This is the one piece you need for spring and summer: a basic white button-up shirt. It can be found at multiple price points, from budget to luxury, and it never goes out of style. Find a favorite and it will carry you from year to year.
Its “secret sauce” is that it has so much versatility. It looks as good with leather pants as cut-off denim shorts. Pack it for your vacation and you can plan to wear it out to dinner or to the pool as a cover-up. It’s a match for both pants and skirts, you can layer it under and over pieces, you can wear it unbuttoned or buttoned, and you can even tie it to crop its length. Scroll down to see its versatility in action.
Relaxed with Jeans
As a Layering Piece
With a Full Skirt
With Leather Pants
Unbuttoned and Tied
To Anchor a Designer/Casual Blend
Mark my words, this is the one piece you need for spring and summer. I personally look for crisp lightweight cotton ones that only need a low-heat iron and dry quickly when hand-washed during travels. We’d love to see your favorite choices, so tag us @crossroadstrading to share. Or, are you on the hunt for your own perfect button-up? Stop into any of our store locations to find yours. We even sort our racks by style, color and size to make it easier!
Have you been wondering about how to start a fashion career? If you’re passionate about fashion and eager to explore a career in this field, you should know that Crossroads provides aspiring fashion buyers, designers, and marketers with valuable skills. Many of our store employees have grown into management roles within the company or continued on to other exciting fashion careers.
Here are just some of the career skills that our store employees learn and develop in our stores.
Many of our employees join our teams to learn specifically about how a company buys clothing. Our buyers are formally trained on how to evaluate and price clothing based on label, style, and condition. Along the way, they learn the most popular styles and brands on the market, including smaller boutique brands and designers just hitting the scene.
Our employees develop visual merchandising skills by assisting with sales floor and window displays.
For those with an interest in fashion marketing, each store designates a marketing liaison to photograph store pieces and post them to our regional Instagram accounts. All store employees have the chance to cooperate in these projects by modeling, shooting photos, or pulling pieces to style.
Our store buyers are trained how to authenticate designer pieces from luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Alexander Wang.
Our employees have the opportunity to work closely with others who are inspired and drawn to fashion too. Plus, our store teams have a lot of fun!
On top of all this, our employees get a store discount. Imagine the closet upgrade! If our advice on how to start your fashion career has sparked your interest in working at Crossroads, we welcome you to learn more on our careers page or view our most current job postings here.
Your boots have been keeping up all winter, but with a little more sunlight each day you’re ready to talk about the best winter to spring shoe trend aren’t you?
Well it’s super simple, you’ll love that we’re giving you the thumbs up for it, and you probably already own what you need. Ready? It’s wearing socks with loafers.
It makes perfect sense: your leather loafers are swift when hitting the pavement, but a pair of socks will ensure extra warmth until we’ve reached those warmer days ahead. The best part? This look works with cropped pants, skirts and shorts too. Take a look at our inspiration photos below.
Wearing the Best Winter to Spring Shoe Trend
Where to Shop for the Best Winter to Spring Shoe Trend
If you already own a pair of loafers, then you’re all set. But if you need to find some for your closet, our stores carry everything from popular mall brand loafers to designer ones. Below is just a sampling of what I found looking through our regional Instagram feeds.
We want to see how you style your loafers with socks looks! Tag @crossroadstrading on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our company feed.
If you’re building an investment piece wardrobe, it’s likely that an Hermes scarf is on your list. It’s one of the best treasure hunt pieces to find in a resale store like Crossroads! Once you get your hands on one– or a similar large silk scarf with as much versatility– try these 9 ways to wear an Hermes scarf.
1. Old Hollywood
Step 1: Fold it in half into a large triangle and tie it under the chin. Step 2: Add a pair of your biggest sunnies. Step 3: Pretend you’re walking to your convertible for a drive along the coast.
2. As a Belt
Keep the rest of the look casual–jeans and a t-shirt work perfectly here–and weave the scarf through your belt loops for a fresh approach to a belt.
3. Loose Wrap
Loosely wrap the scarf around your next once, similar to how you’d wear a traditional winter scarf.
4. To One Side
There are two ways to get this look: tie the scarf around a low ponytail or wrap the scarf once around your neck. Either way, leave one side of the scarf much longer than the other and pulled over one shoulder.
5. With Leather
A traditional piece like an Hermes scarf looks even better when it’s worn in unexpected ways. Opt for a leather motorcycle jacket instead of a riding blazer.
In this style, it’s wrapped several times around the neck with a small knot to finish. We like how the vintage clip-on earrings make the look even more dramatic.
7. Loose Knot
The mood you’re going for is nonchalant. The knot is below the neckline and a little imperfect.
An Hermes scarf looks amazing as a head wrap, and the headband style is the easiest one to perfect.
9. Giant Bow
Tie a bow and then fluff out the sides for an exaggerated and fun look.
With our 9 ways to wear an Hermes scarf, did we convince you to add one to your wardrobe capsule? Follow our Instagram feed to watch for Hermes and other scarf arrivals in our stores, and learn more about how consignment works at Crossroads.
Ah, Chanel. Coming across a piece is a thrill, especially in the resale world. However, if you aren’t purchasing directly from a Chanel boutique, you’ll want to know how to authenticate the piece. Let’s talk about what to look for in authentic Chanel pieces.
Start with this attitude: Chanel is the gold standard of luxury fashion, so their reputation and high cost are tied to a superior product. That means that everything you examine next should look perfect.
The stitch count is high on Chanel bags– there is no skimping here. Even in a vintage bag you’ll see the stitching has stayed tight. The lines are straight, and the quilt squares are exact in size.
3. Flawless Stamping
A lot of care is taken to get the stamping just right. If imprinted, the stamp should have depth. Gold and silver imprints should be clear and easy to read. See some examples below.
4. Heavy Hardware
Lightweight hardware is a dead giveaway that a Chanel piece is inauthentic. Chains should have weight, and even clasp locks should feel heavy when they’re turned.
5. Quality of Accompanying Materials
Even something as simple as the item’s box, cards or dust bag can be telling. Chanel extends their craftsmanship to everything, so confirm that all accompanying materials are as perfect as the item itself.
So there you have it: exactly what to look for in authentic Chanel pieces. If you enjoyed this guide, check out similar ones we did for Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Coach. You can also follow our Instagram feed to see new pieces that come into our stores, or consign your designer item with us anytime.