Blog: Crossroads Style

May 24th, 2016 by Jennifer Beile Bomber Jackets: The ‘It’ Transition Piece

The bomber is the jacket of the spring/summer season and I want to make sure that you have plenty of options for mixing it into your wardrobe. I consider it the perfect lightweight transitional piece: it works with everything from denim to a silk dress. Check out my round up below for tips on how to add a bomber into your wardrobe.

 Dress it Up
Throw a bomber jacket over a dress to create a balance between tomboy and street style.
dress

Oversized
Take it back to the ‘90s and find an oversized bomber to create contrast with fitted outfits.
oversize

Vibrate Prints and Colors
Use your jacket to add a burst or print of color to your basics.
print colors

Keep it Classic
When all else fails, throw a bomber jacket over your basics to reach ultimate cool girl status.
bomber

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May 20th, 2016 by Samantha Weaver Hello, Houston!

You may have heard that Crossroads is now open in Houston, Texas! Our newest store (number 35!) is nestled in the heart of the bustling Montrose neighborhood.

If you’ve never been to Houston, then you may not know that it is BIG. They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and they weren’t kidding—in fact, you can cram all of New York City, San Francisco, and Boston within Houston’s city limits. Don’t get overwhelmed by it’s size though, because we’ve made a list of our favorite spots around our store to fuel yourself before or after some serious Crossroads shopping!

 


Morning Workout?

Before a big shopping day, consider centering yourself with the 9:30 am yoga class at DEFINE body and mind, right next door to our store. This popular exercise chain hosts a variety of classes including barre and cycling.

Coffee

Post-workout, head over to get caffeinated at Blacksmith. Whether you choose a simple black coffee or a Spanish cortado, Blacksmith will present you with a work of art. I ordered the homemade biscuits with crème fraîche and marmalade. Yum! They also offer a full breakfast and lunch menu that includes original and tasty items ranging from yogurt & granola to Vietnamese steak and eggs.
Lunch

While I was in Houston, I went to Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine three times for lunch. Seriously—it was that good. Everything from the hot and fresh pitas, the 8+ flavors of hummus, and the salads & sides (of which there must be at least twenty options to choose from) was amazingly good. The owner is a gem too!


Dinner + Drinks

For dinner and drinks, head over to Underbelly, just two blocks west of our store. Chef Chris Shepard is serving up locally sourced food inspired by Houston’s diversity. Shepard was awarded the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest in 2014, so you can be sure to get a truly Houstonian experience at Underbelly.


Dinner no. 2

In the mood for Japanese? Head over to Osaka Japanese Restaurant for a roll and maybe even another cocktail (this place has a full bar to boot). Unlike its Michelin star counterpart Uchi across the street, this restaurant won’t require a reservation, so you can pop in to satisfy that sushi craving STAT.


Late Night

Katz’s Delicatessen is open 24/7 and serves up perfect diner food in an old school deli atmosphere.  Whether you get the pastrami or corned beef, you can’t go wrong at Katz’s.  

And of course, Crossroads is now open for all the shopping you want to do in between. Follow our Houston store on Instagram @crossroads_texas for a look at new arrivals and great merchandise!

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May 19th, 2016 by Jennifer Beile Why Normcore Fashion on TV Matters

The normcore trend—or anti-trend, if you will—gained traction in the fashion world a couple of years ago. Was it an inside joke between trendsetters to see how powerful they were and how fast they could make a trend spread? Or were people tired of trying so hard to stand out that they were beginning to blend in?

Perhaps it was a bit of both, but fast-forward to the present day and normcore “non-style” is now a full-blown street style trend. Normcore is dressing exactly how it sounds: normal. Basics, somewhat bland pieces—think middle-aged dads (sorry dads!), tourists in a big city, nondescript labels, sneakers and tees. In a nutshell: clothing to blend into the crows, rather than stand out.

With the way fashion and beauty are sensationalized in the media and how impressionable young viewers are, normcore is important to showcase in the media because it helps balance out the pressure that women feel to look perfect, dress in labels, and spend money they don’t have. Some of the most popular television shows of our time have set the normcore bar high! They showcase real people with real wardrobes, which greatly contrasts current shows that supposedly tell the stories of “real” characters with normal jobs, yet dress in expensive labels and never even repeat a tee. I’m hoping that moving forward, more television shows will embrace the normcore look.

Take a look at my top 3 television shows that celebrate normcore fashion, intentionally or not!

Seinfeld
normcore
The epitome of normcore in more ways than fashion, Seinfeld is a show about nothing, with its styling following suit. The men dressed relatably, save for Kramer’s eccentric and loud style, and the women approachably.

Friends
Normcore_Friends
Friends has remained a favorite for so long because the characters and story lines are relatable among multiple generations. One factor that adds to this is the style. The characters dressed within their means and their way of life, like real-life girls and guys next door.

Gilmore Girls
Normcore_Gilmore
Gilmore Girls takes place in a small, humble town, so it only makes sense that the styling followed suit. We saw the girls regularly wear nondescript denim, basic sweaters and cardigans, and simple shoes.

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May 16th, 2016 by Jennifer Beile Round Up: How to Wear Summer Fringe

Fringe is in and having its moment in the sun—literally! Fringe shouldn’t only be reserved for heavy jackets and scarves. It can easily be a part of your summer wardrobe too. A fun way to mix up your look and add a funky vibe to your outfit is to add pieces and accessories with fringe detail into your wardrobe. A sure tip to pull it off: pair fringe with minimalistic pieces to offset any rodeo or costume vibes.

I’ve rounded up some more fun ways to incorporate summer fringe into your wardrobe!

Lightweight Jacket
jacketFor those cool summer nights, add some fun fringe to your outfit with light jackets and wraps.

Denim
denimDenim shorts, shirts, and jeans can be remixed with fringe detail. Check out this easy DIY from Crossroads!

Jewelrysummer fringeStep up your jewelry game by mixing in some fringe statement pieces.

Purses
purseKeep an eye out for a bag with fringe details to add to your collection. It’ll go with nearly everything this season!

Shoes
shoesShoes can completely change the tone of your outfit. Add some funky fringe shoes to your rotation!

What’s your favorite way to wear summer fringe?

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May 13th, 2016 by Samantha Weaver Meet Denny, Our Newest Style Council Member!

We are very excited to welcome Denny Balmaceda to the ranks of the Crossroads Style Council! If you aren’t already one of his 90k+ followers, then listen up—because this guy may as well have invented the #ootd.
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Denny firmly believes in the difference between fashion and style:  Fashion is temporary; fashion is a race. Style is independent of that. Style is story telling.
 –Because of his ability to tell a story through style, ten minutes can easily turn into ten hours on any one of Denny’s platforms. Whether you’re scrolling through his blog or his Instagram feed, you’ll find yourself inspired by his artistry, musical vibes, and, of course, his personal style.
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We can relate to Denny’s fashion philosophy: “‘Look rich, shop cheap,’ will forever be my motto. Regardless of success or life changes, I have some of the best times when I am thrifting. When buying, selling or trading clothes, I can always rely on @crossroads_east in Manhattan to find the most unique pieces.”
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We can’t wait to see what Denny finds next at Crossroads! If you’re in the New York area, make sure to check out his favorite Crossroads location in the Flatiron District.
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Welcome to the Crossroads Style Council, Denny!
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