Galentine’s Day Party Guide

Valentine’s Day always renews our nostalgia for handwritten love notes and heart-shaped treats – things worth celebrating regardless of your relationship status, really.  And even better, in our opinion, is February 13th – a.k.a. Galentine’s Day. What’s that, you ask? “Only the best day of the year,” according to Lesley Knope, Galentine’s Day gives us the perfect opportunity to honor the magical combination of friendship and females. This year, why not show your pals some love by hosting your very own Galentine’s party?  We have a few ideas to get you started.

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PARTY TRICK #1

DIY invitations. They’re fun, easy, and who doesn’t love getting snail mail? All you need for these ones are some watercolor paints, paper and markers! Create a watercolor wash by spreading a thin layer of paint across the paper, adding more water as needed for a translucent effect. Use the markers (and your best penmanship) to fill in the deets, and for an added touch, throw some heart-shaped confetti, rose petals, tea bags or candy in the envelope.

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PARTY TRICK #2

Flowers. They make everything prettier. Decorate your tables with some small floral arrangements of your choice. (Pro tip: make enough so that all of your Galentines can take one home!)

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PARTY TRICK #3

Chocolate. And what’s better than chocolate? Pink chocolate! Whip up this impressive treat by melting bars of white chocolate and stirring in freeze-dried raspberries until the chocolate turns a blush-pink shade. Pour the melted mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkle on dried culinary rose petals, crushed pistachios, dried raspberries or sugared almonds. Allow the chocolate to set completely and then cut or break it into squares.

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PARTY TRICK #4

Fancy refreshments are a necessity! This hibiscus-rose iced tea is the perfect complement to your DIY pink chocolate. Start by freezing rose buds in water in a large ice cube mold. Brew some hibiscus tea, stir in honey to sweeten and let it chill on ice. Finally, pour in a bottle of rose water (you can find these at Whole Foods) and fill glasses with the tea mixture and the rose-petal-infused ice cubes. Top with extra rose petals and fresh raspberries.

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PARTY TRICK #5

Get creative with your table settings! Arrange your mini bouquets, desserts, drinks, some scented candles, small string lights, or anything else that sets the Galentine’s mood. Turn on the tunes and get the party started!

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SHOP IT: Wrap Romper | Denim X4 Hi-Rise Jegging | Vintage Hi-Rise Jean | Choker Neck Sweater

As for your #OOTD, keep your theme going with blush tones and florals. This pretty sweater paired with hi-rise jeans is cozy and perfect for chilling with gal pals. For something a little dressier (but just as comfy), you can’t go wrong with a romper. The flared sleeves and floral print have GIRL POWER written all over them.

The fact is, sometimes life gets in the way of our free time – and scheduling much-needed girl time gets lost in a sea of other (seemingly more important) to-dos. Luckily, Galentine’s Day offers us the perfect reminder to appreciate and prioritize our friends – and the perfect excuse to shower them with love. Happy Galentine’s Day to you!

Show us what you’re wearing, doing & eating this Galentine’s Day with #AEOSTYLE & tell us what you love about your friends in the comments below!

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Outfit Completers: Finish Your Look In #AEOSTYLE

The quickest way to elevate your look? Add some accessories! Our favorite way to finish a look is by adding some outfit completers like hats, jewelry, belts or bags. Adding an accessory (or, like, three!) can take a look from good to great in a flash. Stocking up on little details – think a trendy backpack or a go-with-anything pair of sneakers – make it easy to build a complete look.

Start with the basics: a cool pair of jeans and a tee or sweater. Next, think about adding layers, like a denim shirt, jacket or sweatshirt. Then, it’s time to finish your look. Right now, we’re all about athletic details like sneakers and baseball hats or 90s accessories like a bandana and metallic pieces. Check out the looks below for inspiration to build your own complete look & show off your unique #AEOSTYLE!

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SHOP IT

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GUYS

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Valentine’s Day #AEOSTYLE: Date Night Looks

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? We are! Show your look some love this year with #AEOSTYLE that’ll make your heart skip a beat. Get ready to crush your Valentine’s date night look with flirty floral prints and shades of red that’ll make you blush. Whether you’re headed to the movies, out to dinner or just hanging in with your boo, these V-Day looks will definitely set the mood.

GIRLS

Your swoon-worthy look starts with a red romper in a bold floral pattern. Even though your look will be bringing the heat, throw a lace-up sweater cardigan on top for added texture. For an on-trend touch, wear chunky heels with light pink socks bunched around the ankle. Complete your look with delicate accessories that add just the right amount shimmer like gold necklaces and rings. Don’t forget little loves like a lacy Aerie bra and fragrance keep your look pretty on every layer!

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SHOP IT

Flutter Sleeve Short Romper | Lace-Up Back Cardigan | Swedish Hasbeens Covered High | Happy Unlined Plunge Bra
Street Level Tote | Layered Neckalce | Rings | Live Your Life Fragrance

GUYS

Splashes of red in this outfit will make your Valentine fall in love (with you AND your look). Ground your look in neutrals, but add a little punch of V-Day color by layering a red print button down under a tan jacket. Get festive with boxers covered in hearts, and finish the look off with black boots, a belt and cologne that will definitely score you the final rose.

