Back to School Outfits for Teens (and Moms too!) with American Eagle

When my kids hit the teen years, American Eagle suddenly became their favorite place to shop — especially for jeans.

We can always rely on AE to have a wide range of sizes and on-trend styles, making them the perfect one-stop shop for first day of school outfits and beyond.

You might notice a fresh face in this line-up! My niece was visiting for the weekend, so I invited her to go shopping with us and pick out a back-to-school outfit from American Eagle as well.

Ali goes to college in Florida, so she went for a short-sleeve cinched waist tee and high waist jeggings. I like how she gave the jeans a cuff to make them more of an ankle length style.

The multi-colored resin hoop earrings add a touch of whimsy to her look, and they even came with a pair of studs for her second piercing.

C went with a v-neck tee and high waisted jeggings for her first day of school outfit.

Here in Pennsylvania, it stays warm well into September so the kids will be wearing short sleeves for a while. She’s a longtime fan of American Eagle tees, as they’re super soft and easy to pair with any bottoms.

I particularly like the neckline on this one, and I think the color is so pretty on her. She also picked out gold hoop earrings to finish off her look.

R’s style is a bit more sporty than Ali’s and C’s, so she chose this chest stripe crewneck t-shirt along with a pair of distressed high waisted jeggings.

She is very particular about fit and feel, and she has a hard time finding comfortable jeans. She likes these so much, we went back and got her two more in different washes.

D will always wear activewear if given a choice, but when he needs a pair of jeans, American Eagle is where he goes.

Their slim fit is perfect for his tall, lanky frame; and the Ne(X)T Level Flex material is as soft and stretchy as denim gets.

He also picked out this lightweight graphic hoodie tee in a neutral heather grey. I love the way this fits him, as I’m used to seeing him in baggier styles.

D is 5’11” with a slim build, so we went with the medium in this hoodie, and it’s perfect on him.

My favorite thing about American Eagle is how they have jeans for pretty much every body shape. Most of their styles come in short, regular, and long lengths; and they also have low-rise, high-waisted, super high waisted, highest waist, and even curvy styles.

Both Ali and C tend have issues with pants being too big in the waist — but not with these curvy cuts.

R prefers their high waisted jeggings, and I stuck with my trusty low-rise skinnnies.

Yes, even I got in on the action. Hey, Moms need back-to-school clothes too! I really like the wash on these jeans, and they feel great on.

I also picked up this oversized chenille cardigan and a ribbed tank top. Both the sweater and tank top are super soft.

The cardigan is designed to be a little longer in the back so you can wear it with leggings and have some rear coverage.

For size reference, I went with my usual small in the cardigan, but I sized up to a large in the tank top so it’s not so tight. My jeans are a size 8 regular.

If you’re looking for back-to-school basics at great prices for your kids or grandkids (or for yourself), don’t forget to check out American Eagle. Now through end of day tomorrow, 8/21/19, all tops are 25 — 50% off; and jeans, joggers, and shorts are BOGO 50% off. Plus shipping and returns are free on jeans!

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21 thoughts on “Back to School Outfits for Teens (and Moms too!) with American Eagle

  1. Everyone looks great and ready to head back or are they? Lol thanks for showing an outfit for you as well . I love the sweater in the olive but for me it’s sold out so I’ll try in store.. looking for the x-small or small:) also those jeans look great.. I’ve never tried their jeans always thinking they’re more for the younger crowd but now between you and Cyndi I’ll need too.. 
    have a great day

  2. Wow!  AE does seem to have quite a variety of sizes.  Who knew?  Love the cardigan you’re wearing!  😍

    Did you happen to see the end paragraph about 25 days of summer?  Was that left over or am I missing something?   😉

    Have a blessed day and I hope you get caught up on your week after traveling.  

  3. I love your cardigan. The reviews are not the best, but I am going to order it anyhow. I almost didn’t read your post today since I have no one going back to school (except I go back to teaching on Monday haha!)

  4. Love your outfit with the pink cardigan.  Looks so cute on you!
    My son also has moved into an apartment and we’re looking for a bed as well. Where did you find the bed and desk for your son?  Thank you so much! 

  5. I almost didn’t read today since I don’t have school age children then thought I would sneak a peek at what teenagers are choosing these days since I have a 13 yo granddaughter (she lives 8 hours away).  Loved the post so much, I sent a copy of the link to my granddaughter! 

  6. Great back to school post!! Kids look so cute…my 16 year old dd also loves AE….I actually like it too, very nice store.  The high waisted mom jeans crack me up….that’s all my dd likes and I’m thinking no!! most of us ladies need to break that tummy area in half I could never wear high waisted jeans, but looks cute on the younger girls😀

  7. What a fun post!  Your kids and niece look great in everything they chose.   I love your outfit, too. That tank top is just what I’ve been looking for to go under my cardigans. It’s the perfect neckline.  Not too low.  It may be too long for me, but I will check it out.   I hope all your kiddos have a really great school year.  Enjoy this last week together!

  8. I really like what all of y’all got!  Ali is a pretty young lady.  Caroline does look great in that color top.  I need to try a pair of the curvy AE jeans since they are economical.  Poor Paul missed out on the back to school shopping.  I hope you are having a great Tuesday!

  9. We love AE at our house because most of their men’s shirts and sweaters come in a long length if you order them at the store. This saves my husband having to tuck his shirt in all day. The “tall” shops are often more big, than tall, so this is a win win for us and my thin tall husband.

  10. I love that all the kids and your niece are involved in this post.  The clothes look great on them (and you)!  I don’t have anyone going back to school, but I will remember AE the next time I’m looking for jeans.  

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