Special Occasion Dressing with Express

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. It’s been so hot in Miami that I really just want to jump in the pool every second I get (although I have yet to do it even once!). Today, I’m super excited to be teaming up with Express to show you two different outfits perfect for special occasions. With the start of May came the start of the weddings, bridal showers, parties, events, graduations and so much more. While I may not be getting married any time soon, a few of my friends are anxiously planning their weddings and all of the fun events that come with getting married! And although I’m a single 22-year-old, believe it or not, May-July are my busiest months for blogging. With events, trips and so much more, I need outfits that will help me standout without breaking the bank. And this is where Express comes in. expresswhite-on-whiteexpress-special-occasion1express-lace-topwhite-lace-and-pleated-skirtexpress-special-occasionexpress-pleated-skirtexpress-high-waisted-skirtLook #1 is probably my favorite. This ivory high waisted pleated skirt caught my eye as soon as I saw it. It’s feminine, classic and can be paired with so much as the special occasions and parties approach. I paired it with a lace top I found in store, but have also paired it with this top (which I love) and this top tucked in.  If you’re looking to go a little more simple on top, try a tank like this one. I actually purchased this tank and it’s perfect with jeans, too! It’s a great closet staple and comes in several colors. With a bunch of my friends getting ready to say their “I Do”s, this look is what I recommend to them. It’s feminine, classic and, of course, white! The options are endless when pairing the two with different ensembles, and that I love. For me, I would wear this to Miami fashion events where I get to dress up and represent my brand. The pleated skirt is a great summer wardrobe addition and it is SO comfortable. Does it get any better than that? I love wearing all neutrals throughout the summer (well, actually…all the time!) and I could even see myself wearing this on date night or family night while on a summer weekend getaway! It will definitely be traveling with me in my suitcase to NYC this summer. Can you imagine wearing this at rooftop bar parties? Yes, please!

chambray-dressexpress-chambray-drsschambray-and-blushcasual-chambray-dressdetailsLook #2 is perfect for the gal looking to get away on a weekend getaway. This denim off the shoulder dress has currently been on repeat in my closet! It’s comfortable, breezy and great for those weekends away where you just want to travel, eat and shop in style. I paired it with this blush cross body, which I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of on my Instagram! I also love this dress for hosting events and parties at the house. With my sister pregnant, we’ll be having a gender reveal party and this is something I could wear to it. While I’m sure I’ll be moving around a lot getting things ready, this dress would still be perfect to fit the occasion and my responsibility as a hostess.

Express has the best selection of clothing, accessories and handbags for special occasions this summer. What I love is that you can buy quality items at affordable prices. As wedding season approaches, along with party and travel season, it’s important to dress for the occasion. I’ll be linking some more of my favorite items from Express below! How adorable would THIS one be for a summer wedding? Also, I’ll be going back to get THIS dress. I tried it on and fell in love!

Shop my favorites:

Thank you to Express for sponsoring this post. 

Lauren Ashley
Special Occasions · Spring/Summer Share Comment Subscribe


  1. Marnie

    I absolutely love that chambray dress! I need it in my life-thanks for sharing it! I’m clicking over to Express right now to order it!

  2. Melissa

    I love both looks. The first one, especially. It’s so soft and romantic. I haven’t shopped at Express in ages but will head over and check them out right now!

  3. Donna

    I need to come raid your closet ?? Obsessed with both looks! That denim one I need like right now! I couldn’t agree with you more it’s been so damn hot these are both perfect for this crazy weather! XX

    1. Lauren Ashley Post author

      Come on over sista!!!! <3 <3 Yes you need the denim one! It's seriously perfect.

  4. Gentry Adams

    You look gorgeous in both looks- but I especially adore the chambray off-the-shoulder dress! So in style and (like you said) perfect for a girls weekend!

  5. Jaime

    I would totally wear both of these looks! And I agree, it has been SO FREAKING HOT here!!!!! Haha!! Let’s jump in the pool together 😉

    1. Lauren Ashley Post author

      It’s actually a top and a high waisted pleated skirt!! I love that it looks like a dress, though!

  6. Nita

    Oh my gosh!! I LOVE the first look. It’s so elegant and romantic. It gives me the fuzzies just looking at it!! I’m loving your style, definitely following all of your pages now <3

  7. Mary-Katherine

    So in love with both of these looks!!! The second one is the perfect mix of dressed-up and casual, plus you can’t beat chambray in my book, and the first look is just divine! I initially thought it was a dress, the lace top was such a perfect pairing, but I know it will look fabulous with any blouse or even casual top.

    So pretty girlfriend!

    xo Mary-Katherine | http://www.goldhattedlover.com


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.