What Is Denim: Your Ultimate Denim Glossary

 DENIM FIT SPECS

Denim Glossary Fit Specs

Denim Glossary Fit Specs

RISE

The measurement from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the crotch seam. In other words, it’s where on your hips the jeans sit. Every body (and every one of our jean fits!) is unique, but, generally a “high” rise will sit near your belly button and a “low” rise will be closer to your hips. Source

Denim Glossary Fit Rises

INSEAM

The measurement from the bottom of the crotch to the bottom of the hem.

Denim Glossary Inseam

WARP

The vertical threads in a fabric. Source

WEFT

The horizontal threads in a fabric. Source

Denim Glossary Warp and Weft

WASH

The result of washing and rinsing denim to remove excess dye. Source

Denim Glossary Denim Washes

DESTROYED, DISTRESSED, DECONSTRUCTED

Purposely marred for a well-worn, vintage appearance. Source

Denim Glossary Destroyed Distressed Deconstructed

HEM

The bottom of the jean, which has been folded back and sewn down to form an edge

STEP-HEM

A raw hem that’s shorter in the front than it is in the back. Source

RELEASED HEM

A deconstructed hem that has been unstitched and unfolded for a frayed look and added length. Source 1  Source 2

Denim Glossary Hem

DENIM FABRICATION

Denim Glossary Fabrication

100% COTTON (see also: HERITAGE)

100% cotton denim. This rigid, durable fabric softens over time.

CLASSIC STRETCH

Our original soft, stretchy denim.

DENIM X

Denim with an upgraded stretch that retains it’s shape and won’t bag out. Natural fibers give this denim a super-soft feel for increased comfort.

DENIM X4

Revolutionary 4-way stretch means fit from every direction. Top-to-bottom warp stretch lifts your booty and gives you the feeling of longer legs, while side-to-side weft stretch contours the leg.
These forces work together to increase retention, which means these jeans won’t bag or sag, so your butt looks great, wear after wear.

CORE FLEX

Core Flex is designed with just enough stretch to give a little when you stand up, sit down, pull ‘em on or off. It has the same look and feel as 100% cotton denim, with increased flexibility for added comfort.

EXTREME FLEX

Our most flexible jean might also be our most comfortable. Designed with the max amount of stretch for ultimate comfort. Extreme Flex denim truly moves with you, and bounces back to hold its shape after.

FLEX 4/360

Revolutionary 4-way stretch means this denim moves with you in every direction. Top-to-bottom warp stretch moves up and down with you, while side-to-side weft stretch gives you room to sit or step.
The bottom line? Jeans have never been more comfortable.

HERITAGE (see also: 100% COTTON)

100% cotton denim. This rigid, durable fabric softens over time.

SELVEDGE

Premium denim bound with a “self edge” so it doesn’t unravel. You’ll know it by the trademark white and blue taping under the cuff, on the edge of the coin pocket, and on the back of the belt loop.

We’ve upgraded ours with just the right amount of stretch to make them even more comfortable. Source

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Denim Glossary Fabrication

Denim Glossary Fit Specs

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Outdoor Adventures In AEO Flex Shorts

Now that warm weather has arrived, it’s time for your casual look to undergo a drastic change; trade in those sweaters & boots for shorts & sandals and get outside! Even if you’re short on time, there are plenty of adventures waiting. To take the guesswork out of planning, we’ve mapped out four short adventures you can do in a day… and the best AEO Flex shorts to go with ‘em.

Make the Climb
It’s as simple as getting to your nearest park, or even venturing out on an urban hike. Whether you explore the trails around you or blaze your own, your AEO Hybrid Shorts are designed to move with you, using revolutionary stretch technology.

Plus, some of the most challenging mountains on the planet might actually be right in your neighborhood. Need some recommendations? Check out Issaquah Alps & Cougar Mountain just outside of Seattle, Griffith Park in West Hollywood or Bear Mountain near NYC.

