20 of the best things you can buy at Aerie
Walking into my closet is like walking into a miniature Aerie store. It’s not just like I have a fewAerie pieces here or there—the majority of my closet consists of the brand’s signature fabrics and cult-favorite styles. From distressed tees and crossover leggings to bralettes and baseball hats, I have it all—in multiple colors, at that. Because the brand consistently offers high-quality, ultra-comfortable styles, I find myself browsing its (virtual) shelves every time a new season rolls around. After all, there’s nothing better than knowing that a store has what you’re looking for—even if you’re not quite sure what it is you’re looking for yet.
So, when my editor asked me if there were any clothing stores I just had to write about ahead of summer, I knew Aerie was the one. After all, I basically live in the brand. The number of times I’ve replied to an outfit compliment with “Oh, it’s Aerie!”—well, let’s just say the limit does not exist. If you’ve been hoping to spruce up your summer wardrobe with athleisure staples you’ll genuinely look forward to wearing, Aerie is the spot to start your search. I’ve gone ahead and rounded up 20 of the best things you can buy at Aerie. Find your soon-to-be new faves, below.
1. The most comfortable boybrief undies
Sometimes underwear comes down to personal preference, but our apparel expert’s rigorous testing Aerie came out on top. We named it the best underwear brand overall thanks to its many style offerings, all-day comfortability, and superiorly soft materials. In particular, we adore these cozy boybriefs, which are sold in three colors, have the perfect mid-waistline, and are made with soft, buttery material. It’s not just its boybriefs though, and we recommend Aerie for all your underwear needs. They come in women's sizes XXS to XXL.
2. The most comfortable leggings
Say hello to the best Lululemon dupes on the market. Our leggings-obsessed style editor, Amanda Tarlton, found that the OG High Waisted Leggings (formerly known as the Chill Legging) are the be-all, end-all of leggings] thanks to their soft cotton material and ultra-wide waistband, which prevents the pants from digging in or rolling. Best of all, they’re fully opaque, so you don’t have to worry about your bottom going see-through if you bend over. They come in women's sizes XXS to XXL.
3. The prettiest (and most supportive) lace bralette
As soon as I tried on this lace bralette, which is sold in nine colors, at the Aerie store, I promptly went back out to the display and picked up three more colors before heading to check out. Unlike other bralettes, this wide-banded, adjustable-strapped bralette is supportive—despite having no underwire. The cups are lined with removable padding and have a mesh insert connecting the cups that makes for some pretty nice (and seriously comfortable) cleavage. Plus, the slightly longer underband makes for a smooth transition from the cups to the torso, so it’s less likely to cause rolling, something I think we can all appreciate. It comes in women's sizes XXS to XXL.
4. The most comfortable lace thong
I cannot stress this enough: I adore this thong. So much so that I have 10 (yes, 10) in black, as well as an assortment of the other colors. Considering that thongs typically aren’t comfortable—what with the whole string up your bum thing—that’s saying something. What’s so nice about this one, in particular, is that it’s made with an ultra-stretchy, wide elastic lace waistband so it never digs in or rolls over. Additionally, the crotch is lined with cotton, so it’s breathable as can be. It comes in women's sizes XXS to XXL.
5. A cute cropped tank top
This cropped graphic tank, which is sold in six colors and prints, is giving us major Bandier vibes—but for a fraction of the price. And, considering the over 100 5-star reviews, it’s safe to say we’re not the only ones picking up on the high-quality aesthetic. Made with ultra-light terry, it’s the perfect top on warm and cool days alike. And since it’s made with only 58% cotton, you don’t have to worry about it shrinking in the wash. It comes in women's sizes XXS to XXL.
6. The coziest cotton hoodie
Here’s another Aerie item that I just had to have as soon as I saw it—and even more so once I felt it. The lightweight, relaxed hoodie, which is available in six colors, has nautical vibes with its thin rope lace-up detailing. Just keep in mind that it’s designed to be worn oversized, so you want to stay at your normal size or even size down. For reference, I normally wear an XL or XXL for an oversized look, but I own this sweatshirt in a large and it’s plenty roomy. My favorite part? It’s 100% cotton, making it perfect for tie-dyeing. They come in women's sizes XXS to XXL.
7. A pair of dolphin-hem terry shorts
Dolphin hems are having a major moment in 2021. Pair the trendy hem with a ridiculously soft terry fabric, and you have these must-have lounge shorts, which are available in four colors. They’re lightweight, feature an elastic waistband, and have pockets. What more could you want? They come in women's sizes XXS to XXL.
8. A super-soft T-shirt
If your daily attire consists of leggings or bike shorts, you need this curved hem tee. The oversized silhouette, which is sold in 14 colors, is slightly distressed and designed to be worn oversized. It’s the absolute perfect length, slightly covering the crotch and backside while showing off a little hip. As soon as I tried it on, I went back and grabbed two other colors, as well as three in white because, again, made with 100% cotton, they’re prime for tie-dyeing, which is still hot in 2021. They come in women's sizes XXS to XXL.
