How To Wear: Boyfit Pants

The Boy Fit fit trend is one of the most popular fits in women’s pants right now.  Some of you may be thinking, “what is that? –  borrowing my brothers jeans (gross), pants that are way too big for me, or used jeans (never!)?”  Nope, these pants may look like they belong to your big brother but are designed to fit a women’s shape.  They have a fairly relaxed fit, straight legs and should look a little big on you.  And the best part about this fit, these pants are ridiculously comfortable and can be styled to look uber feminine. To some, styling a baggier pant may seem like a daunting task, but if outfitted right, you’ll fall in love with this fit. So to guide you along the way, we’ve put together three looks to help you update your #AEOStyle and start rocking this insanely fashionable trend.

How to wear boyfit

Add a little edge to your #AEOStyle with a Soft Cropped Tank and Boy Pants

Shop the look:
Soft Cropped Tank
Khaki Boyfit Pant
Ankle Strap Sandal

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Boy Jeans and a plaid tank are perfect for relaxed #AEOStyle

Shop the look:
Boy Jean Crop
Acid Washed Plaid T-Shirt (similar)

How to wear boyfit

Get A+ #AEOStyle in a Varsity Crop T-Shirt and Splattered Boy Crop Jeans

Shop the look:
Varisty Crop T-Shirt
Splattered Boy Crop Jean
Birkenstock Gizeh Habana Sandal

Editor’s Note: When trying on this pant, make sure to choose a size that fits around your waist to avoid any bunching or sagging in the back.

Men’s Prep Shorts Interview with Ben. T

We sat down with Ben T., Assistant Buyer of Men’s Pants, Shorts, Swim and Fleece Bottoms, to talk about one of the most popular short fits of the season: the Prep Short. Read on to learn more about Ben and his recommendations on how to style the Prep Short.

Name:
Ben T.

Occupation:
Assistant Buyer of Men’s Pants, Shorts, Swim & Fleece Bottoms

Can you tell us about the history of the Prep Short?
The Prep Short was first introduced in the 2010/2011 Season. Since then the fit has evolved from a knee length, boxy fit to a trimmer fit through the leg that hits above the knee. This year we have introduced a noticeably different fabric with a small amount of stretch content for maximum comfort and wear-ability. We have also included a belt on the short this year for no extra charge to the customer. It’s been souped up.

Interview with Men's Assistant Buyer, Ben J.

Prep Shorts from Aqua to Floral

What are the new fits for the Prep Short?
Just one new and improved fit. The leg is slimmer and tapers slightly towards the hem. The short is meant to be rolled to an 8″ inseam, although you can style it however you please (rolled once to ‘’9 inch just above the knee, or unrolled at 10″ right on the knee).

The fabrics have changed, can you tell us why and how the new fabric feels?
This is my favorite fabric in our entire line. It is a dense twill with stretch in it. It feels really compact/ light and at the same time has a little give which makes it great to move in. It’s a perfect Summer short.

Any cool colors that you love this season?
Really excited for the Bright Rhubarb.  It’s a reddish fuchsia that you will not be able to find anywhere else. Imagine a lobster blushing. We also have a couple of really cool prints coming in, including a grey camo and a brown tropical that emulates a very cool Havana Yacht Club type look.

How do you wear the Prep Short?
The great thing about this short is the versatility. Like I said, you can cuff it or unroll it to suit your style. I love wearing them cuffed with a plain tee and a good pair of sunglasses. Super easy for anyone to get into.

Bens go to look

 

Shop Ben’s Go-To Look:
1. Legend V-Neck T-Shirt
2.Icon Sunglasses
3.Prep Short

Can you take the Prep Short look from day to night? If so, what do you recommend?
Switch out the T-shirt for a short sleeve woven or layer on a solid long sleeve oxford for versatility. Unbutton a few buttons and remove the sunglasses, unless you’re really trying to make a statement…

Why do you recommend the Prep Short?
Again, it’s versatile. You can wear it many different ways and fit it the way you like it. It is also currently our only short (aside from swim) with stretch. It’s basically the short design of the future.

Now we would love to learn a little about you!

What made you want to pursue a career in Merchandising?
I was always interested in big business but not so interested in working strictly with numbers and finances. With merchandising, you get to be very creative and hands on with your product. Your performance is not only measured by your bottom line, but also on the style and perspective you are infusing in your assortment. Great clothes are ultimately what creates brand loyalty and an excited customer base.

What kind of projects do you find yourself working on from day to day?
Most of what I do revolves around how to drive and evolve the business. If something is working well, I am asking why is this working? What can I do to get more? And, what do I have coming down the line that is like this? If something is not doing so well, I am brainstorming the opposite and making sure I don’t make the same mistake twice when building future seasons.

