Express: Downtown Chic

We multi-task all day at work, so perhaps it's no surprise that we expect our wardrobe to be just as versatile. Accordingly, we're perpetually in pursuit of those adaptable pieces that can be worn a million different ways and will add a dash of downtown chic to the rest of our outfit. Though that might sound like a tall order, we found a fantastic resource for these modern essentialsÂ--Express!

Right now, Express stores are stocked with loads of desirable items, ranging from perfectly detailed tanks to sleek skinny jeans to smartly embellished accessories. We're highlighting a small selection in today's Obsession du Jour, just to give you a taste of what's in stock, but we're barely scratching the surface. Don't miss the extensive inventory online (and in stores too); there's so much to shop, you're practically guaranteed to find a few new favorites!


Zelda Skinny Leg Jean ($49.50) in Raw Distress
There are an extreme number of options when it comes to denimÂ--we know, we knowÂ--but every well-dressed woman should own an amazing pair of slim-fit jeans in a dark blue hue. After all, distressed details and crazy washes come and go, but a simple skinny jean is one of those key foundation pieces that will serve you well in any situation. The Zelda Skinny Leg Jeans are a spot-on example of this style and also happen to be wonderfully functional. Dress it down with a casual tee, patterned scarf, and your favorite flats or style it with standout heels and a party-perfect top: whatever the occasion, these jeans will be good to go!

(minus the) leather Vest ($88)
As we've documented over the past year, a motorcycle jacket is a must-have item. Since fashion's always evolving, it's no surprise that the next generation of this wardrobe staple has already arrived: the motorcycle vest. Of all the styles available now, Express' version is particularly notable for its fabric, as well as its form. While its slim silhouette and asymmetrical zipper is a sleek ode to biker style, the vest is fashioned from alternative, non-leather materials, which makes it completely current. All in all, it offers you a great way to show off animal-friendly, fashion-forward style! Even better: if you're not into vests, Express also made the (minus the) leather Motorcycle Jacket ($118). As seen on the model, above, this jacket also comes with a faux fur collar that can be removed (or added) depending on what you're wearing!

Dreamweight Drape-Neck Top ($29.50) in Pitch Black
In our opinion, cute black tops are kind of like paid vacation daysÂ--you can never have too many. On that note, we'd like to introduce you to the Dreamweight Drape-Neck Top, which, unlike the other LBSs in your closet, is covered in tiny silver studs. Combined with the draped cowl neck, the unexpected metal details give the top's sophisticated lines a little edge, making this a must-buy for all!

Sexy Basic Racerback Tank Embellished ($24.50) in Currant
There's something inherently alluring and attractively understated about a racerback tank. Of course, when said simple piece is emboldened with a hint of sparkle, well, that's just a delightful upgrade! Try this new and improved racerback tank in the lovely color shown, or you can opt for Indigo or True White instead. Whatever you pick, the shirt's sure to enhance anything you wear.

Racerback Sequin Tank ($29.50) in Heather Gray
Mixing something rough with a more refined piece is one of our go-to styling moves, so what could be a better match for the (minus the) leather Vest than a sequin tank? The slim-fit racerback has a scoop neck and lots of lovely shimmer, making it a superb piece to layer with the aforementioned vest and your favorite skinny jeans. Try it in the soft silvery-gray shown, or pick it up in Ivory or Pitch Black. All colors are sure to get lots of wear!

Studded Bottom Tote ($79.50)
The quest for the ideal handbag can be difficult for even the most knowledgeable shoppers. Finding a bag that suits the moment, without appearing to be overly trendy, is always a tricky task. And if you throw in the added pressure of staying within a reasonable budget, said search seems impossible! Happily, tracking down the holy grail of handbags is a snap this season, thanks to Express' new Studded Satchel. The black bag's classic lines have universal appeal while the judiciously placed metal studs offer just the right amount of tough-chic detail. Plus, its ultra-affordable price makes it an accessible buy for any budget!

Wide Cuff Inlaid Pyramids ($29.50), Metal Paillette Cuff ($26.50), and Interlocking Triple Bangle Bracelet ($16.50)
In addition to all the great clothes, Express has also upped the ante in the jewelry department and is currently carrying loads of great baubles. Three key pieces really caught our eye: a black pyramid-stud bracelet, a textured silver cuff, and an interlocking bangle. Each piece is sure to spruce up even the most basic look and will give every outfit a little attitudeÂ--in a good way, of course.

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