Blog: Crossroads Style

April 23rd, 2019 by Jennifer Beile Round-Up: The Early Aughts Trends & How to Style Them

The fashion of the early aughts is an enigma that most would like to forgive and forget. I spent my formative teenage years following the trends of Britney, Christina, Gwen, and Paris and while I don’t regret it, there wasn’t much else I could do at the time with what was available, I would rather not revisit any of my fashion choices during those years.

However, as we know, fashion trends are cyclical in nature and every 20 years or so, come back into the mainstream. Perhaps it’s because those that are bringing the trends back weren’t old enough to remember and the thought of “vintage” fashion is reason enough for them to bring the trends back around. Or, it’s also because these trends typically are modernized for the times and it’s only the inspiration and idea that is being recycled.  Whatever the reason, the early aughts are coming in strong this season, whether we understand it or not. Take a look at some of the biggest trends from the early aughts and how to style them.

Low Rise Denim

If you’re like me, the higher the waistband on your jeans, the better. Even in my high school years, 2000-2004, the very definition of the early aughts, I was not a fan of low rise denim, even though that’s all that was really available at the time. There has recently an uptick in low rise jeans in street style, Instagram #OOTDs, and in stores lately, so there must be something about them that caters to part of the population. This is one early aughts trend that I am vehemently against, but if it works for your comfort and body proportions, you do you boo!
Woman wearing fur-printed jacket and low-rise denim.

Cargo Pants

Ah, cargo pants; style and functionality at its best. For now, it seems that we are no longer adamant about tucking cargo pants into calf-high boots and topping the outfit off with a crop top, the modern cargo pant has a more streamlined silhouette for a flattering fit.
Woman wearing cargo pants and heels.

Camo

Camo print has never really gone away, though it’s had its ebbs and flows in the fashion world. The print gives an edgy flair to a street style look, whether it’s in the form of pants, a jacket, or head-to-toe. Wear it in an unexpected way by mixing prints or pairing it with more feminine pieces.
Woman wearing a camo jacket.

Hair Accessories

Butterfly clips were amazing, I’m not going to lie, but unfortunately, those aren’t coming back into style (yet). Hair clips, barrettes, and feminine headbands have made their way back onto the trend scene, and this is one recycled trend that I am definitely not mad about. Go bold or keep it simple, hair accessories are something you can have fun with!
Woman wearing beaded accessories and hair clips.

Strappy Sandal Heels

Delicate strappy sandals, think Carrie on ‘Sex and the City’ have made an appearance in the fashion world. A cross between a stiletto, a kitten heel, and a strappy flat, the shoe style is a way to dress up an outfit without being too brazen.
Woman on couch with heeled sandals.

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April 16th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile Bermuda Shorts: 6 Ways to Wear the Trend

Bermuda shorts, or longer length shorts that are an inch or so above the knee, have been popping up all over my Instagram and blogroll lately and after doing a bit of research, I realized that it was a trend that went completely unnoticed by me this season. The controversial length of the shorts is not flattering on every body type, but the refreshing novelty of the style piqued my interest. Take a look at six ways to style Bermuda shorts for the spring season.

Transitional Spring

Pair longer length trouser shorts with a lightweight sweater and booties for the perfect transitional spring look.
Woman wearing bermuda shorts and sweater.

Go Chic

Pair the longer length shorts with a structured top and blazer for a twist on a classic look.
Woman pairing shorts with patterned blazer.

Stay Classic

Style these shorts the same you would a pair of typical denim: tuck in your favorite blouse and add some slides for an effortless street style look.
Woman crossing the street in patterned top and shorts.

Sporty Details

The long shorts lend themselves perfectly to an athleisure look. Pair them with a lightweight sweatshirt, belt bag, and sneakers for a simple weekend look.
Blogger wearing track jacket with bermuda shorts.

Summer Getaway

Throw on a longer pair of shorts over your swimsuit or crop top during a summer getaway this year, whether poolside or oceanside, for maximum comfort.
Woman wearing bermuda shorts with bikini top.

Denim Daze

The denim on denim look is a classic and can be used as a go-to when you’re lacking inspiration.
Blogger wearing full denim with shorts.

