Blog: Crossroads Style

February 26th 2020 By Samantha Furno 5 Styles Worth Trying this Spring Season

Fashion trends are coming and going at a faster pace than ever before, which is why it can seem hard to fully pinpoint which trends are actually worth exploring each season! Lucky for you, I’ve done a bit of the legwork and have rounded up a few trending styles that are going to be incredibly relevant for Spring 2020.

Check out my top picks for spring that are definitely worth making room for in your wardrobe! 

denim high neck victorian top with high rise pants

A Statement Making Top

When it comes to making a statement this spring season, it’s safe to say that the puffier the sleeve the better! A subtle ode to the Victorian Era, romantic tops with higher necklines, layered ruffles and voluminous sleeves are a definite must-have for the months up ahead.

woven leather purse

A Chic Textured Bag

Simple and eye-catching? Yes, indeed! Woven bags are an elegant yet understated way to update your spring outfits in a flash. This coming season, opt for a woven bag in a bright color, or even add a pair of woven mules to the mix to experience this texture from head-to-toe!

babydoll dress in black on a woman

A Babydoll Dress

Flowy and feminine, the babydoll silhouette is an easy and breezy style that can easily translate from day to night with the help of a few key accessories! Wear it with chunky sneakers while running errands in town or with a pair of flossy heels for the ultimate date night pairing! 

brown clog heels

Clogs

Likely one of the more unsuspecting styles to be popular this coming season, clogs are taking the fashion world by storm! Love them or hate them, this infamous chunky heel will surely be sticking around through the summer season as well! 

oversized printed blazer and pants

A Tailored Set

Tailoring is definitely not groundbreaking for the spring season, but trust me, this menswear-inspired trend is going to be bigger than ever as things start to heat up! Pastel hues and feminine prints are a playful way to carry this stylish set into the season ahead seamlessly! 

Want to keep a revolving closet without breaking the bank? Learn how to buy and sell your gently used fashions for cash or trade.

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February 25th 2020 By Jennifer Bender Transition to Spring With 4 Key Pieces

Spring does not officially begin until mid-March and in many places, the weather is still frigid and freezing. However, ever since Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring on this year’s Groundhogs Day, I haven’t been able to stop planning out my spring transitional wardrobe. My favorite part of dressing during the transition between the agonizingly bitter winter weather and the pleasantly warm spring weather, are the pieces that pull an outfit together, allowing you to merge your cold and hot weather wardrobes.

The best pieces for transitioning between the two seasons are most likely staples already in your closet. The key is finding pieces that you can wear as much in the current season using layering as you can in the next season on their own (because who doesn’t like a versatile wardrobe!). Read below for what to pull from the back of your closet or what to invest in if it’s a missing piece in your wardrobe.

Midweight Outerwear

It’s about time to put away heavy winter outerwear and focus on midweight layering pieces that will be heavy enough to keep you comfortable during crisp spring mornings but not be a hassle to remove once the sun shines down in the afternoon resulting in the mild warmth that spring grants upon us. Think longline coats and jackets for this in-between weather, like a faux-leather trench coat or a twill utility jacket, that will add a comfortable layer without the bulkiness of a winter coat.

Key outerwear piece for transitioning to spring

Classic Collared Shirt

A classic button-down shirt will quickly become a staple piece during the transition between the two seasons. Swap out your layering thermals for a collared shirt under your sweaters for a preppy look that will keep you warm during the chilly mornings whilst allowing you to strip off a piece in the warmer afternoons. Forego the sweater altogether and tuck this timeless top into your go-to denim and booties combination, layered with a trendy chunky cardigan that can be removed as the weather warms during the day. And of course, use this piece as a layer under your favorite spring dresses that you just cannot wait one more day to bust out of storage for the season.

Key collared shirt for transitioning to spring

Midi to Maxi Length Dresses & Skirts

Speaking of dresses, if you’re in an area whose temperatures are already rising, midi to maxi length dresses or skirts will add that much-needed refresh to your wardrobe and cultivate your creative styling juices once again. It’s been a long winter, stuck in jeans, chunky knits and booties – not that I don’t love that combination and would most likely choose it to be my only outfit if I had to – but being able to bare a bit of skin and feel lighter is the best part about the weather warming up a little sooner this year. Throw your favorite chunky knit or cardigan top your spring dress or layer a thin turtleneck or classic button-down under for that little bit of extra warmth that is needed for later winter / early spring weather.

Key midi dress style for transitioning to spring

Lightweight Shoes

I am a boots girl, through and through, but I have already been busting out my flats, mules, and sneakers on mild, dry days this season. Swapping out heavy winter footwear for spring-appropriate shoes will lighten up your outfit and balance the chunky knits and jeans that you may still need to get through the rest of the winter season. Plus, they are so easy to style with every outfit and add a much-needed element of comfort.

