Blog: Crossroads Style

December 24th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile New Year’s Eve Style Guide: How to Look Comfy and Chic

New Year’s Eve is the biggest fashion holiday of the year. Anything goes: sequins, velvet, statement pieces, prints, metallics! But after 6 weeks of indulging, family and friend parties, traveling, and holiday stress, dressing to the nines might be a bit overwhelming.  Not to fret, it is possible to dress comfortably and festive to celebrate the last of 2018 and welcome in the new year.  Take a look at 5 ways to go from comfortable to comfortable chic with a festive twist for New Year’s Eve.

A metallic silk slip dress with strappy heels may sound perfect for kissing the year goodbye, but save yourself the pain of sore feet and bitter cold by pairing a slip dress with sneakers and a chunky knit.
Metallic skirt for New Year's Eve

Sequins are an essential part of New Year’s Eve. Skip the too tight mini dress and go for a comfortable midi skirt and a seasonal knit with simple sneakers.
Blogger wearing a sequin skirt.

Nothing says holiday like the luxe feeling of velvet. Find a relaxed fitting velvet suit and pair it with flats or, you guessed it, sneakers, for a festive outfit that feels like pajamas.
Blogger wearing a velvet two piece.

An easy way to add drama for a celebratory New Year’s Eve look is to layer a sheer dress over pants or biker shorts over a bralette.
Blogger wearing a sheer dress and bralette.

Add metallic accents to instantly elevate your outfit from casual chic to casual festive.
Blogger wearing metallic accents with a knit sweater.

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December 18th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile 6 Ways To Put Together The Perfect Last Minute Holiday Outfit

Have the holidays snuck up on you with no time left to even think about all the outfits you still need to put together for parties? This time of year is about spending time with loved ones, appreciating and reflecting on the year, not about stressing through wardrobe choices for a white elephant gift exchange or Christmas dinner. Putting together a festive holiday outfit can be less stressful than you think if you keep it simple. For your inspirational pleasure, take a look at my 6 tips for putting together the perfect last minute holiday outfit.

Focus on a Statement Piece
Find your favorite statement piece and let it shine by pairing it with a neutral palate.
Blogger wearing a animal print skirt as a last minute holiday outfit

Play With Textures
Go cozy this holiday season by pairing your fuzziest sweater with a teddy coat, or a cable knit over a silk slip dress.
Blogger wearing a textured sweater under a blazer.

Add Some Shine & Sparkle
When in doubt, sparkle and shine are the right choices for a festive holiday look.
Blogger wearing a metallic skirt.

Accessorize an LBD
Has an LBD ever steered you wrong?
Blogger wearing a monochromatic outfit.

Mix Festive Prints
Mix plaid and festive graphic prints to create a celebratory outfit for any holiday occasion.
Blogger wearing a tartan skirt and red jacket.

Stick to Basics
Forego all the frills! Stick to your regular outfit formula and add a festive pop of color.
Blogger wearing a patterned blazer.

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December 3rd, 2018 by Jennifer Beile 8 Holiday Outfits That Don’t Require a Dress

It’s officially December and the start of holiday party season! The holidays are stressful enough without having to add the extra pressure about what to wear to your office Christmas party, your best friend’s white elephant gift exchange, and the final fashion decision of the year, the dreaded New Year’s Eve outfit debacle. A dress is a traditional fall back for a holiday party. This year, step out of the norm and create a new comfort zone around, well, comfort. Take a look at some of my favorite non-dress party looks to inspire your holiday style this year.

Take a cue from Aureta and put on a pair of metallic party pants.
holiday outfit with metallic pants

Too cold to take off your favorite oversized chunky knit? Simply throw on a pair of skinnies, chic booties, and a statement clutch and you’re party ready.
oversized sweater and clutch for holiday style.

Leather never fails. A pair of legging pants or leggings will dress up any simple sweater or blouse for an edgy holiday look.
Leather leggings for a holiday party.

Rich and luxurious, velvet is the ideal festive fabric for the holiday season.
velvet pants for the holiday party.

When in doubt, add sparkle. Sequins are essential for holiday dressing, whether accented with accessories or daring with a sequin blazer.
sequin blazer as a holiday party idea.

Go bold with a statement-making, vibrant colored jumpsuit.
woman wearing a vibrant colored jumpsuit for a holiday idea.

Can holiday athleisure be done? Yes, yes it can. Create a monochromatic outfit to elevate your joggers and add an oversized teddy coat and heels.
woman wearing a monochromatic athleisure inspired outfit for the holiday.

Want a little swing in your step? A muted jewel-tone skirt with a chunky knit and booties can go a long way this season.
woman wearing a chunky knit and skirt for the holiday.

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November 27th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile 6 Tips for Wearing Red & Green Without Looking Like Christmas

With the holiday season in full swing, I am entering into constant holiday dressing mode. I love to dress with a festive twist the whole month of December to keep in the spirit. Of course, when dressing for a particular holiday or season, I immediately think of seasonal colors that I can play up and pair. This time of year, red and green are the most popular colors when it comes to Christmas decorating, but they are not always the easiest colors to pair together without looking like a walking Christmas tree decoration.

 

Look for deeper shades of red and green to pair together. Crimson and emerald or burgundy and olive, rather than bright red and pine tree green, create a chic pairing.
woman wearing darker red and green pieces.

 

Separate the two colors with a neutral to eliminate a jarring Christmas color explosion.
woman separating red and green with neutral color.

 

When one or more of the pieces you pair have prints, it will help to break up the colors.
woman wearing patterned red and green.

 

The colors are far less intimidating if one is used as an accessory, like a red beanie paired with an outfit of olive green.
woman wearing red and accessories.

 

Make one color the hero piece and layer with different silhouettes.
woman layering red and green pieces

 

Have fun by making the textures of your pieces the most interesting part of your outfit.
woman wearing textured red and green pieces.

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Tuesday, November 19th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile 5 Packing Tips for Your Holiday Travel

The holiday season is officially upon us, and for many that means traveling to visit family and friends. Traveling in general, no matter the time of year is stressful; planning, preparing and packing, and the actual act of the travel whether via plane, car, or train is the most painful part. The holidays tend to put an extra edge on traveling, but there are ways to lessen the impact. Ease your travel stress by eliminating packing stress and remorse with these 5 simple packing tips.

packing tips

Make a List
Make a list and check it twice! The simple act of writing things down will help you remember to pack them, and double checking to be sure will help avoid anything important is left behind.

 

Plan Outfits Ahead Of Time
Have a habit of throwing pieces into your suitcase and not knowing how to put them together once you reach your destination. Save yourself time and dressing stress by planning your outfits for each day and activity ahead of time. Take it a step further and take pictures of your planned outfits so you don’t forget!

 

Use Packing Cubes
Packing cubes allow you to separate items by category (toiletries, intimates, active wear, etc.), events, or people (if you are sharing luggage). They also ensure everything you pack stays organized throughout the manhandling your luggage will inevitably receive during travel.

 

Pack Trusted Pieces
It’s always tempting to shop for new clothes for your holiday getaway; who doesn’t want to go home and impress their family and old friends? But you don’t want to be stuck with clothes you’ve never properly worn before and potentially being uncomfortable not knowing that your new sweater was so itchy or those new jeans stretch out too much after only an hour of wear. Pack trusted pieces that you know you look and feel good in.

 

Weigh Your Luggage
Portable luggage scales are inexpensive and eliminate the guessing game of how much your luggage weighs before getting to the airport. Knowing your luggage weight beforehand will give you a chance to reevaluate what you’re packing without having to struggle at the airport with rearranging between bags, buying an extra bag, or paying avoidable fees.

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