9. The most comfortable ultra-high waisted undies
Whether you have your period or are simply looking to lounge in optimal comfort, you need a pair of these ultra-high-waisted undies, which are sold in nine colors. They’re made with the softest, most lightweight antimicrobial nylon fabric that honestly feels nonexistent once on. What does it feel like? A hug for your lower tum and bum, which might sound odd, but as soon as you slip into a pair, I promise, you’ll get it. They come in women's sizes XXS to XXL.
10. A pair of comfy running shorts
These running shorts look and feel like something you’d find at Lululemon or Athleta. They’re form-fitting, meaning they won’t budge while you run but are airy enough to not make you feel sweat drip down there mid-stride. They come with a built-in spandex short lining, as well as a handy key and card pocket. They come in both solid and fun patterns, so you have some options. They come in women's sizes XXS to XXL.
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11. A crossover cheeky bikini bottom
Aerie’s crossover style for bottoms is easily one of the most beloved styles the brand offers. It launched these best-selling high-waisted bikini bottoms with the same coveted style. While the smooth style is available in five colors, they also have a series of ribbed and printed styles. They come in women's sizes XXS to XXL.
12. A pair of patterned short shorts
Not a fan of bike shorts but love the compression? Aerie’s new Shortie shorts, which just launched, are the perfect buy. Sold in eight prints, the buttery soft shorts feature a 3-inch inseam and minimal seams. We’ve tried the Offline leggings that feature a similar style and were obsessed with the flattering waistband and that they are very comfortable. The shorts come in women's sizes XXS to XXL.
13. A stylish twist-back sweatshirt
This fun, twist-back silhouette looks like something you’d find at a high-end athleisure brand. This sweatshirt can be worn with a twist in the front or back for plenty of styling opportunities. The soft fleece piece is sold in three colors, and, fair warning, as soon as you try it on, you’ll likely want to buy the other two colors. It comes in women's sizes XXS to XXL.
14. The most comfortable bike shorts
If you are a fan of bike shorts, look no further than this 7-inch-inseam silhouette, sold in four colors, from Aerie. Made with the brand’s beloved Real Me fabric and Crossover waistband, they’re just about the most comfortable bike shorts I’ve ever put on my body. Thanks to the wide waistband, they never dig in, and they have pockets. They come in women's sizes XXS to XXL.
15. A buttery-soft racerback crop top
We have to believe that Aerie’s newest buttery-soft crop was directly influenced by Beyond Yoga’s cult-favorite Spacedye leggings (which I am fully obsessed with). While I’ve not personally tried this top (or Aerie’s Hugger collection as a whole), the reviews speak for themselves. The racerback top, which is sold in 10 colors, has earned more than 500 5-star reviews. Considering this top is a third of the price of its look-alike, it’s safe to say it’s worth adding to your cart. It comes in women's sizes XXS to XXL.
16. A pair of crossover tie-dye leggings
It really is all about the crossover waistband. While the classic crossovers are sold in a variety of solids, we can’t help but swoon over these tie-dye ones. Available in three colorways, these leggings are made with the brand’s beloved buttery Real Me fabric and feature a 7/8hem, which is great for all seasons. They come in women's sizes XXS to XXL. For the full look, get the matching sports bra.
17. The most comfortable sports bra
Aerie’s Real Me fabric is synonymous with buttery-soft smoothness. This Real Me bra is so, so comfortable. Like the leggings made of the same fabric, it’s supportive and stays in place without ever digging in or rolling up at the underband. In short, it’s a dream. Thankfully, it’s sold in six colors for almost every day of the week. It comes in women's sizes XXS to XXL.
18. A pair of cozy crew socks
These cheeky crew socks are sold in three styles, though other patterns tend to cycle throughout the seasons. They’re made with soft, slightly compressive fabric that makes your foot feel supported but not stifled. In that sense, they’re the ultimate everyday sock, perfect for both lounging and adventuring around. They come in one size fits all.
19. A distressed baseball hat
I’m a sucker for Aerie’s baseball hats. At this point, I have four, with my most recent purchase being the distressed “Feeling Golden” hat. Naturally, it was a popular pick and already sold out. Luckily, the distressed hat is available in three other colors and phrases. Whichever you choose, you can expect an adjustable clip back that lets you easily hide the tail of the strap. A high-end detail that reviewers love as well.
20. The perfect little black bather
Last but not least, we have the little black dress of swimsuits—the little black bather (LBB), if you will. While the front is modest, the back offers a full-coverage seat and tie-back, creating a semi-open-back allure. No wonder it’s earned more than 100 5-star reviews. It comes in women's sizes XXS to XXL Long.
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