STYLED 4 WAYS: THE ATHLETIC AESTHETIC

Don’t call it a comeback trend: “athleisure” is here to stay.

The last few years have seen a slow-but-steady blurring of the line that separates activewear from streetwear, to the point that the two are now nearly indistinguishable. Menswear as a whole has treaded into more casual, sporty territory, while activewear continues to adopt an increasingly streamlined, minimalist, wear-it-anywhere aesthetic.

And here’s where it becomes clear that this shift is more than a passing trend: with it, we’ve ALSO seen a general shift in public perception. No longer is it considered “lazy” or “sloppy” to wear your workout clothes outside the gym, and now more than ever, it’s seen as totally acceptable to mix activewear into to your everyday wardrobe — in some cases, even your work wardrobe.

The bottom line: everyone likes to be comfortable and everyone likes to look good. So when the stars align to make those two things happen simultaneously, repeat after us: YOU. TAKE. ADVANTAGE.

How, exactly? That’s where Laura, our Lead Stylist, comes in. Below, she shows us four easy-to-replicate ways to incorporate activewear into your everyday looks — WITHOUT sacrificing your style.

 

LOOK #1: MINIMAL + MODERN

Go for a cool, tonal look with head-to-toe black and grey hues. Laura’s picks: these space-dyed grey shorts, a simple black hoodie (the grey trim is a small detail that does a lot to tie the whole look together) and black sneakers with a bright-white contrast sole.

At a glance, this look could pass as high-end streetwear (closer inspection reveals essential performance attributes like reflective trim, thumb holes and bonded zippers).

Shop the Look:

AE Active Hoodie | AEO Longline Crew T-Shirt | AE Active Side Stripe Jogger

 

LOOK #2: STYLE MEETS COMFORT

Believe it or not, this outfit features the same grey shorts from the first look!

Styled with a classic chambray shirt, an olive-green varsity jacket and simple white slip-ons, they take on a whole new vibe — casual-cool yet totally pulled together.

Shop the Look:

New Balance 530 Suede Sneaker | AEO Fitted Baseball Hat | AEO Canvas Sneaker

 

LOOK #3: RETRO SPORT

For our third look, Laura created a sporty, ‘90s-inspired feel by pairing slim-fitting joggers with light layers and a modern graphic hoodie.

Added bonus: the tapered leg and varsity-striped trim make these joggers the perfect modern-day replacement for those old, baggy track pants (but they’re just as comfortable!).

Shop the Look:

AE Active Hoodie | AE Active Reflective Colorblock T-Shirt | AE Active Drawstring Short | Clarks® Trigenic Flex Sneaker

LOOK #4: WEEKEND VIBES

Our final look is proof that a few minor tweaks can completely transform your aesthetic.

Laura took the layered tees and joggers from our third look and gave them a sport-to-street makeover by swapping the hoodie for a timeless denim jacket, adding crisp white sneakers and topping it off with a fresh baseball cap.

The result? A laid-back, put-together look that you could wear literally anywhere. (Well, okay, maybe not to that black-tie wedding. You get the drift.)

Shop the Look:

AEO Reversible Embroidered Bomber Jacket | AEO Indigo Chambray Shirt | Reebok Club C 85 Sneaker

Show us how you are wearing the athleisure trend with #AEOSTYLE and tell us your favorite look in the comments below!

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Musically Inspired #AEOSTYLE: Looks For The 2017 Grammy’s

The Grammy’s are back and (dare we say) better than ever. With nominees like Queen Bey, Adele, Chance the Rapper, Twenty One Pilots & more, it’s hard to say which powerhouse artists will take home a golden gramophone. Plus, we can’t wait to watch once-in-a-lifetime mash up performances from Lady Gaga + Metallica and other favorites. “Major Key”: We were so inspired by this year’s artists that we created two noteworthy #AEOSTYLE looks that have all the edge that music’s biggest night deserves. Say “Hello” to our musically-inspired looks below, and let us know which performances you’re most excited to see!

You’re going to “Love Yourself” in this look. Put your look into “Formation” by pairing black and white pieces with a glam edge. Get “Closer” to style #goals by layering a black bralette under a white mesh tank and white jeggings. Channel your inner “Dangerous Woman” in black lace-up block heels. Finish your outfit with small details (our favorite kinds of “Cheap Thrills”) like a delicate choker necklace, a gold watch and a black crossbody bag.

