2014 Kentucky Derby Style and Celebration Guide

Since 1875, the Kentucky Derby has been drawing crowds to Louisville, Kentucky to watch the first leg of the US Triple Crown. We’ve put together a style guide (three words hats, dresses and blazers) as well as a Louisville travel guide to ensure you’re weekend is filled with great style and amazing memories…you can “bet” on it!

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The quintessential Kentucky Derby #AEOStyle

Pack:
Girls: Derby day is all about summer dresses and big hats. Pair a cinch waist dress with platform heels and a floppy hat for perfect derby #AEOStyle. Pack a scarf to wear around your shoulders for an elegant accessory that will also keep you warm in case the weather turns.

Shop the look:
Cutout Jaquared Sundress
Floppy Straw Hat
Embroidered Scarf
Two Tone Wedge Sandal

Guys:
Keep your style classic with a pair of khaki pants and wingtip shoes.  Pair it back to a solid oxford button down, blazer and tie for style that’s not only dapper, but comfortable too! To complete the look, throw on a fedora to add southern charm to your #AEOStyle.

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Rock your southern charm in #AEOStyle

Shop the look:
Glory Hats by Goorin Fireball Fedora
Wingtip Shoe
Slim Straight Khaki
Solid Oxford Button Down
Chambray Tie
Cotton Blazer

Eat: 
Decca: Located in Louisville’s downtown NULU district, this delicious restaurant uses locally farmed and small production ingredients.

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Eat delicious local food at Decca. Image Source: deccarestaurant.com

Rye: Southern charm with a modern twist. Try the citrus salad and triple cooked fries.

Hillbilly Tea: A southern breakfast, brunch and tea room. Try their holy basil herb tea or bourbon bread pudding.

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Do:
Belle of Louisville: Take a tour down the  river on one of the oldest operating steamboats in America.

Louisville Slugger Museum: The home of the famous baseball bat. Take a tour and snap your picture with the giant wooden bat outside.

Kentucky Derby To Do Guide

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Thirsty Pedaler: Hop on this moving bike bar (holds up to 15 people) and get a 2 hour tour of downtown Louisville.

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Take a ride on the Thirsty Pedaler. Image source: xola.com

Stay:
21c Museum Hotel: Voted the best hotel in the south by Conde Nast Traveler, its not only a 90 room boutique hotel, its a museum and an award winning restaurant all in one.

Kentucky Derby To Do Guide

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DuPont Mansion Bed and Breakfast: Located on Fourth Street in Old Louisville, this B&B offers the perfect mix of charm and excitement.

Tucker House Bed and Breakfast: This beautiful B&B sits on five acres of gorgeous land. Enjoy the scenery from your patio or explore the woods and lake for a super fun adventure.

Tucker House Bed and Breakfast, Louisville

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Are you going to the Kentucky Derby this weekend? Show us your #AEOStyle derby outfits on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on AE.com.

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#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Shorts

One of our favorite menswear bloggers, Freddy Rodriguez from Blue Perk, recently took a trip of a lifetime to Thailand. And the first thing he packed — his favorite American Eagle Outfitters shorts, essential for the hot days and nights of this Southeast Asian kingdom.

Meet Freddy:
Freddy Rodriguez is the blogger behind the popular menswear site, Blue Perk. The Texas transplant, now a New York based editor, made his way to the city to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology. He enjoys traveling at a moment’s notice and shares his unique perspectives on Twitter @FREDRDGZ.

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Freddy from Blue Perk in our 8″ Prep Short.

What inspired Freddy’s look:
While preparing for this trip I knew it would be hot. I chose to pack a lot of light layers that would breathe but would compliment the tropical atmosphere. I may have jumped the gun with my thrifted Hawaiian shirt and pineapple shoes, but I couldn’t resist fully embracing the summer weather.

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Freddy paired his 8″ Prep Shorts with a surf tropic print for a trend-right look.

Get Freddy’s look:
8″ Prep Short
Printed Sneaker (similar)

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Freddy from Blue Perk in our 11.5″ Longboard Short.

