Packing Guide: Spring Break Style, Part 2

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For days of lounging at the beach or pool deck, you’ll obviously need more than one swim option – partly to switch up your style, partly to avoid wearing the same suit everyday because “Ew.” With our 2015 swim collection about to launch, we’ve taken some of our fave pieces and come up with a plan for covering all your vacay bikini needs with six mix-or-match separates, plus a couple of basic style rules. As you’re considering your options, head over to Instagram @ExpressRunway to vote for your favorite swim separates and get a chance to win a gift card toward a new suit.

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DON’T FORGET THESE TIPS:
MIXING SOLID COLORS & PATTERNS:
A good print will immediately catch the eye so place one where you want people looking – like over your best assets.
MIXING PATTERNS:
This is such a fun look when it’s done right. The key: go for patterns that are about the same size, with colors that complement each other.
BLACK AND WHITE:
When in doubt, whether you’re into prints or solids, classic fits or trend-right flounce and fringe, monochrome picks will never let you down.

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Packing Guide: Spring Break Style

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A spring vacation can make for the most fun packing experience. After a long winter, you get to pull out the bright colors, the light fabrics and the pieces that are skimpy enough to let you skip the heavy suitcase. There are lots of new picks for what to bring on a getaway that’ll work in multiple ways. We’ll get to some swim options in our next post and we’ll share more styling tips in the coming days @ExpressRunway on Instagram. For now, check out the fashion pieces that can cover your needs for day and night.

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On the beach, this sheer and billowy hit for spring makes for a cover-up with polish. Add the au courant sun protection of big sunglasses and a floppy hat, plus some colorful flats for an ouch-free walk on the hot sand, and you’ve got what it takes for one envy-inducing selfie. By night, the piece adds a fresh pattern and some easygoing flow to the sleekness of a basic black romper and strappy heels.
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For the season ahead, jean shorts will be popping up in a few different lengths, but for vacation days we like ‘em short, sexy and a little distressed. With a color-saturated tank and T-straps, it’s just right for a little coverage when you’re heading from beach to boardwalk, and it makes a smooth move to a night of dancing with a fancier top and statement necklace.
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Chic, slip-on easy and totally comfy, the maxi dress is a strong contender for Best. Trend. Ever. On vacation, it comes to your rescue during the day if you want some cover from the sun, and at night, it helps ensure you’ll make a dramatic entrance at dinner. Give it a cinch with a chunky belt and a pop with an ultra-bright heel or clutch.

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Follow @ExpressRunway on Instagram for more spring break style tips.

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Recap: #ExpressMen Launch Party With Stephen Curry

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It may have happened on Friday the 13th, but the stars were positively aligned around our launch party for Stephen Curry. The event celebrated the basketball superstar’s new role as the first style ambassador for #ExpressMen. A huge crowd came out to the retro-classy NYC lounge, Avenue, to get in on the welcome, catch a performance by Ludacris and shop a pop-up closet filled with our 1MX shirt collection. Special thanks to lifestyle brand Grungy Gentleman for sponsoring.

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Decked out in a Micro Print Blazer, Stephen arrived on the scene with his wife, Ayesha, who looked drop dead gorgeous sporting our Scuba Flounce Dress and her growing baby bump. (Aw, congrats!)
The man of the night took to the catwalk to introduce Ludacris, who kicked off his set with a song dedicated to Stephen (“All I Do is Win,” naturally). Luda ended up having such a great time onstage that he kept pulling out more tracks like “What’s Your Fantasy” and “Money Maker.”

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In the crowd and in the photo booth, the celeb watch became kind of a family affair over the night. Stephen’s dad, Dell Curry, stopped in for a few pics in his own dapper suit look. When not posing with current UFC Middleweight champ Chris Weidman, Pitch Perfect aca-boy Skylar Astin did some mugging for the camera with friends and family – including brother Jace, Grungy Gentleman’s editor-in-chief. Also spotted: rappers Juelz Santana and Jadakiss, our own menswear models Ryan Kennedy and RJ Rogenski, and Aussie cover guy Jordan Barrett. Check out our YouTube channel for video highlights of this amazing night.

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Blogger Style: Looks With Flare

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With ‘70s style making a big splash in spring 2015, fashionable girls in the know have been gravitating toward a look with a wider leg shape. Of course, that includes the maven behind Sydne Style, Sydne Summer, and she’s found an object of obsession in the refined denim version of our Editor Flare pant. Their appeal for her: “They’re dark enough to work in more of a corporate world but cool enough to wear from the office to drinks.” To show off this pair’s range and to get you inspired, she built three super- stylish looks around them. We’d love to see the ideas you come up with once you get a look. Show ‘em off with a selfie on Instagram tagged with @ExpressRunway and #LoveExpress.

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This is what you call an expert balance of fancy and feisty. The pants bring in polish with a dark finish and flattering shape, the graphic tee throws in some playful attitude and the accessories elevate without overwhelming.

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If you want to rock this relaxed retro trend without going all costume-y, here’s the way to do it. Sydne’s overall silhouette, along with her classic striped tee and fedora, recall an earlier fashion era in a fresh, clean way. Accessories with a minimal, sculptural quality seal the old-made-new effect.

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“You can’t get any more spring than colorful florals,” says Sydne. She exudes the spirit of the season with her pairing of Editor Flares and a Portofino Shirt in watercolor floral, one of our new favorite prints (seriously – we’ve put it on everything from scarves to sandals). Accessories that are just as beautifully bright pull everything together. You can practically feel the warm breeze.
INSTAGRAM: @sydnesummer
All looks feature the Refined Denim Flare Editor Pant

LOOK 3: Watercolor Floral Portofino Shirt – available in-store

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Style Bloggers’ V-Day Destinations

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Jacey Duprie and her husband, Grant, find romance in returning to a spot they’ve come to love together: Bucato in L.A.-adjacent Culver City. “Ever since we moved to the area and discovered this adorable Italian eatery, we’ve been hooked. We can’t go a few weeks without walking over to share a few plates of pasta and a bottle of wine.”

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One advantage to a happy marriage is that you don’t necessarily have to glam up to impress your date. Casual is cool as long as it fits your destination and you’ve put some thought in it. That’s why we love Jacey’s date night choices. This tunic sweater-and-flared-jean combo is more than super cozy – it also shows off one of the most fashionable silhouettes going. Grant matches her level of stylish ease with his untucked button-up and dark jeans.

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