Blog: Crossroads Style

September 11, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Round-Up: How to Wear the Western Trend

The Western trend is nothing new. It’s been meandering in the fashion industry the last several years, but it’s become apparent from recent runway shows that we are in a full-blown ’80s Western trend revival.

I feel your hesitation. I echo your hesitation. I’m all for having fun getting dressed, but going full on Little House on the Prairie has just never been on my style wishlist. It wasn’t until I noticed I was falling for the details of Western wear that I realized there are ways to subtly wear these styles—and that I already have quite a few pieces in my wardrobe that work.

Trends aren’t necessarily meant to be taken literally and worn as they are on the runway. They can inspire and influence a style that you may not have otherwise given a chance.  If you’re a bit hesitant to try the Western trend, read on for five easy ways to subtly incorporate it into your wardrobe.


1. Accessorize

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Accessories are great way to test the waters of a new trend. Give a touch of Western flare to a neutral outfit with silver buckles, saddle bags, turquoise accents, or a horn necklace like the one Lucy is wearing.


2. On Your Feet

Perhaps one of the most obvious ways to try this trend is to rock a pair of cowboy-inspired boots. Go bold with fringe or buckles or understated with subtle stitch detailing. Fall is the perfect time to show off a pair of statement boots in a midi/maxi dress or cropped denim.


3. Maxi Shirt Dress

Speaking of dresses, midi and maxi dresses have been trending all year, so I know you have one in your closet. Cinch your dress with a silver buckle belt at the waist, add your favorite booties, and you’ll add a subtle Western vibe to your fall uniform.


4. Top It Off

You’ll nary see a cowboy without his hat! For the chicest way to finish your fall outfit with a Western twist, look for a hat with a wide brim and high crown. Bonus points for embroidery or belt detail!


5. All in The Details

Fringe, ruffles, and suede are characteristic of Western wear, and they can look thoroughly chic when suitably styled.

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August 13th, 2018 by Melanie Sutrathada 6 Ways to Rock Leopard Print This Season

Leopard print pieces never go out of style. Yep, you heard that right! Leopard print is both edgy and flirty, makes a comeback season after season, and there’s no shortage of ways to style it. Below, we’ve rounded up 6 leopard print outfits you can try for yourself ASAP!



If you’re looking for a statement piece that will elevate any outfit, go for a leopard print coat or cardigan! Toss it over a white tee and some blue jeans—you’ll be good to go in no time at all.


Not ready to wear head-to-toe leopard? Reach for a printed clutch instead.


Follow Caitlin’s lead and wear a leopard wrap skirt with black accent pieces.


We already know that neutral colors work well with leopard, but when was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone and paired it with a pop of color? Try styling it with forest green, mustard yellow, or red for starters!


Yes, it’s true: leopard print boots will dress up even the most casual of looks!


Keep your outfit simple and effortless with a breezy leopard print dress. It’s hard to go wrong with this choice.

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June 28th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Instagram TV: Everything You Need to Know

Instagram is making waves yet again with the release of Instagram TV (IGTV). Below, we delve into what it is, where you can find it, how it works, and more!



What is IGTV?

Instagram recently launched a longform (up to 60 minutes) video feature as a way for their users to share longer and more permanent content. Previously, video uploads were limited to 10-second Instagram Stories and 60-second timeline posts. This new feature will allow Instagram to compete more directly with video sites like YouTube. Instead of content creators using Instagram only for photos and short video clips, Instagram is hoping that creators will now stay on the app for full video content too.


Where is IGTV?

IGTV is a separate function in the app, with the logo placed right next to the direct message icon. You can also download the separate IGTV app for access.


How does IGTV work?

It’s as simple as uploading a video from your phone! It can be an unedited one or a curated video edited from another source. IGTV is formatted specifically for mobile users, so be sure to shoot your video vertically! Upon opening the new feature, you’ll be able to scroll through videos posted by people you follow, popular videos amongst all Instagram users, and videos that are curated for you based on your likes. This increases your potential to discover new content creators, similar to the Discover page on Snapchat.


