Combat the Cold with Must-Have Sweaters & Hoodies

Brr, it’s cold in here. And what better way to show colder weather who’s boss than with your favorite soft, comfy sweaters and hoodies? Get the sweater weather outfit inspo you need below!

For Girls: Oversized Tops with High-Waisted Jeans

Winter outfits are all about wearing what feels good & keeps you cozy. To us, that can only mean one thing – oversized tops! They keep you comfortable when temps drop, and look great with high-waisted jeans.

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Add Some Volume

Casual weekend styles have never felt better. Oversized sweaters were made for high-waisted jeans, so wear them with your fave fits like the Curvy high-waisted jegging for that “just-right” feeling.

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Striped Right

Need a cute, easy winter outfit for date night? This is it. Combine a soft striped sweater with legging-like Dream jeans and you’ve got that dreamy combo of comfy ‘n cozy.

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Relaaaax

When temps drop, your favorite sweater is going to be your new best friend. Keep the BFF look laid-back by tucking in a relaxed fit sweater into ripped Mom jeans, and add your fave sneakers for a sporty vibe.

 

For Guys: Neon Hoodies with AirFlex Jeans & Joggers

Who says winter has to be all about subdued neutral tones? Not us. Brighten up your winter outfits with a splash of color, must-have jeans and joggers, and statement-making accessories.

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Color Pop

Update a classic “jeans and a hoodie” outfit with fresh colors and new fits. Wear a brightly colored pullover hoodie with skinny jeans that stack at the ankle and a widebrim hat for an on-trend look that’s as easy as 1-2-3.

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Mellow Yellow

Simplify your outfit by wearing a bright hoodie with classic black joggers made from comfortable, lightweight nylon. Complete the outfit of the day with sneakers and a crossbody bag and you’re set with a balanced look.

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Go Grunge

While you might not love frigid temps, we can all agree layering season is something to celebrate. Wear a flannel over a hoodie for the ultimate layered style, and with AirFlex jeans to get the look of rigid denim with unparalleled comfort and flexibility.

 


 

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Gifting 101: Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Whether you forgot someone on your list (don’t worry, we won’t tell) or the holiday season snuck up on you this year, it’s always good to have a few last-minute gift ideas in your back pocket. You know, just in case.

Keep things simple by choosing gifts you know they’ll appreciate. Go for classic gifts like hoodies, sweaters, and jeans in must-have designs and fits just right for the season.

AE Last Minute Gifts

Gifts for Girls: Soft Tops & Dream Jeans 

Need some present ideas for the girl in your life? Look no further. We’ve got you covered with all kinds of outfit staples like comfy, fuzzy sherpa hoodies, Ahh-mazingly Soft fleece, cozy sweaters, and Dream Jeans made with limitless four-way stretch. Add accessories and you’ve gifted the cutest outfit ever.

AE Last Minute Gifts

Gifts for Guys: Classic Tops & AirFlex Jeans 

Still need Christmas gift ideas for your favorite guy? Keep things simple by going with the classic must-haves of the season – seriously soft flannels, iconic fleece hoodies, and AirFlex jeans made with the look of rigid denim and flexibility you have to feel to believe.

 

Give the Gift of Choice

Not sure what size or color your person wants? All good – with GiftNow® you can send thoughtful gifts instantly and easily. They can accept or exchange your gift before it ships, and you become an instant gift-giving legend.

And for those truly last-minute moments the holidays always bring, go with a gift card. Send one in the mail or online so they can start shopping instantly. They get new clothes, you get all the credit. It’s a win-win.

Reinventing The Ugly Sweater, DIY Style

Whether you love them, or love to hate them, ugly sweaters have become as big a part of the holidays as Santa himself. While there’s something to be said for the original, nostalgic appeal of pulling an old homespun snowman sweater out of the deep closet archives, the whole theme could use a little refresh.

For starters, let’s ditch the word “ugly.” The holidays are a time for magic and celebration, so get those ugly vibes out of here! Embrace that festive kitsch and let some over-the-top outfit decoration help show off your inner glow.

Another wild idea when it comes to the future of sweater-themed parties: Why not try a sweater you can wear more than once? There are plenty of fun ways to DIY a go-to cardigan or everyday pullover so that you can remove your flair once the party’s over. Here are a few of our favorite how-tos to help you go full Griswald.

 

Merry & Lights

AE DIY Sweater

Placing your battery pack near the hem of your sweater (so you can slip it in your jeans pocket!), lay your strand of lights over your sweater in the design you want and stitch it into place. Flip over and repeat on the other side. When you’re ready to lose the lights, carefully snip your stitches and remove the thread.

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Be the Tree

AE DIY Sweater

Lay out your design on one side of the sweater, and stitch the garland and ornaments into place. Turn over and repeat. After the party, carefully snip the stitches and you can transfer those trimmings to another tree!

