#AEOFESTIVALSTYLE: 2017 Music Festival Packing Guide

Pack light, pack right. As we’re heading into the 2017 music festival season, we’re on a mission to be super efficient packers without sacrificing any #AEOFestivalStyle. One thing we like about packing light is that challenges us to make several outfits using just a few essential staples and some great fashion pieces and accessories. First, think about how many days you’re going to be at the festival (three is pretty typical!). You’ll need to bring enough clothes to create three awesome looks, but have no fear – by swapping out key items like tops, you can mix and match your festival style without being an outfit repeater. Check out our packing guide for girls and guys below, and let us know what festivals you’re heading to this spring and summer in the comments!


GIRLS: All vintage, all day. This festival season, focus on vintage details in tops, denim and accessories like old-school lettering and lace-up or tied details. Mini backpacks, bandanas and round sunglasses are a must, especially when you’re pairing them back to vintage, two-toned denim shorts. Here’s what you need to pack: one pair of shorts and effortlessly pair back to tanks in neutral colors (we chose dark grey and one of our fave new neutrals, blush). If you want to switch it up one day, bring a lightweight slip dress and a kimono to layer on top. Bonus: you can layer the kimono over the tanks, too. Finish your look with a pair of versatile buckled ankle booties!

Music Festival Season 2017 Packing Guide: What To Wear To Music Festivals

Crop Tie Tank | Raglan Lace-Up T-Shirt | Hi-Neck Lace Trim Cami | Paisley Kimono
Tassel Slip Dress | Vintage Hi-Rise Festival Short
ACCESSORIES: Printed Bandana | Perforated Belt | Blue Lens Small Aviator Sunglasses
Metal Round Sunglasses | Dolce Vita Spur Booties | Street Level Mini Backpack

GUYS: Guys, when you’re packing take a note from Drake and start from the bottom. What base layers do you really need? Our essentials are shoes, underwear and a great pair of denim shorts. We chose a pair of shorts that will last you throughout the festival (but we wouldn’t discourage you from packing one more pair, just in case!). Festivals can get a little sweaty, so make sure you have enough tees to wear each day. Vintage band tees, baseball tees and tie-dye tees will keep you festival ready. If there’s any time to get a little wild with your #AEOSTYLE, it’s during festival season – so go ahead and pack that printed poncho! It can double as rain gear, anyway. Top off your look with a snapback and beaded bracelets.

Music Festival Season 2017 Packing Guide: What To Wear To Music Festivals

Palm Print Packable Poncho | Short Sleeve Tie Dye T-Shirt | Short Sleeve Band T-Shirt
AE Active Long Sleeve Crew T-Shirt
Extreme Flex Denim Short | Cooling Base Layer 6″ Flex Trunk
Double Buckle Sandal (Similar) | Beaded Bracelet Set | Horn Pendant Necklace | Patch Snapback Hat

Where will this festival season take you? Gov Ball? Lolla? ACL? We want to know! Tell us in the comments below & show us your #AEOFestivalStyle on Instagram & Twitter.

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Lolla25: #AEOFESTIVALSTYLE Guide for Girls & Guys

We’re heading in to the high point of summer, and live music season is still giving you plenty of opportunity to rep your #AEOFESTIVALSTYLE wherever you go. We’ll keep you cool at Lollapalooza in the hottest new festival looks featuring hi-rise shorties & knit tanks so you’ll never miss a beat. Check out our Chicago travel guide & Lollapalooza outfits for guys and girls so you can make fun summer memories to savor all year long!

Right now, we’re all about dark denim. Pair this first essentials strappy top with black denim festival shorties for a look that keeps it simple & makes a statement.  Leather booties will keep you festival-ready, day & night. Throw even more shade by adding the perfect pair of sunglasses.

Get your festival fashion ready for Lollapalooza.

SHOP IT: First Essentials Cold Shoulder Shirt | Hi-Rise Festival Shortie | Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Kaden Bootie
Lapis-Colored Cocktail Ring | Evil Eye Arm Party Bracelets | Spitfire Astro Sunglasses

GUYS: There’s nothing plain about this classic pairing! Throw a cool, printed graphic tee on top of some cut-off denim shorts for a look that lasts. Add a finishing touch while keeping it clean with fresh, white slip-on’s – these sneakers are sure to be a fan favorite.

Get your festival fashion ready for Lollapalooza. Check out our guys' Lollapalooza outfits.

