Our new favorite: duster length cardigans

When it comes to shopping for fall, our favorite part is buying sweaters. We love thick knits and soft cashmere. We live for comfy pullovers and cotton flyaways–we’re even into mohair! But this season we have a new sweater obsession: duster length cardigans. Take one look at these new floor length sweater/coat hybrids and we’re sure you’ll be swooning too.

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You can get our Favorite Duster Cardigan in our online shop! If you’re on the hunt for fall essentials, then look no further. This week’s online collection features leather accents, thick flannels and (of course!) the perfect duster cardigan.

long duster cardigans 004Featuring a light textured fabric in gray, this cardigan is the sweater that will transition you from summer into fall. Looks great over a short or a long dress and is priced at just $37.50. Tip for fall layering: I layer mine over a maxi dress and then add a leather jacket on top!

long duster cardigans 021This thermal knit duster features two front pockets and hits mid-calf. We love the rich burgundy color and the hi-lo hem. I’ve styled it with a burgundy and white striped shift dress by Lumiere and tan open-toed booties. You can find this duster at one of our Crossroads store locations for $27.50.

long duster cardigans 049For a neutral look, go for this oatmeal duster in an open rib knit, $27.50. I finished the look off with printed black denim by Free People, a woven button-down by Bardot and a vintage Coach purse.

long duster cardigans 028A duster sweater, like a kimono, can easily give a boho vibe to any outfit. This gray jersey cardigan pairs effortlessly with bell bottoms, silver stilettos and a paper-thin vintage tee.

Taking Your Maxi Skirts into Fall

Just because fall is right around the corner doesn’t mean it’s time to pack away all of your summer favorites. I love wearing a maxi skirt with sandals all summer long, but I also can’t wait to mix in some of my favorite fall pieces.

One of our very own Crossroads Style Council members, Mara of M Loves M, does just that. Check out her gorgeous outfit:

pleated-maxi-skirt maxi 2Her felt hat and chunky knit sweater are such a great way to make her ethereal pleated maxi skirt fall-ready. And I don’t know about you, but leopard print accessories always make me think of colder weather… Mara’s bag is perfect!

Feeling inspired? Shop our gorgeous maxi skirts from the Crossroads Online Shop! Here’s a sample of what’s waiting for you:

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Photo credits: M Loves M

Blog Love: Meet Caroline of Perfect 10 SF

Meet Caroline Curran, the super chic, hilarious and down-to-earth SF blogger behind Perfect 10 SF.  From OOTD’s to family stories, Harry Potter obsessions to favorite designer collections, Caroline shares all of her perfect moments and finds with her readers.

So as an homage to the “perfect” theme of Perfect 10 SF, I’ve asked Caroline to fill in some blanks for us–and her responses are outstanding.

Caroline, describe your perfect…

   1.  Vacation. Lake Tahoe, Dublin or Stockholm.

   2.  Cocktail. A mojito or ANY and EVERY cocktail from Bar Agricole. (I also love beer: Anchor Steam, Blue Moon, Magnolia Brewing Co.).

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   3.  Handbag. Classic: anything Chanel quilted. Contemporary: Mansur Gavriel or Alexander Wang’s Rockie.

   4.  Way to keep fit. Co-ed basketball league with my husband and friends at University of California at San Francisco or running through Golden Gate Park.

   5.  Day in San Francisco. Toughest question ever! Spending the day in Golden Gate Park going to the deYoung, Conservatory of Flowers, paddle boats; trying a new ice cream spot; going to a show at the Curran Theatre.

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   6.  Date. That’s a tough one. I’d have to say April 25th. Because it’s not too hot, not too cold; all you need is a light jacket.*

[*OK, confession. Caroline totally got me here. I politely informed her that I meant date as in date night, not a date on the calendar. She politely referred me to Miss Congeniality and gave me this alternative answer...]


Perfect date.
Early dinner at Beretta and then a walk along the Embarcadero to Pier 39 to play air hockey and ski ball at the arcade. I also love going to drinks and then a lecture at City Arts and Lectures or a musical at the Curran Theatre. I can’t wait to see Motown.

[I'm not sure which answer I like best, but I'd like to offer Caroline a friendly challenge to an air hockey match next time I'm in town. Winner gets a new pair of shoes.]

