Blog: Crossroads Style

October 16th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Round Up: 5 UK Style Bloggers You Should Be Following

There has always been something more sophisticated and chic about the style across the pond. I’ve recently been gravitating towards UK style bloggers for fall fashion inspiration. Take a look at my 5 favorite UK style bloggers that you should be following!

 

Emma Hill: EJ Style
Emma has an attainable everyday chic style. I also adore her YouTube channel which includes shopping hauls + try ons, travel vlogs, and styling tips.

 

Freddie Harrel: Freddie Harrel
Color, bold prints, confidence, women empowerment: if you are a fan of any of these, you will fall in love with Freddie immediately.
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Lucy Williams: Fashion Me Now
She is the image definition of effortless.

 

Olivia Purvis: What Olivia Did
Feminine and simple, Olivia’s style is a breath of fresh air.

 

Carrie Santana: Wish Wish Wish
Earthy, muted tones and minimalistic outfits, Carrie’s style is right up my ally.

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September 11, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Round-Up: How to Wear the Western Trend

The Western trend is nothing new. It’s been meandering in the fashion industry the last several years, but it’s become apparent from recent runway shows that we are in a full-blown ’80s Western trend revival.

I feel your hesitation. I echo your hesitation. I’m all for having fun getting dressed, but going full on Little House on the Prairie has just never been on my style wishlist. It wasn’t until I noticed I was falling for the details of Western wear that I realized there are ways to subtly wear these styles—and that I already have quite a few pieces in my wardrobe that work.

Trends aren’t necessarily meant to be taken literally and worn as they are on the runway. They can inspire and influence a style that you may not have otherwise given a chance.  If you’re a bit hesitant to try the Western trend, read on for five easy ways to subtly incorporate it into your wardrobe.

 

1. Accessorize

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Accessories are great way to test the waters of a new trend. Give a touch of Western flare to a neutral outfit with silver buckles, saddle bags, turquoise accents, or a horn necklace like the one Lucy is wearing.

 

2. On Your Feet

Perhaps one of the most obvious ways to try this trend is to rock a pair of cowboy-inspired boots. Go bold with fringe or buckles or understated with subtle stitch detailing. Fall is the perfect time to show off a pair of statement boots in a midi/maxi dress or cropped denim.

 

3. Maxi Shirt Dress

Speaking of dresses, midi and maxi dresses have been trending all year, so I know you have one in your closet. Cinch your dress with a silver buckle belt at the waist, add your favorite booties, and you’ll add a subtle Western vibe to your fall uniform.

 

4. Top It Off

You’ll nary see a cowboy without his hat! For the chicest way to finish your fall outfit with a Western twist, look for a hat with a wide brim and high crown. Bonus points for embroidery or belt detail!

 

5. All in The Details

Fringe, ruffles, and suede are characteristic of Western wear, and they can look thoroughly chic when suitably styled.

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May 4th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile ’90s Style Icons We’re Still Inspired By Today

Ah, the ’90s. The decade of grunge, hip hop, pop, and preppy style that continues to inspire us today. If you didn’t grow up in the ’90s, chances are you’ve heard time and time again that they were the best time for fashion and music, and—though I may be biased—I have to agree.

There’s a reason why ’90s style trends are constantly coming back; the carefree spirit and attitude of ’90s fashion hasn’t been able to be recreated or replicated. Why fix something if it’s not broken?  Let’s celebrate by taking a look back at some of the biggest style icons of the decade.

 

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Lisa Bonet
One of the most sought after young actresses in the ’80s and ’90s, Lisa Bonet has a rebellious, free-spirited, bohemian style all her own that we still covet today. Lisa’s daughter, actress Zoe Kravitz, has inherited her mother’s style and become a modern fashion icon in her own right.

 

Drew Barrymore
From grunge to happy hippie, Drew’s style embodies her free spirit and was as expressive as her contagious smile. As long as ’90s trends keep coming back in style, ’90s Drew will always be an inspiration!

 

Gwen Stefani
Mixing classic, punk, and athleisure style, there is no doubt (pun intended) that Gwen Stefani is a quintessential ’90s girl.

 

Winona Ryder
Before the legal controversies and her comeback with Stranger Things, Winona Ryder was a ’90s movie star and style icon. Her grunge style and attitude made her one of the “it” girls of the decade!

 

Kate Moss
Supermodel Kate Moss just has classic street style; we could literally wear the exact outfits today and be super on trend!

 

Jennifer Aniston
For over 20 years, Jennifer Aniston has been a consistent style icon, having crafted the perfect classic, effortless style we all crave.

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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

Trucker Hats

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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