Blog: Crossroads Style

March 13th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Unexpected Trend Alert: Dad Sneakers & How to Style Them

They’ve been slowly creeping their way into the fashion scene... First on the runway, then on street style “it girls” and celebs, and now I’m officially seeing style bloggers covet the surprising trend of the “dad sneaker.” You know the type: the off-brand, normcore sneaker your average dad can be seen wearing at an amusement park chasing after his kids. We embraced “mom” jeans, and apparently dad sneakers are next!

I’m not entirely on board with this trend, but in case you happen to be, there are some absolutely ways to make these chunky sneakers look chic!  Take a look at five ways to style dad sneakers and make them the “it” sneaker of 2018.

 

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1. Go athleisure.
What better way to wear any new sneaker trend than with your favorite athleisure look!

 

2. Pair with feminine pieces.
Create contrast by pairing these chunky casual sneakers with decidedly feminine pieces.

 

3. Embrace the perfect traveling shoe.
Let Chiara Ferragni inspire your style! She’s no stranger to traveling around the world and does it in only the chicest comfort.

 

4. Color-coordinate.
A little weary of drawing too much attention to your new sneakers? Coordinate the colors of your sneakers to your outfit for a seamless transition.

 

5. Suit it up.
Aimee Song creates an entirely different look with her suit, swapping out expected heels for Louis Vuitton sneakers.

 

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March 6th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Preserve Your Wardrobe: 5 Tips For Clothing Care

Taking care of your wardrobe will not only save you money in the long run, it will also keep your clothes and accessories looking new and clean for the duration you wear them. These tips are a great way to get the most out of your wardrobe, and they’ll help you out when you do decide to part ways with your used clothes and accessories; you’ll have more luck selling to Crossroads for cash or new clothes!

Check out five simple tips for preserving your wardrobe below!

 

1. Find a Tailor
It may seem counterintuitive to spend money to save money, but tailoring your investment pieces to fit you perfectly will keep you from tugging and rearranging the fabric all day. Plus, you’re more likely to wear and keep an item longer if it fits properly.

 

2. Learn Basic Sewing Techniques
Being able to mend simple tears or re-secure a loose button on your favorite pieces of clothing will help restore them. Fix a small problem yourself to prevent it from becoming too big to repair on your own.

 

3. Launder Carefully
Be sure to read and follow the care instructions on the labels of your clothing before you throw them in the washer and dryer. There is a reason different fabrics have different instructions. Additionally, not every piece of clothing needs to be washed after each wear. For example, steaming a blouse will remove wrinkles and refresh the fabric.

 

4. Store Clothes Properly
Knowing when to hang versus fold your clothing will help prevent stretching and wrinkling. Fold t-shirts, thicker fabric bottoms, and sweaters to keep their shape. Hang blouses, trousers, dresses, and heavier tops (like leather jackets and blazers). If you store out-of-season clothing, be sure to keep it in a cool, dry place and use moth balls or lavender.

 

5. Remove Scuff Marks from Shoes
You probably already have a few of the household products that will remove scuff marks from a variety of shoe fabrics, from canvas to leather. Mix equal parts water and baking soda, nail polish remover, or even toothpaste, dip a cotton ball into your cleaning solution, and use a circular motion to gently rub off scuff marks.

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February 27th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile 5 Activewear Brands That Will Inspire You to Work Out

Nearly three months into 2018, your fitness goals are still on track… but maybe you’re losing steam and getting a bit bored. Fitness isn’t just physical; your mindset has to be on the right track too. Something as simple as new, cute activewear may just be the bit of inspiration you’re looking for to keep kicking butt in (and out) of the gym!

It’s time to throw out that old sports bra you’ve been wearing since college and toss your old high school tee with permanent sweat marks. Give your workout gear a facelift with these functional and fashionable activewear lines.

 

1. Fabletics
Founded by actress and fitness buff Kate Hudson, this subscription-based activewear line has so many great prints and pre-coordinated sets!

 

2. Tory Sport
A performance activewear line by Tory Burch, Tory Sport combines fashion with active- and athleisure- wear so you can truly go from the yoga studio to brunch.

 

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3. Core 10
This edgy Amazon activewear line will make you feel like you’ve conquered your workout before you’ve even started!

 

4. Onzie
This Los Angeles-based company has created the perfect activewear line: functional and fashionable in a range of colors and prints!

 

5. Stronger
It’s all in the name. Stronger has created an activewear line to inspire you towards the strongest version of yourself!

