Men’s Prep Shorts Interview with Ben. T

We sat down with Ben T., Assistant Buyer of Men’s Pants, Shorts, Swim and Fleece Bottoms, to talk about one of the most popular short fits of the season: the Prep Short. Read on to learn more about Ben and his recommendations on how to style the Prep Short.

Name:
Ben T.

Occupation:
Assistant Buyer of Men’s Pants, Shorts, Swim & Fleece Bottoms

Can you tell us about the history of the Prep Short?
The Prep Short was first introduced in the 2010/2011 Season. Since then the fit has evolved from a knee length, boxy fit to a trimmer fit through the leg that hits above the knee. This year we have introduced a noticeably different fabric with a small amount of stretch content for maximum comfort and wear-ability. We have also included a belt on the short this year for no extra charge to the customer. It’s been souped up.

Interview with Men's Assistant Buyer, Ben J.

Prep Shorts from Aqua to Floral

What are the new fits for the Prep Short?
Just one new and improved fit. The leg is slimmer and tapers slightly towards the hem. The short is meant to be rolled to an 8″ inseam, although you can style it however you please (rolled once to ‘’9 inch just above the knee, or unrolled at 10″ right on the knee).

The fabrics have changed, can you tell us why and how the new fabric feels?
This is my favorite fabric in our entire line. It is a dense twill with stretch in it. It feels really compact/ light and at the same time has a little give which makes it great to move in. It’s a perfect Summer short.

Any cool colors that you love this season?
Really excited for the Bright Rhubarb.  It’s a reddish fuchsia that you will not be able to find anywhere else. Imagine a lobster blushing. We also have a couple of really cool prints coming in, including a grey camo and a brown tropical that emulates a very cool Havana Yacht Club type look.

How do you wear the Prep Short?
The great thing about this short is the versatility. Like I said, you can cuff it or unroll it to suit your style. I love wearing them cuffed with a plain tee and a good pair of sunglasses. Super easy for anyone to get into.

Bens go to look

 

Shop Ben’s Go-To Look:
1. Legend V-Neck T-Shirt
2.Icon Sunglasses
3.Prep Short

Can you take the Prep Short look from day to night? If so, what do you recommend?
Switch out the T-shirt for a short sleeve woven or layer on a solid long sleeve oxford for versatility. Unbutton a few buttons and remove the sunglasses, unless you’re really trying to make a statement…

Why do you recommend the Prep Short?
Again, it’s versatile. You can wear it many different ways and fit it the way you like it. It is also currently our only short (aside from swim) with stretch. It’s basically the short design of the future.

Now we would love to learn a little about you!

What made you want to pursue a career in Merchandising?
I was always interested in big business but not so interested in working strictly with numbers and finances. With merchandising, you get to be very creative and hands on with your product. Your performance is not only measured by your bottom line, but also on the style and perspective you are infusing in your assortment. Great clothes are ultimately what creates brand loyalty and an excited customer base.

What kind of projects do you find yourself working on from day to day?
Most of what I do revolves around how to drive and evolve the business. If something is working well, I am asking why is this working? What can I do to get more? And, what do I have coming down the line that is like this? If something is not doing so well, I am brainstorming the opposite and making sure I don’t make the same mistake twice when building future seasons.

Five words to describe you…
Team player, risk taker, pizza lover, driven and adventurous.

Favorite destination:
Portland in the summer. That’s East Coast.

Favorite quote:
“Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’.”

First thing on your bucket list?
Travel for a year with a backpack and no itinerary expect for a list of must try street foods. (Try not to end up on the show Locked Up: Abroad.)

Favorite Band:
The Boss

Fun fact about yourself?
In my youth, I rocked both a mullet and a bowl cut for three years… each.

What does your iPhone say about you?
I organize my apps like a nerd. Not very exciting.

 

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Ben’s iPhone Home Screen that he sent us after our fast track interview

 

 

 

Preston and Coco #AEOStyle Indio Roundup

Our Director of Styling, Preston and Sr. Stylist, Coco, packed their bags for the West Coast and are headed towards Indio, California for a fun-filled music festival weekend. Check out their #AEOStyle below and come back next week to see their favorite festival looks from our fans.

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Shop Coco’s look:
Printed Maxi Sundress
Tortoise Shell Sunglasses
Printed Straw Fedora (similar)
Keds Champion Original Sneaker

Shop Preston’s Look:
Slim Jean
Photo Real Muscle T-Shirt
Aviator Sunglasses Coco and Preston2

Shop Coco’s Look:
Babydoll Dress Made In Italy For AEO
Minnetonka Tramper Ankle Boots (similar)
Printed Crossbody Bag

Shop Preston’s Look:
Palm Trees Pocket Sweatshirt
Prep Floral Short

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Preston and Coco hanging with Sarah Hyland.  Shop Sarah’s #AEOStyle below.

