Spring Break #AEOSTYLE: Packing Guide

Spring Break is back! We’re here to help you pack your bags for your Spring Break getaway with out packing guide. Pull out those board shorts & swim suits (we’re thinking the Aerie one-piece scoop suit will be our go-to this year), because we’re beach bound. We’ve got everything you need to survive the sun, sand and (let’s face it) non-stop activity of vacay week, from button-downs and dresses to tees and tanks. From sun-up to sun-down, your #AEOSTYLE will be on point in baseball hats and on-trend sunglasses to block out the shade. Ready to pack all of your spring break essentials? Let’s do this, #SB2017!

GUYS

Your packing list is as easy as it gets: shirts, shorts, shoes. Keep your luggage light by picking pieces in the same color family and picking tops like button-downs and active tees that you can swap out between board shorts and cutoff denim shorts. Top your look off with a baseball hat and Birks on the bottom, and make waves by spritzing on Surf cologne when you go out at night.

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PACK IT

TOPSAEO Short Sleeve Dip Dye Shirt | AEO Short Sleeve Graphic T-Shirt
BOTTOMSAEO Slim 9″ Cutoff Short | AEO 360 Extreme Flex Board Short
ACCESSORIESBirkenstock Arizona Sandal | AEO Packable Backpack | AEO Icon Baseball Hat
AEO Surf 1.7 oz. Cologne For Him | AEO Beaded Bracelet Set

GIRLS

Spring break is the first chance during the year to show off new spring trends, so don’t be shy! Embroidered details and summery tie-dye are must-haves this year, and an airy white dress makes the perfect daytime look or swim cover-up. Don’t forget denim shorts to pull on when adventure strikes! Accessorize your #AEOSTYLE with a baseball hat, sunglasses and carefree espadrille flats for a look that brings out the sun.

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PACK IT

Tops: AEO Embroidered Utility Shirt | AEO Soft & Sexy Ribbed Tie Tank | Aerie Super Scoop One Piece Swimsuit
Bottoms: AEO Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie | AEO Fit & Flare Tassel Dress
Accessories: AEO Colorblocked Backpack | AEO Surf 1.7 OZ Toilette | AEO Baseball Hat | AEO Bandana
AEO Round Sunglasses | AEO Espadrille Flat

Show us what you’re wearing on Spring Break using #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter!

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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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AEO Community Day Photo Diary Recap

Every year, hundreds of AEO associates from around the world take time out of their workweek to give back to their communities. From helping out in garden centers, to feeding animals and playing with students, AEO is making a difference. Take a look at our associates in action from Pittsburgh, to New York and beyond and start volunteering today.

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Photo Credit: Notorious17

 

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Photo Credit: Sarah B. Pittsburgh Associate

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Photo Credit: Elise F. Pittsburgh Associate

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Photo Credit: Heyyojorae

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Photo Credit: gingerlinds1

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Photo Credit: lisamrusc

How do you help out your local community? Tell us in the comments below.

 

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How To Style the Jogger Short with The Neat Fit

Wanting to make a statement with your shorts? Look no further than the Printed Jogger Short. With its bold print, relaxed fit and drawstring waist, this is where style and comfort come together.

Neal from the The Neat Fit pairs his Jogger Short with a crew neck tee and denim jacket for a classic look.

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Meet Neal:
Neal Jolly is a Toronto based menswear life and style blogger who is always in search to bring his readers the perfect fit. Whether it’s a baseball cap or clean suit, Neal understands the fit is everything. While taking on trends, he still has a very classic approach to style. The Neat Fit captures essentials that the everyday man should have hanging in his closet, and serves as a platform to offer readers aspiration and attainable style.

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What Inspired Neal’s Look:
“My travels are always inspiring my thoughts, and in turn my style. Recently I had the opportunity to vacation in a hot climate (which was a great change of scenery from the freezing cold Canadian temps). The palms and the whole vibe of the island were very relaxing, so I went for a more relaxed look. The palm printed jogger shorts were perfect for wear from the beach to sight seeing. I mixed prints by adding a striped tee and then added a denim jacket for when it got breezy in the evening. A denim jacket is a classic that can be worked in your wardrobe all year round, and mixed with trendier pieces.”

