I recently saw adverts for the Express X Rocky Barnes collaboration and was instantly smitten. Such cute pieces! I’d not heard of model and influencer Rocky Barnes (where have I been, it seems) and am now a huge fan of her look too.
Here’s my try-on haul, just in time for Express’ 40% off sale this weekend! For reference, I’m 5’9″ and I usually wear US size 14, XL (sometimes L), 38C bra.
Rocky Barnes Printed High Waisted Linen-Blend Shorts ( Leopard 578)
$59.90 $35.94, size L
Absolutely love these shorts. I was worried they’d be too short but they’re not too bad, about mid-thigh. The paper-bag waist is really cute, high and flattering. They have an elastic ruffle top waistband, hidden hook and zip fly. The linen-blend feels really nice. I could pull these shorts on and off without undoing them (all the reviews agree they run large). They’ve since added XL, which I’ve ordered to see if they’re any longer.
Rocky Barnes Cropped V-Neck Slub Tee
$39.90 $23.94 size L & XL Super cute cropped t-shirt. This is size L. Slightly more cropped and snugger fitting on the torso. Just a little line of tummy showing. Found this to be very flattering. I’ve ordered it in black too!
And this is size XL. Slightly looser fitting on the torso and a little bit longer – I’ve decided I’m going to keep this size too, for when I don’t want so much tummy showing. Ordered it in black as well!
Rocky Barnes Linen-Blend Tie Front Cropped Top
$59.90 $35.94 size L & XL
This was the outfit that first caught my eye and got me looking at this collection. At first try-on, I thought the top was a bit extra, but then I found myself loving it! So, there’s no way you can wear a regular bra. I found myself feeling very naked with no bra but, even with my smallest strapless bra, you can still it. I prefer the look with no bra but not sure how comfortable I’d feel walking around.
I didn’t find a huge difference between L and XL. More material around the boob area in the XL. Looking back at these photos, I think the XL looks too big. Still deciding about this one. What do you guys think?
Rocky Barnes Deep V-Neck Bodysuit
$39.90 $23.94 size XL
This was a hard pass from me. You can see my nipples, my boobs look like they’re hanging to my waist, they’re lopsided …. Cute, comfy, tts, but not for me! Funnily enough, I saw a pic on Insta of Rocky Barnes wearing this bodysuit and she had her hair pulled forward and hanging over her boobs, covering her nipples!
Rocky Barnes Floral Wrap Front Cropped Top
$59.90 $35.94 size L
This is my favorite piece from the collection! You can wear with a strapless bra (although it also looked fine with no bra), I found it to be very flattering and absolutely loved the colors and print. I’ve since ordered it in black and white too! I think this top runs on the large side, which is good as there’s no XL option. I’ve also ordered the pink skirt they pair it with. I’m not a fan of satin at all but was struggling to find pieces to pair with it. We’ll see how the skirt turns out.
Rocky Barnes Floral Print Linen-Blend Tie Front Cropped Top
$44.90 $26.94 size L and Rocky Barnes Printed High Waisted Linen-Blend Shorts (Black Floral 30) $59.90 $35.94 size L
Again, love the shorts. Really cute and comfy. I’ve ordered the XL again just to compare. I feel like the top was cuter in person than in these photos. More flattering. But am I deluding myself?! At the sale price, and for hanging out at the beach, I think I like the top enough to keep it. I now see they have XL (I swear these sizes have been added in the last 2 weeks!) – I wonder if it would give more coverage ….. I like that the top is longer in the back, to cover my love handles! Again, you can’t wear a bra with this but because it is tighter and more structured, I didn’t feel I needed it or that anything was going to pop out or come loose!
My first experience shopping at Express and I have to say, I’m impressed! Really nice quality, good prices, cute stuff. I always thought I’d be sized out of Express clothing so it’s nice to know I’m not. When I ordered the XL shorts, the cropped t-shirts in black, the cropped wrap top in black and white, the satin skirt in pink, I also ordered the ribbed square neck cropped cami in black, white and pink. Summer staples! Good thing everything is on sale!
Do you have anything from the Rocky Barnes collection? Or any Express pieces that you love? Let me know!