While I do wander into American Eagle from time-to-time...I was skeptical about their little sister store, Aerie. Aerie started as an intimates line (and I love their panties for post-partum moms)...but my expectations were pretty low when I heard they were branching out into apparel.
And yes - to a large extent, Aerie met my low expectations with the tired Abercrombie and Fitch style hoodies, sweatpants and other items that are best called "dormwear".
Now I love snuggling up in sweats as much as the next mom, but a new line of dorm sweats (albeit a much cheaper option than A&F) is hardly newsworthy.
However...Aerie has also branched out past dormwear, and rounded out their collection with some fabulous plaid flannel shirts & tunic-style henleys (see pic at left), a few floaty tops (pooch-hiding!!) and perfectly cozy-but-stylish winter sweaters.
Not to mention that I'm coveting their skinny jean - the light blue shade is spot-on perfect. Price point? Hovering in the $25 - $60 range. Nice. Even nicer is that the American Eagle family of stores has frequent coupons and crazy-good sales.
These clothes, geared for the college crowd, tend to run small, so size up.
While the selection of items I loved was small, they were all well-priced and pretty versatile. Here's what I've been playing around with:
Everyday Looks (With Some Serious Post-Partum Pooch Hiding)
Notice the flannel tunic has a drop-waist (making it perfect for both post-partum pooches AND breastfeeding), the top is nice and floaty, and the wrap sweater helps to further detract from a mom-pooch. And I LOVE the necklace.
$60 - ae.com
$35 - ae.com
I love a little sparkly mini with thick tights and a woolly sweater...and for only $44, it's an easy way to perk up a tired date-night look. The bracelet is adorable and only $15, so you can buy a couple for layering. Lastly, there's something I really like about the romantic, flowy top...it's just pretty. And pretty is good.
$60 - ae.com
$45 - ae.com
Hunh. Who knew such cute finds were hidden in and amongst an army of LIVE YOUR LIFE hoodies?