The two wardrobe pieces every girl needs this season

What do you get when you combine one of Fall’s biggest trends and our best jean fit ever? Pure perfection, that’s what. Jessica from Bows & Sequins shows off her best assets in our high performance stretch Denim X and coveted Blanket Scarf below.

Meet Jessica:
Jessica Sturdy is a twenty-something living life to the fullest in New York City. By day, she is the Brand & Business Development Manager for an up & coming jewelry brand and by night, she writes Bows & Sequins, a fashion-focused lifestyle blog. On Bows & Sequins, you’ll find Jessica’s feminine, polished, and playful take on personal style, beauty products and tutorials, home decor, fitness, & food. Jessica has been featured in Lucky Magazine & Teen Vogue, as well as on Elle.com, Glamour.com, The Glitter Guide, and more.

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What inspired Jessica’s Look:
One of my favorite color combinations in the fall is mixing camel with deep berry tones. To style this look, I started with these fun wine-hued Jegging. The color is perfect for the upcoming holiday season! I knew I was going to wear a rich camel-colored coat, so I kept my sweater muted to let the jeans stand out. I topped in off with a chic blanket scarf, which is a must-have for the season!

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Shop Jessica’s Look:
Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging
Plaid Blanket Scarf
Zip Back Crew Sweater (Similar)
Leopard Print Ballet Flat  (Similar)

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The Evolution of Denim in America

Denim is one of those uniquely American garments that has continuously been able to reinvent itself to suit the changing cultural and stylistic landscape. Starting as a simple workman’s garment, jeans have retained basically the same structure since the addition of riveted seams in 1873, a testament to their design. Building off that fundamental construction, jeans have evolved into a variety of styles their creator could have scarcely imagined.

Having started as a hearty dungaree – think overalls – the denim we see on the shelves today is as varied as it is unrecognizable when compared to those first pairs. So let’s take a look at a few styles that have ebbed, flowed and ultimately caught the attention of the fashion set over the decades.

History of Denim

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Western Jeans
Long thought of as a purely ‘Wild West’ fashion style unfit for the rest of the country, blue jeans were ultimately carried across the nation thanks to an unlikely champion: Hollywood.

In the 1930s, the genre of the ‘Western’ film became hugely popular, and with it so did the leading man’s uniform of choice: blue jeans. Made from medium-weight denim and decorated with elaborate stitching, this was a working man’s pant with an extra bit of flourish. Actors like John Wayne typified the kind of hyper-masculinity the style quickly became associated with.

Today, Western-style denim has become as popular as the musical genre, with Western jeans being more suited to the runway than the ranch. Though complex stitching still characterizes the style, the denim is much lighter than actual working ranch denim and typically incorporates a stretch element into the fabric.

Bell-Bottoms
Though bell-bottoms may be synonymous with the hippie/counterculture movements of the 1960s, they actually emerged as a style in the 19th century when the US Navy adopted them as part of its uniform.

It wasn’t until the 1960s, though, that the bell-bottom style was rendered using denim, and it took off as a stylistic symbol for a freewheeling culture. Both men and women donned styles with legs that flared outwards, reaching circumferences of up to 18 inches. Patches, pins and beading all became the trendy way to set your personal pair apart from the rest.

Skinny Jeans
Most of us might think the skinny jean is a modern style, taken to comical extremes by young skaters and punks starting in the early 2000’s. The truth is that skinny jeans go back over half a century, first coming into vogue in the 1950s with ‘Greaser’ culture.

Though not a new thing in fashion by any means, skinny jeans really started to make a resurgence in the early 2000’s when young male members of punk subcultures began buying girls jeans. It’s hard to imagine that at the time a skinny jean marketed to men was nearly impossible to find.

Today the extremes of the skinny jean trend have largely dissipated, with cooler and more relaxed fits prevailing.

What Goes Around Comes Around
Ultimately, trends in denim will always be cyclical, with certain styles appearing like new concepts, only to have been brought back from decades before.

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Get inspired: The AEO Holiday 2014 Collection

The wish is just the beginning. Watch our AEO Holiday 2014 video and get inspired by all the great gifts to give (and get).

Check out the full collection at ae.com.

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How To: Style Your Nightie

Ever wonder why they call it beauty sleep? Well, we like to think our cozy sleepwear has something to do with it! Blogger McKenna Bleu shows us how she styles our Lace Trim Nightie for the perfect early morning #OOTD.

Meet McKenna:
My name is McKenna Bleu, a southern girl who has always had a love for fashion. For me great style doesn’t have to cost a lot, doesn’t have to be what’s popular or limited to a certain size. Being real and having confidence is the greatest style to obtain. McKenna Bleu is just that, a site to gain fashion inspiration, travel & beauty tips. I hope you will stop by and say hello!

How To: Style Your Nightie

How To: Style Your Nightie

Get McKenna’s look: Lace Trim Nightie | Scarf (Similar) | Knee High Socks (Similar)How To: Style Your Nightie

How To: Style Your Nightie

Love McKenna’s style? Be sure to check out our How To: Style Your Romantic Lace Bralette post here! xo

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#ABOSTYLE ROUNDUP

Sit. Stay. Swagger. Last week we launched our newest pet-friendly line at AEO, American Beagle Outfitters. We’ve seen some of your furriest friends in our Pupper Jackets and Sweaters and we’ve got to admit it…your pets are so doggone cute. Check out some of our favorite ABO photos in this week’s #ABOSTYLE Roundup below.

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ABO Pupper Jacket

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ABO Selfie Beanie

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ABO Pupper Jacket

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ABO Fair Isle Sweater

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ABO Hump Day Beanie

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ABO Fair Isle Sweater

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ABO Selfie Beanie

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Cozy Up Winter #OOTD

When the temperature drops, cozy loungewear is our best friend. Blogger Ally Cog shows us how she styles our Sleep Cami and Cable Knit Skinny Jogger for a lazy Saturday afternoon in our nation’s capital. Can you say layers? Yes, please!

Meet Ally:
Alison Coglianese is the Washington, D.C-based personal style and fashion blogger behind AllyCog.com.

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What inspired Ally’s look:
When I’m just hanging around at home, I love being in something cozy but still cute. It’s so easy to throw on a pair of old sweats, but I’ve really been trying to up my loungewear game — starting with these joggers! In addition to being adorable, they’re so incredibly soft (seriously, you should feel the inside!) and easy to move around in, which is important since I have a little one to keep up with.

Cozy Up Winter #OOTD

Cozy Up Winter #OOTD

Get Ally’s look: Sleep Cami | Cable Knit Skinny Jogger | Cardigan (Similar)

Cozy Up Winter #OOTD

Cozy Up Winter #OOTD

Need more style #OOTD inspiration? Check out our Cable Knit Skinny Jogger Style Challenge here!

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