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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Follow @EXPRESSRUNWAY on Instagram for more style tips this spring!

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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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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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