#AEOFESTIVALSTYLE: 2017 Music Festival Packing Guide

Pack light, pack right. As we’re heading into the 2017 music festival season, we’re on a mission to be super efficient packers without sacrificing any #AEOFestivalStyle. One thing we like about packing light is that challenges us to make several outfits using just a few essential staples and some great fashion pieces and accessories. First, think about how many days you’re going to be at the festival (three is pretty typical!). You’ll need to bring enough clothes to create three awesome looks, but have no fear – by swapping out key items like tops, you can mix and match your festival style without being an outfit repeater. Check out our packing guide for girls and guys below, and let us know what festivals you’re heading to this spring and summer in the comments!

WHAT TO PACK THIS FESTIVAL SEASON

GIRLS: All vintage, all day. This festival season, focus on vintage details in tops, denim and accessories like old-school lettering and lace-up or tied details. Mini backpacks, bandanas and round sunglasses are a must, especially when you’re pairing them back to vintage, two-toned denim shorts. Here’s what you need to pack: one pair of shorts and effortlessly pair back to tanks in neutral colors (we chose dark grey and one of our fave new neutrals, blush). If you want to switch it up one day, bring a lightweight slip dress and a kimono to layer on top. Bonus: you can layer the kimono over the tanks, too. Finish your look with a pair of versatile buckled ankle booties!

Music Festival Season 2017 Packing Guide: What To Wear To Music Festivals

PACK IT
TOPS:
Crop Tie Tank | Raglan Lace-Up T-Shirt | Hi-Neck Lace Trim Cami | Paisley Kimono
BOTTOMS:
Tassel Slip Dress | Vintage Hi-Rise Festival Short
ACCESSORIES: Printed Bandana | Perforated Belt | Blue Lens Small Aviator Sunglasses
Metal Round Sunglasses | Dolce Vita Spur Booties | Street Level Mini Backpack

GUYS: Guys, when you’re packing take a note from Drake and start from the bottom. What base layers do you really need? Our essentials are shoes, underwear and a great pair of denim shorts. We chose a pair of shorts that will last you throughout the festival (but we wouldn’t discourage you from packing one more pair, just in case!). Festivals can get a little sweaty, so make sure you have enough tees to wear each day. Vintage band tees, baseball tees and tie-dye tees will keep you festival ready. If there’s any time to get a little wild with your #AEOSTYLE, it’s during festival season – so go ahead and pack that printed poncho! It can double as rain gear, anyway. Top off your look with a snapback and beaded bracelets.

Music Festival Season 2017 Packing Guide: What To Wear To Music Festivals

PACK IT
TOPS:
Palm Print Packable Poncho | Short Sleeve Tie Dye T-Shirt | Short Sleeve Band T-Shirt
AE Active Long Sleeve Crew T-Shirt
BOTTOMS:
Extreme Flex Denim Short | Cooling Base Layer 6″ Flex Trunk
ACCESSORIES:
Double Buckle Sandal (Similar) | Beaded Bracelet Set | Horn Pendant Necklace | Patch Snapback Hat

Where will this festival season take you? Gov Ball? Lolla? ACL? We want to know! Tell us in the comments below & show us your #AEOFestivalStyle on Instagram & Twitter.

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Lolla25: #AEOFESTIVALSTYLE Guide for Girls & Guys

We’re heading in to the high point of summer, and live music season is still giving you plenty of opportunity to rep your #AEOFESTIVALSTYLE wherever you go. We’ll keep you cool at Lollapalooza in the hottest new festival looks featuring hi-rise shorties & knit tanks so you’ll never miss a beat. Check out our Chicago travel guide & Lollapalooza outfits for guys and girls so you can make fun summer memories to savor all year long!

WEAR
GIRLS: 
Right now, we’re all about dark denim. Pair this first essentials strappy top with black denim festival shorties for a look that keeps it simple & makes a statement.  Leather booties will keep you festival-ready, day & night. Throw even more shade by adding the perfect pair of sunglasses.

Get your festival fashion ready for Lollapalooza.

