What Is Denim: Your Ultimate Denim Glossary

 DENIM FIT SPECS

Denim Glossary Fit Specs

Denim Glossary Fit Specs

RISE

The measurement from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the crotch seam. In other words, it’s where on your hips the jeans sit. Every body (and every one of our jean fits!) is unique, but, generally a “high” rise will sit near your belly button and a “low” rise will be closer to your hips. Source

Denim Glossary Fit Rises

INSEAM

The measurement from the bottom of the crotch to the bottom of the hem.

Denim Glossary Inseam

WARP

The vertical threads in a fabric. Source

WEFT

The horizontal threads in a fabric. Source

Denim Glossary Warp and Weft

WASH

The result of washing and rinsing denim to remove excess dye. Source

Denim Glossary Denim Washes

DESTROYED, DISTRESSED, DECONSTRUCTED

Purposely marred for a well-worn, vintage appearance. Source

Denim Glossary Destroyed Distressed Deconstructed

HEM

The bottom of the jean, which has been folded back and sewn down to form an edge

STEP-HEM

A raw hem that’s shorter in the front than it is in the back. Source

RELEASED HEM

A deconstructed hem that has been unstitched and unfolded for a frayed look and added length. Source 1  Source 2

Denim Glossary Hem

DENIM FABRICATION

Denim Glossary Fabrication

100% COTTON (see also: HERITAGE)

100% cotton denim. This rigid, durable fabric softens over time.

CLASSIC STRETCH

Our original soft, stretchy denim.

DENIM X

Denim with an upgraded stretch that retains it’s shape and won’t bag out. Natural fibers give this denim a super-soft feel for increased comfort.

DENIM X4

Revolutionary 4-way stretch means fit from every direction. Top-to-bottom warp stretch lifts your booty and gives you the feeling of longer legs, while side-to-side weft stretch contours the leg.
These forces work together to increase retention, which means these jeans won’t bag or sag, so your butt looks great, wear after wear.

CORE FLEX

Core Flex is designed with just enough stretch to give a little when you stand up, sit down, pull ‘em on or off. It has the same look and feel as 100% cotton denim, with increased flexibility for added comfort.

EXTREME FLEX

Our most flexible jean might also be our most comfortable. Designed with the max amount of stretch for ultimate comfort. Extreme Flex denim truly moves with you, and bounces back to hold its shape after.

FLEX 4/360

Revolutionary 4-way stretch means this denim moves with you in every direction. Top-to-bottom warp stretch moves up and down with you, while side-to-side weft stretch gives you room to sit or step.
The bottom line? Jeans have never been more comfortable.

HERITAGE (see also: 100% COTTON)

100% cotton denim. This rigid, durable fabric softens over time.

SELVEDGE

Premium denim bound with a “self edge” so it doesn’t unravel. You’ll know it by the trademark white and blue taping under the cuff, on the edge of the coin pocket, and on the back of the belt loop.

We’ve upgraded ours with just the right amount of stretch to make them even more comfortable. Source

Shop your favorite AEO Jeans HERE and show us how you wear them with #ICAN (or #WeAllCan if you’re with friends!).

Denim Glossary Fabrication

Denim Glossary Fit Specs

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How To Wear The Denim X Jegging With The Style Bungalow

In our last denim installment with Stephanie from The Style Bungalow, she’s styling one of our favorite denim fits, the Denim X Jegging. You’ve most likely heard us rave about the Denim X Jegging thanks to its revolutionary high performance stretch, but now, this jean is softer than ever before and comes in a variety of great washes. Denim X keeps its shape day and night and looks amazing with everything from a classic button down to your coziest sweatshirt. Check out Stephanie’s #AEOSTYLE inspiration below.

Style Bungalow AEO Denim X Jegging in White

What Inspired Stephanie’s Look: “If you live in South Florida like me, you can totally wear white jeans year round. I love them because they look great with tees, button-downs, blazers – just about anything and everything in your closet. Plus, they make your legs look great!”

Style Bungalow AEO Denim X Jegging in White

Stephanie says, “This style is by far the best fit for my petite frame. Not only do they hug my curves, but also feel like second-skin and never lose their shape! They’re definitely a favorite pair and very versatile!”

Style Bungalow AEO Denim X Jegging in White

“For this look, I styled my white jeans with a lightweight button-down and bright blue heels. I threw in a brown clutch and aviators to tie it all together and to add a classic touch.”

