Top 5 Summer Style Essentials

Every season has its style staples, and Summer 2016 is no different! Each year, some trends change and some all-stars stay the same. We’re breaking down our top five summer style essentials for guys and girls to make putting together your new favorite look a breeze. Keep reading for our picks, and let us know what you’re loving this summer in the comments below.

GIRLS: Flowy silhouettes are a break-out hit this summer. Cold-shoulder dresses and tops are everywhere, and we love how versatile they are. Dressed up or down, the cold-shoulder look will keep you cool, literally and figuratively. Soft shorts are also huge this year – they’re one of our top picks thanks to their comfort factor & fun prints. Shortalls are also making a huge comeback this summer with updated fits, like crisscrossed open backs or a sturdier, standard overall look. Two trends that have returned from last year are the crop bralette and the hi-rise shortie. We don’t see these style essentials going away anytime soon, so get familiar with our latest collection filled with eyelet details and denim destruction.

Summer has arrived. We've picked out our top five summer must-have style essentials.

SHOP THE SUMMER ESSENTIALS:
1. SHORTALLS like the AEO Shortall
2. CROP BRALETTES  like the First Essentials Eyelet Bralette
3. COLD SHOULDER DRESSES  like the Floral Cold Shoulder Dress
4. SOFT SHORTS  like the Tie Dye Soft Runner Short
5. HI-RISE SHORTIES  like the Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie

GUYS: Get out your graphic tees. Updated patterns and prints, especially with southwestern feel, are popping up on our graphics t-shirt this summer. Likewise, trend button-down t-shirts NEED a spot in your closet. Print button-downs can be more casual than your standard white button-down shirt & perfect for a night out. Flex shorts in every color will carry you through any summer activity and complement your printed shirts perfectly. One of our favorite shoes this year is the slip-on sneaker, since they have an edgier feel than lace-ups & are super easy to pull on and go. Keep a lightweight hoodie around for when nights get chilly, especially in a cool indigo wash.

Summer has arrived. We've picked out our top five summer must-have style essentials.

SHOP THE SUMMER ESSENTIALS:
1. GRAPHIC TEES  like the Graphic Crew T-Shirt
2. LIGHTWEIGHT HOODIES  like the Tie-Dye Ribbed Hoodie
3. PRINTED BUTTON DOWNS  like the Print Short Sleeve Shirt
4. FLEX SHORTS  like the Active Flex Flat Front Short
5. SLIP-ON SNEAKERS  like the AEO Slip-On Sneaker

What are your summer style essentials? Tell us in the comments, or show us using #AEOSTYLE for a change to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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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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What to Wear to a Concert

Now that summer is officially here, it’s time to soak up some sun and listen to great music! Whether it’s a hometown favorite at your local coffee shop or a road trip to the next big festival, the options are endless. And don’t forget to dress the part by pairing a Crop Wrap Tank  with AEO’s Hi Rise Festival Shortie for essential front stage style.

What to Wear to a Concert Shop the look:  Crop Wrap Tank | Hi Rise Festival Shortie | Swedish Hasbeens Fringe Sandal | Pushup Scoop Bralette | Quay Cherry Bomb Sunglasses | Two Colors Floppy Hat

Obsessed with Ellie Goulding and Lana Del Ray? Don’t miss Lollapalooza‘s line up at the end of July. Rhianna’s performance at Budweiser Made in America Festival  should be reason enough to head to Philadelphia in early September. If you can’t make it to the east coat, Austin City Limits is sure to satisfy your musical cravings with the likes of  Kendrick Lamar and Haim.

If a solo artist is more your style, be sure to catch Selena Gomez‘s Revival Tour coming to city near you. Or buzz over to a Beyonce concert courtesy of Queen B’s On the Run Tour.

What concert or festival are you looking forward to most this summer? Comment below!

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How To Style Hi-Rise Shorties & The Hi-Neck Tie Side Tank With Hustle + Halcyon

The best of summer is yet to come… the season’s just getting started, and now is the perfect time to refresh your #AEOSTYLE. Some of our favorite pieces are both modern and bohemian retro, like our hi-neck tanks and destructed denim shortsPayton from Hustle + Halcyon styled our Hi-Neck Tie Side Tank and Hi-Rise Shorties with festival flair. Get to know Payton and the inspiration behind her #AEOSTYLE below. Love her look? Check out Payton’s past post featuring #AEOSTYLE, too.

Payton from Hustle + Halcyon styled our Hi-Neck Tie Side Tank.