What inspired Freddy’s look:
I’m sure glad I packed accordingly. It’s been 90+ degrees each day, which I am not complaining after what seemed like a never ending winter in New York. A key tip that I’ve learned is tank-tops and shorts are the best way to stay comfortable while traveling. Though I would also highly recommend sun screen, a mistake I made and have been paying for these past two days. Other than that, you don’t need much else than tropical prints and complimenting shorts to stay comfortable while in tropical climates.

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Freddy cuffed the 11.5″ Longboard Short for this cool look.

Get Freddy’s look:
11.5″ Longboard Short
Floral Pocket Tank (similar)

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Freddy from Blue Perk in our 8″ Prep Short.

What inspired Freddy’s look:
Because it’s really hot here, the key is less is more. Coordinating colors and prints is the best way to stay true to your style, while not completely melting. White is a traditional tropical color and I wasn’t going to miss my opportunity to embrace the color before Memorial Day. Though I may have been worried all day that I was going to get my shorts dirty (I did, sigh), the real treat was feeling and looking fresh despite my constant flow of sweat. So don’t forget to pack your whites on your next tropical excursion!

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Keep cool by matching light colors like Freddy.

Get Freddy’s look:
8″ Prep Short

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Freddy from Blue Perk in our 8″ Floral Prep Short.

What inspired Freddy’s look:
While I’m sweating buckets, I figured I might as well wear as little as possible, right? Second best to being shirtless is a slim cut tank-top that allows a lot of room for breathing and light shorts that also allow your legs to breathe. Because there is no better way to win against the heat. I learned to just cope with drenching my outfit in sweat and try my best to look good while doing it.

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Dress up a basic white tank with a cool printed short.

Get Freddy’s look:
8″ Floral Prep Short
Ringer Tank (similar)

Show off your summer-ready looks with shorts by using #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your photo on our AE.com Style Gallery or our blog!

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7 Things We Love…

Here at AEO, we’re inspired by so many different things. Food, travel, music, movies… you name it, the sky’s the limit! We’re starting a new series on the blog where you can see all of our inspirations—and maybe get a little inspired yourself. Here’s the first installment of what we can’t live without.

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WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO: KEEP YOU BY WILD BELLE
We’re digging this song from Wild Belle’s debut album, Isles. Chicago natives (and siblings!) Elliot and Natalie Bergman have created the perfect mix of indie rock and funk. This track’s addictive sound will definitely have you playing it again and again and again and… well, you get the point.

WHAT WE’RE DOWNLOADING: TRAKTOR DJ
Have big dreams of being a DJ? Well, it’s now easier than ever (and totally at your fingertips) with this awesome app. Choose from eight different effects like Beatmasher, Filter and Flanger to cut up and rearrange beats, create quick cuts and more. Plus, you can use it on your iPad or iPhone!

WHERE WE’RE GOING: DENVER
Looking for a place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Denver boasts one of the largest celebrations in the US. The two-day festival includes live music and all the authentic Mexican cuisine you can handle. Work off all the tacos by taking advantage of the city’s hiking trails and mountain terrain.

WHAT WE’RE READING: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS BY JOHN GREEN
It’s only one of the most popular YA books to come out in the past five years. This story about two teenage cancer patients who find each other and fall in love is a tearjerker, for sure… but it’s also full of hope and the appreciation of living life to the fullest. Not to mention the movie, which stars Divergent’s Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, is only one of the most anticipated movie releases of the year (it comes out on June 6).

WHAT WE’RE EATING: SMOOTHIE BOWLS
The weather’s heating up (finally) (we think?) and that has us craving colder foods. Smoothie bowls are the cousin of acai bowls, which are a Brazilian treat made from frozen acai pulp blended with other frozen fruit and topped with fresh sliced fruit, granola and honey. But since acai is a little hard to find, try a smoothie bowl—all you need is spinach, avocado, and whatever frozen fruit you have in the freezer! Mmm, mmm good.

WHAT WE’RE WEARING: AE SOFT FLORAL JUMPSUIT
The oversized floral print. The mismatched pockets. The bold black and white. The silhouette. Everything about this jumpsuit just screams “I’m right on trend for spring!” It’s really just a bonus that it’s incredibly comfy, too.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING: MEAN GIRLS ON NETFLIX
This movie totally made fetch happen. We kind of can’t believe it’s 10 years old already. This classic just never goes out of style. Thanks to Netflix, we’re watching the antics of the Plastics over and over again and quoting all the memorable lines nonstop. A few of our favorites: “On Wednesdays, we wear pink.” “That’s why her hair is so big. It’s full of secrets.” “Whatever. I’m getting cheese fries.” “You go, Glenn Coco!”

