Blog: Crossroads Style

3 Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

Congratulations! You’ve managed to wait until the day before Halloween to figure out what you’ll wear for a costume. Don’t panic: I’ve got three easy fashion-themed costume ideas, and all you need to do is check out your own closet and then head over to your local Crossroads for whatever you’re missing.

  1. Pick-your-own animal (print). Stop it with the cat costumes, already. Instead, use whatever animal print you already have on hand–or pick something up at one of our stores–and go from there. Zebra print belt? Sweet. Give yourself a faux hawk and strap on some black strappy heels: you’re a zebra. Leopard print shirt? Get a little creative with some face makeup and, voila, you’re a jungle kitty.DIY-halloween-costume-animal-print
  2. Fashion Week-er. During fashion week, there are some spectacularly dressed folks who strut down city sidewalks like models on catwalks–but I’m not talking about them. I’m talking about the completely ridiculous fashion disasters who seem to believe having “style” means putting all of the trends together at once. So (1) put on your day-glo sweatshirt, cat-print leggings, ironic beanie, platform Birkenstocks and oversized puffy jacket. (2) Side-part your hair and slick it down flat against your head. And (3) have your friend take lots of photos as you pose with your best uber serious face. Fun fact: people will probably mistake you for a hipster.DIY-halloween-costume-fashion-week
  3. Anna Wintour. If you don’t have the hair, you need to buy a wig. But other than that, you’ve probably got all of the pieces you need in your closet. Oversized sunglasses? Check. Sparkly statement necklace? You bet your baubles. Serious, haute couture facial expression? Done. Bonus points if you have a classic boucle jacket by Chanel.DIY-halloween-costume-anna-wintour

Happy Halloween!

New This Week: black and gold

It’s only two days until Halloween but we can’t seem to concentrate on the finishing touches to our costumes…and we’re running out of precious time! Why the procrastination, you ask? It’s simple. We’re so completely over the moon about the plethora of black and gold items coming through our doors that we’re busy shopping instead of costuming!

October is my favorite month for fashion. The crisp fall air is the perfect excuse to buy as many coats and boots as you can afford, and we can break the rules when it comes to piling on the color black  because let’s face it…witchy is “in”. So take a peek at our newest arrivals and start filling your cart with pieces from our limited edition Blog Featured Online Shop.

???????????????????????????????Brand new to the Crossroads Online Shop: the Black and Gold City Bomber, $36.50.

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???????????????????????????????Accessories in our favorite color heading to a store near you: assorted bags, $25; cotton blend tights, $15; Snake-Effect Obi Belt, $13.50.

???????????????????????????????Top off an all-black outfit with our Marled Longline Cardigan, $48.50, available in the Crossroads Online Shop.

???????????????????????????????Great for layering (or gifting): Reversible Floral Poncho, just $28.50 and in Crossroads stores.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to the Crossroads Online Shop to pick up one of our great coats or sweaters or save big by shopping our Sale items!

Look of the Week: Black

Black has silently snatched back the title of “this season’s new black,” appearing on otherworldly models-off-duty and the rest of the street style stars too. But if you feel like black is outside your comfort zone, this week is your chance to try something a little darker than your norm; after all, Halloween is just days away.

Bethany of Snakes Nest–and the Crossroads Style Council–has definitely been testing darker waters lately, eschewing her typical forest-themed color palette for the eternally cool non-color, black. I love all of these looks:

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If you don’t normally wear a lot of black, then it’s probably time to stop by your local Crossroads. Our tops and dresses are organized by color–it doesn’t get any easier than that. Unless, that is, you snag one of these lovely frocks from the Crossroads online shop (psst… They’re on sale!):

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Happy shopping!

Buy It Now: Plaid & Fringe

With fall upon us, we find ourselves dreaming of pumpkins, warm cups of spiced apple cider and plaid (Oh how I wish everything I owned was plaid. And fringed! Yes, I wish everything I owned was plaid and fringed!) Now you too can adorn yourself in some of our fall favorites with the newest addition to the Crossroads Online Shop: the Plaid Shawl Wrap.

Three-in-one fashion at its best, this jacket, scarf, shawl hybrid offers up a myriad of styling options to your blossoming winter wardrobe.

So go! Pick your pumpkins and stir your cauldron, but make sure to stop into the Crossroads Online Shop to pick up this plaid miracle (for just $37.50), because it won’t be around for long.

Plaid fringe 075Wear it open with black jeans and our Resin Stardust Necklace, $22.50, available in Crossroads stores now!

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Current Obsession: Fawn Print

Fawn print walked down the runway this time last year and was noted by Vogue back in 2011, but it hasn’t been able to compete with mainstays like leopard, zebra and reptile. Yet, designers haven’t given up on deer–with new designs on the market just in time for this season–and neither should you.

Fawn print has a soft, warm hue that’s so perfect for fall, and the other animal prints could certainly use a rest. Don’t you think it’s time we let Bambi have the spotlight for a bit?

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Photo credits: Student Sartorialist, Harper’s Bazaar, What Helen Wore Today, Winston & Willow, Primped & Primed, Refinery 29

Style Hack: Dressing for Fall When It Feels Like Summer

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

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.

???????????????????????????????2. Measure the width of your blanket so you can find the middle, then mark with chalk.

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???????????????????????????????5. Finish the raw edge with a standard blanket stitch. How-to video here.

???????????????????????????????And voila! That’s all there is to it! A super simple way to make a new piece of outerwear out of an old blanket. I like to add a belt for waist definition.

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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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sweater 042This sweater has staying power: long after the winter thaw, this will become the perfect sweater for draping over your favorite shorts and crop top.

???????????????????????????????Limited quantities of the Baroque Cocoon Cardigan are available now in the Crossroads Online Shop. Happy sweater shopping everyone!

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