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Chill Frosty

AE DIY Sweater

Cut the black felt into two large circles for the eyes, and smaller circles to form the mouth. Either cut a triangle out of felt, or make a paper cone out of paper to use as the nose. Stitch them on your sweater and remove them when you’re done.

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Gingerbread Tux

AE DIY Sweater

For a more detailed look, you might want to consider something permanent like fabric paints. You could also cut out your snowflakes, peppermints, and bowtie from felt before stitching them on as in the other examples.

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All Wrapped Up

AE DIY Sweater

This DIY couldn’t be simpler. Just peel off the backing to each bow and stick them on your dress to create an impressively presentable effect. You’ll want to give each bow a quick stick to keep it secure, or if you’re thinking you might want to keep this crafty number around a little longer, a dab of fabric glue would be even easier!

AE DIY Sweater

Easy Gifts for Guys: Men’s Underwear

Become the gift-giving MVP you’ve always wanted to be by giving your guy something useful. While men’s underwear might not seem like the flashiest gift you could give this holiday, with new seasonal prints, comfortable fits, and fresh designs, you can’t go wrong with a fun twist on this classic gift.

AE Men's Underwear

Holly Jolly Prints

 Made with iconic prints and characters (oh hey, Santa and Rudolph) holiday underwear is all about getting into the festive spirit of the season. Choose from varying lengths, and fits like the classic boxer short, trunk underwear, and boxer briefs, all made to deliver some merry and bright style.

AE Men's Underwear

Scratch + Sniff Designs

Give the gift of something new and maybe a little zany with our Scratch + Sniff boxers. Just scratch the printed graphic then enjoy super-seasonal scents like cinnamon, pine trees, candy canes, and gingerbread men. Because who doesn’t enjoy a nice whiff of cookies and peppermint throughout the day?

AE Men's Underwear

Festive Flannel Faves

Super comfy, soft, and seasonal as heck? Check, check, and check. Flannel boxer shorts are all about keeping you comfortable when temps drop and you’re searching for warmer layers. Go for soft flannel boxers in bold prints like Fair Isle, Christmas lights, and plaid to stand out and feel good this season.

AE X ME COUNCIL ON THE DELIVERING GOOD COLLECTION

Designed by the AExME Council in partnership with Delivering Good, 100% of sales from this collection of tees, hoodies, and beanies will go directly to helping homeless and underprivileged young people near you.

SHOP WOMEN | SHOP MEN

Read on to learn how these AExME Council members collaborated with the AE design team, why youth homelessness matters to them, and how YOU can make a difference.

AE x ME Council Capsule Collection

Delaney Tarr

March for Our Lives Co-Founder, @delaneytarr

Delaney Tarr

Q: What was the inspiration for the collection?

We wanted something that’s not only effortless, but impactful. The QR code really elevates the shirt from just a simple tee to something purposeful. It truly shows how easy it is to make a difference. Just scan and donate!

Q: How did you collaborate with the AE design team?

The AE design team was incredibly receptive to our ideas. Something as small as a color choice is actually a massive point for design teams, and we got to be involved in every decision along the way.

Q: What do you think we should know about youth homelessness?

There’s a lot of misinformation around youth homelessness. It’s usually seen as taboo, without a lot of discussion on what exactly puts teenagers in dire situations. Youth homelessness looks different for every person. It could be your classmate, and it could be the kid on the street. But everyone needs to be treated with empathy and compassion.

Q: How can we support homeless and underprivileged youth in our own communities?

If possible, put your time into volunteering with local shelters and charities that focus on homelessness. Something as simple as an hour of service work can make a world of difference. If time isn’t on your side, a donation is great! Put your money where your mouth is to truly work on holistic solutions for homelessness and poverty. Overall, always focus on collaborative and community-based solutions that really address the needs of their people.

Imani Jai Chisom

Faith-Based Activist, @imanijai

Imani Jai Chisom

Q: What was the inspiration for the collection? 

All the phrases we decided to put on the tees were sayings that we believed would cause people to really get in the spirit of giving this holiday season.

Q: What do you think we should know about youth homelessness? 

Each year, an estimated 4.2 million youth and young adults experience homelessness. I think it’s important to let people know that youth homelessness is not always want we may assume it looks like. There are people in your life, that you may interact with every day, who don’t know if they are going to have bed to sleep in.

Q: How can we support homeless and underprivileged youth in our own communities?

I think the first thing that a person can do is look at the local shelters in their area that serve young people and see what the needs of the youth are. Maybe you can donate supplies or your time, but you don’t know how you can help if you don’t ask!

Joseph Touma

Bridge the Divide Co-Founder, @josephmtouma

Joseph Touma

Q: What was the inspiration for the collection?

We created these t-shirts, hoodies, and beanies to empower young people, reminding them that they can make a difference in their homes, schools, and communities. Young people are positioned to make lasting impacts, through actions as big as starting a movement or as simple as being kind and optimistic. We included the QR code so that each item represents more than a one-time donation to Delivering Good. Each time the shirt is worn, the code will spark conversations and inspire many more to make donations to fight homelessness.

