Designer Interview: 10 questions with Natalie Malcolm

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We had a rapid Q&A with Senior Designer Natalie Malcolm of Men’s Swim and Outerwear. We fired off 10 questions to Natalie to learn what inspired this season’s swim trends and get a brief insight into her personal life.

Ready.Set.Go.

1. Where are you from:
Manchester, England

2. What are the trends for men’s swim this spring?
Neon brights, color blocking and shorter inseams lengths. Favorites include; beach photo real and galaxy prints.

3. Where did the inspiration for these trends come from?
California beaches, from festivals and runway shows.
We also loved the color and energy from the 90’s vibe.

natBeach, Festival and Street Style Inspiration

4. What do you love most about working in a creative field?
Endless boundaries and ever changing trends, keeping up with the latest and greatest.

5. Five words to describe you-
Honest, grounded, sarcastic, fun, optimistic.

6. Favorite destination:
Cote D’Azur with my family and friends.

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Cote D’Azur  (Photo Credit: smarttravelinfo.com)

7. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Keep your head up and put your best face on.

8. And the advice you’d offer aspiring designers?
Be open to criticism, accept advice, have thick skin and of course, dress to impress.

9. Three fashion staples every girl should have for spring:
Rompers, printed sundress, and shades.

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10. One swim trunk every guy should have on his wishlist?
Colorblocked Swim Trunk!

 

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How to Wear It: Men’s Board Shorts

How to Wear It: Men’s Board Shorts

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This summer, we’re introducing three lengths in our Men’s Board Shorts. You can choose from 10″, 8″ or and 6″ inseams. Our board shorts are made from our quick-drying microfiber and can be styled for anything you’ll be doing this summer — from hanging by the pool and surfing at the beach to rocking out at a music festival. We asked our AE.com Men’s Merchandise Manager Bryan N. to give us the lowdown on the newest styles.

 

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Our classic 10” inseam board short hits right at the knee. It’s the classic board short length you’ll find from any surf brand. This style fits perfectly into our festival trend. Pair it with a cool tee or tank for a classic summer look.

 

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This is our brand new 8” inseam board short, which hits right above the knee. It’s a bit preppier and is perfect for that guy who doesn’t want a longer, roomier board short. We love it because it’s casual enough to wear while you grab a bite to eat or when hit the beach for the day.

 

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The brand new 6” inseam board short hits a couple inches above the knee. It’s a really comfortable short and doesn’t show off too much thigh. It’s also super preppy, and the trend in swim is definitely going much shorter. We outfit this head turning style with a short sleeve button-down or a V-neck tee. 

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From Pool to Party: How to Accessorize Your Swim

From Pool to Party: How to Accessorize Your Swim

At American Eagle Outfitters, we believe your individual style starts with the perfect pair of jeans. But now that the sun is hot and the days are long, we’re all about building your look around an equally versatile piece : the swimsuit.

One of the greatest things about summer is the freedom to go wherever and do whatever you want. But dressing for infinite possibility might seem impossible. Take it from us though – once you find your go-to swimsuit, the rest is easy.

Just like AE jeans, our collection of summer swimwear features a huge assortment of silhouettes and fits to match your style. Check out all of our sun-inspired and beach-ready styles and find your perfect fit. We love the AE Macrame Triangle Bikini for the classic shape and intricate crocheted design.

Beach to Boardwalk

To prep for a casual day in the sun, top off your swimsuit with trend-right Photo Real Tanks and the true essential of summer: the shortie.  Finish the look with metallic flip-flops and a bold embroidered backpack to help you stand out from the boardwalk crowd.

Stay cool in the summer heat with look #1

Get the look:

AE Beach Tank

AE Destroyed Festival Shorties

AEO Summer Flip-Flop

AEO Embroidered Backpack

AE Square Sunglasses

Beach to Pool Party

Even better than being at an awesome pool party? Being best dressed at an awesome pool party. Layering a simple tube or corset top over your swimsuit adds an unexpected element that will take your poolside look to the next level.  Balance things out with a flowy maxi skirt, boho accessories and dark shades.

Go bohemian with look #2

Get the look:

AE Sweetheart Copped Corset (similar)

AE Pleated Maxi Skirt (similar)

AEO Beaded T-Strap Sandal

AEO Beaded Floppy Hat

AEO Beaded Bracelet Set

AEO Oversized Sunglasses

Beach to Night Out

Dressing your swimsuit for a night out may actually be the easiest look of all. A simple striped sundress is both effortless and perfectly put together. Add a little shine with a classic necklace and metallic clutch, dress things up with strappy wedges and a boho printed scarf and VOILA! No one will ever know you came straight from the beach…

Go “Nauti-cool” with look #3

Get the look:

AE Knit Coverup (similar)

AEO Faux Snakeskin Clutch (similar)

AEO Strappy Wedge Sandal

AEO Wrap Watch

AEO Chain Necklace

AEO Printed Loop Scarf

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