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

Shop your favorite AEO Jeans HERE and show us how you wear them with #ICAN (or #WeAllCan if you’re with friends!).

Denim Glossary Fabrication

Denim Glossary Fit Specs

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How to Wear the Vintage Hi-Rise Jean

HOW TO WEAR SPRING’S MUST-HAVE NON-STRETCH DENIM

How To Wear Non-Stretch Denim The Vintage Hi-Rise Jean

Don’t get us wrong – we’ll always have a spot in our closets for a great pair of stretchy jeans (brunch, for starters). But it’s time to get back to the basics: as in, 100-percent-cotton blues. Iconic, authentic, good-old-fashioned JEANS, crafted from rigid denim that is just waiting to be broken in to fit your body perfectly.

…and that breaking-in process? That is KEY. Non-stretch denim is an entirely different ballgame. Like most great things in life, it is truly about the journey… with the destination being an amazing rear view (obvs) AND a pair of jeans that fits like a glove and will last forever.

Lucky for you, we have an in with one of New York’s most in-demand stylists, and we’re sharing her tips for rocking spring’s most-talked-about jeans.

How To Wear Non-Stretch Denim The Vintage Hi-Rise Jean

WEAR ‘EM ON YOUR WAIST

A high rise is CRUCIAL. It highlights your curves, lifts your butt and creates a naturally sexy and flatteringly feminine silhouette.

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SIZE UP, IF NEEDED

Keep in mind that these are literally non-stretch. As in, denim that does not stretch.

The first time you try them on, they will likely feel pretty snug around your waistline – almost a little too tight, even. That’s a good thing, because once you break them in, they will loosen up to fit you just right. Choose a size that fits your true waist snugly, and the denim will do the rest, becoming a little bit softer and more forgiving with every single wear. Alternatively, if you prefer a looser, more relaxed fit and would rather skip the break-in process, simply size up and carry on!

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MAKE THEM YOUR OWN

We love the timeless look of a skinny belt and tucked-in tee, but this is the perfect pair of jeans for experimenting with different silhouettes and layers to find your own unique style.

How To Wear Non-Stretch Denim The Vintage Hi-Rise Jean

SHOP IT:
Vintage Hi-Rise Jean
AEO Shrunken Choker T-Shirt
Aerie Lace + Mesh Triangle Bralette
AEO Perforated Belt
Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Amory Clog

Show us how you’re styling the Vintage Hi-Rise Jean with #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter!

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How To Style The 360 Extreme Flex Skinny Jean With The Nathaniel Manual

Comfortable jeans are easier to find than ever (hello, flexible stretch), but the real key is finding comfortable jeans that have the look and feel of rigid denim but with even more comfort to keep up with you all day. Blogger Nathaniel James from The Nathaniel Manual styled the AEO 360 Extreme Flex Skinny Jean by adding a suede bomber jacket for a look that’s totally wearable from errands to hanging out with friends but still looks fresh. Check out Nathaniel’s style inspiration & find everything you need to re-create his look linked below.

How To Wear The 360 Extreme Flex Skinny Jean With The Nathaniel Manual

Meet Nathaniel:
“My name is Nathaniel James, and I run my own menswear blog (The Nathaniel Manual). I live in Brooklyn and work in Manhattan as a social media marketer & photographer for a marketing firm. I grew up in Connecticut but moved to the city almost 8 years ago to pursue a career in fashion/visual merchandising. Somehow, my career goals ended up melting into my blog & my blog led me to my job today! You can find me snapping pictures down streets or grabbing a bourbon with my friends downtown.”

