Blog: Crossroads Style

July 17th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile 5 Ways to Style the Bike Short Trend

I’ll be honest… I cringe just a bit every time I see an outfit styled around the bike short trend. Growing up in the ’80s and ’90s, of course I wore neon spandex shorts when I was a kid, but I just cannot fathom wearing them as an adult. Maybe it’s the feeling of being just a bit too exposed in such a hugging fabric, or perhaps I’m shying away because they haven’t quite made their way back into mainstream fashion just yet.

The bike short trend had a resurgence on Fashion Week runways in the last year, and celebs like Kim Kardashian, the Hadid sisters, and Kendall Jenner have been rocking it since. Now, I’ve been noticing these shorts gaining popularity with some of my favorite street style stars and blogger babes. Are bike shorts actually making their way into mainstream fashion, or will they stay a celebrity and fashion “it girl” piece? If you’re keen on this daring runway trend, I’ve rounded up some of the top ways to style what may just become your next pair of go-to shorts!

 

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Under a Sheer Dress or Skirt
An obvious and practical way to hop on the bike short trend is to layer them under a sheer dress or skirt!

 

Update Your Athleisure Uniform
Swap out your typical leggings outfit for bike shorts to update your favorite athleisure outfit and beat the summer heat.

 

Top Them With a Blazer
How is it that a blazer can make any outfit look chic? Redefine business casual and throw a blazer over your bike shorts and a simple tee.

 

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Go-To Travel Uniform
If your goal is to be the epitome of style and comfort while you travel, try rocking a pair of bike shorts on your next flight or road trip.

 

Re-Purpose Your Mini As A Top
Try tucking your mini slip dress in on one side to create a completely new outfit!

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July 10th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Summer Style Guide: Matching Sets

Matching sets are trending this summer and for good reason: they’re easy to wear and eliminate the stress of putting an outfit together. They’re as easy as a dress or a jumpsuit but even more versatile—pieces come in pants, shorts, skirts, crop tops and more! And as a bonus, you can always mix and match separates with other pieces in your wardrobe.

Take a look at some of my favorite ways to style a matching set this summer!

 

Go Gingham
Find a matching set in summer’s hottest print: gingham!

 

For The Office
A short and blazer set is perfect for summer dressing at a casual office!

 

Wedding Wear
No more stressing what to wear to your summer wedding invites; I love the ease of a matching set, especially one that is this flowy!  Add some heels and you are wedding-ready!

 

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Date Night
A breezy, printed set is perfect for any summer date night location!

 

Vacation Mode
Go for bold colors and fun details—like this tie-front crop top—when looking for the perfect outfit for your summer getaways!

 

White Hot Summer
A white linen set will help get you through these record-breaking summer temperatures!

 

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July 3rd, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Round Up: 5 Alternatives to Summer Shorts

We can all agree that part of the official uniform for summer is a great pair of shorts. Classic styles like denim cut-offs and high-waist linen shorts were made for hot summer days.

But if you’re looking for something new, hot summer weather can be tricky. Whether you’re feeling shorts-averse or they’re still a wardrobe staple, check out our round-up of hot weather outfit alternatives to inspire your style this season.

 

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Breezy Jumpsuits
Jumpsuits are one of my year-round favorites, and a lightweight jumpsuit is the perfect simple summer one-piece!

 

Wide-Leg Linen Pants
Wide-leg linen pants are so versatile and can be worn to run errands or grab drinks with the girls!

 

Flowy Midi Dresses
I love a good mini dress, but midi dresses have my heart this summer!

 

Denim Skirts
Denim skirts are definitely replacing denim shorts as the summer uniform staple this year!

 

High-Waist Trousers
High-waist trousers have been my alternative to jeans this summer.  They are comfortable and breathable, yet still stylish enough for me to feel great about my outfit.

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June 27th, 2018 by Mary Elizabeth OOTD: Distressed Jeans + Summer Yellow

Hey guys, Mary Elizabeth here sharing a favorite Crossroads find and how I style it.  This week is dedicated to these ripped and torn to perfection Madewell jeans. With a high waist and a slim line, these pants give me that West Coast denim versatility: cozy with cashmere and converse, or sexy with stilettos and silk.

I paired my distressed denim with a canary yellow double-breasted blazer, a kitten heel, and a vintage, beaded clutch. The end result is a simple look with a punch of fun—and it’s quite comfortable! Plus, as the weather heats up, who isn’t happy about a little extra airflow?

 

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June 26th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Summer Style Guide: Denim Skirts for 2018

Denim is versatile and timeless, making it a mainstay in nearly everyone’s wardrobe. With summer in full swing, you’re likely already living in your favorite denim cut-offs… but maybe you’re thinking of updating your hot weather uniform.  Within the last year, denim skirts have quietly made their way back into the mix of modern trends. From mini to midi, body-hugging to A-line, and with embroidered or a raw hem details, denim skirts come in shapes for all sizes, and in styles for everyone!

Whether you like to keep it simple and casual or you pair your denim skirt with an unexpected top and statement shoes, you’re sure to find a style that you’ll fall for in my round-up below!

 

A raw hem and matching belt add character to Laurie’s white denim mini.

 

Happily Grey’s Mary updates a classic double denim look with a two-tone, asymmetrical, raw hem denim skirt.

 

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Conservative enough for work and cute enough for happy hour, a denim midi is the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe!

 

Grasie combines two of summer’s hottest trends: a denim mini and a tropical print top!

 

Tumi has the perfect summer uniform: denim mini, graphic tee, and strappy sandals!

 

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Alexandra’s raw and uneven hemline adds edge to an otherwise simple summer outfit.

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