Blog: Crossroads Style

June 4th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile 3 Ways to Style the Utilitarian Trend for Summer

The utilitarian trend for summer combines comfort and street-chic style to create a universally flattering and easy summer look. The key to styling this trend without looking safari ready is all in the details, like the fabrics, the silhouettes, and the accessories that add a feminine touch to the typically masculine characteristics of utilitarian looks. Take a look at 3 ways bloggers are wearing the utility trend this summer.

Utilitarian Accessories

A waist-cinching belt creates a flattering silhouette for a comfortable, cool and stylish utility style shirtdress. I love how Emma paired her dress with contrasting neutral accessories.
Woman wearing utilitarian trend with shirt dress.

Try a Jumpsuit

A linen or cotton jumpsuit is the perfect throw-on-and-go piece for beating the summer heat. Keep this one piece look simple and lightweight with neutral slide sandals and minimal accessories, like Natasha.
Woman wearing a jumpsuit with black accessories.

Switch Up Your Shorts

Trade your denim shorts this summer for a pair of high-waisted, belted khaki shorts for a comfortable and casual look. Julie created the perfect vacation ready look by tying an embroidered button-down top with her shorts and completing her outfit with lace-up sandals.

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May 28th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile 5 Tips for Curating an Ethical & Sustainable Wardrobe

As we learn more about the current state and possible future of our environment, we are also learning more about what we can do in all facets of our lives to essentially reverse the damage as much as possible. The obvious answers are to recycle, waste less, use less energy and use more sustainable products. One area of your life that you may not have thought of that can make a difference is right in your closet. It’s not widespread understanding that the creation and disposing of clothing has a large negative impact on the environment, from water waste to toxins produced, to the landfill waste buildup.
Creating an ethical and sustainable wardrobe can seem daunting, but beginning to practice just 5 simple steps is easy and will have a long-term positive impact on your quality of life.
Woman in all-white sustainable wardrobe.

Recycled Clothing

One of the best ways to begin overhauling your wardrobe is to shop at and sell your gently used pieces to recycled fashion stores, such as your local Crossroads Trading Co. Extending the life of a piece of clothing by buying used, selling to a recycled fashion store, or donating is one of the easiest (and fun!) ways to create less waste.

Shop Smarter

You don’t need to completely give up buying new pieces, but when you decide to invest in a new piece of clothing, shop smarter. Invest in pieces with longevity that you will wear time and time again, pledge to only buy something that you can wear at least three different ways, and steer away from fast fashion and mini-trend pieces, focusing on classic, versatile styles.

Seek Out Information

It may take some time, but learning about the way clothing is made or how a brand operates is important and may begin to impact your purchasing decisions. Even something as small as seeking out natural fibers like cotton instead of man-made like polyester make a considerable impact because the creation and recycling of the fabric has a  less harmful impact on the environment.  Also, shopping brands with environmentally safe and sustainable practices will open your eyes about the harm that other methods can cause to our planet. Read The Good Trade’s guide for a rundown of some of the best fair trade and ethical fashion brands here.

Practice Proper Care & Maintenance

Properly caring for your wardrobe, whether it is an investment piece or a fast fashion item, will guarantee that it will last longer and be replaced less often. It seems more than obvious, but following the care label instructions on your garment will ensure a longer life. Another valuable practice is repairing something when it is damaged instead of throwing it out and replacing it. Invest time in learning basic sewing skills or finding a quality tailor instead of using it as an excuse to replace it with a new item.

Consume Less

Maybe the most obvious step to creating less waste in any area of your life is to consume less. For some people, this is easier said than done. I personally understand the tendency of impulse buying, especially in the age of influencers, social media status, and online shopping. An easy rule to follow when you want something, but not sure you need to add it to your overflowing closet? Sleep on it: a day, 3 days, or even a week. If the impulse subsides, you don’t need it.

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May 21st, 2019 by Jennifer Beile The Future of Fashion: Will Comfort Prevail Over Aesthetic?

The debate over comfort and style have recently come to a head. The two do not have to be mutually exclusive. Is it perhaps that our definition of style and the traditional aesthetic are gradually changing over time? Fashion used to be used as a way to speak to one’s social and economic status, and in some ways it still is. Not everyone can afford designer clothing and accessories and all it takes is a simple Google search to confirm the price of something, therein by being able to pigeonhole one in a category.
Maybe as time has passed and humanity has evolved, we no longer feel the need to separate ourselves by social and economic classes, thereby making us feel more comfortable with being, well (physically) more comfortable. Whatever the reason is that comfort is seeming prevailing over (traditional) style aesthetic, check out 5 trends that are more comfortable than classically stylish.

“Dad” Shoes

From trainers to “mandals”, or man sandals, the “Dad” shoe trend has been steadily gaining traction since the popularity of the chunky trainer last year. This season, the trend continues with the dad sandal, or “mandal”. While some brands are producing these sandals with more feminine touches and prints, the basic man sandal is trending on style bloggers, fashion influencers, and the runway. The rise of dad shoes, as with flat shoes in general, prove that comfort is trending over style in footwear.
Blogger wearing comfort-styled sandals.

