Aerie Brand & Product Review

I’ve loved Aerie’s brand and mission ever since the first store opened in my hometown mall a few years ago. As a passionate body positivity advocate, I believe it is so important for adolescent and young adult girls to have a brand they can look to that represents all body types, especially when that brand is selling underwear and bras. 

As women, we should feel good when buying these products, not insecure because we don’t look like the model in the picture hanging in the dressing room. So, Aerie’s #RealMe campaign deeply resonates with me. 

Over the years, I’ve purchased a variety of products from Aerie, from swimsuits to underwear to leggings, and I’ve LOVED every single item. But, I want to highlight three of my favorites and must-haves in today’s blog.

Play Real Me High Waisted ⅞ Leggings
As someone who is OBSESSED with trying new workouts, I pretty much live in activewear. But, I’ve always struggled to find leggings that are comfortable, stay in place and are just the right length. On a whim, I purchased the Aerie Play Real Me High Waisted ⅞ leggings and I am completely in LOVE with the product! The length hits just above my ankles, the high waistband never falls down when I’m working out and the fabric honestly feels like butter 😉 
Fit: True to size

Chill High Waisted Bike Shorts
I’ve been hesitant to buy bike shorts simply because I always felt like they wouldn’t flatter my body type. However, I needed a pair of shorts to run in that would prevent my thighs from chafing [my thick thigh gals feel me :/] and a friend recommended the Aerie Chill High Waisted Bike Shorts, so I figured I would give them a try. Now, I’m still a bit hesitant to wear these out and about when I’m not running, but that’s just my own insecurity. Other than that, these shorts have been a LIFE SAVER for my late afternoon runs! Again, the fabric is buttery soft and the waistband stays perfectly in place.
Fit: Runs small, recommend sizing up

Classic High Waisted Bikini Bottoms & High Neck Bikini Top
I bought this set two years ago and it has held up perfectly since then! Not only is it super cute, but the fabric hasn’t stretched at all, which is very uncommon for swimsuits. The best part of buying this, though, were all of the inspirational post-it notes stuck to the dressing room mirror! One thing I love about the Aerie experience is that each store really does stay true to the brand’s mission in very small ways that make all the difference in how you feel when leaving.
Fit: True to size

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As a senior studying magazine journalism at Ohio University and a passionate feminist, I created Freely Femme as a way to use my love for storytelling to highlight some of the most inspirational women in my personal life and beyond.

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