Grammy's Inspired Style

SHOP IT: Mesh T-Shirt | Aerie Lace + Mesh Triangle Bralette | Twill X Skinny | Steve Madden Admire
Breeda Asper Rose Black & Gold WatchChokersCrossbody Bag

Don’t get “Stressed Out”. If “Blue Ain’t Your Color”, that’s totally fine. You’ll have “No Problem” looking your best in edgy, cool black & white pieces, the most “Famous” color combo. Find some “Purpose” and ground our #AEOSTYLE in slip-on denim sneakers. Turn your look “All The Way Up” in a black tie-dyed tee under a button down shirt & black destructed skinny jeans.

Grammy's Inspired Men's Fashion

SHOP IT: Flex Dyed Crew T-Shirt | Button Down Shirt  | Extreme Flex Skinny Jean | Denim Slip-On Sneaker
Metal Cuff Bracelet | Metal Round Sunglasses

Who do you think will win big on Sunday night? Tell us in the comments below, and use #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram to show us your own Grammy-worthy style.

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Introducing… #AerieMAN

Whatta man, whatta man, whatta man, whatta mighty mighty good #AerieMAN.

…curious? Our latest campaign is all about spreading the body-positive, self-loving vibes of the #AerieREAL campaign to a bigger audience. ‘Cause when we say, “The real you is sexy,” we mean ALL of you. Even the dudes. So, without further ado… meet the guys who inspired it all.

Introducing... #AerieMAN. The real you is sexy. Check out the full range of #AerieMAN Men's Underwear now at American Eagle, including the best men's underwear like cotton briefs and performance boxers.

MEET KELVIN: Kelvin is a body-positive style blogger, a lover of bubble baths and, as it turns out, a master of the butt selfie.

Introducing... #AerieMAN. The real you is sexy. Check out the full range of #AerieMAN Men's Underwear now at American Eagle, including your guy's favorite cotton briefs, polyester boxers and trunks and performance underwear.

MEET DOUG: Doug is a free spirit who lives by the motto “pants off, zen on.” Basically, he’s FLEXY and he knows it.

Introducing... #AerieMAN. The real you is sexy. Check out the full range of #AerieMAN Men's Underwear now at American Eagle, including your guy's favorite slim fit boxers, athletic briefs and trunks and cotton underwear now.

MEET MATT: What defines a man? According to Matt, it all comes down to his character. (And according to us, those abs don’t hurt, either.)

Introducing... #AerieMAN. The real you is sexy. Check out the full range of #AerieMAN Men's Underwear now at American Eagle, including your guy's favorite cotton boxers, polyester briefs and trunks and athletic underwear.

MEET DEVON: If the mark of a man is his ability to let go and dance like nobody’s watching, then let’s just say that Devon is truly the whole…ahem…package.

Want to let loose in your own pair of men’s underwear? Then check out the full collection now, including everything from his favorite the most comfortable cotton boxers to athletic fit performance briefs.

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March Men’s Trend Recap

At AEO, we’re always looking for the latest trends and making them our own. March was all about graphics and prints, and we had tons of colors & patterns to suit every guy’s #AEOSTYLE. We’re bringing all of the Spring vibes with these pieces, especially when you pair them with our new Flex/Shorts (trust us, you need these shorts in your life). Our Flex/Shorts are available in cargos, denim cutoffs & slim fits in basically every color you could ever want. And don’t forget the patterns there, too. Of course, we’re still holding true to basics as well, like our slim fit button down shirts and cotton tees. Check out all of the images below, and make sure you click the shoppable links to get these trends in your closet.

AEO LEGEND TEES: One of our favorite AEO staples, Legend Tees, are high on our list of March trends thanks to their versatility – wear them under button downs, paired with shorts or even to sleep! The basic tee shirt is a trend that will never go away. It’s always in style & always classic. This season, we have color options from the cleanest white to the brightest indigo, so you’ll always have the perfect tee.

MEN’S SLIM TOPS (PLUS PRINTS!): Play with prints from our huge collection of Men’s button down shirts, and definitely check out the Men’s Slim Tops Shop for the most flattering slim fit shirts (tuck ’em in or leave ’em out… the choice is yours!).

GRAPHIC TEES & AEO FLEX TECHNOLOGY: Step up your tee game by adding some Graphic Tees into your every day rotation. We think our photo real graphics and bold lettering pair well with Men’s Flex/Shorts and, of course, Men’s underwear underneath! Our Flex/Shorts are upping shorts expectations – these will move with you for any summer or spring activity, whether you’re still playing volleyball on your spring break beach getaway or your wrapping up the school year on campus.

