#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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#AEOSTYLE Roundup: Denim Daze

Seasons fade, but what’s one thing that will never change? Our love of denim! This week, we spotted some denim looks you tagged using #AEOSTYLE that had us in a total denim daze. Dark wash, destroyed, cropped, white – you showed us major #denimgoals that we just had to share with everyone! Look after look featured little touches like cool jackets, knit ponchos and essential accessories from boots to sunglasses to wide brim hats. And can we talk about the necessity of basic tees? Short and long sleeve tees in neutrals like black and white paired back to denim are the foundation for an effortless, cool outfit. Check out each look from this week’s #AEOSTYLE Roundup below, and tell us your favorite in the comments below!

@cait_leary

@cait_leary

It doesn’t get more classically edgy than destroyed denim, a leather jacket & sunglasses… until you add a faux fur!
Shop the Look:
AEO Soft & Sexy Favorite T-Shirt
AEO Denim X Cafe Jegging

AEO Denim Jacket (Shop Similar)
AEO Tortoise Classic Sunglasses (Shop Similar)

@2bleus

@2bleu

Make your daytime hangout look easily transition from day to night by adding a beanie & jacket.
Shop the Look:
Super Skinny Active Flex Jean
AEO Military Jacket (Shop Similar)
AEO Legend T (Shop Similar)
Eastland Lucas Boot ( Shop Similar)

@courteink

@courteink

Military-inspired pieces like this jacket and destructed, slashed denim contrast the softness of a light bag and tee.
Shop the Look:
AEO Denim X Jegging Crop
AEO Military Shirt Jacket (Shop Similar)
AEO Soft & Sexy Favorite T-Shirt (Shop Similar)
AEO Triangle Pendant Necklace (Shop Similar)
Street Level Reversible Tote (Shop Similar)

@signingsteph

@signingsteph

Winter or spring? There’s no need to choose when you wear long sleeves & sandals. Add a little color with a fun necklace & dark denim.
Shop the Look:
Jegging
Don’t Ask Why Swing T-Shirt (Shop Similar)
AEO Petal Statement Necklace (Shop Similar)
AEO Strappy Wedge Sandal (Shop Similar)

@kelliekeoughblog

@kellikeoughblog

Ponchos are still super hot, and this unique colorblock pattern almost steals the spotlight from these deep indigo jeans.
Shop the Look:
AEO Colorblock Poncho
AEO Sateen X Jegging
AEO Foldover Cable Boot (Shop Similar)

@michelleorms

@michelleorms

Forget the swimsuit. Your new beach attire? Flannel!
Shop the Look:
AEO Boyfriend Plaid Shirt

@shannondidwhat

@shannondidwhat

If you want to know how to wear all white, look no further. Mix shades & textures for perfect monochrome style.
Shop the Look:
AEO Denim X Jegging
AEO Prescott Sweater (Shop Similar)
AEO Lace-Up Ballet Flat (Shop Similar)
AEO Wool Trilby Hat (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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#AEOSTYLE Roundup: Neutral Notes

Creamy whites, sandy browns and warm olives are high on our list of favorite colors this year. If you’re not into neutrals, this is your wake up call! Get neutrals into your closet now not only for their versatility (they go with anything) but also because they’re classic, staple colors that will flatter virtually every skin tone, hair color and eye color. The monochrome look is very on-trend right now, and we think that neutrals are a great way to work the style without feeling locked in to one color – unless you want to be! Mix and match neutrals like olive and tan for a gorgeous, earthy look, or be bold and stay in one color family by matching tan with brown or grey with black and white. And don’t forget the ultimate #AEOSTYLE piece: denim! Pair your neutrals back to destructed denim like our Denim X Cafe Jegging and our new Jegging Ankle or even our Sateen X Jeggings in green or black to complete your look. Check out all the neutral notes in this week’s #AEOSTYLE roundup below.

@missbethanykate_

@missbethanykate_

Icy, destroyed denim on bottom, winter whites on top. Add a scarf for texture and a bit of color!
Shop the Look:
AEO Denim X Café Jegging
AEO Soft & Sexy Henley T-Shirt (Shop Similar)
AEO Vest (Shop Similar)
AEO Striped Scarf (Shop Similar)

@katelyn_now/@abbyweedenphotography

@katelyn_now / photo: @abbyweedenphotography

Our heavily destructed Jegging Ankle balances out a more structured jacket and heeled booties.
Shop the Look:
AEO Denim X Jegging Ankle
AEO Denim Jacket (Shop Similar)
AEO Perforated Western Heel Bootie (Shop Similar)

@emmahonohan

@emmahonohan

Look street style chic in black and tan.
Shop the Look:
AEO Sateen X Jegging
AEO Lace Up Hammer Boot (Shop Similar)
AEO Joshua Tree Sweater (Shop Similar)
Street Level Bucket Bag (Shop Similar)

@rachelsayumiporter

@rachelsayumiporter

Get back to basics this year and lean on pretty grays for your go-to #AEOSTYLE.
Shop the Look:
AEO Denim X Cafe Hi-Rise Jegging
AEO Prescott Sweater (Shop Similar)
AEO Slouchy Tall Boot (Shop Similar)
AEO Panama Hat (Shop Similar)