Shop Sarah’s Look:
Side Slit Maxi Made In Italy For AEO (similar)
Cropped T-Shirt Made In Italy For AEO
Floral Bun Wrap (similar)

prestonShop Preston’s look:
Striped Hoodie T-Shirt (similar)
8″ Prep Short

preston1Shop Preston’s Look:
Metallic Straw Hat Fedora
Printed Sneaker
Printed Icon Sunglasses (similar)
Legend Crew T-Shirt (similar)

 

Men’s and Women’s Swim Fit Guide

Summer is right around the corner, which means swim is officially in!  We know that body types are as original as a fingerprint which makes finding the perfect swimsuit intimidating and feel seemingly impossible.  Fear no more — with the help of our fab stylists, we’ve put together a Women’s and Men’s swimsuit guide to help you find your best fit yet so you can be rocking the perfect #AEOStyle all summer long. Surf the collection below.

Girls: From boy-shaped to full chest and full figured, we’ve got a suit that’s perfect for you.

SWIMSUITS

If You’re: Boy Shaped.
Create curves with a Ruffled Bandeau Top and fun patterns.

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Shop the look:
Ruffled Bandeau Top
Tropical Floral Bikini Bottom

If You’re: Curvy
Hi-Rise bottoms help slim down the thighs and elongate the legs while a top with a under wire helps keep it all in place.

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Shop the look:
Cutout Corset Bikini Top
Hi-Rise Printed Bikini Bottom

If You’re: Large Chested
Choose a top with more support. Halter shapes are flattering for larger chests.

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Shop the look:
Retro Halter Bikini Top
Printed Bikini Bottom

If You’re: Full Figured
Create a slimmer look through your center with a one piece with side slimming cut outs. Or, try a tankini for more coverage.

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Shop the look:
Cutout Crochet Monokini 

If You’re: Pear Shaped
Try a style with a skirted bottom to help cover any worry areas. Fuller coverage on the back helps too.

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Shop the look:
Bandeau Tankini Top
Printed Side Bikini Bottom

If You’re: Small Chested
Use patterns and color to look larger on top. You can also use underwire padded styles to enhance your chest for a perkier look.

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Shop the look:
Embroidered Triangle Bikini Top
Bright Bikini Bottom

Guys: From Board Shorts to Hybrid, we’ve got something to suit your needs.

SWIMTRUNKS

If You’re: Tall
Find a pair of shorts that have a longer inseam and hits at the knee.

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Shop the look:
Colorblock Board Short

If You’re: Stocky
Try a Hybrid Swim Short with a 10″ inseam that elongates your legs for the best fit.

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Shop the look:
Hybrid Short

If You’re: Lean
Show off your legs with a trunk that has a 6″ inseam. A perfect fit for those who dare to bare.

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Shop the look:
Printed Swim Trunk 

 

 

Indio Music and Travel Guide

We’ve waited all year to head back to Indio, California to endure two weekends of sunshine, great music and lots of fun. This year, we’re not holding back as we tell you our favorite must- see bands, where to hang and what to wear.

Pack:
Guys: Going weekend 1 or weekend 2, or both! We’ve got festival ready #AEOStyle that will carry you through each weekend. Pack a pair of  cutoff shorts with Canvas Slip-On Sneakers and a tank top for the ultimate day look. Add a hoodie or button down for when the desert sun goes down for warmth that won’t hate on your Indio style and don’t forget to rock a pair of shades.

#AEOStyle Festival Looks

Shop Weekend 1:

Colorblock Pocket Tank
Destroyed Denim Cutoff Short
Striped Hoodie T-Shirt (similar)
Canvas Slip-On Sneaker

#AEOStyle Festival Looks

Shop Weekend 2:

Photo Real Muscle T-Shirt
Taper 5-Pocket Short
Canvas Sneaker
Workwear Plaid Button Down Shirt
Black Icon Sunglasses

Girls: Whether you enjoy jamming out to classical tunes or want to release your inner flower child, we’ve got #AEOStyle that will match your music personality. Rock a 90′s style inspired look with a LST & FND Pink Floyd Muscle Tank, High-Rise Festival Shorties, a plaid button down and Jelly sandals. Feeling more bohemian that 90′s? Pair our High-Rise Festival Shorties with a Cropped Lace Tank, leather sandals, and a fun backpack. Add your favorite accessories and shades to complete your look.


#AEOStyle Festival Looks Shop Weekend 1:
LST&FND Pink Floyd Muscle Tank
High-Rise Festival Shortie
Bright Plaid Girlfriend Shirt
BC In No Time Jelly Sandal

#AEOStyle Festival Looks Shop Weekend 2:
Cropped Lace Tank
High-Rise Festival Shortie
Perforated Bucket Backpack
Tie Front Sandal
Aviator Sunglasses
Longhorn Charm Necklace

Do:
Filter Magazine X Aerie Coachella Kick Off Party: Start the weekend off right by hanging with our friends at Filter Magazine and Aerie! We promise there will be great music, good people and goodies from Aerie. RSVP here.

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Beauties Chloe Bridges and Anna Sophia Robb from the Carrie Diaries stopped by the Aerie X Filter Magazine party last year for a night filled with fun.