SHOP IT: First Essentials Cold Shoulder Shirt | Hi-Rise Festival Shortie | Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Kaden Bootie
Lapis-Colored Cocktail Ring | Evil Eye Arm Party Bracelets | Spitfire Astro Sunglasses

GUYS: There’s nothing plain about this classic pairing! Throw a cool, printed graphic tee on top of some cut-off denim shorts for a look that lasts. Add a finishing touch while keeping it clean with fresh, white slip-on’s – these sneakers are sure to be a fan favorite.

Get your festival fashion ready for Lollapalooza. Check out our guys' Lollapalooza outfits.

SHOP IT: Indigo Trend Graphic Crew T-Shirt | Core Flex Denim Cutoff Short | Faux Leather Shoe

EAT
The Gage: If you’re looking for a rustic place to refuel with a good meal & a cold drink, The Gage is your place. This Irish restaurant has a long list on tap and is within easy walking distance of Grant Park.

Toni Patisserie & Café: You can’t skip out on the most important meal of the day. Don’t stop exploring, pick up a French-style sweet treat or morning bite to eat on the go.

Giordano’s: What’s better than Chicago deep dish? Nothing. Try the best of the best at Giordano’s to keep you full & festival ready.

Check out Giordano's pizza for a bite to eat in between Lollapalooza sets.

Photo: @giordanospizza

MUSIC
Radiohead:
The beloved & groundbreaking alternative rock band from England has been a crowd favorite since 1985. You won’t want to miss their appearance at Lolla where they’re sure to wow with classics like “Creep” and “Fake Plastic Trees”.

Leon Bridges: The R&B you NEED. The singer & songwriter from Texas got his start in 2015 with the release of song “Coming Home”.  His performance is sure to provide your daily dose of 50’s & 60’s soul, a sound that never goes out of style. We recommend “River” and “Better Man”.

Leon Bridges is sure to be a fan favorite at Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL.

Photo: @leonbridgesofficial

Silversun Pickups: This Los Angeles bred indie rock band formed combines the influence of The Flaming Lips and Sonic Youth for their catchy, dream pop roots. If you’re not familiar with their sound, check them out NOW starting with “Bloody Mary” and “All The Go Inbetweens”.

Don't miss Silversun Pickups at Lolla25.

Photo: @sspu

LCD Soundsystem: If you haven’t yet heard of this unique electronic rock group Led by James Murphy, we need to change that. The group has done nothing but amaze us since they formed in Brooklyn in 2002. Once you’re hooked on their fusion of dance-punk & electronica, you won’t be able to stop listening. Our faves are “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House” and “I Can Change”.

Mac Miller: Now, that’s a rap. Pittsburgh born and raised Malcom James McCormick, known to fans as Mac Miller, rose to fame with the release of his debut studio album “Blue Slide Park”. His smooth rhymes will make you wonder how he makes spitting verses seem so effortless. Listen to “100 Grandkids” and “Another Night” to hear the best Mac has to offer.

Mac Miller will take the stage at Lolla25.

Photo: @larryfisherman

What are you most excited to do in Chicago? Which artists will you be checking out at Grant Park? Let us know in the comments below & show us your #AEOFESTIVALSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter.

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How to Style the Hi-Rise Festival Shortie with Thetique

Heading to spring break? Gearing up for festival season? Grab a pair of Hi-Rise Festival Shorties and thank us later. No, seriously. Between it’s soft cotton denim, destroyed details and frayed hem, you’ll be in hi-rise heaven.

Tiana from the Thetique blog puts a classic twist on these edgy shorts by adding stripes and a timeless denim jacket below.

Meet Tiana:
Tiana Lewis, by definition, is native Nebraskan and full-time student at Texas Christian University. However at heart, she is a creative, a dreamer, and an optimist of all sorts. You can find her blogging about life, style, and everyday musings at Thetique, a space rooted in the belief that there is beauty in everything. Past unconventional beauty, she believes in things like: meaningful conversation, a life lead with intentionality, and running steadfastly in the direction of your dreams.

How to Style the Hi-Rise Festival Shortie with Thetique

How to Style the Hi-Rise Festival Shortie with Thetique What Inspired Tiana’s Look:
“Recently, I’ve been leaning more toward timeless outfits-ones you’ll look back on ten years down the road and think, “Man, I had style,” instead of “What was I thinking?” And because I believe that these kinds of looks are best dressed with a bit of edge, the Hi-Rise Festival Shorties make for the perfect piece to have in your closet long-term. They’re great with just about everything. I decided to pair them with a simple stripe, great wash of denim and a wide-brimmed hat to put together a look that could be easily recreated by anyone looking for a relaxed, yet stylish outfit created solely from the pieces in their closet.”

