Toronto International Film Festival

Looking for a brush with celebrity or an early start on your award season movie watching? The Toronto International Film Festival is so your kind of scene. Happening September 10-20 and celebrating its 40th year, the Festival is the largest event of its kind in North America, screening hundreds of the best new movies from all over the world and boasting a mile-long A-list of stars and filmmakers in attendance.

Express is thrilled to partner with this amazing event as an official sponsor. Along with checking out all the red carpet action, we’ll be setting up our Airstream trailer for Festival Street, an opening-weekend street party adjacent to Festival headquarters on King Street West. We’ll be showcasing hot new looks from our fall collection, giving away Express-exclusive Toronto International Film Festival tote bags and creating a print gallery of the best #ExpressTIFF pics on Instagram.

Express at TIFF

If this sounds like something you’ve got to see, it’s not too late – lodging is still available and single tickets go on sale September 6. And if you’re a legal Canadian resident, you and a friend have a chance to enjoy a trip to the Festival and some VIP treatment on us!

Start by texting TIFF to 397-737* to receive deals on your device from Express. Your text will also enter you into our Ultimate Toronto International Film Festival Getaway! Prizes include:

• Round-trip airfare for two and three nights hotel accommodations in Toronto

• Entry for two to the Closing Night Gala and Red Carpet Lounge

• Free screening tickets

• An Express shopping spree – $1000 for you and $500 for your friend

Don’t wait! Entries must be received by August 31. Be sure to check out our Instagram feed before and during the fest, along with this blog, for more Festival-inspired giveaways and surprises. And good luck!

*By texting TIFF to 397-737 you are subscribing to Express Mobile Alerts. 12 autodialed msgs/mo. Consent not required to buy goods or services. Standard Message and Data Rates may apply. Reply HELP for help, STOP to cancel to 397-737. Full T&Cs: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Sweepstakes start July 31, 2015, end Aug. 31, 2015. Open to legal Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). One winner will be randomly drawn, ARV $5256.00 CAD. Estimated odds of winning are dependent on number of eligible entries received. By entering you agree to the Official Rules, which include a free method of entry and can be found at


Trying to steer your way through a personal style challenge? Our in-house stylists are happy to guide you in the right direction. This week, Chad Molique, the man behind the men’s mannequin looks in Express stores and creator of the style blog Casually Tailored, has some words and pictures for guys looking to smarten up their business look.

ask a stylist: dressing like a pro

ask a stylist: dressing like a pro

Q: I don’t have to wear a suit to work everyday but I still want to look professional. What are my options?

A: “I feel like nowadays, unless you’re working downtown in a high rise, a full suit and tie isn’t required. While I love wearing a good suit to work, my go-to outfit has been a nice pair of jeans in a clean wash with a blazer. Granted, I’ve seen this outfit combo go south really quickly, but with all the pieces and parts just right, you can easily pull off a professional business-casual look.”

ask a stylist: dressing like a pro

“Jeans are the most important part – they can make or break the entire look. Over the years I’ve acquired three or four favorite pairs in a range of washes from rinse to medium that go really nicely back to some of my blazers. A darker wash with a slim or skinny fit gives you more of a tailored, clean finish. A lighter wash or a looser fit will throw the look off, making it too casual.”

ask a stylist: dressing like a pro

“Once you’ve got the jeans part down, your options are pretty endless. I put together something in the realm of a blazer, a shirt, a tie, some jeans and a nice pair of oxfords. But you can take this look in many directions. Don’t feel like dressing up that much? Nix the tie and go with a button-down collar shirt under your blazer and instead of some oxfords, try a nice, clean white pair of sneakers (not the ones you wear to the gym). West Coast guys, if a collared shirt still feels too dressed up, try going with a nice striped or solid fitted tee under your blazer, then balance the casual aspect of the outfit with a dressier shoe like some worn-in monk straps.”

ask a stylist: dressing like a pro

You’ve got an answer. Now we want to see results. Show us your best business casual look on Instagram with #ExpressJeans and #Expressmen. We’ll share our favorites on our social feeds and



Last Fashion Week, the looks for Fall/Winter ’15 were accented by an assortment of distinctive lip shades, from chocolatey browns to shimmering golds and borderline blacks. Here’s a little palette of easily wearable, kiss-worthy shades that popped up on the catwalks, and since they mesh beautifully with the colors and prints we’re obsessing over for fall, we’ve also got tips for how to work them into your look.

Red | Covering shades of brick to  brights with a vintage pinup vibe, the range of reds this season has something for everyone. Looking to try something new in this area? Colors in the deep, velvety end of the spectrum are working for us.  Fashion partners: Beyond the pop a lush red can bring to always-right basic black, a shade like this can hold its own with a strong print - like this fall’s boho Southwestern motifs and graphic suiting patterns. Nude | This barely-there hue is an  essential for a natural look and great for bringing balance to a statement move like a boldly lined eye or a super smoky lid. Go for a color with an intensity in line with your complexion and undertones that match your skin’s, plus a finish with some gloss for a fresh, dewy pout.  Fashion partners: Like any good neutral, a nude lip goes with anything. A light lip with a simple tee and jeans is classic American girl. Contrasting it with a more dramatic neutral like olive green is a fab touch, too. Berry | The berry lip, like a lot of things 1990s, is having a major moment. And it’s not just lips. In the coming months, expect to see this color tinting everything from tees to accessories.  Fashion partners: You could go straight-up retro and pair this lip look with a flowy floral dress and lace-up boots. The shade’s also a perfect match for the fall color palette dictated by another past decade: the 1970s. Wear it with ivory, cognac brown or mustard yellow to give those warm tones a burst of feminine sweetness.