   7.  Shoes. ALL SHOES! [I knew I liked this girl.] Chanel, Jenni Kayne, Anyi Lu, J. Crew, Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone, Prada, J.P. Crickets, Miu Miu, Fendi, Isabel Marant.

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   8.  Designer. Oscar de la Renta (my wedding dress was ODLR), Carolina Herrera, Amy Smilovic of Tibi, Alexander Wang, Melissa Fleiss, Proenza Schouler.  

   9.  Live music show. Haim or Sia at the Fillmore, Ben Gibbard at the Palace of Fine Arts, James Taylor at the Orpheum, Harry Connick, Jr., Jenny Lewis with Rilo Kiley at The Regency, and for a fun night with friends, FOREVERLAND at Bimbos!  

   10. Crossroads find. Cantebury of New Zealand striped sweater, Prabul Gurung heels.

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Photo credits: Top 10 SF, Homegrown & Healthy

 

Inside the Crossroads Jewelry Vault

silver tones 025Today we’re excited to give you insider access to the Crossroads jewlery vault! Featuring an all-silver cast of bracelets and hand accessories, you’ll be sure to find something that strikes your fancy in this crowd. Plus, even though summer is drawing to a close, you can count on these festival style accessories to continue trending well into the fall months.

silver tones 022Lately, we can’t seem to get enough of silver toned jewelry. So when we saw these hand-made bracelets made with antique silver plated pewter by this season’s hottest jewelry maker, Chanour, we knew we had to have them. Each bracelet is priced at $25, and all 7 styles feature the company’s signature coin pendant on the chain link closure.

silver tones 007We love this bracelet to ring number, featuring a heavily engraved linked bracelet.

silver tones 029Next is this rectangular linked bracelet. We fell for the triangle and floral etchings on each piece of this elongated cuff.

silver tones 030This ring bracelet features hammered ovals shapes and the classic trio of chains linking the two pieces together.

silver tones 032The Hand Mesh Ring Bracelet is available in our online shop! It features a triangular shaped mesh made of silver flowers. Get it now before it’s gone!!

silver tones 034These two styles feature smaller linked crescents and circles.

silver tones 036And last, but not least, is this long bracelet featuring links of silver sticks.

All items shown available at select Crossroads stores.

Top 9 Back-to-School Picks

We’re soaking up this last month of summer, for soon it’ll be time to head back to school. Not going? That’s okay. This year, back-to-school style is for everyone.

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Rachel of Jag Lever and one of our Crossroads Style Council members, nails the back-to-school look with this strappy plaid number that whispers, fall’s coming, while still keeping you comfy and cool in the dog days of summer. But just in case you do need an extra layer, I’m loving Rachel’s denim button up–it looks great over her dress, and it’s super cute tied around her waist. And those boots. Yup, we’re ready to go back to school.

Here are some of my top picks for back-to-school… And the best part? All 9 pieces can be mixed ‘n’ matched.

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What are you wearing  back to school?

 

Photo credits: Jag Lever

 

Shop the Crossroads Blog

You can count on this blog to showcase the latest new clothing pieces headed out to our stores, but today we’re adding a special feature to one of our pieces: you get a buy it now option through the Crossroads Online Shop.  Can you guess what we just had to feature first? It’s this season’s favorite, the jumpsuit, of course.  And this one is our favorite yet…

Shop the Crossroads Blog 006It’s our Python Print Jumpsuit! This semi-sheer snake print number features a gathered tie waist, spaghetti straps and a wide leg. It is fully lined on top and lined with shorts for a semi-sheer look at the legs. It’s perfect for that final summer getaway.

Shop the Crossroads Blog 022And we love the back of this jumpsuit as much as the front. It features a deep cut V, perfect for walking around in the sun without getting any pesky tan lines.

Shop the Crossroads Blog 060We recommend pairing it with this season’s popular silver coin necklace, a simple crossbody purse and a pair of neutral colored slides. These ones are by one of my favorite shoe brands, Ge Wawa.

Shop the Crossroads Blog 036If you’re looking for something to transition your jumpsuit game into fall, then try our black widow cut-out jumpsuit on for size, available in Crossroads stores for $42.50. It features an extra-wide leg, elastic waist and short sleeves.