Style Bungalow AEO Denim X Jegging in White

Shop The Look: Denim X Jegging | AEO Boyfriend Plaid Shirt (similar) | Stacking Ring Set (similar) | Aviator Sunglasses (similar) | AEO Classic Pump (similar) | Street Level Reversible Tote (similar)

Style Bungalow AEO Denim X Jegging in White

Show us how you wear our Denim X Jegging with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the AEO Style Gallery.

Photo Credit: Chelsea Anne

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How To Incorporate Denim Into Every Outfit

It’s no secret that we Love denim with a capital L — so much so that we want to wear it all day, every day. With more washes, textures and fabrics than ever before, there’s never been a better time to capitalize on denim. It’s easy to mix and match different styles and fits to incorporate denim into every outfit. All you need to add are a few key touches like rich leather boots and pretty ruffled tanks to make each outfit unique. We’re showing you three ways to switch up your look and get your denim on every day.

Look #1: Mix Textures
We love the way the textures of these pieces play off of each other. Wear our Boho Artist Flare Jean in a deep, smooth blue paired with our brighter, rougher Sherpa Denim Jacket (coming soon!) for a sexy, cool vibe. A dreamy, ruffled sleeveless shirt adds an unexpected sweetness to the outfit, but you’ll still stay super warm thanks to the sherpa lining in the jacket. Finish the flirty look by adding a tall leather clog with single-stitch details.

How To Incorporate Denim Into Every Outfit

Shop the Look:
Ruffle Tank (Coming Soon!… Shop Similar)
Boho Artist Flare Jean
DV by Dolce Vita Ackley Clog Bootie
Denim Jacket (Coming Soon!… Shop Similar)

Look #2: Mix Washes
For an outfit that’s equal parts hip and casual, we recommend mixing denim washes. Here, we’ve paired a black Hi-Rise Jegging with a classic denim jacket. We love the way a flannel shirt looks with skinny black denim, so we threw one under the jacket for added layers. Add a stylish, bold shoe to really stand out.

How To Incorporate Denim Into Every Outfit

Shop the Look:
Flannel Button Down Shirt (Coming Soon!… Shop Similar)
AEO Classic Denim Jacket
Hi-Rise Jegging
DV by Dolce Vita Arlynn Clog Bootie

Look #3: Mix Fabrics
This look is effortless and chic. Pair a light chambray top back to a heavier, destructed Tomgirl Jean, and keep things simple. The mix of fabric color and weight will look totally relaxed but still put together, especially with edgy heeled booties on bottom.

How To Incorporate Denim Into Every Outfit

Shop the Look:
AEO Boyfriend Chambray Shirt
Tomgirl Jean
AEO Side Zip Heeled Bootie

What’s your favorite way to incorporate denim into your look? Tell us in the comments below & show us using #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured in our style gallery.

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Denim Plus One: #AEOSTYLE Denim Trends

Last month, we told you that 2015 is the year of denim. It’s everywhere — from jackets to skirts to button down shirts, and denim doesn’t only mean blue anymore. Some of our favorite denim pieces this season are grey, black and colored jeans. Since we can’t imagine a day without denim, we’ve pulled looks from the #AEOSTYLE stream to show you how to wear denim every. single. day. by adding a fun “plus one” (or two!) to each denim piece. Check out all of our denim plus one looks below.

Distressed Denim + Cozy Sweater

@jessica_ticko

@jessica_ticko

Opposites attract, so pairing destroyed denim with a warm sweater is a perfect match.

Shop the Look:
AEO Denim X Jegging
AEO Boho Statement Neckalce
AEO Mock Neck Crop Sweater (Shop Similar)
AEO Wide Brim Fedora (Shop Similar)

Denim Shorts + Moto Boots

@jesslemos

@jesslemos

Take your denim shorts into a new season by pairing them with an edgy moto boot.

Shop the Look:
AEO Destroyed Tomgirl Midi Short
AEO Lace Up Hammer Boot (Shop Similar)
AEO Oversized Cocoon Cardigan (Shop Similar)
AEO Soft & Sexy Dolman Jegging T-Shirt (Shop Similar)

Denim Shirt + Denim Pants

@meaghannbendis

@meaghannbendis

Denim on denim never fails, especially when you use contrasting washes.

Shop the Look:
Hi-Rise Jegging
AEO Western Denim Shirt
Aerie Dolman Tee (Shop Similar)

Tomgirl Jeans + Knotted Top 

@lisamarieprang

@lisamarieprang

Add shape to a relaxed jean by knotting a loose shirt at the waist.

