Blog: Crossroads Style

June 29th, 2018 by Samantha Weaver Just In: Shop New Sunglasses for $12!

It’s a gorgeous sunny day, so I grabbed our team and headed outside to show off our newest collection of sunglasses! We laughed, we modeled, we stood on pallets… and there wasn’t a red eye or scrunched face in sight thanks to our favorite sunnies! Available at all locations and priced at just $12 a pair, we’ve got bold cat eyes, classic aviators and wayfarers, and reflective lenses for all your weekend adventures.

Come shop our newest arrivals and accessories for men and women this weekend at Crossroads!

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June 28th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Instagram TV: Everything You Need to Know

Instagram is making waves yet again with the release of Instagram TV (IGTV). Below, we delve into what it is, where you can find it, how it works, and more!

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What is IGTV?

Instagram recently launched a longform (up to 60 minutes) video feature as a way for their users to share longer and more permanent content. Previously, video uploads were limited to 10-second Instagram Stories and 60-second timeline posts. This new feature will allow Instagram to compete more directly with video sites like YouTube. Instead of content creators using Instagram only for photos and short video clips, Instagram is hoping that creators will now stay on the app for full video content too.

 

Where is IGTV?

IGTV is a separate function in the app, with the logo placed right next to the direct message icon. You can also download the separate IGTV app for access.

 

How does IGTV work?

It’s as simple as uploading a video from your phone! It can be an unedited one or a curated video edited from another source. IGTV is formatted specifically for mobile users, so be sure to shoot your video vertically! Upon opening the new feature, you’ll be able to scroll through videos posted by people you follow, popular videos amongst all Instagram users, and videos that are curated for you based on your likes. This increases your potential to discover new content creators, similar to the Discover page on Snapchat.

 

What does this mean for content creators and influencers?

Because IGTV is connected to your existing Instagram account, influencers will have a built-in following without having the annoyance of asking their followers to use yet another channel to keep up with their content. The addition of IGTV gives content creators and influencers an easy portfolio of their work: images and video all in one place. IGTV may never fully overtake YouTube, but there is plenty potential for curated video content to be created for and shared solely on Instagram. For example, a fashion blogger can now use IGTV for haul videos or a more in-depth look at their outfit for the day, versus needing to switch to YouTube for their video content. The platform will also be a game-changer for celebrities and those in the entertainment industry; they’ll be able to share much more behind-the-scenes footage, trailers, music videos, and advertisements.

 

What does this mean for casual Instagram users?

While I myself have only browsed other users’ IGTV content, I do see the potential of personal usage in a longform video feature. I love to share videos of concerts, shopping trips, and road trips, and I think this type of content will thrive more on IGTV rather than Instagram Stories, which forces you to fit something into 10 seconds. Casual Instagram users will definitely find that they are more creative than they think they are; no computer, editing software, or lighting equipment needed here—all you need to create a video is your phone and an Instagram account!

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June 26th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Summer Style Guide: Denim Skirts

Denim skirts are versatile and timeless, making them a mainstay in nearly everyone’s wardrobe. With summer in full swing, you’re likely already living in your favorite cut-offs, but maybe you’re thinking of updating your warm-weather uniform.

Within the last year, denim skirts have quietly made their way back into the mix of modern trends. From mini to midi, body-hugging to A-line, and with embroidered or raw-hem details, they come in shapes for all sizes, and in styles for everyone!

Whether you like to keep it simple and casual, or you pair one with an unexpected top and statement shoes, you’re sure to find a style that you’ll fall for in my round-up below!

A raw hem and matching belt add character to Laurie’s white mini.

 

Happily Grey’s Mary updates a classic double denim look with a two-tone, asymmetrical, raw-hem skirt.

 

Grasie combines two of summer’s hottest trends: a mini and a tropical print top!

 

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Alexandra’s raw and uneven hemline adds an edge to an otherwise simple summer outfit.

Want to see even more seasonal styles? Take a look at our latest selling guide.

 

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June 25th, 2018 by Melanie Sutrathada 6 Vintage-Inspired Pieces You Should Pick Up ASAP!

When the dress code calls for “vintage chic,” reach for ruffles, lace, high collars, and the occasional statement sleeve. The vintage-inspired pieces our favorite fashionistas are wearing will never go out of style.

Scroll on for some vintage fashion inspiration:

 

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We love the retro vibe of this pair of muted red corduroy pants.

 

When it comes to vintage pieces, you can never go wrong with a pair of ditsy-print floral pants.

 

Gingham print and baker boy hats have made a comeback, and we couldn’t be more excited for this vintage-inspired look.

 

White lace, ruffles and high collars are a classic mix.

 

This piece is both modest and perfect for date night. We love the sweetness of the light peach color combined with statement-making sleeves and an embellished collar.

 

It seems like every fashion girl is wearing midi button-up dresses, and we’re totally on board! These timeless pieces are easy to style and appropriate for nearly any occasion.

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June 18th, 2018 by Melanie Sutrathada Round-Up: 6 Easy 4th of July Outfits

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, meaning Wednesday fireworks, beach bonfires, and backyard barbecues with friends and family are on the horizon. While you may have given some thought about what dish or drink to bring, have you decided what to wear yet? The good news is there’s no need to break the bank, because most of these pieces are already in your closet!

Keep scrolling for a fail-proof shortcut for pulling off a patriotic look.

 

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Amy Jackson of Fashion Jackson proves you don’t need to wear a bright and daring outfit to make a statement on the Fourth of July. Keep it simple with a white off-the-shoulder top and a pair of red heels.

 

Planning on having a picnic with your best gal pals to celebrate Independence Day? Opt for a romper in a chambray material or a red floral design to keep with the spirit of the season.

 

 

Feel free to get creative with your red, white, and blue outfit combinations. Tip: Start off with a classic pair of white shorts, and work your way upwards with solid blue and red pieces. (Hello, accessories!)

 

Going monochromatic red, white or blue is always a great choice for looking immediately put-together.

 

Break out your favorite patriotic graphic tees to celebrate the holiday!

 

A top with stars or stripes is everything you need for a festive July 4th look! The best part? You don’t need to stick to a certain color scheme to pull off these patterns!

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