American Eagle Outfitters is flying high in my books lately. Before my shopping sabbatical began, one of my last purchases was a couple of tees at AE, and later on I drooled over some of their spring merchandise online. Whatever they've been doing with themselves lately, I say keep on doing it because they're becoming more than just a destination for basics.
I'm proud to say that my shopping sabbatical is more than half over, but in the face of temptations such as these demure, stylish pieces--well, I don't know if I can last until the end of September.
Tie-front skinny blouse, $39.50. This blouse initially caught my eye because it reminded me of my friend's United airlines uniform. Upon closer examination, however, I think the stripes, puffy sleeves, and tie-front make this AE version the perfect piece for the office and a sushi dinner and movie after work.
Striped zip hoodie, $49.50. Every year, thousands of Vancouverites flock to English Bay on summer nights to watch the Celebration of Light's free half-hour fireworks displays, whether it's on the deck of a yacht out in the open water, or as part of the hordes on the beach. AE's nautical-themed hoodie is perfect for keeping you cozy no matter where you're watching the pyrotechnics display from.
Pretty bow dress, $59.50. If Blair Waldorf ever shopped at American Eagle, I imagine she'd buy a dress very similar to this one.
3-button blazer, $59.50. For those times when a hoodie is too casual but the evenings are too chilly to go without another layer, the blazer is the answer. This is by far my favourite of all these picks. The 3/4 sleeves, classic styling, and playful white trim are just plain appealing. Note to self: When meeting friend who works at AE, avoid looking at the mannequin wearing this blazer and resist urge to whip out credit card.