Blog: Crossroads Style

July 23rd, 2019 by Jennifer Beile 4 Ways to Wear Late Summer Trends

This summer has been full of micro-trends, popping up throughout the season, which, if I am being honest, I typically tend to like more than the “must-haves” of each season. They are usually a bit more fun and open for individual interpretation. The common theme between the most recent trend proclamations is that they are all nostalgic; from the ’60s to the ’90s, the late summer trends are calling back to the most carefree summer days with modern updates. Check out below what my four favorite late-summer trend discoveries are!

Silk Scarves

As Samantha wrote last week, summer scarves have made a big splash. Silk summer scarves are being re-purposed in a modern way to bring a fresh feel to this retro accessory.
Woman wearing printed silk scarf for summer trends.

Anklets

As most 90’s trends have made it back into the trend cycle, it’s no surprise that we have begun to see anklets coming back in full force. From dainty chains, charms, and the notorious puka shells, anklets are an unexpected trend that has upgraded from bohemian to chic.
Woman highlighting summer trends with anklet and small heeled shoes.

Seashell Accessories

From earrings, anklets, and even bags, accessories comprising of seashells have slowly infiltrated my Instagram, Pinterest feed, and all my favorite stores. As with each trend that cycles back, this has taken a modern update from the puka shells of the ’90s.
Woman wearing all white with brown accessories in the street.

Tie-Dye

The nostalgic print has reappeared this year and has somehow grown from childhood family vacation souvenir t-shirts to chic summer style. Try pairing this print with elevated fabrics for a refreshing take on the trend.
Woman wearing tie-dye shirt with white pants.

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July 22nd, 2019 by Samantha Furno Beach-Ready Style (Without the Beach)

Sunshine, warm sand and an ocean view are at the top of my vacation list when it comes to summer travel. Since I don’t go on nearly enough trips to the beach during the summer season, I like to play pretend by adding some tropical vibes to my summer looks! Even if I’m not basking in the sunshine in a sandy destination, who says I can’t dress like I’m there?! I’ve rounded up five simple and effortless ways to make any outfit feel a bit more “beachy.” (travel not required!)

Swimwear as Daywear

Did you see Jennifer’s article from earlier this month?! She talks all about how to incorporate swimwear into your everyday outfits, which is a fool-proof way to make any outfit feel like you’re heading the beach! Read her article here.
Woman wearing swimwear top as a beach look.

Timeless Tropical Prints

Tropical prints will forever be reminiscent of the summer season. Instead of reaching for that classic Hawaiian print button down in your closet that you’ve had for years, try incorporating this fun print into your look this summer in a fashion-forward silhouette like these straight leg pants instead!
Woman wearing printed floral pants with plain black tank top.

Shell Deets

Take the beach with you wherever you go this summer season by adding pearl accessories to your outfits!
Woman wearing pearl accessories that remind us of the beach.

Add in a Bright Hue

Bold colors instantly make any outfit pop and are a must for mastering a vacation-ready look! Throw on an eye-catching tank with some shell jewelry for a winning combo!
Woman wearing bright tank top with beach shell accessories.

Straw Accessories

Whether it’s a wide-brim hat or a tote purse, straw accessories are an easy outfit addition that will make any look a bit more beachy in style!
A small collection of straw-based accessories.

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July 15th, 2019 by Samantha Furno Trend Report: Silk Scarves for Summer

This summer season has been full of stylish micro-trends, from tie-dye to bucket hats, but lately I am loving the fact that feminine silk scarves are totally making a comeback! Silk scarves were a favorite accessory of old Hollywood starlets (think Grace Kelly or Bridget Bardot) and they were the perfect piece to add to any outfit to make it feel a bit more European-chic! Modern day fashionistas are taking this retro-accessory and wearing it in unique and stylish ways, making the trend feel totally fresh. Whether you wear them up in your hair or tied around your favorite handbag, a silk scarf is the perfect summer accessory to add a hint of old-Hollywood glam to your summer outfits! I’ve rounded up a few totally chic ways we’re seeing this accessory incorporated in summer looks!

Wear it as A Top

If you can snag a scarf that is slightly longer, push your style limits a bit and try wearing it as a summer top this season!
Woman using summer scarves as a top for the beach.

In Place of a Hat

For the ultimate old-Hollywood vibe, wear a feminine silk scarf on you head, tied loosely around your neck. Plus this is a fantastic way to camouflage a bad hair day!
Woman drinking wine and reading a book with a scarf over her head.

