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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Blogger’s Pick’s: Velvet Everything

Velvet is here! And #AerieREAL girl Leticia from Bluhazl is getting all the feels in velvet everything. Read on to learn more about her velvet faves and what makes her #AerieREAL.

Blogger's Pick's: Velvet Everything

“The velvet pajamas make me feel cozy and happy, and they totally get me in the holiday spirit. My favorite part of the velvet set is that it’s super versatile; I will totally be mixing my top and bottoms with deconstructed denim, and fun statement tees. Truly, I feel like a bright ray of sunshine in this rustic velvet set, shining on the outside as bright as I shine on the inside. A pop of color and the velvet feels is a lifestyle bloggers dream.”

Blogger's Pick's: Velvet Everything

Shop Leticia’s Look: Velvet Sleep Top | High Waisted Velvet Pant

Blogger's Pick's: Velvet Everything

“I am #aerieREAL because I am unapologetically me, flaws and all. I have learned that embracing my flaws have made me shine even brighter, and that by sharing my truths and my story I can empower and inspire a community through my platform BluHazl. I believe in redefining sisterhood and being an open book to other women and I am not afraid to fail or to share my failures. Through sharing my truths and my story, I have surrounded myself with other phenomenal women who like me, have failed, had bad days, and felt like giving up but with a powerful tribe surrounding you, you have no choice but to hold yourself accountable, dust yourself and try again. I am #aerieREAL because I embrace who I am; my journey as a young, ambitious. interracial woman. Honestly, I love the woman I am becoming. #AerieREAL.”

Blogger's Pick's: Velvet Everything

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

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Fall Playlist

Forget the pumpkin spice lattes, our fall playlist is the best part of the season! The weather may be getting colder but our music choices are still HOT! Check out our newest playlist below and follow us on Spotify for more of your fave tunes.

 

What’s your go-to tune for when the leaves begin to change? Comment below & tell us!

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Long Weekend Packing Guide

It’s almost Labor Day. It’s happening. Summer is “officially” over. But there’s still time for one last summer getaway! Get your packing lists set with our guide.

Long Weekend Packing Guide

 

From the work out to the hang out, don’t skip a beat. Our matching Soft Plush Jogger and Plush Crop Hoodie is an essential set this holiday weekend. Pair it with a basic pair of sneaks and our fave new Tomgirl Lace-Up Bralette for a comfy, cozy look!

Long Weekend Packing Guide

 

For nights out this weekend, pair a Long Sleeve Bodysuit with a Lace Racerback Bralette. Keep it casual with a pair of ripped denim jeans and heels to pull it all together.

Long Weekend Packing Guide

 

Don’t put your swim away just yet! Make sure you bring your fave Crop Bikini Top or High Waisted Cheeky Bikini Bottom and a classic one piece. We’re LOVING the Reversible Super Scoop One Piece that can double as a bodysuit under a cute pair of cutoffs!Long Weekend Packing Guide

 

Layer on the love this Labor Day with our Lace & Shine Bodysuit under a Plush Long Sleeve Dress. A classic Plaid Shirt adds a pop of pattern to pretty pairing.Long Weekend Packing Guide

 

Hitting the hiking trails this weekend? Grab your fave Chill. Play. Move. Leggings and Play Mixed Mesh Sports Bra and head for the hills. Top it off with a cute Satin Basball Cap for shade!Long Weekend Packing Guide

What’s your must-have product this Labor Day? Comment below & tell us!

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