#AerieSupports NEDA—Celebrating 5 years of our partnership!

For the 5th year in a row we are proud to celebrate our partnership with NEDA, a non-profit that supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. Read on below to learn more about our partnership with NEDA and how you can get involved.#AerieSupports NEDA—Celebrating 5 years of our partnership!

#AerieSupports NEDA—Celebrating 5 years of our partnership!

This year, we’re excited to bring you more styles than ever that you can shop to support NEDA! 100% of sales of our limited-edition tanks and undies benefit NEDA. 
#AerieSupports NEDA—Celebrating 5 years of our partnership!

Aerie sponsors all NEDA walks across the country that raise funds for advocacy and educational programs and provide support for local communities. To find a walk near you, head here.

#AerieSupports NEDA—Celebrating 5 years of our partnership!

Check out www.Aerie.com/AerieSupports and www.MyNEDA.org to learn more about NEDA and for additional resources. And always remember to love the REAL you!

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Love The Swim You’re In Is Back & Bigger Than Ever!

For the fourth year in a row, we want YOU to LOVE THE SWIM YOU’RE IN! Last year, you helped us raise $30K for the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), making it our most successful year yet. But we’re not done.

Created by stop-motion artist @BeccaClason.

This year – we’re taking our goal to all new heights! All swim season, we’ll donate $1 (this year up to $50,000!) to NEDA for every unretouched swim photo or video you share with #AerieREAL @Aerie. Start sharing and you could also be featured on social or in our store windows!

Follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and start sharing using #AerieREAL @Aerie. Tell us why you love the swim you’re in, and encourage your friends to share, too. Because EVERY body is a perfect beach body.

 

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Real Talk With Erin Drischler Of The Garment Project

Erin Drischler founded The Garment Project, a non-profit that aims to empower women recovering from eating disorders by providing them with new, size-less clothing, individualized for their healthy bodies and lifestyles. We got to know Erin and the story behind her incredible non-profit—read on for more.

Real Talk With Erin Drischler Of The Garment Project

 

What inspired you to start The Garment Project?

I wanted to start telling a different story. There were so many years where I felt stuck in a loop as the ‘sick girl’. I decided that I want to be a voice for those who feel that same hopelessness. For me, clothing and sizing was a huge part of my eating disorder recovery. Returning home from treatment to a closet full of clothes that didn’t fit my body or soul is a struggle that not many in recovery think of prior to it staring them in the face for the first time. Between my fiancé, Jordan, and myself, our careers, hobbies, and talents seemed to give us the expertise needed to try to make a difference.

We recognized that there needed to be a way for someone to maintain their focus on recovery and not their size, even when finding new clothes. We decided that partnering directly with treatment facilities would give us the information we needed about each candidate Garment works with in a private and healthy way. From there, we needed to give each individual a unique shopping experience. Garment created an online tool that allows us to make a new, personalized shopping page for each candidate containing only items in our inventory that we believe matches both their needs and lifestyle. With the help of hard-working and talented people, we believe Garment will change the recovery process and a lot of lives along the way.

Can you tell us a bit more about the power sizing in clothing can have over women and what they can do to overcome it?

Each time I went through treatment, I would learn new skills or bits of information that would improve some of my behaviors and way of thinking. I would usually leave with a feeling of confidence and that I had worked hard to make important changes in my lifestyle. Yet I would find myself in the same place: back at home, day one of no longer having the security of an inpatient treatment team, trying to get ready for class. I was alone in my room staring at a closet full of clothes that no longer fit my body or recovered lifestyle. It was a terrible feeling.

For a long time I used clothes to fuel my eating disorder. It isn’t uncommon to use clothing sizes as benchmarks. I kept and used my old clothes as a means of body checking, or seeing if weight had been gained or not. After several cycles through the treatment loop, I had been convinced to throw away my scale. My eating disorder didn’t need a scale anymore because I had my ‘sick clothes’. I remember one dress in particular that would reveal my current weight based on how it fit. I didn’t have the financial stability or even the courage to box everything up and start over.

Clothing and fashion are personal and powerful ways to express yourself. It is exciting and the easiest way to express your individuality. I was missing the thing I used to love about getting dressed each day. I wanted to be able to pick my outfit based on my mood or whatever side of my personality was stronger that morning, but I was stuck with a wardrobe that had so many negative associations attached to it that I couldn’t feel confident about anything that I had to choose from.

What’s next for The Garment Project?