 Q: What do you think we should know about youth homelessness?

We often talk about homelessness, but it can be easy to overlook a substantial subset of this population: young people. Believe it or not, youth homelessness affects over 4 million young people across the United States every year. This is a challenge that affects all communities—rural and urban areas see similar levels of youth homelessness, making it a prime opportunity to come together with our fellow Americans to fight this problem.

Q: How can we support homeless and underprivileged youth in our own communities?

The holidays are a time of year when we spend time with our family and friends. It is important to remember those who are less fortunate, who don’t have a family or home to spend time in this holiday season. Also, as we get into the winter months, the elements take an even greater physical toll on the homeless. It’s important to listen to the needs of local homeless shelters, donate what you can, and, if you have time, volunteer or have conversations with those less fortunate. Homelessness can be lonely, so a single conversation can go a long way in making someone’s day. However you choose to support homeless and underprivileged youth, you should know that you are making a difference in someone’s life during this very important time of year.

Edith Cruz

Immigrant Rights Activist, @thatweirdchild__

Edith Cruz

Q: What was the inspiration for the collection?

I think we decided to go for a simple design specifically for the hoodies in order to really keep the whole collection focused on donating through the QR code. For the t-shirts we also wanted to keep it simple but make sure we were also empowering the customers and Delivering Good. Which is how we decided to make the “YOUTH can make a difference” T-shirt. We wanted to make this collection personal for YOU the customers and the communities to which you would be donating during the holiday season.

Q: What do you think we should know about youth homelessness?

I think the very first thing to ending youth homelessness is to acknowledge that it exists and that it affects youth more than other populations. You should be aware that it can be affecting people that you know, and you could have no idea about. You should also try to educate yourself because homelessness can look a lot ways, especially for youth. A high school student could be homeless but still attend classes and sports events and be able to complete their homework. They could look fine in their appearance but in reality, things aren’t as fine as they seem.

Don’t ever say, “Why don’t they just get a job?” This is a big NO, and why it’s important to educate yourself. When someone is homeless that means they don’t have access to a mailing address and most jobs require a home address for you to even apply. And in this era, we do everything through technology so even if they manage to apply for a job without an address, if they were hired, they’d most likely be required to set up a direct deposit account to get paid, and this cannot been done without a mailing address.

Q: How can we support homeless and underprivileged youth in our own communities?

Honestly, by volunteering at shelters. This can be done by serving people food for at least one hour, or literally just going in to talk to the youth and get to know them. Show that you care and acknowledge their existence. It’s important for everyone to feel seen and heard. If you can and have the ability to do so, mentor a youth experiencing these things! Take them under you wing, show them how to save up money, get a job (if possible), study skills, and such things.

A big thing I like to do is clean out my closet every season, because I know I’ll have at least five items I’ve never worn or don’t wear often. I set those items apart and take them to a center that I know will do its jobs of distributing the items properly to those in need. This can be done through so many donation centers. Two that I’ve really been using lately are Delivering Good and my local Kentucky center The Nest. A lot of us have a lot of clothes and other items we can get rid of. Instead of throwing them away, give them to someone in need! Make an effort to find a local donating center near you and donate items every season you can! 

Saaneah Jamison

R&B Artist & Body Positive Activist, @saaneah

Saaneah Jamison

Q: What do you think we should know about youth homelessness?

Youth homelessness is a major problem that doesn’t get the proper attention and awareness it needs. It wasn’t until working with AE and touring Covenant House LA that I was able to find out in-depth how much it’s increasing in our communities. I want people to know how they can be of service to eliminating this issue. Note that youth homelessness has increased for the past two years and is growing. Millions of  youth will be without a safe and stable home for reasons such as physical abuse, human trafficking, sexual orientation, and more.

Q: How can we support homeless and underprivileged youth in our own communities?

We can really make a difference through community investment, by committing to volunteering, and donating to spaces that shelter youth and aid in the development of more safe spaces for displaced youth. Volunteering your time to spend with youth who are in shelters is also another way to contribute because it lets them have hope and feel cared about after enduring traumatic happenings and consistent abandonment.

SUSTAINABILITY GOALS: CARBON NEUTRAL BY 2030

Young people like you inspire everything we do, from the styles we design to how we run our offices, stores, and distribution centers. Which is why we can’t wait to tell you about our latest sustainability goal for all AEO-owned and operated facilities and employee business travel: to be carbon neutral by 2030.

To make sure our operations have a net zero carbon impact on the planet by 2030, we’ll reduce energy use everywhere we can AND will convert to renewable energy sources. It’s a win-win!

 

We’ll also be working with our manufacturers – especially factories and fabric mills – to set their own goals with an eye toward reducing their overall carbon impact by 40% in 10 years and 60% in 20 years. One way we’ll get there together? By shifting to more eco-friendly raw materials like sustainably sourced cotton, polyester, and viscose.

 


 

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