Blog: Crossroads Style

June 24th, 2019 by Samantha Furno 4 Ways to Master a Monochromatic Look

Sometimes, one of the easiest and chicest ways to put together a fashion forward look is by keeping things monochromatic. Monochromatic is defined as consisting of one single color or hue. When it comes to styling a monochromatic look, the only rule of thumb is to stick to one color block, but there are plenty of ways to make this trend work with your style! Once you’ve gravitated towards a a single color you want to wear, go ahead and play with textures, other shades of the hue or even patterns in your color of choice and you’ll be sure to step out this season in style! Here are four awesome ways you can play with this trend within your own wardrobe and become a monochromatic styling master!

Stick to Neutrals

If neutrals are your thing, then why not wear them all together?! Sticking to classic hues when playing with the monochromatic trend will help make any outfit look instantly elevated and totally timeless.

Blogger wearing monochromatic black outfit with crop top.

Pattern Play

Caption: Go ahead and spice up any monochromatic outfit with a fun print or a bold pattern! Adding a print to a monochromatic look is great way to add some contrast to a solid colored pairing!

Woman wearing monochromatic red outfit with striped top.

All the Shades

Caption: Get creative while putting together a monochromatic look by pulling together differing shades of a single hue! Playing with subtly different tones will add dimension to your look.

Blogger wearing several shades of pink.

Layered Textures

Caption: Mixing pieces that are different fabrics and textures will make any monochromatic outfit more visually appealing! Texture is especially great to keep in mind when considering accessorizing your look too!

Woman wearing all-white outfit with different textures.

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June 17th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile 4 Ways to Wear a Structured Blazer This Summer

When we think of summer layering, anything lightweight and airy like denim jackets, button-down shirts and kimonos tend to come to mind first, but what about blazers? Structured, tailored and undeniably chic, blazers are one of the more underrated layering pieces of the summer season, but they definitely deserve a place in your warm-weather wardrobe! Stephanie Arant, the fashionista behind the style blog, Unconscious Style, always keeps some stylish blazers on rotation in her wardrobe and trust me, this girl know’s how to make a blazer work with just about any outfit! I’ve taken some style notes from this layering queen and pulled together some of my favorite summer looks she has put together featuring a perfectly styled blazer! Prepare to feel inspired!

Matching Set

An updated, summer version of a classic suit, this little matching set is what summer blazer dreams are made of! Master Steph’s look by pairing a blazer with the same (or at least similar) color shorts and add a brightly colored top to the mix and you’ll be set!
Blogger wearing short suit set with blazer.

Pair With A Dress

Pairing an oversized, menswear blazer with a feminine and flirty maxi-dress is totally unexpected and creates such an interesting silhouette that is very Olsen Twin-esque!
Summer look with dress and structured jacket.

Keep Things Monochromatic

With this look, Steph proves that you can easily breathe new life into your favorite houndstooth or plaid winter blazer. As long as you wear winter’s blazer over a monochromatic all-white look like Steph did, you’ll be able to keep this structured style on repeat year-round!
Blogger wearing monochromatic look with patterned blazer.

Wear Over a Summer Crop

The long, sleek lines of a blazer are the perfect design detail to add some length to your summer look when paired with a cute crop top. No need to match your blazer with your bottoms here; opt for some high-waisted jeans instead for that ultimate cool-girl vibe like Steph!
Blogger wearing white blazer with denim.

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April 24th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile 6 One-Piece Swimsuit Styles You Need in Your Closet

Gone are the days when women had two swimsuit options for the beach: a bikini that left you feeling too exposed or a standard one-piece swimsuit that felt too covered up. Let’s be real – we’re all glad that one-piece swimsuits have stepped up their game over the past few years and have come out with such fun details and styles. Now, you can feel and look your best in a suit without feeling like you’re baring it all. Still not convinced that one-piece styles can’t be fashion forward? Scroll on for some swimsuit inspiration!

Here are 6 one-piece swimsuits that we can’t take our eyes off of:

Low-Back Details

Plunge head first and pick up a one-piece with some flirty details like a low-back.
Blogger in gingham printed swimsuit.

Try Cutouts

Take a walk on the wild side and pick up a dramatic one-piece with cutout designs on the sides like Christine from Hello Fashion Blog!
Woman wearing blue swimsuit.

Crisscross Details

We’d take any excuse to wear this one-piece with crisscross details in the front! Look for swimsuits with the underwire bra detail for extra support.
Woman wearing black crisscross swimsuit.

