Blog: Crossroads Style

September 19th, 2017 by Jennifer Beile 7 Sweater Outfits to Try This Fall

Summer is officially over on Friday, and temperatures have already started to cool down. We’re getting a taste of nearly every girl’s favorite time of year: sweater weather season! A staple of every fall wardrobe is a cozy sweater that can be thrown over just about anything.

Sweater outfits don’t have to be monotonous; look for sweaters with texture and unique details, or pair them with unexpected pieces. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite fall sweater outfits and trends to help you stay cozy and stylish this season.

 

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Keep it colorful.
The weather is gettomg darker and drabber, but that doesn’t mean your wardrobe should as well. Bright colors are a fresh alternative to the usual muted tones we see in fall.

 

Unexpected Pairings

Experiment with unexpected pairings.
Mix it up and try something besides the usual sweater + denim combination; experiment with pairing your staple sweaters with something unexpected! Wendy’s sweater and fringe skirt combination creates such a fun look, perfect for a night out!

 

Layering Season

Layer it up.
Add some depth to your sweater—layer it with a long sleeve dress shirt with a crisp collar and oversized cuffs.

 

Go Oversized

Go oversized.
Throw your biggest, coziest cardigan over your favorite jeans and tee for an “off-duty” look that will get you through those crisp fall days.

 

Put a Blazer on It

Put a blazer on it.
A plaid blazer may be the “it” item of fall. Top your favorite cable knit sweater with a slightly oversized plaid blazer for a preppy-chic look.

 

Its All in the Details

It’s all in the details.
Look for sweaters with unexpected details, like elbow patches, open backs, and appliques.

 

Dont be Afraid of Texture

Don’t be afraid of texture.
Add some flair to your wardrobe! Basic knit and cable knit sweaters will always be classic, but have fun with different textures this season.

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September 12th, 2017 by Jennifer Beile 7 Outfits to Inspire Your Summer to Fall Style

It’s that time of year again. The mornings and evenings are getting cooler, but summer’s heat still lingers during the day. No matter the actual weather, something about the beginning of September has us itching to pull out our knits, booties, and coats.  Dressing with light layers, muted tones, and key fall accessories will tide you over until its time to fully transition your closet from warm weather to cold.

Take a look at these 7 blogger outfits to inspire your summer-to-fall style!

 

Kristen

Kristen, WhoWhatWear
WhoWhatWear editor Kristen knows that a blazer is the perfect topper during transitional weather. It provides lightweight coverage that a coat would be too heavy for.

 

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Elifnaz, Belle Melange
Elifnaz’s outfit is perfect for early fall. A muted, long-sleeve floral blouse paired with a denim midi skirt and sneakers will keep you comfortable from morning to evening.

 

Samantha

Samantha, Could I Have That?
I love Samantha’s refreshing way of layering two lightweight tops for a little extra coverage.

 

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Julie, Orchid Grey
A good hat is the way to my heart, and with a cool breeze in the air, fall is the best time to break out your hat collection!

 

Olivia

Olivia, What Olivia Did 
Olivia’s silk burgundy dress is the perfect transition piece; the long sleeves and high neck add slightly more coverage for early fall days.

 

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Paulien, Polienne
Swap out your breezy blouses for more structured, heavier ones. Statement sleeves like the ones on Paulien’s top are still on trend for this season!

 

Mary

Mary, Happily Grey
If all else fails, throw a lightweight bomber on it and call it a day!

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September 5th, 2017 by Jennifer Beile The Fashion Blogger’s New Frontier: YouTube

As the Internet becomes saturated with fashion bloggers across all platforms, we’re seeing more and more bloggers turn to YouTube and adding vlogger—video blogger—to their resumes. When bloggers surpass the ‘blogger only’ status and amass a following large enough to partner with like-minded brands, they become influencers who use their own brand as marketing tools for others. They must be a multi-talented, marketing machine and take advantage of every opportunity to reach their followers and hold their attention.

Vlogging is nothing new. However,  high-profile bloggers have recently begun adding YouTube vlogging channels to their online presence. Adding vlogs means being able to show more personality. It gives bloggers a new way to share content aside from the still photographs on their blogs.  I love seeing my favorite bloggers share something a little more personal and real with their readers. The bloggers who are able to expand into video will be the bloggers who continue to grow their brand successfully.

Take a look at some of my favorite bloggers who also create great video content!

 

Wendy’s Lookbook

Wendy began taking advantage of YouTube long before other bloggers hopped on the train. She has gained a following of over 600,000 subscribers, with videos often breaking half a million views. Her most-viewed videos tend to fall under the “How to Wear” category; check out 25 Ways to Wear a Scarf in 4.5 Minutes (below), Maxi Skirt Pairings, and Pairings: Leather Jacket.

 

B. Jones Style

Beth was one of the first bloggers I fell in love with. She has always used YouTube as a tool, but she’s recently committed to posting a new video every week. I highly recommend her “What I Wore” videos, where she shares her outfits of the month. It gives me so much inspiration seeing how Beth is able to mix, match, and incorporate all her thrift and vintage finds into her wardrobe!

