Blog: Crossroads Style

October 14, 2021 WATCH: Best Finds at Crossroads

While it’s always fun to see photos of #crossroadsfinds, sometimes it’s even more fun to watch them! Today, we’ve rounded up a few customer-created videos that share the thrill of the hunt when shopping at Crossroads. So sit back, hit play, and join us for a few minutes to watch some best finds off the racks at Crossroads.

Thrift Store Style-Off Challenge with One Dapper Street

We love a good style challenge, and it’s double the fun when secondhand fashion is involved!

Shopping with Mary Elizabeth at Crossroads Trading Co. with B. Jones Style

Join B. Jones Style and Mary Elizabeth on a day of thrift shopping at our Silverlake store in LA.

“My Husband Picks My Outfits” with Really Pretty Good

What would your partner style for you off the racks at Crossroads? In this fun video, you can watch this game in action.

There’s plenty more to watch! Visit the Crossroads Trading YouTube Channel for more videos about selling and shopping with us.

Want even more great fall fashion content? See our fall selling guide here, check out the latest items hitting our sales floor on Instagram here, and read about our 5 fall essentials here.

 

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October 13, 2021 Staff Style Spotlight: Hannah

Model wearing brown leather jacket.

Meet Hannah, a Floor Supervisor at Crossroads. We asked employees at our Portland stores to bring their style and star in our latest Crossroads photoshoot wearing their Crossroads finds. Read about Hannah’s personal style, favorite fall trend and favorite thing about working at Crossroads.

Model in a floral sweater.

What is your favorite fall trend?

I am excited to wear long leather jackets; they have my whole heart! I love the drama they add to every outfit.

What are you excited to see come into your Crossroads store?

Jean Paul Gaultier inspired printed pants! I would cry tears of joy!

Model standing at bus stop.

What is your favorite winter trend?

I love funky and fun colored rain coats. You need them here in Oregon; it’s fun to spice up a basic necessary garment.

Tell us about the piece that “got away”.

There was a cute & classic vintage Betty Boop and Friends t-shirt that still appears in my dreams!

Model smiling in the sun.

What is your favorite thing about working at Crossroads?

I love seeing different people try on an item I’ve had my eye on in the store. It’s nice seeing its life cycle in the store before it goes to its forever home. It’s fun to think about the ways in which one might style it!

Top tips for selling at Crossroads?

Be aware of current trends!

See our trend guide.

As a Floor Supervisor, Hannah not only assists customers on the salesfloor, but also trains and supervises staff and processes the amazing secondhand fashions that come into their Crossroads. Learn more about working at Crossroads. 

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October 12, 2021 8 Things We’re Wearing Right Now

When you love fashion, fall brings new excitement. Add the magic of resale, and it’s even better! Today we share the 8 things we’re wearing right now. After you check them out, take a look at our seasonal selling guide to see even more fall trends we love.

1. Jumpsuits

One piece, one zip, and your outfit is complete. We’re seriously considering a closet full of these!

photo of person in jumpsuit

2. Band T-Shirts

Cropped, oversized, over long-sleeve tees, or worn with pants or skirts, band t-shirts can do no wrong.

photo of people in band t-shirts

3. Fringe

Fringe is one of the 30 trends in our fall selling guide for good reason: it rocks!

photo of person in fringe leather jacket

4. Vests

That perfect little piece to transition us into cooler weather, without the bulky pieces headed our way for winter.

photo of person in shearling vest

5. Utility Pants

Utility pants are quickly replacing our go-to denim. They’re just as comfortable, but stand out from the crowd.

photo of person in utility pants

6. Chunky Jewelry

We’re talking coin shapes and heavy links. LOVE.

photo of person wearing Chanel earrings

7. Tall Boots

Classic fall, no doubt. There’s still a little time left to wear them with short dresses, and we’re not taking that for granted.

photo of person wearing tall boots

8. Crochet

We loved crochet pieces all summer and are not giving them up yet. Under denim jackets, we can extend their wearability for a few more weeks.

photo of person in crochet top

Let us know what you’re wearing right now. Tag us on Instagram @crossroadstrading and we may feature you on our feed!

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October 7, 2021 The 5 Essentials You Need for Fall

Well, fall sure arrived quickly didn’t it, with the cooling weather and early sunsets. Here’s where the fun comes in: it’s time to plan for the 5 essentials you need for fall.

1. The Weatherproof Bag

It’s about to get rainy out there. Swap your go-to bag for one that can stand up to the weather, like this waxed canvas bucket bag or a sturdy leather satchel.

photo of bucket bag

2. The Cozy Sweater

Whether in a neutral fall color like navy or a bright neon print, the cozy sweater is work-appropriate when paired with trousers or skirts and movie-watching appropriate when worn with denim.

photo of person in sweater

3. A Classic Trouser

Pinstripes are always fun for these, and we tend to favor lighter fabrics for comfort. The key is to find the cut that works best for you.

photo of person in pinstripe trousers

4. The Long Dress

One of the best fall investments! This is the dress that is stretchy and warm and makes you look pulled together in just one piece. Wear it with Mary Janes or Doc Martens, dependent on your mood that day.

Photo of person in long dress

5. A Blazer

Any well-fitting blazer in your favorite color will do, but if you can find one in velvet or corduroy, even better!

photo of blazer

Consider these 5 fall essentials the backbone of your seasonal wardrobe. With them, your fall capsule wardrobe is set! If you want to weave in some of the season’s biggest trends too, just take a look at our fall selling guide. Happy fall!

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October 5, 2021 How to Shop Secondhand Clothing

If you’re new to the sustainable fashion movement: welcome! You’ve made a conscious decision to change your fashion-loving habits in a way that’s more gentle on the environment. The planet (and your wallet!) thank you. In return, we’d like to share with you our best tips for how to shop secondhand clothing.

Let’s start with the basics: you’re now shopping for high-quality, gently used pieces for your closet.  Where you shop will be up to you, but the most common places to find great secondhand clothing are thrift stores (where clothes were donated), buy-sell-trade retailers (where clothes were bought in and curated), estate sales, flea markets, and online auction marketplaces like eBay.

There are really just 3 rules to follow that will make secondhand shopping a snap. Keep them in mind, and you’ll be a pro in no time!

1. Hunt for Your Favorite Brands

Start with what you know: your favorite fashion labels. Hunt for them on the racks and delight in the price savings you’ll find. Expect to pay only a third of the original retail price.

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2. Look for Quality Materials

For brands you don’t recognize, the quality of the materials is what you’ll focus on. Look for long-lasting pieces that can handle many wears and many seasons. We’re talking about leather, silk, wool, and linen.

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3. Invest in Designer Pieces

It can take years to find a capsule of secondhand designer pieces, but it’s so worth it when you have your hands on a little black Chanel dress, Louis Vuitton duffle, and Hermes scarf. These are pieces that will add a bit of flair to your wardrobe for a lifetime, and the type of pieces you’ll hand down one day to that younger fashionista in your life.

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Look at that, just 3 easy ways to get started when shopping for secondhand clothes. One last thing: follow your favorite secondhand stores to keep an eye on what’s hitting their sales floors. For example, check out our main Instagram feed here.

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