How to Wear the Crochet Maxi with Poor Little It Girl

Every girl needs a statement dress for the summer and the Crochet Tier Maxi Dress is without a doubt that piece. With its soft cotton gauze fabric and crocheted details, it strikes the perfect balance of classic and bohemian.

Cathy from Poor Little It Girl puts her spin on one of our favorite Maxi Dresses by adding a pop of color.

How to Wear the Crochet Maxi with Poor Little It Girl

Meet Cathy:
Poor Little It Girl is a shopping and personal style blog by me, Cathy Anderson, with a focus on keeping things under $100. My mission is to show that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to find fashionable and quality items to stay stylish! Poor Little It Girl began in the summer of 2010 while living in NYC and has since become a perfect representation of who I am: a twenty-eight year old former fashion magazine editor turned Washingtonian that wants great clothing that all us “poor” girls can actually afford.
How to Wear the Crochet Maxi with Poor Little It Girl

What Inspired Cathy’s Look:
“​I wanted my look to be casual, easy, but still put together. So whether it was adding on a head wrap, a bold red lip or a structured bag – I loved the mix up of put together and bohemian vibes in one!​”

How to Wear the Crochet Maxi with Poor Little It Girl

Get Cathy’s Look: Crochet Tier Maxi Dress | Double Banded Sandal | BAGGU Leather Basic Tote (Similar) |Paisley Bandana (Similar)

How to Wear the Crochet Maxi with Poor Little It Girl

Show us how you style the Crochet Tier Maxi Dress with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the AEO Style Gallery.

Photos by Kimberly Graydon Photography

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Bold Prints + Cutouts with A Southern Drawl

Whether you’re heading to the lake or hitting the beach with your besties, your favorite Aerie Swim will have you looking and feeling confident in no time at all!

Picked the perfect suit and looking to accessorize? Grace from A Southern Drawl pairs her bold print Bridget Bikini with a lightweight Beach Shirt and straw Panama Hat for a weekend out on the lake!

Bold Prints + Cutouts with A Southern Drawl

Meet Grace:
“Hi there! I’m Grace and I’m a 22-year-old bioengineering graduate student, currently residing in Louisville, Kentucky, where I was born and raised.  I enjoy all things related to both fashion and fitness.  My personal style is always evolving! I created A Southern Drawl in 2011, and it continues to serve as a much-needed outlet for my creativity!”

Bold Prints + Cutouts with A Southern Drawl
Bold Prints + Cutouts with A Southern Drawl

What Inspired Grace’s Look:
“Lake weekends are the best kind of weekends!  I love getting away, even if it’s only for a few days.  I’m completely in love with this coverup from Aerie and this adorable bikini {did you notice the cutouts in the bikini bottoms?}.  Of course, I had to add their classic panama hat to the outfit to polish off this nautical look.  Also, if you’re looking for a perfect beach tote, then this colorblock tote is the one! It fits so many items, like a towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, and if you’re anything like me, the other 100 things that you decide to bring.”

Bold Prints + Cutouts with A Southern Drawl

Get Grace’s Look: Bridget Bikini Top | Hipster Bikini Bottom | Beach Shirt | Panama Hat | Colorblock Tote

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Bold Prints + Cutouts with A Southern Drawl

Show us your favorite Aerie Swim with #AerieREAL or #AerieSWIM on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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#AEOSTYLE ROUNDUP: Summer Whites and Blues

From Swing Dresses to destroyed denim, we’ve spotted some seriously awesome #AEOSTYLE. Check out our most loved outfits that we spotted on Instagram in this week’s #AEOSTYLE Roundup.

Swing into summer with our Swing Tank Dress.
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Swing Tank Dress
Wool Panema Hat

We love this laid-back look from @Candidlychan.
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Soft & Sexy Braided Muscle Tank
Hi-Rise Jegging

Beach-ready #AEOSTYLE.
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Favorite Pocket T-Shirt
Aerie Hi-Rise Bikini Bottom

Go classic this summer with AEO Shorties
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Hi-Rise Festival Shortie

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Follow Her Friday: Rachel Hollis

This week we’re inspired by the courageous, career-driven, body-loving blogger, Rachel Hollis! Her proud bikini photo received tons of media buzz and we couldn’t help but want to learn more about this beautiful, mother of three.

Aerie: We love your body positive message – what inspired you to share this photo with your readers?

Rachel: So many reporters asked me this and the answer is kind of silly. I theme my Instagram every month to a color and that month’s color was orange… the exact shade of my cute new bikini top. We were in Cancun and I thought it would be a cute picture and so I had hubs snap a bunch. I am no kind of model and being in a swimsuit feels especially awkward so the one I chose is the one where I’m laughing at how silly I felt. When I saw it I noticed my stretch marks right away but I figured plenty of my followers are moms and have them too so I just decided to post it anyway. I couldn’t have anticipated what would happen with that picture, it still blows my mind.

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Aerie: How did you get started with The Chic Site?

