Pitchfork Packing and Festival Guide

Pitchfork Music Festival is one of Chicago’s best music festivals that the city has to offer. The three day event features musicians with genres from alternative rock to hip hop to jazz and beyond. Check out our list of what to pack, places to explore and who to listen to while in the windy city.

Pack:
Girls:
Keep your festival #AEOStyle city sleek with neutral tones. Add a pop of color to incorporate some extra energy into your outfit.

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Shop the look:
Embroidered Zipper Bag
Don’t Ask Why Strappy Tank
Khaki Boy Bermuda (Similar)
DV by Dolce Vita Clark Bootie
Heart Pendant Necklace

Guys:  Keep your style comfortable and cool for long days at the festival grounds. Tie a button down around your waist for added warmth when the sun goes down. Don’t forget to pack comfortable walking dancing shoes and a duffel bag to carry your festival essentials.

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Canvas Duffel Bag
Canvas Sneakers
Legend Crew T-Shirt
Plaid Button Down Shirt
10″ Classic Length Short

Eat:
Homeslice: Wheel House: 
Pizza, a French Bulldog named Gary, and a fantastic atmosphere to boot. This place rocks.

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Home Slice Wheel House (and Gary the French Bulldog). Photo Credit: @Addie_Perkins

Old Crow Smokehouse:  This country themed bar serves up a mean moonshine with muddled blackberries, lemon sour and topped with a mint sprig. Yeehaw!

Waffles Cafe: bWonuts…a hybrid between a waffle and a doughnut. Need we say more?

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Holy Wonuts! Photo Credit: Thrillist.com

Bobtail Ice Cream:  Homemade creamy goodness with flavors like Cubby Crunch, Peanut Butter Cup and Signature Sunset.

Do: 
John Hancock Observatory:  The best view in town. Treck 1,000 feet above Lake Michigan to enjoy breathtaking views of the city.

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Check out the view! Photo Credit: Fodors.com

Beach Volleyball Bump, set and spike on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Wrigley Field:  Crack open a box of Cracker Jacks, root for the Cubs and celebrate the parks 100th birthday.

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Celebrating 100 Years. Photo Credit: Crownaudio.com

Lincoln Park Zoo:  Enjoy free admission and views of lions, tigers and bears…oh my!

Listen: 
Beck:  This LA born musician is well known for his unique sound which incorporates genres like funk, soul, alternative rock, jazz and psychedelia…to name a few.  We love, Loser and Blue Moon.

Grimes:  This Canadian beauty spits out a synth pop sound so alluring, it will keep you wanting more. We love: Genesis and Go. Ft Blood Diamonds.

Pitchfork Music Festival and Packing Guide

Grimes. Photo Credit: Grimesmusic.com

Real Estate:  This all-american band from New Jersey delivers beachy vibes that meet a hazy indie rock sound. We love: Talking Backwards and Past Lives.

Tune-Yards:  Known for her entertaining stage presence, we can’t get enough of this energetic, world beat, indie pop gal. We love: Water fountain and  Wait for a Minute.

Pitchfork Music Festival and Packing Guide

Tune-Yards photo credit: Thebabybridged.com

 

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Denim Try On Event- What’s the best fit for you?

This July, we’re celebrating denim in a BIG way. With over 22 fits, 81 washes and 84 sizes, it’s hard not to spread the love on America’s #1 favorite denim brand. We sat down with Manager of Styling, Lauren R. to get the deets on her favorite fits this season and what works best for every body type.  Check out her denim picks below and don’t forget to try on our jeans in store from July 10th -23rd for your chance to win amazing prizes which include, a Macbook computer, AEO gift cards and more!

Body Type: Athletic. Jean Fit: Sky High Jegging
This super Hi-Rise and ultra tight fit will create and accentuate your beautiful curves.

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Body Type: Full-Figured. Jean Fit: Kick Boot
This fit really flatters full-figured body types. Clean lines will slim those problem areas and our stretch fabric will help create comfortable and elongated silhouettes.

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Body Type: Petite. Jean Fit: Jegging
The Jegging fit is perfect for a petite frame. Super stretch fabric, low rise and a hem that hits right at the ankle ensures a great fit and mimics the appearance of longer legs.

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Guys: No matter if you like Original Straight, Loose or Classic Bootcut, we’ve got styles and washes that match your personality. Bonus to these awesome jeans… try on a pair in stores for your chance to win one of the awesome prizes below!

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Click here for the AEO BTS 2014 Denim Try On Event Official Rules.

