Blog: Crossroads Style

December 10th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile 5 Ways to Wear the Pantone Color of the Year Before 2020

The Pantone color of the year for 2020 has been announced as “classic blue”. Tame in comparison to years past, including vibrant colors like living coral and ultraviolet, classic blue is a breath of fresh air that seeks to rejuvenate us for the new year. Pantone explains why classic blue was chosen as the color of 2020: “Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.” All in all, classic blue seeks to emit what we are all hoping a new year brings us, personally and as a community. Whether you are new to wearing blue or it has always been in your rotation, continue for below for inspiration on refreshing your style with the classic color.

Velvet & Shine

Reinvigorate your typical holiday party attire style with a twist on classic blue in a lush fabric like velvet or sequins.
Woman wearing velvet blazer in Pantone blue.

Brighten Up Your Knitwear

Cold-weather dressing oftentimes sees us sticking to neutrals and warm color tones. Try adding some cool, bright tones to your winter wardrobe with a bold blue sweater.
Woman wearing oversized sweater in Pantone blue.

Retire Your LBD Party Dress

Black will always be classic, but blue will make you stand out in the crowd.
Woman wearing shiny Pantone blue dress.

Refresh Your Outerwear

If you’re investing in your outerwear this season, try adding a vibrant blue to the mix to add color atop your everyday look.
Woman wearing navy blue outerwear with denim.

Bold Accents

Not quite sure blue is your color? Even small accents, like blue shoes, will punch up your look.
Woman wearing multicolored sweater.

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December 10th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile 5 Ways to Wear the Pantone Color of the Year Before 2020

The Pantone color of the year for 2020 has been announced as “classic blue”. Tame in comparison to years past, including vibrant colors like living coral and ultraviolet, classic blue is a breath of fresh air that seeks to rejuvenate us for the new year. Pantone explains why classic blue was chosen as the color of 2020: “Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.” All in all, classic blue seeks to emit what we are all hoping a new year brings us, personally and as a community. Whether you are new to wearing blue or it has always been in your rotation, continue for below for inspiration on refreshing your style with the classic color.

Velvet & Shine

Reinvigorate your typical holiday party attire style with a twist on classic blue in a lush fabric like velvet or sequins.
Woman wearing velvet blazer in Pantone blue.

Brighten Up Your Knitwear

Cold-weather dressing oftentimes sees us sticking to neutrals and warm color tones. Try adding some cool, bright tones to your winter wardrobe with a bold blue sweater.
Woman wearing oversized sweater in Pantone blue.

Retire Your LBD Party Dress

Black will always be classic, but blue will make you stand out in the crowd.
Woman wearing shiny Pantone blue dress.

Refresh Your Outerwear

If you’re investing in your outerwear this season, try adding a vibrant blue to the mix to add color atop your everyday look.
Woman wearing navy blue outerwear with denim.

Bold Accents

Not quite sure blue is your color? Even small accents, like blue shoes, will punch up your look.
Woman wearing multicolored sweater.

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December 4th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile How to Stay Warm and Stylish This Winter

It’s the time of year where the cold, frigid weather can get the best of us and we either bundle up to the point of no recognition of our true stylish selves or we decide to rebel against the elements and dress for style without keeping the weather in mind and sacrifice comfort in favor of fashion. Whether you are dressing for work, a night out, or a casual weekend, there are ways to dress warm AND stylish this winter season and all the simple tips are below!

Cover Your Basics

Make sure and have your basic winter pieces in full stock at the first sign of the temperatures dropping: those perfectly flattering jeans, a neutral sweater, a basic go-to coat, and a base layer like a thin turtleneck for layering. All these pieces can be used to fall back on in case of the lack of inspiration or can be mixed and matched with statement pieces throughout the season.
Woman wearing denim with black sweater as stylish basics.

Outerwear Doesn’t Have to be Boring

Invest in a few coats to rotate throughout the season so that you have that go-to coat for any occasion without getting bored.
Woman wearing a stylish plaid overcoat.

