Blog: Crossroads Style

Style Icon: Vanessa Hudgens

This week we focus on the best source for summer inspiration: our style icon, Vanessa Hudgens. Her laid back boho style is the perfect look for fancy free days of sunshine and sandy beaches. Vanessa can go from total boho goddess to a cool downtown look, always staying true to her distinct style.

Take some chances this summer and channel our girl, Vanessa Hudgens!

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Round Up: Tips for Cleaning Out Your Closet

Crossroads Trading is now buying for summer! When the new Crossroads buying guide was released, I was inspired to put together some tips for cleaning out your closet. I clean out my closet at least twice a year–I love adding items and refreshing my wardrobe, and my favorite way to do that is by taking my clothes to Crossroads and trading for new to me, on trend clothes. I do, however, have a tendency to develop emotional attachments to clothing depending on who gifted it to me or what I wore it to. I’ve worked out a system for myself that makes letting go of clothing a bit easier for me, and I hope it translates to you too!


Take It All Out

When I first began to routinely clean out my closet, I would simply open the closet doors and quickly thumb through all the items and randomly pick out what I wasn’t feeling. The problem was that I was missing so many pieces. I will be honest: my closet is messy. There are clothes on the ground, bundled up on the shelves and thrown in haphazardly. Now, I take everything out, all at once. It will force you to look at every single piece of clothing in your closet, and allow you to find all the items you no longer want or need. Plus, once it’s all out, you have no choice but to finish the job!


Organizing and prioritizing will make the process more efficient. The easiest way to do this is with three piles. Keep: Pretty self-explanatory. Donate: Unfortunately, not all used clothing will be in the proper condition for selling, and donating to a good cause, such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army may make it easier to let go of something. Sell: Sometimes you just fall out of love with certain items or trends; it doesn’t mean that someone else won’t love it just as much as you once did. I love being able to choose trade or cash when I sell my items at Crossroads!

Try It On

This is the most tedious, time consuming part, but for me, the most important. You will find out what doesn’t fit anymore, what fits again (hooray!), and what might fit, but is just not your style anymore. There have been many times when trying something on is the tie breaker between keeping and purging. I also use this time to attempt to style some of my clothing for future outfits; it gives you the opportunity to breathe new life into something you have not worn in a while.

Ask Yourself

Does this fit in with my current style? Will I wear this again? Would I buy this if I was shopping today? These are three crucial questions to ask yourself in case you are torn about letting go of something. Not to say that you should always give up something that is a no to all; there will always be a little bit of room for those sentimental pieces! However, this will help keep you from justifying keeping items you no longer need, nor really want.

If all else fails, invite some girlfriends over, pour some wine, crank up the music and make it fun!

How to Style Lace This Spring

Lace doesn’t have to be coquettish. Instead, it can be the perfect way to play with texture and add a feminine flair to any outfit.  Here are some of our favorite ways to style lace this season:

An all-white romper is sweet and chic, especially with a slick of coral lipstick and brown boots. 


Add edge to your little white lace dress with knee-high boots and a floppy hat. 

Rock a lace kimono over your favorite fitted dress for a fun and whimsical feel.

Pair your lace top with a tough leather skater skirt for some real contrast.

Layer up! A lace crop top gives lace culottes a chic, bohemian flair.


Photos via: M Loves M // Jag Lever // Lace and Locks // The Spicy Stiletto // Tuolomee

For the Guys: Men’s Summer Styles

It’s high time we highlighted the amazing men’s clothing available at Crossroads. We’re gearing up for summer, guys, and this week we’re featuring great men’s pieces from backpacks to joggers. And the best news: most of these new arrivals that are “just for the guys” are available this week at a Crossroads store near you!

Floral Woven, $28.50
Skinny Denim, $35
America Socks, $10 (coming soon)

Stripe Knit Tee with Pocket, $20
Geometric Design Backpack, $18.50 (coming soon)

Welt Pocket Joggers, $35
Red Ringer Tee, $17.50

Striped Tees, $15-$18.50

Cuffed Camo Shorts, $22.50
Bias Tee, $18.50
Gray Backpack, $18.50 (coming soon)

Short Sleeve Wovens, $27.50-$28.50


How to Style: White Jeans

Now is the time to swap out your blues for a fresh pair of white denim that you’ll be reaching for all spring and summer.  Here are some of our favorite ways to style this wardrobe staple all season long.

Tuck the front of a light sweater in to fitted ankle-length white denim for a chic and effortless look. 


Add fun pops of color to your skinny jeans with a pastel pink sweater and cheetah print heels.


Keep your look simple with neutrals for a model off-duty look.


