Style Hack: Dressing for Fall When It Feels Like Summer

propecia generic when buy dapoxetine germany go generic propecia australia viagra development cost enquiry Sure, the leaves may be changing, but in some places (LA, I’m talking to you) summer’s just not ready to let go yet. This can present a sartorial challenge to the ladies who are dying to break out their fall gear but are forced by warm weather (I know, boo hoo) to continue wearing lightweight summer frocks.

One such lady is on the Crossroads Style Council: Grasie of Style Me Grasie. So how is she coping with LA’s stubborn never-ending summer? OTK boots. You can pair these babies with a warm-weather friendly dress and get that fall feeling without overheating.

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I love these suede Stuart Weitzman’s with the tie on the back. And when the weather actually cools down, imagine all the great ways these lovely OTK boots can be styled! Here are some of my other favorite OTK boots on the street:

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Photo credits: Style Me Grasie, Style du Monde, The Zoe Report, Harper’s Bazaar

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DIY: how to make a blanket cape in 5 easy steps

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I just love a good blanket cape. It has it all: the coziness of a blanket, the ability to be worn as a scarf, and (because it has no sizing) the versatility to be thrown over a winter coat for extra protection from the elements.

Last week, while wearing my favorite plaid blanket cape (pictured above), a friend of mine asked where she could find one like it. Well, I thought, since the design is so simple, why not make one? And so was born the Crossroads DIY Studio!

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What you will need

a. A blanket or piece of fabric at least 3 feet by 4 feet. The bigger the piece of fabric, the longer or wider your cape will be.

b. Scissors

c. Measuring tape

d. Chalk (not pictured)

e. Needle and thread

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1. Fold your blanket in half horizontally.

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YouTube video credit: Broadcasting Sunny.

Look of the Week: California Desert Queen

Beth Jones of B. Jones Style is one busy lady. Between decorating her new home, being the mom of an adorable baby boy and working her booty off with a trainer (she looks fabulous), she hasn’t had a whole lot of time to document her amazing personal style.

I’ve been eagerly awaiting her next fashion post, and she’s back, baby! Her latest look: California Desert Queen.

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Her hat and dress are both Crossroads finds, but I can’t stop looking at those shoes (of course). This is a ’90s trend that can stay awhile.

Happy Monday!

Photo credit: B. Jones Style

The Baroque Cocoon Cardigan

In fashion life there’s simply nothing better than an oversized blanket sweater. Add an all-over print in black and tan and you’ve got a keeper on your hands. Enter the Baroque Cocoon CardiganThis knee length, oversized knit is part cape/part duster cardigan and it’s available now for just $42.50 in the Crossroads Online Shop. We’re guessing this will be one sweater you’ll put on and have a very hard time taking off.

sweater 020Create the perfect weekend look with a pair of your widest bell-bottoms and our Silver Crescent Southwest Tunic, still available online.

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Or throw it on over a maxi dress and add a piece from our jewelry selections available in stores.

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How to Make Boyfriend Jeans Work for You

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, boyfriend jeans are a much-needed reprieve from skinny jeans. But how do you wear a looser, baggier cut without looking shapeless and sloppy?

Learn from one of the best: Jessie of Style & Pepper, and one of our very Crossroads Style Council members, who seems born to wear boyfriend jeans.

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Jessie looks amazing–put together but relaxed–all while wearing destroyed boyfriend jeans. How does she do it?

  1. Good fit. Like Goldilocks, Jessie’s jeans are just right–loose but not baggy.
  2. Rolled and belted. By rolling her jeans and wearing a belt, Jessie creates shape where there wouldn’t be otherwise.
  3. Chic front tuck. By simply tucking in the front of her shirt (while letting the rest of it hang loose), Jessie shows she’s got a waist and keeps her outfit from looking sloppy. Imagine the difference it would make if she left her shirt untucked.
  4. Heels. While skinny jeans elongate legs, boyfriend jeans shorten them. Counter this with a pair of heels. I love the heel strap on her ankle booties!
  5. Dressy accessories. While faded, ripped boyfriend jeans don’t exactly exude a dressy vibe, somehow Jessie still looks ready for a swanky lunch date. How? By adding a gorgeous blue clutch, a chunky pearl necklace and a metallic belt. A little shimmer and sass go a long way.

But you don’t have to follow all these rules to make it work for you. Check out these other perfectly styled boyfriend jeans…

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Photo credits: Style & Pepper, Style Bistro, Street Style Seconds, A Bit of Sass, La Modella Mafia

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.

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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.

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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 !