Blog: Crossroads Style

July 30th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile 5 Classic Fall Styles to Invest in Now

Don’t shoot the messenger, but with August 1st literally around the corner, we will soon be inundated with fashion for the upcoming fall season, both online and in stores. As much as I love fall style, it’s my absolute favorite season for getting dressed, I understand that researching fall styles is a bit hard with the triple-digit weather we have been experiencing recently. So, I’ve bitten the bullet for you and rounded up 5 styles to look forward to next season. This fall is all about classic style, meaning you either already have it in your closet or you’ll be investing in pieces that you will be able to wear for seasons to come. Take a look at 5 classic fall styles to begin shopping for and investing in now.

Bootcut Denim

You’ll love this controversial denim silhouette more than you remember. The subtle flare is perfect for pairing with your favorite fall boots.
Woman wearing white bootcut denim as inspiration for fall styles.

Classic Plaid

Plaid will forever be a staple for fall. Invest in a timeless plaid piece, like a coat or scarf in neutral colors.
Woman wearing long plaid overcoat outside, synonymous with fall styles.

Square Toe Boots

Out with the pointy toes and in with the chic, sophisticated square toe!
Cropped photo of black square-toed boots with denim as an option for fall styles.

Tote Bags

As the temperatures rise, bags seem to get smaller, i.e. the belt bag trend. So as it would go, as the temperatures lower in the fall, the bags will be getting larger. Invest in a roomy, versatile tote bag this fall to carry all your essentials.
Photo of a woman wearing a well made brown tote bag.

Luxe Leather

Real or faux, leather is always in style. Go for an unexpected piece, like leather trousers or a leather midi skirt this fall, instead of the typical leather jacket.
Woman wearing leather pants with a big brown sweater.

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July 23rd, 2019 by Jennifer Beile 4 Ways to Wear Late Summer Trends

This summer has been full of micro-trends, popping up throughout the season, which, if I am being honest, I typically tend to like more than the “must-haves” of each season. They are usually a bit more fun and open for individual interpretation. The common theme between the most recent trend proclamations is that they are all nostalgic; from the ’60s to the ’90s, the late summer trends are calling back to the most carefree summer days with modern updates. Check out below what my four favorite late-summer trend discoveries are!

Silk Scarves

As Samantha wrote last week, summer scarves have made a big splash. Silk summer scarves are being re-purposed in a modern way to bring a fresh feel to this retro accessory.
Woman wearing printed silk scarf for summer trends.

Anklets

As most 90’s trends have made it back into the trend cycle, it’s no surprise that we have begun to see anklets coming back in full force. From dainty chains, charms, and the notorious puka shells, anklets are an unexpected trend that has upgraded from bohemian to chic.
Woman highlighting summer trends with anklet and small heeled shoes.

Seashell Accessories

From earrings, anklets, and even bags, accessories comprising of seashells have slowly infiltrated my Instagram, Pinterest feed, and all my favorite stores. As with each trend that cycles back, this has taken a modern update from the puka shells of the ’90s.
Woman wearing all white with brown accessories in the street.

Tie-Dye

The nostalgic print has reappeared this year and has somehow grown from childhood family vacation souvenir t-shirts to chic summer style. Try pairing this print with elevated fabrics for a refreshing take on the trend.
Woman wearing tie-dye shirt with white pants.

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July 9th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile How to Incorporate Swimwear into Everyday Summer Outfits

As we have swiftly reached the middle of the summer season, I’ve noticed that I’ve practically ended up living in my swimwear during the weekends. A swimsuit can essentially be used as an even trade for a bodysuit, crop, or tank top in just about any summer outfit. Save time and extend your precious summer moments by making your swimsuit the star of your outfit. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ways to incorporate swimwear into everyday summer outfits to take you from the beach to brunch and the pool to dinner!

Double Duty for Your Bikini Top

Pair your two-piece top with a high waist midi skirt for a pool to date night ready look.
Woman wearing a swimwear top outside.

Trade Your Bodysuit for a Swimsuit

A one-piece swimsuit is essentially a bodysuit, so why not simply throw your favorite bottoms over your one-piece after you’ve dried off and ready to move on to the next spot? A suit with feminine details, like scalloped edges or ruffle sleeves will add some fun interest to your look.
Woman wearing swimwear ruffled top with denim shorts.

