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10 Essential Pieces in American Eagle’s Holiday ’18 Collection

As the summer begins to dwindle away, brands are turning their attention to holiday.

American Eagle previewed its Holiday ’18 collection in New York City Wednesday. The denim brand is bulking up for winter with outerwear, layering pieces and on-trend jeans. Here’s a look at the 10 best pieces for the festive season.

1. Denim bomber

American Eagle has created the jacket you’ve always dreamt of finding in a vintage shop: a quilted bomber with high and low contrasts. The ’80s style bomber has a touch of retro sport styling with a padded collar, zipper pockets and a drawstring hem.

2. Black denim

The brand offers a dense range of men’s black denim for holiday. The line spans clean black that can do double duty for casual and dress occasions, dark gray with distressed details and our favorite, a ’90s style dad jean with an orange peel look.

3. Teddy jackets

The faux fur teddy jacket become an unexpected ‘It’ item late last winter, thanks in part to the flurry of Instagram influencers who adopted the trend. American Eagle builds on that success with a line of teddy Trucker jackets in warm shades of caramel, beige and off-white. The brand also offers a jean jacket with teddy sleeves and trendy fanny packs in the novelty fabric.

4. Denim boots

The denim footwear trend has evolved in recent seasons, from casual sneakers to bejeweled designer heels. For holiday, American Eagle keeps the concept true to its roots, allowing classic wheat colored stitching to be the main embellishment of its block heel denim boots.

5. Cozy layers

American Eagle’s women’s collection for holiday is chock-full of layering pieces. Sweaters span waffle knits and voluminous balloon sleeves, to traditional Fair Isle motifs. Nineties-inspired striped tees, body-skimming cardigans (worn tucked in for a fresh styling trick) and oversized cardigans in a warm ’70s color palette provide ladies plenty to work with. For men, expect to see velour tops add a luxe-leisure look.

6. Winter jean jackets

Jean jackets lined with cozy faux shearling offers denim lovers an alternative to sporty puffer coats. Detachable faux fur collars add a festive pop to the relaxed fit women’s jackets.

7. Men’s flannel jackets

Ultra-soft flannels are a mainstay in American Eagle’s lines for both men and women. For holiday, the brand winterizes its offering for men with a series of buffalo check flannel jackets with quilted interiors.

8. Vintage washes

Dark washes typically rule holiday denim, but a small capsule of light vintage washes have a loved and lived-in look and feel. The skinny jeans are an effortless companion to the brand’s ultra-soft pop-overs and cardigans.

9. Casual sets for men

Winter weekends are for hunkering down in comfy clothes. American Eagle simplifies this with a new line of casual athleisure sets that are perfect for at-home dressing. The men’s hoodies and jogger pants (sold separately) come in on-trend camel and camouflage prints, as well as basic black and white.

10. Denim parkas

Finally—some relief from the military green parka. Retailing for around $130, American Eagle’s denim parka for women is an affordable update for holiday.

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