The DIY Project You NEED to Do This Season

Crisp weather calls for deliciously warm outerwear, but if you’re like me, you hate the shapeless bulk of a warm coat. Enter the cape. Sophisticated and lovely with its flowing lines, the cape is such an easy way to instantly spruce up any outfit. But can it actually keep you warm?

Let me share with you a DIY by Miss Kris, one of our very own Crossroads Style Council members.

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Miss Kris blends two of my favorite fall trends–capes and faux fur–in a DIY video tutorial that will blow your mind with its gorgeous end product and its simplicity. If you own scissors, you can do this. I’ve shared a few of my favorite caped looks below to get you inspired. Now let’s get snipping!

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Photo credits: Miss Kris, Estilo Tendances, Style Carrot, The Fashion Spot, Harper’s Bazaar

Get it here first: the Fuchsia Brocade Midi Skirt

Shopping for a new fall wardrobe with Crossroads is always exciting–and this year is no different.  We’ve stocked our shelves–both in stores and online– with premium new arrivals just for you! Our current favorite: the Fuchsia Brocade Midi Skirt

The classic midi skirt is transformed in this version with its bright pop of pink. Plus, just one touch of its luxurious brocade fabric and you’ll have everyone stunned that you scored this statement maker for just $32.50 (You savvy Crossroads shopper, you)! Get ready for your dance card to fill up quickly when wearing this special (and limited!) addition to the Crossroads Online Shop.

Brocade Midi SkirtPair it with our Ultimate Fit Striped Crop Top for these last days of warm weather.  And when the weather turns colder, just add a black blazer or leather jacket.

Brocade Midi Skirt 017Or style it up with our bestselling Cotton-Cashmere Top, still available online! The oversized boxy fit of this cashmere blend sweatshirt flows perfectly over the full-bodied skirt. I added a faux-fur scarf, tan crossbody purse and vintage-inspired sunglasses.

Brocade Midi Skirt 092If you’re feeling daring, add another bright into the mix. I’ve selected this chartreuse knit by Vince Camuto for a color contrast, adding pink sunglasses, black wallet on chain and my favorite peep-toe booties.

Brocade Midi Skirt 081Dressing up the skirt for work or a night out is simple too. Play down the bright fuchsia by adding rich reds or burgundy. You’ll be sure to turn heads no matter how you style it.

Check back weekly to make sure you’re the first to know about special new arrivals to the Crossroads Online Shop.

Look of the Week: Drop Waist

After the release of The Great Gatsby (starring Leo), the fashion world exploded with 1920’s-inspired pieces–it was a drop waist-lover’s paradise. And although the sequined shimmer of the Jazz Era seems to have faded back into history, the drop waist has had surprising staying power.

Enter Noelle of Noelle’s Favorite Things–member of the Crossroads Style Council and rocker of amazing vintage-inspired dresses. New York (Noelle’s home base) is undeniably entering the fall season with changing leaves and steaming hot coffee. To celebrate, Noelle’s sporting a lovely plaid frock with a drop waist. How does she pull off such a challenging style? The trick, she says, is to wear heels. And her boots are the cutest, don’t you think?

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Here are a few more drop waist looks that I love…

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Photo credit: Noelle’s Favorite Things, Girl in the Lens, In Style, Style, Refinery 29

Top Street Style Looks for Fall

Fall 2014 seems to  be the season of anything goes, but let’s face it–some looks are so completely nuts or unflattering that most of us are all quietly praying for the trend to die before things get awkward.