How to Style the Hi-Rise Festival Shortie with Thetique

Get Tiana’s Look: Hi-Rise Festival Shortie | Soft & Sexy Striped Baseball T-Shirt (Similar) Tomgirl Denim Jacket (Similar) |  Western Bootie (Similar) | Lack Of Color Black Out Short Brim Hat (Similar)

How to Style the Hi-Rise Festival Shortie with Thetique

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Show us how you style our Hi-Rise Festival Shortie with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the AEO Style Gallery.

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Budweiser Made in America Festival: AEO is the Official Fashion Partner

We are so excited to share with you that we are the official fashion partner of the Budweiser Made in America Festival. The festival will take place coast-to-coast simultaneously during Labor Day weekend at Ben Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia and Grand Park in Los Angeles on Saturday, August 30th and Sunday, August 31st.  Kanye West will headline in both cities, first in Philadelphia along with performances from Pharrell, Rita Ora and Kendrick Lamar, and will then topline the final night in Los Angeles with Iggy Azalea, Imagine Dragons and John Mayer, among countless others. Check out the official music festival posters below for the full line-up for both cities!

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Los Angeles line-up

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 Philadelphia line-up

Watch the Made in America Official Trailer to get pumped up for the festival!

 

Make sure to check back for festival inspired outfits and follow us on InstagramTwitter and Snapchat: officialaeo for live coverage from the events.

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Music Monday: Remembering Coachella

Coachella might be the biggest music event in North America. It boasts chart-topping names and celebrity guests from A-list to Z. It’s, like, bigger than big. So big, in fact, that tix sold out in less than three days. I’m gonna go ahead and assume that most of you didn’t grab one in time – or couldn’t afford one for that matter – and  give you a recap of what you did and didn’t miss.

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Not gonna lie, Coachella is mad fun. But it’s also in the middle of the desert, which is probably only fun for lizards and such. So yeah, it was about 95 degrees, on the low. And we had to walk, a lot. We walked from the parking lots to security checkpoint number 1, then number 2, then 3 – wait, were there 3 checkpoints? Not sure, but the Coachella security team kinda put the TSA to shame. Plus, they all wore black suits like they were in the secret service, which they very well may have been.

When you’re moving through that pilgrimage from your car to the grounds you get caught up in the Coachella flow. You’re surrounded by girls in cut-off denim shorts, dudes without shirts on, flower crowns, bikinis and dusty flip-flops. It’s at once the best and worst people watching you could possibly imagine. Turn your head in one direction and you’re admiring the way some girl pulled off the oft-worn fringe trend; turn the other way and you get a feather headdress in your face. But it’s basically a win/win so long as you have a sense of humor and a curiosity for clothes.

Once in, the first thing we typically would need was some sort of beverage. Coachella secret service makes you dump out all your water bottles to get in – as if we’re not sweating our butts off in the middle of the desert or anything. But once some water was procured we’d set out to take in some music, which is why everyone’s there, right? Not for the photo-ops, right?

Musically speaking, this year’s Coachella might have been the biggest yet. People probably say that every year, but seriously though, this year was the biggest.  Outkast came out of retirement for it. Nas used it as a platform to launch the deluxe reissue of his seminal “Illamatic” LP. Muse ended their world tour there. Pharrell brought out Gwen Stefani to cover “Hollaback Girl” with him. Beyoncé, Jay-Z, T.I., Usher, Snoop Dog, Janelle Monae – when it comes to surprise appearances, the list goes on and on and on. There was even a moment in Arcade Fire’s Weekend 2 performance when they tricked the crowed into thinking that they brought Daft Punk out to do a cover of Lucky with them. It was just a cute way to play with the yearly rumor that the masked musicians actually will show up to grace a stage at Coachella. Arcade Fire, you guys are so witty.

