Collection :: Express Portofino Shirts

Today I want to share with you how I generally style Express’ Portofino shirts. They were my very favorite shirts in college, but sadly I have outgrown them. Before I donate them all, I want to share styling and outfits. Be advised that I’m not a serious fashion blogger -so don’t expect trendy lingo- I am just a lady who likes sharing my closet.

I identify as a closet maximalist; referring to actual closets (and specifically clothes). Another term is “clothes horse” but I never liked that particular label. All this means is that I have a lot of clothes, and I happen to think that Express’ Portofinos are perfect because of they are versatile. Dress them up, dress them down, then throw them in the washing machine. Easy.

Here's my collection of Portofino shirts from Express. If you're thinking about buying some, come see how I wear mine! #outfits #HowIWoreIt #Express

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I mentioned earlier that I outgrew my collection. I mean this literally, not figuratively. I found these shirts when I was in college, and I bought many Portofinos. Since graduation I had a baby and no longer fit into them (funny how having a baby can change ribcage circumference). So that’s strike one against my collection – they just don’t fit.

Strike two is that I decided to start uniform dressing, and not all of my Portofinos conform to my declared style uniform. I agreed to only have white (or at least mostly white) shirts – that decision leaves me with Portofinos that are too small AND the wrong colors in my closet. I’ll hang on to the white ones for a bit, but not the non-white Portofinos.

Related: How to start uniform dressing

So…they’re outta here! But my nostalgic heart can’t let them go without any fanfare. They were my favorites for many reasons, and I am sad to see them go. So this post exists to celebrate my beloved shirts. If you’re looking for versatile breezy long sleeve shirts – look no further. If you already have some and want to see how others wear them you are in the right place.


Each shirt generally runs about $50 each, but Express loves holiday shoppers AND they have outlet stores. With holidays or outlets you can often find Portofinos as low as $20 each – that’s when I try to buy.

  • Favorite feature – roll tabs. I prefer to wear long sleeves instead of sunscreen, but in the evening I want options! Roll tabs keep my rolled sleeves up and tidy.
  • Least favorite feature – v-neck. I used to prefer v-neck shirts, so I liked how easy they were to come by. Now I want to button up entirely, but Portofinos lack that option. I try to avoid buying trends, and I feel that today’s v-necks are slowly becoming the oversized polyester lapels of the 1970s. Let’s hope that I’m wrong.

These photos are posted in chronological order (oldest at the top and newest at the bottom). The oldest photos noted as being from the archives were taken before Baby Jupiter, and the others are post-baby.

If you’re following along with my outfits of the day posts, you’ll recognize the newer photos. Enjoy!


Outfit of the day July 18. #OOTD #WhatIWore #ootdshare #Portofino|Top|Original fit Portofino – Express, xs.
|Shorts|Chino shorts – J. Crew.
|Shoe|Leather ballet flats, cream – Tieks.

Outfit of the day September 7. #OOTD #WhatIWore #ootdshare #Portofino|Top|Original fit Portofino – Express, xs.
|Skirt|Beige pleated skirt – from Amazon.
|Shoe|Leather ballet flats, cream – Tieks.

Outfit of the day January 27. #OOTD #WhatIWore #ootdshare #Portofino|Top|Original fit Portofino – Express, xs.
|Bottom|Unknown jeans, thrifted.
|Shoe|Slouchy boots, brown – Blowfish.

Outfit of the day March 7. #OOTD #WhatIWore #ootdshare #Portofino|Top|Sleeveless Portofino – Express, extra small.
|Bottom|Unknown style name capris – Lululemon.
|Shoe|Leather ballet flats, cream – Tieks.

Outfit of the day May 6. #OOTD #WhatIWore #ootdshare #Portofino|Top|Sleeveless Portofino – Express, extra small.
|Skirt|Houndstooth skirt – from Amazon.
|Accessories|Yellow leather Kitt crossbody – Coach.

Outfit of the day May 13. #OOTD #WhatIWore #ootdshare #Portofino|Top|Sleeveless Portofino – Express, extra small.
|Bottom|Black pocket leggings, low rise – from Amazon.
|Shoe|Leather ballet flats, cobalt – Tieks.

Outfit of the day June 4. #OOTD #WhatIWore #ootdshare #Portofino #Tokyo|Top|Original fit Portofino – Express, xs.
|Bottom|Unknown style name capris – Lululemon.
|Accessories|White & tan leather tote – Dooney & Bourke.

Outfit of the day July 23. #OOTD #WhatIWore #ootdshare #Portofino #KCMO|Top|Original fit Portofino – Express, xs.
|Bottom|Unknown style name capris – Lululemon.
|Accessories|Yellow leather Kitt crossbody – Coach.
|Accessories|VERY LONG HAIR.

Outfit of the day October 9. #OOTD #WhatIWore #ootdshare #Portofino #TopekaKS|Top|Teal leather jacket, Gap (circa 2002), small.
|Top|Original fit Portofino – Express, xs.
|Bottom|Gray-blue casual pants – Athleta.
|Accessories|Yellow leather Kitt crossbody – Coach.

Outfit of the day September 12. #OOTD #NotAFashionBlogger #JustANormalLady|Top|Original fit Portofino – Express, xs.
|Bottom|Light wash jeggings – Amazon Essentials, medium long.
|Shoe|Leather ballet flats, black – Tieks.
|Accessories|Quilted leather crossbody – Kate Spade.

Related: Outfits of the Day :: Summer 2019

Outfit of the day September 13. #OOTD #NotAFashionBlogger #JustANormalLady|Top|Original fit Portofino – Express, extra small.
|Bottom|Mid-rise relaxed fit cargo capris – Lee, 8.
|Shoe|Leather ballet flats, black – Tieks.
|Accessories|Anti-gravity hair.

Outfit of the day December 13. #OOTD #NotAFashionBlogger #WhatIWore #ootdshare|Top|Original fit Portofino – Express, xs.
|Bottom|Glen plaid jeggings – an Amazon brand, large.
|Shoe|Leather sneakers – Adidas Campus ADV X Silas.
|Accessories|Leather backpack – Mark & Graham.

Outfit of the day January 9. #OOTD #WhatIWore #ootdshare #Portofino|Top|Original fit Portofino – Express, extra small.
|Bottom|Blue leggings with pockets – from Amazon, large.
|Shoe|Leather ballet flats, black – Tieks.

Outfit of the day January 11. #OOTD #WhatIWore #ootdshare #Portofino|Top|Slim fit Portofino – Express, extra small.
|Bottom|Glen plaid jeggings – an Amazon brand, large.
|Shoe|Leather ballet flats, cream – Tieks.

Outfit of the day January 18. #OOTD #WhatIWore #ootdshare #Denim|Top|Denim shirt – Express, extra small.
|Top|Everyday tunic tank – Sonoma (Kohl’s), small.
|Bottom|Dark pink capri leggings w/pockets, large.
|Shoe|Leather ballet flats, leopard – Tieks.

Outfit of the day January 20. #OOTD #WhatIWore #ootdshare #LeopardPrint
|Top|Original fit Portofino – Express, extra small.
|Top|Linen-blend tank – Massimo (Target), extra small.
|Bottom|Burgundy jeggings – an Amazon brand, medium long.
|Shoe|Leather ballet flats, leopard – Tieks.

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Last updated January 21, 2020


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Here's my collection of Portofino shirts from Express. If you're thinking about buying some, come see how I wear mine! #outfits #HowIWoreIt #Express

Author: Tracey

Tracey has a bachelor’s degree in Technical Writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She has one amazing husband and two fluffy beasts.

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