We’ve mapped out four short adventures you can do in a day… and the best AEO Flex Shorts to go with them.

Shop The Look: Active Flex Slim Flat Front Short | Legend Henley T-Shirt | Folding Aviator Sunglasses
Bandana | Straw Fedora Hat (Similar) | Teva Suede Sandal

Check Out a Show
Concerts always pop up over the summer months, so keep your eyes open for shows in your city. We can’t think of anything more fun than spending the day listening to your favorite songs, live.

For ultimate comfort, try our new Baja shorts, which mix the ease of athletic wear with a fresh beach-inspired silhouette. Our latest collection is full of solid and patterned options to really elevate your look. Pair your shorts with a slim-fit button down or a printed tee and finish the look with your go-to sneakers.

Go Paddleboarding
Nothing says adventure like getting into the great outdoors. If you’re heading out for a really active jaunt, pull on a pair of Flex board shorts or trunks. Each pair is made with 4-way stretch fabric so you won’t feel constricted as you’re moving out on the water. Plus, the quick-drying fabric is perfect for going from swim to street.

Grab your sunscreen and a tank or legend tee, and head to your nearest river or lake. Paddleboarding is becoming increasingly popular, so you should be able to find a spot that offers the water sport in your city.

Create a Backyard BBQ
Take some time to plan a chill backyard barbeque.  All you’ll need? A hot grill and something cool to drink! This short adventure starts as soon as you turn on the tunes. Play some yard games to extend the afternoon, and make sure you’re wearing your Flex Flat Front Shorts for an iconic look with ultimate comfort and retention. A revolutionary blend of cotton and elastic fibers helps keep you cool while you’re on the move or manning the grill.

What short adventure will you take this summer? Tell us in the comments below & show us your shorts with #AEOSTYLE.

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Your Guide To Finding The Perfect Pair Of Shorts

Summer is synonymous with shorts season. This year, we have tons of shorts fits in different lengths & fabrics, and we’re here to clear up any confusion about AEO shorts with this guide. Our guy’s shorts are now available in Flex fabric, which are perfect for summer wear because they move with you, making them even more comfortable for summer activities – day or night. To find your perfect fit, check out the differences between our newest shorts styles plus our outfitting tips below.

Flat Fronts Only
Flex Flat Front Shorts are the fit of the summer, and you’ll find that even if you’re rocking cargo shorts, they’ll have a flat front style. AEO flat front shorts come in various cuts and lengths, including Slim Flat Front Shorts and Classic Flat Front Shorts. These Flex fits will be your go-to summer short: they’re versatile & pair well with everything from tees to button downs. Since they’re available in Flex fabric, you can literally wear them anywhere… even to sleep! We especially like to match Flex shorts back to a graphic tee and sneakers.

How To Find Your Perfect Pair Of Men's Flex Shorts

Shop The Look: Active Flex Slim Flat Front Short | Southwestern Graphic T-Shirt
Clubmax Sunglasses | Lace-Up Sneaker

Length Matters
How tall you are can directly influence the cut and length of your shorts. If you’re on the taller side, get adventurous and try out a shorter inseam. The 9-inch inseam of the Slim Front Flat Shorts or a 10-inch inseam of Classic Flat Front Shorts will suit your height well. A standard short or longer length short with either a perfectly straight leg or cargo pocket details work well for most guys, so you might consider trying those first! Still lost? The easiest way to find your best fit is to the head to the fitting room. Try on several different styles, and you’ll know after a couple of tries exactly which short fit is meant for you.

Rock A Print
The biggest guys’ trend of Summer 2016 is printed shorts. If you haven’t given much thought to how you feel about prints, now is the time to test them out. Vivid prints make a bold #AEOSTYLE statement, and AEO Flex shorts come in tons of prints and patterns, so you can easily experiment with your look. Whether you’re feeling a paradise print, are drawn to polka dots or are more of a stripes guy, our best advice is to go for it. Be adventurous and pair your printed or solid shorts with a graphic tee and sandals for a look that will carry you through the season.

