Real Talk With Erin Drischler Of The Garment Project

Erin Drischler founded The Garment Project, a non-profit that aims to empower women recovering from eating disorders by providing them with new, size-less clothing, individualized for their healthy bodies and lifestyles. We got to know Erin and the story behind her incredible non-profit—read on for more.

Real Talk With Erin Drischler Of The Garment Project

 

What inspired you to start The Garment Project?

I wanted to start telling a different story. There were so many years where I felt stuck in a loop as the ‘sick girl’. I decided that I want to be a voice for those who feel that same hopelessness. For me, clothing and sizing was a huge part of my eating disorder recovery. Returning home from treatment to a closet full of clothes that didn’t fit my body or soul is a struggle that not many in recovery think of prior to it staring them in the face for the first time. Between my fiancé, Jordan, and myself, our careers, hobbies, and talents seemed to give us the expertise needed to try to make a difference.

We recognized that there needed to be a way for someone to maintain their focus on recovery and not their size, even when finding new clothes. We decided that partnering directly with treatment facilities would give us the information we needed about each candidate Garment works with in a private and healthy way. From there, we needed to give each individual a unique shopping experience. Garment created an online tool that allows us to make a new, personalized shopping page for each candidate containing only items in our inventory that we believe matches both their needs and lifestyle. With the help of hard-working and talented people, we believe Garment will change the recovery process and a lot of lives along the way.

Can you tell us a bit more about the power sizing in clothing can have over women and what they can do to overcome it?

Each time I went through treatment, I would learn new skills or bits of information that would improve some of my behaviors and way of thinking. I would usually leave with a feeling of confidence and that I had worked hard to make important changes in my lifestyle. Yet I would find myself in the same place: back at home, day one of no longer having the security of an inpatient treatment team, trying to get ready for class. I was alone in my room staring at a closet full of clothes that no longer fit my body or recovered lifestyle. It was a terrible feeling.

For a long time I used clothes to fuel my eating disorder. It isn’t uncommon to use clothing sizes as benchmarks. I kept and used my old clothes as a means of body checking, or seeing if weight had been gained or not. After several cycles through the treatment loop, I had been convinced to throw away my scale. My eating disorder didn’t need a scale anymore because I had my ‘sick clothes’. I remember one dress in particular that would reveal my current weight based on how it fit. I didn’t have the financial stability or even the courage to box everything up and start over.

Clothing and fashion are personal and powerful ways to express yourself. It is exciting and the easiest way to express your individuality. I was missing the thing I used to love about getting dressed each day. I wanted to be able to pick my outfit based on my mood or whatever side of my personality was stronger that morning, but I was stuck with a wardrobe that had so many negative associations attached to it that I couldn’t feel confident about anything that I had to choose from.

What’s next for The Garment Project?

We are focused on bettering our service and expanding our reach. This year, we are going to be working hard to spread our message and let people know that we’re a resource for people who have done amazing work for themselves and are learning how to lead a healthier life. Of course, Garment is always learning and growing too. It’s a priority for us to be able to expand our service to men and hopefully we’ll make significant progress on that this year as well.

What makes you #AerieREAL?

It took a few years of practice and slips, but I have a completely new relationship with food, my body, and myself. My eating disordered thoughts once consumed my life, paralyzing me from living a life I was proud of. I am three years into recovery and I still feel pride and excitement when I catch myself in control. I eat when I’m hungry and until I am full, and I always order exactly what I want. When I look at a photo of myself, I no longer examine every dimple or imperfection. I am able to see the happiness on my face because that’s what is most important to me now. I learned how to be more patient with people I care about, and forgive others when they might not have met my expectations. The food finally came second to the relationships, which was one of the most important steps in accepting my recovery.

Living this recovered life had not only led me to accept my body and soul, but truly love and embrace what I have to offer. I’m proud of my recovery and the messy, motivating experiences I went through. It is important to us that we be champions of recovery and show those that are struggling how beautiful recovered life can be.

 

Want to learn more about The Garment Project? Check out their website here.

 

 

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It’s All Love For Our New Wireless Bra

Our newest wireless bra is here! The Starts With You Lightly Lined Wireless Bra offers everyday support with natural, gentle shaping. 0 wires = 100% comfort! That’s exactly what bra designer Lauren had in mind during the design: “Our customer always inspires us, and we wanted to offer her a super cute, comfortable everyday bra with support.”