Dual Pattern Swimsuit

There’s no better way to make a statement than by wearing a swimsuit with dual patterns on it.
Woman wearing swimsuit with two patterns.

Halter Designs

I have to admit, cut-out one-pieces can be hard to pull off sometimes. However, when you find a halter piece like this one, you can’t say no!
Woman wearing yellow halter swimsuit.

Wear Solid Colors

If you’re searching for a swimsuit it that you can wear over and over, stick to pieces that come in solid colors! The best part? They can easily double as a bodysuit!
Woman holding pineapple in white swimsuit.

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February 25th, 2019 by Samantha Furno Borrowed from the Boys

Ladies, have you ever been shopping at Crossroads and something from the men’s section totally catches your eye?! Well, this scenario regularly happens to me when I’m out shopping and truth being told; I’ve actually scored some of my most amazing #CrossroadsFinds by strolling into the men’s section! Maybe it’s the fits or the simplicity of the silhouettes, but some styles are simply better when they are borrowed from the boys! Here’s a list of five styles that I typically will venture into the men’s section to find!

Real Boyfriend Jeans

You can always shop for boyfriend jeans in the women’s section, but go ahead and give this style a run for its money by opting for a pair of real boyfriend jeans! Go ahead and cuff the hem if they are a bit too long in the in-seam and embrace the roominess because looser jeans are right on trend!
Blogger wearing men's jeans.

A Classic T-Shirt

The men’s section at Crossroads has quite a few racks featuring shirts of all styles and colors, so I like to skim through them for tees with bold graphics or even basics that are a bit worn in. Slightly oversized and super comfortable, men’s tees are great for loosely tucking into a pair of high-rise jeans or for tying up in a knot.
Blogger wearing a graphic tee.

Denim Jacket

One of my latest and greatest finds from Crossroads is a men’s All Saints denim jacket! I have plenty of women’s denim jackets already, but I definitely like the more relaxed vibe that this oversized denim jacket adds to my outfits. Fun Fact: My boyfriend actually takes this #CrossroadsFind out of my closet regularly so that he can wear it for himself!
Blogger wearing a white denim jacket.

Blazer

Men’s blazers are a lot roomier and boxier in style, given the tailoring. Luckily for us ladies, menswear-inspired blazers are right on trend, so why not hunt for the real deal! I’m usually seeking blazers with a classic plaid or a window-pane pattern, but solid colored styles are a great find as well! So if you’re not seeing the style you’ve been manifesting in the women’s section, take a stroll to the other side of the store!
Blogger wearing a men's blazer with jeans and a t-shirt.

Button-Down Shirts

Men’s button-downs make fantastic layering pieces over a simple top, plus they are super easy to tie up in the front from classic pinstripes to cozy plaids, men’s button downs are a great style.
Blogger wearing a men's button down flannel.

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February 19th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile Round Up: 5 Ways to Wear Pink

We recently talked about how beige and browns are the surprising color trend of the season, but that’s not to say that the luminous pastels and bright neons that we fell in love with last year are going anywhere. In fact, if fashion week’s runways and this years’ red carpet looks are any indication – which, of course, they are – colors like marigold, fiery reds, living coral, bold blues, and vibrant pink will be on everyone’s style radar.

One of the biggest surprises is the resurgence of those vibrant pink shades. Pink can be somewhat of a difficult color to style. How do you wear pink without looking too adolescent? How does pink fit into a modern fashion world that totes sleek, chic pieces in subdued colors? Take a look at some outfit inspiration of how to dress pretty in pink in a modern world.

Tailored Separates

Tailored pieces will contrast the femininity of pink and add strength to create a chic look.
Blogger wearing a pink suit.

Outerwear

Second layers in feminine colors are especially beautiful as we come into the spring season and a great way to liven up an outfit of neutral colors or compliment an outfit of like hues of pinks and red.
Blogger wearing pink overcoat.

Add Texture

Textured knits and bottoms in soft hues and pastel pinks create a feminine look without looking like a bubblegum princess.
Blogger wearing two different textured pink pieces.

Wear With Similarly Bright Colors

Pink doesn’t have to be the focus of your outfit. Paired with similarly bright colors will tone down the vivaciousness of the punchy hue.
Blogger wearing bright pink pieces.

Wear as an Accent Color

Of course, the best way to incorporate a color you may not be totally comfortable with, but interested in trying, is to use it as an accent color, like an accessory or a color within a printed piece.
Blogger with bright pink purse.

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