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SHOP IT

Print Button Down Shirt | Twill Trench Coat | Extreme Flex Slim Straight Chino | Heart Boxer | Leather Watch
Belt | Leather Desert Boot | Real Cologne

Tell us your Valentine’s plans in the comments below, and show us your date night #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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How To Style The Camo Crew Sweatshirt With Miss Tara Belle

Camo print gets an update in a washed out, easy fit this Spring, and we’re all about this new take on neutrals. With a mix of olive green, light tan and deep black, you can pair camo with anything from destroyed jeggings and sneakers to heels and a skirt. Go incognito (or not!) in this look that’s part undercover-chic, part major chill. Blogger Tara Belle from Miss Tara Belle is showing you that camo print isn’t just for the woods anymore. Check out how she styled the AEO Camo Crew Sweatshirt, taking this print out in the concrete jungle.

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Meet Tara:
“Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Tara Belle always had a name and style that made her stand out in a crowd.  With a distinct love of fashion from a young age, she quite naturally became a buyer and stylist.  After starting her family, she knew her passion could not be contained by only dressing her three sons.  She started her blog, Miss Tara Belle in 2014.  Hardly southern, supremely witty, and always caffeinated, Tara blends high fashion, down home family life, and self-deprecating humor in to her daily musings. ”

How To Style The Camo Crew Sweatshirt With Miss Tara Belle

How To Style The Camo Crew Sweatshirt With Miss Tara Belle

What Inspired Tara’s Look:
“Olive is a neutral as far as I’m concerned, and camouflage is basically this year’s leopard (not that leopard is going anywhere), so you can pretty much pair it with anything. I went with my two faves, denim and leather. Leather, because, why not?, and denim, because a jean jacket is the ultimate topper, duh! In the words of my oh-so-clever gf, “Why stand out when you were born to blend in.”

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Shop the Look: Camo Crew Sweatshirt | Super Soft Denim Jacket | Hi-Waist Skirt (Similar)

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How To Style The Velvet Tie Dress with Simplyteee

Velvet has been making a strong comeback over the last few months – just in time for the holiday season! In rich colors & cool cuts, our velvet assortment is versatile & and easy-to-style. We love velvet because it’s such a statement fabric – you don’t need to try hard when you’re wearing velvet because it speaks for itself. One of our favorite velvet pieces from the latest collection is the AEO Velvet Tie Dress. A wrap silhouette and butterfly sleeves make it the perfect holiday dress. Tina from Simplyteee styled the Velvet Tie Dress in a super casual, cool-girl way (and we can see this look working anywhere from your office party to family dinner!). See what inspired Tina’s look & shop her look below.

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MEET TINA:
“My name is Tina and I’m the creator of simplyteee, a Toronto based blog featuring my love for fashion, beauty and travel. I started this journey about a year ago as a creative outlet. The idea seemed intriguing and challenging, and I was excited at the opportunities it could lead me to! I take comfort over everything, and my personal style is usually a reflection of my mood. Offline, you can find me binging on Netflix or indulging myself with good eats.”

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WHAT INSPIRED TINA’S LOOK:
“I have been obsessed with velvet lately and am so happy the 90s are still making a comeback! This dress is perfect for the holidays and is also a great layering piece that can be dressed up or down. I decided to keep it simple and keep the focal point on the dress. As with most of my outfits, I truly believe less is always more.”

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Shop the Look: Velvet Tie Dress | Tall Turn Up Beanie (Similar) | Zip Back Heeled Bootie (Similar)

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How To Style The Mock Neck Cutout Shoulder Dress With Wait, You Need This

It’s all in the details, especially when it comes to dresses. From modern, hi-necklines to strappy cutouts, there’s a dress to fit your personal #AEOSTYLE. One dress that has it all is the Mock Neck Cutout Shoulder Dress – this style features a bold print, mock neck, bell sleeves and cutout shoulders (basically, every detail wrapped in one!). Blogger Janelle Lloyd from Wait, You Need This took this dress to another level by adding an on-trend bandana around the neck and pairing it with super high over-the-knee boots. Keep reading to see Janelle’s full look & discover the inspiration behind her outfit, and if you love her #AEOSTYLE, make sure to check out her last post with us styling the Tomgirl Jean!

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Meet Janelle:
“I’m Janelle, New York City dweller and blogger behind Wait, You Need This. I love trying out new fashion trends, decorating spaces, traveling to new places and inspiring others to do the same on my blog and Instagram (@waityouneedthis).”

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What Inspired Janelle’s Look:
“The long sleeve and cut out shoulder make this dress an ideal piece for transitioning into the new season. With fall in the air, I couldn’t wait to pull out my favorite statement boots for a seventies-inspired look. I also like to subtly mix prints on occasion, and thought a bandana was an on-trend way to do just that.”

How To Style The Mock Neck Cutout Shoulder Dress With Wait, You Need This

Shop the Look: Mock Neck Cutout Shoulder Dress | BandanaOver-The-Knee Slouchy Boot

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