Real Talk with Catherine Gignac

Get REAL with Catherine Gignac, AEO’s Manager of Digital Creative! Read on to learn more about how she uses yoga to help balance the stress of everyday life, her favorite pose and what #AerieREAL means to her.

Real Talk with Catherine Gignac

You’re amazing at yoga! How did you begin?
Haha, thanks! It’s fun to be able to go upside down and stand on my head. Those poses constantly push me to try new, scarier things. But really, that’s not why I do yoga. Work and life are stressful (so gross, right?) and yoga balances all that out. I can have a rough day, go to yoga and then feel completely decoupled from what was dragging me down prior to class. I get far fewer headaches because my back and neck muscles are stronger. I take myself less seriously because I’ve learned to goof around and take risks on my mat. I’ve felt my highest highs and my lowest lows emotionally while practicing, but it’s always healing and empowering to just be alone with my breath and my thoughts. Plus, no one can tell whether you’re dripping tears or sweat! Most importantly, like-attracts-like and the community of yogis at my studio has sourced most of my closest friendships in life. We support each other and often say, “Detox before you retox,” and go out together after my Friday night class.

Real Talk with Catherine Gignac

What’s your favorite yoga pose? 
I have a love-hate relationship with double pigeon. It’s a crazy deep hip-opener that feels so good sometimes and so tense others. Yogis often say that we hold our emotional baggage in our hips. We run on them, sit on them, drive on them and they’re the biggest joints in our bodies. When we slowly open them up, we also peel away at layers of built up emotion that we haven’t let go of — kind of like peeling layers off an onion. Sounds crazy, but it’s true!

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For somebody who is interested but hasn’t given yoga a chance, what would you say to them?
Just go and try it! Ironically, I hated my first class, but I found myself going to teacher training just a few years later. As a teacher, I always hear things like “I’ve thought about it but I don’t like the heat,” “I’m not flexible enough,” “Oh, I couldn’t do what you do!” but it’s not about that. I have students in my class from 11 to 72 years old (seriously!) of all different weights, health issues, and injuries. We encourage everyone to go at their own pace and do what they can. This week, a student of mine told me she’d been in a car accident and needs yoga to help rehabilitate her back. Another told me yoga helped her remain calm and get through the nightmare of having her newborn in the NICU for many months. Everyone comes to yoga for a physical experience, but if they stick with it, they end up having a total mind, body, spirit experience that few other forms of exercise can mirror.

Real Talk with Catherine Gignac

Real Talk with Catherine Gignac

Do you have a favorite quote or mantra?
My favorite quote is “You may think I’m small, but I have a universe inside my mind.” — Yoko Ono. I’ve loved this one for awhile because I’m pretty small in stature but I’m big in personality. Anytime I feel like I’m being underestimated or unheard, I think about this quote and remember we’re all pretty freakin’ powerful and expansive in what we can dream and accomplish. Another really great reading I love to share with my yoga class was introduced to me by my yoga mentor and it’s called the Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. Check it out, it’ll move you!

Real Talk with Catherine Gignac

What does #AerieREAL mean to you?
Ah, so much! I’ve loved watching the #AerieREAL campaign grow from a wee idea into a huge movement over the last few years. It’s the best feeling to have friends of mine, all in their late twenties and early thirties, tell me they’ve discovered Aerie and love, not just our undies and bralettes, but what we stand for. I’m proud of be part of the organization who decided to take a risk and start talking to girls in a way that we all relate to and deserve. #AerieREAL has inspired me to be less curated…on Instagram, in relationships, with what I say in my yoga classes. I’m unapologetically me, even if it’s means I don’t please everyone or say and do all the right things.

Real Talk with Catherine Gignac

Be sure to follow Catherine on Instagram @catherinegignac and Snapchat at Cathgig!

