Blog: Crossroads Style

October 29th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile 5 Ways to Refresh Your Layering Techniques

‘Tis the season, for layering that is. Layering is an essential part of fall and winter dressing and it can get, quite frankly, a little boring with the repetition of the same cardigan or coat thrown over your otherwise carefully curated outfit. With a few simple tweaks to your typical layering routine, you’ll be able to refresh your fall and winter wardrobes without completely revamping your entire closet.

Double Up on Your Knitwear

Two sweaters are better, and warmer, than one. Double up on your knitwear for a cozy look in the frigid weather.
Woman layering two sweaters over one another with black purse.

Layer Your Cardigans & Coats

A cardigan under your coat is not only a simple way to add a layer of warmth, but also an opportunity to add additional color, texture, or print to an outfit.
Blogger layering a cardigan underneath an overcoat and denim.

Bring New Life to Your Favorite Dresses

Layer a long sleeve knit or a chunky sweater under your favorite dress or jumpsuit to breathe new life into the piece and take it from summer to winter.
Woman layering a patterned dress with tight long sleeve underneath

Invest in a Vest

Live in a climate with finicky weather? I’m looking at you, Cali! Opt for a vest instead of a coat for comfortable fall layering.
Man walking down the street with a vest over a sweater.

Don’t Underestimate Undergarments

Tights, socks, leggings, and thin long-sleeve t-shirts are an easy way to add an invisible layer of warmth under your outfit without having to change the look you’re attempting to achieve.
Woman wearing thermal turtleneck as a base layer with scarf and overcoat.

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October 28th, 2019 by Samantha Furno 5 Ways to Style a Knitted Dress This Season

When it comes to the colder seasons, it can be hard to make any look feel chic, especially when you’re bundling up from head to toe! However, one of this season’s trendiest silhouettes, a knitted dress, is proving that it is possible to be warm and stylish even when those temperatures plunge! Whether you opt for a ribbed, fitted knit style or a sweater-like silhouette, this fashion-forward dress option is truly a piece that can be worn for any occasion! I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite ways I’ve been seeing knitted dresses styled this season and hope that these fashionistas inspire you to try this chic silhouette out for yourself!

Classic in Beige

Beige is one of the fall’s season’s best hues, so opt for a curve-hugging dress in this gorgeous neutral to ensure that you look and feel chic when on the go!
Blogger wearing a knitted dress with black ankle booties.

Undeniably Cozy

Name a better way to beat the cold than by wearing a cozy sweater from head to toe!
Blogger wearing a mock neck knitted dress with green bag and black boots.

The Perfect Duo

Knee high boots are right on trend for fall, plus they are the perfect base to wear with a cozy knitted mini dress on a cold autumn day!
Blogger wearing a knitted dress with knee-high patterned boots.

Just Add a Belt

Adding a belt to your knit dress is a fantastic way to add some extra interest to an outfit as well as a great way to play with proportions.
Woman wearing a dress with a belt and matching accessories.

A Stylish Alternative

If knitted dresses aren’t your thing, no problem! Achieve a similar, yet equally as chic look, by wearing a matching sweater and skirt combo instead!
Blogger wearing a matching brownskirt and sweater outfit with dark accessories.

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October 22nd, 2019 by Jennifer Beile A Modern Take on the Patchwork Trend & How to Wear It

This fall, the patchwork trend has gone through a modern update and we are no longer seeing the traditional patchwork pieces inspired by classic quilting, literally as it sounds: different pieces, or patches, of patterns and materials are sewn into one garment. Recently, this trend has undergone a modern update that results in sleek, chic pieces that are brought together with a more minimalistic approach, almost as if it’s only two separate items instead of multiple without any direction. As somewhat of a mix between colorblocking and print mixing, take a look at the modern update on the patchwork trend to inspire you this fall season.

Two-Tone Pieces

Alyssa’s two-tone dress is a chic update on a classic style.
Woman wearing two-tone jacket.