Meet Payton:
“Hi friends! My name is Payton. I’m a life & style blogger and Texan who just moved out to sunny Los Angeles, California! I’ve always been obsessed with aesthetics and messing around with colors and textures in my personal style and through home décor, which ultimately led me to blogging about style. Hustle + Halcyon was born from the love of all things pretty, coupled with my affinity towards living a healthy, but balanced and realistic, lifestyle!”

Payton from Hustle + Halcyon styled our Hi-Rise Shorties and Hi-Neck Tie Side Tank.

What Inspired Payton’s Look:
“For this look, I kept it pretty simple because I wanted the crisscrossed sides and the texture of the top to be the real star of the show. I’m all about the neutral colors, so the suede-look top paired nicely with some western-vibe suede booties. I LOVE these shorts! They’re super flattering rolled up or left rolled down, and they’re so, SO comfortable! I added a silver collar necklace to liven up the neckline a little, a calf-hair cross-body to add in some extra texture, and let my hair just kind of do it’s big, blonde thing. I could totally see this look working perfectly for an outdoor summer concert!”

Payton from Hustle + Halcyon styled our Hi-Rise Shorties.

Shop The Look: AEO Hi-Neck Tie Side Tank | AEO Hi-Rise Shortie

Photography: XJENN3 Photography

Show us how you wear your Hi-Rise Shorties or the Hi-Neck Tie Side Tank with #AEOSTYLE for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery on AE.com.

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ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: SUMMER SHOULDERS

We’ve been thinking summertime for months, and now it’s official! Celebrate the first day of the season by baring your pretty shoulders.

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: SUMMER SHOULDERS

Shop Erin’s Look: Strapless Jumpsuit | La Playa Lace Padded Bandeau Bralette | Thong | Floppy Knit Hat | Towel Bag Tote Cat Eye Sunglasses | Half United’s Wrap Bracelet | TonyMoly Face Mask | AEO Huarache Thong Flip Flop

Show off your tan in our Strapless Jumpsuit, an easy look for summer days and nights. We’re obsessing over poms this season, so its pom trim makes it even more of a favorite. Keep it simple in black and white underneath and our La Playa Lace Padded Bandeau Bralette and printed Thong. Accessorize with Half United’s Wrap Bracelet and give back while looking cute: every Half United item sold provides 7 meals for a child in need.

Happy summer!

ERIN’S OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: SUMMER SHOULDERS

 

 

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How To Style The Soft & Sexy Babydoll Tee With Jo&Kemp

Now that summer is officially here, it’s time to break out of those sweaters and into short sleeves. Our Soft & Sexy Babydoll Tee is the perfect piece for your summer wardrobe. With just the right about of flow, this top is proof that style and comfort aren’t mutually exclusive. Kemper from Jo & Kemp styled our Soft & Sexy Babydoll Tee in an casual yet edgy way. Get to know her and the inspiration behind her #AEOSTYLE below. Love her look? Check out how she styled our Corduroy skirt and Fringe Open Cardigan!

How To Style The Soft & Sexy Babydoll Tee with Jo&Kemp

Meet Kemper:
“Hello beautiful people! I’m Kemper, my husband Jordan & I are style bloggers based in West Monroe, LA. We love life & taking on this amazing journey together. Fashion has always been a pretty big part of my life. I grew up with my step mom owning a clothing store, and I recently worked at Stylist Assistant for Duck Dynasty, which has led me here where I am today. Loving every minutes of this beautiful adventure.”

How To Style The Soft & Sexy Babydoll Tee with Jo&Kemp

What Inspired Kemper’s Look:
“Living in this babydoll top all summer long. The weather is definitely heating up here in West Monroe, Louisiana (100 degrees today) & this adorable top has me dressing the part. For me, light weight & flowy are ideal for the summer heat. Pair it with some cut offs for a more casual, edgy look or dress it up with denim pants (I think I would sweat to death in pants at these temps). Also totally loving the fun, monochromatic tie-dye print of this top. I sometimes like to give my looks an urban twist, and throwing on a panama hat does just that! AEO literally has summer covered, from your dressy date night looks to your casual beach hangouts, you’ll always be set!”

How To Style The Soft & Sexy Babydoll Tee with Jo&Kemp

Shop the look: AEO Soft & Sexy Babydoll Tee | AEO Denim Midi Shorts (similar)

How To Style The Soft & Sexy Babydoll Tee with Jo&Kemp

Show us how you wear your Soft & Sexy Babydoll Tee with #AEOSTYLE for a chance to be featured on AE.com.

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