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April 2nd, 2019 by Jennifer Beile Round Up: 6 Ways to Layer for Spring

Spring weather can be fickle; going from cold, to hot, and back chilly in the time between dawn and dusk. It can be dry, windy, or raining all in the span of a day. So what is the answer to battling all of these weather challenges? Layers! Layers are your best friend during the spring season and the easiest way to make it comfortably through the inconsistent weather.
Take a look at the easiest way to layer using spring essentials that you already have in your closet!

Layer Your Jackets

Lightweight outer layers like a blazer or a spring trench coat can replace your winter coats.
Woman wearing yellow blazer.

Add a Turtleneck

A long sleeve tee or a thin turtleneck will become the most versatile piece in your wardrobe. Use it to layer under a summer dress, a long sleeve blouse, or under a thick cardigan.
Woman wearing turtleneck and floral jacket.

Pair a Sweater and Dress

Throw an oversized knit over your favorite summer midi for a fun juxtaposition of a chunky sweater and a flowy dress.
Two women wearing sweaters and dresses.

Jeans and a Dress?

A dress over jeans? No, we aren’t back in 2002, but the trend has cycled back and is a bold option for transitional dressing.
Woman wearing light jeans and dress.

Use Tights as a Layer

Tights are a fun way to add a layer of warmth to your springtime outfit.
Rachel wearing yellow dress.

Add a Lightweight Scarf

Trade your chunky scarves for lightweight silky scarves.
Woman wearing blue spring scarf.

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March 19th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile Round-Up: How to Pull Off the Neon Trend

Now that the weather has begun to heat up, it’s time to talk about the hottest and more daring trend of the season: neon. I’ve typically shied away from vibrant and saturated colors, but in the last year,  I have found myself experimenting with more colors that I’ve probably worn in my life; From neutrals to pastels and neon! Adding bold colors can have an empowering effect and wearing it with confidence will boost your mood and prevent you from feeling like a fluorescent highlighter.

Be Subtly Brazen

Subtle neon details and accents are an easy way to test the waters of the loud color trend.
Women wearing bright neon heels with subtle outfit.

Pair With Muted Shades

Tone down the volume of a neon piece by pairing it with a neutral, muted color like beige or brown.
Woman wearing neon with muted colors.

Bold Basics

Incorporate neon into your staple outfits with basic pieces, such as tees or pullovers, excluding print if it’s too loud for you.
Woman wearing neon sweater with black pants.

Dare to go Head to Toe

Feeling especially vivacious? Combine complementary neon colors into one outfit for a head turning look.
Woman wearing neon top and bottom.

Focus on Prints

The print of a neon piece will split the focus of the bold color and create a calmer look without erasing the excitement.
Woman wearing printed neon pieces.

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March 12th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile Round-Up: 6 Easy Staples to Prepare You for Spring

It may be hard to start thinking about your spring wardrobe when it’s still freezing in the majority of the country, but spring officially graces us with its presence next week and the sun will be coming out sooner than we know it. Spring can be a hard season to style during, with the fickle weather throughout the day going from cold mornings to warm afternoons and chilly evenings. Being prepared with lightweight layers and easy pieces to throw on will make dressing this season a breeze.
Check out 6 easy-to-wear spring staples that should be in your wardrobe once those temperatures rise and the sun shines.

Chinos

A lightweight, casual alternative to denim, the chino pant is making a comeback as an easy to style and wear neutral staple piece.
Blogger wearing khaki chinos.

Utility Jacket

The ultimate in casual cool, a utility jacket is the perfect layering piece for fickle spring weather.
Blogger wearing utility jacket as the idea of spring staples.

Mules

Flat or heeled, mules are the easiest wear and go shoe of the season to instantly add a chic element to your outfit.
Woman wearing mules with jeans and jacket.

Light Wash Relaxed Denim

It’s all about comfort this spring. Give your legs some breathing room this season and grab a pair of relaxed jeans in a light wash.
Blogger wearing light wash denim and a hoodie.

Straw Bag

Nothing screams warm weather more than the reappearance of the seasonal straw bag.
Woman wearing brown pants with shirt and straw bag.

Midi Dress & Skirt

The mid-length dress and skirt trend is perfect for the transitional season and can be styled so many ways, with chunky knits and boots to tees and sneakers.
Woman wearing a bright orange skirt with orange accessories.

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