Shop the Crossroads Blog 048The triangle shaped cut-outs at the waist are the perfect accessory to this all-black number. Just add a bold statement necklace.

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I’ve also added red leather sandals and peach Karen Walker number one sunnies to add a punch of color to the look.

Stay tuned because we have lots of new items hitting the Crossroads Online Shop in the coming weeks, with more items featured here available with our buy it now option.

5 Style Secrets from Top Gun

What comes to mind when you think of the 1986 blockbuster Top Gun? Fighter planes, aviators, Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer at their hottest? That’s all fine, but what about Kelly McGillis and her killer style? Don’t know who or what I’m talking about? Get your popcorn and settle in for a movie night–time for a Style Review.

1. That hair.

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Oh yeah. She’s got some serious ’80s hair, but it’s soft and still looks good even after she’s been riding on the back of Maverick’s motorcycle–that’s pretty incredible for that era. Rather than try to copy her big-hair style, try a tousled bob with an extreme side part.

2. That bomber jacket.

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This jacket, in my opinion, is the main character in the flick. As you can see from the pics above, Charlie wears it with work-appropriate white button-down blouses as well as jeans and a t-shirt. While I can’t condone the cut of her jeans nor the high-top sneakers she’s rocking, I do fully endorse the laid-back cool girl look she’s got going on. That, and her best accessory is Tom Cruise in a flight suit. But that’s not really fair.

3. That bomber jacket/pencil skirt combo.

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There is so much style going on here… let’s break it down bit by bit. First, the bomber jacket: amazing by itself, but styled to perfection with pushed up sleeves. Sure, if she’s warm, it would’ve been a lot simpler to just remove the jacket, but that’s just a waste of an awesome jacket. Then there’s that blindingly white blouse and black pencil skirt–what a great counterpoint to the rough-and-tumble look of the bomber. And then there’s the giant envelope clutch: adding that to my wish list. And finally, hello gold jewelry. This could be a street style pic from NYFW–it’s that perfect.

4. That oversized blazer.

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Okay, so not everyone can get away with wearing a bomber to the office. But that doesn’t mean you have to wear just any old boring blazer. Get an oversized one and you can roll up the sleeves and give it some style. Notice the white tee underneath? Yeah… That’s another instance of balancing out an outfit. Love.

5. Did I mention her hair?

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Just look at her: Quintessential nonchalant beauty. Her expression says, Wow, I just noticed you’re like 5’2″.

 

Photo credit: Movpins

Current Obsession: Chanel Bags

House of Chanel, you can do no wrong. With each season, I look forward to seeing what your wispy models will strut down the runway in. But right now, I’ve got my eye on your handbags. So classic, so perfect, so necessary for my closet. These street style stars have set their sights on you as well; take a looksy…

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Photo credits: Gal Meets Glam, Stockholm Streetstyle, Frassy, Strange Line, Handbag, Harper’s Bazaar, The Fashion Tag, Just the Design, Zimbio

Look of the Week: Bright Prep

Typically, a preppy outfit conjures up images of snappy, well-tailored ensembles in red, white and blue, but one of our very own Crossroads Style Council members–Micaela of Drifter & the Gypsy–proves you can maintain your preppy cool while exploring fun color palettes like this key lime pie-inspired one:

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I love how Micaela (styled by another one of our Style Council ladies, Beth Jones) went monochrome in citrus hues. The key lime theme makes theses conservative pieces fun, while accessories like her killer statement necklace break away from the preppy feel just enough to make it interesting.

Here are some more preppy outfits with a colorful twist…

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Who’d have thought preppy could be so much fun?

Photo credits: Drifter & the Gypsy, Life through Preppy Glasses, The Best Fashion Blog, You Look Fab, Fab Sugar

Current Obsessions: Peach

Nothing says summer like peaches (peach ice cream… yummmm)–but why stop there? Shades of peach are just what your closet needs as we enter into the dog days of summer. And I’m not the only one who feels this way; check out these fab peach outfits:

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Photo credits: Cupcakes and Cashmere, Closet Freaks, Lace & Locks, Handbag, Daily Mail, Not Just Brides, City Tonic