Blog: Crossroads Style

June 10th, 2019 by Samantha Furno Three Summer Trends You Should Totally Try

There are always a few, unexpected trends that pop up at the start of a new season. We all know that tie-dye is the rage and that longer shorts (yes, Bermuda is in!) are the way to go this summer season, but there are a few more, lesser known trends that are about to blow up just in time for the heat! Here’s some of those smaller, but equally as fresh and buzzworthy trends that are slowly (but surely) making their way to the top of the trend list for summer 2019.

Bucket Hats

two women wearing buckets hat for summer on a boat.
There are two reasons why I am loving this hat trend! 1) A classic bucket hat is fantastic for sun protection and 2) Bucket hats are casual, versatile and a simple way to add a “cool” vibe to any summer look. At first glance, bucket hats totally reminded me of the 90’s hip-hop culture, as well as the fishing hat my grandpa used to rock, but once I gave the trend a shot myself, I realized how simple this trend is to truly pull off and now I’m hooked! Also noteworthy, fashion forecasters expect this trend to continue through (and maybe even past) the winter season to come as well.

“Dad” Sandals

Close-up of a comfortable black sandal for summer fashion.
Chunky and usually featuring a thick foot bed and/or wide straps, “dad” sandals are the perfect alternative to summer’s more feminine footwear trends. These sandals may not be the most visually appealing in style, but you know they are cool when Prada and Chanel are creating some of the chicest pairs out there! The best part about these sandals is that they are incredibly comfortable. I mean, how could they not be with a plush foot bed and those wide, thick straps?! “Dad” sandals are actually a fun option to pair with something a bit flirtier in style as they will balance out the feminine flair of an outfit with some edge and casualness.

Fruity Prints

Woman wearing printed and skirt on a couch.
Fruits are synonymous with the summer season, so it is no surprise that they are finding their way, printed onto summer styles! Bright,citrus-hued colors are already on trend for the summer season, so adding the actual fruit to a pattern seemed like a logical next step to kick this trend up a notch. Fair-warning before you try this trend for yourself, yummy fruit patterns may cause hunger and it is also impossible to not be a in a good mood while wearing a cheery fruit pattern!

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June 7th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile Friday Favorites: June 7th, 2019

Happy Friday! The following are my favorite style & pop culture images, articles, and moments to wrap up the week. Enjoy!

Store Finds

Stephanie found this gorgeous vintage floral button-front maxi dress at her local Crossroads Trading, just in time for summer! Remember to share your favorite #CrossroadsFinds on Instagram!
woman wearing her Crossroads finds for our Friday post.

Street Style Inspo

I’ve been gravitating towards vibrant resort styles lately, #summermood, and Natalie is killing it in this bold Shopbop set.

Natalie wearing some of our friday favorites.

Celeb Style Inspo

Jennifer Lopez proves why she received the CFDA Fashion Icon Award this year in this orange custom Ralph Lauren look.
Jennifer Lopez wearing an orange dress.

2019 CFDA Fashion Awards

The 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards were held this week honoring the accomplishments of American fashion designers and public figures. Winners this year include the formally mentioned Jennifer Lopez for the Fashion Icon Award and Barbie (yes, Barbie!) who received the Board of Directors’ Tribute Award. See all the red carpet photos here and a list of all the winners here.

Fredrik Tjaerandsen Fashion Show 2019

His runway show went viral this week when Fredrik Tjaerandsen sent models down the runway in what seemed like balloons, designed to deflate into dresses. Explaining the construction of the dresses, “I have constructed these pieces with an air pressure system that lets the wearer control the air-flow. Whenever the wearer wants to deflate [the outfit] they open a latch inside to release the inverted bubble part and then dives out of the deflating bubble.”

Variety’s “Actors on Actors” Series

Variety’s annual “Actors on Actors” series is here and I love the dynamic of actors interviewing their own peers. I especially enjoyed the powerful and inspirational duo of Julia Roberts and Patricia Arquette (below). See the interviews here!

Spice Girls Tour Fashion

The Spice Girls have kicked off their reunion tour and their outfits are a total throwback to their glory days! See all the fierce looks here.

Jennifer Lawrence Gets Naked with Catt Sadler

After a year out of the spotlight, Jennifer Lawrence is slowly making her way back and her first interview is on Catt Sadler’s podcast, Get Naked with Catt Sadler. She dishes on love & life. Listen to the podcast here.
Jennifer Lawrence and Catt Sadler lounging on a bed.

A Day in the Life of Kylie Jenner

Keeping Up With The Kardashians has been on our TVs for over a decade now, but Kylie’s day in the life of YouTube vlog is an actual personal look at her day to day life and if this is a hint that Kylie may start vlogging, I may just have to hit subscribe!

 

Celeb Flashback Friday

The cutest celeb BFFs, Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, both posted Women Crush Wednesday posts to honor each other and the pictures are “flashback friday” treasures!
Flashback Friday post of The Office cast.

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June 6th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile Why I Am Loving “The J-Sisters” More Than The Jonas Brothers Right Now

The Jonas Brothers are back with a new album, tour, and documentary and I personally could not be more ecstatic; I am a total fangirl for life! While the Boys are front and center on stage as a trio again, their other halves have been quietly stealing the spotlight. Take a look at the ways the “J-Sisters” have outshined their hubbies during their comeback.
The Jonas Brothers and Sisters.

Video Vixens

It’s been 3 months since the debut of The Jonas Brothers’ lead single, “Sucker” and I am still not over how amazing Danielle, Sophie, and Priyanka are in front of the camera. Special shout out to the OG Jonas wife, Danielle, who is not a public personality and absolutely killed it in her video debut!

