Shopstyle and American Eagle reached out recently, asking if we’d like to work together. They wanted a twist on the traditional ‘Mommy and Me’ shoot. They had recently extended their line of men’s denim to include smaller sizes, and wanted to know if our TME tween might like to try American Eagle’s denim line.
Gang, I gotta be honest: it took a sec for that penny to drop.
I mentally went through all of our contributors — literally the entire team loves AE — trying to figure out who this tween might be.
Raines. Guys, it’s Raines. And while he’s only eleven, (at least for a few more — aren’t tweens technically 12??), I’ll admit AE’s smallest size, 26 X 28 is, in fact, his size.
My baby boy wearing man jeans? No. No no no no no.
But then he leaned over my shoulder while I, in shock, browsed through American Eagles’ latest denim offerings, all modeled by MEN WHO SHAVE and casually remarked, “Oh hey Mom, those jeans are cool.”
Remember when he refused to wear jeans? I’d have to hunt down that knit denim because he’d only wear soft pants? And suddenly we’re at the stage where “those jeans are cool” and “I think I want some cologne, Mom” and I just don’t even recognize my life anymore.
But he picked some jeans (and I did too #twistmyarm), and he picked a few man-shirts (size XS), which technically are too big on him, but he was all “finally these fit like I like them to, Mom. You always buy things that don’t fit right” — which means, ps, that they fit properly, and then I end up, a week or so later, staring at THIS:
WHAT. Is even HAPPENING.
Outfit 1: Dark Washes & Career Counseling
Some people sing about dreams, some people build them. NASA forever, man.
Outfit 2: Rock Tees & Ripped Jeans
A classic combination, always. I’m actually reallllly freaking impressed with AE’s selection of graphic tees — they’re SO good. And while we already know that the AE Tomgirl jeans and skinny jeans are team favs, I wanted to try AE’s 90’s boyfriend jean.
ps. The distressed pair R is wearing below is his favorite of the bunch, too.
“You can’t half-tuck Snoop, Mom.” – Raines
Our Favorite Graphic Tees From AE
Like I mentioned before, I’m really impressed with AE’s line of graphic tees. Here are our favs….
Our Favorite Sweatshirts From AE
Raines’ hoodie is so cute that I went back and took a closer look. Whoa — the sweatshirts are GREAT.
Our Favorite Jeans From AE
I love the dark wash denim trousers…but the wash is not nearly as soft as my other AE denim. But this style is also available in a light wash. Raines’ jeans, however, were both really soft. AE is offering 25% off Jeans + Joggers now through 9/12. (So this one’s a no-brainer, you guys).
A huge thank you to American Eagle and ShopStyle for sponsoring this post!! We’re huge fans around here, and are thrilled to partner with a retailer who makes inclusive sizes such a big part of their brand. Bravo. As always, all thoughts, opinions and product choices are my own (or Raines’ own, in this case). And readers, thank you for your continued support. It doesn’t go unnoticed and is so very much appreciated.