SHOP IT: Indigo Trend Graphic Crew T-Shirt | Core Flex Denim Cutoff Short | Faux Leather Shoe

The Gage: If you’re looking for a rustic place to refuel with a good meal & a cold drink, The Gage is your place. This Irish restaurant has a long list on tap and is within easy walking distance of Grant Park.

Toni Patisserie & Café: You can’t skip out on the most important meal of the day. Don’t stop exploring, pick up a French-style sweet treat or morning bite to eat on the go.

Giordano’s: What’s better than Chicago deep dish? Nothing. Try the best of the best at Giordano’s to keep you full & festival ready.

Check out Giordano's pizza for a bite to eat in between Lollapalooza sets.

Photo: @giordanospizza

The beloved & groundbreaking alternative rock band from England has been a crowd favorite since 1985. You won’t want to miss their appearance at Lolla where they’re sure to wow with classics like “Creep” and “Fake Plastic Trees”.

Leon Bridges: The R&B you NEED. The singer & songwriter from Texas got his start in 2015 with the release of song “Coming Home”.  His performance is sure to provide your daily dose of 50’s & 60’s soul, a sound that never goes out of style. We recommend “River” and “Better Man”.

Leon Bridges is sure to be a fan favorite at Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL.

Photo: @leonbridgesofficial

Silversun Pickups: This Los Angeles bred indie rock band formed combines the influence of The Flaming Lips and Sonic Youth for their catchy, dream pop roots. If you’re not familiar with their sound, check them out NOW starting with “Bloody Mary” and “All The Go Inbetweens”.

Don't miss Silversun Pickups at Lolla25.

Photo: @sspu

LCD Soundsystem: If you haven’t yet heard of this unique electronic rock group Led by James Murphy, we need to change that. The group has done nothing but amaze us since they formed in Brooklyn in 2002. Once you’re hooked on their fusion of dance-punk & electronica, you won’t be able to stop listening. Our faves are “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House” and “I Can Change”.

Mac Miller: Now, that’s a rap. Pittsburgh born and raised Malcom James McCormick, known to fans as Mac Miller, rose to fame with the release of his debut studio album “Blue Slide Park”. His smooth rhymes will make you wonder how he makes spitting verses seem so effortless. Listen to “100 Grandkids” and “Another Night” to hear the best Mac has to offer.

Mac Miller will take the stage at Lolla25.

Photo: @larryfisherman

What are you most excited to do in Chicago? Which artists will you be checking out at Grant Park? Let us know in the comments below & show us your #AEOFESTIVALSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter.

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Made In America Festival Guide

Made In America Festival Guide

Labor Day is almost here! And with summer sailing off, it’s hard not to feel a little blue. Celebrate the last weekend of summer by going to Made In America. This two day festival, located in Philadelphia, features incredible artists that will have you dancing and singing your end-of-summer blues away. Take a look at what we’re packing and who we’re most excited to see in this year’s lineup:

To Pack:

For girls :

Right now it’s all about mixing edgy, street-ready elements with classic girly pieces.  We especially love the way soft vegan leather takes a circle skirt silhouette to the next level.  Stay cool by pairing it with our adorable cropped corset and then piling on heavy metal jewelry.  Play up the black and white with a floral baseball cap and finish things off in a pair of awesome sneaker wedges you can dance in all day.


Shop the look:

AE Eyelet Crop Corset Top

AE Faux Leather Circle Skirt

AEO Floral Baseball Cap (similar)

Reebok BB7700 Sneaker

AEO Two-Tone Sunglasses

AEO Classic Bracelet Set (similar)

AEO Fan Burst Necklace (simiar)

For guys:

Go for classic cool in a timeless khaki and t-shirt look.  Add a little edge by going for a slimmed down fit and bold photo real graphic. Effortless, stand-out style is epitomized in an essential jean jacket washed in dark, vintage-inspired indigo.  Once you’ve got that all together, all you need is your go-to sneakers and a great pair of shades.


Shop the look:

AE Photo Real Shirt

AE Dark Denim Jacket

AE Skinny Khaki Pant

New Balance 565 Sneaker

AEO Bracelet Set

AEO Metal Aviator Sunglasses

To See:

August 31:

Phoenix: Known for their popular tunes that have been blasting in our speakers since the late 90’s, Phoenix delivers an energetic sound. Check out some of their newer songs like “Trying to Be Cool” or dance to their earlier hit “Summer Days” for an appropriate way to end summer.