Five words to describe you…
Team player, risk taker, pizza lover, driven and adventurous.

Favorite destination:
Portland in the summer. That’s East Coast.

Favorite quote:
“Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’.”

First thing on your bucket list?
Travel for a year with a backpack and no itinerary expect for a list of must try street foods. (Try not to end up on the show Locked Up: Abroad.)

Favorite Band:
The Boss

Fun fact about yourself?
In my youth, I rocked both a mullet and a bowl cut for three years… each.

What does your iPhone say about you?
I organize my apps like a nerd. Not very exciting.

 

Ben's iPhone

Ben’s iPhone Home Screen that he sent us after our fast track interview

How To Pack for a Festival-Filled Weekend: Aerie Style

With festival season upon us, we are packing our bags with our must-haves for pool and groove-ready outfits. Shop our favorite looks below from what to wear on your flight out and your night out!

When it comes to travel, we’re thinking more cozy and cute style than airport chic. We’re traveling cross-country to Indio Valley this weekend and we’re leaning on some Aerie faves to help make the trip even sweeter.

How To: Pack for a Festival-Filled Weekend

Our first must-have? The new Perky Bralette!  She’s made with the softest lace and light foam padding. Fight the chilly in-cabin temperatures with our Dropped Armhole Open Knit Sweater. Complete the look with our chic, but comfy day-to-night pants.

How To: Pack for a Festival-Filled Weekend

Head out to the grounds in a light and layered look. The key piece? Our Signature Bandeau. Plus, you’ll love our new Body Mist, now available in all of your favorite Aerie scents!

How To: Pack for a Festival-Filled Weekend This Swim Cover-Up is a must! We love the pretty embroidered details and its relaxed drop waist. Pair it with this cute Bandeau Suit and you’re set!
How To: Pack for a Festival-Filled Weekend

Get tropical with our Blakely Beach Print Bikini!  Dress her up with our Tie Front Button Down Tank.

What’s your festival style? Tweet us or tag us on Twitter and Instagram with #AerieREAL!

xoxo,

Aerie

Men’s and Women’s Swim Fit Guide

Summer is right around the corner, which means swim is officially in!  We know that body types are as original as a fingerprint which makes finding the perfect swimsuit intimidating and feel seemingly impossible.  Fear no more — with the help of our fab stylists, we’ve put together a Women’s and Men’s swimsuit guide to help you find your best fit yet so you can be rocking the perfect #AEOStyle all summer long. Surf the collection below.

Girls: From boy-shaped to full chest and full figured, we’ve got a suit that’s perfect for you.

SWIMSUITS

If You’re: Boy Shaped.
Create curves with a Ruffled Bandeau Top and fun patterns.

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Shop the look:
Ruffled Bandeau Top
Tropical Floral Bikini Bottom

If You’re: Curvy
Hi-Rise bottoms help slim down the thighs and elongate the legs while a top with a under wire helps keep it all in place.

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Shop the look:
Cutout Corset Bikini Top
Hi-Rise Printed Bikini Bottom

If You’re: Large Chested
Choose a top with more support. Halter shapes are flattering for larger chests.

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Shop the look:
Retro Halter Bikini Top
Printed Bikini Bottom

If You’re: Full Figured
Create a slimmer look through your center with a one piece with side slimming cut outs. Or, try a tankini for more coverage.

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Shop the look:
Cutout Crochet Monokini 

If You’re: Pear Shaped
Try a style with a skirted bottom to help cover any worry areas. Fuller coverage on the back helps too.

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Shop the look:
Bandeau Tankini Top
Printed Side Bikini Bottom

If You’re: Small Chested
Use patterns and color to look larger on top. You can also use underwire padded styles to enhance your chest for a perkier look.

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Shop the look:
Embroidered Triangle Bikini Top
Bright Bikini Bottom

Guys: From Board Shorts to Hybrid, we’ve got something to suit your needs.

SWIMTRUNKS

If You’re: Tall
Find a pair of shorts that have a longer inseam and hits at the knee.

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Shop the look:
Colorblock Board Short

If You’re: Stocky
Try a Hybrid Swim Short with a 10″ inseam that elongates your legs for the best fit.

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Shop the look:
Hybrid Short

If You’re: Lean
Show off your legs with a trunk that has a 6″ inseam. A perfect fit for those who dare to bare.

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Shop the look:
Printed Swim Trunk 

 

 

Indio Music and Travel Guide

We’ve waited all year to head back to Indio, California to endure two weekends of sunshine, great music and lots of fun. This year, we’re not holding back as we tell you our favorite must- see bands, where to hang and what to wear.

