Blog: Crossroads Style

May 22nd, 2017 by Melanie Sutrathada How to Style ‘Millenial Pink’

Move over, Barbie pink—millennial pink is coming through! Millennial pink has pervaded girl world; we’ve seen this rosy hue all over Pinterest, on our favorite blogs, and even dressing the wall of trendy restaurants. Seriously, it’s everywhere. Scroll on for ways you can incorporate this particular shade of pink into your outfits.

 

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The perfect outfit for a beach vacation? A breezy pink summer dress, a straw hat, sunglasses and multiple bottles of sunscreen!

 

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Every fashionista needs a bright statement coat that can be whipped out for a night on the town with friends. A faux fur coat in millennial pink is all you need to kick your outfit up a notch.

 

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Nothing says “I woke up like this” more than a pink floral pajama suit. If you’re looking for inspiration on how to wear the pajama trend, Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam is your go-to-gal.

 

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Planning on wearing a millennial pink dress to a wedding? Add nude-colored details to accentuate the color of your dress.

 

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Head to your favorite brunch spot in style; a baby pink blouse with statement sleeves is an easy way to wear this color trend.

 

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An oversized purse in a soft shade of pink is the perfect way to pull together a simple blouse-and-jeans combo.

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May 16th, 2017 by Jennifer Beile How to Create a Curated Closet: A Primer

Recently, I have been seeing and hearing more about scaled-down, curated closets. As fun as fast fashion is and as exciting as having an overflowing closet can be, I am becoming more interested in quality over quantity—pieces I love that I can mix and match together. Not only is a curated closet a way to focus on your personal style, it will also save you money and prep time each morning, and it’ll have less impact on the environment.

So what exactly is a curated closet? A curated closet consists of quality pieces that are meant to mix and match with each other. If this is something you are interested in, there are so many blogs and books out there to help get you started! Check out some of my favorite tips and resources on the topic below.

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1. Define Your Style
Everyone’s style is different, and it may be difficult to define yours. However, you’ll want to narrow it down as much as possible for a challenge like this. For example, my personal style has evolved from a relaxed bohemian to a relaxed minimalist look. I gravitate towards fun prints every now and then, and I’ll buy a few stand-out pieces.

2. Purge, Purge, Purge
The first step is to go through your entire wardrobe and purge the pieces that you don’t wear. As much work as this step is, it is the most important. You will get a better sense of your style and what is important to you to have for each season. Will you focus more heavily on a combination of tops and bottoms, or do you love to wear dresses? This will be important because the best way to create a curated closet is to focus on the number of items. I like the idea of a range (like 30-40 items) instead of one specific number.

3. Organize
After you purge your closet and are left with the pieces that you truly love, see if there are any holes in your closet that you need to fill. Are you missing a button-down blouse or a perfect pair of denim? Once you fill the holes in your closet, make a pact with yourself to hold off on shopping until the next season. Remember: the idea is to keep it simple.

4. Remix
Your biggest challenge will be learning to remix your now limited wardrobe to create an entire season of outfits. This may be challenging if you are used to having a higher quantity of clothing in your closet, but it will help to refine your style and really test your closet curation.

After reading these tips, if you are interested in taking on a curated closet challenge, below are some of my favorite resources for inspiration:

Anuschka Rees: This is the site of the author of The Curated Closet, and it will be one of the most in-depth and helpful resources to get you started. Anuschka gives you step-by-step instructions, worksheets, and exercises to help create your new closet.

Project 333 (Be More With Less):  Featured by the Associated Press, The Today Show, and O, The Oprah Magazine, Project 333 challenges you to live with 33 items of clothing or less for an entire three months.

Unfancy: Caroline began curating her closet and has helpful tips for those just beginning. She keeps it simple, straightforward, and approachable.

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April 10th, 2017 by Melanie Sutrathada 6 Modern Ways to Wear a Pantsuit

If you’re thinking there’s no way to add excitement to your wardrobe with a strict pantsuit dress code, think again! Whether you’re required to show up in one or not, there are plenty of ways to wear one in style. It’s time to add a dose of style to your workday; check out the looks below for new and modern ways to wear a pantsuit.

 

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For a modern twist, a striped pantsuit with a white t-shirt and sneakers has everything you need to feel stylish. Choose a suit with vertical lines for the illusion of height.  

 

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Heading out with friends after work but want to ditch the corporate feel of a pantsuit? Achieve that casual yet put-together look by swapping your blouse out for a graphic t-shirt. 

 

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Commit to an all-white pant suit and pull your outfit together with a pair of brightly-hued heels. As with all head-to-toe white ensembles, make sure to check that your pantsuit isn’t see-through before you head out the door!

