Giving Back: Teach for America

As a company, we believe in supporting youth empowerment and education, so when it came time to select an organization to support, Teach For America was a natural choice. If you’re not familiar with Teach for America, you should be. Teach For America is a national teacher corps of recent college graduates who commit a minimum of two years to teach in under-resourced urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity.

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In October, Marcie Eberhart, Director of the AEO Foundation, along with AEO Style Director, Preston Konrad and Lauren Rourke, Manager of Styling, visited a classroom at New York City public school Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School, also known as WHEELS, to talk fashion and the importance of education. WHEELS, founded by Teach For America alumnus Brett Kimmel (Houston Corps ‘96), serves 650 students in grades six through 12, nearly all of whom are people of color and 100 percent of whom are growing up in poverty. The school is posting impressive results; students exceed the citywide average pass rates on the Regents exams and 100 percent of their graduates have been accepted to college in the past several years. Preston and Lauren spoke about their journey through the fashion industry, eventually landing the job of their dreams at AEO, and spent time answering the students’ questions.

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The entire junior class received a free pair of AEO Jeans.

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This holiday season, we’re asking you to help give back. When you purchase an AEO gift box in stores for 50 cents, you will help a child in need. 100% of proceeds from gift box sales will be donated to Teach For America (up to $100,000) to sponsor 18 classrooms for one year.

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#AEOSTYLE: Matchbacks

#AEOSTYLE: Matchbacks

The matchback trend is inspired from both the runways and the street. It is the idea of wearing a top and bottom piece in the same pattern or print – consider this look a new way for you to wear the current floral and tribal print trend. See how our Director of Styling, Preston, helped Maria with the matchback trend on our Spring Break 2014 photo shoot in the video and check out other pieces to help you get the look below.

Get Maria’s look:

Embroidered Sweatshirt

Embroidered Shorts


Mix and match with matchbacks.

Mix and match with matchbacks.

Get the look:

Silky Crop Topped T-Shirt

Floral Corset

Soft Cutout Bralette

Slouchy Cinched Pant

Soft Pant

Floral Aloha Tank

Soft Printed Circle Skirt

Be sure to show us how you wear matchbacks with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be on

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Styled by Preston: Colorblocking and Indigo

Styled by Preston: Colorblocking and Indigo

During our Spring 2014 photo shoot in San Francisco, our Director of Styling, Preston, pulled together an easy and laidback look for guys. Preston paired two of the coolest trends—colorblocking and indigo—for this look.

A button down shirt instantly lends refinement and polish to any look, and chambray shirts are also a staple in our closet. But this Striped Chambray Button Down isn’t just any shirt… we’ve totally rethought it with colorblocked panels. This shirt is the ultimate versatile piece. Wear it out layered with our V-Neck Legend T-Shirt in blue to keep up with the indigo trend or a bolder color to continue the colorblocked look. You can even dress this shirt down by unbuttoning it to show your favorite T-shirt, or you can keep it buttoned and add a pair of dark jeans or khakis. Finish off your look with your favorite Slim Jeans and white kicks for a preppy feel.


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Pair a colorblocked shirt with your favorite V-neck and jeans for a laidback look.

Get the look:

Legend V-Neck T-Shirt

Striped Chambray Button Down Shirt

Slim Jean

Tretorn Nylite Canvas Sneaker

Looking for more styling tips and inspiration from our Styling Director, Preston and Styling Manager, Lauren? See how they styled some of our key trends for spring including the new classics, Americana, florals, soft dressing, mixing prints and 90s grunge, pastels and neutrals and nautical.

Show us how you take what we make and make it your own by styling colorblocking and indigo with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram. You could see yourself on our style gallery!

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Styled by Preston: Pattern Mixing & 90s Grunge

Styled by Preston: Pattern Mixing & 90s Grunge

We went to the birthplace of American music and style—San Francisco—for the American Eagle Outfitters Spring 2014 photo shoot. Our location was inspired by the pieces our designers created for our spring collection: cool new denim washes, colorblocking, new takes on classic T-shirts and updated prints.

Preston pulled Bailey off the set during the shoot to tell us more about one of his favorite trends from the shoot: pattern mixing and 90’s grunge. If you haven’t tried pattern mixing yet, this look by Preston is a great place to start. Preston paired a plaid workwear shirt with our Printed Sneaker. To keep the prints from clashing, try mixing a larger print (the plaid) with a smaller print (the floral). The plaid shirt tied around the waist also channels the grunge music scene of the 90’s (and keeps you warm on chilly mornings).

This look also features another big trend for spring: mint. Mint looks best with neutrals like dark indigo, black or white. Preston paired the mint Bold Graphic Sweatshirt with Destroyed Denim Shorts.


