Blog: Crossroads Style

June 7th, 2016 by Jennifer Beile 5 Menswear Inspired Pieces to Add to Your Wardrobe

Women taking style tips from the menswear world is not a new concept; mixing masculine and feminine is a great way to create a unique, yet classic look. These five basic menswear-inspired pieces will help you build a foundation for mixing masculine elements into your wardrobe. You’ll be able to find all of these in the women’s section at your favorite store, but don’t be afraid to start shopping in the men’s section to find that perfect piece and have it tailored to your size.

blazer1. Blazer
Fitted or oversized, a blazer is a classic way to instantly upgrade your outfit.

button down2. Structured Button-Down
A classic button-down shirt—whether it’s crisp white, denim, or patterned—is your wardrobe’s best friend. It will become one of the most versatile pieces you own, as you can take it from casual playtime to a more structured clean look.

trousers3. Tailored Trousers
The epitome of cool, tomboyish style, a pair of tailored trousers will add variety back into your wardrobe. Dress them down with a cool tee and sneakers, or dress them up with a blouse and heels.

menswear inspired4. Relaxed Denim
The boyfriend jean is a style women are possibly pulling off better than the men these days! Give your skinnies a break and let your legs breathe; add comfort and style to your wardrobe with relaxed denim.

loafers5. Loafers
Loafers aren’t just for the men anymore! Loafers have been reinvented and are having a major fashion moment this season.

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June 6th, 2016 by Melanie Sutrathada 7 Style Hacks to Beat the Heat This Summer

Temperatures are rising and it’s time to pull out your lightest sundresses, favorite bikini and trusty top knot. Something’s telling us that these coming months are going to be blazing.

In case you’re not lucky enough to be sitting poolside through August, here are our favorite style hacks to keep you cool all summer long.

style hacks

1. Go for natural fabrics. The materials are more breathable, will cause you to sweat less, and also dry faster. Jersey, linen and chambray are great choices.

2. Reach for light colors. They reflect the sun’s heat away from your body. Don’t even think about wearing head-to-toe black!

3. Opt for patterns instead of solids. Patterns hide sweat stains much easier.

4. Yellow sweat stains? No problem. Spray the not-so-pretty areas with lemon juice and throw them in the wash. They’ll be back to normal in no time.

5. Pick up a few long sleeves. They’ll protect your skin from the sun, which will keep you cooler by lowering your body temperature.

6. Rub a stick of deodorant on the sides of your feet to keep them from chafing when you go sockless. This one’s a red carpet favorite!

7. Rock looser-fitting clothes as opposed to cropped tops and short shorts. The tighter the fit, the warmer you’ll be. A flowing maxi will allow for better air circulation.

 

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May 31st, 2016 by Jennifer Beile 10 Throwback Movies to Inspire Your Summer Style

With summer comes longer days, and longer days give us more time to revisit those classic summer movies. With summer quickly approaching and the fashion industry’s current obsession with past decades’ trends (specifically the ’70s and ’90s), I’ve created a list of my favorite throwback movies that also have the most enviable wardrobes to inspire your own summer style. Check out my favorite look below from each movie!

DirtyDancing1
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Body suits and the athleisure trend are big in Dirty Dancing. Learn a few things about the decade they originated from, and pick up some style cues along the way. Frances (“Baby”)’s classic denim shorts and bodysuit look will get you through the hottest summer days in style.

NowandThenNow & Then (1995)
The girls of Now & Then will make you nostalgic for childhood and carefree summer days. As adults with daily responsibilities, it’s harder to recreate those feelings, but you can definitely reinvent your youthful style with cues from this classic film. Pair vintage crop tops or a shrunken tee with high waist denim shorts to keep cool and chic during warm weather.

CluelessClueless (1995)
Clueless is one of the most iconic style movies of the ‘90s. The wardrobe in this movie was on point with the decade’s trends, many of which we are still able to pull off today. And can we all agree that Cher’s electronic closet = goals? So fab!