Shop the Look:
Tomgirl Jean
Aerie Long Sleeve Best T (Shop Similar)
AEO Lace Up Platform Sneaker (Shop Similar)

Denim Skirt + Plaids

@seriouslyclaudia

@seriouslyclaudia

Plaid is rad, and we love how a bold pattern looks against a button down denim skirt.

Shop the Look:
AEO Button Down Denim Skirt
AEO Pullover Boyfriend Shirt (Shop Similar)
AEO Slip On Western Bootie (Shop Similar)

Black Denim + Metallics 

@breakfastcriminals

@breakfastcriminals

Add some shimmer to your black denim with a metallic details.

Shop the Look:
AEO Sateen X Jegging
AEO Double Zip Stacked Heel Bootie (Shop Similar)
AEO Long Sleeve Jegging T-Shirt (Shop Similar)

Dark Denim + Long Cardi 

@boufy

@boufy

Keep things comfortable in a long cardi and your favorite pair of dark jeggings.

Shop the Look:
Hi-Rise Jegging
AEO Draped Open Cardigan
AEO Long Sleeve Jegging T-Shirt (Shop Similar)

Grey Denim + Brights

@sophistikatedstyle

@sophistikatedstyle

Make a statement in distressed grey denim, one of our coolest washes this season.

Shop the Look:
Hi-Rise Jegging
AEO Soft & Sexy Racerback Tank (Shop Similar)
AEO Feather Light Waterfall Cardigan (Shop Similar)
AEO Double Buckle Heeled Bootie (Shop Similar)

Denim Jacket + Scarf + Wide Brim Hat

@samanthann92

@samanthann92

Two accessories are better than one. A wide brim hat and a warm scarf add seasonal layers to a denim jacket.

Shop the Look:
AEO Classic Denim Jacket
AEO Plaid Fringe Scarf (Shop Similar)
AEO Wide Brim Fedora (Shop Similar)
AEO Ribbed Fit & Flare Dress (Shop Similar)
AEO Aviator Sunglasses (Shop Similar)

Colored Denim + Neutrals 

@hndelavega

@hndelavega

Keep olive jeggings in neutral territory by pairing them back to soft shades of brown and green.

Shop the Look:
AEO Sateen X Jegging
AEO Cable Knit Zip Sweater (Shop Similar)
AEO Side Fringe Heeled Bootie (Shop Similar)
Street Level Reversible Tote (Shop Similar)
AEO Wide Brim Fedora (Shop Similar)

What will be your denim plus one? Show us your denim trends using #AEOSTYLE on Instagram and Twitter or tell us in the comments below!

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One Jean, Three Ways Featuring How Do You Wear That?

If you’ve been searching for the perfect denim this season, look no further. We’re obsessed with our entire line of Denim X, but one jean in particular is all over our radar: the AEO Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging in Torn Dreams. Though we adore the heavily distressed details and super light wash, a pair of jeans like these are unexpected during a time when we tend to gravitate toward darker washes. You may be asking yourself, How Do You Wear That? Blogger Caitlyn is here to answer that question for you. See how she styled one jean, three ways below.

Look #1: Breezy and Casual
We love how chic a soft button down looks tucked in to the Hi-Rise Jegging. Caitlyn pulled together her look with a fun crossbody bag, which serves as a great functional accessory. This look holds on to the last bit of summer, but it could easily transition into fall with a darker button down top and booties.

How Do You Wear That Denim X Jegging

Shop the Look:
AEO Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging
AEO Pintucked Button Down T-Shirt (Shop Similar)
Aerie Lace Plunge Bralette (Shop Similar)
Street Level Fringe Crossbody Bag (Shop Similar)

Look #2: Understated Prep 
Layering is something we look forward to every fall. A button down shirt under a sweater makes for the perfect coffee-date look, especially paired back with two-piece heels. The neutral mix of colors on top keep the look grounded and classic against the trend-right denim.

How Do You Wear That Denim X Jegging

Shop the Look:
AEO Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging
AEO Ribbed Henley Sweater (Shop Similar)
AEO Solid Button Down Shirt (Shop Similar)
AEO Two-Piece Pump (Shop Similar)

Look #3:Vintage Vibes
A vibrant vintage cutoff tank or t-shirt packs a punch when paired with ripped denim. Rock this throwback look all year long by adding a fringe jacket in cooler weather. A statement belt and a crossbody satchel pull the edgy look together.