Key shoe styles for transitioning to spring

Love to keep your closet fresh with new trends and inspiration? Check out Crossroads Trading spring ideas on our page

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STAFF STYLE SPOTLIGHT: BRITTANY

 

White long sleeve puff

Meet Brittany! We asked employees at our Melrose Avenue store to bring their style and star in our latest Crossroads photo shoot wearing their favorite Crossroads finds. Take a look at her photos and read about her style.

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What is your favorite thing about working at Crossroads?

I love the sense of community there is among employees because we all share similar interests and are supportive of one another’s success. Plus, the fashion, of course!

Tell us about a Crossroads find that got away.

This girl brought in a brand new pair of Ganni cowboy boots my size. I almost died from excitement, but she ended up not selling them. That was a sad day.

Walking down street

What are you dying to see come into your Crossroads?

A pair of Ganni cowboy boots!!

What is your favorite Spring trend?

Strappy kitten heel sands with a pair of vintage Levi 501’s.

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Top tips for selling at Crossroads?

Our Selling Guides are super useful if you’re not sure what we’re looking for. Sticking to current trends is a safe bet!

Staff photo

 

Are you passionate about the fashion industry and love getting discounts on your favorite styles and brands? Check out Crossroads Trading career page to learn more.

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How to Detox Your Closet for Spring Cleaning

 

Not only are we  in a new decade but it is time to do a little spring cleaning! You’re probably thinking a lot about how to better yourself in this new decade. I am fond of starting spring off feeling fresh and part of that is cleaning my home, specifically my closet. Cleaning out a closet is a bit of a daunting task, physically and emotionally, but if you have a plan in place, your experience will be much smoother and you’ll find yourself doing it more often throughout the year.

See below for tips on how to execute a closet detox for a clean start to the new decade.

organized closet

Take Everything Out

The first step to a complete detox is to take everything out of your closet. Everything. Even the pieces that you know you love and wear constantly. Your newly empty closet symbolizes a fresh start and will help you visualize your ultimate goal in your closet clean out. This will also give you the chance to clean the inside of your closet, from the shelves to your floor.

Put Everything Into Designated Piles

Make three distinct piles for items in your closet: keep, sell, and donate.

Keep: This part isn’t as easy as it sounds. Once you have a keep pile, there are more steps to ensure that what you are keeping will fit with your current lifestyle. Do all of these pieces fit properly? Do they make you feel good? Will you have an occasion to wear it? Making sure that your keep pile is not only items that you love but are functional and will be worn is one of the most important parts of a true closet detox.

Sell: Selling gently used clothing is a fun motivator for getting your closet clean out finished. Be sure that the clothes you are planning to sell are currently on-trend, clean, and in good condition. Then simply head to your local Crossroads Trading Post and sell for either cash or store credit.

Donate: Donating more worn items or pieces that may be a bit more dated will help you not only clean out your closet but give your well-loved clothing and accessories a good home once you’re done with them.

Invest In Organizational Tools

Before you take a trip to invest in organization tools, take some measurements and either visually plan, or literally draw out how you would like your closet to look. I personally take to Pinterest for ideas before drawing up a plan. After you have your ideal plan in place, take a trip to The Container Store or even Target for organization pieces like hanging shelves, shoe racks, bins, and anything else you might need to organize your closet and pieces that work best for you.

How to Organize Your Closet

Now that you’ve purged and planned, it’s time to put everything back in. This is where your perfect plan will most likely hit some snags, so be prepared to be flexible. There are no rules in the art of organization, as it’s best to organize for yourself and what makes it easier to find what you’re looking for and to keep it clean in the future, for example, sort by item type and then color within those items.

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Staff Style Staff Style Spotlight: Branden

Young Man with Winter Staff Style

Meet Branden! We asked employees at our Melrose Ave., Los Angeles store to bring their style and star in our latest Crossroads photoshoot wearing their favorite Crossroads finds. Take a look at his photos and read about his style.

Staff Style Featuring Man with Puffer Jacket

What is your favorite thing about working at Crossroads?

The people I meet and the clothes I buy from here.

Tell us about a Crossroads find that got away.

I went to New York and there was a pair of Guess Jeans that someone customized.  I went back and forth about getting them and I didn’t.

 What are you dying to see come into your Crossroads?

I’m praying someone brings in a pair of Bape shoes or any type of cool pattern jeans that actually fit.

Bright Beanie Style

What is your favorite spring trend?

I like adding pops of color through my beanies & hats.

 Top tips for shopping at Crossroads?

Go through the clothes thoroughly. You never know what hidden gems are hiding behind the other clothes.

Winter Spring Style Example

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