Blog: Crossroads Style

Current Obsession: Culottes

Culottes. Love them or hate them, we just can’t say no to a good old-fashioned styling challenge, especially when it involves a match-up with the widely forecasted “it” trouser of 2015. So take note as we break down how to wear these pants-meet-skirt pieces with ease.

White and Black Pinstripe CulottesYou’ll notice culottes have been modernized since the not-so-cute gaucho trend in the early 2000’s. They’ve been given a higher waist, pleats in front and a straighter leg. Above are Pinstripe Culottes available in stores now, $32.50.

With embroidered sweatshirtPair these vertically striped ankle-length pants with your favorite embroidered sweatshirt in winter.

With a crop top Or throw on a blousy top to create volume.

White Maxi TunicIf layering is more your thing, then grab our Pleat-Back Maxi Tunic,$28.50, and layer away! Culottes look great with longer silhouettes cascading down them– just add heels to add some height to your look.

with a pop of redSince we’re closing in on warmer weather, I added some stripes on top in a smaller print. Tip: When you mix stripes, always make sure to wear the bigger stripe on your bottom half and the smaller stripe on top. Add a red cardigan for a pop of color and you’re all set for spring!

I will most definitely be trying this trend this year, will you? Let us know how you style your culottes in the comment section below!

Look of the Week: Men’s Flannels

Plaid flannel button-down shirts are on everyone’s radar and a must this winter. Flannels can be styled a number of ways, from buttoned under a sweater to over a graphic tee to layered under a leather jacket.

Here are how some of our favorite male bloggers have been styling flannels this winter:

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Photos via: DG Manila // One Dapper Street // I Am Galla // Blue Perk // The Hobbyists // Edward Honaker

New To Our Online Shop: Neoprene Feel Midi Skirt

What’s better than pastels in spring? Absolutely nothing…and we’ve got plenty of them arriving in stores daily as we begin our transition into the new season.

If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again- this is the year of the midi skirt and boy do we have the perfect one for you! Now available in the Crossroads Online Shop is our Neoprene Feel Midi Skirt in soft pink.

Box Pleat Midi Skirt

Black accessoriesTip: Give your midi skirt a retro vibe with a polka dot blouse, bowler hat and patent oxfords.

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Pastel accessories

This spring I’m playing a lot with monochromatic pastels. Above I added a peach colored split-side sweater and our Spinning Blue Necklace ($10.50). To finish the look, I picked up this pastel blue crossbody with lucite handles.

Parisian twist

red and black accessiriesIn this look, I went for a classic Parisian twist with our Double Layer Striped Blouse, $26.50 and in stores now. Then I replaced the expected beret with a red beanie and added my favorite black pumps.

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We all love a denim shirt, but this season try our Boxy Chambray Blouse, $28.50. Just add a cute bow-tie and messenger bag!

Head on over to the Crossroads Online Shop to pick up this versatile skirt for your spring collection!

Look of the Week: Camel Coats

There’s no better time to invest in a new coat than in the middle of it’s-so-cold-I-can’t-feel-my-face winter. A classic camel coat will add instant chic to any outfit and is essentially a must-have in these frigid temperatures.

Here are some of our favorite ways to style a camel coat this season:

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Photos via: Postolativa /The Fashion Cuisine /Rozalia Fashion /​Fashion is My Life by Estefania /Jet Set Justine / Blonde Canvas /The Mysterious Girl 

How to: Accessorize with Sunglasses

Apparently sunglasses aren’t just for summer anymore. We’ve seen everyone from bloggers to fashion editors sport dark lenses on even the cloudiest of days. In fact, they’ve really become more of an accessory than a way to block out the sunlight. With so many new styles in Crossroads stores now, we decided to count off the 6 most popular pairs of sunglasses right now.

1. Wayfarers & Oversized

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Ladies Sunglasses

2. Matte & Tortoiseshell

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Men's Sunglasses

3. Retro Inspired

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Retro Ladies

4. Aviators

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Men's Aviators

All sunglasses are NEW and available now in Crossroads stores. Priced from $10-$12.

Photo Credits: Fashion Tag, Stylecab, Menstyle1

Look of the Week: Wide-Brim Hats

Wide-brim hats are having a serious moment. Floppier versions feel bohemian and whimsical while more structured hats lend to a chic, sleek and polished look. This stylish accessory is the perfect alternative to hoods and beanies without the hat head!

Here are our favorite ways the Crossroads Style Council has been wearing this trend.

