Styling Tips: Spring Break Packing Essentials

Does it feel like Spring Break came a little early this year? We’re not complaining! If your trip is already booked, it’s time to get packing. We asked our Styling Manager, Laura, to pick out some of her favorite pieces from our most recent collection that you NEED in your suitcase, no matter where your Spring Break trip takes you. If a Panama City Beach Spring Break is your go-to choice, you’re going to need tanksshorts & the best swim gear – don’t forget a sunhat, sandals and a bag to carry everything, too! Is an alternative Spring Break more your style? Step up your style game in patterned joggers, or get to work in Flex/Denim cutoffs. Check out all of Laura’s Spring Break Packing Essentials below, and if you have yet to figure out where to travel for spring break… well, what are you waiting for?

GALS: Your packing game is all about the ability to mix-and-match for the ultimate Spring Break style without having to pay extra baggage fees on your flight. With the right mix, you can create several different looks for any occasion, whether you’re heading to brunch with your girls or hanging out on the beach. Be sure to take a shawl for cooler nights to throw over a strappy crop top, tank or dress! For days when you just want to chill, muscle tanks and shorts will be your BFFs. A trendy bag is the perfect carry-all so that you won’t lose your accessories, like sunglasses and necklaces. Last item on your list? Go-with-everything, beach-ready sandals!

We're giving you styling tips for Spring Break 2016! Check out our Women's Spring Break trip vacation packing essentials.

YOUR PACKING LIST:
Tops: First Essentials Strappy Bralette | Halter Sweater Tank | Soft & Sexy Muscle Tank | Paisley Mesh Shawl

Dresses: Lace Inset Dress

Bottoms: Print Soft Jogger | Hi-Rise Festival Shortie

Accessories: Round Sunglasses | Strappy Sandal | Straw Hat | Fringe Bucket Bag | Etched Pendant Necklace
Silver & Coin Charm Necklace | White Chain Braid Arm Party

GUYS: Here’s your no-fuss packing list – shorts, shoes & shirts. For warm days on the boardwalk or a sandy beach Spring Break beach volleyball tournament, you need clothes you can actually move in. Fill your bag with bold graphic and patterned tees, plus Flex bottoms to pair them with, from denim cutoffs to new Flex/4 360 swim trunks. Keep everything you need (sunglasses, sunscreen, water, other necessities) in a tote or a zipper pack and top off your Spring Break look with a tropical flatbill cap.

We're giving you styling tips for Spring Break 2016! Check out our Men's Spring Break trip vacation packing essentials.

YOUR PACKING LIST:
Tops: Chambray Baja Hoodie | Indigo Graphic Crew T-Shirt | Pocket Crew T-Shirt

Bottoms: Flex/4 360 Swim Trunk | Classic Length Jogger Cargo Short | Core Flex Denim Cutoff Short

Accessories: Patch Flatbill Hat | Sports Sunglasses | Zipper Pack | Classic Sunglasses | Slip-On Sneaker
Leather Flip Flop | Logo + Camo Patch Bag

What are your Spring Break plans? We’d love to see your #AEOSTYLE Spring Break pictures, so tag us on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery!

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Laura’s Tips: How To Wear Pattern On Pattern

One of the biggest trends throughout our latest collection is patterns and prints. We’re excited about the life bold patterns bring to some of our favorite styles like button-down shirts, rompers and tees. Patterns are a fun update to basic pieces and provide the opportunity to refresh how you mix and match your closet. Since the spotlight is on prints, we asked our Styling Manager, Laura, to show us a few ways to wear pattern on pattern. This isn’t as tricky as it sounds, and anyone can do it with a few quick styling tips! Laura says, “I love mixing pattern on pattern! As long as you keep the color scheme somewhat similar, anyone can pull it off.”

Laura recommends playing with the scales of prints (for example, mix a bigger patterned tee with a smaller printed button-down, as you’ll see below) or keeping the prints close in size for an unexpected contrast. Stick to the same color scheme or tie in one color from each piece to seamlessly bring the look together. Check out all three of Laura’s pattern on pattern outfits below!

