Blog: Crossroads Style

August 15th, 2017 by Jennifer Beile 5 Early 2000s Style Trends Making a Comeback

I generally think of the early 2000s as a rebellious time in fashion, a time when fashion tried too hard to be different from previous decades. In trying to set itself apart, the early 2000s isn’t remembered as the most fashionable era. Some may even say it was the most cringeworthy. It brought us an overabundance of flip-flops, super low-rise jeans paired with belly-baring tops, bedazzled graphic tees, and more colors and patterns than we ever thought we needed in our wardrobe.

While there are many trends from the early aughts that we never need to be reminded of, it looks as though some are slowly making a comeback. I’m personally still on the skeptical side, but luckily, these trends have received major modern updates and can be paired with current trends and styles.

Take a look at some of the early 2000s trends making a comeback, plus tips on how to wear them today!

 

1. Low Rise Jeans

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Back in the early aughts, it was almost impossible to find any other denim style besides low-rise jeans. I cringe remembering it was actually a trend to have your thong show above your jeans. If you’re too young to remember this, be thankful! Low-rise denim is making a comeback, but instead of super low-rise styles with rhinestone embellishments, we’re seeing more wearable slouchy girlfriend denim.

 

2. Tracksuits

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The image of Paris Hilton in bedazzled pink velour tracksuits will be forever burned into my brain as the iconic image of early 2000s fashion. This is the one trend from the early aughts that will need to work hard to convince me. If you’re feeling risky, look for a slightly fitted, branded tracksuit, minus the rhinestones. Pair it with your favorite sneakers for a throwback athleisure look.

 

3. Brightly-Tinted Sunglasses

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Everyone wore tinted sunglasses, specifically aviators. It was a gender neutral trend in sunglasses that didn’t do much to block sunlight, but it sure made a statement. To avoid looking dated, choose frames that are slightly oversized and have more muted lenses. Pair them with an understated outfit as an accent to your look.

 

4. Trucker Hats

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The Von Dutch trucker hat was donned by every “cool kid” you knew, from Ashton Kutcher to Britney Spears. The trend went as quickly as it came, but the mark it made on the early 2000s is undeniable. Lately, models and influencers like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner have been seen wearing trucker hats. The early aughts were all about bright, in-your-face pieces, but the current round of trucker hats are more understated.

 

5. Dresses Over Denim 

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In high school, I was definitely into this classic early 2000s trend. A baby doll dress layered over flared jeans or cropped leggings? I totally thought I was cool. These days, you’d be hard-pressed to get me back into an outfit like that, but I will admit that the “it girls” of today have reinvented this look. And they make it more tempting with some artful layering! Choose a clean, tailored bottom and a shift or shirt dress for a modern take on this trend.

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April 26th, 2017 by Julius Adorsu Chicago Fashion Spotlight: An Interview with Two Creatives

Chicago is known for many things: deep dish pizza, great museums and galleries, and the beauty of the city itself. It’s a little less known for all the creative and fashionable people who reside here, but I’m looking to help change that. I had the opportunity to interview some of the most stylish bloggers/creatives I follow, and the results were inspiring beyond belief. The first two people were Brandon and Desirée—a creative and a blogger, respectively.

 

  1. How would you define style

Desirée: Style is your personality that comes across in your appearance. It can be the way you clothe yourself or the accessories you wear.

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Brandon: Style is personal expression meets visuals. It can be the clothing, it can be accessories, it can be nail polish, it can be beads, it can be confidence. For me, it’s a way to express myself through the way I present myself.

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  1. David Bowie once said, “I wanted to be thought of as someone who was very much a trendy person, rather than a trend.” How do you feel about that statement in our present time?

Desirée: If you’re trendy, you have a sensitivity to what’s going on around you and are able to pick up on it. But it’s something that continues to cycle. He was able to stay relevant for so long because he knew the difference.

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Brandon: Everyone is into a certain look, a certain trend, a certain style. Yet that isn’t always authentic and genuine.  I’m just a really big fan of being 100% yourself.

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  1. If you had to wear only one designer or brand exclusively for three years, who would it be and why?

Desirée: I’d have to choose a designer and it would be Marc Jacobs. He just knows how to do so many things.  He could do grunge or a polished-up lady Louis Vuitton look.

