Holiday glam for under $35

It’s the same thing every year: we tell ourselves we will not splurge on yet another holiday outfit we will wear only once. But just as we decide to stay strong something happens….we start to hyperventilate and the internal monologue starts up. Can I really wear that dress again? Maybe if I just buy it and return it after the party….no, that would be wrong (and do people actually still do that?) But seriously, what am I going to wear to the office party this weekend? And that Mad Men themed soiree next Tuesday….and what about New Year’s Eve? Arghhh! You give in, you buy a new dress, and then you instantly regret it.

Well there’s no regret involved when you score the perfect party dress at Crossroads! Because whether you need one, two, or even three new Holiday outfits, we’ve got you covered in-store and online and we’re pretty confident you won’t regret it.

gold dressLexi Dress in gold, $28.50

cut-out back dressCut It Out Dress in bronze, $32.50

martha dressMartha Dress, in red velvet $32.50

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party time 053Find our Evening Star Crop Top in the Crossroads Online Shop (it’s on sale!) and pair it with this Blue Sequin Pencil Skirt, with bow front, $25.

silver topOr go with our Metallic Tee on sale for just $11.25 and pair it with our Starry Nights Skater Skirt, $25.

sequin heartsI love this heart shaped cut out. Sequin Cut-Out Bandage Dress, $32.50

sequin collar

Or choose a sequin collar instead with our Lace Long Sleeved Shift, $32.50.

Wondering what to do with all those dresses you’ll never wear again? Come sell with Crossroads today for cash or credit towards your next great holiday look!

How To: Wear Velvet

One of the more intimidating fabrics, velvet tends to be relegated to the ’90s or to vampire movies made in the ’90s (Interview with a Vampire, anyone?). But velvet is much more versatile than we give it credit for.

To prove it, here are five occasions you can wear velvet–and none of them include graveyard picnics, I promise.

velvet date night

1.  On a date. No need to get formal… The velvet stripes on this dress offer just enough oomph to add some texture without becoming a 1950’s Christmas party dress.

Why this works: Unexpected accessories balance out an otherwise wholesome dress–killer heels, a letterman jacket for a bit of quirkiness and sharp-edged jewelry for a hint of danger.

velvet goes riding

2. Riding…or lunch… because let’s face it: not many of us actually go riding á la Betty Draper.

Why this works: Wear an ultra feminine, blush-colored chiffon top to counter the structured, velvet-trimmed riding jacket. A bold red lip and a sassy little snake print clutch add enough bite so you won’t look too refined.

Velvet Gets Tough


3. Commuting, after-work cocktails or a rumble in a back alley. Feeling brave? Ditch the velvet trim and go straight for an all-velvet top with sheer panels and an adorable collar.

Why this works: Keep the look from becoming too adorable by adding pieces with tough details–exposed zippers, a quilted leather motorcycle jacket and chains.

velvet goes to work

4. To work. There’s no need to wear the boring uniform of your drab co-workers–add some flocked velvet skinnies to the usual blouse-blazer combo.

Why this works: While the pants are a bold choice for work, the blouse and blazer are more conservative choices. Depending on how wild or tame your workplace is, you can accessorize with menswear-inspired pieces and ultra luxe finds like this fur infinity scarf and bejeweled clutch.

velvet goes to a concert

5.  To a concert. Velvet may look formal, but sometimes it just wants to rock.

Why this works: Channeling Stevie Nicks is always a safe bet at a music festival. Trade in the requisite concert tee for this a-mazing velvet tunic with fringe. Complete the look with leather skinnies, wedge booties, and an oversized army-inspired jacket.

How are you wearing velvet this season?

Office Stalking: Sam’s Velvet Cardi

Sam from our buying team came to my desk today for something work-related, but what she received instead was a group of people oohing and ahhing over her white velvet cardigan. She paired the 23rd Ave Crossroads find with some studded boots and a watch necklace, also Crossroads finds. If you’re wondering when she’ll be selling it, her answer was “Never!” But Sam’s not just a girl with great taste…she’s also got a revolving closet, and is consistently buying and selling at Crossroads. The moral of this story? Less “Never!” and more you never know.

3 Ways to Wear: Velvet

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Are sequins too loud for you? What about some luxurious luster? Hello, velvet.

It’s a classic holiday fabric: Warm, heavy, shiny, and yes, sometimes it reminds you of a horrible dress you were forced to wear when you were a kid. But things have changed! And since it’s such a big winter trend, I think it’s time to get back in touch with velvet.

So back to that awful Christmas dress you might have worn for a family portrait…We do not support that. No lace collars, no frills. Just a deep, jewel-tone and a great fit. Jessica Alba has been wearing a few velvet dresses lately and they always command attention with their intense texture and shine. What else do you need besides a gorgeous pair of heels?

Next up, Kim Kardashian totally nails modern velvet: You don’t need a lot to look dressed up. Her jacket has a velvet trim and her leggings are velvet too. The added glow is perfect for evening: There’s no doubt she’s ready to go out, even paired with a neutral t-shirt and plain black pumps.

Lastly, the classic black velvet blazer. It can instantly glamorize a t-shirt and jeans, but Kate Walsh takes it up a notch with her accessories. Personally, I think the word “svelte” is under-used and a velvet blazer could definitely solve that problem. Think of it as an incredibly feminine version of a tuxedo.

Regardless of whether you changed your mind about velvet or not – tell us your thoughts! We’re wishing you an incredibly awesome holiday weekend and we’ll see you here on Monday when we award another $25 gift certificate.

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Crossroads Wants to Know…

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all items from Lincoln Park Chicago

Spring always marks the return of prints, but this season it seems like there are more to choose from than ever! So whether you like them big or small, bright or pastel, floral or tribal, make sure you voice your opinion with a blog comment because we’re always seeking your feedback at Crossroads. We might even give you a $25 gift certificate if you do!

And don’t forget, votes on our 17th Annual Fashion Photo Contest can also earn you a $25 gift certificate! I guess prints aren’t the only things in abundance around here. 😉