#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Summer Whites

You know the old saying – don’t wear white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day. Here at American Eagle Outfitters, we think fashion rules are made to be broken. We’re never willing to give up our favorite white pieces (winter whites, anyone?) and neither are two of our favorite fashion bloggers, Rima from Fire on the Head and Blair from Love, Blair.

Rima and Blair pulled together two all-white looks that are so cute your grandmother won’t mind that you’re wearing white a few days early. Check out their looks below, learn more about each girl and get inspired by their awesome #AEOSTYLE.

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Rima Vadila from Fire on the Head in our Boy Jean Crop and Short Sleeve Favorite Shirt.

Meet Rima:
Rima is a marketing student, blogger and model who currently splits her time between school in Florida and work in Los Angeles. A closet full of denim and basics allows Rima to stay authentic to her personal style and act as an approachable inspiration for young women everywhere. This is showcased on Rima’s blog, Fire on the Head, where she posts her simplistic looks with a tomboy twist.

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Rima from Fire on the Head shows you how to style an all-white look.

What inspired Rima’s look:
Nothing screams summer like an all white look with tomboy flair, of course. I paired my American Eagle Outfitters Boy Jean Crop with the Short Sleeve Favorite Shirt and sneakers for a boyish look that’s perfect for backyard BBQ’s and skating around the neighborhood. The school uniform vibes on top are balanced out with ripped knee detailing on the baggy fit jeans. Both pieces are light weight and perfect for the heat. Excuse me while I wear variations on this look all summer long!

Get Rima’s look:
Boy Jean Crop
Short Sleeve Favorite Shirt

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Blair from Love, Blair in our Cutout Cropped T-shirt and Bleached Shortall.

Meet Blair:
Blair is a gal that doesn’t like to sit still. She’s a communication and creative consultant, fashion blogger at Love, Blair, (semi-retired) model and undercover nerd. She’s addicted to Instagram, eats vegan (mostly), is obsessed with almond milk lattes and listens to trance too loud. Currently residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband Ross.

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Blair from Love, Blair shows you how to style an all-white look.

What inspired Blair’s look:
I’ve been venturing into crop tops as of late and fell in love with this shortall and crop combo. The all-white look felt uber-springy and playful, especially with a dash of midriff and baby bun hairs.

Get Blair’s look:
Cutout Cropped T-Shirt
Bleached Shortall

Show us how you you’re wearing your all-white looks with #AEOSTYLE for the chance to be featured on our blog or AE.com style gallery.

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7 Things We Love…

Welcome to this week’s edition of 7 Things We Love! Get inspired by all the things inspiring US right now, from what we’re reading and eating to what we’re wearing and listening to. Let us know what you think about our picks in the comments—and give us yours, too!

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WHAT WE’RE WEARING: THE AE SOFT ROMPER 
Need something amazing to wear to all those graduation parties you’ve been invited to? This romper is designed in soft, lightweight jersey to keep you cool while the parties heat up. We’re loving the tied back straps, the slouchy fit and the can’t help but be noticed bright pink hue.

WHAT WE’RE EATING/DRINKING: ICED COFFEE
There really is just nothing better than a cold, refreshing drink in the middle of a heat wave. Now that summer is (almost) (finally?) here, we can’t get enough of iced coffee. Whether you like it black or with cream and sugar, it’s got the perfect amount of caffeine to give you that needed boost when you feel like you’re starting to drag. (Plus, we love taking afternoon walks to Big Dog, a coffee shop near our South Side campus.)

WHAT WE’RE READING: RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA BY KIMBERLY MCCREIGHT
There’s a mystery surrounding the death of Brooklyn teen Amelia, and her mother is determined to get to the bottom of it. Multiple plot twists, gasp out loud surprises and intertwining characters make this a highly entertaining and seriously obsessive read. We even started an office book club just so we could read this one!

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING: LABYRINTH
We can’t wait for this two-part miniseries, airing on May 22-23 on The CW. Not only does it star the gorgeous Jessica Findlay (who played Sybil on Downton Abbey), but this story that shifts back and forth between medieval and modern-day France features Tom Felton (AKA Draco Malfoy) and Sebastian Stan (AKA the Winter Soldier). We can’t wait to travel in time with these three.