@stylelullaby

@stylelullaby

Channel your inner bohemian and add a scarf for a cozy, mixed neutral look.
Shop the Look:
AEO Sateen X Jegging
AEO Open Stitch Poncho (Shop Similar)
AEO Chunky Ribbed Snood (Shop Similar)
AEO Slouchy Tall Boot (Shop Similar)
AEO Panama Hat (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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#AEOSTYLE Roundup: January Style

January has arrived! This is a tricky time of year for us style gurus because we find ourselves not quite wanting to give up our sweaters and vests, but with the promise of warmer weather ahead (and all those new Spring trends to try!) we’re sometimes quick to jump into the next season. We love the way you’re still embracing cold weather #AEOSTYLE while mixing in some lighter tones like blues and pinks. This year, we’re all about blue tones and destroyed denim, and we can’t wait to see the looks you come up with. For now, we’re showing you how to squeeze the last few wears of sweaters, scarves and furry vests with as much #AEOSTYLE as possible. Check out all the looks from this week’s #AEOSTYLE roundup below.

@shalicenoel

@shalicenoel

Spring into a new year with pink & blue cotton candy hues paired back to edgy destroyed denim.
Shop the Look:
Jegging
AEO Boyfriend Button Down Shirt (Shop Similar)
Aerie Faux Fur Vest (Shop Similar)

@chictalkch

@chictalkch

Oversized sweaters are better with destroyed jeans and heels. Add a scarf for maximum warmth!
Shop the Look:
AEO Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging
AEO Prescott Sweater (Shop Similar)
AEO Western Scarf (Shop Similar)
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@victoriaajoyce

@victoriaajoyce

Shades of grey and black stand out against stark white snow.
Shop the Look:
Hi-Rise Jegging
AEO Joshua Tree Sweater (Shop Similar)
AEO Flight Jacket (Shop Similar)

@prettyinpattern

@prettyinpattern

Mix prints, colors & textures for a fun winter look. Elevate the outfit with nude heeled booties.
Shop the Look:
AEO Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging
AEO Prescott Sweater (Shop Similar)
AEO Cable Knit Beanie (Shop Similar)

@thebrookedavis

@thebrookedavis

Keep the new year casual with your BFF the denim button down. Wide brim hat totally not optional.
Shop the Look:
AEO Western Denim Shirt
AEO Sateen X Jegging (Shop Similar)
Aerie Panama Hat (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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The Evolution of Denim in America

Denim is one of those uniquely American garments that has continuously been able to reinvent itself to suit the changing cultural and stylistic landscape. Starting as a simple workman’s garment, jeans have retained basically the same structure since the addition of riveted seams in 1873, a testament to their design. Building off that fundamental construction, jeans have evolved into a variety of styles their creator could have scarcely imagined.

Having started as a hearty dungaree – think overalls – the denim we see on the shelves today is as varied as it is unrecognizable when compared to those first pairs. So let’s take a look at a few styles that have ebbed, flowed and ultimately caught the attention of the fashion set over the decades.

History of Denim

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Western Jeans
Long thought of as a purely ‘Wild West’ fashion style unfit for the rest of the country, blue jeans were ultimately carried across the nation thanks to an unlikely champion: Hollywood.

In the 1930s, the genre of the ‘Western’ film became hugely popular, and with it so did the leading man’s uniform of choice: blue jeans. Made from medium-weight denim and decorated with elaborate stitching, this was a working man’s pant with an extra bit of flourish. Actors like John Wayne typified the kind of hyper-masculinity the style quickly became associated with.

Today, Western-style denim has become as popular as the musical genre, with Western jeans being more suited to the runway than the ranch. Though complex stitching still characterizes the style, the denim is much lighter than actual working ranch denim and typically incorporates a stretch element into the fabric.

Bell-Bottoms
Though bell-bottoms may be synonymous with the hippie/counterculture movements of the 1960s, they actually emerged as a style in the 19th century when the US Navy adopted them as part of its uniform.

It wasn’t until the 1960s, though, that the bell-bottom style was rendered using denim, and it took off as a stylistic symbol for a freewheeling culture. Both men and women donned styles with legs that flared outwards, reaching circumferences of up to 18 inches. Patches, pins and beading all became the trendy way to set your personal pair apart from the rest.

Skinny Jeans
Most of us might think the skinny jean is a modern style, taken to comical extremes by young skaters and punks starting in the early 2000’s. The truth is that skinny jeans go back over half a century, first coming into vogue in the 1950s with ‘Greaser’ culture.

Though not a new thing in fashion by any means, skinny jeans really started to make a resurgence in the early 2000’s when young male members of punk subcultures began buying girls jeans. It’s hard to imagine that at the time a skinny jean marketed to men was nearly impossible to find.

Today the extremes of the skinny jean trend have largely dissipated, with cooler and more relaxed fits prevailing.

What Goes Around Comes Around
Ultimately, trends in denim will always be cyclical, with certain styles appearing like new concepts, only to have been brought back from decades before.

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