Megastars aside, Coachella 2014 boasted the most diverse lineup to date. Not only was the mashup-man, Girl Talk, on the main stage this year, but EDM had a huge presence across the board with the Sahara tent and the club-esque Yuma tent. Veterans like Fatboy Slim and Cajmere offered hit-filled sets to the aging ravers while young’uns GTA, Flosstradamus and Anna Lunoe all delivered stellar sets to a sea of raised hands and fist pumps.

Speaking of Anna Lunoe, this year’s Coachella lineup offered a deep list of female talent. From Lorde to Lana del Ray to the eccentric techno queen, Nicole Moudaber, the ladies rocked stages and decks just as well as the guys – if not better. We wish we could express just how hard Haim rocked on the first weekend in a sentence. But alas, only so much can be conveyed through a blog.

That being said, it was hard to catch everything that we wanted to see. We wished for cloning technology on the daily. Like, how were we supposed to rave to Martin Garrix and get nostalgic with The Replacements at the same time?! Our lives were so hard, you guys. You don’t even know. We wish you were there, or maybe you were. Regardless, let’s get to work on that cloning technology so we can conquer Coachella even better next year. See ya then!

Signing off –

Kate M.

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Lollapalooza Festival Guide

Lollapalooza Festival Guide

Festival season is in full force. With two months of great artists, events and tunes behind us, who’s to say we have to stop now? We’re packing our bags to spend a weekend filled with music and good vibes at Lollapalooza in the Windy City. Originally created in 1991 by Jane’s Addiction, Lollapalooza has come a long way and has featured some of the biggest names in the music industry. Take a look at some of our favorite artists to hit the stage this time around.

Friday:

Hot Chip: Originally from London, this electronic band spits out catchy tunes that will leave you wanting more. We recommend “Ready for the Floor” and “I Feel Better.”

Band of Horses:  Formed in 2004, this rock band from Seattle is insanely talented. Check out “The Funeral” and “Slow Cruel Hands of Time.

Lana Del Rey: Formally known as Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, Lana Del Rey is lyrically and vocally blessed. Check out hit songs like “Radio” and “Video Games.”

The Killers: This talented quartet has been rocking out to fans all over the planet. We recommend any song from the albums Sawdust and Battle Born.

Saturday:

Mumford and Sons: This British quartet has been creating a folk rock sound since 2007. We recommend checking out “Roll Away Your Stone” or their newest hit, “I Will Wait.”

Major Lazer: If you need a pick me up, head over to Major Lazer for an insanely fun time. Originally created by American DJ/Producer Diplo and British DJ/Producer, Switch, Major Lazer keeps the crowd jumping… literally. Check out videos from their performance at Coachella.

The Postal Service: The Postal Service has been pumping out romantically quirky songs since 2001. We recommend “Such Great Heights” and “Brand New Colony.”

Matt & Kim: This indie pop pair from Brooklyn is quite the duo. Their sound is so bright and funky that no matter how hard you try to resist dancing… your body will rebel and you will find yourself wiggling up a storm. Listen to “Daylight.” Another thing to note is that they make some killer playlists. Check out the one they created for us here.

Ellie Goulding: Not only is Ellie Goulding vocally talented, she’s multi-talented when it comes to playing instruments. The 26-year-old Brit has a unique voice that has landed her some awesome collaboration projects. Check out Skrillex’s “Summit” featuring Ellie, and “Starry Eyed.”

The Lumineers: Formed in Denver, this folk rock band writes insanely good lyrics and pairs them with their gifted musical skills. Dance the night away to “Flowers In Your Hair” and “Ho Hey.”

Sunday:

Phoenix: This alternative rock band has been around for more than a decade and they continue to put out catchy and high energy sound. Check out their newest album Bankrupt! Or, go for some of their older songs like “Run Run Run” and “Summer Days.”

Alt-J: One of the more—if not most!—buzzed about new bands. The unique blend of post-rock, folk and electronic elements doesn’t sound quite like anything else… and maybe that’s why it’s so addictive. Check out “Dissolve Me” and “Matilda.”

Two Door Cinema Club: This Irish powerhouse will have you dancing all night long to their new wave rock sound. Listen to “Something Good Can Work” and “Sleep Alone.”

Vampire Weekend: Formed in New York City, Vampire Weekend has a unique sound that is known to fans all over the world. We love “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” and their hit album, Contra.

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