Blog: Crossroads Style

September 2, 2020 by Jennifer Bender Surprising Trend Comebacks From The ’90s & Early Aughts

This article was originally published on March 10, 2020.

Trends are cyclical in nature: what is new is so often old. Luckily, when old trends come back into style they get a modern update from a new generation. Take a look at 3 surprising trend comebacks from the late 90’s & early 2000’s that have made their returns.

Tube Tops

Made popular in the late 90’s & early aughts, this strapless top has been seen on just about every fashion it-girl this year. However, they’re no longer for baring midriffs with belly button rings. Instead, they’ve been updated as modern, sophisticated tops that can be made versatile with the right bottoms and layering pieces.

Tube Top Spring Surprising Trend Comebacks

Halter Tops

Another top that was synonymous with “going out”, this neckline has been seen on the runways with chic updates. The strong shoulder-baring silhouette can be bold or simple, with endless style possibilities from tops to dresses to jumpsuits for the upcoming warm weather seasons.

Halter Top Spring Surprising Trend Comebacks

Low Rise Jeans

Most either love them or hate them. There are no neutral opinions on hip-hugging low rise denim, making them a surprising trend comeback. The return of low rise can simply be for the reaction, bringing back something that is arguably against the grain, or to give people new options to create the wardrobe that fits them best.

Low Rise Jeans Spring Surprising Trend Comebacks

What are your favorite – or not so favorite – trend comebacks from past decades?

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August 28, 2020 by Mauricio Gomez Sell by Mail: A Step by Step Guide

We get it, it’s hard to find time to get to your local Crossroads and sell those pieces you’re no longer wearing or never put on in the first place. No worries, we’ve got you covered with our Sell by Mail program!

Things to Know Beforehand

  • We know you spent good money on the clothes you’re sending in which is why we offer return service. For a $15 fee, we will send back any items we pass on.
  • Payout percentages are the same as in-store: 30% in cash or 50% in trade.
  • We do not offer consignment; a little confusing, right? This just means we will purchase your items outright. You don’t have to wait for your items to sell in our stores to get paid out. Hope that clears things up.

sell by mail envelope.

Step One: Request a Bag

You can request a bag on our website. Each bag is individually packaged in our Sell By Mail envelope and shipped to the address provided. Our primary form of communication is email, so make sure to provide a valid and regularly used email address.
Sell by Mail adding shoes to bag.

Step Two: Fill it Up/ Send it Back

Once you receive your Sell by Mail bag you will notice a UPS label taped on. This is how we’re able to look you up in our system. Yep, that’s it. When filling the bag, make sure the flap can securely close; if the bag looks like it’s about to burst, consider reducing the amount of items.

I’m sure you’re wondering: well what should I put in the bag? We are looking for gently used, on trend items preferably purchased within the last three years. Here are some suggestions:

  • Condition is everything! Broken zippers, stains, unwashed, unintentional rips and tears are avoided by our buyers. Make sure the pieces you’re sending are something you would consider an excellent hand me down.
  • What’s it made of? Our customers are very fabric conscious. They love cotton, silk, wool, cashmere and leather. Check your labels!
  • The more money spent on the piece, the higher the resale value. We are currently not interested in purchasing fast fashion pieces as their price points are too low to for our stores to sell competitively.
  • Accessories are hot sellers; however, we do not buy jewelry through our program. Shoes can be sent at your own risk. Please be sure to package them appropriately.
  • Style and age is very important. If the item you want to send in can be considered vintage, out of style, or is something you no longer see people wearing, chances are it’s something our customers are not looking for.

Putting shoes into the envelope
Once your bag is filled up, drop it off at your nearest UPS location. The labels on our bags are prepaid and only trackable through UPS. Make sure to ask for a drop off receipt for verification purposes. Once the bag has been scanned, you can expect it to arrive to our Northern California warehouse within seven business days.

Step Three: Now We Wait

The estimated processing time we post on our website is our best estimate from the date of the bag’s arrival to our distribution center located in Northern California. If you feel like it has been longer than what we’ve posted, don’t hesitate to send us an email: hello@crossroadstrading.com. We will get back to you with a more detailed timeline.

waiting for sell

Step Four: Cash Out

Get cash for 30% of what we price your items to sell for, or get 50% in trade credit.
Putting a bag into the envelope.

Step Five: Do it Again

If this is a program that works for you, feel free to request additional bags through our website. We love our repeat sellers, especially the ones sending in the brands, styles and one-of-a-kind pieces our customers are looking for. Just like fashion, our programs are ever evolving, so make sure to check back for any updates to our Sell by Mail program. What are you waiting for? Order your Sell by Mail bag now!

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August 27th 2020, By Jennifer Bender 5 Alternatives to Jeans

Jeans will always be the cornerstone of a wardrobe. They’re versatile, and there’s a style for everyone’s preference and body type. If you’re in need of a creative wardrobe haul, give your jeans a break and try one of these 5 fresh non-denim alternatives.