How Do You Wear That Denim X Jegging

Shop the Look:
AEO Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging
Don’t Ask Why Graphic T-Shirt (Shop Similar)
AEO Metal Keeper Leather Belt (Shop Similar)
AEO Double Pouch Crossbody Bag (Shop Similar)
AEO Two-Piece Pump (Shop Similar)

How are you styling your Denim X Hi-Rise Jeggings? Show us on Twitter & Instagram using #AEOSTYLE, or comment below.

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How To Incorporate Denim Into Your Everyday #AEOSTYLE

Denim days are here, and we’re not just talking jeans – this season, we are rocking denim shirts, jackets and vests, too. We believe that denim goes with everything and that you can easily incorporate it into your everyday #AEOSTYLE. Plus, with fun updates to your basic jean like heavily distressed details and a hi-rise fit, you’ll never get bored of this true blue closet staple. We gathered some of our favorite #AEOSTYLE looks featuring the best denim of the season as inspiration, so check out all the looks below.

Distressed Denim

@maiacotton distressed denim

@maiacotton

Take destroyed details to new heights in hi-rise, heavily distressed jeggings

Shop the Look:
AEO Denim X Hi Rise Jegging
Tailgate for AEO Times Square T-Shirt (Shop Similar)
AEO Flight Jacket (Shop Similar)

Denim Jacket

@cristinamonti denim jacket

@cristinamonti

We love how wrapping a denim jacket around a boho dress feels fresh and super cool.

Shop the Look:
AEO Denim X Jacket
AEO Keyhole Swing Dress
AEO Side Fringe Heeled Bootie (Shop Similar)
Street Level Reversible Tote (Shop Similar)

Denim Vest

@bohoandbraidsblog denim vest

@bohoandbraidsblog

Pairing a structured, casual denim vest with a flowing, dreamy skirt is an unexpected match.

Shop the Look:
AEO Denim Vest 
AEO Soft & Sexy V-Neck Jegging Tank (Shop Similar)
AEO Crinkle Pleated Maxi (Shop Similar)
AEO Wide Brim Fedora (Shop Similar)
AEO Boho Statement Neckalce (Shop Similar)

Colored Denim

@thetravelinghummingbird colored denim

@thetravelinghummingbird

We think colored denim is a fun way to add personality to your look, especially when you want to keep things simple in jeans and a t-shirt.

Shop the Look:
AEO Sateen X Jegging
AEO Soft & Sexy Striped Baby T-Shirt
AEO Charm Necklace

Denim Skirt

@seriouslyclaudia denim skirt

@seriouslyclaudia

The most talked-about skirt of the season deserves a shirt with just as much punch.

Shop the Look:
AEO Button Down Denim Skirt
Tailgate for AEO Downtown T-Shirt (Shop Similar)
AEO D’Orsay Ballet Flat (Shop Similar)

Denim Shirt

@shannonkaras_ denim shirt

@shannonkaras_

A denim shirt is one of the most versatile pieces of denim we know, particularly during the changing seasons.

Shop the Look:
AEO Western Denim Shirt
AEO Soft & Sexy High Neck Tank (Shop Similar)
AEO Sateen X Jegging (Shop Similar)
AEO Plaid Fringe Scarf (Shop Similar)

Tomgirl

@daily_craving tomgirl jean

@daily_craving

Keep your entire look effortless and chic by pairing distressed Tomgirl jeans with a sweater and heels.

Shop the Look:
Tomgirl Jean
AEO V-Neck Pullover Sweater (Shop Similar)

Light Denim

@nadaezelx light denim

@nadaezalx

Dark jackets and shoes are a beautiful contrast to light denim.

Shop the Look:
AEO Denim X Skinny Jean
AEO Soft & Sexy Favorite T-Shirt (Shop Similar)
AEO Layered Utility Jacket (Shop Similar)
G.H. Bass & Co. Weejuns Loafer (Shop Similar)

Hi-Rise Dark Denim

@kmserr hi rise dark denim

@kmserr

Hi-Rise Dark Denim is the perfect bottom to pull off the denim-on-denim trend this season.

Shop the Look:
AEO Denim X Hi Rise Jegging
AEO Western Denim Shirt (Shop Similar)
AEO Wool Feather Floppy Hat (Shop Similar)

Denim Shorts for Fall

@katsuke denim shorts for fall

@katsuke

Shorts can last into the fall when they’re paired with a cropped sweater and light utility jacket.

Shop the Look:
AEO Hi-Rise Festival Shortie
Don’t Ask Why Cropped V-Neck Sweater (Shop Similar)
AEO Light Swing Jacket (Shop Similar)

How are you wearing denim with your everyday look? Show us using #AEOSTYLE on Instagram and Twitter or tell us in the comments below!

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