How To Wear The 360 Extreme Flex Skinny Jean With The Nathaniel Manual

How To Wear The 360 Extreme Flex Skinny Jean With The Nathaniel Manual

What Inspired Nathaniel’s Look:
“I styled this pair of jeans with the idea of ease and comfort in mind. I loved how the fit of the jean was extremely stretchy. These jeans were so comfortable, I found myself lounging around the house in them rather than my favorite sweatpants or joggers. With that in mind, I thought, “What would be the easiest thing to throw on if I had to run out of the house right now?” I utilized the classic pairing of a white tee and denim to add as my base. From there, I added white low tops to frame out the denim in white and added a suede baseball jacket/bomber. This helped add contrast while still highlighting the denim. To compliment the overall “sporty-ness” of the whole look, I added a baseball hat. All of these pieces helped contrast the color of the denim to make it pop against black and white. This is an easy go to look that doesn’t require any fuss & anyone can pull off.”

How To Wear The 360 Extreme Flex Skinny Jean With The Nathaniel Manual

Shop the Look: 360 Extreme Flex Skinny Jean | Flex Crew T-Shirt (Similar) | Suede Bomber Jacket (Similar)
Denim Slip On Sneaker (Similar) | Baseball Hat (Similar)

Show us how you’re styling the 360 Extreme Flex Skinny Jean using #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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How To Style The Vintage Hi-Rise Jean & Embroidered Bomber Jacket With Trendy Chickadee

If you don’t have a bomber jacket in your closet by now, it’s time to get one ASAP! This season, the bomber jacket gets a fresh update from the darker tones and thicker fabrics of Fall & Winter. This must-have jacket has a satin finish and embellished details reminiscent of the 90s, like embroidered designs and cool stripes. Blogger Molly Hogan from Trendy Chickadee took this runway staple and is showing you how to wear it for a vintage athletic look. Plus, she paired the bomber with the jean taking over Instagram, our relaxed fit Vintage Hi-Rise Jean. Check out Molly’s outfit below featuring the AEO Vintage Hi-Rise Jean and AEO Embroidered Bomber Jacket for some major old-school vibes.

The Trendy Chickadee styles the AEO Vintage Hi-Rise Jean and the AEO Embroidered Bomber

Meet Molly:
“I’m Molly, a Los Angeles-based boho style blogger! A few months ago I moved from the best, weirdest city on earth, Austin, TX to the City of Angels to pursue a career in blogging and advertising. My blog, Trendy Chickadee, is for anyone who is curious about fashion and cares about the story behind the brands we wear. I hope to inspire people to never stop searching for beautiful adventures, beautiful people and beautiful clothes!”

The Trendy Chickadee styles the AEO Vintage Hi-Rise Jean and the AEO Embroidered Bomber

The Trendy Chickadee styles the AEO Vintage Hi-Rise Jean and the AEO Embroidered Bomber

What Inspired Molly’s Look:
“I’ve seen embroidered bomber jackets walking down the runways of couture fashion brands, but I was struggling to find one for myself that didn’t break the bank…until I partnered with AEO! This bomber is just what I was looking for at a price I could afford. AEO took on this silky, colorful trend perfectly, so I paired my new bomber with distressed denim (always a favorite of mine) and headed to the beach for a fun day of shooting and styling. Hope you guys love! ”

The Trendy Chickadee styles the AEO Vintage Hi-Rise Jean and the AEO Embroidered Bomber

Shop the Look: Embroidered Bomber Jacket | Vintage Hi-Rise Jean | Soft & Sexy Ribbed Hi-Neck Tank

Show us how you’re styling the Embroidered Bomber Jacket or Vintage Hi-Rise Jean using #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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#AEOSTYLE Fashion Roundup: Step By Step

Building an effortless outfit can be as easy as 1, 2, 3… you just have to take it step by step! This week, you showed us simple but striking #AEOSTYLE looks. Making a great outfit doesn’t need to be difficult or complicated. Sometimes, less is more. That means jeans, tees & sweaters can your best friend. A few accessories like the right bag or pair of booties will elevate your style so that you appear more “out on the town” than “in on the couch.”

We picked out some of our favorite #AEOSTYLE images for this week’s fashion roundup. Take a peek at all of the great outfits below, and don’t forget to scroll over the pics so that you can shop each look!

LOOK 1:
@thefoldfiles makes a statement in bold stripes & a wide brim hat. Destroyed jeans take the look from classic to classically chic. Complete the look with dark booties and a small bag for necessities.