What does this mean for content creators and influencers?

Because IGTV is connected to your existing Instagram account, influencers will have a built-in following without having the annoyance of asking their followers to use yet another channel to keep up with their content. The addition of IGTV gives content creators and influencers an easy portfolio of their work: images and video all in one place. IGTV may never fully overtake YouTube, but there is plenty potential for curated video content to be created for and shared solely on Instagram. For example, a fashion blogger can now use IGTV for haul videos or a more in-depth look at their outfit for the day, versus needing to switch to YouTube for their video content. The platform will also be a game-changer for celebrities and those in the entertainment industry; they’ll be able to share much more behind-the-scenes footage, trailers, music videos, and advertisements.


What does this mean for casual Instagram users?

While I myself have only browsed other users’ IGTV content, I do see the potential of personal usage in a longform video feature. I love to share videos of concerts, shopping trips, and road trips, and I think this type of content will thrive more on IGTV rather than Instagram Stories, which forces you to fit something into 10 seconds. Casual Instagram users will definitely find that they are more creative than they think they are; no computer, editing software, or lighting equipment needed here—all you need to create a video is your phone and an Instagram account!

June 5th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile 5 Summer Pieces to Buy Secondhand This Season

When you’re on a limited budget, replenishing your closet each season can be difficult, which is one of the many reasons why I love thrifting and going to Crossroads to fulfill my seasonal, trendy wardrobe cravings (Bring on the summer pieces). You may love a trend one day, but as the honeymoon phase of new clothing wears off, you may find yourself pushing it aside for some of your more classic staples. Why pay full price for something that you may not love forever?

Enter secondhand shopping.  Check out 5 summer pieces I’ll be looking for at Crossroads.


Midi Dresses
Last week I shared my favorite midi dresses for this summer, and I hope it inspires you to find your favorite.

If you’re like me and have shied away from ruffles since childhood, you may be wary about this summer trend. Fear not, ruffles can be fun and age appropriate.

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Botantical Prints
If you don’t have a summer vacation on the calendar, you can still dress like you are on vacation in super trendy botanical printed pieces!


Slide Sandals
I’ve been noticing an influx of slide sandals at my favorite Crossroads stores and have picked up a few (heeled and flat) to complete my summer wardrobe.

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Bold Colors
My wardrobe is typically full of dark, muted colors, but I’ve been embracing bright, bold colors lately. I love that I can pick up some key pieces at lower prices at Crossroads to mix into my existing wardrobe.





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May 15th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Simple Packing Tips for Carry-On Only Travel

It’s that time of the year… Summer is sneaking up on us, and that means it’s time to plan a summer getaway! Whether you’re taking a staycation, road-tripping for a weekend, or are lucky enough to get away for a longer amount of time, packing for a vacation can be super stressful. Save time, skip the luggage fees, and reduce your stress by following these simple tips on packing for a carry-on only vacation this summer.




1. Pack versatile pieces.
Plan all your outfits ahead of time to avoid packing anything unnecessary, or—if you’re more of a day by day dresser—pack versatile pieces that will all pair well together. One-piece outfits, like dresses and jumpsuits, make getting dressed on vacation easier and take up less luggage space.

2. Roll your clothes.
Tightly rolling clothes (versus folding) saves valuable luggage space, and your clothes end up more visually organized.

3. Only pack what you need.
Take advantage of travel-sized toiletries, or invest in some small reusable bottles to create your own, and only pack the amount of medication you need while you’re away (multiple pill bottles take up unnecessary space!). Leave your hair dryer at home; most accommodations provide them free of charge.

4. Choose your luggage wisely.
Whether you need a mass of interior pockets for organization or a hard-shell suitcase for more protection, choosing the right piece of luggage for you can be all you need to improve your packing skills.

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