The Crossroads Style Council: Masters of Plaid

If anyone knows how to wear plaid well it’s the members of our very own Crossroads Style Council. Mara, Grasie and Beth are all queens of mixing prints and have their own unique ways to style plaid.

Today we’re showing you how to recreate some of their most memorable moments with some of the newest winter arrivals hitting our stores now. And since we’re learning from the masters of plaid, these expertly checked outfits will become fashion no-brainers.

holidayplaidmlovesmMara creates this envy-worthy holiday look by pairing her black and white checked flannel with a solid green pencil skirt and preppy pearl and metallic accessories.

mad for plaidGet Mara’s look with our oversized Black and White Checked Shirt Dress, $36.50. Looks great with a basic cardigan and black platform boots.

stylemegrasieGrasie wore perhaps my favorite type of plaid at NYFW this past summer: buffalo plaid. But what’s the difference between this bold two tone check pattern and a classic multi-colored plaid? Let’s let Webster’s Dictionary lend a helping hand:

Buf·fa·lo (bf-l) Plaid  noun, adj –An even plaid consisting of two alternating color stripes, one black and the other often red, at right angles, thus forming a checked pattern of even squares; often used in Westernwear.

mad for plaid 10I for one have been meaning to recreate Grasie’s NYFW look for some time now and am super excited to find this Red and Black Buffalo Plaid Maxi Dress. Like with Grasie’s outfit, just add your favorite black booties, a touch of gold jewelry and a black purse to finish her 90’s inspired look.

bjonesWe all know Beth has a thing for mixing prints (especially when it comes to plaid), and we love her for it! Here she plays it cool by masterfully pairing her thrifted plaid trousers with a camouflage button down and a pair of leopard slip-ons.

green plaid circle skirtRecreating a three-print look can be daunting and at times is best kept for the professionals. But you can easily channel Beth’s printed look with our Green Plaid Circle Skirt, $28.50. It’s the perfect skirt for this year’s office party or just a rainy day at home cuddled up with a good book.

Abstract Plaid blouse Or try something a little more modern with our Abstract Pink and Tan Blouse, $28.50. All items are in stores now! Plus, we have some great plaid pieces available in the Crossroads Online Shop.

Crossroads Style: Hilary Duff & Leighton Meester

hilary duff leighton meester button up true religion

Depending where you live, fall could mean pulling on your jeans again or…just wearing what you’ve been wearing all summer. Either way, your wardrobe needs a button-up shirt or two.

We love the belted outfit Hilary Duff wears and Leighton Meester goes oversize for a casual shirt-dress. Our Wicker Park Chicago team pulled out a fun detailed version, plus everything else you’d need to go with it for a little style inspiration no matter what weather you’re dressing for.

Trendspotting: Spring Denim

celebrity photos via Just Jared

Ready for spring break? A break in general? We know the feeling.

Luckily, nothing is more stress-free then pairing your separates with jeans, and this season casual denim everything is a huge trend. Zoe Kravitz, Alexa Chung, and Nicky Hilton are all enviously laid-back in the look so our Santa Cruz team picked a few spring denim pieces of their own to show off in the sun.

Okay, so now you’re reallllly ready, right?

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The Shirtdress

Q: I am looking for the simplest form of dressing in the morning, maybe something I could make my “uniform.”  What do you suggest?

A:  It doesn’t get any easier than a shirtdress.  No need to find a top and bottom that match; just button and go! 

On those days when you think you can squeeze in 30 more seconds of dressing time, add a necklace, belt or sweater.  You choose.  Any of them will add just a touch of polish. 

Nobody will know you were in bed just ten minutes before you left for work.

Try one of these shirtdresses below. They are expected in Crossroads stores next week.*

Dresses by Fire, $22.50: Green necklace, $12.00; Bow necklace $8.50 (Necklaces expected in stores late next week).

*Dresses are not available at our outlet store in Stockton.