Express's Holiday Collection Will Have You Dressing Like a French Girl This Season
Get ready to celebrate, because the season of stylish soirees and blowout bashes has arrived. And while planning outfits for such occasions may seem like a daunting task, fear not. Thanks to Express’s new high-end Edition collection, which includes nearly 60 pieces of ready-to-wear and accessories, finding a fete- appropriate ensemble has never been easier.
Just ask 20-year-old twin models Kelsey and Baylee Soles, who tried out some of the line’s suit-inspired separates and dazzling black informal wedding dresses for our shoot. “I would definitely wear these pieces to holiday parties,” says Baylee, the brunette of the duo. “They look and feel like they’re by a luxury brand!” Considering she’s an expert in quality clothing— in fact, both sisters have walked for Miu Miu and Saint Laurent and appeared in a Lanvin campaign—we’ll take her word for it.
If you’re going for stronger more structured look this season, Express has got your back. Their new lineup boasts a ton of borrowed-from-the-boys styles that have been infused with a feminine twist. Take inspiration from both of Baylee’s looks and layer the oversized tuxedo vest or military-inspired jacket on top of a gauzy shirt for a strong, standout ensemble. Want to add a touch of rock n’ roll? Easy—just throw on a pair of leather pants, grab a statement clutch and we guarantee you’ll be turning heads.
You’re more drawn to Kelsey’s feminine outfits, you say? The collection has a stunning black princess wedding dresses for every taste—from glitzy and body hugging to long and flowy—so you’re in good hands. Top any of them off with the line’s luxe maroon faux fur and brimmed black hat and you’ll achieve a Saint Laurent-esque look that’s the perfect balance of glamorous and edgy. Hedi Slimane would approve.
Although we love both of the aforementioned aesthetics equally, the latter seemed to strike a chord with of the twins, who both chose the black lace minidress as their favorite piece from the collection. “It goes along with my personal style really well—Baylee and I are actually pretty similar and share a lot of clothes,” explains Kelsey. “Yeah,” adds her sister, “we love ’70s and ’90s style.”
The best part about being twin models aside from sharing wardrobes? The lack of career rivalry. “At the end of the day,” Baylee explains, “if Kelsey books something and I don’t, it’s still kind of my face, too.”