WHAT WE’RE DOWNLOADING: BOOTIE MASHUP
Want to listen to some awesome bootleg mashups? Head to this site, run by A Plus D, which promises to “provide the soundtrack for the A.D.D. generation.” Find mashups of everything from “Turn Down For What” and “#Selfie” to “Timber” and the can’t help but dance to it “Happy” by Pharrell.

WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO: “RED EYES” BY THE WAR ON DRUGS
These four guys from Philly have been rocking since their debut studio album, Wagonwheel Blues, in 2008. Off their third studio album, Lost In The Dream, “Red Eyes” is the perfect road trip song—it has just enough energy to keep you going but with a relaxed, laidback vibe.

WHERE WE’RE GOING: MUIR WOODS
Did you know today is Love A Tree Day? And there’s really just no better place to do that than the Muir Woods. It’s filled with redwood and sequoia trees with ancestors that date back millions of years—and the sight of these massive trees is, in a word, magical. After you get your fill of nature, be sure to take a drive down the coastal highway for some truly breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

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#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Maxi Skirts

Maxi skirts are one of our favorite spring and summer staples. They’re an easy dressing piece that can work for a festival, date night, or even just running errands. Since we are such fans of their versatility, we asked two bloggers – Katelyn from The Skinny Blonde Girl and Nicole from Dainty Girl – to show us their #AEOSTYLE wearing our Front Slit Maxi Skirt.

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Katelyn from The Skinny Blonde Girl in our Front Slit Maxi Skirt and Denim Vest.

Meet Katelyn:
Katelyn lives in downtown Toronto, loves all things marketing and has a penchant for collecting shoes and lipsticks. Her personal style is always changing, just as she’s always trying new beauty products and learning about new places in the city. The Skinny Blonde Girl is her not-so-secret diary of her everyday life, opinions on places and things and outfits she’s worn. 

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Katelyn from The Skinny Blonde Girl styles our Front Slit Maxi Skirt.

What inspired Katelyn’s look:
The trick to pulling together a chic but comfortable outfit is to combine your maxi skirt with stand-out footwear and a little bit of structure – like my denim vest, also from American Eagle Outfitters. I can see myself wearing this all summer long – from patio dinners to music festivals. I also think it makes a totally simple bathing suit cover for a day at the beach. Just pack a plain white t-shirt (or grey, like me!) and you’ll have an impromptu outfit in 2 seconds flat.

Get Katelyn’s look:
Front Slit Maxi Skirt
Denim Vest

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Nicole from Dainty Girl styles our Front Slit Maxi Skirt.

Meet Nicole:
Nicole Wilson is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger based in Toronto. In addition to working full time as a Marketing Manager and managing DaintyGirl.ca, Nicole also contributes to various national publications, styles photo shoots and she’s a passionate Brand Ambassador for many fabulous brands.

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Nicole from Dainty Girl in our Front Slit Maxi Skirt.

What inspired Nicole’s look:
The AEO Front Slit Maxi Skirt is one of those pieces that every girl needs in her spring and summer wardrobe. It’s effortlessly boho-chic and super comfortable with an elasticized waistband and soft jersey fabric. The slit is sexy without being too revealing and it makes this maxi skirt really easy to walk around in. I styled mine with a basic tank, a printed kimono and laser cut block heels for a bohemian summer look that’s perfect for a music festival, brunch or shopping!

Get Nicole’s look:
Front Slit Maxi Skirt

Show us how you style your maxi skirts: use #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your photo on our AE.com Style Gallery or on our blog!

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#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Americana

There’s never been a better time to show your passion for the stars and stripes. This season we’re all about iconic Americana-inspired #AEOSTYLE, especially with bold flag prints. Define the rule of cool in T-shirts with vivid heritage graphics, printed tanks and denim from head to toe.

Three fashion bloggers—Nifesimi from Skinny Hipster, Jessica from Bows and Sequins and Saul from Trend Styled—created their own take on the Americana trend. See their looks below and let us know which is your favorite in the comments.

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Nifesimi from Skinny Hipster in our Midi Short.

Meet Nifesimi:
Skinny Hipster is owned and curated by Nifesimi, a Nigerian- American living in Maryland. Nifesimi is a lover of all things bold and inspiring, including prints, bright colors and clean lines.

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Nifesimi from Skinny Hipster shows off the Americana trend.

What inspired Nifesimi’s look:
Shorts are definitely a go to item for me during the spring and summer. I love playing with bold colors because of my skin tone. With this look, I’m wearing a color block jacket and orange lace top and nude heels to keep the look together.

