This spring, we’ve seen the resurgence of non-denim pants. Of course we love our favorite American Eagle Outfitters jeans, but we also have been styling pants that match back to the denim fits we love. We’ve also been sporting a new trend – soft pants. We interviewed Design Director Christina Y. to learn more about the newest pant fits and the product design process. Christina and her team – Designer Seon H. and Assistant Designer Nina H. – work hard to bring you the coolest new trends and fits in pants.
What was your inspiration for our Spring 2014 pant assortment?
Our inspiration came from the surf and tropical trend with a hint of grunge/punk.
What are the different types of pant fits our customers can find in our collection?
Our customers can find easy, loose fits (for example, the soft pants), to our sexy fitted pants like the Jegging. While we still focus on our basic fits—the Artist Trouser, the Kick Boot—we are extremely excited about our new Boy Crop (coming soon), which has military details and paint splatters for the fashion girl.
What is the inspiration behind the soft pant trend?
Our inspiration was from surf and skate with a mix of streetwear to keep it easy and casual with a girly touch.
What styling tips do you have for soft pants?
You should pair the soft pants with an easy top and sneakers for a casual look or dress them up with a crop top and a pair of booties. (Check out our soft pant styling inspiration!)
Which styles are best for dressing up?
Both our solid and printed soft pants can be dressed up for a night out. Our boy military crop can be dressed up with the prefect pair of heels.
Talk to us about the color ranges available for Spring 2014.
We have a range of wonderful neutrals with pops of neon.
How do our pants fit in with the rest of the Spring 2014 collection?
Our pants create the best foundation for the rest of the Spring 2014 collection. They work perfectly with the different top lengths and shapes. We designed the pants in sync with the tops to create perfect outfits.
What is the design process of a pant from start to finish? How long does it take from concept to being available in stores?
We start with concept from trend research and build with the team to design into different silhouette and details, focusing on color and prints. It takes about 10 months from original concept to being available in stores.
Which American Eagle Outfitters pant for Spring 2014 is your absolute favorite?
My absolute favorite has to be the boy military crop with paint splatters.
What makes AEO pants awesome, on trend and a great value for Spring 2014?
Our attention to trend, working endlessly to prefect the fabrication, details and mostly fit make AEO pants a great value this spring.