But along with the eccentric, this season has also brought us some gems that I can’t wait to wear!   Here are some of my faves:

Oversized, Boxy Coats

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Head-to-Toe Black (hello, vampy lips!) + Belted Coats

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Destroyed Denim

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Oversized Sweatshirts

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Half-Tucked Shirts/Effortless Chic

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Photo credits: The Zoe Report, Luxo, Marie Claire, W Magazine, Cristina HH, Piece of My Heart, LA Social Fashionista, Le Fashion, The Sartorialist

New in Stores: Bold Print Sweaters

Looking for a bold new way to spice up your fall wardrobe? Jazz up those winter solids with cropped sweaters and feminine dresses in fun bold prints.  All of them featured here are now on the racks of our Crossroads stores.

printed sweaters 007Try our bold printed sweater dress, $35, with its bright diamond print in orange, purple and blue.  We plan to layer it as the weather cools– but no matter what–  it will remain the center of attention. I’ve added a vintage Coach bag and our gold boomerang necklace, $10 (coming soon).

printed sweaters 011We love all types of sweaters, but there’s a new version we hope to see more of this fall: printed & cropped. This one is a bit of a Charlie Brown-inspired zig zag crop sweater, $30, in orange, black and navy. An elongated short sleeve and vintage-look print gives this crop an early 60’s vibe. I’ve added grey denim by BDG and burgundy boots by TBA.

printed sweaters 051We love, love, love this next look featuring our dark woods crop top in neoprene, $26.50. The great thing about a printed crop top is that the print can be bold without being overwhelming. Make sure to keep the rest of the outfit solid, like we’ve done with this circle skirt and black leather bag.

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Our updated argyle sweater, $26.50, has a hint of 1950’s fashion . I’ve added herringbone pedal pushers by Zara, black Nine West stilettos and a red Coach bag. It features contrasting black sleeves and a medium weight knit.

All items are available in Crossroads stores now !

Look of the Week: Glamp-wear

So just in case you didn’t know, “glamping” (or glamorous camping) is a thing now. From luxury yurts to gourmet food, glamping is blowing up. Suddenly, sleeping on the ground and eating pork ‘n’ beans seems completely uncivilized, and don’t think for a second that fashion has escaped.

Recently, Amelia of Clotheshorse NYC and one of our very own Crossroads Style Council members shared her sartorial secrets for keeping it sassy when you’re roughing it in nature.

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Let’s break it down: (1) Super-wide thick-knit scarf. As Amelia shows us, a wide scarf is versatile: wear it wrapped around your neck like any other scarf, or wrap it around yourself like a blanket. But practicality aside, I just love all of the patterns this scarf has going on, and fringe is always a win.

(2) Wide-brimmed hat. A little bit of warmth plus a little bit of shade is just what your fall wardrobe needs. And just in case you missed it, Crossroads has a great selection of super affordable fall hats right now.

(3) Hiking socks. Here’s something I never thought I’d write: hiking socks are a wardrobe essential. Amelia nails the glamping look with thick heathered socks paired with moto-inspired ankle boots. But let’s limit these socks to similar styles of ankle boots, please, and don’t even think about pairing them with your Birks (or is that the next big thing?  Place your bets.)

(4) Ankle boots. Tough motorcycle boots can surely endure a glamping trip, non? So ditch the worn out sneakers and pack your favorite ankle boots instead.

The best part of all of this? Even if you’re not a fan of glamping, this is a look you can totally rock in town.

Photo credits: Clotheshorse NYC

NYFW with the Crossroads Style Council

A few members of the Crossroads Style Council were lucky enough to attend shows in NYC during Fashion Week, and some of them have already begun posting pics of their “day of” outfits. Gorgeous and fashion forward, as always–I can’t wait to see what they share next!

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Noelle of Noelle’s Favorite Things looking ethereal before the Nicole Miller show.

I can't get enough of her structured pink bag and her patent leather chunky loafers.

I can’t get enough of Noelle’s structured pink bag and her patent leather chunky-heeled loafers.

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Those shoes! Grasie Mercedes of Style Me Grasie blends edgy with ladylike.

I've been waiting to say this... I love culottes!

I’ve been waiting to say this… I love culottes! And Grasie scored the plaid top at Crossroads.

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Rachel of Jag Lever toughens up a white lace romper before the Nanette Lepore show.

Rachel combats a badly timed illness with this amazing sartorial hodgepodge.

Part yodeling champion, part Stevie Nicks–all so, so amazing.

