How to Style Denim Cutoffs, featuring Mars Jackson

Meet Mars Jacksonan indie artist raised and based in Pittsburgh, PA.

Mars is currently signed with Misra Records, and when he’s not working on music or doing shows, he’s busy discovering new ways to enjoy his city to the fullest — as you can see on his artfully curated (and Pittsburgh-proud) Instagram.

We asked Mars to style one of our favorite pieces from the latest AEO men’s collection: the denim cutoff. With an updated, tailored fit, shorter inseam, and distressed details, these shorts are an obvious choice for your summer go-to.

Check out Mars’ style tips for the perfect casual-cool look (along with a few glimpses of his beloved Steel City) below.

Mars Jackson styles the five pocket cutoff denim short and long sleeve graphic t-shrirt“Music and researching the art of style is something that makes me feel free. Growing up, I was heavily influenced by my surroundings and friends who loved watching cartoons, wrestling or skating and playing video games.”

Mars Jackson styles the five pocket cutoff denim short and long sleeve graphic t-shrirt Mars Jackson styles the five pocket cutoff denim short and long sleeve graphic t-shrirt

What inspired Mars’ look:
“I’m still influenced by my upbringing. I naturally give off a laid-back vibe, especially when it comes to style, and I love feeling comfortable wherever I go. I loved how comfortable the Extreme Flex Denim Shorts were. You can’t go wrong with the Flex. I paired them back to the Long Sleeve Feel Fine T- Shirt and a basic jean jacket – perfect for a summer evening in the city of Pittsburgh.”

Mars Jackson styles the five pocket cutoff denim short and long sleeve graphic t-shrirt

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SHOP THE LOOK: Feel Fine Long Sleeve T-Shirt | Extreme Flex Denim Short
New Balance 300 Suede Sneaker (Similar) | Crew Socks (Similar)

PHOTOGRAPHY: @keeppittsburghdope

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How To Style A Matching Skirt & Crop Top With The Boho Flow

We love a festival-ready look. Black ground floral patterns are an edgy way to ease into pretty Spring patterns, and few things make us think of warm weather more than crop tops and bare shoulders. We’re also really in to the matchback look this season (perfect pairs are so easy to wear when the work is already done for you!). Cristina from The Boho Flow brings this look to life in our Off-The-Shoulder Crop Top and Button Front Maxi Skirt. Check out Cristina’s full look below & let us know how you’ll style a matching set in the comments (or take a pic & show us for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery)!

Cristina Monti Fashion and Lifestyle blogger wearing american eagle floral print two piece crop top and skirt with slit

Meet Cristina:
“I created my fashion lifestyle blog, The Boho Flow, in hopes of inspiring woman all over through my personal style, taste in music and thirst for life. I believe there is beauty in everything life has to offer. I also believe you create your own beauty, hence The Boho Flow, in my case. It’s a space where I get to create freely everything I find beautiful or inspiring.

Throughout my time as a blogger, I’ve come to realize that I have many passions. I’m currently very passionate about travelling and living a healthy and proactive lifestyle. I think that there’s a lot a person can learn from travelling and creating content and really just following your heart, dreams and what brings you the most joy.

My main goal is to keep creating innovative content that inspires the on the go millennial young woman. I’m a strong believer in spiritually and a healthy lifestyle, so as I grow and learn much about myself, my style, beliefs and mindset evolve just the same.Travelling to places I’ve never seen. Learning different cultures, perspectives, beliefs, lifestyles, etc., these are all characteristics that help me create content to encourage woman to feel strong, beautiful, elegant, ambitious all while conveying a cool unique and flavourful in the know style.”

Cristina Monti Fashion and Lifestyle blogger wearing american eagle floral print two piece crop top and skirt with slit

What Inspired Cristina’s Look:
“If you know anything about me or my style, you would know that I love black. It was a pretty easy choice for me to pick such a cute ensemble since its base is black, making the floral print not too overbearing and just feminine enough.

Spring is in bloom, which means florals, off the shoulder tops, skirts and everything pretty. As a result, this look right here. American Eagle really knows how to start a new season with a bang. I took the liberty in pairing this awesome floral crop top and matching maxi skirt with fishnets, a leather jacket ( because it’s not yet warm enough to be bare shoulder ) and velvet heel booties. I wanted to add my edgy touch to this awesome floral set and voilà!

I can’t wait for summer so that I can get to rock this top with a pair of high-waisted jeans and a little denim jacket or this skirt with a little tank or thin knitted sweater and sneakers. Looks I really look forward styling with these pretty American Eagle pieces.”