How To Find Your Perfect Pair of Flex Shorts

Shop The Look: Active Flex Classic Flat Front Short | Stripe Popover Short Sleeve Shirt

Dress for the Day
Different occasions call for different shorts – for example, you’d probably want to wear different shorts to the movies than you would for a volleyball game. For active days, AEO Jogger Shorts and Hybrid Shorts in lightweight microfibers with a lot of stretch allow you more movement and freedom. A bright graphic tee will move with you through any activity, and Birkenstock sandals are great for beach days. For those weekend festivals and chill nights with friends, Denim Shorts are comfy and cool. Pair Cutoff Denim Shorts with a printed tee or a button down shirt, and add a few braided bracelets for a subtle accessory.

Show us how you’re wearing your AEO shorts using #AEOSTYLE on Twitter & Instagram for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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How To Wear The Skinny Core Flex Jean With Oh Anthonio

If one of your 2016 goals was to step up your #AEOSTYLE, you still have time before resolution season is officially over. What better way to start the new year than with new jeans? Take the hint: it’s time to try a jean that’s made to move with you – our Men’s Flex/Denim. We partnered with Anthony from Oh Anthonio for a three-part denim series featuring some of our favorite new Flex fits. For his first look, Anthony styled our Men’s Skinny Core Flex Jean with a chilly, winter white vibe. Get to know Anthony and the inspiration behind his #AEOSTYLE below.

Oh Anthonio/Skinny Core Flex Jean

Meet Anthony: Anthony Urbano is an NJ native turned current New Yorker. With a degree in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University, he has worked as a structural engineer designing buildings in New York City for over six years. Not only an academic mind but a creative creature as well, Anthony’s interest in photography and fashion led him to create a personal style blog that serves as a creative outlet to share his musings on fashion, travel and lifestyle.

Oh Anthonio/Skinny Core Flex Jean

What Inspired Anthony’s Winter White Look: “This past summer, the all-white ‘painter’ look was a big trend that I was definitely a fan of, so for this outfit I wanted to do my version of that trend for winter. Personally, I love to wear white all year round, and although white denim might not feel intuitively wintry, it definitely works if you wear it right. I layered shades of white and off-white in different textures to add visual interest to this monochromatic outfit. The end result is a minimal but sophisticated winter outfit.”

Oh Anthonio/Skinny Core Flex Jean

Shop The Look: Skinny Core Flex Jean | AEO Legend T (similar) | Clarks Suede Desert Boot (similar)

Oh Anthonio/Skinny Core Flex Jean

Show us how you wear our Skinny Core Flex Jean with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the AEO Style Gallery.

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How to Wear Flex Denim with Drew Scott

Our new Extreme Flex Denim combines Dual FX & T400 yarns for our highest level of flexibility and comfort. Drew pairs our Slim Extreme Flex Jean with a basic tee and black jacket for the perfect amount of edge and simplicity.

Meet Drew: 
Drew is the director behind Imdrewscott.com and Imdrewscott video. Your daily dose of words, style inspiration and life comes from within the archives.How to Wear Flex Denim with Drew Scott

What Inspired Drew’s Look:
“DTLA is a fast paced yet stylish community of people. Finding inspiration from minimal silhouettes and unique textiles is my median. A simple white tee, nylon bomber and chunky boot adds the perfect amount of edge and comfort for my daily grind. Not to mention, that indigo twill we all know and love happens to be the perfect pairing for any outfit.”

How to Wear Flex Denim with Drew Scott

Get Drew’s Look: Slim Extreme Flex Jean | Surplus Jacket (Similar) | Legend Crew T-Shirt | Hi-Top Sneakers (Similar)How to Wear Flex Denim with Drew Scott

Show us how you style our Extreme Flex Denim with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the AEO Style Gallery.

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