Blog: Crossroads Style

What to Wear This Thanksgiving

Whether you’re spending Thanksgiving with family or friends or a mix of both, when it comes to this feast of all feasts, you want to be comfy while still maintaining some style, non? Here are some of this season’s best looks that give you plenty of room to enjoy 10 days’ worth of food in a single afternoon. Bon appetit.

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Cozy, plaid and perfect for letting it all out.

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Get creative with your knits: pull your favorite cable knit over a dress for a new, comfy look.

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Loosen up with a gorgeous, flowing bohemian blouse.

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Layers like this oversized blazer are a great way to get a little coverage.

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Cinching a scarf with a belt is such an easy–and classy–way to dress up for chowing down.

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There’s nothing comfier than a flowing maxi dress; give it a “fall” vibe with a fur vest.

 

Photo credits: Who What Wear, Olivia Style, The Chic Departement, Pop Sugar, Loafers and Polish,

 

Current Obsession: Coin adorned jewlery

Obsession. No, I’m not talking about Calvin Klein’s signature scent, I’m talking about the kind of obsession we feel when we wait and watch for a certain piece to come into our lives and wardrobes. This kind of fashion obsession can be a jealous, needy, ravenous one. In fact “hungry like the wolf” comes to mind, so I think what I’m saying is that we’re Duran Duran level obsessed with the necklace here.

I like to think that at Crossroads we live by the mantra that all things come to those who wait. And yes, we’ve seen it elsewhere wearing a hefty price tag, so we waited. Well, we’ve all waited long enough! Starting today, Crossroads stores across the country are offering up this silver piece fit for a goddess for under 60 bucks. Oh, and alongside it, are about 20 other brand new jewelry pieces perfect for gifting and in stores now.

silver stone bib Hands down, the necklace of the year: the Silver Coin Bib, $55. Handmade in Turkey, this intricate necklace by Chanour is both lead and nickel free. Pair it with your favorite button down during the day or a slinky little black dress for night.

silver chanour necklaceFor something with just as big of a statement but a slightly more romantic feel, go for our Antique Key Necklace, $48.50.

gold tonesIf you’re into gold tones, try one of these beauties. From left to right: Chain Link Bib, $25; Cut-Out Cuff, $12; Chevron Coin Necklace, $25.

two silver chanour necklacesMy favorite thing about pieces by Chanour is that they are easy to layer. Plus, piling on the silver gives an instantly bohemian vibe to any outfit. Top: Spine Necklace in Silver, $ 38.50. Bottom: Silver Coins on Bead, $38.50.

white stone bib elements ringIf you’re looking for something with a little bit of sparkle, try our White Stone Necklace, $25. And I’m so in love with our Elements ring, just $13.50.

assorted piecesAnd even more gold tones! Our Dangling Daisies Necklace, $25; Triangle Link Bracelet, $10.50; and Small Crystal Ring, $9.50.

Our Hand Mesh Ring Bracelet is still available at the Crossroads Online Shop for $25! But hurry! I imagine this bracelet-to-ring number will be at the top of a lot of wish lists this season.

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Look of the Week: Faux Fur

Although faux fur is a trend that emerges from time to time, this is the first time I’m seeing it styled in a way that’s more accessible to the average style-conscious gal.

My most recent fur fave was worn by one of the Crossroads Style Council membersRachel of Jag Lever. With its speckled fawn coloring (which is really just an extension of my fawn obsession), Rachel’s cropped vest adds just the right amount of texture and interest to her outfit without making her gawk-worthy. LOVE.

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A vest is a great way to work faux fur if you’re petite like Rachel; it’s a small enough piece that the fur doesn’t swallow up a petite frame. And she does a fantastic job of keeping everything neutral–including those gorgeous, warm-brown boots–and then bringing in a pop of color with a little glimpse of opaque emerald tights.

Here are some more great faux pieces–I love the styling on all of these!

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How are you wearing faux fur this season?

Photo credits: Jag Lever, Lauren Messiah, Gastellum, Fashion Tag, Pearls & Peacocks

Look of the Week: Sleeveless Coats

Here’s a riddle for you: what looks like a coat but doesn’t really keep you warm? The answer is this season’s most unexpectedly fantastic–albeit non-utilitarian–trend: the sleeveless coat.

Like a vest, sleeveless coats give you a little warmth; unlike a vest, sleeveless coats allow you to add a layer of warmth and look a little dressier. Check out Mara of M Loves M (and Crossroads Style Council member):

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And here are some other lovely examples of this season’s most sophisticated layering piece:

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Photo credits: M Loves M, Just the Design, Impossibly Imperfect, Modern Magazine, La Vida

New Arrivals: soft pinks, deep reds and florals

This fall, as usual, we’re mad about florals. But this season we’re taking these potent prints to the next level by styling them with reds, pinks and touches of vegan leather.

Take a look: we grabbed a sampling of this week’s most exciting pieces and styled them for you with romance in mind. And once you’ve had your sneak peek, don’t forget to peruse today’s additions to the Crossroads Online Store.

floral jacketPetal Pink Shirt Dress, $28.50 (also available in black, grey, teal and burgundy).  Available in Crossroads stores now.

blog 038Pair your pinks with our Floral Blazer, which is not only super cute but made from 100% cotton! Even better, it’s priced at $27.50.

Floral blouse peather pipingOr try an edgier floral pattern with our Roses Are Red Muscle Tank with pleather piping, $27.50.

The perfect button downAnd nothing goes better with floral patterns than vegan leather. Enter our Vegan Leather Midi Skirt, $35. It’s our newest addition to the Crossroads Online Store and (if I do say so myself), it’s perfect.

Mars red pleather topIf you’re looking for some real fashion fun, pair it with the Mars Attacks Faux Leather Top, $27.50 and available in stores.

Pleather cuffed embroidered jacket And because we love red and black, we’ve layered our Black and Red Triangle Print Jacket on top! It also features vegan leather cuffs. Get it soon at a Crossroads location near you for $42.50.

Finally…this week, we’re also debuting very limited quantities of our X Marks the Spot Sweater Coat in our online store!

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Current Obsession: Clogs

Maybe it’s because the weather is swiftly getting colder and it won’t be long before it’s downright chilly, but I suddenly want a pair of clogs like I never have before. Or maybe it’s because one of the Crossroads Style Council members, Micaela of Drifter & the Gypsy, recently sported a delicious pair of brown leather Free People clogs that I’m now coveting so hard.

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Photo credits: Drifter & the Gypsy, Collage Vintage, The Chic Curve, LaTonya Yvette, Vogue

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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