Blog: Crossroads Style

May 22nd, 2019 by Morgan Weinstein Staff Style Spotlight: Nathalia

Nathalia highlighting her style in a dress.
Meet Nathalia, a Crossroads Buyer. We asked employees at our Oakland store to bring their style and star in our latest Crossroads photoshoot wearing their favorite Crossroads finds. Take a look at her photos, see behind the scenes shots, and read about her style. Come back on Friday to see our next featured Crossroads employee.
Diptych of Nathalia showing her style

Tell us about the fashion piece that “got away.”

TOO MANY TO REMEMBER THEM ALL!  But the most significant one was a Louis Vuitton mini backpack. It was a little too pricey for me, so I was hoping it would eventually get marked down, but of course it never did! I’ve learned that what’s meant to be mine will be. That is my way of finding peace- haha!

What is your summer uniform?

For everyday: jeans and a cute tank top with sandals. I could live in flip flops during the summer, but I definitely try not to! On days I want to feel more feminine/have something special to do, my go-to is a comfortable but cute floral dress. I’m a huge sucker for a pretty floral print!
Behind the scenes shot of Nathalia at her photo shoot.

What is your fall uniform?

Jeans, a chunky cardigan/sweater or flannel with ankle booties. I also love wearing skirts + dresses w/ tights during fall.

What are you dying to see come into your store?

-A Chanel quilted purse.
-A Louis Vuitton bag!
-A black leather mini backpack.
Nathalia fixing her hair in a denim jacket.

Top tips for selling with us?

  1. Definitely start by browsing in-store as well as online to see the brands/styles we sell before you come in.
  2. Download our app and put your name on the waitlist. That way you can show up right before we call you instead of waiting long!

Behind the scenes shot of Nathalia using her phone.

Favorite thing about working at Crossroads?

There are many things I love about working at Crossroads, but my favorite would have to be knowing that by working for Crossroads, I’m contributing to helping our environment, earth and community. I’m passionate about fashion (obviously), but also about helping our world become a better place. Crossroads reminds me that I’m on the right track.
Nathalia smiling in denim jacket and orange pants.

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May 21st, 2019 by Jennifer Beile The Future of Fashion: Will Comfort Prevail Over Aesthetic?

The debate over comfort and style have recently come to a head. The two do not have to be mutually exclusive. Is it perhaps that our definition of style and the traditional aesthetic are gradually changing over time? Fashion used to be used as a way to speak to one’s social and economic status, and in some ways it still is. Not everyone can afford designer clothing and accessories and all it takes is a simple Google search to confirm the price of something, therein by being able to pigeonhole one in a category.
Maybe as time has passed and humanity has evolved, we no longer feel the need to separate ourselves by social and economic classes, thereby making us feel more comfortable with being, well (physically) more comfortable. Whatever the reason is that comfort is seeming prevailing over (traditional) style aesthetic, check out 5 trends that are more comfortable than classically stylish.

“Dad” Shoes

From trainers to “mandals”, or man sandals, the “Dad” shoe trend has been steadily gaining traction since the popularity of the chunky trainer last year. This season, the trend continues with the dad sandal, or “mandal”. While some brands are producing these sandals with more feminine touches and prints, the basic man sandal is trending on style bloggers, fashion influencers, and the runway. The rise of dad shoes, as with flat shoes in general, prove that comfort is trending over style in footwear.
Blogger wearing comfort-styled sandals.

Fanny Packs

Fanny packs, or belt bags as the modern updated style has been coined, have seeming begun replacing larger bulky bags, designer bags, and trend-ridden bags. The smaller, more compact style of a belt bag is more comfortable to wear, convenient on the go, and forces us to de-clutter our lives. And let’s face it, when our purse is clean and organized, our life begins to feel more clean and organized.
Blogger wearing a suit and fanny pack

The Demise of Skinny Jeans

We will always love our skinny jeans; there is no question about that. But we have seen a rise in a more relaxed fitting denim and pant style, in general, the last few fashion seasons. I, for one, am all for this trend, of course, still loving my skinnies and wearing them with pride, but as a mom of a busy toddler, I must say that I am enjoying bottoms with a bit more room to breathe lately.
Blogger wearing wide-leg jeans.

Bike & Bermuda Shorts

While neither are my cup of style tea, I appreciate the sentiment of longer, more comfortable shorts, whether it is because they are spandex or a looser fitting knee length short, over a more traditional style of denim shorts that are cut too short and will inevitably ride up.
Blogger wearing bermuda shorts and sweater.

