Blog: Crossroads Style

June 28th, 2016 by Jennifer Beile An Ode to Bill Cunningham

The fashion industry lost a true icon this weekend: Bill Cunningham passed away at the age of 87.

Armed with his 35mm camera, his blue coat, and his bike, Bill was the original street style photographer. He realized that seeing how people interpreted what designers create was the missing piece to the fashion world. Taking photos as merely an observer, with no prejudice towards his subjects, Bill was able to capture the beauty and creativity of fashion through tourists, locals, and celebrities out and about. Through his weekly New York Times series On The Street, Bill published New York street style photographs for nearly 40 years, capturing the evolution of fashion through decades. Bill became somewhat of a celebrity himself—no matter how hard he tried to stay humble and private—because of his charming nature and respectful attitude towards everyone.

“The wider world perceives fashion as frivolity that should be done away with. The point is that fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life. I don’t think you can do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization.”

– Bill Cunningham

In loving memory of Bill, please enjoy this essay Bill wrote for the New York Times about his life.

Bill Cunningham

 

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June 24th, 2016 by Samantha Weaver New Arrivals: Dressing for Long Summer Days

Now that the longest day of the year is behind us, we can look forward to the best part of the summer season: dressing for it! We love the carefree, feel-good spirit of the season and all the fun and easy-breezy clothing that accompanies it.

This week, we’re stocking our stores with fresh accessories, warm colors, cute sandals and light fabrics—perfect for the long summer days ahead. So head to Crossroads this weekend to shop our summer collection!

Beaded Lemon Clutch ($28.50). Freshen up any summer look with this brightly colored bag.

Lace Up Tank ($13.50); Faux Suede Fringe Sandals (16.50).

Sunflower Gauze Dress ($22.50). This sunflower print on light gauzy fabric is a must this summer.

Men’s Sunflower Pocket Tank ($12.50).

The Weekend Tote ($45). Whether you’re headed out to the beach or for a short weekend trip, this bag can carry it all.

Head to your nearest Crossroads to pick up these items!

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June 23rd, 2016 by Jennifer Beile 3 Jaw-Dropping Celebrity Style Transformations

What do Nicole Richie, Blake Lively, and Vanessa Hudgens all have in common? They have a natural, enviable style and are constantly topping best-dressed lists. Seriously, a day does not go by that I don’t use one of these girls as style inspiration for getting dressed. Another thing they have in common? They used to be fashion disasters.

Coming into your own certainly happens with age, and as you can see from the style transformations below, these three have definitely learned from their mistakes to become the fashion icons they are today.

style transformations

Nicole Richie

We may have loved Nicole since her Simple Life days, but much else can be said about her fashion choices in the early 2000s. A mix of club wear, beach wear, and too many bad trends to count, Nicole has expressed that she doesn’t regret her past style. She’s quoted as saying, “As much as I would never wear this outfit now, fashion and how you express yourself is just in the moment.” While I can definitely agree with Nicole on that point, I think that we can all say that her current evolved style, ranging from hippie chic to sophisticated and sleek, will stand the test of time.

style transformations

Blake Lively

Blake Lively began her career as a trend follower—but now, she’s setting the trends with her street style and red carpet appearances. Blake has evolved from the girl next door to the girl of your dreams. Classic with a hint of sexy, Blake manages to stun with every appearance with looks that are polished, yet still attainable.

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens

From “Tween Queen” to pop star to bohemian chic, Vanessa Hudgens has been able to evolve her style through each phase of her career seamlessly. Currently, Vanessa seems to be trending towards “cool girl chic,” adding more polished pieces to her wardrobe. You’ll want to add every new picture of her that goes to your daily outfit inspo collection!

What’s your favorite celebrity style transformation?

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June 21st, 2016 by Jennifer Beile Round Up: How to Make a Summer Fashion Statement

We all know that with rising temperatures, wearing multiple layers and heavy fabrics gets pretty uncomfortable. Spending the summer in light, breezy and easy pieces will keep you comfortable, but they may not be as fun to wear as you want them to be. Adding pieces with statement features or wearing statement accessories will help you stay stylish and keep cool in the hottest heat.

Here are my favorite ways to them into your outfit this summer!

Summer Fashion Statement Pieces

Statement Bag

Summer Statement
A great statement bag can come in many sizes and shapes. All will make a big splash against your outfit.

Statement Sleeves

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The new trend of the season is the statement sleeve. These bold silhouettes add some funky flair to your blouses or dresses.

Statement Shoes

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We all know that shoes can make or break an outfit. Make your outfit with a pair of fun statement shoes this summer.

Statement Jewelry

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Layer and pair eye-catching jewelry with simple pieces and colors.

Statement Sunglasses

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You won’t be able to get through summer without sunglasses, so you might as well have fun and be bold with your shades!

What’s your favorite summer fashion statement piece to wear?

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June 17th, 2016 by Samantha Weaver New Arrivals – What’s Your Jewelry Style?

Jewelry is an easy way to update any outfit, especially during the summer months when there are so many trends to choose from. This week, we’re showing off a wide range of jewelry styles available at Crossroads to help you to identify which piece is right for you, no matter your current mood.

The Minimalist

Your Style: You pick pieces in silver or gold that are simple and don’t overpower your outfit. These “barely there” earrings and necklaces are classic but feature a modern twist.

Shop Left to Right: Stick Lariat Necklace ($10.50); Wire Wrapped Necklace ($12); Bar Pull-Through Earring, ($9.50); Tiny Moon Necklace ($10.50); DNA Earrings ($10.50); XOXO Studs ($6); V Shape Necklace ($9); Bar Studs ($7.50); Love Earrings ($9.50).

 

The Bohemian

Your Style: You live for the weekend. Your jewelry reflects your laid-back attitude as well as your appreciation for intricate accents. Plus, you love fringe.

Shop Left to Right: Black Fringe Earrings ($12.50); Silver Coin Necklace ($35); Green Stone Ring ($12.50); 3-Pack Beaded Earring Set ($15); Pink Fringe Earring ($9); Embossed Turquoise & Silver Cuff ($16.50); 3-Strand Dangle Earring ($9.50); Square Stone Necklace ($22.50).

 

The Nature Girl

Your Style: You love anything that puts you in touch with Mother Earth; elements, stars, and flora and fauna are your go-to.

Shop Left to Right: Star Locket ($15); Wolf Pendant ($13.50); Daisy Looking Glass ($16.50); Floral Locket in Gold ($13.50); Bottle of Flowers in Assorted Colors ($15).

 

The Trendsetter

Your Style: You test the limits with fashion, so why not with jewelry too? You’re not afraid to take risks, and you live for conversation pieces. When it comes to choosing earrings, the edgier the better.

Shop Left to Right: Conversation Heart ($9.50); Mini Knife ($12); Whistle—it works! ($12); Training Whistle ($12); Eyeball Earrings ($12); Nail Ring ($7.50); 7 Tiers Chain Necklace ($20); Triangles on Chain ($15).

 

The Eccentric

Your Style: Bold colors and shapes are all part of the fun. You like to experiment with larger pieces that feature chunky, natural textures and materials. Sometimes your taste in jewelry resembles something your college art professor would have worn, but what can you say? She had great taste in jewelry.

Shop Left to Right: Mixed Metal Choker ($17.50); Wooden Clock ($22.50); Shell Fringe Necklace ($22.50).

All items available at a Crossroads location near you!

What’s your jewelry style?

 

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