We are focused on bettering our service and expanding our reach. This year, we are going to be working hard to spread our message and let people know that we’re a resource for people who have done amazing work for themselves and are learning how to lead a healthier life. Of course, Garment is always learning and growing too. It’s a priority for us to be able to expand our service to men and hopefully we’ll make significant progress on that this year as well.

What makes you #AerieREAL?

It took a few years of practice and slips, but I have a completely new relationship with food, my body, and myself. My eating disordered thoughts once consumed my life, paralyzing me from living a life I was proud of. I am three years into recovery and I still feel pride and excitement when I catch myself in control. I eat when I’m hungry and until I am full, and I always order exactly what I want. When I look at a photo of myself, I no longer examine every dimple or imperfection. I am able to see the happiness on my face because that’s what is most important to me now. I learned how to be more patient with people I care about, and forgive others when they might not have met my expectations. The food finally came second to the relationships, which was one of the most important steps in accepting my recovery.

Living this recovered life had not only led me to accept my body and soul, but truly love and embrace what I have to offer. I’m proud of my recovery and the messy, motivating experiences I went through. It is important to us that we be champions of recovery and show those that are struggling how beautiful recovered life can be.

 

Want to learn more about The Garment Project? Check out their website here.

 

 

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STYLIST’S PICKS: LOVE YOURSELF!

Show your support! In honor of #NEDAwareness week, Erin styled 3 looks featuring our limited-edition NEDA tee & undies, with 100% of sales of each item benefitting the non-profit that supports those affected by eating disorders. This week, these are more than just 3 outfits. They’re 3 ways to love yourself, just as you are!

STYLIST'S PICKS: LOVE YOURSELF!

#1: WEAR WHAT FEELS GOOD

Bralettes are always the obvious choice when you want to wear something that makes you feel good. Put this Padded Plunge Bralette under your Limited-Edition NEDA Tee, wear your fave jean shorts for sunshine and accessorize with our Denim Baseball Hat and So Fly Aviator Sunnies.

 

 

STYLIST'S PICKS: LOVE YOURSELF!

#2: TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

Chill. Play. Move. Leggings are always the best way to show yourself some love. Tie up your tee and pair it with our new printed Move High Waisted Legging, and wear our Play Strappy Back Sports Bra underneath to be ready for whatever your day brings.

 

 

STYLIST'S PICKS: LOVE YOURSELF!

#3: LOVE THE SWIM YOU’RE IN!

Bring body positivity to the beach and beyond! Sport your Super Scoop One Piece Swimsuit even more proudly by wearing your NEDA Tee on top, and add our super soft Denim Short on the bottom when you’re out of the pool. And remember…. for every unretouched swim photo you share with #AerieREAL, we’ll donate $1 (up to $25K) to NEDA. Because EVERY body is a beach body.

 

 

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Strong. Beautiful. YOU!

Strong. Beautiful. YOU!

We’re so proud to celebrate our fourth year partnering with NEDA, a non-profit that supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. Aerie sponsors all NEDA walks across the country that help raise money for advocacy and educational programs and provide support for local communities.

Strong. Beautiful. YOU!

Along with our sponsorship, #AerieREAL Role Model, Iskra Lawrence, will continue to partner with the non-profit as a NEDA Ambassador and attend walks throughout the year. Iskra is always open about her personal journey of learning to accept her body and love her REAL self, and her brave story helps encourage others to do the same.

Strong. Beautiful. YOU!As always, we’re launching a limited-edition collection so you can shop to support NEDA. This year, not only did we bring back our Limited-Edition NEDA Tee, but we also added three styles of NEDA undies! Shop the tee and boybriefs and we’ll donate 100% of sales to NEDA. Want to show your support instead? This spring and summer, we’ll donate $1 (now up to $25,000!) to NEDA for every unretouched swim photo or video you share with #AerieREAL.

Check out Aerie.com/AerieSupports and MyNEDA.org to learn more about NEDA and for additional resources. Always remember… love yourself just as you are. YOU are #AerieREAL!

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Love The Swim You’re In Is BACK!

For the third year in a row, we want #AerieREAL girls everywhere to LOVE THE SWIM YOU’RE IN! Last year, you helped us raise more than $15K for the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).

Check out some inspo from the amazing photos YOU posted last year.

This year, our campaign is back and bigger than ever! This spring and summer, we’ll donate $1 (now up to $25,000!) to NEDA for every unretouched swim photo or video you share with #AerieREAL. Start sharing and YOU could be featured on social or in our store windows this spring and summer!

Follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and start sharing! Tell us why you love the swim you’re in, and encourage your friends to share, too. Because EVERY body is a perfect beach body..

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