 

 

 

 

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What’s Hot For Summer: Camo and Global Prints

One of the best things about summer is the #AEOStyle that goes with it. This season, camo is sticking around for guys while ikat and global prints are still top of the trend list for women. Check out some of our favorite pieces below!

Guys:  The menswear catwalks were flooded with camo this year and this print is such a huge trend that it is being considered the new khaki. To help you incorporate this look into your wardrobe, we’ve  taken the rugged yet fun print to new levels by throwing it on unexpected items like canvas sneakers, bags and hats. Our favorite piece has to be the camo cargo short paired back to classics like chambray or workwear shirts and slip on sneakers for a low key vibe.  Luckily, the print is muted enough to pair with any color you want… so go ahead, what are you waiting for... step up your #AEOStyle, by rocking your camo with bold colors like citron or neon pink. Your fashion game has never looked so good.

Stylist Tip: Only wear ONE piece of camo at a time. (you will thank us for this)

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Undercover cool in #AEOStyle

Shop the look:  Camo SneakerCanvas Backpack | 12″ Ripstop Cargo Short

Girls:  Ikat and global prints have been a favorite in our styling and fashion world this year (as well as in our apartments, think pillows and curtains!) and luckily for us it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. To keep the look fresh, we’ve evolved the trend into a broader scope of products.  If you haven’t tried the global trend already you should. Whatever your style is,  you can easily incorporate the print into your look, from the boho girl with a backpack to the preppier girl in a classic short. We love this trend paired back to neutral pieces allowing it to make a statement – a classic denim shirt with bold print shorts are a summer staple. The printed backpack really pops against a solid maxi dress.

Stylist Tip: The same camo tip applies for ikat, only one piece at a time… just sayin’

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Go to great lengths in bright and bold #AEOStyle

Shop the look:  Rolled Midi Short | Boho Embroidered Backpack | Lace Up Sneaker

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One short: Three ways to wear it

The temperatures are rising and so is our #AEOStyle! We’ve enlisted the help of our ever so talented stylists, Preston and Lauren, to show you how to take one pair of fabulous summer shorts and style them three different ways. Read on to see the various ways you can outfit our  8″ Belted Prep Print Short for men and Sky High Button Front Shortie for women. We got you covered for all of those fun summer plans that are filling up your social calendar. So what are you waiting for? Start incorporating these fits into your summer wardrobe now!

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Shop Sky High Button Front Shortie looks:
1: Perfect to wear to your local flea market. Subway Graphic Tank | Birkenstock Arizona Sandal | Metallic Fedora
2: Who doesn’t need a Sunday Funday outfit? Sleeveless Plaid Button Down | Slip-On Sneaker
3: Can’t figure out to wear to that upcoming family BBQ? Open Knit V-Neck Sweater | Thick Strap Sandal

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Shop 8″ Belted Prep Print Short looks:
1: Lazy Saturday style. Legend Ringer Tank | Canvas Slip-On Sneaker
2: Dinner date with your crush. Solid Oxford Button Down | Reebok Zquick Sneaker
3: Hanging at the skate park with the guys. Vintage Donegal T-Shirt | Canvas Sneaker | Tropical Cap

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Festival Season #AEOStyle

If there is one thing that we love other than #AEOStyle, it’s music and this Summer there are some incredible festivals to boogie out to. Back in April, Preston and Coco decided to hit the west coast and take on Coachella. Not only did they experience some great music, they found spectacular fashion trends that are perfect for any music festival this season. Check out what’s trending on center stage, channel your inner celebrity with similar style and get ready to pack for your next music adventure. Our next stop? Governors Ball in New York City and Manchester, Tennessee to take on Bonnaroo! Be sure to check out the style below and click through our Spotify link to get our Bonnaroo playlist!

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Channel Amanda’s Festival Look: 1 | 2 | 3 |

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Shop the look: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

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Channel Nicky’s look: 1 | 2 | 3

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Shop the look: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Guys, don’t worry…we’ve got you covered for your next festival too! We’re seeing the floral trend bloom everywhere for guys this summer. Check out our #AEOStyle inspiration below.

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Shop the look: 1 | 2 | 3

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#AEOStyle Roundup

American Eagle Outfitters is all about expressing your individual style. Show us your original style with #AEOStyle on Instagram and Twitter for the chance to be featured on our blog so we can show the world how you take what we make and make it your own. Check out this week’s looks below!

Shop the look:
Denim Shortall

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Open Knit V-Neck Sweater

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Soft Short

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Skinny Jean
Vintage Pocket T-Shirt
Canvas Sneaker

Tell us which look is your favorite in the comments below!

 

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