Behind the Seams: What’s New in Jeans

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We want you to feel amazing in American Eagle jeans every time you wear them – which is why we’re working nonstop to create better fabrics, technologies, and fits.

We don’t always talk about what goes on behind the seams (see what we did there?), but our latest jeans innovations are too cool NOT to share! Check out what our designers are excited about, then shop the new jeans collections and try ’em yourself.



Innovating for Comfort, Stretch & Consistency

Jeans have been around for, like, ever – but that doesn’t mean we’re always gonna make them the same way. By pushing forward and embracing new technologies, we make sure our jeans stay cutting-edge cool and comfy.

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Improving Stretch Jeans

Stretch technology has come a long way. Most jeans used to have NO STRETCH at all, meaning they were made with 100% cotton denim. You can still get non-stretch jeans at AE, but with our amazing fabric technologies like Ne(X)t Level Flex, AirFlex, and Stretch, you can now get that the vintage-inspired denim look without giving up high-stretch comfort.


Making Better Ripped Jeans

There’s nothing better than a great pair of distressed or ripped jeans. Authentic distressing used to be something designers could achieve ONLY with non-stretch cotton denim. But our designers have introduced incredible, flexible fabrics like Ne(X)t Level Flex and AirFlex, which give you the comfort you’re looking for and hold up against the ripped, destroyed, and mended details you love.

We’re also incorporating laser technology – yes, lasers! – into the production of our ripped jeans. This helps with consistency, making sure that every single pair of jeans has precisely cut holes, rips, and tears.


Creating More Sustainable Jeans

We’re really into figuring out how technology can help us make more sustainable products, which is where lasers come back in. Yes with the lasers again! Believe it or not, using laser technology to fade and distress jeans helps us create more eco-friendly washes by helping us cut back on the water required to get your AE jeans’ washes just right.

And, because we care about the planet and YOU, we’re testing new chemicals and treatments that are better for the environment. We’ve shared some of our sustainability goals and initiatives on this blog before, and we’ll continue to keep you posted on our progress. This is just the beginning.


Leading the Way with #Trending Styles

How boring would it be to wear the same jeans every day? Our designers feel the same way. Which is why they’re always dreaming up new styles that are destined for your closet. Here are just a few of their recent creations we can’t get enough of!

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For Guys

If you’re a guy who works out, you should give Athletic Fit jeans a try. They’re designed with more room through the seat and thigh – perfect for guys with more muscular legs. Other new styles you should give a shot? The Dad jean for a laid-back, tapered fit, and the Stacked Skinny jean, made with a longer inseam for an on-trend stacked look.

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Our designers are also excited for you to try AE’s latest destroyed jeans. With bold destruction like shredded hems, blown-out knees, contrast mending, big rips, and dramatic tears, AE’s ripped jeans are getting better and better.

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For Girls

Mom jeans and high-waisted jeans are modern classics. But our designers are all about the fresh details, so they’ve gone ahead and added pleats, paperbag waists, and ripped knees for a very “now” spin, plus designed them in every wash they could think of. They’ve also upped the game with unexpected colors and patterns, including plaids, stripes, and even animal print.

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And how could we not mention the genius innovation that is Curvy jeans? Designed with more room through the hips and thighs, these jeans will help you say goodbye forever to waistband gapping and sizing up.



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The Best Jeans to Wear with Fall Footwear

One of the best parts about transitioning to your fall wardrobe? The shoes! Retire your flip flops and sandals to the back of the closet until next spring, and swap them out for cooler-weather classics like boots and sneakers to wear with your fave American Eagle jeans.

Wondering which jeans go best with your new fall footwear? No worries. We’ve got you covered with this jean + shoe guide.



For Guys: What to Wear with Slim, Skinny & Stacked Jeans

Slim Jeans + Chunky Sneakers

Lean and clean but not quite skinny, slim jeans are juuuuust right for chunkier shoes that balance them out, like sneaker boots or sporty sneakers with a bigger, chunky outsole.

Skinny Jeans + Sleek Sneakers

Our best-selling skinny jeans – not tight, just right! – serve up serious style with minimally styled sneakers featuring a sleeker profile. Choose ripped skinny jeans for an elevated rugged look, or go for a medium wash for that iconic blue jeans style.

Stacked Skinny Jeans + Bright Sneakers

Stacked skinny jeans use a trend-forward stacked effect at the ankle to draw attention to your shoes, a.k.a. they’re amazing at showing off sneakers made to pop. Match your stacked jeans with brightly colored shoes to stand out from the crowd.

