#AerieREAL Girl Emma Roberts & Friends in #AEOSTYLE

Our brand partner, Aerie, held a dinner party celebrating the launch of their Fall 2015 #AerieREAL unretouched campaign featuring Emma Roberts last month at Eric Buterbaugh Florals in Los Angeles. In honor of the campaign, which officially launched on September 3, we’re flashing back to the night of the party, where we spotted tons of Emma’s closest friends rocking #AEOSTYLE in support of their bestie and her partnership. See all of the celebrity looks below.

-Los Angeles, CA - 8/21/2015 - Emma Roberts Celebrates her #AerieREAL Campaign with a launch dinner in Los Angeles. -PICTURED: Emma Roberts,Lea Michele,Becca Tobin -PHOTO by: Michael Simon/startraksphoto.com -MS64624 Editorial - Rights Managed Image - Please contact www.startraksphoto.com for licensing fee Startraks Photo New York, NY For licensing please call 212-414-9464 or email sales@startraksphoto.com

#AerieREAL girl Emma looks gorgeous in our AEO Knit Fit & Flare Dress. Pictured with her are Lea Michele and Becca Tobin, who wore one of our favorite fall denim pieces, the Tomgirl Jean.

-Los Angeles, CA - 8/21/2015 - Emma Roberts Celebrates her #AerieREAL Campaign with a launch dinner in Los Angeles. -PICTURED: Sama,Haya -PHOTO by: Michael Simon/startraksphoto.com -MS64552 Editorial - Rights Managed Image - Please contact www.startraksphoto.com for licensing fee Startraks Photo New York, NY For licensing please call 212-414-9464 or email sales@startraksphoto.com

Sama and Haya Khadra looked amazing in front of Aerie’s rose wall. Sama turned our AEO Western Turquoise Bolo Necklace into a super cool belt to accent her outfit.

Emma Roberts Celebrates her #AerieREAL Campaign

Dylan Penn mixes the AEO Sateen X Jegging with a structured jacket, a crop top and sandals for a chic nighttime look.

Emma Roberts Celebrates her #AerieREAL Campaign

Hopper Penn wore the AEO Skinny Core Flex Jean alongside his sister Dylan and girlfriend Uma Von Wittkamp, who paired the AEO Denim X Hi-Rise Skinny Jean with a tucked in bright white tank.

Emma Roberts Celebrates her #AerieREAL Campaign

Jamie King stunned in our AEO Crinkle Pleated Maxi Skirt.

We love the way all of Emma’s friends incorporated #AEOSTYLE into their looks for the party. Make sure you show us your nighttime looks featuring AEO using #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram, and don’t miss Emma’s #AerieREAL campaign.

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AE ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT: FIGHTING MENTAL HEALTH STIGMA WITH LOVE

All across the country, young people like you are standing up for what’s important. Inspired by the launch of the AExME Council, we turned to our amazing team of store managers, stylists, and associates to learn more about some of the issues affecting their communities and the causes they’re passionate about


Meet Hannah from store #0392 in Towson, MD. She’s a 21-year-old body positivity activist who’s passionate about reducing mental health stigma and preventing suicide.

An eating disorder survivor, Hannah participates in National Eating Disorders Association walks with her AE coworkers – they’ve even taken home a top fundraising team award! – as well as American Foundation for Suicide Prevention walks. She believes in the power of being open and honest, and having conversations about the hard stuff… even or especially if they’re uncomfortable.

AE Associate Hannah

Q: How do you express your thoughts and beliefs?

A: I have always believed in being open and honest. While I was in the deepest part of my eating disorder, I kept so many secrets about what I did and why I did it. Through my recovery, I have become so much more open about my life in general and how I feel about the world. I’m always willing to listen to the beliefs of others and try to go in with an open mind when I meet new people and hear other points of view.

Q: What does AExME mean to you?

A: AExME means that I can be whoever I want to be and create my style to be something that I feel comfortable and confident in! Since my heart belongs to Aerie, I’ll say what #AerieREAL means to me, too! The entire concept of #AerieREAL reminds me that everything that has happened in my life has made me who I am, and that I am allowed to embrace that! #AerieREAL has helped me to embrace my quirks, wild mane of hair, mistakes, crazy laugh, journey with an eating disorder, and so, so much more.

Q: What’s a quote that inspires you?

A: I absolutely could not decide between these two, so here are two quotes I love: “You cannot change the world on an empty stomach,” as well as one that’s actually in our fitting rooms: “There is nothing more beautiful than a happy soul.” I love this one because I have always had a distorted view of what beauty is and how it should function in my life. I have learned over the years that it is my happiness and the way I serve others that makes me beautiful.

AE Associate Hannah

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The future is uplifting!

The best thing about my community is the love & support I experience on a daily basis.

More acceptance would make the world a better place.

I believe in the pursuit of happiness.

My mom is my personal superhero.

If I could change one thing about the world today, it would be the stigma surrounding mental health.

