Blog: Crossroads Style

May 23, 2024 What are Puddle Jeans?

Puddle jeans are trending this season, but what are they exactly? Simply put, they’re jeans that “puddle” at the hemline around your feet!

When shopping for them, there is a little work in finding the pair best suited for you. To get the length just right, you’ll need to consider your most-likely shoe choice, because sometimes the length perfectly “puddles” with sneakers, while other pairs require a higher heel like your favorite wedges or clogs.

Once you find your pair, however, you’re all set. And since most pairs are oversized or wide-leg, they match well with basic fitted tops or tucked-in flowy blouses.

Scroll on to see some of the looks that caught our eye on Instagram.

woman wearing puddle jeans with white crop top and trench coat

Woman wearing puddle jeans with white sneakers and black graphic sweatshirt

woman taking selfie in beige puddle jeans and white t-shirt

two women sitting on a porch

woman walking along canal in denim pants and black tank top

Whether you’re ready to try puddle jeans or one of the many other trends we’ve listed in our selling guide, you’ll want to stop into one of our store locations to refresh your seasonal wardrobe. You can shop or sell your preloved pieces for cash or store credit. Now’s the time!

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May 21, 2024 Summer Jobs in Fashion Resale

There’s something special about summer jobs, those seasonal roles we take when we’re on break from school or home for the summer months.

For those who have a passion for fashion, a summer job in fashion retail is the way to go. You’ll spend your days working with other fashion enthusiasts, improving your merchandising skills, and learning about the latest consumer trends.

Did we even mention that an employee discount will ensure you have an amazing new wardrobe come fall?

If your love of fashion is only matched by your love of thrifting and sustainability, then Crossroads may be the perfect choice for you.

With summer fast approaching, we’re looking for employees to join our teams in stores across the U.S. Check out our open summer jobs and all the benefits we’re offering. This is your season to shine on our team!

Cate wearing summer fashion leaning against a telephone pole

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May 16, 2024 Summer Style: The Tropical Print

With summer in view, the tropical print is making its long-awaited seasonal debut. No other print quite captures our visions of sunny vacations and weekend visits to our favorite beach towns.

Without a doubt, the print is most expected on a classic button-up shirt, but it also makes waves on flowy trousers, frilly blouses, and bold matching sets. Don’t shy away from this print!

Let us show you how to style it. Keep scrolling to see some of the pieces that are inspiring looks we’ll copy this summer.

woman wearing tropical print pants with a tan tank top

woman wearing a tropical print robe coat

woman wearing a tropical print off-the-shoulder top

woman in a blue floral top with black shorts

woman in a matching set with a pink and red motif

Find your tropical print piece in a Crossroads store near you, or check our latest selling guide for even more trends we’re highlighting this season. You’ll get ideas for styling the most popular trends, like moody vibes, sporty classic, understated luxe, and modern vintage. We even highlight the pieces and labels to look for.

And did you know that you can also sell your gently used clothing in our stores or by mail and earn cash or store credit to refresh your closet? It’s the fun, sustainable, and affordable way to keep your summer style fresh.

Buy, sell, and trade your way to a stylish summer wardrobe you’ll love.

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May 14, 2024 5 Summer-Specific Secondhand Shopping Tips

We have secondhand shopping tips specific for the summer days ahead! Now’s the time to sell your preloved pieces for cash or store credit and refresh your closet with fresh finds for your best summer yet. Here are 5 things we recommend looking for in your favorite resale stores (like Crossroads)!

1. Weekend Basics

Don’t overlook secondhand clothing when it comes to your summer weekend and vacation wear. Hunt for perfectly worn-in tees, denim shorts, sandals, and slouchy beach bags.

secondhand shopping finds that include a graphic t-shirt with denim shorts and yellow backpack

2. Overalls

Quite possibly the easiest summer outfit to pull-off! Find a pair of classic overalls and add a tank top or baby tee to complete the look.

4 pairs of overalls hanging on a clothing rack, found while secondhand shopping

3. Slip Dresses

We like to shop secondhand for all our pretty summer dresses, but a slip dress is an extra special find.

plaid slip dress hanging from a hook

4. Maxi Skirts

We love maxi skirts all year round, but once summer days are on the horizon, we turn our focus to maxi skirts in big floral prints and bright colors.

white corset top with bright floral print

5. Natural Fibers

Definitely shop for pieces in natural fibers that are lightweight and will keep you cool. Linens and cottons are our go-to selections.

woman wearing a pink matching set

This handful of secondhand shopping tips should get you started. Don’t forget you can make these new-to-you pieces even more affordable by selling your gently used unwanted pieces for cash or store credit at any of our store locations. We even offer Sell by Mail if you don’t have a Crossroads store near you.

It’s time to get summer ready!

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May 9, 2024 by Manoka Sarkar Sporty Classic 101: Explaining the Trend

With spring upon us and summer fast approaching, so also comes the renewal of our style guide, and with it, trends we’re predicting will carry us through the incoming heat like a Crossroads reusable tote bag.

Starting with perhaps the most prevalent trend at the moment, we have sporty classic. We’ve been seeing this trend popping up in current media, be it movies (Challengers, anyone?), the red carpet (our queen, Zendaya, for example, is eating this trend and leaving no crumbs), and all over our FYP’s. The buzz that this aesthetic is garnering, paired with the fact that most athletic wear comes in so clutch when our bodies are faced with the sweltering summer heat, makes sporty classic a spring and summer vibe that simply can’t be beat.

Like the name suggests, sporty classic is timeless, so while especially trendy in the warmer months, it’s a style that literally anyone can rock. Let’s break this trend down to some key components that we’re looking for in our stores.

Sneakers

Arguably the best part of this trend, it’s the quintessential summer shoe for those of us who prefer a shell-toe to a peep-toe. While we may be partial to a slimmer silhouette, don’t let that limit the possibilities of what you can find and add to your collection! Whether you’re more of a neutral New Balance fan or a colorful Sambas girlie, it’s undeniable that a good sneaker is necessary to any wardrobe.

sneakers on a shelf

Elevated Athletic Gear

Once “athleisure” entered our lexicon, it changed the game for us forever. Since then, we’ve seen the evolution of sportswear as fashion, which is exactly what we’re looking for with this trend. Fashion, function, and comfort? Yup, we don’t think it gets better than that.

woman in sporty classic look with soccer jersey and pleated skirt

Pleats and Looser Fits

The key to nailing this trend is perfecting the athletic and easygoing vibe that the look gives, which is why the silhouette is crucial. We love pleats for its allusions to the iconic fashions of tennis and golf, and loose fitting shorts for its effortlessness, especially in summer. To dive deeper–as well as see some examples on how to style them–check out our recent blog post about it.

 

woman in white tennis skirt and pink sweater

So there you have it: a complete breakdown on the trend you’re now an expert on. Congrats on that! We hope to see both our shoppers and our sellers this season rocking and selling your best sporty classic looks and pieces. See you in our stores!

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