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Brandon: Louis Vuitton would be the brand, mainly because of the rich history. He was able to bring [the brand] from a bag no one wanted, to a luxury luggage brand, then to a full fashion house. I really appreciate what the house represents because I’m all about the hustle and the grind.

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Watch the full interview below!

 

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February 9th, 2017 by Jennifer Beile Who to Follow on Instagram for New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week has begun, and although I won’t be there, following the runway, street style and festivities through Instagram is still an exciting biannual ritual for me. If you didn’t score a ticket either, don’t fret—Instagram is the next best place to be. Take a peek at who to follow on Instagram for the best inside look.

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Models

What better way to follow NYFW than with an intimate behind-the-scenes look through a runway model’s eyes? WhoWhatWear has created a list of the freshest faces walking the runway this year. See it here.
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Bloggers

Many of our favorite bloggers attend NYFW shows and parties and share all the juicy details and photos with their readers. Some of my favorite bloggers to follow are Danielle Bernstein, Natalie Suarez, Aimee Song, Leandra Medine and Blaire Eadie.
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Designers

Designers often share their favorite images from their collections before, during and after their runway shows. A few of my favorite designers to follow during NYFW are Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, and Jeremy Scott.
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Fashion Influencers

Influencers are the fashion “it” girls that fill our social media feeds with all the style inspiration a gal could ever want. A few influencers that are must-follows are Eva Chen, Alexa Chung, and Olivia Palermo.
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Street Style Photographers

My favorite part of Fashion Week has always been seeing the attendees’ street style. The best way to keep up is to follow the photographers: Scott Schuman, Melodie Jeng and Hyunbum Nam are a few of my favorites.
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Happy Fashion Week!

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January 30th, 2017 by Melanie Sutrathada How to Style the Utilitarian Trend

With the number of military-inspired pieces we’ve seen on celebrities and bloggers, the utilitarian trend shows no signs of slowing down in 2017! One of the best things about the utilitarian trend is how easy it is to wear; while it’s known for its signature masculine pieces, you can effortlessly juxtapose them with more feminine details.

Take a look at how our favorite fashionistas rock the utilitarian trend!

 

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The easiest way to express your love for the utilitarian trend? Pick one color and build your outfit around it!

 

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This androgynous combination is a classic. Find the balance between masculinity and femininity by choosing utilitarian outerwear that encompasses both! This jacket looks masculine and bulky at first glance, but it also has feminine touches like epaulettes and asymmetrical zippers.

 

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Imitating Le-Happy’s edgy look is a great way to utilize the Crossroads army jacket you bought a few seasons back! Style it with your favorite graphic band tee, a pair of black leggings and some sneakers or boots for the perfect ’90s-inspired outfit!  

 

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The utilitarian color scheme typically consists of navy blue, black and olive green, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with a bright pop of color! We love how this faux fur statement bag works with the rest of the outfit.

 

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If you’re all about maximizing style with minimal effort, then a utilitarian jumpsuit is the piece for you! Throw a few accessories into the mix and you can easily wear this outfit to the office or a dinner afterwards with friends.

 

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When a utilitarian piece is the focal point of your outfit, stick to modest prints or monochromatic colors. Style a long vest over a bodycon or black midi dress, and use a belt to accentuate your waistline. Top off this look by carrying a bag in a complementary color such as burnt orange, dark red or tan.

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November 14th, 2016 by Melanie Sutrathada Trend to Try: Statement Sleeves

As temperatures start to drop, I’m reaching for trends that call for a little more fabric and tons of drama like the statement sleeve. Whether you’re drawn to billowy off-the-shoulder numbers or romantic bell sleeves, these shirt silhouettes are stealing the spotlight this fall.

 

Here’s how some of our favorite bloggers are letting their sleeves do the talking:

Go big or go home with the biggest bell sleeves you ever did see. Add in a flared hemline for the perfect 70s vibe.
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Pretty ruffled sleeves feel ultra-feminine and stylish. 
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Almost head-to-toe black goes uber chic with long bell sleeves. The white trim is the perfect touch of contrast!
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These white ruffled sleeves make a huge statement in a modern way. Layer your top under a silky dress for the ultimate in understated elegance.
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Keep the rest of your outfit simple and classic, so your top can really steal the show. 
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Have you picked up any pieces with statement sleeves this fall? Which style is your favorite?

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