Rachel: I was an event planner for ten years in Los Angeles and initially I started The Chic Site as a virtual way to house all my ideas. At the time I thought people would want to see pictures from fancy parties but what I quickly learned was that they were much more interested in recipes and parties from my own real life. When I started to focus on my personal style (down home with a little fancy thrown in) that’s when the site really started to gain a following.

Aerie: What’s your favorite part about running a lifestyle website?

Rachel: There are a lot of things to love. I’m my own boss, which is a great feeling. And I work with an incredibly talented group of people that I got to hand pick. In the words of Confucius, “Choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Also, I truly love the idea that we’re being helpful to women who read our site. Whether it’s a recipe, a makeup tip or a tutorial on how to decorate your bedroom I want our readers to come away feeling inspired and encouraged.

Aerie: Do you have any advice you would give to girls interested in starting their own blog or business?

Rachel: Be yourself, everyone else is already taken. Seriously, there are so many businesses and blogs out there and the only way you’re going to make a splash is with a genuine message that is authentically you. Also, if you want to start a business you can’t treat it as a hobby. A lot of new bloggers decide to throw up a post here or there without structure behind it. Build an editorial calendar, collaborate with people smarter than you, take yourself seriously and others will to.

Aerie: Do you have a favorite quote or mantra?

Rachel: There is no such thing as luck, there is only preparation meeting opportunity at a moment in time.

Aerie: What’s your favorite Aerie product?

Rachel: I love a great t-shirt but I am such a sucker for a summer sweater! Haha, only in LA would someone consider the term summer sweater but it’s a real thing! You know the kind with a loose weave or the ones that are so light it’s like wearing cotton? I love them! It’s a way to feel cozy even if the weather is warm.

Follow Her Friday: Rachel Hollis

Aerie: What does being #AerieREAL mean to you?

Rachel: #AerieREAL is the idea of not just being comfortable with but grateful for who you are today. I love the idea of wanting to better your self, to become a better person inside and out. But that doesn’t mean that who you are right now (at this exact weight, with that exact hair, with your nose and your smile) isn’t awesome. Celebrate where you are, the real you because the real you is fabulous!

 Thank you, Rachel! Be sure to check out The Chic Site and follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

xoxo,

Aerie

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As Seen In #AEOSTYLE: Spring Into Summer Style

From Hi-Rise Shorties to destroyed denim, we’ve spotted #AEOSTYLE in some of the coolest magazines and biggest music festivals. Check out who is wearing our clothes in this week’s As Seen In #AEOSTYLE.

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From the deserts of Palm Springs, California to the Windy City, we’ve spotted summer-ready #AEOSTYLE.
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US Weeky: Hi-Rise Festival Shorties
People Style Watch: AEO Sunglasses
Windy City Style: Floral Hooded Windbreaker

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We spotted #AEOSTYLE in the desert of California during both festival weekends in Indio.
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Tomgirl Denim Jacket
Aerie Swim
Side Slit Maxi Skirt
Hi-Rise Festival Shortie
Crocheted Tiered Maxi Dress

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We’re seeing Spring-ready #AEOSTYLE from InStyle and Sincerely Jules.
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InStyle: Tomgirl Denim Jacket
Sincerely Jules: Twill Midi Short

Where have you spotted #AEOSTYLE? Tell us in the comments below!

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How to Wear the Jegging Crop with Polka Dots & Sailor Stripes

Summer is nearly upon us and it’s so close to shorts weather we can taste it. Before you break out the shorties, take a moment to appreciate all that is the Hi-Rise Jegging Crop.

Ashley from Polka Dots and Sailor Stripes shows us she wears her favorite style of Hi-Rise Jegging Crop below. Its legging-like fit, destroyed details and release hem make this jegging crop truly one of a kind.

How to Wear the Hi-Rise Jegging Crop with Polka Dots & Sailor Stripes

What Inspired Ashley’s Look:
“The truth behind Polka Dots & Sailor Stripes is that when I am not shooting or going anywhere special, I tend to opt for comfort. Generally, to me comfort means my favorite denim, whether it be shorts or pants…and a comfy t-shirt. This pair of denim is the newest addition into my closet, and I cannot believe how comfortable they are. Back in the day I was an avid American Eagle denim junky. It wasn’t until recently that I actually explored back into the store only to find out they have amazing black distressed cutoffs like these ones, and some of the best boyfriend jeans on the market. This particular cut is taking me way back to when the best of both worlds was found in my favorite pair of capris.”

How to Wear the Hi-Rise Jegging Crop with Polka Dots & Sailor Stripes

“The nice thing about these pants are the rips – they’re more distressed than most of the pants I own, but the patches behind the rips allow me to still feel 100% comfortable in them. I also love the ‘release hem,’ which adds a bit more interest with the distressed, uneven coloring.”

How to Wear the Hi-Rise Jegging Crop with Polka Dots & Sailor Stripes

Get Ashley’s Look: Hi-Rise Jegging Crop | Soft & Sexy Pocket T-Shirt | Aviator Sunglasses | (Similar)
How to Wear the Hi-Rise Jegging Crop with Polka Dots & Sailor Stripes

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

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