Blog: Crossroads Style

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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March 5th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile Round-Up: Surprising Spring Accessory Trends

Every season we see recycled trends reemerge and this season it’s all about the throwback accessory! Fashion girls and guys have been taking inspiration from the decade that we just can’t seem to let go. Check out the most surprising spring accessory trends that we are starting to see populate Instagram and street style stars this season.

Headbands

Your favorite childhood accessory is back with a modern fashion update. From padded velvet and embellished headbands to silk ribbons, the simple hair accessory is an easy and functional accent to your look.
blogger wearing headband as an accessory.

Hair Clips

Barrettes and clips are suddenly adorning the hair of street style stars and can create a traditionally feminine look or an edgy fashion statement.
Photo of designer hair clip accessories.

Bucket Hats

The most surprising spring accessory may just be none other than the bucket hat. Brave fashion girls and guys have been making the bucket hat look cool, and if you’re tempted to give it a go, look for a modern take on the old school accessory, like a leather version.
Man wearing a bucket hat as spring accessory.

Sport Sandals

Sport sandals have become a bonafide Instagram trend among the fashion crowd. Comfortable and functional, can they really be fashionable? Designers and street style stars seem to think so!
Blogger pairing sandals with a dress.

Colorful Tights

Liven up your look with a pair of bold opaque tights for a vibrant transitional look!
Woman wearing colorful tights.

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February 19th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile Round Up: 5 Ways to Wear Pink

We recently talked about how beige and browns are the surprising color trend of the season, but that’s not to say that the luminous pastels and bright neons that we fell in love with last year are going anywhere. In fact, if fashion week’s runways and this years’ red carpet looks are any indication – which, of course, they are – colors like marigold, fiery reds, living coral, bold blues, and vibrant pink will be on everyone’s style radar.

One of the biggest surprises is the resurgence of those vibrant pink shades. Pink can be somewhat of a difficult color to style. How do you wear pink without looking too adolescent? How does pink fit into a modern fashion world that totes sleek, chic pieces in subdued colors? Take a look at some outfit inspiration of how to dress pretty in pink in a modern world.

Tailored Separates

Tailored pieces will contrast the femininity of pink and add strength to create a chic look.
Blogger wearing a pink suit.

Outerwear

Second layers in feminine colors are especially beautiful as we come into the spring season and a great way to liven up an outfit of neutral colors or compliment an outfit of like hues of pinks and red.
Blogger wearing pink overcoat.

Add Texture

Textured knits and bottoms in soft hues and pastel pinks create a feminine look without looking like a bubblegum princess.
Blogger wearing two different textured pink pieces.

Wear With Similarly Bright Colors

Pink doesn’t have to be the focus of your outfit. Paired with similarly bright colors will tone down the vivaciousness of the punchy hue.
Blogger wearing bright pink pieces.

Wear as an Accent Color

Of course, the best way to incorporate a color you may not be totally comfortable with, but interested in trying, is to use it as an accent color, like an accessory or a color within a printed piece.
Blogger with bright pink purse.

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February 5th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile Round Up: A Modern Take on Print Mixing

The forecast for spring and summer 2019 trends all have one thing in common: prints! Last year, fashion week proved that the louder, bigger, and bolder a print is, the more we will be seeing it for the upcoming season. Print mixing typically has had a reputation for only being for those who enjoy taking risks with fashion, but no matter your style, there is a way to mix prints without straying too far from your personal comfort level. I’ve gathered some inspiration below to inspire you to embrace print mixing, from modern minimalist to bold risk taker.

Combine Checkered Patterns

Combine different checkered patterns in a like color palette for a subdued modern take on the trend.
Blogger mixing checkered prints.

Pair With a Statement Blouse

Pair a printed statement blouse with a traditional print on the bottom for a playful take on the trend.
Blogger print mixing with a statement blouse

Stick to the Classics

Sticking to classic prints in black and white is a no fail way to mix your favorite prints.
Blogger wearing black and white patterns.

Invert The Color Scheme

An inverted color scheme is a perfect way to mix floral prints.
Blogger inverting color pattern.

Mix Your Stripes

You cannot go wrong mixing stripes; any color, any size, vertical or horizontal.
Blogger mixing striped prints.

Utilize a Statement Piece

Find your statement piece and choose a color from the pattern and find your second piece that focuses on that one color.
Blogger using floral prints to pair with polka dots.

Mix Your Accessories

For a more subtle try at the trend, grab an accessory with a contrasting print to your outfit.
Blogger using accessories for pattern mixing.

Find a Patchwork Piece

Not confident in your print mixing skills? Find a patchwork piece and let it do the work for you!
Blogger wearing patchwork piece.

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January 29th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile 5 Ways that Beige Doesn’t Have to be Bland

In the past year, we have seen vibrant colors take center stage: neons, coral, bold blues and pinks, so it’s a bit surprising that beige and brown has been such a focus of spring 2019 runway shows and trend reports. So how and why is this safe color tone competing with other playful and daring colors and trends? Beige can be used to complement stronger colors, bold fabrics, and textures. And because of all the saturated colors that have surrounded us in the last year, beige can now be used to stand out or make a statement in itself.
Take a look at some ways to style beige without feeling bland.

Mixing different shades of beige and browns will create a chic monochromatic outfit.

Blogger or a street corner wearing beige

Beige doesn’t have to mean boring; a playful print brings the safe color to a whole new level.

Blogger wearing animal print beige.

Accenting a bold color choice with a beige accessory or layer will subtly subdue your look.

Blogger pairing a beige overcoat with pink.

Unexpected fabrics, like silk or leather, add an unexpected refinement to beige and brown color tones.

Blogger wearing beige and copper dress.

Mixing different textures with different hues of beige add interest and define each layer of the outfit.

Blogger wearing brown and beige together.

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