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See how Preston mixed prints and channeled 90s grunge.

Get the look:

Bold Graphic Sweatshirt

Plaid Button Down Shirt

Destroyed Denim Cutoff Short

Paneled Baseball Cap

Printed Sneaker

Looking for more styling tips and inspiration from our Styling Director, Preston and Styling Manager, Lauren? See how they styled some of our key trends for spring including Americana, florals, soft dressing and nautical.

Show us how you mix patterns and wear 90s grunge-inspired style with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram. You could see yourself on!

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Styled by Preston: Florals

Styled by Preston: Florals

What says spring more than soft, airy sundresses and bright floral prints? At American Eagle Outfitters, we have your go-to spring and summer style covered with our new exclusive dress, the Kate Dress. Fun, flirty and fit to flatter—this effortless dress will have you turning heads everywhere you go. The cutout back adds a touch of edge. Pair with a bralette for a more flirty, feminine option.

We have nine different options of the Kate Dress, from solids and prints to burnouts, and it’s perfect for any occasion. You can dress it up with wedges and statement jewelry or dress it down with denim accent pieces and slip-on sneakers.

Preston paired a floral version of the Kate Dress with our Denim Vested Jacket to add a little warmth on chilly spring days. Make this dress your festival-season go-to with a pair of our Chain Strap Bootie and a statement fedora.

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Luiza wore the floral trend during our spring photo shoot in San Francisco.

Get the look:

Kate Dress

Denim Vested Jacket

Printed Straw Fedora (similar)

Chain Strap Bootie

Find even more styling inspiration for the Kate Dress and see how to wear it year-round on our Looks For Now, Looks For Later shop.

Want more styling tips from Preston and Lauren? Check out their take on the Americana trend, soft dressing and nautical style. Be sure to show us how you take what we take and make it your own on Twitter and Instagram with #AEOSTYLE and you could see yourself on our Style Gallery.

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AEO Friends & Family: George E., NYFW Photographer

AEO Friends & Family: George E., NYFW Photographer

Did you catch our coverage of New York Fashion Week with Preston and Lauren? They hit the streets with photographer George Evan to capture some of the awesome street style they spotted while attending the fall shows. Read on to learn more about the photographer behind the lens and follow him on Instagram at @thevagabound.

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George in the Premium Slim Jean and the Denim Jacket.

How did you discover your interest for photography?

When I was young, I encountered the pinhole effect, which is a lighting phenomenon discovered in the times of Aristotle, and became fascinated with the way lighting could create and manipulate a mood. My parents had a film camera I would use. I began using it as a bridge into other people’s lives and using it as a way to portray a person while expressing ideas and opinions.

How did you get your start as a professional photographer?

I attended photography school in Santa Barbara. While I was there, I interned for David LaChapelle and then started working for him at his studio, which was an invaluable education in itself. After a while, I came back home to the East Coast and settled in. New York has been a home base for me ever since. Photography, like life, can be an exciting journey.

What is your favorite style of photography?

I am drawn to conceptual portraits – images that convey who a person is in an aesthetically moving way. Fashion and adventure photography also have their own beauty to me. I’m obsessed with learning about new styles, new cultures and meeting new people.

What is your favorite camera to shoot with?

I grew up shooting film and later printing in the darkroom and I still use many alternative techniques in some of my work. In addition to shooting digital, I usually will use a few different vintage cameras that I’ve gathered over the years. Each has its own advantages and unique way of seeing.

What is something surprising about being a photographer that people don’t usually know?

It feels more like a lifestyle than a job. One that provides both freedom and challenges. For me, starting out has been a balance between left and right brain.

Where is the coolest place you’ve ever traveled for your job?

I recently spent a few weeks working in Zambia and I had the opportunity to meet and work with some incredibly inspirational people.

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George captured this photo of Victoria Falls during a recent trip to Zambia. Click through to see more of his photos on his website.

What is your favorite style of AEO jeans?

The Slim Jean is cozy and durable. The Denim Jacket is great either on its own or with other layers.

Does your work influence your fashion? How?

Absolutely. Fashion, like photography, is a way of expressing myself. I’m thankful to have worked with amazing brands and stylists and I hope some of that style has rubbed off on me.

Where do you find your inspiration?

I can find ideas and inspiration inside myself as a result of looking everywhere: in clothes, cultures, nature, memories and most of all, love.

What was the most fun part of shooting New York Fashion Week with Preston, Lauren and AEO?

The entire experience with AEO, Preston and Lauren has been really productive, which is always inspiring. Working with a great crew to photograph amazing people and cool clothes has been a dream come true.

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