 

 

AE X IT GETS BETTER GUEST POST: MASON KAUO, AE ASSOCIATE

For the fourth year in a row, AE is proud to support the It Gets Better Project by donating 100% of sales of our annual Pride collection to the nonprofit, which uplifts, empowers, and connects LGBTQ+ youth around the world. But inclusivity starts from the inside out, which is why we’re taking this opportunity to reflect on what equality, individuality, and a better future mean to us.

 We kicked off our series of guest posts about love, acceptance, and how it really DOES get better with our Global Brand President, Chad Kessler, and have followed up with posts from associates across the country. Now, AE associate Mason in Hawaii shares how working at such an acceptance company makes him feel comfortable coming to work and keeping it #AerieREAL.

 

SHOP WOMEN’S PRIDE    |    SHOP MEN’S PRIDE

MASON KAUO

AE Sales Associate & Jean Expert in Hawaii

The support that the company gives to the LGBTQ+ community makes me feel very proud about working with American Eagle. It makes me feel comfortable with coming to work, and I know that I don’t have to talk or act a certain way when I come in ‘cause everybody’s accepting here.

 

 

If I could tell my younger self some advice, I would tell my younger self to be yourself, to accept all your flaws, to express all of your uniqueness. And to most importantly, keep it #AerieREAL.

Everyone has a story to tell. What’s yours? Share it with #ItGetsBetter @americaneagle to show your support and inspire LGBTQ+ youth around the world!

 

 

 

WE COULDN’T BE PROUDER OF YOU: THE PRIDE WRAP-UP

Pride Month is about love, acceptance, and building a better future. Which is why, for the past four years, we’ve been proud to support the It Gets Better Project by donating 100% of sales of our annual Pride collection to the nonprofit, which uplifts, empowers, and connects LGBTQ+ youth around the world.

And this year, we’re even prouder than usual.

Why?

Because this year, for the first time ever, we opened up donations to customers so YOU could contribute at check out. And wow, did you contribute.

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In the U.S., customers donated more than $800,000, and in Canada, customers gave more than $100,000. That means that in TOTAL, we were able to raise more than $1.2 million for the It Gets Better Project through this year’s Pride campaign. Yup, over a million bucks, making a difference.

THAT’S ALL YOU.

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Ready for an even bigger number? Over the past four years – through YOUR generosity – we’ve been able to donate more than $2 million to help It Gets Better amplify stories of hope and encouragement all over the world.

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We try to do our part to promote those stories, too. This year we featured guest posts on our blog about how it really DOES get better from AE associates around the country, including our Global Brand President, a merchandising manager in Texas, and a distribution center supervisor in Kansas.

We also co-hosted a Pride panel with Aerie at our Union Square store in NYC during World Pride, featuring words of inspiration from actor and AerieReal Role Model Samira Wiley, actor Nico Tortorella, AExME Council member Edith Cruz, and DJs (and sisters!) Coco and Breezy, plus a dance party with DJ Tiff McFierce.

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This year’s Pride commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. In the past 50 years, we’ve seen incredible strides for LGBTQ+ rights, but there’s still work to be done.

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Thank you for continuing to do that work with us.

 

 

 

Gift Guide: Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her & Him

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, but there’s no need to panic if you’re still looking for an amazing gift to show your bae that you care. We’re here to help! The “perfect gift” can mean something different to everyone, but we’re pretty sure that your S/O would love some #AEOSTYLE (but not more than they love you… obvi). With brand new accessories and extras perfect for V-Day gifting plus all of the basics you know and love, there’s no need to look any further. We’ve made this Valentine’s Day Gift Guide super easy for you: just keep scrolling to find the personality that fits your hunny best and gift your little heart out.

GUYS: Make him swoon, no matter his style. Is your guy always ahead of the trends? He’ll love staple pieces with leather details like a watch or belt, and our latest denim technology will keep up with his constantly updating look. If your guy is always on the move, he needs #AEOSTYLE that can keep up with his adventurous spirit, like our  new Flex/4 360 swim trunks and a power pack so his phone is never our of battery. Is he into fitness and sports? No problem. Our favorite basics like joggers, sneakers, graphic tees and socks will only improve his style game.

For The Guy With #AEOSTYLE On Lock

FOR THE GUY WITH #AEOSTYLE ON LOCK: Keep him ahead of the trends with iconic style essentials and of-the-moment finishing touches.
Colorblock Crew T-Shirt | Skinny Core Flex Jean | 3″ Classic Trunk | Woolrich Beebe Leather Boot
Wool Fedora | Oiled Leather Belt | Brown Leather Watch | Aviator Sunglasses | LMNT Bluetooth Speaker

For The Guy On The GoFOR THE GUY ON THE GO: Whether he’s beach-bound or road-tripping cross country, we’ve got styles and essentials for every adventurer.
Flex/4 360 Swim Trunk | Denim Jacket | Clubmax Sunglasses | Sunnylife Underwater Camera
Heritage 4.5 oz Body Spray | LMNT Power Pack | Wolverine Plain Thomas Hiker Boot
Sunnylife Soap On A Rope | Bigmouth Pizza Pool Float