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How To Style Leggings With Laura

Leggings have been on our must-have list for the past several seasons, but we’re especially excited about our Winter leggings this year. We’re offering more variety than ever – sweater fabric, bold patterns, photo real prints and, of course, the basic, go-with-everything hi-rise legging. Because we were feeling overwhelmed by all the amazing leggings, we turned to our favorite Styling Manager, Laura, for styling tips. Below, Laura pulled together two different looks featuring leggings to fit every style, from sporty athleisure to cozy comfort.

Look #1: Winterized Athleisure
We love the way printed leggings look paired back to sporty sneakers. The gold details on these sneaks elevate them from the average sport shoe, making this athleisure look on trend. Keep it seasonal with a heavier parka, and play with color by contrasting navy and grey hues with a sienna hoodie and a vibrant winter hat.

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Shop the Look:
AEO Hi-Rise Legging
AEO Ribbed Pullover Hoodie
K-Swiss Belmont Sneaker
Wool Parka
AEO Patterned Beanie

Look #2: Cozy Comfort
Sweater leggings are stealing the show this season, so let them do the talking for this look. Pair bold patterned sweater leggings back to a cream sweater with cool side zip features, and add a bit of shine with gold sneakers. Let a grey bralette peek out beneath the sweater for a flirty finish to the look.

Leggings

Shop the Look:
AEO Hi-Rise Sweater Legging
AEO Side Zip Sweater
AEO Slip On Platform Sneaker
Aerie Lace Bralette

How will you style your leggings this season? Tell us in the comments below & show us using #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured in our style gallery.

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The Aerie Anytime Collection: the Everyday Sporty Staples You’ll Want to Wear Outside the Gym

Aerie girls need wardrobes that can go wherever our busy days take us. Aerie Anytime is a collection of styles built just for that! It’s made for real life…the comfy, mix and match-able staples that we go back to over and over. Thanks to the athleisure trend, our favorite sweatsyoga pants and sports bras are becoming comfy staples we can wear outside the gym, and we couldn’t be happier. No sneakers required!

We chatted with our Aerie stylist, Erin, and a few of our Aerie buyers to learn more about their loves from the collection, and why these pieces are about to become our everyday #OOTD.

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Yoga pants…not just for yoga!

Our Aerie Stylist Loves…

Erin: Aerie Anytime is one of my favorite collections! It is an effortless mix of sporty and pretty that’s easy to wear anywhere. Just throw it on, and run to class, coffee or yoga! The leggings are perfect with the fun prints in our Outta-Sight undie, and a great pair of joggers pair perfectly with the logo boybriefs. Aerie’s new tanks and t’s allow you to show off the awesome new bralette and sports bra collection. Love the sweaters to throw on over everything on a chilly day and love, love, love anything with a varsity stripe!

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Tango strikes a pose!

Also, Tango or, I like to call him, Tangorita (my kitty) is in the shoot, so I love it that much more!

Our Aerie Buyers Love…

So, now that we know all about how to style the Aerie Anytime collection, let’s talk product! Our Aerie buyers TaJ, Lauren and Sarah gave us the lowdown on their favorite items in the line.

Sarah: Personally, I’m loving the Stirrup Yoga Pant. It’s so trend right! I’m also crazy about our fun printed yoga pants. We’ve got some awesome prints. They have the fold over detail of our yoga pants, but have the great prints and patterns of leggings. Plus they are fun to print mix with our tunic tees!

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Everything goes with stirrups. Everything.

Lauren: The Crisscross Racerback sports bras are my current favorite. They are the perfect combination of comfort and functionality while also providing a little femininity to your whole outfit. The solid colors are great for a more everyday, easy-to-outfit look, but I’m partial to the fun and flirty prints with great matchback undies. Throw on a yoga pant and comfy tee over top, and you have a head-to-toe look for anytime!

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Upgrade your workout style. No sweat.

TaJ: I am in love with new logo boybriefs! The logo waistband trend is huge right now, and there are so many great colors to choose from. What makes them even better is that we have matching bralettes! It’s such a stylish twist on a classic fit. The Seamless Highwaisted Mini Boybrief is also a must-have for me. This undie is perfect for the girl that’s looking for comfort, cuteness and a little support. That’s really what Aerie Anytime is all about…comfy cuteness!