 

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A Day In Italy: Our #MadeInItaly Photo Diary

A Day In Italy: Our #MadeInItaly Photo Diary

Love our new Made In Italy For American Eagle Outfitters collection? Get even more inspiration with our photo diary from our trip to Italy, where we created and designed every piece in the line. Touring the countryside and city provided the perfect balance of beauty, edge and effortless style reflected in our exclusive collection made just for you. Show us how you’re wearing Made In Italy For American Eagle Outfitters with #AEOSTYLE for your chance to be featured on AE.com.

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Show us how you’re styling our new limited edition collection Made In Italy For American Eagle Outfitters and tag your photos on Instagram and Twitter with #AEOStyle for a chance to featured on ae.com!

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Spring Break Packing Guide

Spring Break Packing Guide

Greetings Spring Breakers!

It’s that time of year again- time to take a break from studying, exams, and snow and head to a relaxing beach destination for seven straight days of fun in the sun. Your flight is booked, your hotel reservation locked down, and now its time to…. Pack!

We know the feeling all too well- the stress of trying to jam your entire closet into a standard size suitcase, the overwhelming fear of not having your favorite outfits, accessories, beach wear and let’s not forget, coordinating shoes, on hand when you arrive at your Spring Break destination. So, to help you maximize the space in your suitcase and to cut down on packing time- we compiled a list of tips and tricks just for you!

Tips for the Gal’s:

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1. Fold your bikini top and place inside a back pocket of your shorts.

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2. Tuck your sunglasses in one of the front pockets of your shorts. Then fold shorts in half to protect sunglasses.

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3. Roll your tee and tuck inside your sandals.

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4. Place jewelry inside a pocket of your denim jacket.

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5. Roll your dress and place inside a hat.

Bonus Tip:  Roll delicate items, like dresses, in tissue paper and they will be wrinkle free when unpacked.

Packing Checklist:

T-Shirts

Dresses

Swimsuits

Accessories

Shorts

Shoes

Tips for the Guy’s:

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1. Rolling, instead of folding your swimsuit will take up less space.

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2. Place your flip flops in each back pocket of your jeans and then fold in half.

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3. Roll your tee and place inside hat.

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4. Hide your sunglasses inside one of your shoes.

Packing Checklist:

T-Shirts

Jeans

Accessories

Shorts

Swim

Shoes

We hope that these tips and tricks will help ease the stress of packing! Safe Travels! And P.S. don’t forget sunscreen!

Stay tuned this week for our Spring Break essentials guide!

 

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San Francisco Travel Guide

San Francisco Travel Guide

Last September, we took 16 winners of Project Live Your Life to San Francisco for the trip of a lifetime. Despite long days shooting the American Eagle Outfitters Spring 2014 campaign, our cast and crew had some time to check out San Francisco’s coolest and most iconic sites. Check out our top places to eat, things to do and places to see in the City by the Bay.

Wear

Despite being located in sunny California, San Francisco does get chilly from the bay breezes. We recommend layers – lightweight sweaters that are easy to stick in your bag for girls. Guys should add a flannel to a graphic T or sweatshirt. A little more dressy than LA, girls can upgrade their look with printed soft pants and guys can trade in their board shorts for denim shorts.

San Francisco is known for its hills – be sure to pack comfy shoes. A pair of slip-on sneakers in a basic color works with just about any color for girls and canvas sneakers for guys will complete any look. Don’t forget accessories like beanies and sunglasses so you’re prepared for any weather change from rain to sun.

 

Look 1

San Francisco look for girls.

Get the look:

Cropped Raglan Sweater

Soft Pant

Slip-On Sneaker

Knit Beanie

 

Look 2

San Francisco look for guys.

Get the look:

Bold Graphic Sweatshirt

Destroyed Denim Cutoff Short

Plaid Workwear Shirt

Canvas Sneaker

 

Eat

San Francisco is one of America’s biggest foodie cities. From the famous Mission-style burritos to every type of fusion imaginable, no one will ever go hungry in San Francisco.

