The Recap: Teen Vogue Fashion University

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For aspiring fashion professionals, spring in NYC brings more to get worked up about than just Fashion Week. Each year Teen Vogue hosts Fashion University, a weekend of events that gives style-minded students a chance to prep for internships and future jobs via networking and advice from the pros. The speaker lineup for this year’s Fashion U included A-listers like Jessica Simpson, Hannah Bronfman, glamour goddess Michelle Phan and Leandra Medine, founder of Man Repeller, and Express was on the scene through it all.

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Everything kicked off with a party at our flagship Times Square store. Fashion lovers lined up to get their lashes done and their flash tattoo on to a beat set by DJ Chelsea Leyland. They also dived into racks filled with a selection of our spring styles curated by Teen Vogue’s Senior Market and Accessories Editor, Jessica Minkoff, and Style Features Director Andrew Bevan. These VIPs made the party, along with Editor-in-Chief Amy Astley, Beauty and Heath Director Elaine Welteroth and Luanna Perez-Garreaud, better known as New York style blogger Le Happy.

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Before the event, we were proud to work with Teen Vogue on choosing five promising young bloggers from around the country to be our social ambassadors. They all spent the weekend showcasing pieces from our spring collection and sharing their different looks with friends and followers online. Since fashion love is our lifeblood, seeing their excitement over the weekend left us with a major buzz. And their styling ideas – sooo cute. Huge thanks to Tamara Kraus, Caitlyn Mahaffey, Cassy Stone, Deanna Sylvester and Emma Walker for being such fun reminders of what Fashion U is all about.

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The weekend may be over, but you can still shop
Teen Vogue’s curated collection for Express.

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Style Transition: Winter To Spring

LIGHTEN UP!
The seasonal transition – it happens every year and yet it can still catch you by surprise. Something about a few months of extreme weather brings on a kind of fashion amnesia that can leave you wondering, “Now, how did I dress for the last time the temps spanned 30 degrees in a single day?” Relax. We’ve chosen a few key pieces to help you move comfortably through the latest season shift and look great for lots of balmy days ahead.

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As spring takes over, this billowy beauty can be added to your style rotation as a replacement for last season’s chunky cover-up. By day, slip it on over a tunic tee and jean leggings, then try it with a cami and mini at night. Bonus: Since it tucks easily into almost any bag, you can start a chilly morning with a heavier top layer and switch to the kimono when things warm up.

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If you spent the winter in leggings and an easy-fitting pullover like the Express London Sweater, you’ve already got half of what it takes for a trend-right early spring outfit. Just drop the leggings and pick up a pair of flares, the season’s hottest jean look. With a drapey tunic and some wedges, this denim silhouette goes from ‘70s throwback to nouveau bohemian. Moving forward, keep that effortlessly chic effect by pairing your flares with something blousy, lightweight and shoulder-baring, or trying a denim-on-denim ensemble.

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For pure versatility, the Portofino’s one of our all-season faves. If you’ve already fallen for this shirt, you probably wore it over the winter under sweaters or jackets. Now’s the time to give it statement status, especially as we roll out new patterns for spring like neon pink pineapples and over-the-top florals. An easy update: Tuck one of these Portofinos into high waisted shorts. It’s a fresh, classy showcase for your feminine attributes.

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Fringe, feathers and turquoise styles are coming on strong for spring, and these desert-inspired accessories can instantly give your look an air of warmth and ease. Just use them strategically to stay out of costume territory. For instance, if you go for something like our Turquoise Feather Fringe Statement Necklace over a basic tee and ripped jeans, go ahead and keep the other extras fairly simple.

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Season Preview: Blogger Style

TRENDING FOR SPRING
Like most of us, our blogger friends can’t wait ‘til spring to drop a layer or two and break out some new looks. Some of them have already gotten started, showing off light, pretty styles regardless of below-average temperatures, or getting a jump on the colors and silhouettes that’ll live on through the warmer months. We checked in with the ladies behind the blogs 9 to 5 Chic, Cheetah is the New Black, Gal Meets Glam and Hapa Time for a preview of what’s to come, and to give your stylish self some food for thought. Look and learn.

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While spring is always good for getting reacquainted with your favorite bold colors, in 2015, white is red hot. Whether you go for the haute style of achromatic layering or just incorporate a basic tee or jean legging into your look, like Gal Meets Glam blogger Julia Engel, it’s crisp, clean and pairs with literally anything. Right now, blush pink is white’s most popular partner. Having popped up all over the red carpet during awards season, the hue is coming down to earth for the season in pretty blouses, an array of accessories and lace-adorned separates like the pencil skirt on Hapa Time blogger Jessica Ricks.

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Easily wearable, wonderfully comfortable and more than a little versatile – this is a look we’re totally down with. A slouchy tunic can look effortlessly put-together over leggings and helps soften the edge of distressed skinnies, as Cheetah girl Alicia Lund and 9 to 5 Chic’s Anh Sundstrom so expertly illustrate. Anh’s addition of a tied tunic tee over her London tunic sweater wins points for originality, and once Cheetah can lose the winter coat, her super cute spring look is ready to go.

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Supermodel Style

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What do fiery pinks, wild florals and destroyed denim have in common? They all appear on Kate Upton’s short list of favorite styles for bringing in spring. In the online shop she’s curated for Express, the supermodel reminds us that she’s a casual girl at heart – see the five denim looks and complementary assortment of tops with fun details. But she also shares her love for a dress with a classic feminine shape and a bright color or print, not to mention the strappy heels and bling-y jewelry that go with it so well.

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Last week in San Francisco, Kate and a handful of NorCal’s best style bloggers gathered in our Union Square store to party and flaunt some of Kate’s faves. The glamorous guest list included Krystal Bick of the blog This Time Tomorrow, Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam, Alicia Lund of Cheetah is the New Black, Jessica Ricks of Hapa Time and Anh Sundstrom of 9 to 5 Chic. Fun times and fab looks were had by all!

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Bikini Madness!

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ENTER TO WIN WITH OUR
BIKINI BRACKET SWEEPSTAKES
Today’s launch of the 2015 Express Swim Collection brings loads of sexy separates and pairing possibilities for your time in the sun. With so many pretty colors and patterns available we’re having a hard time choosing our favorite bikini combination, so we want to know what you think. Help us choose a winning pair with our Bikini Bracket and we’ll enter you in a drawing for a gift card to get your own swim look started.
HOW IT WORKS
  1. Follow us on Instagram @ExpressRunway and keep an eye out this month for our Bikini Bracket posts.
  2. In each post, bikini tops and bottoms will be duking it out for style supremacy! Vote for your favorite with a comment. The winner of each pair-off will move up the ranks toward the final two.
  3. Each comment will enter you in a sweepstakes to receive one of 25 $25 gift cards (limit one comment per post).
  4. We’ll reveal our most popular look and announce the gift card winners when the bracket is completed on March 25.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. SWEEPSTAKES BEGINS AT 10:00 AM ON MARCH 9, 2015 AND ENDS AT 11:59 AM ON MARCH 24, 2015. LEGAL U.S. & CANADIAN RESIDENTS (EXCLUDING QUEBEC) 18+, VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. ODDS OF WINNING DEPENDENT ON NUMBER OF ELIGIBLE ENTRIES RECEIVED. SEE OFFICIAL RULES HERE.
Can’t wait for the big reveal?
Go ahead and find your own favorite combo right now.

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