Follow Her Friday: Ali Mitton

Cue the cold nights, the cozy knits, and snowball fights! This Holiday we partnered with a new photographer, who just so happens to be our first Aerie REAL girl photographer, to help us prepare for one of our favorite gifting seasons. Aerie girls, meet Ali Mitton. This Gold Coast Australian native added just the touch of magic, simplicity, and elegance to make our favorite cozy products come to life. Read on below to learn more about Ali, her favorite parts of the shoot, and her thoughts about 100% not retouching.

Follow Her Friday: Ali Mitton

Aerie: What does #AerieREAL mean to you?

AM: It means honesty and confidence!

Aerie: What’s your favorite Holiday recipe?

AM: Christmas in Australia is summer! So I love barbecue seafood and fresh salads. :)

Follow Her Friday: Ali Mitton

Follow Her Friday: Ali Mitton

Aerie: What’s your favorite Holiday tradition?

AM: If I’m in Australia its swimming and eating all day, and running around on the beach. If I’m in America its making cookies with my boyfriend’s family and sitting by the fireplace.

Aerie: Did you have a favorite Aerie item from the Holiday line?

AM: I love all the fabulous Christmas print socks. :)

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Aerie: Cute! We love those, especially with winter boots! What was your favorite scene to shoot?

AM: All our snow scenes were super fun!

Follow Her Friday: Ali Mitton

Aerie: How do you feel not retouching the girls? 

AM: I love not retouching the girls. They don’t need it. No girls actually do. It’s just an industry expectation, a bad habit I love breaking. These girls look amazing without any retouching.

Follow Her Friday: Ali Mitton

 Aerie: What is your favorite camera to shoot with?

AM: A 5D MK III.

Follow Her Friday: Ali Mitton

Aerie: What do you believe not retouching means to young women?

AM: I think retouching has made us place unrealistic expectations on ourselves. We are all trying to live up to something that is not real. Retouching is standard in my line of work, its sad but true. I’m really excited to work with Aerie who is breaking that rule.

Aerie: How would you describe your personal style?  

AM: Relaxed, comfortable, and minimal. :)

Follow Her Friday: Ali Mitton

See more from Ali on Aerie’s Instagram, in your local Aerie store, and at Aerie.com!

Also, don’t forget to follow Ali now on Instagram.

xoxo,

Aerie

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Introducing Jenny’s Holiday Picks!

There are so many amazing new arrivals to love at Aerie, it’s hard to pick favorites. That’s what Aerie’s fit and style expert, Jenny Altman, is here for! Today, Jenny talks her absolute must-haves from the new collection that you need in your closet this season.

Read below for Jenny’s styling tips, and why you need her favorite picks in your wardrobe!

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Shop These Styles:

Sequin Bralette

Sequin Boybrief

Romantic Lace Bralette

Silky Thong

Boybrief

#1: The Sequin Bralette

“I LOVE sparkle for the holidays! A sequin bra is the perfect way to let a little shine show under your cardigan, blazer or button front shirt.”

#2: The Romantic Lace Bralette

“Eyelash lace is one of my favorite things, especially on a romantic long line bra like our lace bralette. This feels great on the skin and comes in such lush, beautiful colors.”

#3: The Silky Thong

“This fabric feels delicious (I wish you could feel it on the screen), and the colors match back perfectly to the Romantic Lace Bralette. Wear them as a set, or wear the undies on their own for a no-show panty line.”

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Shop These Styles:

Harper Pushup Bra

Sunnie Stretch Lightly Lined Bra

Boybrief

Mini Boybrief

#4: The Mini Boybrief

“So the boybrief is the perfect undie to wear with jeans…and the fox print is SO cute you’ll want to wear it all the time. Blue or pink – which one do you love?”

#5: The Sunnie Bra

“Sunnie is a favorite because she is SO fabulous! The deep plum color for fall is my new neutral, it’s sophisticated and rich, but goes under all of your darks as a black bra would.”

Jenny’s also loves our Sweater Cardigan to go over top of your cozy new looks!

She says, “This is the must-have cardigan for fall. Slightly oversized, super casual, this cardigan can go over anything whether you’re wearing a tank and pj pants around the house or running out to class in leggings. Plus I LOVE anything with pockets (I always need a place for my iPhone!).”

What are you crushing on this season at Aerie? Tell us below, or share with #AerieREAL on Instagram or Twitter!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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The Denim Dish: Holiday Collection Sneak Peek

dd1Every season, we put together a press preview to showcase the latest American Eagle Outfitters and Aerie collections for fashion editors, bloggers and influencers in our New York City showroom. A press preview allows them to visit our showroom and see our new collection, talk to our PR team about what’s new at AEO and mingle with their peers.

Our latest preview was for our Holiday 2014 collection… and we did it this past July! That’s right… we were in a sea of wintery puffer jackets even when the rest of the world was rocking their AEO Festival shorties and Birkenstocks. Our showroom was beaming with neon lights flashing “Get Down” in a fun reference to our down puffer jackets that will be available this October.

We also gave our editors a sneak peek of the American Beagle Outfitters collection. ABO started as an April Fool’s Day joke to help rescue dogs in need, but thanks to your overwhelming response, we’re actually making the collection happen for Holiday 2014! Instagram star, @toastmeetsworld made a guest appearance at our event wearing American Beagle Outfitters, which was definitely a crowd pleaser.