 

The Blonde Salad

Relatively new to vlogging, Chiara documents her world travels, beauty advice, and health and fitness routines for her loyal readers on her channel.

 

Song of Style

Aimee receives hundreds of thousands of views on her YouTube channel. Her specialty is videos showing her fans how to style one piece multiple ways. 9 Ways to Wear a White T-Shirt (below), 7 Ways to Wear Leggings, and 8 Ways to Wear a Slip Dress are a few of my favorites. Unlike many of the bloggers I love to follow, I have a small closet, and remixing is something that I practice and preach!

 

We Wore What

Danielle has added video to her ever-expanding blogger resume after experiencing positive feedback with her Snapchat and Instagram stories. She opens up about her beauty routines, shopping hauls, and fitness favorites on her channel.

 

Margo & Me

Jenny produces regular series on her YouTube channel, such as Deskside Diaries, The Beauty Edit, and My Style. They’re recorded in a makeshift studio in her dining room, bringing you closer to her everyday life. Although she only started vlogging in 2016, Jenny’s polished videos have true editorial vibes.

 

Something Navy

Arielle launched her YouTube channel just earlier this year, but she’s already managed to show her fans more of her personality. Between her carefully curated blog and her more personal channel, she has her followers hooked!

 

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August 29th, 2017 by Jennifer Beile 5 Fashion Faux Pas That Became Trendy

Fashion is an outlet of expression, personal to everyone who puts thought and effort into the way they present themselves.

Yes, we love to follow trends, and we unfollow them after they have been deemed “over.” That is, of course, until they come back reinvented for the next era. And with those trends come fashion faux pas—style “mistakes” like wearing a wrinkly blouse or unfitted clothes. They can happen to anyone, and we’ve certainly looked back on some old trends as cringe-worthy. But more and more, it seems like we are saying goodbye to fashion that imposes rules on us about what we should wear.

Below, I’ve rounded up five fashion faux pas that have transcended fashion “rules” and become trendy!

 

1. Birkenstocks

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In the last few years, Birkenstocks somehow made the leap from unfashionable comfort shoe to “it girl” street style. These unassuming sandals can dress down many styles. Pair them with your favorite dress, denim, or trousers for a day out.

 

2. Fanny packs

Fanny Packs

No longer just for your dad on vacation, fanny packs are in style and have gone through a modern makeover. A fanny pack or purse belt is a fashionable alternative to a handbag when you’re on the go.

 

3.Mom jeans

Mom Jeans

Never mind the nickname—these aren’t your mom’s mom jeans! Natural waist, light-wash denim is back in style and giving our skinny jeans a breather. Bonus points if you can actually find a pair of vintage Levi’s 501s!

 

4. White after Labor Day 

White After Labor Day

No need to put away your white clothing at the end of the summer! White is one of the hottest colors for the colder months.

 

5. Thrifted & Non-Label Clothing

When I was growing up, it was not trendy to wear secondhand or non-label clothing. Luckily for our wallets and our creativity, today it’s widespread, and we have plenty of secondhand options to shop and feed our individual style. I love seeing what other thrifters—like Beth in her thrift challenge video belowcan find!

 

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August 22nd, 2017 by Jennifer Beile Slip Dress Outfits for Every Occasion

A slip dress is one of those rare, versatile pieces that be styled for any occasion in any season. A classic wardrobe staple, it can be layered over a simple tee for a casual look, dressed up with your favorite fun heels for a date, or layered under a chunky knit in the cooler months. Lately, I’ve been searching for the perfect slip dress to add to my wardrobe using my favorite bloggers as inspiration. Take a look at some of my favorite slip dress outfit ideas!

 

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Aimee, Song of Style
Aimee shows the versatility of her midi slip dress by layering it over both a white tee and denim. For a simpler look, you can leave out the denim and just layer it with a white tee. Check out Aimee’s favorite ways to style a slip dress in her YouTube video here.

 

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Camille, Camille Over the Rainbow
I love Camille’s dusty rose slip dress paired with a simple tee and sneakers. Perfect for running around town all day in style!

 

Rachel

Rachel, Momez
Rachel adds a silk duster over her slip dress, making it appropriate from day to night.

 

Jenny

Jenny, Tsangtastic
A slip dress with gathered details like Jenny’s stands perfectly on it’s own.

 

Madelene

Madelene, The Basis
I love how Madelene takes her slip dress into fall simply by adding a classic coat and a hat.

 

Cecilie

Cecilie, By Krog
A classic, everyday look, Cecilie pairs her slip dress with a tee, denim jacket and slides.

 

Samantha

Samantha, Could I Have That?
Add a heavy sweater over your summer slip dress when the weather cools down.

 

Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn, Modern Legacy
Create a structured, modern look by adding a blazer to your slip dress. Wearable from the office to date night, you can’t go wrong with this look!

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