Blog: Crossroads Style

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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May 30th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Round-Up: Effortless Midi Dress Outfits for Summer

A midi dress is a flattering and versatile piece for a busy summer season—wear it to all your barbecues, music festivals, and summer date nights. It’s the perfect effortless piece to throw on for any occasion. Not too short, not too long, casual with sneakers, and more dressed up with sandals, it’s easy to see why midi dresses are a warm-weather staple.

Take a look at some of my favorite styles of mid-length dresses that make summer dressing so easy!

 

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Everyday Casual
For those grab-and-go days, throw on a breezy striped wrap dress and a low heeled sandal, and you’re ready for anything the day throws at you!

 

Summer White
The essential summer dress? A breezy, white, button-down midi that can be dressed up or down!

 

Off-The-Shoulder
Opt for a more playful look and wear an off-the-shoulder midi dress full of color!

 

Floral
Because floral for spring and summer will always be on trend.

 

The Wrap Dress
Beat the summer heat in a flirty wrap dress!

 

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April 8th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Round-Up: Your Guide to Wedding Dress Codes

Wedding season is officially in full swing, and along with the invites comes the inevitable stress about what to wear that’s both stylish and appropriate.  Each wedding has its own unique vibe, and often a dress code will be stated on the invite. But what do these dress codes actually mean? Here, I explain the most common wedding guest dress codes to help prepare you for any upcoming weddings this season!

 

Casual

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Don’t mistakenly interpret a casual dress code to mean you should show up to a wedding in jeans and a tee. Casual wedding attire calls for a simple dress or jumpsuit—or you can surprise everyone and wear a totally on-trend suit!

 

Cocktail Attire (Semi-Formal)

This dress code is your chance to be the most playful; try a knee-length dress or skirt, colorful details, and your favorite style of shoe.

 

Formal Attire (Black Tie Optional)

This dress code is known as black tie optional because it means the wedding party will be dressed in formal attire (gowns and tuxedos), while guests have the option to dress formally as well. A safe bet is to find a cocktail to floor length formal dress.

 

Black Tie

This is where we get to pull out all the stops, ladies! Choose a formal dress with a jewel color tone and statement-making details. Think of this as your red carpet moment.

 

White Tie

The most formal of dress codes, this requires a proper (usually more conservative) gown, typically floor length. If you want to go shorter, opt for a tea length dress and dress it up with heels and sleek accessories.

If your invite doesn’t state a dress code, don’t fret! Base your outfit on the design of the invitation, the location, the day/time of the wedding… and of course, it’s always a safe bet to just ask!

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