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An undie that looks super cute and supports? Win!

 Thanks for the tips! We can’t wait to try them out!

How do you wear your Aerie Anytime? Tell us below, or show us with #AerieREAL!

Xo,

Aerie

 

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6 different ways to wear Leggings

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Leggings, ahhhh, every girl’s dream come true… style, warmth and comfort come together for your wardrobe must-have for the fall and winter seasons. If your’e anything like us, then you probably own multiple pairs of the same exact legging and wear them over and over again. To keep your legging style updated and on trend, we came up with six different legging looks for outfit inspiration that you can rock all year long.

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Look One: The run errands, go-anywhere look. Pure comfort meets style in our Printed Legging (similar style), Jegging Hoodie and Reebok Classic Sneaker.

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Look Two: The perfect night on the town look. You’ll be the the life of the party in our Mixed Print Leggings, Henley Sweater, Vegan Leather Moto Jacket, Fitted Baseball Cap and Lace-Up Harness Boot.

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Look Three: Lattes and lunch, anyone? This may be our favorite of the looks. Pair our Ankle Zip Legging and Blanket Knit Cardigan back to our Slouchy Suede Bootie and Glory Hats Fedora.

LEGGINGS_1_8606Look Four: Friday night football game. Hi-Rise Legging, Classic Denim Jacket worn over our Long Sleeve T-shirt, and Textured Zip Bootie.

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Look Five: The campus look. Turn heads this school year in our Zig Zag Legging, Jegging Sweatshirt, Hooded Parka, Riding Boot, Knit Beanie and Geo Pattern Tote Bag.

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Look Six: The Sunday brunch look. Dine with friends in our Floral Legging, Over-sized Cardigan, Chunky Knit Loop Scarf and Double Zip Bootie.

Which legging look is your fave? Tell us in the comments below.

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What To Wear: Homecoming 2014

Start with a few bonfires in the backyard, mix in a day of apple-picking, and add a heaping amount of pumpkin-flavored everything. What do you get? Our favorite season, fall! With these traditions come two others that give us a chance to dress-up and bundle-up: Homecoming dance, and of course, the Homecoming football game!

Whether you are hitting the dance floor with your friends or you snatched a cutie from chemistry, you’ll love the way our stylist mixed and matched our favorite AEO and Aerie pieces. Start with the Maddie Multi-Way Bra and an Aerie Thong. You’ll want to pick a shade that is closest to your own skin tone. No undie lines here!

Then, she paired these must-have basics with an AEO Crocheted Lace Shift Dress and an over-sized knit blanket scarf (coming soon!)

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Homecoming games are known to be pretty chilly and you won’t want to be shivering while cheering for your team! We suggest rocking a layered look that is cozy and comfy. Start with your favorite bralette and leggings. Then, add a boyfriend t-shirt and a legging crew neck sweatshirt (the perfect pair for leggings!) Top with a sporty cap (available in store) and an over-sized blanket scarf to keep you warm. Touchdown!
SET11_9_30_14_AERIE_SM_HOMECOMING21257Have fun! Tag your pictures with #AerieREAL for a chance to be regrammed or retweeted!

xoxo,

Aerie

 

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Fall Bottoms 4 Ways: #OOTD for Class

When you’re running out the door and need an outfit that’s comfy AND cute, reach for this no-fuss style from our fit and style expert, Jenny Altman. You won’t be hitting the snooze button on your style with the bold colors in our Printed Hi-Rise Leggings. They’re an unexpected alternative to your basic pair. And let’s face it, you can only wear a stretched-out hoodie and the same boring black leggings to class a few times before people start to notice (we’re all guilty!).

Check out Jenny’s tips below for looking pulled-together when you really just rolled out of bed.

 

We give this look an A+ for style! For more of Jenny’s tips on wearing and pairing our new Aerie bottoms, check out her Lazy Sunday styled look!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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