Deadmau 5: For an endless dance party, shimmy your way over to Deadmau 5. Formally known as Joel Thomas Zimmerman, Deadmau 5 throws an energetic punch, new sound and nonstop electronic beats. We like “Ghosts and Stuff” and “4X4=12“.

Beyoncé: She’s fierce, fabulous and freaking fantastic. Beyoncé knows how to rock a crowd with her powerful voice, insane dance moves (go ahead, try to emulate them, we know we will be) and catchy lyrics. We say her concert is a go-to must. Listen to “Grown Woman” or “Single Ladies” for addicting tunes that never seem to get old.

September 1:

Wiz Khalifa: A Pittsburgh, PA native, Wiz has become a well-known name in the rapping industry. Wiz’s “Black and Yellow” was a national hit that took his career to a whole new level. With his smooth and quirky lyrics, Wiz cooks up an impressive concert filled with buzz and pizzazz. We like “No Sleep.”

Calvin Harris: This Scottish DJ, singer, songwriter and record producer has recently been making a huge name for himself in the US. His trendy beats will have you dancing all night and have been heard most recently in Ellie Goulding’s hit song “I Need Your Love.” Will Ellie be making a special appearance this weekend? Who knows, but we surly hope so.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: Known for their hit songs like “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us,” Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis have become well-known names in the hip hop world. In this past year, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have racked up numerous awards for albums and songs and have become both a critic and crowd favorite. Plus, their newest song, “Same Love,” sends a powerful and heartfelt message to their listeners.

No matter who you choose to dance to at Made In America, you’re guaranteed to have a great time. Send your Made In America pictures to Music@ae.com for a chance to be featured on our Tumblr.

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Lollapalooza Festival Guide

Lollapalooza Festival Guide

Festival season is in full force. With two months of great artists, events and tunes behind us, who’s to say we have to stop now? We’re packing our bags to spend a weekend filled with music and good vibes at Lollapalooza in the Windy City. Originally created in 1991 by Jane’s Addiction, Lollapalooza has come a long way and has featured some of the biggest names in the music industry. Take a look at some of our favorite artists to hit the stage this time around.


Hot Chip: Originally from London, this electronic band spits out catchy tunes that will leave you wanting more. We recommend “Ready for the Floor” and “I Feel Better.”

Band of Horses:  Formed in 2004, this rock band from Seattle is insanely talented. Check out “The Funeral” and “Slow Cruel Hands of Time.

Lana Del Rey: Formally known as Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, Lana Del Rey is lyrically and vocally blessed. Check out hit songs like “Radio” and “Video Games.”

The Killers: This talented quartet has been rocking out to fans all over the planet. We recommend any song from the albums Sawdust and Battle Born.


Mumford and Sons: This British quartet has been creating a folk rock sound since 2007. We recommend checking out “Roll Away Your Stone” or their newest hit, “I Will Wait.”

Major Lazer: If you need a pick me up, head over to Major Lazer for an insanely fun time. Originally created by American DJ/Producer Diplo and British DJ/Producer, Switch, Major Lazer keeps the crowd jumping… literally. Check out videos from their performance at Coachella.

The Postal Service: The Postal Service has been pumping out romantically quirky songs since 2001. We recommend “Such Great Heights” and “Brand New Colony.”

Matt & Kim: This indie pop pair from Brooklyn is quite the duo. Their sound is so bright and funky that no matter how hard you try to resist dancing… your body will rebel and you will find yourself wiggling up a storm. Listen to “Daylight.” Another thing to note is that they make some killer playlists. Check out the one they created for us here.

Ellie Goulding: Not only is Ellie Goulding vocally talented, she’s multi-talented when it comes to playing instruments. The 26-year-old Brit has a unique voice that has landed her some awesome collaboration projects. Check out Skrillex’s “Summit” featuring Ellie, and “Starry Eyed.”

The Lumineers: Formed in Denver, this folk rock band writes insanely good lyrics and pairs them with their gifted musical skills. Dance the night away to “Flowers In Your Hair” and “Ho Hey.”


Phoenix: This alternative rock band has been around for more than a decade and they continue to put out catchy and high energy sound. Check out their newest album Bankrupt! Or, go for some of their older songs like “Run Run Run” and “Summer Days.”

Alt-J: One of the more—if not most!—buzzed about new bands. The unique blend of post-rock, folk and electronic elements doesn’t sound quite like anything else… and maybe that’s why it’s so addictive. Check out “Dissolve Me” and “Matilda.”