Trousers

You can’t go wrong with the classic style of trousers. Dress them up with a blazer or wear them casually with a tee and sneakers. Either way, they’ll quickly become a favorite.

spring jeans alternatives trousers street style

Utility Pants

The utility trend re-emerged last year and is still a favorite. Khaki cargo pants are swiftly replacing denim for a comfortable and pulled-together look.

spring jeans alternative utility pants street style

Bermuda Shorts & Culottes

The controversial silhouette has quietly taken over street style. Love it or hate it, you’ll find plenty of examples for pulling off the tricky length.

spring jeans alternative bermuda shorts cullotes street style

Jumpsuits

A year-round favorite, this easy-to-wear piece is simple to style and more comfortable than denim.

spring jeans alternative jumpsuit street style

Sweatsuits & Joggers

Thanks to celebs like Hailey Bieber, sweatsuits and joggers can now be considered comfy and chic.

spring jeans alternative sweatsuits joggers

What are your favorite alternatives to jeans?

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Friday March 13th, 2020 by Jennifer Bender Friday Favorites: March 13th, 2020

Happy Friday! The following are a round-up of style and pop culture favorites from the week. Enjoy!

Store Find

Hannah found the sweetest peasant top just in time for the spring sunshine at her local Crossroads Trading. Statement sleeves are a spring trend that you don’t want to miss. See how to wear them here! Remember to share your favorite #CrossroadsFinds on Instagram.

Spring Style Crossroads FInd

Street Style Inspo

Vanessa struts in a trending green monochromatic look featuring the most amazing leather culottes that are perfect for the transitional spring season. See more of the hottest spring colors here.

 spring street style monochromatic

Celeb Style Inspo

Can we all agree that Celine Dion is Queen? Celine is a vision in Oscar de la Renta as she does press in New York City.

style pop culture celine dion fashion

The 8 Biggest Street Style Trends of the Fall 2020 Season

Vogue combed through street style photos from New York, Milan, London, and Paris to compile a list of the 8 biggest trends. From year-round white to forever eclectic, see the entire list here.

paris fashion week street style trends

Time: 100 Women of the Year

In honor of Internation Women’s Day, TIME Magazine highlighted 100 influential women, one woman or group to represent each year from 1920 to 2019, and created TIME covers to recognize each of them. Read the stories and see the covers here.

style pop culture favorites Amaya Gúrpide time 100 women of the year

How Danielle Bernstein Has Carved Her Career Path on Her Own Terms

Blogger to entrepreneur to CEO, Danielle Bernstein of We Wear What, chats with Hillary Kerr of Who What Wear on The Second Life podcast. She explains how a hobby of showcasing street style during her FIT days has turned into a multi-million dollar empire featuring everything from clothing lines to tech to publishing. Listen to the podcast here.

danielle bernstein second life podcast

Kelly Clarkson Covers Selena Gomez’s “Lose You To Love Me”

Kelly Clarkson covers her favorite songs each day on her daytime talk show, “The Kelly Clarkson Show”, and she absolutely nailed a cover of Selena Gomez’s “Lose You To Love Me” is beautifully haunting.

Hilary Duff’s Busy Mom Makeup Routine

Hilary Duff is the queen of clean makeup, a no-makeup makeup look if you will. I have always loved her natural beauty looks and we finally have her secret routine!

Inside Duchess Meghan’s Emotional Farewell to Royal Life at a Private Engagement

It’s a bittersweet moment as Harper’s Bazar follows the Duke & Duchess of Sussex’s last day as a senior working royal. Read more about their farewell and their life ahead here.

pop culture style favorites duke and duchess of sussex last day of royal engagements

Celeb #Flashback Friday

Reese Witherspoon shares her 90’s airport style in her #FlashbackFriday.

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What were your favorite style and pop culture favorites this week?

Want a revolving closet without breaking the bank? Check out how to sell/buy/trade your clothes at Crossroads Trading 

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March 9th 2020, By Samantha Furno These 5 Eye-Catching Prints are Worth Trying This Season

If there was ever a season to play around with loud and unique prints, spring 2020 is the time! Eye-catching and bold patterns completely dominated the runways for spring and proved that this season is all about making a statement and having fun in the process! Whether you wear a single pattern from head to toe or mix and match a few clashing prints, you’ll be one step ahead of the style game when you incorporate some pattern play into your wardrobe. Of all the trending prints for spring, the 5 listed below are definitely the most noteworthy for the spring season ahead!

Polka Dots

polka-dot wrap dress

 

Retro, yet timeless, polka-dots are a sophisticated print that we will see just about everywhere this spring season! We will be seeing this playful pattern on everything from clothing to accessories!

Groovy Prints

groovy printed top

 

The 60’s are back baby! Whether its a vibrantly hued florals or wavy shapes, psychedelic patterns are coming back with a bang and are a great way to incorporate a “hero” piece into any outfit!

Rainbows

rainbow printed dress

 

From contrasting stripes to tie-dyed gradients, color is definitely in this spring season and rainbow patterns are as fun to wear as they are to look at! Go ahead and keep your favorite tie-dye tee in rotation from last season, but be bold and try some fresh silhouettes as this pattern grows in popularity this spring!

Tropical Florals

Green tropical print dress

Think Hawaiian vacation, but with an 80’s flair, tropical florals are a stylish way to add an exotic beach vibe to any spring wardrobe. When trying this trend for yourself, seek out larger florals and saturated hues! 

Plaid

Plaid dress with white boots

With suiting in such high demand this season, it is no surprise that plaid is a top contender for spring’s trendiest patterns! Wear this pattern from head to toe for a menswear inspired look that is a sure power move! 

Need more inspiration with outfits and patterns? Check out Crossroads lookbook for this season.

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