On A Handbag

Jazz up your favorite summer handbag with a vibrant silk scarf!
Blogger tying scarves on a straw purse.

In your Hair

Add some Parisian flair to your summer look by wearing this accessory as a hair tie on a warm and sunny day!
Woman tying a scarf to her ponytail outside.

On Your Neck

Wrap a long and thin scarf around your neck in place of a necklace for some fashion-forward flair!
Blogger wearing a darker scarf over a dress.

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June 18th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile 7 Style Tips for Surviving the Summer Heat

We love summer! It brings us vacations, lots of backyard BBQs, concert season, beach and pool weekends, and longer days. But, it also comes with some seriously brutal heat. The temperatures are rising and the last thing I want to do is get dressed. Extreme heat already tends to make me feel bloated, frizzy, and sweaty and adding a layer of fabric against my skin never sounds appealing. Luckily, there are certain ways to get dressed to ensure that we are keeping as cool as possible.
Read on below to see 7 styling tips for surviving the summer heat!

Go for Natural Fabrics

Fabrics made of natural fibers, like cotton and linen, are more breathable and lightweight than synthetic fibers, like polyester.
Blogger wearing natural fabrics to reduce heat.

Lighter Colors Absorb Less Heat

Stick to lighter colored clothing pieces as they absorb less heat, actually reflecting heat, so keeping you just a bit cooler in the brutal summer temperatures.
Woman wearing light-colored dress to absorb less heat.

Steer Clear of Denim

Yes, that even means itsy-bitsy, teeny-weenie denim cut-offs. Denim traps the heat against your body. Go for linen or cotton bottoms.
Woman wearing a two-piece beige set with white lace purse.

Give Yourself Some Wiggle Room

Plan outfits around looser silhouettes. The less fabric against your body, the better air can circulate and the cooler you will stay.
Woman wearing looser-fitting pants so that heat isn't trapped.

Sturdy, Flat Shoes Should Be Your Go To

Lightweight, sweat-wicking and flat strappy sandals will keep your feet dry and sweat free. This may be the reason that dad sandals are trending currently!
Close-up photo of black open-toe sandals.

Top off Your Outfit

Protect your scalp and face from UV rays. A lightweight, straw hat with ventilation is best for the hottest days of the summer.
Blogger wearing patterned off-the-shoulder blouse.

Keep Accessories Minimal

The less weighing you down – bags, jewelry, and chunky shoes included – the less heat against your skin.
Woman dressed in summer outfit with minimal accessories except for a bag.

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June 17th, 2019 by Jennifer Beile 4 Ways to Wear a Structured Blazer This Summer

When we think of summer layering, anything lightweight and airy like denim jackets, button-down shirts and kimonos tend to come to mind first, but what about blazers? Structured, tailored and undeniably chic, blazers are one of the more underrated layering pieces of the summer season, but they definitely deserve a place in your warm-weather wardrobe! Stephanie Arant, the fashionista behind the style blog, Unconscious Style, always keeps some stylish blazers on rotation in her wardrobe and trust me, this girl know’s how to make a blazer work with just about any outfit! I’ve taken some style notes from this layering queen and pulled together some of my favorite summer looks she has put together featuring a perfectly styled blazer! Prepare to feel inspired!

Matching Set

An updated, summer version of a classic suit, this little matching set is what summer blazer dreams are made of! Master Steph’s look by pairing a blazer with the same (or at least similar) color shorts and add a brightly colored top to the mix and you’ll be set!
Blogger wearing short suit set with blazer.

Pair With A Dress

Pairing an oversized, menswear blazer with a feminine and flirty maxi-dress is totally unexpected and creates such an interesting silhouette that is very Olsen Twin-esque!
Summer look with dress and structured jacket.

Keep Things Monochromatic

With this look, Steph proves that you can easily breathe new life into your favorite houndstooth or plaid winter blazer. As long as you wear winter’s blazer over a monochromatic all-white look like Steph did, you’ll be able to keep this structured style on repeat year-round!
Blogger wearing monochromatic look with patterned blazer.

Wear Over a Summer Crop

The long, sleek lines of a blazer are the perfect design detail to add some length to your summer look when paired with a cute crop top. No need to match your blazer with your bottoms here; opt for some high-waisted jeans instead for that ultimate cool-girl vibe like Steph!
Blogger wearing white blazer with denim.

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