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Every prop, backdrop and styled outfit on a form took a lot of attention to detail. We even got to have fun with food, incorporating the theme of the season throughout the menu and serving items ranging from mini frozen hot chocolate to mini French Toast in our signature AEO back pocket.

Below are some exclusive pictures of our Holiday 2014 event. Be sure to check out the collection, which hits stores in November.

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Tell us which pieces you can’t wait to rock this winter in the comments below!

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#AEOStyle: Valentine’s Date Night

#AEOStyle: Valentine’s Date Night

This Friday marks the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day! No matter who you love, Valentine’s Day allows us to celebrate them more than ever.  Whether you’re keeping it casual with a movie or going all out with a romantic dinner, we’ve got you covered in #AEOStyle. Check out our looks below to help make this Valentine’s Day the best one yet.

Date Scenario: Keep it casual with an enormous bowl of popcorn, your favorite movie and your special someone.

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Jeans and a graphic T-shit are the perfect way to play it cool.

Shop the look:

Canvas Sneaker

Plaid Button Down Shirt

Signature Graphic T-Shirt

Original Straight Jean

Leather Belt

Date Scenario: Hang out at home with your VIP and pop in a romantic movie.

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Cuddle up next to your cutie in a heart themed sweatshirt and jeans

Shop the look:

Graph Hooded Popover

Favorite Long Sleeve T-Shirt

Skinny Jean

Slip-On Sneaker

Date Scenario: Dress up your #AEOStyle for a romantic dinner followed by a midnight kiss.

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Update your plaid button down with Original Straight Jeans and a cardigan for a look you both will love.

Shop the look:

Washed Shawl Cardigan

Original Straight Jean

Plaid Button Down (similar)

Canvas Slip-On Sneaker

Date Scenario: Dinner reservations at 7 for upscale dining with the one you love. Surf and Turf anyone?

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Feel fancy and flirty in a drop waist dress. 

Shop the look:

Chiffon Drop Waist Dress

Slip-On Sneaker (similar)

Check out our V-Day shops for both men and women online at AE.com!

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#AEOGift Roundup

#AEOGift Roundup

Throughout this holiday season, we asked you to share your favorite #AEOGifts on Instagram and Twitter that you were giving and getting. Check out some of our favorite #AEOGifts below!

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Gift Card

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Gifts from AEO

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Aerie Pretty Sleep Pant

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Oxford Shoe (similar)

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Gifts from AEO

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Festive Fair Isle Sweater

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Fair Isle Sweater Gift Box

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Festive Fair Isle Sweater

Marled Beanie

Printed iPhone Case

Express Yourself Pouch (currently sold out online, available in stores)

Earrings

Shop the look:

Fair Isle Crew Sweater

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Meet Aerie’s Top Model…Charlie!

Meet Aerie’s Top Model…Charlie!

We had the opportunity to sit down with Charlie, the pup who made quite the splash breaking into the spotlight this holiday season. Dana S., Aerie’s Senior Director of Marketing and proud owner of her new model-in-training, rescued Charlie from Animal Friends, a shelter in Pittsburgh. Her new best friend was an immediate hit with our team, as he accompanied her to the holiday photoshoot. One thing led to another, and Charlie just might be the next top model. Read on below for an exclusive interview!

Meet Aerie's Top Model...Charlie!

Meet Charlie!

Hi, Charlie! Thanks for taking some time to sit with us! Can you tell us a little bit about your background? 

I spent the first two years of my life in animal shelters. I was well cared for but pretty scared and timid…until my new mom came in!  We connected right away. It took a bit to get used to my new place, especially the stairs, but now I love my comfy bed and big yard… it’s home!

 Aw! What’s your favorite sweet treat?

Honestly, I can’t get enough Beggin’ Strips…it’s my indulgence. But I keep it balanced with healthy snacks like carrots.

Smart! With a rising star like you. It’s important to focus on nutrition. Do you have a favorite getaway spot?

Grandma and Grandpa have a rockin’ cabin in the mountains. I love to bird watch and run around in the woods.

Sounds great! So, what was your favorite part of the photoshoot?

Hanging out with all the models, of course! All that attention and love from such pretty ladies. So many ear-rubs and walks and thanks to the caterers for all the secret treats they gave me.  Shhhh!

Meet Aerie's Top Model...Charlie!

Charlie making friends and scoring a few ear rubs on set!

You lucky, dog you! What are your plans for the Holidays? 

This is my second holiday with my family and I love to curl up in front of the fireplace while everyone hangs out.

Do you have a special toy on your Holiday wishlist? 

I love to destroy toys so I really only have them for one day. My favorite toy right now is a penguin. But he won’t make it to New Year’s. ;) I love anything that makes noise.

Meet Aerie's Top Model...Charlie!

Ready for his close-up.

 What’s your favorite Holiday song?

My mom plays them all but I love Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You!”


You seem very trendy. What’s your favorite, on-trend Holiday accessory? 

My red and green bow tie. No doubt.

Meet Aerie's Top Model...Charlie!

Looking fashionable in his bow tie after a good, but long day at work!

How handsome! How did you feel when you saw your picture up in Times Square? 

Like a rockstar! And so humbled. I realized how far I have come and how many people have helped me get to where I am. From my pals at Animal Friends in Pittsburgh to my new mom and my forever home… I know I am the luckiest dog in the world.

Thank you so much so much Charlie! We hope to see you around the office again soon!

xo,

Aerie

#MerryAerie

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