Blog: Crossroads Style

August 9th, 2016 by Jennifer Beile 6 Thrifting Vloggers to Inspire Your Haul

Thrifting is a unique experience that truly gives credence to the saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Digging through rack upon rack knowing there’s the possibility of finding something special is the ultimate thrifter’s high. But sometimes, it can be hard to envision an amazing one-off piece in your wardrobe or dedicate enough of your time to make the most of shopping secondhand. That’s where thrift haulers and YouTube videos come in. Read below for my round-up of some of my favorite thrift-loving vloggers to inspire you and your next shopping trip!

B. Jones Style

Our very own Crossroads Style Council member Beth recently began vlogging again, and I am obsessed! I love Beth’s thrifting videos and self challenges!

The Line Up

Maya and Julia’s energy is so contagious! These girls have such a great eye for color, accessories and those small details that really make something special!

To The 9’s

Cassie and Ricci share their love of fashion through their vlogs and inspire thrifters everywhere to give used clothing a second chance. I love how they show us how they would style their finds!

The Fashion Citizen

With their thrift hauls, DIYs and outfit of the week vlogs, these twin sisters are veterans of YouTube vlogging and definitely worth checking out!

Steal The Spotlight

Discussing anything and everything fashion-related, Katie has some of the best thrift finds and haul vlogs on YouTube!

Mary Elizabeth

Another one of our own Crossroad Style Council girls, Mary proves that thrifting is not just for clothing! Mary is the best at finding shabby home decor and accents and DIY-ing the chic back into them!

July 5th, 2016 by Jennifer Beile Round Up: Summer Outfit Inspiration For Any Event

‘Tis the season for BBQs, brunches and long date nights! Summer has reared its carefree head and event invitations are stacking up. But what are you going to wear? I’ve rounded up my favorite summer outfit ideas to inspire your event uniform this summer and help you keep cool and chic while beating the heat.  It’s all about light, flowy fabrics and fun colors!

summer outfit

The Summer BBQ

Keep it casual and easy—and focus on the company and food!—rather than going for perfection in an outfit that may not be comfortable enough to wear outside all day.


Wedding

The Summer Wedding

Keep the location in mind while picking a wedding guest outfit for the summer—e.g. if it’s outside, be aware of the weather. You want an outfit that will keep up with you on the dance floor!

DateNight

The Summer Date Night

Summer gives us extra sunlight and lets us take our day dates into the late night. Cute, flirty, and comfortable pieces will help you enjoy your date night.

Brunch

The Summer Brunch

Some summer weekends just don’t feel complete without that Sunday brunch. You’ll want something that is comfortable enough to sit and fill up on those mimosas and waffles in!

What’s your favorite go-to outfit for the summer?

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June 28th, 2016 by Jennifer Beile An Ode to Bill Cunningham

The fashion industry lost a true icon this weekend: Bill Cunningham passed away at the age of 87.

Armed with his 35mm camera, his blue coat, and his bike, Bill was the original street style photographer. He realized that seeing how people interpreted what designers create was the missing piece to the fashion world. Taking photos as merely an observer, with no prejudice towards his subjects, Bill was able to capture the beauty and creativity of fashion through tourists, locals, and celebrities out and about. Through his weekly New York Times series On The Street, Bill published New York street style photographs for nearly 40 years, capturing the evolution of fashion through decades. Bill became somewhat of a celebrity himself—no matter how hard he tried to stay humble and private—because of his charming nature and respectful attitude towards everyone.

“The wider world perceives fashion as frivolity that should be done away with. The point is that fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life. I don’t think you can do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization.”

– Bill Cunningham

In loving memory of Bill, please enjoy this essay Bill wrote for the New York Times about his life.

Bill Cunningham

 

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June 7th, 2016 by Jennifer Beile 5 Menswear Inspired Pieces to Add to Your Wardrobe

Women taking style tips from the menswear world is not a new concept; mixing masculine and feminine is a great way to create a unique, yet classic look. These five basic menswear-inspired pieces will help you build a foundation for mixing masculine elements into your wardrobe. You’ll be able to find all of these in the women’s section at your favorite store, but don’t be afraid to start shopping in the men’s section to find that perfect piece and have it tailored to your size.

blazer1. Blazer
Fitted or oversized, a blazer is a classic way to instantly upgrade your outfit.

button down2. Structured Button-Down
A classic button-down shirt—whether it’s crisp white, denim, or patterned—is your wardrobe’s best friend. It will become one of the most versatile pieces you own, as you can take it from casual playtime to a more structured clean look.

trousers3. Tailored Trousers
The epitome of cool, tomboyish style, a pair of tailored trousers will add variety back into your wardrobe. Dress them down with a cool tee and sneakers, or dress them up with a blouse and heels.

menswear inspired4. Relaxed Denim
The boyfriend jean is a style women are possibly pulling off better than the men these days! Give your skinnies a break and let your legs breathe; add comfort and style to your wardrobe with relaxed denim.

loafers5. Loafers
Loafers aren’t just for the men anymore! Loafers have been reinvented and are having a major fashion moment this season.

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May 11th, 2016 by Jennifer Beile Round Up: Nude is the New Black

Don’t panic: black will always be timeless and a great option to wear when you’re in doubt. But right now, nude is having a moment, and it is time to embrace it. The many shades of nude have a way of making you look chic and put together. These hushed tones can be sexy, understated, elegant and sophisticated, making nudes the most versatile color palette of the season.

Take a look at the round-up below of my favorite ways to incorporate nude colors into your style.

A Classic Trench Coat
coatDress it up or down; a classic trench coat in nude adds sophistication to any outfit.

Monochromatic Nudes
monochromaticNothing is more effortless and chic than an all-nude outfit.

Accessorize
NudeAccessories are the perfect way to subtly incorporate nudes into your wardrobe.

The “No Make-up” Make-Up Look
makeupEffortless and minimal, nude makeup colors will keep you fresh-faced and glowing.

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