It's All Love For Our New Wireless Bra

It's All Love For Our New Wireless Bra

 

What makes our new wireless a must-wear for every day? Lauren says, “This bra has everything—comfort, support, and cute details.  It also has a J-hook so she can wear it as a racerback!” This versatile bra comes in a ton of colors, back strap details and pretty logo lace styles. It's All Love For Our New Wireless Bra

To make our newest bra comfy AND cute… it’s all in the details! Lauren told us which are her faves: “Cute lace trim, split front straps, and a mesh wing with wide elastic definitely make this bra stand out.”

It's All Love For Our New Wireless Bra

Shop our newest wireless in Aerie stores and online now, and keep an eye out for more wireless styles coming soon!

 

 

 

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3 Ways To Wear The City Sweatshirt

Your fave City Sweatshirt is back and better than ever! Oversized, super soft and super comfy, this is THE must-have top for leggings. See how we styled one icy blue style with 3 different leggings below!

CHILL(Y)

Stay cute in the cold with sparkle leggings and our ultra warm Faux Furry Trapper Hat. Add some sunnies to block the shine from your leggings!

3 Ways To Wear The City Sweatshirt

 

COZY TIME

City Sweatshirt + Sleep Leggings = ultimate sleepy time style. Add some fuzzy socks and you may never leave your bed.

3 Ways To Wear The City Sweatshirt

 

SNOW WAY

Hit the slopes with our new Play Legwarmer Legging and pair it with a warm beanie and scarf for a look that can handle the winter weather.

3 Ways To Wear The City Sweatshirt

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Real Talk with Ava Frati of Pō Swim

We’re so excited to support Pō Swim, a collection inspired by Miami and started by Ava Frati at just 15! We talked to Ava about her entry into the design world, her newest Pō Swim collection and what #AerieREAL means to her. Read on to find out how growing up in Miami has influenced this 15 year old to change the swim game, and meet Ava on Saturday, 12.9 at our NEW Lincoln Road store!

Real Talk with Ava Frati of Pō SwimReal Talk with Ava Frati of Pō Swim

You started Pō Swim at the age of 15. What advice do you have for other young girls trying to start their own businesses?

I launched Pō Swim on my website earlier this year when I turned 15. I worked hard to try and design what young girls, like me, wanted in a swimsuit. The advice I have for other young girls trying to start their own businesses is believe in your ideas and set your goals high. Share your ideas for feedback with those you trust. Take advice and don’t be scared. You can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.

The one piece swimsuit has really made a comeback! What is your fave new swim trend?

My new favorite swim trend would have to be the plunge top. It’s such a flattering and empowering shape– I can’t wait to introduce the new ones I designed.

What’s your favorite piece from your collection?

My favorite piece from my collection would have to be the Mar top with the Emma bottoms. Even though I do truly love all my suits, this set is so versatile. The mesh panels give off an active, sexy look, and the stitching of the suit is perfect for physical activity, or even hanging out on the beach. It’s the one suit that every girl should have!Real Talk with Ava Frati of Pō Swim

How has growing up in Miami influenced your designs?

Growing up in Miami has influenced my designs by seeing lots of bikinis and the beautiful girls who wear them in all shapes and sizes. We are lucky enough to swim, boat and sunbathe all year round. Miami girls are always looking for that “new” bikini. We are active so it must move with us. Miami has influenced the ease of my designs, the comfort of the ultra-soft fabrics and the colors I choose. From the Miami sunsets, to the city lights of South Beach, all the colors and shapes of Miami have built my collection.

Pō Swim is continuing to grow! What can we expect to see in the future from your brand?

When I was younger, I knew I wanted to design. Pō Swim has just started as a bathing suit company but I want to expand and grow. I want the Pō Swim girl to wear my cover ups, carry my beach bags and slip on my shoes! In the future I plan to do espadrilles, beach bags and hats, ready to wear, and activewear. I want to grow with Pō Swim girls and hope they want to grow with me too!

What makes you #AerieREAL?

I am #AerieReal because I took chances and believed in a dream. All young girls dream of a way to express themselves but sometimes we get scared we may not achieve our goals. I chose to express myself through design. I hope other girls love my story and feel inspired to believe in themselves and dream big too. I am grateful to Aerie for giving me this awesome opportunity!

