After high school, I pretty much wrote off American Eagle Outfitters as a teenage brand with nothing to offer. I'm sure I'm not the only one, who, after the days of brand-splaying in raised, cursive felt, ditched all Hollister, Abercrombie and American Eagle-brand items the moment after graduation.
But lately something has happened to American Eagle. Every once in a while, I find unbelievably wearable pieces at super-cheap prices. I went into a store this past summer, looking for the perfect pair of skinny, ripped jeans, and came out with a pair of high-rises that garner compliments hand over fist, from the employees at J.Crew, Madewell and Free People to random people on the street.
The other day, I went online and ordered these dark, forest-green-almost-black moto jeans, and these sneaker/ankle boot shoes that look like slip on sneakers for cold weather. They may be completely impractical, but I'm going to wear them with leather and layers, channeling Isabel Marant.
The best part? Jeans and shoes, under $30. And free shipping.