For Girls: What to Wear with Ripped, High-Waisted & Curvy Jeans

 Ripped Jeans + Your Fave Boots

Ripped jeans like jeggings and Tomgirl jeans might feel like summer styles – but wear them with black booties or plaid sneakers and they’re ready for falling leaves, sweater weather, and cooler temps. Emphasize your shoes by cuffing your jeans or choosing a cropped length.

High-Waisted Jeans + Statement Heels

High-waisted jeggings and highest waist flare jeans give you that comfy high-rise fit you love, and serve up major style with of-the-moment snakeskin heels. Try them with other patterned shoes in prints like leopard, houndstooth, and plaid to make a statement all season long.

Curvy Jeans + Fall-Forward Footwear

Still searching for jeans to wear with your fall shoes? Give Curvy jeans a try! Designed with more room through the hips and thighs, these jeans eliminate waistband gapping and hug all your curves. Try Curvy jeans with a split hem to draw focus down to your classic Chelsea booties. These boots are made for walking, and the jeans are made for making your butt look (and feel) incredible.


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This Fall: More Jeans, More Sizes, More YOU.

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There may still be two full months of summer left, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start getting excited about the best things coming this fall – the new clothes. After a few long, hot months of cute cutoffs and flowy dresses, who ISN’T ready to take a great new pair of jeans for a spin? Whether you’re looking for your go-to high-waisted jeans in a fresh wash to ride out the season or you want to try a new fit entirely, the AE Jean Guide has a little something for everyone.

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No matter what style you’re after, we’re excited to offer you our widest, most inclusive range of sizes… ever. Our size range of 00-24 applies to all your favorite fits and washes, and is all offered at We’re not talking about so-called “plus size jeans” – we’re talking about great jeans for all women. Period.


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The AE Jean Guide is your one-stop shop to get all the info you need about AE jeans, and more importantly, its where you’ll find your new favorite pair. If you’re used to shopping in the petite section, or looking for the “Tall” inseams in a pile of skinny jeans, that’s all about to change. All jeans, all sizes, all in one inclusive jean guide. The hardest decision you’ll have to make is choosing a wash.




Your old jeans are making the world a better place

AE jeans recycling program animationHERE’S WHAT 17K POUNDS OF RECYCLED DENIM LOOKS LIKE

When it came to stepping up this past Earth Day to help reduce clothing waste, the AE fam came through in a MAJOR way. Between the months of April and June alone, you donated more than 17,600 pieces of denim. That’s HUGE. Like, 17 thousand pounds huge. Or 9 tons huge. Or a dozen schoolbuses… you get the idea.


Thank you for going above and beyond to bring in your old jeans and help divert so much denim from landfills. Your recycled jeans will be broken down and turned into housing insulation in partnership with Cotton’s Blue Jeans Go Green™ program to be used in building efforts across the country. Here’s a look at what they’ve been able to accomplish so far:


Diverted over 1,230 tons of textile waste – the weight of nearly 615 cars.



Produced nearly 4.83 million square feet of UltraTouch™ Denim Insulation from recycled denim – enough to line 83 football fields



Provided enough insulation to various Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the U.S. to insulate over 690 Habitat for Humanity homes. (Based on a 1,000 square foot house)



Blue Jeans Go Green™ is a trademark of Cotton Incorporated.




Why cropped jeans are our pick of the summer

Stand out and feel good in jeans designed for the season. Cropped jeans are just right this time of year because their shorter length lets you show off some skin how you want, when you want. Choose from all kinds of fits and styles with the cropped length – including some of our favorites like ripped jeans, high-waisted jeans, light wash jeans, flare jeans and a bunch more must-have styles. And with all kinds of options for fabric, wash and design, you can always find the right cropped length, fit and style for you.

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It’s all about the details

The cropped, shorter length lets you focus on other key elements of your outfit – like your shoes. Go for a sport-inspired look when you wear cropped jeans with sneakers, or wear them with sandals and flats for an on-trend style all summer long. Other finishing touches like accessories help pull the outfit together, too. Summer faves like floral scrunchies and bow front headbands look good everywhere you go, and other additions like bucket hats and sun hats help shield the sun and look good doing it, too. Make your cropped jeans look even more you with accessories like straw bags, fanny packs & other essentials made to look and feel good.

