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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As Seen In #AEOSTYLE: Spring Fling

This edition of As Seen In #AEOSTYLE has us swooning over warm weather pieces like shorts, denim skirts, dresses and sandals! We’re ready for a spring fling, and from the looks of it, you are, too! This week, we spotted #AEOSTYLE in publications like Cosmo!, Seventeen & People StyleWatch, and we’re definitely feeling the excitement around our Spring collection building (even though the snow is building outside… but we can dream, right?). Check out all of the looks below and get started your Spring #AEOSTYLE wishlist.

As Seen In #AEOSTYLE

Let’s talk shoes. Fringe is huge this season, and we’re offering it in your favorite boots and sandals. We love the boho, free-spirited vibes that fringe brings to any outfit. Plus, it looks great paired with anything from your favorite maxi dress to your go-to pair of hi-rise denim.

On to dresses and skirts– we have literally every fit and color you could want for Spring, so you’re definitely going to find your new favorite maxi, midi, fit-and-flare or even a denim skirt (yep, they’re back again!). Add touches of color to your look with accessories like scarves and hats.

Since denim is synonymous with #AEOSTYLE, we can’t forget to mention the latest updates to our denim collection – Denim X and Flex/Denim technology in shorts! If you thought you loved our Denim X jeans, you’re going to love them in shorts form, too. If you’re not quite ready for shorts yet, utilize denim in other parts of your look, like a button-down or vest.

Shop the Looks:
Seventeen:
AEO Fringe Sandal… Coming Soon! Shop Similar
Cosmopolitan:  
Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie
Life & Style:
AEO Denim Mini Skirt
People StyleWatch:
AEO Hi Rise Jegging
AEO Denim Western Shirt
AEO Lace Overlay Dress
AEO Off-The-Shoulder Maxi
AEO Denim Vest
AEO Denim Button Down Skirt
AEO Wool Trilby Hat
AEO Layered Fringe Heel
Scarf… Coming Soon! Shop Similar
Necklace… Coming Soon! Shop Similar

Where have you spotted #AEOSTYLE this week? 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: Soft Dressing featuring Fashion Blogger Rima Vaidila

#AEOSTYLE: Soft Dressing featuring Fashion Blogger Rima Vaidila

With spring on the horizon, we here at AEO have been falling even more in love with the current soft dressing trend. Soft dressing, also referred to as easy and soft styling, makes today’s girl-on-the go look stylish yet feel, relaxed and comfortable. Our entire collection consists of effortless pieces in solid colors and cool prints with a subtle emphasis on feminine details, including cinched and ruffled accents. If style combined with comfort weren’t already enough, you can mix and match the pieces or simply choose your favorite tops and bottoms to pair with items you already own.

We asked former AEO model and fashion blogger, Rima Vaidila from Fire on the Head to show us how she wears pieces from the collection.

 

Rima’s style is effortless in these soft dressing looks

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Want to learn more about Rima? We asked her to tell us about her blog and career aspirations:

“I started my blog in October 2012 as just a way to express my casting and off duty style mixed in with my love for writing relatable content.  I admired bloggers because they were the epitome of authenticity and realness.  I was modeling full time when I started.  It was such a refreshing change to be able to style myself how I wanted and shoot around more for fun in addition to flexing my English brain with silly copy.  I’d like to think I’ve developed an aesthetic since beginning and am very excited to continue blogging and see where it will take me.  I’m finishing up my BA in marketing right now and still continue to model but am focusing on my blog with hopes to end up doing a combo of modeling, styling and creative direction post-graduation.  I want it all!”

 

Get Rima’s looks here:

Babydoll Dress

Jean Jacket (similar style)

Cutout Bralette

Soft Short (similar style)

Cropped Tank

Camo Cinched Pant

Floral Jumpsuit

Show us how you wear the soft dressing trend on Twitter and Instagram with #AEOSTYLE for a chance to be featured on our AE.com Style Gallery.

 

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#AerieREAL Spring Break – Bahama Mama!

#AerieREAL Spring Break – Bahama Mama!

We need a vacation! How about you? Yes? Good! Let’s talk destinations. We’re thinking a place warm and sunny. A place where shades and bikinis are required, and not just stashed in the back of our closets for safe-keeping.

From head-to-toe, we made packing just a bit easier for you. Check out our favorite swim must-haves below to get started!

#AerieREAL Spring Break – Bahama Mama!

Hey, Bahama Mama! Let’s start packing!

Let’s start at the top. A romantic broad-rimmed straw hat is one of the top fashion trends for summer 2014. With feminine details, colors, and and tropical designs, it’s hard to not think  palm trees and tan lines in this beachy fedora.

#AerieREAL Spring Break – Bahama Mama!

Packing List: 1 Fedora

Shine bright and protect those baby blues, beautiful browns, or gorgeous greens.

#AerieREAL Spring Break – Bahama Mama!

Next addition to your packing list…sunnies! A beach must-have.

Rock the cutest bikini on the beach and fall in love with our new Holly Longline Pushup Bikini.

#AerieREAL Spring Break – Bahama Mama!

The math is simple. A few rays of sunshine + sand + 1 bikini = all you need for the perfect spring break!

Mix and match your favorite bikini top with a colorful and maybe unexpected bottom for a cute, new look each day!

#AerieREAL Spring Break – Bahama Mama!

Dots of love!

Be a little cheeky! Have fun with these wild, tropical, printed, and seamless cheeky undies. Perfect for a form-fitting dress for a night out!

#AerieREAL Spring Break – Bahama Mama!

Seamless, Vintage Lace, or Cheeky? Which is your favorite fit?

Love this look? Then you’ll love Cancun Cutie! Show us what’s in your suitcase and tag your pictures on Instagram or Twitter with #AerieREAL!

Bon Voyage!

xo,

Aerie

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