What Men’s trends will you be trying out this Spring? Tell us in the comments below, or show us on Instagram and Twitter with #AEOSTYLE for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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February Men’s Trend Recap

As the month is coming to an end, we wanted to recap all of our favorite Men’s trend shops from the past few weeks. All of these shops can be found on AE.com, but we’re making it easy for you by picking out some of our favorite pieces from each and linking directly to them below! If you need some men’s style inspiration, look no further. Keep scrolling for the best of our Men’s Trend Shops.

AEO FLEX SHOP: We upgraded your favorite denim, underwear & shorts with high-stretch technology for superior flexibility. Last year, we introduced you to some of our best denim yet: Flex/Denim. Flex/Denim is made to move with you, not restrict you. Then, we took Flex one step further by incorporating this technology into our Men’s Underwear Collection. You’ll find everything from slim fit boxers to classic briefs and trunks that will pair seamlessly with every denim fit. And now? Flex technology lives in our shorts. Take a look at the entire AEO Flex Shop & find every fit with superior flexibility and  revolutionary comfort, retention & durability.

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Shop the Look: Extreme Flex JacketSlim Straight Flex/4 360 Jean | Slim Straight Active Flex Jean
Skinny Active Flex Jean | Green Flex Trunk | Grey Flex Trunk | Turquoise Flex Trunk| Grey Pattern Flex Trunk
Grey/Blue Flex Trunk | Black/Green Flex Trunk

MEN’S SLIM TOP SHOP: Our collection of button down shirts go with everything from your favorite jeans to new Flex Shorts. Slim shirts are the perfect topper over one of our Legend Tees, and they can easily be dressed up or down. Whether you’re looking a short sleeve button down for your upcoming spring break trip or you need a long-sleeve button down for a colder destination, our Men’s Slim Top Shop will have you covered.

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Shop the Look: Jaquard Short Sleeve Shirt | Legend Henley | Active Flex Slim Flat Front Short | Icon Cotton Boxer
Natural Leather Belt | Suede Boat Shoe | Aviator Sunglasses | Brown Beads Bracelet | Brown Leather Watch

MEN’S PRINT CONDITION SHOP: The biggest trend of Spring? Prints! Our Men’s Print Condition Shop has all of your favorite prints and patterns in the form of button downs, tees, swim trunks & sneakers. Feeling bold? Mix patterns in one look and really stand out. If you’re looking to stick to one color scheme, we recommend indigo. Our newest collection is full of shirts and shorts ranging from deep blue to bright sky, so check out our Into the Blue Shop for more indigo #AEOSTYLE.

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Shop the Look: Bleach Wash T-Shirt | Popover Short Sleeve T-Shirt | Short Sleeve Button Down Shirt
Oxford Button Down Shirt | Flex/4 360 Swim Trunk | Southwestern Print Classic Trunk | Lace-Up Sneaker

What Men’s trends will you be trying out this Spring? Tell us in the comments below, or show us on Instagram and Twitter with #AEOSTYLE for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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And The 2016 #AEOSTYLE Nominees Are…

It’s music’s biggest night: the Grammy’s! We’re bringing you #AEOSTYLE looks inspired by some of our favorite nominees. Take a look at the styles below, and let us know who you’re most excited to see perform and bring home a trophy. To set the mood, we created a remixed Grammys-influenced playlist. Turn up the tunes, and get scrolling!


Grammy Inspired Men's Look

Express your style “Freedom” in this look inspired by Pharrell.

Shop the Look: AEO Denim Jacket | AEO Chambray Button Down Shirt  | AEO Boxer | Skinny Core Flex Jean
AEO Reversible Belt | K-Swiss Classic VN Sneaker

Grammy Inspired Women's Look

Darling, you might be a nightmare, but you’ll be dressed like a daydream in this outfit inspired by Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space.” 

Shop the Look: AEO Lace Kimono | AEO First Essentials Strappy Bralette | AEO Sateen X Jegging
AEO Lace-Up Ballet Flat | AEO Cat Eye Sunglasses

Grammy's Inspired #AEOSTYLE

Stay forever young with this look inspired by The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face.” 

Shop the Men’s Look: AEO Legend Henley | Slim Straight Core Flex Jean | AEO Ribbed Beanie
Birkenstock Milano Leather Sandal

Shop the Women’s Look: AEO Lace-Up Denim Dress | AEO Slouchy Tall Boot | AEO Floppy Hat

Grammy's Inspired Women's Style

You’ll want to kiss yourself, you’re so pretty in this look inspired by “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars. Feeling ‘Soft and Sexy’? Flaunt it! 

Shop the Look: AEO Any/Wear Windbreaker | AEO Racerback Pocket Tank | AEO Tencel Jogger (Similar)
AEO Fedora | Shop the Jewelry Collection

What look is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below, and use #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram to show us your Grammy’s style.

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