A Bandeau for a Bandeau

Give your typical bandeau a break and trade it for your swim bandeau top under a sheer top or as a crop to save time going from sunbathing to dinner and drinks.
Woman in a garden wearing a swimwear bandeau.

Sheer Action

Remember that naked dress trend from last season? Throw it on over your one-piece for an acceptable way to wear that hard to style trend out in public.
Woman wearing a white sheer maxi gown over a bathing suit.

From Day to Night

Throw on a pair of jeans and accessorize with jewelry and a belt and your simple bathing suit has officially gone from day to night!
Woman wearing multi-colored swimming top and trousers.

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June 25th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile How to Use Accessories to Transform a Basic Summer Outfit

Basics are a large part of my wardrobe and on any given day, I am most likely wearing a simple tee and jeans. The summer weather only exacerbates my tendency to live in basics, especially living in California where the temperatures are quite often in the ‘90s causing me to dread getting dressed. The best part about basics is that it is so easy to use simple accessories to jazz up your outfit if you wish. Basic does not have to mean drab or boring and a few simple touches can transform the vibe of an outfit.

Belt It Up

A belt can break up the monotony of a monochrome outfit and add interest to a simple outfit of a tee and jeans.
Woman using belt for summer accessories.

Hair Accessories

Practical and stylish, adding a hair accessory can jazz up a simple outfit.
Woman wearing hair accessories like a bandana with white dress.

Say it With Jewelry

From statement jewelry to layered dainty pieces, freshening up an outfit with various jewelry pieces can take an outfit from drab to fab.
Woman using jewelry as an accent for a basic outfit.

Focus on Shoes

Shoes can make or break an outfit. Choose a pair of bold shoes to take your basic outfit from drab to fab.
Woman wearing statement slides to make outfit pop.

Choose a Bold Bag

Let your bag do the talking for you and choose one with a vibrant pop of color or a bold print to pair with you tee this season.
Woman adding bag and other accesories for a white blazer and denim outfit.

Vibrant Beauty Details

One of the most fun ways to add color and extra pizazz to a basic outfit is with your makeup or nail color. There are so many beauty tutorial channels on YouTube that teach you how to wear vibrant colors and I am loving these bold looks for summer!
Woman using makeup as a beauty accessory,

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June 18th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile 7 Style Tips for Surviving the Summer Heat

We love summer! It brings us vacations, lots of backyard BBQs, concert season, beach and pool weekends, and longer days. But, it also comes with some seriously brutal heat. The temperatures are rising and the last thing I want to do is get dressed. Extreme heat already tends to make me feel bloated, frizzy, and sweaty and adding a layer of fabric against my skin never sounds appealing. Luckily, there are certain ways to get dressed to ensure that we are keeping as cool as possible.
Read on below to see 7 styling tips for surviving the summer heat!

Go for Natural Fabrics

Fabrics made of natural fibers, like cotton and linen, are more breathable and lightweight than synthetic fibers, like polyester.
Blogger wearing natural fabrics to reduce heat.

Lighter Colors Absorb Less Heat

Stick to lighter colored clothing pieces as they absorb less heat, actually reflecting heat, so keeping you just a bit cooler in the brutal summer temperatures.
Woman wearing light-colored dress to absorb less heat.

Steer Clear of Denim

Yes, that even means itsy-bitsy, teeny-weenie denim cut-offs. Denim traps the heat against your body. Go for linen or cotton bottoms.
Woman wearing a two-piece beige set with white lace purse.

Give Yourself Some Wiggle Room

Plan outfits around looser silhouettes. The less fabric against your body, the better air can circulate and the cooler you will stay.
Woman wearing looser-fitting pants so that heat isn't trapped.

Sturdy, Flat Shoes Should Be Your Go To

Lightweight, sweat-wicking and flat strappy sandals will keep your feet dry and sweat free. This may be the reason that dad sandals are trending currently!
Close-up photo of black open-toe sandals.

Top off Your Outfit

Protect your scalp and face from UV rays. A lightweight, straw hat with ventilation is best for the hottest days of the summer.
Blogger wearing patterned off-the-shoulder blouse.

Keep Accessories Minimal

The less weighing you down – bags, jewelry, and chunky shoes included – the less heat against your skin.
Woman dressed in summer outfit with minimal accessories except for a bag.

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