Patchwork Button-Up

Refresh your button-up collection, a fall essential, with a patchwork top like Mary’s with different prints and colors.
Woman wearing patchwork styled button-up.

Sweater Weather

It’s sweater weather and there’s no better way than to add a splash of color to your knit collection by looking for some patchwork designs.
Woman wearing a patchwork sweater with loafers.

Try Out Trousers

Bored with your collection of jeans? Shake up your wardrobe with a pair of two-tone trousers.
woman wearing two=tone patchwork pants with khaki top.

Mixed Material Jacket

Add some interest to your fall and winter outerwear collection with a mixed material jacket like Brittany’s with leather sleeve, pocket, and belt details.
Woman wearing an olive patchwork jacket with mixed fabrics.

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October 21st, 2019 by Samantha Furno 5 Layering Pieces You Need for Fall

That time of year has finally arrived to start moving your beloved jackets and coats to the forefront of your wardrobe! Even if you feel like you already have the essentials, it’s always nice to add in an updated style or two to keep things trendy and fresh. Whether you live in a mild climate where the fall temperatures are a cool 70 degrees or if you live in a snow-bound metropolis, I’ve rounded up some of this season’s best layering pieces that will surely make you want to bundle up that much more!

The Puffy Coat

Quilted and usually insulated, a puffy coat is the epitome of functional! Opt for a style in a hi-shine material for a statement-ready layering piece you can wear all season long.
Woman layering clothes underneath an orange puffy coat.

A Shearling Coat

A shearling coat is a fool-proof way to add some fashion-forward texture to your fall outfits! Plus, shearling is as cozy as can be!
Woman layering with shearling, animal-printed jacket.

(Faux) Fur Coat

Play with patterns and colors by adding a bold and fuzzy faux fur coat to any fall outfit.
Woman wearing faux fur coat with black pants

A Stylish Cape

Although I wish it was publicly acceptable to walk out the door in a blanket this time of year, a stylish cape is the next best thing!
Woman layering a a white shirt with a brown cape.

The Classic Trench

Tailoring is right in line with this season’s biggest trends, so a classic, tailored trench is a must-have in my book!
Blogger layering a beige trench coat with black shoes.

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October 15th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile 5 Ways to Embrace the Monochromatic Trend

Matching from head to toe might give you flashbacks back to grade school when you were dressed in matching sets, typically including stretchy stirrup pants and some sort of sparkle detail on your top (please tell me what wasn’t just my childhood). This fall however a head-to-toe monochromatic look is a chic way to get through the season. Think of it as a capsule wardrobe made of easy-to-coordinate pieces. The thought of monochromatic outfits typically gets a bad rap because they are thought of as head to toe neutral looks, beige and boring. This season is all about color, coordinating different shades, and even going all-in on prints. It’s a no-effort, guaranteed stylish way of dressing that will wake up your creative juices and add variety to your wardrobe.
Here are some tips on how to embrace the monochromatic trend for this season.

Mix Textures & Tones

Mixing textures and tones of the same color will help break apart the separates in your outfit.
Model mixing orange textures for a monochromatic look.

Go For Bold Color

Monochrome isn’t just neutrals, play with bold color schemes, like cobalt blue or seasonal shades of orange and green hues.
Woman wearing different blue hues for monochromatic look.

Be Basic & Layer Neutrals

Or, take the basic route! Easily achieve this look with pieces already in your closet by dressing in all black or camel colors and embracing the ease and chicness of the trend.
Woman layering beige monochromatic neutrals

Don’t Be Afraid of Prints

Head to toe in the same print is a bold way to modernize this trend.
Woman walking down the street wearing animal prints.

Play With Accessories

Your shoes, bag, or jewelry can add interest to your monochrome look, like Aimee’s statement snakeskin boots, while still playing in the same color family.
Woman wearing browns and using accessories to accentuate outfit.

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