Billboard Music Awards

The Wives have always supported their Husbands whether it be on or off the stage and they continued to show just how big of fans that they are at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards.

Met Gala Mavens

Two of the three Jo Bros + Wives attended The Met Gala last month and we have to be honest: all eyes were on the stunning ladies!

‘Chasing Happiness’ Premiere

The premiere for the Jonas Brothers’ Amazon Prime documentary was held this week. After watching the doc and drying my eyes, I couldn’t help but go back and revel in the J-Sisters red carpet red hot looks! In all honesty, can Nick Jonas ever compete with Priyanka’s thigh-high, chainlink slit dress?

Instagram Game

The girls have been killing it on Instagram and lately I’ve been finding myself giving more likes to their feeds than the JoBro Insta feeds!
Priyank and a Jonas brother being in love.

Sisterly Support

What I love the most about the J-Sisters’ are their connection and support of each other!
The three "Jonas Sisters" together having fun.
Of course, the “J-Sisters” are so much more than just the women behind the Jonas Brothers. Get to know them a little better below!

Bonafide Star

Photo of Sophie Turner.
Sophie Turner rose to fame with her starring role in HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and her new movie “Dark Phoenix” is out this week. No doubt her move from the small screen to the big screen will be seamless!

Triple Threat

Priyanka being a humanitarian.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas rose to fame as an actress, singer, film producer and even won Miss Universe in 2000. Since then, Priyanka has continued acting but has been applauded for her many philanthropic efforts with children, woman’s rights and the environment, being awarded titles such as one of Times 100 Most Influential and Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

Entrepreneur

Danielle Jonas and her jewelry.

Danielle Jonas was a hairdresser from New Jersey when she met Kevin Jonas on vacation and has since been a supportive wife, mother, and now entrepreneur. Danielle launched jewelry line “Moments” and created the app, “Amazing Baby Days” to help parents document their journeys from pregnancy through the baby’s first year.

 

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June 5th, 2019 by Mauricio Gomez The “Do’s” of Selling by Mail with Crossroads

As a seller, you may wonder would Crossroads buy this? when filling up a Sell by Mail bag or cleaning out your closet. I’m here to give you an insider’s look into some of the brands, fabrics, and styles our Sell by Mail buyers love to buy!

Brand

As a basic rule, we shy away from fast fashion brands because they were so affordable as new and don’t hold a high resale value. Instead, here are some brands that our customers can’t get enough of:

Madewell hanging on a rack for selling.

Madewell’s styles are always trendy, fun and elevated.

Patagonia hanging on racks.

Patagonia makes highly desirable outerwear that suits our customers need for functionality and comfort.

Vans is an iconic brands whose shoes and apparel are constantly sought after by our customers.

Everyone wants a great Everlane piece. They use quality fabrics to create styles that are minimal and timeless.

Style

Our customers trust us to have the latest and greatest merchandise. They want to see the newest trends in our stores the second they hit the runway or Instagram. Our customers are very trendy, just like our sellers.

Different types of denim and leather jacket hanging for selling.

Style is always changing, but one thing that is consistent is a love for denim and leather. A statement jacket and dark denim are styles you can always send to Crossroads because they never get old.

Fabric

 

Here at Crossroads we can’t get enough of natural fibers like cotton, silk, cashmere, leather and wool. What your clothes are made of can turn your piece from a “maybe” into a “we need this.” Let’s check those fabric labels!

Silks are elegant, sophisticated and highly desirable. Before sending in a silk piece, make sure to inspect for pulls and stains.

denim jacket and leather bag as ideal items for selling.

It’s hard to say no to a structured leather bag, and it’s even harder to turn down a leather jacket. Again, make sure to check for any visible wear.

Condition

Condition could make or break an item we are looking to purchase. When inspecting an item, we ask ourselves: is this an item the customer could wear out of the store? We look for stains, tears, loose threads, missing buttons and broken zippers. The closer to new it looks, the more likely it is to be purchased.

A combination of fabric types that are good for selling by mail.

We don’t just purchase used clothes, we purchase new as well. If it’s new with tags, a current style and never been worn, there’s a great chance we’ll want it.

There you have it!  These are the DO’s: DO send us your cool one of a kind piece. DO send us trendy and classic styles. DO send us brands we love. DO send us great fabrics we’d be fools to turn down. And DO send us items in great condition. DO order a Sell by Mail bag on our website, today.

 

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June 4th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile 3 Ways to Style the Utilitarian Trend for Summer

The utilitarian trend for summer combines comfort and street-chic style to create a universally flattering and easy summer look. The key to styling this trend without looking safari ready is all in the details, like the fabrics, the silhouettes, and the accessories that add a feminine touch to the typically masculine characteristics of utilitarian looks. Take a look at 3 ways bloggers are wearing the utility trend this summer.

Utilitarian Accessories

A waist-cinching belt creates a flattering silhouette for a comfortable, cool and stylish utility style shirtdress. I love how Emma paired her dress with contrasting neutral accessories.
Woman wearing utilitarian trend with shirt dress.

Try a Jumpsuit

A linen or cotton jumpsuit is the perfect throw-on-and-go piece for beating the summer heat. Keep this one piece look simple and lightweight with neutral slide sandals and minimal accessories, like Natasha.
Woman wearing a jumpsuit with black accessories.

Switch Up Your Shorts

Trade your denim shorts this summer for a pair of high-waisted, belted khaki shorts for a comfortable and casual look. Julie created the perfect vacation ready look by tying an embroidered button-down top with her shorts and completing her outfit with lace-up sandals.

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