Summer Fashion 2016: #AEOSTYLE Picks

It’s the summer solstice! We finally made it – the first day of summer has arrived. We’ve never been more ready to soak up everything this season has to offer. From ice cream on the weekends to walks along the beach, we’ve got the perfect #AEOSTYLE to go on any adventure. Our styling manger, Laura, picked out two looks that will start your season off right, with just the right mix of trend-right pieces and seasonal basics. Below, we’ve got the best start-of-summer looks for girls and guys.

GUYS: Graphic tees are where it’s at this summer – go for a bold stripe or a bright pattern to really stand out. Basic denim cutoffs with deliberately destructed details pair well with almost every t-shirt or button down. Slip on a pair of athletic sneakers for a cool contrast, and finish the look with classic sunglasses.

It's the first day of summer! Our styling manager picked out the perfect look to start the season.

Shop The Look: Crew T-Shirt | Core Flex Denim Cutoff Short | Pony Sneaker (Similar) | Classic Sunglasses

GIRLS: We’re living for a bold shoulder silhouette this season, and we also love the ease of styling a one-piece like a romper or dress. A breezy, bright cold-shoulder romper with eyelet details and bell sleeves is definitely Instagram-worthy #AEOSTYLE. Pair your romper back to metallic strappy sandals and a crochet crossbody bag. Rose gold aviator sunglasses complete the look!

Our styling manager picked out your perfect first day of summer look! All you have to do? Get dressed!

Shop The Look: Cold Shoulder Romper | Woven Huarache Sandal | Crochet + Bead Crossbody Bag | Aviator Sunglasses

What are you wearing this first day of Summer 2016? Show us using #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter, and tell us in the comments below.

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Wear It Now And Layer: How To Layer With Laura

One of our favorite ways to add interest to a simple outfit is by adding some layers. From the coolest denim jackets to cozy sweatshirts, the best tanks and tees can get a little boost #AEOSTYLE by adding a layer or two on top, especially when the weather is turning and an extra layer is needed.

We teamed up with our Lead Stylist, Laura, to get some layering tips for the upcoming season. Alert: layering doesn’t always mean adding a jacket or sweater (although that’s totally where our minds go first!). Laura showed us that it’s easy to layer with accessories as it is to put a zip-up sweatshirt over your tee!  For each look below, Laura started with a base of jeans, leggings or pants and a tee or sweater. Scroll down to see what she added on top & shop each layered look.

Wear It Now & Layer: Check out our Lead Stylist's tips for layering this season.

LOOK 1:
Take this look from the gym to a coffee date and everywhere in between. Patterned, cropped leggings and a soft jegging tee will get you through your workout. When you’re on the move again, throw a layer on top of your outfit like our essential full zip hoodie.

Wear It Now & Layer: Check out our Lead Stylist's tips for layering this season.

Shop the Look: Soft & Sexy V-Neck Scoop Jegging T-Shirt | Full Zip Hoodie | Crop Hi-Rise Legging

LOOK 2:
Take layering with accessories for a stroll. Make your bag the statement-piece of an outfit by layering it over a sweater and pants. For a season-right look, keep each piece of the outfit within the same color family – here, we stuck with neutral tones of tan and cream.

Wear It Now & Layer: Check out our Lead Stylist's tips for layering this season.

Shop the Look: Cross-Back Pullover Sweater | AEO Sateen X Jegging | Street Level Bucket Bag (Shop Similar)

LOOK 3:
Go old school with destroyed, high-waisted jeans and a denim jacket. We love the too-cool vibes a striped tee tucked into destructed hi-rise denim bring to this look alone. Add a dark black denim jacket as a layering piece to make the look suitable for any adventure, day or night.

Wear It Now & Layer: Check out our Lead Stylist's tips for layering this season.

Shop the Look: Soft & Sexy Tomgirl T-Shirt | Denim JacketDenim X Hi-Rise Jegging |

How will you incorporate layers into your #AEOSTYLE this season? Tell us in the comments below, and show us using #AEOSTYLE on Instagram and 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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Laura’s Trend Report: Men’s NYFW feat. Todd Snyder

Our Manager of Styling, Laura, was in New York City last week for Men’s New York Fashion Week. During MNYFW, Laura was on the lookout for all upcoming men’s fashion trends. She attended several shows, and she’s back this week with a trend report from the Todd Snyder show. Check out Laura’s takeaways from the show, and shop her look below.

