10 questions with Parkour Athlete: Willie “WilJay” Moore

We’re introducing our innovative AEO Flex/4 denim technology, and partnered with an awesome WFPF parkour athlete to showcase the revolutionary versatility of our jeans and what you can do in them. Flex/4 is our latest 360° 4-way flex denim that follows your every move, retains its shape, and provides max comfort. We were so impressed by (Willie’s) athletic skills in our Flex/Denim video that we wanted to get to know him a little better. Read on for our full interview!

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When did you become interested in Parkour?
I’ve always been doing parkour, actually. I was always a pretty outgoing kid trying to do the next big thing that my friends couldn’t. Although I very specifically remembering doing my first back flip in elementary school recess, I never knew what parkour was until I found videos on the internet in middle school. I was also very influenced by the action movies and cartoons at the time.

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How much time do you spend practicing in a week?
Aside from training a few hours a week, I practice parkour in my own way each and every day. Parkour to me is more mental than it is physical. In its simplicity it’s all about overcoming the obstacles that are in front of you while finding new and creative ways to express yourself along the way. In a weird way I have grown up with Parkour at the forefront of my life and have been its student ever since I was a little boy.

What was the most dangerous Parkour move you’ve done to date? Any injuries?
I once did a double side flip from a pretty high object to a lower one. I sprained my foot first attempt.

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What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
I have never had any formal training in anything I have ever done. I really think big; sometimes too big for my current circumstance. I truly take pride in my ability to adapt to any situation. Everything is a learning experience and a tool that you can use in some shape or form. Attention to detail is everything.

What was your favorite thing about Flex denim?
The AEO Flex line is simply incredible? The Flex denim line is so far the most comfortable clothing that i have ever worn outside of my house! I have recommended them to everyone I know.

Where else would you wear AEO Flex to?
So far I have worn AEO Flex wear to a photo shoot, a video shoot, a stunt shoot, a business meeting, through a holiday, and out lounging with friends. I believe a better question is where wouldn’t I wear them? Hmm.

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What advice would you offer aspiring Parkour athletes?
My advice to aspiring Parkour athletes as well as anyone pursuing a passion is to always be unique. It is always way easier to be yourself than it is to be just like your competition. Being unique is what makes you valuable! Oh and have fun meeting other weirdos like yourself jumping about.

Any noteworthy projects on the horizon? Are there any projects out there you’d like the opportunity to work on?
I make YouTube videos every week. The goal is to grow my audience. Unlike most entertainers that use social media as a stepping stone, I feel that YouTube has become a large enough platform for me to become a successful, creative, and transparent influencer. I want to be the director, actor, and stuntman. On the other hand I would love to be a well-known secret agent like James Bond or a video game character! Who knows?

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Favorite movie of all time?
Wow that’s a really hard question! I would have to say that it hasn’t been produced yet. It’s still sitting in my dresser waiting to be directed! I’m kidding! I would have to say that I have a ton of favorite movies but never a favorite of all time past or present. As one of the many runners up, I would have loved to be in the magic movie Now You See Me.

Top 3 on your bucket list?
I want to inspire the youth and give the kids the same hope that I was given by so many great human beings. I want to travel the world with those who need to see it for its many differences and similarities. Last but not least I want to look back at my life when everything said and done and simply be able to say I lived the best life I possibly could in my very own and unique way. I was totally human.

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How to Mix and Match PJs

Whether you’re traditional or like to mix things up, our PJ Mix and Match Guide is the key to all of your coziest dreams! Read on to learn how our girl, Courtney of Color Me Courtney styles her favorite Aerie PJs below.

“Hi guys! It’s Courtney here of ColorMeCourtney.com with a very important sleep styling session! It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the year – the holidays! Full of cheer, sparkly parties and (most importantly) Holiday Pajamas! Every year, I get new PJs at the beginning of the holiday season so I can be the cutest come Christmas morning! Whether I’m spending the holidays traveling, catching up with friends, or at home with Family I am all about ultra-comfort when it comes to Holiday Pajamas all while infusing my own personal style into my sleepwear. Naughty or Nice your Pajamas have to reflect your personality and can totally be on trend! Here are a few fun and easy ways to take your street style to sleep style with BOGO FREE Aerie PJS!”

How to Mix and Match PJs

Mad about Plaid: “Everyone had flannel plaid pajamas, or at least they should but give this matchy-matchy look with a twist by adding the ultimate fur vest to be worn at home or out on the town!”

How to Mix and Match PJs

Pattern Mixing: “Try mixing patterns for something playful and fun – just try and stick to the same color family to keep it from getting crazy! I’m rocking a blue flannel and snow flake pants, two opposite patterns that totally work together, all I had to do was let it go ;)”How to Mix and Match PJsTrendy with a Twist: “Joggers are EVERYWHERE in street style but by pairing holiday joggers with a cool graphic pull over you can take this trend to sleep with you every night!”
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Keep it Classic: “Playing it safe in the cutest way possible is always an option, get this look by pairing a go to flannel pajama pant with cozy socks and a graphic top!”

“Are you ready to check out all of these pretty little pajamas looks in action? Press play and see how I style them!”

“Happy Holidays to YOU! It’s the perfect time to stock up on sleepwear, pick up gifts for your besties or totally rebuild your Pajama wardrobe! However you choose to indulge – I know you’ll look darling and feel oh so comfortable in the CUTEST holiday PJS – Yay!”