How To Wear Pattern On Pattern Women's Outfit

Shop the Look: Ruffle Wrap Romper | Denim Boyfriend Shirt | Dolce Vita Ciara Espadrille | Metal Round Sunglasses

How To Wear It: Take it easy in this effortlessly sweet pairing. Make pattern on pattern work here by tying in the blue tones of the romper to a patterned chambray button-down shirt. Laura recommends tying the button-down around the waist to show off the scale in pattern. Finish off the look with neutral flats or booties to dress the outfit up – your choice! Add some mirrored sunnies for a cool touch that doesn’t overrun the look.

How To Wear Pattern On Pattern Men's Outfit

Shop the Look: Bleach Wash T-Shirt | Poplin Button Down T-Shirt | Slim Active Flex Jean
Lace-Up Sneaker | Clubmax Sunglasses

How To Wear It: The key to this pattern on pattern look is working in the same color family. Because the patterns are vastly different, Laura kept both prints in the blue family so that combining the shirts wouldn’t feel overwhelming. Khaki slim pants help to neutralize the bold top half, and sneakers keep it casual. Black top-rimmed sunglasses make the look street-style ready.

How To Wear Pattern On Pattern Women's Outfit

Shop the Look: Soft & Sexy V-Neck T-Shirt | Don’t Ask Why Soft Jogger Pant | Strappy Sandal
Triangle Pendant Necklace | Chevron Bracelet Duo

How To Wear It: Go boho in this vibrant, free-spirited look. Pair a patterned soft pant (we used a jogger-style pant here) with a tie-dye tee. Make sure that the tee and pants contain corresponding colors – in this case, a beautiful deep indigo – so that the pairing is deliberate, not haphazard! Tuck the shirt in slightly in the front, and pile on bracelets and a necklace. Finish the look with brown strappy sandals.

Show us how you style your pattern on pattern looks using #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery!

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Laura’s Tips: How To Style The Oversized Cardigan

If you love cold weather layers as much as we do at AEO, you’ve come to the right place. Winter is the perfect season to mix fabrics, patterns and textures thanks to layering. One of our favorite layers this year is the cardigan, thanks to amazing designs like the cascading open frontshawl collar, and drapey fit. Gone are the days of frumpy, boring silhouettes: enter the updated oversized cardi! We asked our Styling Manager, Laura, to show us three of her favorite looks and to give us some tips so that we can wear the oversized cardigan with confidence. Check out her tips below and shop each look to find your own new layering BFF.

How To Style The Oversized Cardigan

Look 1: Feminine Edge
Balance your feminine and edgy personalities with a chunky cardigan. Sticking to the same neutral color family makes it easy to mix textures and styles. Lace detailing on top and destructed, black denim below create an effortless look when paired back to a boucle knit. Finish the look with heeled clogs for a fresh take on the cozy trend.

Shop the Look: 
AEO Oversized Boucle Cardigan
AEO Lace Cami
Jegging
BC Like Clockwork Clog

Look 2: Retro Comfort
We love the subtle, retro vibes in this look. Make your look pop with a boho lacy tank that won’t get lost beneath a bold, waterfall cardigan. Perfect for a retro-meets-modern feel, add denim in an trendy silhouette like the Tomgirl jean, and complete the outfit with old-school cool Swedish Hasbeens clogs.

Shop the Look: 
AEO Draped Cardigan
AEO Lace Bubble Tank
AEO Denim X Café Tomgirl Jean
Swedish Hasbeens Slip In Super High

Look 3: Free-Spirited Cozy
Make a statement by wearing patterns + graphics together, and  let your free-spirited side shine. Wrap yourself up in this oversized, patterned cardigan and stay cozy in Minnetonka fringe sneakers. Contrast the cardi with a bold graphic t-shirt (from our Soft & Sexy line!), and pair everything back to denim in a unique indigo wash.

Shop the Look: 
AEO Patterned Cocoon Cardigan
AEO Soft & Sexy Long T-Shirt
Super Soft Indigo Jegging
Minnetonka Venice Sneaker

How will you style the oversized cardigan this season? Show us using #AEOSTYLE on Twitter & Instagram for your chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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