For The Guy Who's Got Game

FOR THE GUY WHO’S GOT GAME: Perfect styles to take your man from sport to street, featuring revolutionary AEO/Flex technology, must-have sneakers and more.
Signature Graphic T-Shirt | Vintage Baja Hoodie | Extreme Flex Fleece Jogger | 3″ Classic Trunk | Body Spray
Low Cut Socks | New Balance 515 Sneaker

GIRLS: The key to your #AerieREAL girl’s heart? Pretty little things! If your girl is head over heels, she’ll love bright, lacy bralettes and undiesAerie sports bras, leggings and the best workout essentials will help the girl who’s always active to get her sweat on. Score some extra points by gifting some sweet fragrance, too! Is she inspired by travel? Aerie swim will take her from the beach to the bike trail and everywhere in between. Still can’t decide? You can’t go wrong with fun accessories or basics like denim and tanks!

For The Girl In Love With Love

FOR THE GIRL IN LOVE WITH LOVE: Shopping for a hopeless romantic? Sweep her off her feet with our prettiest Vintage Lace bralettes, dreamy crocheted tops and sweet accessories.
Aerie Lace Cross-Back Bralette | Aerie Boyshort | Denim X Cafe Jegging | Peplum Cami
The Social Type Greeting Card | Aerie Fragrance
Beauty Crop Misting Spray | Heart Cookie Cutters… Coming Soon!

For The Girl Who's Got Game

FOR THE GIRL WHO’S GOT GAME: From throwback sneakers to printed yoga mats, we’ve got lots of swoon-worthy gifts for the girl who loves to get her sweat on.
Aerie Mesh Seamless Sports Bra | First Essentials Rib Crop Tank | Hi-Lo Zip Up Hoodie | Crop Hi-Rise Legging
New Balance 515 Sneaker | Colorblock Baseball Cap
Slant Stainless Steel Water Bottle | Headwrap | Ban.do Exercise Mat

For The Girl On The Go

FOR THE GIRL ON THE GO: Satisfy her wanderlust with a printed tote and travel journal or gift her with Aerie & AEO essentials for her next adventure.
Aerie One Shoulder Bandeau Bikini | Aerie Teeny Bikini Bottom | Pullover Windbreaker | Triangle Fringe Scarf | Fringe Faux Leather Notebook | Beauty Crop Misting Spray | AEO x Slant On The Road Mug
AEO Clubmax Sunglasses | Ban.do Heart Getaway Bag | Hang Ten Sunscreen… Coming Soon! (Shop Similar)

What do you want to give & get for V-Day? Tell us in the comments below, and show us your #AEOSTYLE & #AerieREAL gifts on Instagram (@americaneagle, @aerie)& Twitter  (@AEO, @Aerie) for a chance to be featured in our Style Gallery.

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#AEOSTYLE ROUNDUP: Festival Fashion

Last weekend was a major music moment in Palm Springs. Thousands of festival goers entered the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California for a weekend full of good vibes, festival fashion and performances by Alt-J, Hozier, Milky Chance and many more. Check out some of our favorite celebs and concert dwellers spotted in #AEOSTYLE in this week’s roundup.

Actress Bella Thorne was spotted rocking out in #AEOSTYLE.
Shop Bella’s Look:
Hi-Rise Festival Shorites
Stitched Cowboy Boots
Ribbed V-Neck Cami
LIFE Line #Loveisproject Bracelet

Beauty Lea Michele is festival ready with Aerie and AEO.
Shop Lea’s Look:
Hi-Rise Festival Shorties
Crocheted Button Cami
Aerie Softest Lace Racerback Bralette

Exclusive... Peyton List Roaming the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Wearing American Eagle & Aerie

Actors and Twins Peyton and Spencer List

Twins Spencer and Peyton List roam the Empier Polo Field in #AEOSTYLE.
Shop Spencer’s Look:
10.5″ Jogger Short
Legend v-Neck T-Shirt
Microstripe Button Down
Slide Flip-Flop
Shop Peyton’s Look:
Don’t Ask Why Cropped Tank
Destroyed Lace Hem Shortie

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Stylist Coco Yokoyama in #AEOSTYLE

Stylist Coco Yokoyama is all about the Romper this season.
Shop Coco’s Look:
Wrap Front Romper

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AEO Director of Styling Preston Konrad

AEO Director of Styling Preston Konrad took over our Instagram account to showcase all the action at Indio.
Shop Preston’s Look:
Striped T-Shirt (shop similar)
8″ Prep Short

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Sister Bloggers Dylan Suarez and Natalie Off Duty

Sisters Dylan and Natalie roam the festival grounds in #AERIEREAL and #AEOSTYLE.
Shop Dylan’s Look:
Aerie Crop Bikini Top
Shop Natalie’s Look:
Hi-Rise Festival Shorties
Light Destroyed Denim Jacket
Aerie Scoop Bikini Top

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