AerieREAL is… the freedom to feel like you. Meet the newest & softest clothes you’ll never want to take off.
The Real Free Collection is all about the clothes that feel even better than wearing nothing. We asked Aerie Merchandise Managers, Natalie and Katie, what makes our newest and freest collection so special. Find out why they love these pieces so much, and try them for yourself—you gotta feel it to believe it!
Tell us what makes the Real Free Collection so amazing.
Katie: I know when I go home – I put my hair in a bun (if it isn’t already), take off my bra, throw on a ribbed henley tank with a (s)lounge pant. If I’m a little chilly, I will throw on a cardi or a hoodie. To me, this collection really encompasses how I want to feel when I am really myself – totally comfortable, relaxed and honestly free!
Natalie: It’s speaks to how our girl really lives in our clothes day in and day out! She should feel cozy, confident and FREE in everything she buys from Aerie!
What are your favorite pieces from the collection?
Natalie: I am obsessed with the Desert Sweatshirt! The fabric, the fit, the wash… EVERYTHING is just perfect! I love this sweatshirt back to bike shorts or leggings.
The sweatshirt has a brand new wash that we have never offered before called a desert wash… which is where this sweatshirt gets its name! It is a unique wash process that removes the color for a super cool sunfaded look.
Katie: I am in love with our Nomad pants—we have one in our Real Soft Stretch fabric and another in our plush fabric. Both of them offer so much comfort, the plush is better for cooler days and rib is better for warmer days.
Tell us about some of the fabrics—where did the ideas come from?
Natalie: I love that this collection encompasses all of our softest, coziest fabrics! Our “Sunday Soft” fabric all started with a short this summer! We saw the sample and loved the fabric so much that we decided to try it in a top! Throughout this season we will have this fabric in a cropped hoodie, a turtleneck and a quarter zip!
Katie: We have had Real Me in the collection for a little over a year in our Chill. Play. Move. Collection. It is our lightest-weight fabric that’s buttery, like a second skin that feels incredibly smooth. It wicks away sweat and has endless 4-way stretch. Our basics and prints feature a feminine v-yoke shaped waistband that flatters the shape of the body. It has barely-there seams, made with the softest threads used in our bras and undies. Our plush fabric is so yummy, and our Real Soft rib is just so easy with a nice amount of stretch that feels cool to the touch.
How are you wearing pieces from the collection?
Natalie: I love the versatility of this collection. There is something for every part of your day! If I want to lounge at home I throw on my cozy Nomad Pant and my Boyfriend T-Shirt…sans bra ;). If I’m running errands I grab my Desert Sweatshirt with a cute pair of bike shorts. And if I’m grabbing coffee with friends I love the cozy Twist Back Sweater over the Chill Seamless Bralette (seriously my fav bra of ALL TIME!) paired back to our Real Me printed leggings…cute and casual!
Katie: See above—ha! But I also find myself wearing the Chill Seamless Bralette with our Ribbed Nomad Pant – and if I feel the urge to do yoga at home (Yoga with Adrienne) I’m ready to go. If I decide to go to yoga (with Catherine), I grab the Real Me in our super fem scallop with that same bralette – if makes me feel weightless as I try to get myself grounded!
Which Real Free style are you most excited for? Comment below & tell us!