Photo credits: Noelle’s Favorite Things, Style Me Grasie, Jag Lever

5 stylish hats you need now

jaglever6When I think of hats, I think of our very own Crossroads Style Council member, Rachel of Jag Lever. Her hat collection is most certainly a labor of love, and she is a master collector.

Clearly, there is much we can learn from Rachel and her collection, but what’s most important is being inspired get our own hat collection started! Whether you like hunting for vintage hats or buying them new, Crossroads has you covered. Just think of us as your new haberdashery.

Hats 027I love this woven wide brim hat, and I think Rachel would approve too. It comes in burgundy, gray and tan; $18.50.

Hats 003You just can’t go wrong with a classic Panama hat with ribbon trim. Available in tan, black and navy; $25.

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Hats 011My favorite piece in this little collection is the riding cap. It features a front brim and adjustable back and is just $22.50. Comes in black, burgundy and navy. It reminds me of one of my favorite blog posts of Rachel’s (pictured above), featuring her twist on a Sherlock Holmes look in snowy Central Park.

Hats 020The multi-color wool bucket (or cloche hat for you ladies) is just the ticket at $17.50. I adore the bright coloring and texture of this hat.

Hats 014Up your beanie game with this floral beanie, just $12.50! Added bonus–it converts into a floral headband if that’s more your style! Rachel upgrades her beanie below by sporting one with a playful print. Take a lesson from her and opt for a floral beanie this season instead of your usual solid one.

beanieFeatured hats are available in stores now. Plus we’re now buying for fall so you’ll be sure to find even more amazing cold weather accessories at any of our 32 Crossroads store locations!

Photos of Rachel are from her blog, Jag Lever.

Look of the Week: Denim Vests

Everyone has that one piece of clothing they just can’t live without. For me, it’s my denim jacket–I can’t wait to put it in heavy rotation when the weather gets cooler. But until the crisp days of autumn arrive, Jennifer of Seeking Style and a Crossroads Style Council member has me seriously pondering a denim vest.

Perfect for transitional weather, easy to wear a million different ways–Jennifer gives her denim vest a boho-meets-city-girl vibe. Mixing her vest with a sheer bell-sleeved top and skinny black jeans, she tops it off with three great finds from Crossroads: a black broad-rimmed hat, long necklace and pair of ankle boots.

And if you can’t find the perfect denim vest, try Jennifer’s DIY: Buy a denim jacket and cut off the sleeves!

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Here are a few other great looks created by adding a denim vest…

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Photo credits: Seeking Style, The Walk, Fashion Tag, Style Cab, Jasmology

A Buyer’s View: Behind the scenes at MAGIC

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There is only one reason to go to Las Vegas in the sweltering heat of August: the trade shows of MAGIC, POOL, PROJECT, etc. With my MAGIC book in hand, I’ll lead you through just some of the styles and looks you can look forward to seeing in a Crossroads store near you this coming season!

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Loved the decorative visuals as well as the cover art for this year’s MAGIC itinerary and show maps.

photo 1Great winter prints were the star of the show. From dresses to tops, winter prints will be at the top of the list for our must haves this season.

photo 2Sweaters, sweaters and more sweaters! I just loved the juxtaposition of summer hats paired with luxe winter cardigans.

photo 2The distressed boyfriend jean and simple ankle boot will definitely be on our winter staples list.

44To die for jackets and neutrals were found at almost every collection, including one of our favorites: JOA. We still have a few pieces left by JOA in the Crossroads online shop!

photo 4Great statement necklaces and jewelry are a no brainer this coming season.

photo 2Hippie chic? Yes, please! Bell sleeved dresses and maxi skirts continue to be essential for easy dressing in the morning.

jewelry wallCouldn’t resist snapping a pic in front of the never-ending jewelry displays! That’s all from this August’s show…more next time!

Looking forward to doing some serious fall shopping with Crossroads? Check back in weekly to the Crossroads’ blog or our Instagram feed for a sneak peek of what’s new this week! And don’t forget to shop Crossroads online!