 

Ferry Building. Photo by @jamiesimoni.

Ferry Building. Photo by @jamiesimoni.

Ferry Building Marketplace

Located along the water at the end of Market Street, you can find everything from fresh fish to artisan chocolates at the Ferry Building Marketplace. Our Senior Director of Analytics in our San Francisco office had a piece of chocolate there that “changed his life!” Be sure to go hungry – our Aerie Assistant Bra Buyer Emily T. recommends a snack of charcuterie at Boccalone followed up by a New Orleans Iced Coffee from Blue Bottle Coffee, a caffeinated SF staple.

Swan Oyster Depot

Over 100 years old, Swan Oyster Depot is a San Francisco institution. Be prepared to wait in line at 1517 Polk Street for your chance at the best seafood in San Francisco. Our tip? Order the San Francisco Sashimi, a “secret” menu item.

Tartine Bakery and Cafe

If the line out the door doesn’t let you know that a restaurant is good, we don’t know what does. Go early to avoid the wait and try the famed “Morning Bun” or stop by in the afternoon for a Banana Cream Tart or Coconut Cream Tart and take a loaf of bread home fresh out of the oven. Stop by Tartine on 600 Guerrero.

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A Coconut Cream Tart and iced coffee at Tartine Bakery. Photo by @emtodd11.

 

Foreign Cinema

Take “dinner and a movie” to an entirely new level at Foreign Cinema, located in the Mission District. Nightly they screen movies in their covered back patio, ranging from silent films to your Wes Anderson favorites. Order the sesame fried chicken – you won’t regret it.

Nopalita

Our crew hit up Nopalita on 9th Ave right by the Botanical Gardens for amazing Mexican food while on the shoot. While Nopalita has all the Mexican staples, we recommend getting a torta, or Mexican sandwich, followed up with a Mexican Hot Chocolate.

 

Do

Golden Gate Bridge.

Golden Gate Bridge. Photo by @cpisone.

Bike the Golden Gate Bridge

It’s one of the most iconic bridges in the world. See it up close and personal while biking it! The ride starts at Fisherman’s Wharf and takes you to the beautiful town of Sausalito. Once in Sausalito you can enjoy the shops and cafes, then catch a ferry back to the wharf. Bike rentals are available at Blazing Saddles, located at Pier 41 and 2715 Hyde Street.

Ocean Beach and Golden Gate Park

Jump on the BART Blue Line at the Embarcadero and get off at Balboa Park. This metro stop is steps from Ocean Beach, where you can walk along the water and put your toes in the Pacific Ocean. Then walk a few blocks to Golden Gate Park to experience nature right in the middle of the urban city.

 

Don't leave San Francisco without taking a trolley ride!

Don’t leave San Francisco without taking a trolley ride!

Union Square

You can’t leave San Francisco without taking a trolley ride! Catch either the Powell-Mason or Powell-Hyde lines and jump off at Union Square. Spend the afternoon window shopping and pick up a new pair of AEO jeans at our store on Market Street!

Marin Headlands

Dubbed one of the best viewpoints in San Francisco, where you can witness astonishing views of the coast and the city. There are also several hiking trails and a suspension bridge if you are feeling adventurous.

Muir Woods

Spend an afternoon walking off all the culinary delights SF has to offer at Muir Woods. Not only can you see the famed Redwood trees but you can also spend a few hours hiking the trails that surround the area and afford views of the Pacific Ocean.

Muir Woods reminds you how small you are compared to nature. Photo by @cpisone.

Muir Woods reminds you how small you are compared to nature. Photo by @cpisone.

 

The Presidio

A former military base, The Presidio was founded by the Spanish in 1776 and was their northern-most outpost of colonial power in the new world.

Getting Around

Although hilly, San Francisco is small enough to be walkable if you’re up for it. If you need to get from point A to point B quickly, we recommend Uber. If you’re not in the know, download the Uber App and open it up when you need a lift. A private car will be to you in less than ten minutes to take you anywhere you need. The best part? You pay through your phone, so you don’t even need cash for a taxi.

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