Last week, I needed to do an errand at the mall and was walking by Express, yep Express, the one owned by The Limited, and let me tell you,  I was surprised and impressed!
While I’ve been a fan of their Portofino blouses  for some time, recommending them to clients that need a silk Equipment-esque  type camp shirt, with out the delicateness of silk, or the silk price tag, I haven’t really been an Express regular for a loooong time. Until NOW!

And, today I was wearing one of my NEW Express sweaters (the grey cold shoulder one) and my friend, Lindsay London (awesome CLE makeup artist and esthetician)  was all over it – totally NOT believing it was from EXPRESS! “Like the store at the mall Express?!?” I believe were her exact words…  And you know what? That was exactly what I was thinking when I picked it up – this DOES NOT look like it’s from Express!

So all I can say is,  Yay Express! While the price points still make Express very accessible, the styles and fabrics were richer looking and less, wanna be, sex and the city than I remember – dang, I love it when I’m wrong about these kind of things!

Here are some of the pieces that made it to the HALLIE HOT LIST (and may, or may not, have made it home with me as well):

  1. This cutie covers the bum but isn’t overwhelming because of the hi-lo design. And, it hits at the perfect part of the hip for a flattering front view.


Express hi-lo tneck


2. I’ve said it before, I’m a sucker for a cold shoulder – and I love how this one is casual and dressy at the same time because of the marled grey knit…


express cold shoulder


3. The mesh detail on this peplum top adds such flattering interest- I can also see wearing it with leather or satin pants for a holiday P.A.R.T.Y.

Express ivory tank


4. This coatagin (yep, that’s what it’s called, really!) is even better in person – and so cozy too. It’s what I’m gonna wear on those winter nights where you have to get dressed up to go out, but feel like you want to wear your softest college sweatshirt instead.

express coatigan


5. One of my personal wardrobe defaults is a formula that often includes graphic t-shirts, so, I’m always on the look out for cute ones like this. And this is a buy one/get one 50% off now too!


express graphic lips t



6. This is a stock up and save wardrobe basic – You know those times you don’t want to be too dressed up wearing a blouse, but more dressed up than wearing just a t-shirt? This is your answer!

Express silk vneck


All in all, I’d say I’m notably impressed, and very glad I happened in.

Happy Shopping – let me know if you’re impressed too:)

Taking the stress out of getting dressed – #TheWardrobeConsultant




Cleveland-based personal stylist and fashion blogger.


  1. Jill Gheen Reply

    Love your blog and posts with real advice and great options! I follow many style blogs that make it impossible to find the items referenced or they are so far fetched from a price point that it’s not worth the effort to stay on trend for that moment!

    • Hallie Reply

      Jill, THANK YOU! That is so nice of you to say and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your kind words. I never really KNOW if someones reading this OR if what I’m posting about it resonating – so, thank you for the validation!!!! And, LMK if you pick up any of these goodies!!

  2. Meredith Hillman Reply

    I have been looking for a cold shoulder top and this sweater is awesome. ALSO…loving the jacket and can appreciate this price point. Thank you for being my “go-to” and taking all of the challenges on looking away from me. TWC is an invaluable resource.


    • Hallie Reply

      Meredith, Thank you! The cold shoulder top also comes in black! xoxo right back at ya!

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