Shop @thefoldfiles‘ look by hovering over the image!

LOOK 2:
Play with prints like @goldiesarrow. A flowy, boho blouse is the perfect topper for black jeggings, and fringe booties bring the look full circle.

Shop @goldiesarrow‘s look by hovering over the image!

LOOK 3:
Think spring like @earlymorningblog! A nautical striped sweater is the perfect transitional piece from winter to spring, and when you have a great pair of sunglasses, the world just feels a little brighter. Don’t forget your destroyed denim!

Shop @earlymorningblog’s look by hovering over the image!

LOOK 4:
@another_day_another_outfit stands out from the crowd in mustard yellow jegging crops. A tiered, loose-fitting blouse is a great counterpart to tighter bottoms. Keep the rest of your look neutral if you’re going for colored jeans!

Shop @another_day_another_outfit‘s look by hovering over the image!

LOOK 5:
Wear the updated peasant top like @forallthingspretty paired back to simple, black denim. No need to get fancy when your shirt has great embroidery work! Finish the outfit with tan details in your shoes & bag.

Shop @forallthingspretty’s look by hovering over the image!

Show us how you’re wearing AEO this month by using #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured in our style gallery, or tell us in the comments below!

@goldiesarrow shows us her #AEOSTYLE.

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#AEOSTYLE Fashion Roundup: Add Some Edge

You’re constantly inspiring us to kick our #AEOSTYLE up a notch, and this week we definitely noticed a trend: you’re adding tons of edge to your outfits! We discovered that injecting edge into a look isn’t all that hard – all it takes is the right color scheme and key details like fringe and destruction. We saw tons of ripped and repaired jeggings, especially our new Jegging Ankle, and super-versatile shoes like unique flats and booties. Check out all of the edgy looks in this week’s #AEOSTYLE fashion roundup, and let us know how you add some edge in the comments below!

@sisterlystyle #AEOSTYLE Trend Fashion Roundup

@sisterlystyle

The ultimate edgy look: black on black. Ripped jeggings amp up the cool factor in this pairing. And black sunglasess? Required.
Shop the Look:
Jegging
AEO Black Cat Eye Sunglasses (Shop Similar)

@_oneatatime rocks #AEOSTYLE in our fashion roundup.

@_oneatatime

Pair different shades of denim together to do denim on denim right. Break up the look with a preppy khaki vest for an unexpected flair. Black booties keep the outfit grounded.
Shop the Look:
Jegging
AEO Western Denim Shirt (Shop Similar)
AEO Strappy Heel Bootie (Shop Similar)

@forallthingspretty rocks #AEOSTYLE in our fashion roundup.

@forallthingspretty

For a sweet boho look, pair a swingy, patterned dress with simple booties & a bag to match.
Shop the Look:
AEO Pattern Shift Dress
AEO Side Zip Western Bootie (Shop Similar)
AEO Street Level Reversible Mini (Shop Similar)
AEO Cat Eye Sunglasses (Shop Similar)

@ambershann0n rocks #AEOSTYLE in our fashion roundup.

@ambershann0n

A waterfall cardigan adds some structure to these destructed repaired jeggings. Add a bright tee shirt for a pop of color.
Shop the Look:
AEO Denim X Cafe Hi-Rise Jegging
AEO Soft & Sexy Favorite T-Shirt (Shop Similar)
AEO Pointelle Waterfall Cardigan (Shop Similar)
AEO Slouchy Tall Boot (Shop Similar)

@jaclyn.lune rocks #AEOSTYLE in our fashion roundup.

@jaclyn.lune

Everyone will have heart eyes for this look, grounded in classic staples like a peacoat and flats but updated with fun sunnies & destroyed ankle jeggings.
Shop the Look:
AEO Denim X Jegging Ankle
AEO Soft & Sexy Swing T-Shirt
 (Shop Similar)
AEO Lace-Up Ballet Flat (Shop Similar)

Show us how you’re wearing #AEOSTYLE this month by using #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured in our style gallery or tell us in the comments below!

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