Cristina Monti Fashion and Lifestyle blogger wearing american eagle floral print two piece crop top and skirt with slit

Shop the Look: Off-The-Shoulder Crop Top | Button Front Maxi Skirt | Bomber Jacket (Similar)
Sunglasses (Similar) | Tassel Heeled Bootie (Similar) | Layered Necklace (Similar)

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How To Style The One Shoulder Chambray Shirt With Estrogen Studio

Showing a little shoulder is THE trend of 2017. This silhouette is everywhere in our closets – sweaters, dresses, tanks, tops – and we definitely don’t hate it. In must-have one shoulder, cold shoulder and off-the-shoulder fits, this is a summer-ready trend that looks more difficult to style than it is! Blogger Tanya from Estrogen Studio styled our One Shoulder Chambray Shirt with a casual vibe and made the look her own by adding a long scarf that draped down the open back and accentuated the ruffle details on the neckline. Check out Tanya’s full look below & show us how you’re styling the one shoulder trend YOUR way for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery!

Blogger Estrogen Studio styles the one shoulder chambray shirt

Meet Tanya:
Tanya is a fashion blogger and influencer based in Toronto. After discovering her love for fashion, she used her professional experience as a social media marketer to launch her Instagram account focusing on trendy and minimalistic looks for every occasion. A channel which started as her personal fashion musing quickly became a passion project with the launch of her blog Estrogen Studio. She loves to try new trends and hopes to inspire others to experiment with fashion.

Blogger Estrogen Studio styles the one shoulder chambray shirt Blogger Estrogen Studio styles the one shoulder chambray shirt

What Inspired Tanya’s Look:
“I absolutely loved the One Shoulder Chambray Shirt. The lightweight material is perfect for the summer weather and festival season. You can style the shirt in so many different ways – a pair of white shorts, high-waisted skirt, or a pair of jeans. Since the weather is still warming up in Toronto, I opted for a pair of black jeans and my favourite moccasins to keep it super casual. To add my personal style to this off-shoulder trend, I added a light, red scarf for the perfect finishing touch! To make sure your shoulders and collarbones pop in this shirt, make sure to dust your favourite highlighter to give your skin a healthy glow.”

Blogger Estrogen Studio styles the one shoulder chambray shirt

Shop the Look: One Shoulder Chambray Shirt | Vintage Hi-Rise Jean (Similar) | Bandana (Similar)

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How To Style The Vintage Hi-Rise Denim Skirt With Style By The People

You’ve already met the Vintage Hi-Rise Jean and the Vintage Hi-Rise Festival short – now, we’re bringing you the latest addition to the Vintage Hi-Rise fam, our denim skirt! The Vintage Hi-Rise Denim Skirt has all of the details you love about the jean in skirt form: rigid denim fabric so you can wear it in just right, a slightly frayed hem for a totally effortless vibe and a rise that sits on your natural waist! We teamed up with blogger Erin Grey from Style By The People to get her styling tips for a piece as iconic as the denim skirt. Check out Erin’s full look below & let us know how you’ll style the denim skirt in the comments (or take a pic & show us for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery)!

Style By The People shows you her take on the new hi-rise denim mini skirt.

Meet Erin:
“Meet Erin – the fashion loving, travel obsessed, California girl behind the blog Style by the People. Growing up in a fashionable city and traveling around the world, fashion quickly evolved from a personal interest to a calling. With professional experiences as a stylist and marketer, Erin decided to take a leap and go public with her fashion musings. Style by the People began as a passion project to share her ever-evolving personal style and adventures, hoping to inspire others and invite them to join her journey, celebrating life, one outfit at a time”

Style By The People shows you her take on the new hi-rise denim mini skirt.

What Inspired Erin’s Look:
“I am known for being a bit denim obsessed, so any opportunity to wear denim – whether it be jeans, cut off shorts, or a denim skirt – I will take! I am all for taking trendy pieces and making them feel right to me — so with the weather warming up and festival season around the corner, I wanted to figure out a way to be able to wear a denim skirt again. Combining this vintage cut-off denim skirt with a kelly green sweatshirt felt like the perfect update to this 90’s trend, and my modern take on the classic cut off skirt.”

Style By The People shows you her take on the new hi-rise denim mini skirt.

Shop the Look: Vintage Hi-Rise Denim Skirt | Long Sleeve Choker Top (Similar) | Buckle Heeled Boot (Similar)

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How To Style The Vintage Hi-Rise Festival Short with Summer of Diane

With Spring Break and beach vibes on our mind, we’re ready to feel the sun on our skin and wishing for the warm weather to arrive. Blogger Rachael Proctor from Summer of Diane is helping is kick off shorts season by styling the Vintage Hi-Rise Festival shortie and pairing it back to with shoulder-baring silhouette. We love the Vintage Hi-Rise Festival because of its versatility, whether you’re going for a sport to street or beachy chic look, and durability. Rigid denim is making a comeback in jeans, denim jackets and now – these shorts! To learn more about the fit of non-stretch denim, be sure to check out our styling tips here, and keep reading to get to know Rachael & what inspired her shorts look below.

