Blog: Crossroads Style

July 17th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile 5 Ways to Style the Bike Short Trend

I’ll be honest… I cringe just a bit every time I see an outfit styled around the bike short trend. Growing up in the ’80s and ’90s, of course I wore neon spandex shorts when I was a kid, but I just cannot fathom wearing them as an adult. Maybe it’s the feeling of being just a bit too exposed in such a hugging fabric, or perhaps I’m shying away because they haven’t quite made their way back into mainstream fashion just yet.

The bike short trend had a resurgence on Fashion Week runways in the last year, and celebs like Kim Kardashian, the Hadid sisters, and Kendall Jenner have been rocking it since. Now, I’ve been noticing these shorts gaining popularity with some of my favorite street style stars and blogger babes. Are bike shorts actually making their way into mainstream fashion, or will they stay a celebrity and fashion “it girl” piece? If you’re keen on this daring runway trend, I’ve rounded up some of the top ways to style what may just become your next pair of go-to shorts!

 

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Under a Sheer Dress or Skirt
An obvious and practical way to hop on the bike short trend is to layer them under a sheer dress or skirt!

 

Update Your Athleisure Uniform
Swap out your typical leggings outfit for bike shorts to update your favorite athleisure outfit and beat the summer heat.

 

Top Them With a Blazer
How is it that a blazer can make any outfit look chic? Redefine business casual and throw a blazer over your bike shorts and a simple tee.

 

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Go-To Travel Uniform
If your goal is to be the epitome of style and comfort while you travel, try rocking a pair of bike shorts on your next flight or road trip.

 

Re-Purpose Your Mini As A Top
Try tucking your mini slip dress in on one side to create a completely new outfit!

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July 3rd, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Round Up: 5 Alternatives to Summer Shorts

We can all agree that part of the official uniform for summer is a great pair of shorts. Classic styles like denim cut-offs and high-waist linen shorts were made for hot summer days.

But if you’re looking for something new, hot summer weather can be tricky. Whether you’re feeling shorts-averse or they’re still a wardrobe staple, check out our round-up of hot weather outfit alternatives to inspire your style this season.

 

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Breezy Jumpsuits
Jumpsuits are one of my year-round favorites, and a lightweight jumpsuit is the perfect simple summer one-piece!

 

Wide-Leg Linen Pants
Wide-leg linen pants are so versatile and can be worn to run errands or grab drinks with the girls!

 

Flowy Midi Dresses
I love a good mini dress, but midi dresses have my heart this summer!

 

Denim Skirts
Denim skirts are definitely replacing denim shorts as the summer uniform staple this year!

 

High-Waist Trousers
High-waist trousers have been my alternative to jeans this summer.  They are comfortable and breathable, yet still stylish enough for me to feel great about my outfit.

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June 26th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Summer Style Guide: Denim Skirts for 2018

Denim is versatile and timeless, making it a mainstay in nearly everyone’s wardrobe. With summer in full swing, you’re likely already living in your favorite denim cut-offs… but maybe you’re thinking of updating your hot weather uniform.  Within the last year, denim skirts have quietly made their way back into the mix of modern trends. From mini to midi, body-hugging to A-line, and with embroidered or a raw hem details, denim skirts come in shapes for all sizes, and in styles for everyone!

Whether you like to keep it simple and casual or you pair your denim skirt with an unexpected top and statement shoes, you’re sure to find a style that you’ll fall for in my round-up below!

 

A raw hem and matching belt add character to Laurie’s white denim mini.

 

Happily Grey’s Mary updates a classic double denim look with a two-tone, asymmetrical, raw hem denim skirt.

 

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Conservative enough for work and cute enough for happy hour, a denim midi is the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe!

 

Grasie combines two of summer’s hottest trends: a denim mini and a tropical print top!

 

Tumi has the perfect summer uniform: denim mini, graphic tee, and strappy sandals!

 

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Alexandra’s raw and uneven hemline adds edge to an otherwise simple summer outfit.

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June 19th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Four Must-Have Plastic Accessories for Summer

One of the most unexpected trends has now become one of the most popular for the summer season. Plastic (yes the synthetic material that your tupperwear is made out of) is having a fashion moment, and we’re seeing it from the runway to retail stores. Of course, everything in moderation; wearing a clear, plastic dress is not as appropriate in everyday life as it is on the runway. The best way to wear this trend? Find accessories with plastic details to pair with your outfits! From bags to shoes to jewelry, plastic is more wearable than you could have imagined! Here are four plastic accessories that are a must-have this summer.

 


A clear, plastic bag as a purse will not only motivate you to keep your purse clean, but also add an edgy upgrade to your outfit.

 


No more agonizing over which shoes to wear with your outfit, virtually invisible plastic shoes will match your entire wardrobe!

 

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Tie your outfit together with a transformative, clear belt.

 

 


Prepare for those summer rainstorms and make any outfit rain proof with a plastic raincoat!

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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.


Ruffles
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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