tiffany’s look:
I really wanted to keep this look pretty simple and just give it a bit of edge with a heel. I basically treated these pants like I treat my boyfriend jeans which made styling them pretty easy. Even if you’re wearing a simple striped top like I am, adding some heels and maybe a little jewelry takes the look from I-actually-woke-up-like-this to cute and casual weekend wear.

Get Tiffany’s look:
Jogger Sweatpant

Show us how you style your joggers with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr. You could see your photo on our AE.com Style Gallery or on our blog!

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#AEOSTYLE Editors Love: Summer Fashion

Who better to get fashion advice from than the editors behind highly regarded fashion magazines, right?!  We are always all eyes (and ears) when they share what they consider to be their closet must-haves for each season.  Savvy fashion editors from Seventeen, GlamourStyle Bistro and Refinery29 have been adding some of their favorite American Eagle Outfitters pieces to their summer collections. Check out some of their top ‘can’t go wrong with’ choices below.

Glamour featured our Boy Jean Crop as one of their “5 New Ways to Wear Denim This Summer“.

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Check out our Boy Jean Crop on Glamour.com.

Get the look:
Boy Jean Crop

Need to replace your summer wardrobe on the cheap? Refinery29 suggests adding our Boyfriend Bermuda Short to the mix.

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Our Boyfriend Bermuda Short is a great option for your summer wardrobe.

Get the look:
Boyfriend Bermuda Short

Want an outfit to match your beach read? Two Refinery29 editors chose their must-reads this summer: The Stench of Honolulu and Wild, with AEO pieces to complete the look.

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Use our Khaki Bermuda to get a look straight from The Stench of Honolulu.

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Our Flag Backpack is ready to take on the Wild.

Get the look:
Khaki Bermuda Short
Flag Backpack

Memorial Day may have passed, but you can still use Seventeen’s “5 Memorial Day Looks for Every Vibe” for outfit inspiration this summer. Our Hi-Rise Festival Shortie is essential to the boho look.

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Our Hi-Rise Festival Shortie as seen on Seventeen.com

Get the look:
Hi-Rise Festival Shorties

Printed shorts are hot for summer. Style Bistro featured our Rolled Midi Short.

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The essential printed short for summer: our Rolled Midi Short.

Get the look:
Rolled Midi Short

We want to see what you’re wearing this summer from AEO. Use #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your photo on our AE.com Style Gallery or on our blog!

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#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Mens’ Printed Shirt

Guys, girls aren’t the only ones who can wear prints! Prints elevate any outfit to the next level and luckily, we have a bevy of exciting prints for you to choose from!  While wearing a printed shirt might be a little bolder than you’re used to (literally and figuratively), you can start by choosing a print that suits your style. With a selection that offers everything from masculine florals to chain links and stars and stripes, whatever you choose, will be an instantaneous conversation starter (hint: cue the ladies) and take your #AEOStyle to the next level.

Menswear blogger Freddy Rodriquez from Blue Perk is never one to shy away from the trendiest pieces for a season. We asked him to style one of our printed shirts. Check out his photos below which were taken in Paris where men push the fashion boundaries to the extreme style limits, and show us how you style your prints with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr. You could see your photo on our AE.com Style Gallery or on our blog!

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Freddy from Blue Perk in our Links Short Sleeve Button Down Shirt.

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Freddy shows off his #AEOSTYLE in Paris.

Meet Freddy:
Freddy Rodriguez is the blogger behind the popular menswear site, Blue Perk. The Texas transplant, now a New York based editor, made his way to the city to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology. He enjoys traveling at a moment’s notice and shares his unique perspectives on Twitter and Instagram: @FREDRDGZ.

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Keep your pants neutral to keep attention on the print.

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Freddy paired our Links Short Sleeve Button Down Shirt with Skinny Khakis and a Denim Jacket for a cool and preppy look.

What inspired Freddy’s look:
With spring in the air, I styled my Links Short Sleeve Button Down Shirt with Skinny Khakis and complimenting blues like my Denim Jacket for warmth and espadrilles to match the warmer weather.

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Keep accessories to a minimum to offset the print.

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We love the denim on print look.

Get Freddy’s look:
Links Short Sleeve Button Down Shirt
Denim Jacket
Skinny Khaki
Slip-On Sneaker

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#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Electric Surf

Blow your look out of the water in summer’s most vivid hues with the electric surf trend. Keep the vibe going with eye-catching geo and tropic prints, electrifying graphics and colorblocked tanks. Finish the look with always essential flip flops and sunglasses.

We asked menswear blogger Jamal Jackson from Style Society Guy to show off his #AEOSTYLE featuring electric surf. Let us know what you think of his electrifying look in the comments.

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Jamal from Style Society Guy styles an electric surf inspired look.

Meet Jamal:
Jamal is a menswear blogger who lives in Brooklyn, New York. A lifelong runner, he recently picked up tennis. When he’s not working on his blog, Style Society Guy, he’s hanging out with friends or trying new restaurants.

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Jamal wears our Vintage T-Shirt and 10″ Classic Length Chambray Short.

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Surf electric: nautical meets neon.

What inspired Jamal’s look:
I’ve paired the ombre t-shirt with blue and white striped shorts for a nautical look. To get the electric feel, I added a bright neon jacket. I like to think of my look as something you would see on a modern-day Saved by the Bell Episode.

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Jamal wore hue-on-hue for his electric surf look.

Get Jamal’s look:
Vintage T-Shirt
10″ Classic Length Striped Chambray Short
Tretorn Nylite Canvas Sneaker

We want to see what you’re wearing this summer from AEO. Use #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your photo on our AE.com Style Gallery or on our blog!

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#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Boy Jean Crop

If you haven’t added a pair of boy jean’s to your closet yet, we suggest now is the time to do just that. This trend has already become a classic look in our book and we absolutely love seeing the endless ways fashionista’s are styling them. They are the staple cool-girl wardrobe piece — why, you ask — because you can dress them up with heels and a structured blouse or dress them down with a baseball cap and slip-on sneakers for a casual look. The options are endless!

Fashion blogger Ashlyn from Let It Be Beautiful is featuring a different fit of American Eagle Outfitters jeans on her blog for the next several months. Read on to see how she chose to outfit our Boy Jean Crop.

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Ashlyn from Let It Be Beautiful in our Boy Jean Crop.

Meet Ashlyn:
Ashlyn is a twenty-something currently living in Washington, D.C. with her better half & English Bulldog, Tinsley. She is a physician assistant by day and a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger + part-time graphic designer for Let It Be Beautiful by night. Let It Be Beautiful was originally created as a personal outlet where she could share her life as a physician assistant student. Quickly, her blog evolved into a place to share her inspiration with others. Let It Be Beautiful offers a daily dose of style, design and prettiness!

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Go casual and dressy with a pair of metallic wedges.

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Pair your Boy Jean Crop with a cool graphic tee.

What inspired Ashlyn’s look:
Throwing on a pair of comfy boyfriend jeans & tee is my go-to look year round. You can dress them up or down, whichever your heart desires. I love the mix of girly and casual to create an easy every day look, so adding these fun metallic wedges made perfect sense.

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Cuff your Boy Jean Crop at the bottom for a structured look.

Get Ashlyn’s look:
Boy Jean Crop
Triple Strap Wedge Sandal

Show us how you wear Boy Crop Jeans with #AEOSTYLE for the chance to be featured on our blog or AE.com style gallery.

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