Get Nifesimi’s look:
Midi Short

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Jessica from Bows in Sequins in our Boy Jean Crop, Open V-Neck Sweater and Bandana Print Headwrap.

Meet Jessica:
Jessica is a twenty-something living in New York City who is a brand development manager by day and a blogger by night. Bows & Sequins is her fashion-focused lifestyle blog. You’ll find posts about her personal style and current inspirations, her two cents on beauty products, and other tidbits from life in NYC!

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Jessica from Bows in Sequins shows off her Americana style.

What inspired Jessica’s look:
I think a lightweight white summer sweater is a closet staple each and every year! Since the open knit can be a bit, um, revealing, I wore a navy bralette underneath. On a side note, I’m kind of obsessed with bralettes. They are so comfy and add a little hint of sexy poking out from tops. Definitely a do for the summer months ahead!

Get Jessica’s look:
Boy Jean Crop
Open V-Neck Sweater
Convertible Bralette
Chain Braided Sandal
Bandana Print Headwrap

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Saul from Trend Styled in our Skinny Jean and Vintage Pocket T-Shirt.

Meet Saul:
Saul is a Texas-born transplant, stylist, and creator of Trend Styled–a men’s style, grooming, and travel blog. He’s currently based in New York City.

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Saul from Trend Styled wears the Americana trend.

What inspired Saul’s look:
Weekends are all about comfort since most of it is spent on my bike, trekking around the city. As comfortable as I like to be, style is always key. A great pair of denim goes a long way and these white washed skinny jeans are perfect for spring or summer with just enough stretch for long days on my bike. Don’t underestimate a tee—paired with some good denim and basic sneakers, you won’t be at a loss for style.

Get Saul’s look:
Skinny Jean
Vintage Pocket T-Shirt
Canvas Boat Shoe (similar)

Show off your Americana style: use #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your photo on our AE.com Style Gallery or on our blog!

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Get the Look: Street Style

Well in case you haven’t noticed the sporty trend flooding your news feeds, magazines, fashion blogs and city streets lately, we’re here to confirm (or inform you) that it is one of the biggest trends for spring and summer this year. The look is effortlessly cool and can be attained by grabbing your old-school athletic wear from gym class… 5th period style.  You know, your loose fit cotton shorts, sneakers and annoyingly large graphic t-shirts that are now finally cool (grrr)?!  Top off your look with a ball cap and you are game on #AEOStyle ready.

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A few key pieces mixed in with your modern wear is all it takes! Pair a pop culture-inspired T-shirt with destroyed denim.

Shop the look:
Brunch Destroyer Graphic T-Shirt
Boyfit Bermuda Short
Birkenstock Sandal
Knit Beanie

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This relaxed yet cool look will sure to be a traffic stopper!

Shop the look:
NYC Subway Graphic Tank
Acid Washed Plaid Shirt
Jogger Sweatpant
New Balance 711 Sneaker

Editor’s Note: Hit the gym after work or school, hey, why not, you’re already dressed for it! Game on!

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#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Colorblock

Colorblocked — the perfect way to inject brights and neons into your wardrobe without being too loud. This trend has been around for the past few seasons and we don’t think it is going anywhere anytime soon. We don’t mind though because the trend is super cool and gives us an excuse to wear bold spring hues.

Menswear blogger Anthony Urbano from Closet Freaks was up for our challenge of styling a colorblocked look with some of our new summer pieces. Check out his look below and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Menswear blogger Anthony Urbano from Closet Freaks in our Colorblock Button Down Shirt.

Meet Anthony:
Anthony lives and works in New York City as a structural engineer by day and a blogger by night. Much like his seemingly separate jobs, his style is a cool contrast of bold & trendy with subtle & classic.

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Rock the colorblock trend by matching like-hues.

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Check out the cool detailing on our Colorblock Button Down Shirt.

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Pair your joggers with a cool printed sneaker.

What inspired Anthony’s look:
Blue is my favorite color so when I saw the shades of blue in this shirt, I knew I wanted to pair it with something else in the same color family to play up the color block trend. I chose to do some navy joggers and a fun pair of printed grey sneakers to keep the outfit playful and casual.

Get Anthony’s look:
Colorblock Button Down Shirt
Printed Sneaker (similar)

Show off your colorblocked looks this spring. Use #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your photo on our AE.com Style Gallery or on our blog!

 

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