 

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How to Make Pom Pom Shorts with I Spy DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY, back with a new set of DIY projects geared toward festival season. This week, I’m showing you how to make pom pom trimmed soft shorts in three easy steps. Pair with your favorite AEO tank and you’ll be ready to hit the music scene in #AEOSTYLE.

How to Make Pom Pom Shorts with I Spy DIY

What you need: Pom pom trim | Unique Stitch | AEO Printed Soft Short

How to Make Pom Pom Shorts with I Spy DIY

What to do: 
Step One: Glue your trim to the bottom edge of your short using fabric glue.

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 Step Two: Trim each leg opening and then cut off excess.

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Step Three: Let dry. Done!
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Get this Look:  Lace Crop Top | AEO Printed Soft Short | Straw Sun Hat Birkenstock Arizona Sandal | Colorblocked Icon Sunglasses (Similar) | Tie Dye Beach Towel

Show us how you style the AEO soft short with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the AEO Style Gallery!

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How to Wear the AEO Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie with The Fashionista’s Diary

If you haven’t tried our AEO Denim X collection  yet, now is the perfect time. We’ve merged our high performance stretch denim with the classic Hi-Rise Shortie to create, you guessed it, the AEO Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie. So now you can enjoy this revolutionary soft stretch cotton denim all year round.

Lauren Ashley from The Fashionista’s Diary pairs her AEO Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie with a textured blouse and statement necklace for the ultimate casual glam look.

Meet Lauren:
“Hi, everyone! I’m Lauren Ashley and I blog over at The Fashionista’s Diary, which is a personal style and beauty blog based out of the sunshine state. Living in Miami, I have to get creative with my looks and really find ways to dress cute without dying of heat (seriously, it’s so hot here!). You’ll often see me sporting either neutrals or fun prints. I also love nothing more than some amazing jewels! Being a college student, comfort is key for me. While I love to get dressed up, I have to be comfortable to walk around campus and head to class!”

How to Wear the Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie

What Inspired Lauren’s Look: 
“I absolutely love my AEO Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie in the dark rinse. First of all, darker colored jeans make you appear slimmer, so what girl doesn’t love that? Also, they are so comfortable. Seriously, guys, I could wear these all day! They have an amazing stretch to them and really make you feel confident and comfortable. I decided to go with a blush textured high/low shirt and paired it with my newest statement necklace. I wanted to keep a neutral look while still adding a bit of sass and print. I love that there are so many ways to dress up or down a great pair of denim shorts and I chose to keep things classic and casual. I also want to wear my new shorts with scalloped ballet flats and a printed top. These will most likely be my staple shorts for the summer!”

How to Wear the Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie

Get Lauren’s Look: AEO Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie | Lace Paneled Button Down Shirt (Similar) | Turquoise Beaded Fringe Necklace (Similar) | Round Tortoise Shell Sunglasses (Similar) | Open Side Flat  (Similar)

How to Wear the Denim X Hi-Rise Shortie

Show us how you style the AEO Denim X collection with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the AEO Style Gallery.

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How to Wear the Soft & Sexy Henley with Little J Style

Our Soft & Sexy collection just keeps getting better. Designed to drape flawlessly in silky, lightweight, undeniably soft jersey, these ultra comfy T’s & tanks are must-haves. The Soft & Sexy Baby Henley is no exception. With it’s cropped silhouette, bold stripes and scoop neck, it’s a match made in henley heaven.

Jackie from Little J Style shows us how she styles our new favorite tee with cargos and chunky heels below.

How to Wear the Soft & Sexy Henley with Little J Style

Meet Jackie:
“My name is Jackie and I am a personal style blogger at LittleJStyle.com! I live in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah and I love spending time outdoors with my husband. I blog about my outfits, styling tips, hair and beauty, and travel.”

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What Inspired Jackie’s Look:
“This AEO soft & sexy baby henley tee goes with SO MUCH. Because it is cute and slightly cropped, I wanted to wear it with a great pair of high waisted pants. I’ve been really inspired by the Coachella vibe lately so these dark green cargo pants called out to me! An easy fedora and chunky sandals completed my easy casual look. It is the perfect easy cropped tee for summer and I can already think of a ton of different ways to wear it!”

How to Wear the Soft & Sexy Henley with Little J Style

Get Jackie’s Look: Soft & Sexy Baby Henley | Don’t Asky Why Soft Cargo Pant (Similar) | Wide Brim Fedora (Similar) | Strappy Stacked Heel Sandal (Similar)

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How to Wear the Jogger with Trend Styled

With a relaxed fit, drawstring waist and cuffed bottom, the Jogger is where style and comfort come together.  So basically, you get the best of both worlds.

Saul from Trend Styled shows us how he wears this extremely comfortable pant while running errands in the big apple.

How to Wear the Jogger with Trend Styled

What Inspired Saul’s Look:
My favorite thing about joggers is the athletic, relaxed feel it gives any dressed up or dressed down look. For these olive joggers I was inspired by the military color that is great with most earth tones like browns, whites, and grays and are perfectly comfortable for a day of trekking around the city. How to Wear the Jogger with Trend Styled Get Saul’s Look: Jogger Pant | Solid Crew Sweater |Tretorn Nylite Canvas Sneaker (Similar) | Camp Watch (Similar) | Chambray Baseball Cap

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

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