Fanny Packs

Fanny packs, or belt bags as the modern updated style has been coined, have seeming begun replacing larger bulky bags, designer bags, and trend-ridden bags. The smaller, more compact style of a belt bag is more comfortable to wear, convenient on the go, and forces us to de-clutter our lives. And let’s face it, when our purse is clean and organized, our life begins to feel more clean and organized.
Blogger wearing a suit and fanny pack

The Demise of Skinny Jeans

We will always love our skinny jeans; there is no question about that. But we have seen a rise in a more relaxed fitting denim and pant style, in general, the last few fashion seasons. I, for one, am all for this trend, of course, still loving my skinnies and wearing them with pride, but as a mom of a busy toddler, I must say that I am enjoying bottoms with a bit more room to breathe lately.
Blogger wearing wide-leg jeans.

Bike & Bermuda Shorts

While neither are my cup of style tea, I appreciate the sentiment of longer, more comfortable shorts, whether it is because they are spandex or a looser fitting knee length short, over a more traditional style of denim shorts that are cut too short and will inevitably ride up.
Blogger wearing bermuda shorts and sweater.

Athleisure

Athleisure has long been the uniform of many stay-at-home moms, the quick option when needing to run all the errands on a weekend, and the look of the gym rat. But athleisure has since expanded its repertoire to anyone who needs just a bit more comfort in their life.
Woman wearing comfort pieces like workout clothing.

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May 7th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile Round Up: 8 Ways to Dress for a Summer Concert

Summer drawing near means the start of the summer concert season. The Jonas Brothers, the Backstreet Boys, Luke Bryan, Ariana Grande, J.Lo, Kacey Musgraves; these are just a few of the big names touring this summer. With the strategic planning of what concerts you’re going to attend, the budget and possible travel, who needs the added stress of what to wear?

An outfit that will keep you looking cool and feeling comfortable enough to dance, jump, and sing your heart out all night is most likely right inside your closet!  Take a peek below for all the summer concert outfit inspiration you need to put together a cool and comfortable outfit for all shows from stadiums to bars!

Festival Chic

A flowy dress and a pair of statement boots are all you need to create a boho-chic look for your favorite festivals this season.
Woman sitting on a lawn for a concert.

A Little Bit Rock & Roll

Combine dark florals and lace to create a rock & roll outfit with a feminine edge.
Grasie wearing dark printed dress.

Mix It Up

A concert is a perfect excuse to mix prints and create a spunky outfit a bit out of your typical style.
Woman wearing separate patterns in one outfit.

Summer Chic

An outdoor concert calls for comfort, like denim cut-offs, a printed blouse, and sneakers.
Blogger wearing overall shorts on stairs.

Statement Jumpsuit

Rock a one piece for easy and comfortable dressing.
Woman wearing yellow jumpsuit on stairs.

Simple Summer Dress

Throw on your lightest weight summer dress with a pair of trainers and a crossbody bag and you’ll be ready to dance all night.
Blogger wearing simple dress with purse.

Keep It Classic

If all else fails, throw on your favorite jeans, tee or cami, and you’re out the door in just minutes!
Blogger wearing light jeans and olive jacket.

Don’t Forget the Accessories

The newest accessory trend is a clear bag to hold all your essentials.
Accessories in a see-thru purse.

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April 30th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile Spring Style Guide: How to Wear Pastel Colors

Vibrant, bold colors may be a trend this season but let’s not forget about the gorgeous muted pastel colors that spring is typically known for. A spring staple, much in the vein of florals, pastels may not be a groundbreaking trend for the season but the soft, muted colors continue to stand the test of the trend cycle year after year. Take a look at some of the easiest ways to incorporate pastel colors into your spring wardrobe.

Printed Dress

A printed pastel spring dress is a refreshing way to update your seasonal wardrobe.
Woman in printed dress.

Pair With Neutrals

Pair your pastels with neutrals to downplay the sweetness of the soft colors.
Two women wearing neutral colors with pastel pink.

Add Edgy Trends

Pair your pastel pieces with edgier trends, like the sheer trend or even leather, to create contrast.
Woman wearing a sheer top with pastel shorts.

Mix Printed Pieces

Find pieces in pastels in unexpected prints and go a step further by mixing printed pieces in the same color family.
Woman wearing patterned jacket and top with jeans.

Try a Pastel Suit

Combine two trends into one and pair pastel suit separates together.
Woman wearing a pastel skirt suit.

Mint and Lilac

Mint and lilac are the breakout pastel colors this season. Pair them together with simple pieces, completing your outfit with effortless accessories.
Woman pairing mint and lilac pieces.

Add Accessories

Eager to incorporate pastels but have a tendency to gravitate towards neutrals and dark colors? Add pastels to your accessories or even your hair color for a playful pop of spring color.
Woman with pastel hair in white top.

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