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Raw and frayed hems make your cropped jeans better than the rest since they add some character to your look, while other details like strategic fading, rips, tears, patches and mending elevate your jeans with a little something extra. Feel good with all the finishing touches like hand-made destruction, rolled hems, ripped knees and more. Or you can add a little flare to your look with cropped flare jeans and wide leg cropped jeans, both designed to add extra style to your outfit of the day. They still have the shorter cropped length you know and love – but use a flare leg opening to give you the silhouette you want. With all kinds of other options like cropped jeggings, Artist crop jeans, slim straight cropped jeans and more, you’ll never run out of choices for all your warm-weather outfits.

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Crops on crops

Sure, we’ve sold you on all the benefits of wearing cropped jeans this summer, but now you might be wondering what to wear them with. Since our cropped jeans are designed with a high-waisted fit that always feels good, they’re just right for wearing with crop tops like cropped t-shirts, tube tops, cropped tank tops, cropped sweatshirts and more. Cropped jeans outfits don’t have to be complicated – just throw on your favorite women’s top and feel good about your look from morning to night.

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Feelin’ yourself now that you’ve conquered a new cropped jeans look? Show us on Instagram & Twitter with #AExME @americaneagle and you could be featured on our site, blog or social media!



Curvy Jeans: FAQ By You, Answered By Us

We recently introduced you to our new women’s jean fit – the curvy jegging – many of you have tried them on, took them home, reviewed them and loved them. A few of you did have some questions though, so we teamed up with our denim designers and customer service team to find answers to your most frequently asked questions about the new curvy fit. With more details about the design and fit of our curvy jeans, we hope this will give you all the info you need to figure out if they’re right for you. Want to know more first? Read more about Curvy jeans and check out the full curvy denim line. To curvy or not to curvy, that is the question.


You’ve got Qs, we’ve got As.

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Q: How curvy is curvy? How do I know if I need curvy or regular jeans?

A: There are a couple different ways to tell if you could benefit from a curvy jean:

  • If you wear high-waisted jeans and have waistband gapping (when your jeans are too roomy at the waist and leave a gap)
  • If you have a 13” hip vs. waist difference (we’ll get to more on that in a sec)
  • If your jeans are tight through the thigh and hip

Q: What are the measurement differences for curvy jeans?

A: Most women’s jeans use a 10” hip vs. waist measurement, but curvy is designed with a 13” difference for more room at the thigh and hips. For example, if your hips measure 41” and your waist measures 28”, you have a 13” hip vs. waist difference. 

Q: Is length any different in curvy jeans verses regular jeans?

A: Nope! Our x-short through x-long inseam lengths are the same across all AE regular jeans & curvy jeans. So, if you typically order a 10 Short when buying AE jeans, you should order a 10 Short in the Curvy fit as well.
Curvy Highest Waist JeggingCurvy Super High-Waisted JeggingCurvy High-Waisted Jegging

Q: Are the rises the same for curvy versus non-curvy jeans?

A: They’re similar in the front but longer/higher in the back to give you more coverage & help prevent dipping in the back of the waistband.

Q: If I wear XX size in regular jeans right now, what size do I wear in curvy?

A: Try your regular AE jean size in curvy jeans. For example, if you wear a size 6 in AE jeans right now, you would order a 6 in curvy, too. A few things to note:

  • Due to the design, if you’re in-between sizes you might want to size down.
  • If you’re not sure what size is right for you, order 2 pairs to try and keep the one that fits best.
  • With free shipping and free returns on curvy, you don’t have anything to worry about.

Q: Are the fabrics different in curvy?

A: No! You can find curvy jeans in all your favorite stretch fabrics like Super Stretch and Ne(X)t Level Stretch.

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Q: Are curvy jeans available in store?

A: Not yet! They’re currently available online only, but will expand to stores starting in late June.

Q: Are you making curvy in other fits than the jegging? What about shorts or skirts?

A: The curvy jegging is one part of an amazing assortment we’ll be rolling out soon. Check back in frequently to stay on top of the latest designs and releases.

Q: Is there a curvy jean for guys?

A: While we don’t have a curvy-specific men’s jean, we do have our Athletic fit jean designed for the guy who needs a little extra room through the thigh. The fit is relaxed through the thigh and tapered for through the leg for a slimming, comfortable fit. 

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We love that you love curvy jeans, and we can’t wait to roll out more fits and styles soon.

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