Athleisure

Athleisure has long been the uniform of many stay-at-home moms, the quick option when needing to run all the errands on a weekend, and the look of the gym rat. But athleisure has since expanded its repertoire to anyone who needs just a bit more comfort in their life.
Woman wearing comfort pieces like workout clothing.

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May 20th, 2019 by Morgan Weinstein Staff Style Spotlight: Kiara

Kiara in a leopard print top.
Meet Kiara, a Crossroads Floor Supervisor. We asked employees at our Oakland store to bring their style and star in our latest Crossroads photoshoot wearing their favorite Crossroads finds. Take a look at her photos, see behind the scenes shots, and read about her style. Come back on Tuesday to see our next featured Crossroads employee.
Behind the scenes of Kiara and her photo shoot.

Tell us about the fashion piece that “got away.”

There was this little Fendi mini bag. Sigh… I thought, if it’s here by pay day, then it’s meant to be! It wasn’t…it sold that same day.

What is your summer uniform?

Oversized dad shorts with a belt, body suit or crop top, a micro bag and a pair of mules. Add some micro sunnies and it’s a look!
Kiara holding an umbrella with her coworker.

What is your fall uniform?

A wide leg pant or jean with a tight tee to tuck in underneath an oversized jacket.

What are you dying to see come into your store?

I would love another LV or Fendi piece to come in. A bigger bag would be great to add to my extremely small collection.
Posing in a leopard top and brown coat.

Top tips for selling with us?

Make sure to check our style guide. Make sure all items are in a condition in which you would want to purchase them.

Favorite thing about working at Crossroads?

The one-of-a-kind pieces we get in! Great for my closet; bad for my bank account.
close-up of a backpack and outside with an umbrella.

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May 17th, 2019 by Morgan Weinstein Staff Style Spotlight: Gretchen

Main image of Gretchen in a jacket.
Meet Gretchen, a Crossroads Buyer. We asked employees at our Oakland store to bring their style and star in our latest Crossroads photoshoot wearing their favorite Crossroads finds. Take a look at her photos, see behind the scenes shots, and read about her style. Come back on Monday to see our next featured Crossroads employee.
Gretchen behind the scenes of our photoshoot.

Tell us about the fashion piece that “got away.”

There was a pair of black high-top Commes des Garcon Converse shoes that fit me perfectly and were in great condition, but a customer bought them. Hopefully another pair comes in!

What is your summer uniform?

My closet stays the same throughout the year, with lots of layers. But in the summer, I wear short sleeve shirts with either Dickies or black 505 Levi’s. I tend to always wear Vans.
Two of our employees in front of the camera.

What is your fall uniform?

I’ll layer a sweatshirt and/or jean jacket over my short sleeve shirt with Dickies or black 505 Levi’s.

What are you dying to see come into your store?

I’m waiting for a pair of Chelsea Dr. Martens in black to come in.
Gretchen leaning against a pole outside.

Top tips for selling with us?

Come in with an open mind about what we are looking for, and read over our selling guide in advance. Shop the store!

Favorite thing about working at Crossroads?

I love seeing someone purchase clothes that I brought in. Then I know that BOTH of us have good taste.
Behind the scenes of our photo shoot outside.

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May 15th, 2019 by Morgan Weinstein Staff Style Spotlight: Emma

Emma showing style in black dress in Crossroads.
Meet Emma, a Crossroads Sales Associate. We asked employees at our Oakland store to bring their style and star in our latest Crossroads photoshoot wearing their favorite Crossroads finds. Take a look at her photos, see behind the scenes shots, and read about her style. Come back on Friday to see our next featured Crossroads employee.
Behind the scenes style of the photoshoot.

Tell us about the fashion piece that “got away.”

A printed sunset orange maxi-dress that wrapped around the waist. I was waiting a couple of days to purchase it, but in the end… it was gone.

What is your summer uniform?

A sundress with my Birkenstocks.
Detailed shots of Emma's style in a brown shirt and black dress.

What is your fall uniform?

A pair of brown leather boots & patterned tights paired with a brown faux-fur jacket & choker.

What are you dying to see come into your store?

I am waiting for a pair of Levi’s mom-shorts that fit.
Emma looking back at the camera.

Favorite thing about working at Crossroads?

Talking with customers about their new favorite piece of clothing they’re about to purchase.
Emma being styled at the POS counter.

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