 

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February 20th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Round-Up: Bold Color Is The New Black!

We’re in the midst of this year’s New York Fashion Week, and one trend I’ve noticed while perusing all the runway, street style, and blogger photos is color. Whether you’re color blocking, mixing prints, or adding accents, look to add eye-catching color to your wardrobe this season. The brighter the better! Black and neutrals will always be in style, but this is the year of color—and I am totally on board!

Take a look at some of my favorite looks featuring the bold color trend!

 

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Girl Boss in Blue

Bold blue is taking over, and my favorite way to wear it is in suit form, as seen on Michelle!

 

Analogous Color Blocking

Color blocking within the same color family has been a big trend, especially with red and purple hues.

 

Stripes!

Use stripes to show off your colors, from two-tone to rainbow!

 

Traffic-Stopping Red

Red is classic enough to integrate into your existing wardrobe and bold enough to make a statement.

 

Coordinate With Your Girl Gang

This is one of my favorite photos from NYFW. Even the dreary wet weather couldn’t stop these ladies from bringing out the bold color!

 

Pretty Pastels

If you usually stick to neutrals, try adding pastels into your wardrobe’s palette for a softer take on this trend.

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February 14th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Crossroads Shopping Tips from the Crossroads Style Council

Last week, five of my fellow Crossroads Style Council members and I took a short road trip from LA to Santa Barbara. We took over the Crossroads Trading in Santa Barbara and challenged ourselves to create an editorial outfit in just under an hour. Photos and videos will be coming to Crossroads’s Instagram soon!

Between photoshoot pit stops at gas stations, styling and shooting all of our fun Crossroads looks, the most amazing lunch together, I was able to round up some of the best Crossroads secondhand shopping tips from the experts themselves! Take a look at tips from your Crossroads Style Council on how to make the most of your store shopping experience.

 

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Beth, B. Jones StyleInstagram

Beth is a secondhand shopping god (in my mind, anyway). Her thrift shopping challenges inspire my soul and make me want to spend hours at my favorite Crossroads locations finding treasures. From Beth:

My tip is: at Crossroads, I get all my awesome, great, classic essentials. Like a great rag & bone tee, designer shoes, denim. So I always use Crossroads as a way to build my essential, classic wardrobe staples.

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Amelia, ClotheshorseInstagram

Amelia is the ultimate cool girl in her classic and chic pieces. I do have to admit that her Crossroads finds on our trip were the ones I was most jealous she found first!

Go when you can be leisurely—taking your time shopping secondhand will yield the best results. Get a coffee, caffeinate, eat something before so you’re not starving, make sure you’ve peed… Just know that you might have to do two rounds in the dressing room to be thorough.

Cassidy, Cassidy GardInstagram

Cassidy’s style is all-American, colorful, feminine, and flirty. It was my first time meeting Cassidy, and she is honestly the most genuine and so much fun to shop with!

I always pay attention to the materials—I don’t really look at the brand. I just look at the materials that I know are high quality, and the second I feel something that feels nice on my skin, it’s always a more luxurious brand than fast fashion [ones]. And that’s how I get through really quickly–looking at the colors and materials, feeling it… things that just breathe well on my skin.

Morgan, The Maverick MuseInstagram

Morgan has a style all her own: daring, retro, modern, and just SO MUCH FUN. I definitely have a girl crush!

One rule of thumb is that I will typically go where nobody else is, to not be clustered with other shoppers. A lot of thrifting is having the desire to spend time [on it], so I make sure that I don’t have any other requirements for the day and I can just leisurely stroll through and do my thing. You have to be hungry… you really have to have that desire to look and find the gems.

Mary, Hey Mary ElizabethInstagram

Mary has such a fun, whimsical style, and knowing that she is able to use Crossroads to build her wardrobe, you can bet that she has great tips to help you during your shopping trips!

Always check out the rejects from the dressing room. Think of it as a potentially curated section of clothes that didn’t fit someone else so well. Start at an area that’s not so overwhelming ([such as] shoes at Crossroads). When you find one good item right away, it gives you motivation to dig in.

Jennifer, Jennifer Beile

And from me: Go in with an open mind. If you are going secondhand shopping with specific pieces in mind, you will most likely miss out on some other great items that you weren’t looking for because you were concentrating too much on something specific. Also, look in multiple sizes! Not all brand sizing is created equal. I especially look at a range of sizes in denim, hold them up to my hips, and if they look close to fitting, I try them on. Don’t be afraid to try something on. It will always look different on the hanger versus on you.