Summer of Diane styles the Vintage Hi-Rise Festival Short

Summer of Diane styles the Vintage Hi-Rise Festival Short

Meet Rachael:
“Rachael is the pint-sized, fashion loving, rebel behind the Miami-based style website Summer of Diane.  She launched her site after hanging up her hair stylist shears to become a full-time gypsy, having lived on both coasts totaling 5 states in the past 5 years.  She has finally settled her roots in Miami, but the constant change solidified her longstanding belief that it’s never too late to start a new adventure.  Summer of Diane is where she shares her bohemian beach style, travel inspiration, & passion for all things tropical.”

Summer of Diane styles the Vintage Hi-Rise Festival Short

Summer of Diane styles the Vintage Hi-Rise Festival Short

What Inspired Rachael’s Look:
“Being a self-proclaimed denim short aficionado, I have to admit that these Vintage Hi-Rise Festival Shorties are one of my favorites.  I absolutely love that they have zero stretch to the fabric, which makes them feel like genuine vintage shorts.  I know we’ve all been conditioned to equate stretch with comfort, but rest assured they are so soft & broken-in, that there is nothing uncomfortable about them.  Additionally, I would consider myself fairly petite, standing in at 4’11”, and I love how flattering the Hi-Rise style is on my smaller frame.  These shorts have even managed to give me the illusion of having curves, & that my friends, is nothing shy of a miracle.

With festival & outdoor concert season right around the corner, I wanted to put a fun look together to kick start your summer inspiration.  I paired the shorts with this feminine lace top because I felt like it was a nice juxtaposition against the ultra-distressed denim.  I topped the look off with some whimsical accessories & a pair of chunky platforms.  My personal style definitely leans more to the adventurous side than most, but I feel like festival season is the perfect time to experiment with your own look.  So have fun, throw some glitter on your face, & pick up a pair of these amazing shorts—You won’t regret it!”

Summer of Diane styles the Vintage Hi-Rise Festival Short

Shop the Look: Vintage Hi-Rise Festival | Cold Shoulder Top (Similar) | BC Footwear Set Me Free Bootie (Similar)
Street Level Tote (Similar) | Kitsch Elevated Straight Bobby Pins (Similar)

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How to Wear the Vintage Hi-Rise Jean

HOW TO WEAR SPRING’S MUST-HAVE NON-STRETCH DENIM

How To Wear Non-Stretch Denim The Vintage Hi-Rise Jean

Don’t get us wrong – we’ll always have a spot in our closets for a great pair of stretchy jeans (brunch, for starters). But it’s time to get back to the basics: as in, 100-percent-cotton blues. Iconic, authentic, good-old-fashioned JEANS, crafted from rigid denim that is just waiting to be broken in to fit your body perfectly.

…and that breaking-in process? That is KEY. Non-stretch denim is an entirely different ballgame. Like most great things in life, it is truly about the journey… with the destination being an amazing rear view (obvs) AND a pair of jeans that fits like a glove and will last forever.

Lucky for you, we have an in with one of New York’s most in-demand stylists, and we’re sharing her tips for rocking spring’s most-talked-about jeans.

How To Wear Non-Stretch Denim The Vintage Hi-Rise Jean

WEAR ‘EM ON YOUR WAIST

A high rise is CRUCIAL. It highlights your curves, lifts your butt and creates a naturally sexy and flatteringly feminine silhouette.

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SIZE UP, IF NEEDED

Keep in mind that these are literally non-stretch. As in, denim that does not stretch.

The first time you try them on, they will likely feel pretty snug around your waistline – almost a little too tight, even. That’s a good thing, because once you break them in, they will loosen up to fit you just right. Choose a size that fits your true waist snugly, and the denim will do the rest, becoming a little bit softer and more forgiving with every single wear. Alternatively, if you prefer a looser, more relaxed fit and would rather skip the break-in process, simply size up and carry on!

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MAKE THEM YOUR OWN

We love the timeless look of a skinny belt and tucked-in tee, but this is the perfect pair of jeans for experimenting with different silhouettes and layers to find your own unique style.

How To Wear Non-Stretch Denim The Vintage Hi-Rise Jean

SHOP IT:
Vintage Hi-Rise Jean
AEO Shrunken Choker T-Shirt
Aerie Lace + Mesh Triangle Bralette
AEO Perforated Belt
Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Amory Clog

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