Where there is confidence there is beauty!

Ava Frati #AvaReal

 

Real Talk with Ava Frati of Pō Swim    Real Talk with Ava Frati of Pō Swim

Want to see more of Ava’s suits? Shop her collection in our Lincoln Road store and at Aerie.com!

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Stylist’s Picks: 3 Favorite Outfits

3 favorite sweaters. 3 favorite leggings. 3 favorite outfits! Erin styled 3 looks with the holiday season of excess in mind. They’re made for the days when you’re filling up on food or running around!

 

ALL THE INFO

The holiday season can be crazy packed with plans, and you’ll be crazy grateful to do it all with something soft on top and stretchy on the bottom. Sweaters and leggings do it all!

Stylist's Picks: 3 Favorite OutfitsPrint Mix

Don’t be afraid to be BOLD. When your prints are in the same color story, feel free to mix it up and wear them all together.

Stylist's Picks: 3 Favorite Outfits

 

Stylist's Picks: 3 Favorite Outfits

Look 2: Holiday Party Shine

Want to dress up a legging look for a night out? Shine on! Wear this Shine Legging, that cozy Turtleneck and don’t forget to add a fun beanie. It’s all you need!

Stylist's Picks: 3 Favorite Outfits

Stylist's Picks: 3 Favorite Outfits

Look 3: Show Some Lace

If you need a new way to wear your high neck bralettes, this one’s for you! Highlight your Nordic Lace High Neck Bralette by pairing it with this lower cut Lace-Up Sweater. Add your favorite new Play Legwarmer Legging on the bottom and go from dancing around in your living room to dancing out with your girls!Stylist's Picks: 3 Favorite Outfits

WHY ERIN LOVES IT

We all want to be comfortable this holiday season while we’re treating ourselves with candy and treats. Stay comfy and cozy and give in to the power of stretchy pants while you’re eating everything!

 

HOW TO WEAR IT

The easiest way to style your two favorite winter pieces is to wear them together. Leggings are the BEST multi-use pieces for your wardrobe: wear them from working out to going out to filling up on food. They won’t miss a beat or a holiday treat!

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BLOGGER’S PICK’S: Pom-tastic

Not only are our holiday accessories warm & cozy, they’re pom-tastic for gifting! We partnered with #AerieREAL girl Alex Michael May to talk her fave holiday gifts and what makes her #AerieREAL.

BLOGGER’S PICK’S: Pom-tastic

How do you get cozy this holiday season?

“I LOVE to snuggle up in extra cozy sweaters, and usually treat myself to some new comfy threads just for the season! I find myself spending more time at home, cozied up on the sofa (or bed, let’s be honest!) with my favorite candle lit and my fave records on and a hot cup of tea or coffee. Sometimes I’ll put on a mediation, too. It’s all about finding those pockets of quiet and calm during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season!”

What are some of your fave Aerie items to gift?

“I love to give friends little luxuries they don’t normally buy themselves: some extra-soft socks, slippers or a sleep mask for example. I love all the Aerie scarves and pom poms as well! They’re so fun and let a little personality loose!”BLOGGER’S PICK’S: Pom-tastic

What makes you #AerieREAL?

“I’m your virtual BFF, so I pride myself on keeping it real. But when it comes to being #AerieREAL, I just try to be as lovingly honest and authentic as I can in every area of my life. About a year ago, I decided I couldn’t go on NOT loving my body. I had to get real with myself and the ways in which I was limiting myself and not giving myself the love I deserved and so desperately needed. I decided I would declare this radical self-love despite how I currently felt, and I can say, it changed my life. For me, being real is being present. Being IN your body and asking the right questions. What I love about the #AerieREAL movement is that it’s so empowering; it’s about embracing your TRUE self and being brave enough to live that out every day in confidence, and THAT is what I strive for each and every minute.”

BLOGGER’S PICK’S: Pom-tastic

Shop Alex’s Look: Boucle Pom Pom PulloverRibbed Sleep LeggingDouble Pom-Tastic Beanie | Pom-Tastic SlipperBLOGGER’S PICK’S: Pom-tastic

Show us how you style your fave holiday gifts with #AerieREAL for a chance to be featured on the style gallery!

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