It was festive in the American Eagle showroom yesterday where Holiday 2014 was on display. Have you ever seen a Christmas tree in July? It's an unusual experience to say the least, but fitting with the winter wonderland spirit of the collection.
Nordic patterns, always a staple during the holidays (and ski season), could be found on the most comfy looking onesies. Yes onesies! American Eagle's non-jean take on the winter onesie is very reminiscent of pajamas (actually they probably were pajamas), but I'd totally wear them outside -especially the one with the photorealistic all-over print. That particular one looked snuggly enough to never take off. Nordic patterns could also be found on chunky sweaters and cardigans. The chunky knit pullover cape (I don't know what else to call it) was an attention-grabber and for sure is at the top of my winter wishlist when it hits retail.
An interesting addition was the puffer theme which showed up in an unusual item. There were puffer jackets, lots and lots of puffer jackets, but American Eagle went an extra step and made puffer boots and slippers. They're not the prettiest things to look at, but I would bet dollars to donuts that they are amazingly comfortable. Get this though, they're only for men. Weird. Oh well.
Jeans were ripped and wrinkled and there were plenty of slim sweatpants thrown in as well. In a nod to both, a pair of camouflage trousers with a drawstring waist and elastic ankles was a standout piece and I was surprised they had it tucked on a rack in the corner.
Holiday 2014 doesn't hit stores until October so nows the time to take a look and start getting your wishlist together.
Preview the rest of the collection after the jump.