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Photos via: Noelle’s Favorite Things, Jag Lever, Seeking Style, B Jones Style, Clotheshorse NYC, M Loves M

Styling Neutrals for the New Year

michelle- williamsIt all started with the debut of Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2014 ad campaign. Michelle Williams looked stunning clad in a white turtleneck, cream shift and light pink LV bag. Ever since, I’ve been hoarding neutrals…and I know I’m not the only one.

Now it’s your turn to try this soothing color palette! New this week in our stores is our Loose Knit Cardigan with Fringe, $35, and available in cream and black.

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my favorite neutralsNot sure how to accessorize a neutral pallet? A bold red lip can keep you from getting that “washed out” look. Or– if you’re not much of a make-up person–simply pile on the blush and cream toned accessories, you can never go wrong with a string of  pearls.

For more styling inspiration, I’m calling on the Crossroads Style Council  to show us how they’re wearing their neutrals in 2015.

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And don’t forget to shop Crossroads Online because we have plenty of neutrals to inspire both your winter and spring wardrobes!

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Photo credits: Louis Vuitton, M Loves M, Drifter and the Gypsy, Style Me Grasie

We’re Loving: Red Midi Skirts

Whether you pair one with a cashmere sweater and tights for winter, or a lightweight floral blouse for spring, a great red midi skirt is the perfect addition to your wardrobe. We’ve been seeing gorgeous red midi’s pop up everywhere this season and it’s not hard to see why. The bold color makes a big statement and the flattering style makes it easy to incorporate in to your every day attire.

Here are some of our favorite ways to style red midi skirts right now:

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What do you think of midis in this bold color? Will you be heading to Crossroads for one soon?

Photos via:  Poor Little It Girl // Atlantic-Pacific // Style Pantry // Pink Peonies // Hallie Daily // Stilettos and Sequins // Elle Apparel

 

New In: Winter prints and layering pieces

Are you tired of your inbox being inundated with sale alerts, only to find sizes XS and XXS left? We hear ya. Hit delete already and come shopping with Crossroads. Whether you’ve got gift cards aplenty or a $5 check from Grandma burning a hole in your pocket, we’ve got just the thing to fill your shopping basket. This week we’re featuring our newest winter prints and layering pieces, available in stores and online.

Winter layers

shortalls and fringe kimono Grab this entire look with our Frayed Hem Shortalls , Autumn Tee with Leather Sleeves, and Triple Layered Necklace –all available in the Crossroads Online Shop.

printed kimono with fringeFinish it off with our Printed Fringe Kimono, just $38.50 and in stores now.

Birch print kimono with tie front maxi

A black maxi dress is an easy go-to when you’re going for a layered look. Try our Black Lace Up Dress with high-slit skirt for a solid start to any outfit.

birch print kimonoOur Birch Print Kimono, $32.50, is also new in this week. It’s already making waves on our Instagram feed so get to one of our 32 locations nationwide to grab one this weekend before it’s gone!

printed shift with knit sleeve jacketPlum tones are in the forecast to be big in 2015, so start your collection with our Printed Sugar Plum Shift, $28.50, and Drape Front Jacket with Knit Sleeves, $38.50.  Both available in stores now.

roswell necklaceDon’t forget to snag some sale accessories! Our Roswell Necklace is perfect for NYE and it’s 50% off!

tan layersGrab those much needed winter neutrals with our Snake Print Cold Shoulder top, $26.50, Faux Leather Moto, and Ballet Pink Midi Skirt.

Happy Shopping and Happy New Year from all of us at Crossroads!

Styling Inspiration from Chicago

If you work at Crossroads, you love fashion.  It’s a given.  So when a store is filled with clothing gems, we can’t help ourselves but to start styling!  Below are a few examples from our Wicker Park store in Chicago.  Abe and Mary give you a little sampling of what you may find in Crossroads stores these days.
MW21_Look1_01 MW21_Look1_02 MW21_Look1_03Abe is wearing:
Stapleford shirt, size S, $12.50
Blue Pepper pants, size L, $27.50
All Saints jacket, size S, $400.00

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Free People dress, size M, $32.50
No Label gray vest, size S, $15.00
Topshop leggings, size 4, $12.50
Pendelton bag, $22.50
Bloomingdale’s hat, $32.50

MW21_Look3_01 MW21_Look3_02 MW21_Look3_03Abe is wearing:
Lanvin pants, $18.50
All Saints sweater, size XL, $47.50
Dana Lee shirt, size L, $32.50
Comme Des Garcon coat, size XL, $75.00
All Saints boots, size 43, $75.00

MW21_Look4_01 MW21_Look4_03 MW21_Look4_02Mary is wearing:
George Simmonton jacket, size 4, $100.00
ASOS jumpsuit, size 4, $22.50
Chloe sunglasses, $200.00
Necklace, $48.50