Blog: Crossroads Style

April 15, 2021 How to Wear Strong Shoulders NOW

You know all about strong shoulder looks from the 1930’s and 1980s, but we bet you’re wondering how to wear strong shoulders now. The good news is that it’s hard to get wrong this time around. Whew! Since vintage clothing and retro looks are currently trending, wearing an ’80s blazer with big shoulder pads is just as stylish as wearing an updated contemporary piece.

The easiest way to wear this look is to invest in one of the most popular “basics” of the year: the padded-shoulder sleeveless tee. Not sure what that is? We have plenty of examples for you below.

You’ll also see shoulder pads added to sleeveless button-ups, sweatshirts, and sweaters. And of course, a shoulder-padded blazer should be a piece found in every closet.

Scroll for looks and inspiration:

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photo of woman with strong shoulders look

photo of woman with strong shoulders look

photo of woman with strong shoulders look

You’re officially an expert on how to wear strong shoulders now. You can find even more style inspiration over on our Instagram feed: @crossroadstrading. Join us there and you’ll also learn about the latest trends we’re looking to buy, how our customers are styling their #crossroadsfinds, and the latest news from our store locations.

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April 13, 2021 Sunny Day Style: Sailor Stripes

Spring is so finicky. One day you’re convinced there are only warm days ahead; the next you’re shivering in a cold breeze in your favorite spring dress. We’ve been there too. When the sun’s out, we make sure we take advantage of it, and one of the prints you’ll always find alongside our sunny day style is sailor stripes.

Sailor stripes remind us of laid-back life near the water, like walking along the beach or boating all afternoon on the lake. (Side note: We currently have our eye out for friends with boats, how about you?).

Picasso famously wore them, and they were loved by Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, and Brigitte Bardot too. The Breton shirt is the most recognized piece, but we think sailor stripes look great on pants, bathing suits, skirts and dresses too. And let’s not forget the sailor striped sweater!

Here are some looks that showcase the appeal of sailor stripes:

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photo of man in sailor stripes

Photo of woman in sailor stripes

photo of woman in sailor stripes

photo of woman in sailor stripes

photo of man in sailor stripes

Besides sailor stripes, we’re covering all kinds of sunny day style on our Instagram feed: @crossroadstrading. Join us there and you’ll also learn about the latest trends we’re looking to buy, how our customers are styling their #crossroadsfinds, and the latest news from our store locations.

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April 8, 2021 The Sneakers We’re Seeing Everywhere

We’re always on the lookout for the latest trends, and today we’re reporting the sneakers we’re seeing everywhere: Converse. They’re an oldie but goodie. Did you know that All Stars debuted as an athletic shoe in 1917? And that they were a pivot for Converse, who’d been making rain boots since 1908?

Whether you refer to them as “Converse“, “Chuck Taylors“, “Chucks“, or “All Stars,” they’ve remained a popular sneaker choice for decades. Lately, we’ve been seeing them everywhere in our feeds and on the streets. Here’s how people are wearing them now.

Takes on the Classic Style

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The Collabs & Collections

Of course, we also LOVE all of the Converse collaborations and special collections! In fact, all of the special pairs below were found on the sales floors of Crossroads stores.

Millie Bobby Brown x Converse

Millie Bobby Brown and Converse

The GOLF le FLEUR Collection

Golf le Fleur and Converse

Comme des Garcons x Converse

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We’re already planning to pick up a pair for the season. If you are too, stop into any of our store locations to see if we have any on our sales floor in your size. OR, if you have a pair that you just don’t love anymore, we can help there too! Bring them in to sell for cash or store credit. You can learn more about the process of selling clothes with us here.

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April 6, 2021 The Best Trench Coat Looks for Spring

Spring weather means blooming flowers, rain showers, and the best trench coat looks for spring.

Here are several ways we’re wearing trench coats this season:

With Denim-on-Denim

Wearing denim-on-denim pieces underneath a trench make for a great neutral look to pair with your standout handbag or shoes.

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Mid-Length

A trench coat doesn’t need to be long and belted. The shorter un-belted style is just as popular and easier to carry with you when the rain stops.

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With a Hoodie

Add a hoodie underneath for a layered look.

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In a Flowy Fabric

Some of the best trench coats come in lightweight, flowy fabrics that add just a touch of warmth and polish to jeans and a t-shirt.

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With Activewear

Sleek activewear underneath complements the loose silhouette of a trench coat.

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In Head-to-Toe Black

A trench coat in black is one of the best finds! Match it with head-to-toe black for a super chic look.

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With White

You don’t need to wait until summer to start wearing your white clothing. In fact, beige and white are an excellent color match.

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If you’re feeling inspired by what we’re calling the best trench coat looks for spring, stop into any Crossroads store location to hunt for one of your own. Remember, look for the style that works best for you, whether that be long and belted, mid-length, or in beige or black. Happy shopping!

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April 1, 2021 The Babydoll Dress is Back for Spring

The babydoll dress is back for spring! Like so many other 90’s fashion trends that have made a comeback, the babydoll dress is returning with warmer weather and visions of days on the boardwalk or in the park. They’re airy and light and pair well with your favorite sandals and a simple bag. Below are some of our favorite styles and stylings that our NorCal Store Teams put together directly from the sales floors of their stores.

Paired with a Straw Bag

The most classic look: picnic-ready. Espadrilles keep the whole look light.

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In a Romper Style

The look of a babydoll dress with the ease of shorts.

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In a 90’s Print

Go all in with the 90’s by wearing this look with knee-high socks and combat boots.

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French-Inspired with a Beret

All you’ll need to add is a pretty bike with a basket full of fresh flowers.

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With Heels for a Balmy Night Out

Add strappy heels for those warm nights out. Tapas on the patio, anyone?

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Are you as excited as we are that the babydoll dress is back for spring? If so, post a photo of your babydoll look on Instagram and share with us @crosssroadstrading. We may feature your photo on our company feed!

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