PrettyInPinkPretty in Pink (1986)
A classic tale of teenage love and woes, and an even better tale of a teen’s individual style and ability to express herself through color and print. Andie teaches us that its best to be proud of who we are. I love her use of colors, layering and print. Summer is all about fun, so don’t be shy!

Betty BlueBetty Blue (1986)
Learn about effortlessly chic French style from this foreign film. The off-the-shoulder trend is perfect for summer and can be dressed up or down!

DazedandConfused
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Dazed and Confused is a lesson in easy “slacker” ’70s style; think crop tops, fringe vests and easy flares.

summer moviesAlmost Famous (2000)
The wardrobe in Almost Famous is almost too good. Penny Lane’s wardrobe is the epitome of ’70s bohemian funk, and you will only thank yourself for taking cues from her collection of crop tops, suede skirts, bell bottoms, and flowy mini dresses this season.

ViginSuicides
The Virgin Suicides (1999)
The adolescent, dreamy look of the Lisbon sisters in The Virgin Suicides looks deliberately thrifted, not overly in your face costume retro. The sisters wear soft, nostalgic and true pieces from the ’70s that, if you’re lucky, you may still find deep in your mom’s closet.

Taxu DriverTaxi Driver (1976)
With its unapologetically youthful and ironically innocent ’70s glamour, the wardrobe of Taxi Driver is still influencing the high fashion runway scene.

TheNotebookThe Notebook (2004)
The romantic wardrobe of The Notebook is perfect for those summer date nights with your beau or your girls! The characters’ playfully innocent style helps create the movie’s retro ’40s vibe and incorporates shapes and sizes that anyone can pull off fantastically.

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May 27th, 2016 by Samantha Weaver Tie-Dye: Modern Ways to Wear It Right

Tie-dye is such a fun print to wear, especially in the spring and summer when you want to add a splash of color to your look. Don’t go digging for that DIY tie-dye shirt you made at summer camp just yet; first, let us show you how to wear it the right way.

1. Paired with Neutrals
Tame your tie-dyes by wearing them in neutral—the muted color will instantly upgrade these wild prints from tacky to chic. Our Tie-Dye Tunic ($17.50) is available at Crossroads stores in peach and tan.

2. Tie-Dye Maxi Dress
Slip into a tie-dye maxi dress for instant summer vibes. Cool and casual, this is my favorite way to wear tie-dye.

3. Pastels
Go for pastels if you are looking for a softer, more feminine look. Tie-dyed hair looks cool but is very difficult to maintain, so I’d opt for our High Neck Pastel Tank ($9.50) instead.

4. Marbled
If bright and colorful isn’t for you, try a marbled tie-dye print in black and white.

Our Marbled Shorts ($9.50) paired with a basic white tee are begging for a trip to the boardwalk. Grab your largest summer tote and a pair of espadrille sandals to finish the look.

…Guys love tie-dye too!

Guys look great in tie-dye. Head to your nearest Crossroads location for our men’s Tie-Dye Knit Tees ($9.50).

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May 24th, 2016 by Jennifer Beile Bomber Jackets: The ‘It’ Transition Piece

The bomber is the jacket of the spring/summer season and I want to make sure that you have plenty of options for mixing it into your wardrobe. I consider it the perfect lightweight transitional piece: it works with everything from denim to a silk dress. Check out my round up below for tips on how to add a bomber into your wardrobe.

 Dress it Up
Throw a bomber jacket over a dress to create a balance between tomboy and street style.
dress

Oversized
Take it back to the ‘90s and find an oversized bomber to create contrast with fitted outfits.
oversize

Vibrate Prints and Colors
Use your jacket to add a burst or print of color to your basics.
print colors

Keep it Classic
When all else fails, throw a bomber jacket over your basics to reach ultimate cool girl status.
bomber

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