Pack:
Guys: Going weekend 1 or weekend 2, or both! We’ve got festival ready #AEOStyle that will carry you through each weekend. Pack a pair of  cutoff shorts with Canvas Slip-On Sneakers and a tank top for the ultimate day look. Add a hoodie or button down for when the desert sun goes down for warmth that won’t hate on your Indio style and don’t forget to rock a pair of shades.

#AEOStyle Festival Looks

Shop Weekend 1:

Colorblock Pocket Tank
Destroyed Denim Cutoff Short
Striped Hoodie T-Shirt (similar)
Canvas Slip-On Sneaker

#AEOStyle Festival Looks

Shop Weekend 2:

Photo Real Muscle T-Shirt
Taper 5-Pocket Short
Canvas Sneaker
Workwear Plaid Button Down Shirt
Black Icon Sunglasses

Girls: Whether you enjoy jamming out to classical tunes or want to release your inner flower child, we’ve got #AEOStyle that will match your music personality. Rock a 90′s style inspired look with a LST & FND Pink Floyd Muscle Tank, High-Rise Festival Shorties, a plaid button down and Jelly sandals. Feeling more bohemian that 90′s? Pair our High-Rise Festival Shorties with a Cropped Lace Tank, leather sandals, and a fun backpack. Add your favorite accessories and shades to complete your look.


#AEOStyle Festival Looks Shop Weekend 1:
LST&FND Pink Floyd Muscle Tank
High-Rise Festival Shortie
Bright Plaid Girlfriend Shirt
BC In No Time Jelly Sandal

#AEOStyle Festival Looks Shop Weekend 2:
Cropped Lace Tank
High-Rise Festival Shortie
Perforated Bucket Backpack
Tie Front Sandal
Aviator Sunglasses
Longhorn Charm Necklace

Do:
Filter Magazine X Aerie Coachella Kick Off Party: Start the weekend off right by hanging with our friends at Filter Magazine and Aerie! We promise there will be great music, good people and goodies from Aerie. RSVP here.

Aerie

Beauties Chloe Bridges and Anna Sophia Robb from the Carrie Diaries stopped by the Aerie X Filter Magazine party last year for a night filled with fun.

Backstreet Art District: “Off the strip…but worth the trip” Stroll through a variety of artist-owned galleries for original pieces that will leave you inspired.

Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve: Take a hike and enjoy the springs, dunes and mesas that Palm Springs has to offer.

Eat:
Shields Date Garden: Chocolate covered dates, honey dates, date milkshakes…need we say more?

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Photo Credit: Sunset.com

Spicy Pie: A festival favorite! New York style pizza served by the slice. Enjoy your ‘za while listening to your favorite bands in the background.

Coolhaus Cookie Sandwiches: First pick your ice cream flavor, then pick your cookie flavor and what do you have?.. A delicious gourmet cookie sandwich designed by you! This sweet treat is offered on festival grounds as well so eat as many as you please, you’ll need the extra calories for dancing.

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Photo Credit: TastyTouring.com

Listen:
Dum Dum GirlsMadonna, The Stone Roses, Siouxsie and the Banshees – The Dum Dum Girls are a mix of all of the above and then some. With LA Rock style, these ladies have been making unfailingly hip music that gets stuck in your head since the early 00’s.
Listen: “Bedroom Eyes” “Lost Boys & Girls Club

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Dum Dum Girls. Photo Credit: MTVIggy.com

Factory Floor: These Londoners have been making live synth-based dance tracks for a handful of years now. But the release of their self-titled LP on DFA Records is what truly put them on the map. Prepare to dance.
Listen: “Two Different Ways“, “Fall Back

Kate Nash: An English singer, songwriter and musician is best known for UK number 1 album, Made of Bricks. Shortly after she released “My Best Friend Is You” and “Girl Talk” in 2013.
Listen: A throwback to “Foundations” and the playful “Merry Happy”.

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Kate Nash. Photo Credit: myignorantyouth.com

Ellie Goulding: Another British Beauty, is top on our list. From her first album, “Lights” to her second “Halcyon” that released in October 2012, there are a number of good listens we don’t want to miss!
Listen: “Anything Could Happen”, “Burn”, and “Explosions

HAIM: This all girl sister rock band from Los Angeles, Ca has been kicking some serious butt in the nu-folk meets 90′s R&B world.
Listen: “Falling“, “The Wire

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HAIM. Photo Credit: NPR.org

Lana Del Rey: Her brilliant lyrics voice her soulful emotions in a way that is different then a lot of musicians today. We can’t get enough of her alluring voice that leaves us wanting more.
Listen: “Blue Jeans“, “National Anthem

Check out our Indio Playlist for more artists that we’re excited to see!

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