Backstreet Art District: “Off the strip…but worth the trip” Stroll through a variety of artist-owned galleries for original pieces that will leave you inspired.

Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve: Take a hike and enjoy the springs, dunes and mesas that Palm Springs has to offer.

Eat:
Shields Date Garden: Chocolate covered dates, honey dates, date milkshakes…need we say more?

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Photo Credit: Sunset.com

Spicy Pie: A festival favorite! New York style pizza served by the slice. Enjoy your ‘za while listening to your favorite bands in the background.

Coolhaus Cookie Sandwiches: First pick your ice cream flavor, then pick your cookie flavor and what do you have?.. A delicious gourmet cookie sandwich designed by you! This sweet treat is offered on festival grounds as well so eat as many as you please, you’ll need the extra calories for dancing.

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Photo Credit: TastyTouring.com

Listen:
Dum Dum GirlsMadonna, The Stone Roses, Siouxsie and the Banshees – The Dum Dum Girls are a mix of all of the above and then some. With LA Rock style, these ladies have been making unfailingly hip music that gets stuck in your head since the early 00’s.
Listen: “Bedroom Eyes” “Lost Boys & Girls Club

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Dum Dum Girls. Photo Credit: MTVIggy.com

Factory Floor: These Londoners have been making live synth-based dance tracks for a handful of years now. But the release of their self-titled LP on DFA Records is what truly put them on the map. Prepare to dance.
Listen: “Two Different Ways“, “Fall Back

Kate Nash: An English singer, songwriter and musician is best known for UK number 1 album, Made of Bricks. Shortly after she released “My Best Friend Is You” and “Girl Talk” in 2013.
Listen: A throwback to “Foundations” and the playful “Merry Happy”.

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Kate Nash. Photo Credit: myignorantyouth.com

Ellie Goulding: Another British Beauty, is top on our list. From her first album, “Lights” to her second “Halcyon” that released in October 2012, there are a number of good listens we don’t want to miss!
Listen: “Anything Could Happen”, “Burn”, and “Explosions

HAIM: This all girl sister rock band from Los Angeles, Ca has been kicking some serious butt in the nu-folk meets 90′s R&B world.
Listen: “Falling“, “The Wire

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HAIM. Photo Credit: NPR.org

Lana Del Rey: Her brilliant lyrics voice her soulful emotions in a way that is different then a lot of musicians today. We can’t get enough of her alluring voice that leaves us wanting more.
Listen: “Blue Jeans“, “National Anthem

Check out our Indio Playlist for more artists that we’re excited to see!

Real Talk Interview with Kelsey A., of Altoona, PA

Today’s Real Talk interview is with Kelsey A., of Altoona, PA, an associate from the Aerie in Lehigh Valley Mall! Learn more about Kelsey, what #AerieREAL means to her, her must-have Aerie item, and what inspires her below!

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Kelsey’s favorite “going-out” make up and hair look.

Hi, Kelsey! Thanks for chatting with us. What does #AerieREAL mean to you?

There is no normal, there is no standard. Aerie girls don’t have to try to form to a mold, or try to be something they’re not. You can just be comfortable being you, in your own skin.

What makes you #AerieREAL?

I’m not afraid to speak out for what I believe in, or to try things that others might shy away from. And I’m really outgoing and kind of outrageous and weird in my own way!

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Kelsey and her husband Seth loving the fall weather!

With festivals quickly flooding our schedules, we want to know - what is currently playing in your music library?

Florence & the Machine, Franz Ferdinand, and David Bowie.

What’s your favorite movie? 

Labyrinth, with David Bowie. I am huge David Bowie Fan…that’s my little quirk!

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Kelsey’s cat Nimbus!

What is one thing the world needs more of?

The world needs more generosity and kindness…that would definitely make the world a happier and better place!

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Kelsey getting her cake & eating it too on her wedding day!

What’s your favorite summer item from Aerie.com?

This summer, I can’t live without the Racerback Tank! It’s super cute with a bandeau underneath and comes in a bunch of fun colors!

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Kelsey and her husband visit the Rose Gardens in Allentown from the past Summer.

What’s your favorite bra? 

Jacklyn! It has the most comfortable mold to it, the wire is built in, and the wing is beautiful with lace detail. It’s the most beautiful bra and gives a little push without being too overdramatic!

What’s your must have item in your purse?

Lip gloss – I love Burt’s Bees Pomegranate balm! There are always chapsticks and lipgloss all around my store…and it is all mine!

 Thank you so much for chatting with us Kelsey!

Show us how YOU’RE Aerie Real and tag your photos with #AerieREAL for a chance to be featured on Aerie.com!

xo,

Aerie

#AEOStyle Roundup

We all know you thought we pulled your tail when we introduced American Beagle Outfitters in late March. At first, that was our plan, but thanks to your overwhelming response, we’ve decided to create a line exclusively for mans best friend and its coming this fall! Check out our launch on the Today Show and our #AEOStyle Roundup below featuring some insanely cute dogs…because who’s to say that only  humans can have great #AEOStyle?

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