How To Style the Jogger Short with The Neat Fit

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Show us how you style our Jogger Short with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the AEO Style Gallery.

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AEO Friends and Family: Lakwena, Street Artist

Meet Lakwena, the super-talented artist behind our Alternative Spring Break project at the Wynwood Walls in Miami, #HEARTTHISCITY. We spoke with Lakwena about how she got her start, what it was like to work with the AEO cast and crew and where she finds her inspiration.

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Lakwena with her team in front of our #HEARTTHISCITY mural. Photo from Lakwena’s Instagram.

When did you first discover your love for art?
I’ve always loved art. My earliest memory of art is learning to write in school when I was about 4. It was my first introduction to typography.

Did you attend university for art or are you self-trained?
I studied at the University of the Arts London.

Tell us a little bit about your style and work.
I like to play with typography, colour, and pattern. I love working on a large scale.

Who has been a mentor or inspiration to your career in art?
My mother. She always knew I was an artist and encouraged me and believed in me.

What piece of your work has the most meaning to you? Why?
Hard question. Maybe my recent piece in Wynwood, ‘I remember Paradise’. Being given the opportunity to paint on such a large scale is an actual dream come true. Regardless of what happens from here onwards, that’s something that I’m really proud to have accomplished.

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Lakwena’s “I remember Paradise”. Photo from Lakwena.com.

What is the most challenging part of being an artist?
At least with commercial work, having to be creative on demand, often with very little time.

How did you get involved with the installation art at Wynwood Walls?
A friend who has a gallery in Los Angeles put my name forward to be involved, the curators liked my work, so I was invited out.

What was your inspiration for #HEARTTHISCITY?
The designs came from sketches that I’d been experimenting with, playing around with quite intricate patterns inspired by memphis patterns amongst other things. A friend described the original sketch works as ‘afro-futuristic circuit boards’, which I liked a lot.

What is your favorite memory of working with American Eagle Outfitters and Project Live Your Life?
Seeing lots of people working together on my designs.

What do you heart about your hometown, Bromley in the United Kingdom?
I love the trees there. What I love most about East London is the creative energy there.

What do you heart about Miami?
The creative community.

Tell us a fun fact about you.
I’m a wrestling champion!

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Meet the Cast: Matty

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Meet Matty, an aspiring chef from Bend, Oregon and winner of American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life. We had the chance to learn more about Matty — read on to learn why she loves to cook and what her specialty dish is.

You’re originally from Dalles, OR and now live in Bend, OR. What do you heart about those cities?
The things I heart about Dalles is that most of my family lives there and it is a place I can always run away to if needed. I heart everything about Bend! Bend, Oregon will forever have my heart. From the breath-taking scenery, to the kindest people you’ll ever met, and the small town feel… I love it all!

You love to cook. What is your specialty?
My favorite thing to cook is Chicken Parmesan.

Do you feel like food is a form of art?
I definitely feel like cooking is a form of art. It’s crazy to throw together so many different ingredients together and have it turn info something amazing that you’ve never even tasted before!

When did your love for cooking begin?
My love for cooking began when I was a pretty little, around 8 or 9 years old I would say. I would always watch my grandpa in the kitchen and watch cooking shows on TV with him for hours. I think I fell in love with all the different smells!

Do you have any cooking traditions?
A cooking tradition in our family is everyone coming together to help make great meals for the family. I think that’s what I really love about cooking, it brings the ones you really love together.

Who inspires you to cook?
My grandpa inspires me too cook, as well as most of my family.

What do you enjoy most about cooking?
The thing I enjoy most about cooking is making everyone happy through food and bringing everyone together. Who’s not happy when they are eating good food?

You love nature and enjoy working in your community garden. What are some of the reasons that you love doing this?
I loved working in the community garden over summer for the fact that I was helping out someone else. It felt really good to give back to such a beautiful town.

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