 

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Make a statement by embracing a pantsuit in a bold floral pattern. Elevate the look with white accents to recreate this ultimate cool-girl style.

 

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Dress to impress with a pantsuit that been been fitted and tailored to your body. We love how a plaid print and slim fit adds edge to this still-professional pantsuit.

 

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Those who believe the only way to achieve feminine style in the workplace is through dresses and skirts have clearly never seen Annabelle Fleur—of Viva Luxury—rock a black and white pantsuit. This black bowtie and cropped trousers combo is a breath of fresh air!

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March 30th, 2017 by Jennifer Beile Nothing to Wear? 6 Tips to Get You Out of A Wardrobe Rut

We have a closet full of clothes, yet somehow, we all have days where we stand in front of those racks and say, “I have nothing to wear.” Suddenly, nothing looks good or goes together quite like how you remember, and of course, it always happens at the worst times, like when you actually need something to wear. Never on a weekend when you can get away with your favorite pair of jeans and a tee.

Luckily, solving this dilemma is as simple as preparing for it in advance. Check out my tips on how to plan for those ubiquitous nothing-to-wear mornings.

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1. Use the Remix Rule When Shopping
I typically justify my clothing purchases with the remix rule: If you can think of three different outfits using the piece and clothing you already own, buy it. If not, leave it at the store and let yourself sleep on it. Chances are, you actually don’t need that new sweater. Focus on creating a closet with a wardrobe that works together, not against itself.

2. Stay Inspired
If you have a closet full of clothes, then of course you have something to wear. You may just need to get inspired to have some fun with the clothes that you have. This is where Instagram, Pinterest, and blogs come in. Take screenshots of outfits that you can recreate using similar items in your closet. When that dreaded “I have nothing to wear” morning comes, you’ll be prepared with more than enough ideas.

3. Go For Black on Black
Black is a fashion girl’s best friend. It never fails, it matches everything, and you may already have at least one of every type of item in black. If not, look for classic pieces in black for those no-fail outfits: a button-down, a high-waisted skirt, trousers, a dress, and denim. You can pump up your look by adding statement accessories or shoes, or just keep it minimal and chic.

4. Stock up on Classic Pieces
Stick to classics on those mornings you want to look good with the least amount of effort. Stock your closet with timeless pieces like a white button-down shirt, black trousers, a pair of flattering jeans, an easy throw-on dress, and a layering piece that goes with everything (like a leather or denim jacket). Trendy, statement pieces are fun, but if your closet is missing classic, key pieces to tie everything together, it will make it a lot harder to get dressed.

5. Plan Ahead
When I have the time, I like to go into my closet, create outfits for future scheduled events, and take photos of them. This makes getting dressed on the day-of a complete breeze! It also allows more time to play with different combinations I may not have thought of while stressing about being ready on time. Planning an outfit ahead of time takes the stress out of getting ready and let’s you focus on what really matters that day.

6. Purge and Organize Your Closet Regularly
Take time to go through your closet each season and ask yourself if you really need each item. Have you worn it in the last 6-12 months? Does it fit? Does it still work with your current style? If not, pack it up and head to your nearest Crossroads to sell it, or donate it to your local secondhand store. Too much of a good thing can actually make it harder to make a decision! Pare your wardrobe down to pieces you love and actually wear, and get rid of the rest.

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March 15th, 2017 by Melanie Sutrathada 6 Ways to Wear Graphic Tees Like a Blogger

Gone are the days when your favorite graphic tee was reserved for the gym or sleeping! With bloggers incorporating graphic tees into their everyday wardrobe, there’s an endless flow of inspiration for wearing this trend.

Check out our six favorite ways to wear graphic tees, as shown by bloggers:

 

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1. A colorful motorcycle jacket and statement wide-leg pants instantly make a graphic tee look more fashionable. Steal a tip from Yanin of I Dress Myselff and lightly tuck in your t-shirt for a more dramatic look.

 

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2. Graphic t-shirts pair so well with utilitarian pieces. Embrace your inner Cady Heron and get your army pants on! Add edgier details like chain necklaces and mesh long sleeves to toughen up this look.

 

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3. Balance out proportions by pairing a cropped graphic tee with a long, high-waisted skirt.

 

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4. Never underestimate the power of a graphic tee, high-waisted jeans, and a structured bag to achieve a more sophisticated on-the-go look.

 

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5. When it comes to wearing a graphic tee, you can never go wrong with a simple pair of blue jeans, a moto jacket and block heels. Pull your bag directly in front of your outfit and show off your fashion-forward style!

 

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6. An easy way to take your graphic tee from nightwear to casual streetwear? Throw on a structured coat in a bold pattern and slip on a pair of ripped jeans.

 

What are your favorite ways to wear graphic tees?

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