Layers Are Key

The most obvious and most important, layers build and keep in warmth. Look for quality layering pieces that enhance your outfit rather than drown you in clothing.
Woman layering with monochramtic black sweater and pants.

Don’t Underestimate Footwear

Stocking up on a few versatile pair of boots is essential for a winter wardrobe that will keep you warm without sacrificing style.
Woman pairing beige wool overcoat with stylish cream boots.

Accessories Make All the Difference

Hats, gloves, and scarves are simple ways to complete your outfit without adding too much bulk or layers if you’re simply looking for a little more warmth during your commute or running errands.
Woman wearing stylish designer bag with blue oversized sweaters.

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November 26th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile 5 Ways to Adapt Your Preppy Style for the Modern Age

The origins of preppy style originate from “preparatory schools,” private institutions synonymous with wealth, status, and typically, privilege and exclusivity, all of which are currently foreign to the modern fashion world. As with the traits of the origins of the style becoming outdated, so is the somewhat vanilla, minimalistic tailored style of the classic preppy visual. Update your preppy style for the modern age with simple layers and additions of edge and unexpected details, putting an eclectic spin on the classic silhouettes and buttoned-up style.

Step Up Your Plaid

Plaid has long been a staple of the classic preppy image. Revitalize your plaid and focus on unique colors and unexpected ways to wear the print, like Blair’s tailored plaid jumpsuit, to add a modern spin on a classic print.
Woman wearing full plaid suit as a preppy style.

Reinvent Your Cardigan

We’ve seen the traditional cardigan come a long way in terms of utility and style this past year. Wear it buttoned-up as a top or throw it over your shoulders for a modern twist on a conventional piece.
Blogger wearing preppy cardigan tucked in to denim.

Play With Fabrics

Styling conventional preppy pieces in traditionally edgy fabrics, like faux leather, will add a layer of interest to an otherwise classic outfit.
Woman brown button up and flowing trousers.

Add a Statement Piece

An eclectic piece adds a twist on the classic heir of preppy style.
Woman wearing preppy overcoat as a statement piece.

Unexpected Details

Whether with shoes, jewelry, layering pieces, or intricate details like stitching or studs, adding unexpected edgy details will add a modern twist to your preppy style.
Woman wearing simple blazer with preppy accessories.

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October 29th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile 5 Ways to Refresh Your Layering Techniques

‘Tis the season, for layering that is. Layering is an essential part of fall and winter dressing and it can get, quite frankly, a little boring with the repetition of the same cardigan or coat thrown over your otherwise carefully curated outfit. With a few simple tweaks to your typical layering routine, you’ll be able to refresh your fall and winter wardrobes without completely revamping your entire closet.

Double Up on Your Knitwear

Two sweaters are better, and warmer, than one. Double up on your knitwear for a cozy look in the frigid weather.
Woman layering two sweaters over one another with black purse.

Layer Your Cardigans & Coats

A cardigan under your coat is not only a simple way to add a layer of warmth, but also an opportunity to add additional color, texture, or print to an outfit.
Blogger layering a cardigan underneath an overcoat and denim.

Bring New Life to Your Favorite Dresses

Layer a long sleeve knit or a chunky sweater under your favorite dress or jumpsuit to breathe new life into the piece and take it from summer to winter.
Woman layering a patterned dress with tight long sleeve underneath

Invest in a Vest

Live in a climate with finicky weather? I’m looking at you, Cali! Opt for a vest instead of a coat for comfortable fall layering.
Man walking down the street with a vest over a sweater.

Don’t Underestimate Undergarments

Tights, socks, leggings, and thin long-sleeve t-shirts are an easy way to add an invisible layer of warmth under your outfit without having to change the look you’re attempting to achieve.
Woman wearing thermal turtleneck as a base layer with scarf and overcoat.

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