Blog: Crossroads Style

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: 6 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.

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.

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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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 to 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.

 

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