Two Door Cinema Club: This Irish powerhouse will have you dancing all night long to their new wave rock sound. Listen to “Something Good Can Work” and “Sleep Alone.”

Vampire Weekend: Formed in New York City, Vampire Weekend has a unique sound that is known to fans all over the world. We love “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” and their hit album, Contra.

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AE Festival Guide: Governor’s Ball

AE Festival Guide: Governor’s Ball

With a line-up that includes hip-hop powerhouse Kanye West, 80’s rockers Guns N Roses, and indie darlings Alt-J, this weekend’s Governor’s Ball Music Festival on New York’s Randall Island has something for everyone. Our Governor’s Ball guide has you covered from what to wear, where to be seen, and what to do while you’re in the city that never sleeps.

What to Wear

Ashley Benson‘s outfit from Napa’s recent BottleRock Festival is great inspiration for your Governor’s Ball look. She rocked the AE Festival Shortie paired with a simple tank and added a pop of color with her Aerie Festival Bandeau. Finish the look with a pair of booties and you’ll be ready to dance all day long.

Ashley Benson in American Eagle Outfitters Festival Shorties

Guys definitely can’t go wrong with a pair of brightly-colored shorts and any of our graphic or striped tanks. Canvas sneakers keep the look casual and your feet comfy.


Who to See

One of the best things about music festivals is the chance to check out some of your favorite bands while also having the opportunity to explore new sounds. We recommend seeing the bands that you love but also listening to groups that you may not normally see on a regular basis.  Not many things can beat the feeling of falling in love with a new song or artist so don’t be shy and shimmy your way from one concert to the next!

Below are the bands that made our must see list:


Pretty Lights – Also known as Derek Vincent Smith, Pretty Lights spits out an electronic beat that keeps the crowd dancing while providing an awesomely good light show to compliment his songs

Local Natives An indie rock band from Los Angeles, California. Songs like Airplane and Breakers won’t let you down.

Of Monsters and Men – Originally from Iceland, this six-piece indie folk pop band is full of sound. We can’t get enough of their hit songs like Little Talks and Lake House.


Cut Copy This Australian electronic band has an upbeat sound that will soak you in and leave your ear buds wanting more. Check out Lights & Music and Strangers In The Wind.

Alt-J An AE Favorite, the quartet has captured our hearts with their unique indie rock sound. Check out Dissolve Me on our Spotify channel or dance the night away to Fitzpleasure.

Guns-N-Roses – Oh, the notorious Guns-N-Roses! This iconic band has been reigning in fans since 1985. Known for their hit songs like Paradise City, and November Rain, Axl Rose and his band are guaranteed to rock you and the night away.


The XX – Hailing from London, The XX have been creating crazy good tunes since 2005. Check out Crystalised and Intro.

Bloc Party This electronic quartet keeps things alive through their energetic performance and mesmeric songs. We love This Modern Love and Like Eating Glass.

Yeasayer – A band Native to New York (Brooklyn, to be exact) this band offers a unique sound that will keep you beep-bopping all night long. We recommend listening to Fingers Never Bleed, O.N.E and Madder Red.

The Lumineers – Formed in Denver, this folk rock band writes insanely good lyrics and pairs them with their talented musical skills. Dance the night away to Flowers In Your Hair and Ho Hey.

Kanye West – End the festival with rap superstar Kanye West. Known for his powerful performances and crafty lyrics, this concert is bound to blow you away. Check out All Of The Lights, Jesus Walks and Through The Wire.

What to Do

Don’t put on your dancing shoes without warming up first. Pop Up Yoga is offering an hour of free yoga every morning starting at 12:30. Not a yogi at heart? Head over to the Silent Disco to listen to a live DJ streaming through wireless headphones to get your groove on. If you need a break from the music, there are lawn games from bocce ball to ping pong to corn hole. And don’t worry if your iPhone dies – capture the moment with your friends at the photo booth provided by Onomonomedia and have the pictures e-mailed directly to you so you can Instagram them when you get home.


Where to Eat

You don’t have to leave Randall’s Island to try some of the best and m0st-talked about food New York has to offer. Grab a bahn-mi from Vietnamese sandwich shop Num Pang, trace your lobster roll back to the harbor it swam in with Luke’s, then cool down with an ice cream sandwich from Coolhaus.

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