This year will be my first winter in SoCal and I must say I’m looking forward to more brisk mornings and warm sunny afternoons. Being from the Midwest, I’d normally be bundled up this time of the year—all function over fashion! To take advantage of the best of both worlds, I’m styling two fashionable yet completely functional looks for winter.
I had the honor of styling the very talented artist Emmitt James for a photo shoot accompanying his new project The Feel Good Tape. Using clothing items purchased from Crossroads, both looks were put together for less than $60.
Distressed denim became the trendy must-have item for your closet this year. If you live in a warm state, don’t put them away just yet! Easily paired with a simple shirt and sneakers for a classic look, all I needed to add was a statement piece to get that winter street style feel.
Jump into winter with statement items that stand strong on their own and that can be paired with almost any item in your wardrobe. This Zara tweed jacket will keep you warm and turn heads. It’s light enough for a nice evening out and big enough to fit a sweater underneath for an added layer.
People underestimate how cold it gets during California nights, especially when it’s not summer! This next look is cozy yet stylish and perfect for nice evening out on the town.
Mixing patterns can be daunting, but it just takes a little bit of balance. These bold prints were paired with a simple white blazer and white Florsheim dress shoes, all found at Crossroads!
It has been said that suits make people feel powerful and confident. Think about when someone walks into a room wearing a suit—everyone stops to take a look. It’s hard to resist. I’m here to give a few style pointers to make sure you light up every room you’re in when you’re wearing a suit.
When it comes to a gentleman’s suit, shoes are one of the first things people will look at. It’s absolutely essential to have a good rotation of dress shoes. Choose timeless styles like double monk straps, wingtips, and oxfords. Pick colors that can go with most attire, like light browns and darker tones.
Lapel pins are a simple, underrated accessory that can easily make you stand out from the crowd. They’re a great way to complement an outfit and add some spark to your suit jacket or coat.
Ties are a great way to convey your personality. When choosing a tie, the width of the tie should match the size of the lapel on the suit jacket or blazer. Slim-fit suits usually have smaller lapels that skinny ties pair well with.
Last but not least, confidence is key! It’s the most inexpensive part of your outfit, yet also the most difficult to attain since it cannot be bought. However you choose to wear your suit, believe in your style and wear the clothes instead of letting the clothes wear you.
When it comes to men’s style on a budget, Julius of Thrift Like a Gentleman is our go-to guy. That’s why we are so excited to announce that Julius is now part of the Crossroads Style Council!
Julius describes his style as street style meets suit and tie, and we are super inspired by his ability to pair casual with buttoned-up. Surely a guy with so much experience finding affordable fashion has some tips for the rest of us? Julius says, “Be patient, persistent, and consistent. It takes time to find great deals that may be worth it to you. There will be months where you strike out and days you hit fashionable home runs.”
If you’re looking for men’s fashion advice, make sure you check out his IG. He shares the ins and outs of finding entire outfits for under $50-$100—plus all his great finds from Crossroads.
A little known secret is that skateboarding started his interest in fashion. Big points there too!
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Last week, I shared 2016’s spring trends for women, but fear not—I have not forgotten about the men! Crossroads has a men’s section, and while it may be smaller, it’s got so many key pieces and fun finds. My husband usually finds more than I do when we make a stop!
This season, we are seeing men’s trends go two different directions: classical, tonal colors and bright, bold prints that make great statement pieces.
Gather inspiration—for you or your man—from below to see what you should be selling, buying, and styling this season.
MilitaryMilitary-inspired menswear is not a new trend, but it is staying strong into the new season. The key is to go minimal; add a hint of camo print, green or khaki colors, and details like epaulettes.