A long cardigan, patterned scarf and fun sandals are a must for a relaxed day of shopping, brunch and Netflix marathon (House of Cards, anyone?)


Dress your white jeans up with a fitted black blazer and your chicest sunnies. 


Follow this blogger’s lead with a relaxed fit pinstripe shirt. It’s so comfortable that you’ll want to have this outfit on repeat all week!


Photos via: Fake Leather // Zorannah // Viva Luxury // Hello Fashion Blog // The Girl From Panama // Like the Yogurt


Round Up: Rules of Summer Style

Although I have been out of school for more years than I care to mention, summer is still that exciting time of year when the long days and warm nights make everything a little bit more fun. Dinners and drinks out with friends, weekends at the beach, mini road trips, and lazy days by the pool are some of my favorite things do during summer. When I have a full schedule, the last thing I want to spend time doing is debating with myself about what to wear. During the summer I tend to follow a few simple rules for beating the heat and staying stylish; check out my round up below!



I am all about comfort everyday, but when the temperature rises and the summer heat is bearing down the last thing I want to worry about is being uncomfortable in my clothes. The warmer the temperature, the looser the fit and the flatter the shoe!ComfortClockwise from the top left

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Fresh and Clean

Minimal accessorizing, light, clean colors and lightweight fabrics make the heat and running around town more than bearable.FreshAndCleanClockwise from the top left

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The Little Anything Dress

The little black dress, the little white dress, the little floral dress: Do you sense a pattern? Mini dresses, skirts, and rompers are essential for dressing down or up, from going day to night, and surviving those long summer nights.MiniClockwise from the top left

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Style Icon: Marissa Webb

This week we’re focused on a powerhouse style icon: Marissa Webb. She is the creative director at Banana Republic and has inspired the brand to take a new direction that is undeniably cool. She has the belted look down to an art and rolls up her sleeves with flair. She keeps things pretty simple, but always accessorizes beautifully and throws in unique styling touches.

She’s a natural beauty with a streamlined look that is anything but boring.

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Trending: Unisex Backpacks

A well-made backpack is a wonderful thing. Perfect for music festivals or a quick walk down to your local farmer’s market, these bags are a favorite for men and women alike.

We’re committed this summer to utilitarian accessories, so naturally we’re all in on the backpack trend.  Check out these ones, now available in Crossroads stores, and tell us which one is your favorite in the comments section below.

Backpacks 034Thick Stripe with Front Pocket, $42.50.

Backpacks 008Tan Canvas Backpack with Zippers, $42.50.

Backpacks 026Railroad Stripe, $42.50.

Backpacks 011Jason is all over the backpack trend this season. I’ve seen him carry everything from leather backpacks to small canvas ones like these. He can’t seem to decide on just one!

Round Up: Summer Denim

The last thing I ever want to throw on in the summer is a pair of heavy jeans; the heat in Southern California is no joke! But my love for denim runs deep, and I end up wiggling myself into those skinnies, doing the little dance you all know you do. Lucky for us denim lovers, there are so many more options in style this season!

I’ve rounded up my favorite ways to wear summer denim, that won’t cause heat stroke or cause you to blend into the rest.

The Denim Dress
I have been collecting denim mini dresses like it is my job lately! They are so easy to throw on and accessorize for almost any occasion.

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The Denim One Piece
Ah, the one piece, the jumpsuit, even overalls! They are all having a moment this season and I am hopping right on the bandwagon.

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The Denim Jacket
Yes, it is a classic and like all classics, it can never fail. Summer nights can get breezy and denim jackets are the perfect lightweight layer to add to any outfit!DenimJacketClockwise from top left

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The Denim Skirt
It’s back and better than ever! Grab a high waist denim skirt to switch up your usual summer uniform.

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The Denim Pant
Of course, the classic jean will always be in style. I am loving the new shapes and cuts of denim for the summer!

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What is your favorite way to wear denim?



How to Style: Your Little White Dress

There’s no better time to put away your little black dresses than spring. Reach for a little white dress or two instead! They’re versatile and almost mandatory during spring and summer.

Here are some of our very favorite ways to style little white dresses this year:

Throw your favorite denim jacket over it for a casual look that will keep you warm as the weather transitions.

Make your LWD more edgy with denim shorts and knee high lace-up boots.

Add gladiator sandals for a boho flair.

Make a little white dress pop even more with bright accessories like bold blue earrings.

Pair your little white dress with a crisp black blazer and a metallic clutch for a look that easily goes from the office to happy hour.

Take it boho and relaxed with a floppy hat and boots. This look is definitely festival-approved!


What are your favorite tips for styling your LWD this season?
Photos via: M Loves M // Jag Lever // Beauty by Design // Gal Meets Glam // City Tonic // Convey the Moment