Men's New York Fashion Week Todd Snyder Laura's Trend Report

Shop Laura’s Look: AEO Denim Jacket | AEO Fit & Flare Dress

What looks are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below.

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How To Wear the All White Trend

With a new season officially in our midst (okay, minus the snow), we’re all about the color white. Going monochrome can be tricky, especially with a color that’s typically taboo in the cooler months. At AEO, we like to ignore that fashion rule and take this look to the next level. Today, we’re showing you how to wear all white without looking like a snowman. Our secret? Accessories! Breaking up a monochrome outfit with fun additions like strappy bralettes, knit beanies & tall boots keep the look on-trend and fresh without feeling overwhelming. Check out our two all white looks below!

Keep it cool in all white #AEOSTYLE: Go for an unexpected look by pairing our destroyed white Tomgirl Jean with a white puffer vest. A long-sleeved tee underneath the vest – in white, of course – keeps the outfit seasonably appropriate. A lacy, strappy bralette adds a feminine touch to the outfit – choose any shade you’d like for a fun pop of color. Our shoe of choice is a Birkenstock since temps are warmer than usual right now, but if you’re stuck in the cold, wear a great cozy sock in a neutral color, too. Channel a snow bunny vibe by finishing the look with a furry, chunky knit beanie.
How To Wear It: All White

Shop the Look:
Aerie Strappy Racerback Bralette
AEO Soft & Sexy Waffle
AEO Ski Vest
Tomgirl Jean
AEO Crew Socks (Shop Similar)
AEO Earflap Hat
Birkenstock Madrid Sandal (Shop Similar)

Channel boho vibes in all white lace: If you’re already sick of Winter (even though it’s just started), try wearing all white to transition into an early Spring. A pretty lace dress with bell sleeves has a romantic feel that’s perfect for a Winter date night. Paired with a statement necklace that won’t overpower the dress, this is an all white style that will land you on the fashion “do” list. Complete the outfit with knee high boots in a neutral color and boho details like lace up details.

How To Wear It: All White

Shop the Look:
AEO Lace Bell Sleeve Dress
BC Cousin Tall Boot
AEO Chain Collar Necklace (Shop Similar)

How will you rock all white? Let us know in the comments and show us on Twitter & Instagram using #AEOSTYLE for a chance to be featured in our style gallery!

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Laura’s Tips: How To Style The Oversized Cardigan

If you love cold weather layers as much as we do at AEO, you’ve come to the right place. Winter is the perfect season to mix fabrics, patterns and textures thanks to layering. One of our favorite layers this year is the cardigan, thanks to amazing designs like the cascading open frontshawl collar, and drapey fit. Gone are the days of frumpy, boring silhouettes: enter the updated oversized cardi! We asked our Styling Manager, Laura, to show us three of her favorite looks and to give us some tips so that we can wear the oversized cardigan with confidence. Check out her tips below and shop each look to find your own new layering BFF.

How To Style The Oversized Cardigan

Look 1: Feminine Edge
Balance your feminine and edgy personalities with a chunky cardigan. Sticking to the same neutral color family makes it easy to mix textures and styles. Lace detailing on top and destructed, black denim below create an effortless look when paired back to a boucle knit. Finish the look with heeled clogs for a fresh take on the cozy trend.

Shop the Look: 
AEO Oversized Boucle Cardigan
AEO Lace Cami
Jegging
BC Like Clockwork Clog

Look 2: Retro Comfort
We love the subtle, retro vibes in this look. Make your look pop with a boho lacy tank that won’t get lost beneath a bold, waterfall cardigan. Perfect for a retro-meets-modern feel, add denim in an trendy silhouette like the Tomgirl jean, and complete the outfit with old-school cool Swedish Hasbeens clogs.

Shop the Look: 
AEO Draped Cardigan
AEO Lace Bubble Tank
AEO Denim X Café Tomgirl Jean
Swedish Hasbeens Slip In Super High

Look 3: Free-Spirited Cozy
Make a statement by wearing patterns + graphics together, and  let your free-spirited side shine. Wrap yourself up in this oversized, patterned cardigan and stay cozy in Minnetonka fringe sneakers. Contrast the cardi with a bold graphic t-shirt (from our Soft & Sexy line!), and pair everything back to denim in a unique indigo wash.

Shop the Look: 
AEO Patterned Cocoon Cardigan
AEO Soft & Sexy Long T-Shirt
Super Soft Indigo Jegging
Minnetonka Venice Sneaker

How will you style the oversized cardigan this season? Show us using #AEOSTYLE on Twitter & Instagram for your chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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