Beach Date Night Dress with Express

When preparing for my recent trip to Mexico, I knew I would be needing several nice dresses to wear at night for a range of occasions. While part of this trip was for play, a week of it was dedicated to the President’s Club trip I earned surrounded by other achievers in the company from around the world (that was play too, just a little more professional). I wanted to make sure I had a few pieces that were appropriate for this kind of environment while still feeling beautiful and true to my style.

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Express is always a store I look to when shopping for special occasions for both me and my husband. I love that they have so many options in various styles of dresses to fit any occasion and that the majority of them are under $100. I know when I walk into an Express or shop online, I am going to find effortless pieces that feel current and on-trend that I can easily incorporate into my wardrobe. We picked up this beautiful navy suit for my husband then this flowy dress and red-hot jumpsuit for me. When I tried on this black chiffon maxi dress, I knew it would be the perfect dress for a romantic beach date night. The sheer bottom with slits begged to be worn barefoot in the sand with an ocean breeze highlighting the movement of the dress, and that’s exactly where I wore it.


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The hotel we stayed at (which I’ll be sharing more about next week) had the most stunning landscaping. The path from our room to the beach was lined with tropical plants and palm trees and countless iguanas crawling around like they owned the place. Maroma Beach was truly one of the cleanest and prettiest beaches I have ever been to. After dinner, we walked along the shore and came across a wedding reception taking place in the most stunning setup on the beach. I tried to convince my husband that we should crash it (we were dressed the part after all) but he surprisingly wouldn’t go for it. Perhaps a blessing in disguise considering this was a work trip…

Express Special Occasion Dress Express-Black-Dress-1272 Express-Black-Dress-1087 Long black flowy dress

There is something about wearing such an effortlessly beautiful dress like this that makes you want to keep everything else simple. I accessorized with an etched metal cuff, a black leather choker, and the sexiest black sandals that can’t help but make you strut. Whether you are going on vacation and need a dress for your beach date night or you’re in need of something to wear to an upcoming summer wedding, Express has you covered. I rounded up a few of my favorites below and plan on sharing this jumpsuit that I wore to the awards ceremony on the blog soon. If I’m lucky, you may even see an appearance from my hubby…

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You can shop all of the gorgeous special occasion dresses Express has to offer here.

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  1. Friday, May 27, 2016 / 8:59 am

    This dress is absolutely stunning! As is the backdrop! 🙂

  2. Friday, May 27, 2016 / 9:00 am

    I love this simple, yet sleek, look for summer!

  3. Friday, May 27, 2016 / 10:04 am

    This dress is stunning, and I’m loving those shoes too!

  4. Friday, May 27, 2016 / 11:20 am

    Oh my goodness you look so gorgeous, Natalie!!! I absolutely love this dress on you 🙂 It looked (and sounds) like y’all had the most amazing trip – can’t wait to catch up soon and get all the details!
    XO Amanda |

  5. Friday, May 27, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    This dress is stunning! Love Express!

  6. Friday, May 27, 2016 / 1:56 pm

    Such a stunning dressing! I love the sheer bottom! Fab photos as well!


  7. Sunday, May 29, 2016 / 6:46 pm

    You look beautiful and I can’t get over that gorgeous location!

  8. Ashley
    Monday, May 30, 2016 / 10:28 pm

    Gorgeous, girl!! This dress is absolutely stunning and these pictures could not be more beautiful!

    xo Ashley

  9. Tuesday, May 31, 2016 / 2:55 pm

    Oh I’m completely in love with this dress!! It’s perfect for a beach date night, and really any date night!

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