Blog: Crossroads Style

April 19th, 2016 by Jennifer Beile Round Up: How to Pull Off the Athleisure Trend

There’s been a boom in the athleisure trend recently, a stylish spin on activewear that transforms it into everyday wear. From gym to dinner and even to work (depending on where you work), it is no longer taboo to wear activewear outside of a workout. Activewear brands are designing pieces that blur the line between usual gym gear and edgy street style. You can easily find fabrics and cuts that are both functionable and fashionable.

Whether you’re strapped for time before or after the gym or you just want to be comfortably chic on your day off, take inspiration from the looks below to help you pull off the athleisure trend.

Go for fashion and functionathleisureChoose quality activewear pieces that are made from performance fabrics. This ensures the apparel is quick-drying, moisture-wicking, and odor-resistant.

Accessorize
athleisure2Adding sporty accessories like a bomber jacket or a scarf will create a look that takes you from the gym to street.

Dress Appropriately
athleisure3Athleisure isn’t a trend to be worn everywhere; keep it appropriate by saving the trend for casual and semi-casual occasions.

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April 15th, 2016 by Samantha Weaver One Simple Trick to Upgrade Your Jackets

This versatile trend is showing up all over denim and leather jackets, but we also love it on everything from your preppiest sweater to your grungiest backpack.

Yep—pins are cool again. In fact, they’re the microtrend of the moment. Try adding colorful pins to your bare lapel because 1) this trend is unisex, and 2) it’s super easy (any pin will do).

The more outrageous the better! Pin adornment is our pick for a fun and easy way to upgrade any jacket this spring.

Remember: if you’re pinning, you’re winning!

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April 14th, 2016 by Jennifer Beile Style Evolution: HBO’s Girls

Fashion is used to express oneself and often gives insight, whether consciously or not, to where our lives are. Jenn Rogien, the costume designer for the Emmy award-winning HBO show Girls, has the difficult job of curating a wardrobe that tells a story about the characters as the script itself does. If you’ve been watching Girls since the first season, you may have noticed the style evolution each character has gone through as their lives have changed.

GirlsFrom left to right: Hannah, Jessa, Marnie, and Shoshanna

Hannah
Hannah (Lena Dunham) is known as being a mess from the very first episode of the series, arguably going through the longest quarter-life crisis a twenty-something can have. The show is rounding out its fifth season, and we’ve seen Hannah evolve professionally and romantically. Her wardrobe has gone from ill-fitting and unflattering with haphazard mixed prints, to a cleaner but still quirky look that often incorporates an academic, somewhat preppy twist.

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Jessa
Bohemian-chic Jessa (Jemima Kirke) has always had the most consistent style throughout the series—until this current season, where we’ve seen her pull back. Her life has slowed down and become more stable, and her wardrobe is beginning to reflect that by also settling down while still keeping her unique flare alive.

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Marnie
Marnie (Allison Williams) is the one friend we all have: she bases her identity on her romantic relationships or what she is currently involved in. One of the most “together” girls at the beginning of the series (in life and in style), Marnie had a classic look with a casual elegance. As the series progresses, Marnie seems to constantly be scrambling to put her life back together. Currently fronting as a singer-songwriter, Marnie’s style has transformed into indie scene hipster.

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Shoshanna
Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) is your friend who’s always up-to-the-second on trends, celebrities, and gossip of any kind. She is extremely concerned about fitting in and being liked, and her style showcases this concern with the use of every fashion trend and rule at once. Though Shoshanna is still innocent and impressionable, she is also independent and confident, and her style has noticeably toned down and evolved to be still playful but more adult-appropriate.

Girls2From left to right: Hannah, Jessa, Marnie, and Shoshanna

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April 12th, 2016 by Jennifer Beile Top Seven Spring Wardrobe Essentials

Spring is here, which means unpredictable and temperamental weather. It’s not uncommon for it to be raining and chilly in the morning, sunny and warm by mid-afternoon, and then frigidly cold by nighttime. To prepare for the inconsistent weather, start with your wardrobe! Check out the round-up below of my top seven spring wardrobe essentials to help you survive this temperamental season.

1. Long, Lightweight Coatspring wardrobeA lightweight trench coat or duster is timeless and versatile. Layer one over your outfit during chilly spring mornings and evenings.

2. Midi CutsmidiDresses and skirts in midi cuts will keep you covered but cool—not to mention super chic.

3. Cropped TrouserstrousersIf it’s still too chilly for skirts and dresses, go for a pair of cropped trousers that can be paired with flats, boots, or heels for a classic, clean look.

4. Chambray Shirtspring wardrobeWill these ever go out of style? We think not. Timeless, chic, and versatile, a chambray shirt is the perfect weight and layering piece for spring.

5. Open ShoesopenThe early days of spring don’t call for sandals just yet, but wearing open toe, open back, or cutout shoes gives you a taste of that freedom.

6. Perfect SunniessunniesThe sun is finally shining, and what better way to accessorize than with a perfect pair of sunnies?

7. Silk Scarf
scarfIt’s time to put away the chunky knit scarves for something a bit more breathable. A silk scarf is the perfect accessory to replace a necklace or add into your hair for a fun pop of color.

The best part is that all these essentials will work with your existing wardrobe, as well as mixed and matched with each other. What is your favorite spring wardrobe essential?

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April 11th, 2016 by Melanie Sutrathada 4 Gorgeous Festival Hairstyles

Festival season is officially upon us, and whether you’re headed to Coachella or watching from home, you’ll want a hairstyle that’s both gorgeous and functional. Chances are, you’ll be dancing and sweating up a storm, so effortless beauty is a must when considering festival hairstyles!

Here are my favorite ways to style your hair for the season’s music festivals.

1. The Messy Braidfestival hairstyles
Throw together a traditional French braid and gently loosen up your strands before securing your ‘do with a clear elastic. For extra texture, spray a dry shampoo into your roots and massage it in with your fingers. This is one of my favorite styles to master for a long weekend!

2. The Half Updofestival hairstyles
Feature full waves and tons of volume while keeping your hair out of your face by pulling the top half of your hair back.

3. The Milkmaid BraidP3-Milkmaid-Braid

Looking to keep your hair off your face and your neck? The milkmaid braid is perfect for sweaty weather.

4. The TopknotP4-Top-Knot
Go uber chic and sophisticated with a sleek bun at the very top of your head, or go relaxed and effortless with a loose and messy topknot. Either way, you can’t go wrong!

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