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The Darling Blog

Welcome to The Darling Blog, a life and style blog by the owner of Darling Boutique, Linnea White. Darling is passionate about empowering women and inspiring strength through fashion to restore dignity and true beauty. Enjoy outfit inspiration and style tips, featured #darlingfinds, local collaborations, and so much more. Live the Darling lifestyle - an altogether beautiful life.

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Cozy in Cashmere

Linnea White

Some days (mostly Monday's), it's all about cozy. And when a cashmere sweater, velvet pants, suede booties, and leather tote bag collide in one affordable, secondhand outfit, the wardrobe and the wallet can sing some praises.

This look is all about lush, cozy closet staples, like cashmere, suede, and leather, mixed in with some current trends, like oversized sweaters and velvet everything. Shopping consignment is a great way to find designer pieces, or just really great quality fabrics, for a whole lot less. When this vintage Nordstrom cashmere sweater came in to the shop in mint condition, I knew it had to be styled. Paired with an effortless pair of AG Jeans velvet pants and suede booties, this look was ready for the Fall leaves covered streets.

And don't forget your locally-made accessories, because supporting handmade is even cooler than shopping consignment. Or at least equally cool. The simply garnet + gold triangle studs by Emily Warden Designs are the perfect compliment to the effortless chic of this ensemble. Add an everyday geo cuff set by Free Range and Feral and the jewelry is done.

One of our newest Darling Artisans, Brother John Leather, makes some incredible handout, handsewn leather goods, like this leather tote bag - the perfect everyday, carry-all tote. We filled the bag with his leather wallet, leather journal, and leather clutch for all the leather goodness. What else would you put in your amazing leather bag but more leather?

Shop these #darlingfinds and more at #darlingcville!

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

Styled & Modeled by Linnea White, Shop Owner // Photography by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Consignment finds: Vintage Nordstrom cashmere sweater, size XL, SOLD / AG Jeans velvet pants, size 4, $64 / Rag & Bone booties, size 39 1/2, SOLD // Locally-made Darling Artisans finds: Free Range & Feral geo cuff bracelets, $32 / Emily Warden Designs garnet studs / Dinosaur Toes ring, SOLD / Brother John Leather tote bag, leather journal, natural leather clutch, and trifold wallet

Shop these items and more at Darling Boutique, located on Charlottesville’s downtown mall!

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

 

Utilitarian Chic: On Trend Meets Timeless Fashion

Linnea White

One of the Spring 2017 fashion trends to look out for, utilitarian chic is a play on tailored classics and sporty proportions. For a little #throwbackthursday fashion, I styled a timeless-meets-trendy outfit that had me channeling my inner Marilyn or Audrey in these sunnies.

This outfit is such a throw back (#TBT), I can't even handle. I felt like a mid-century babe in this outfit, from the coiffed curls to the utilitarian pencil skirt and feminine blouse. Like a bird on a wire, I felt airy and dainty, spreading my wings, strolling on my tippy toes; and like a total bad ass babe, I felt bossy and confident, rocking those shades like there was paparazzi around the corner.

Even the makeup plays up the updated 1950's style, from the hair style to the bold brow and bright lipstick, taking this trend from sporty to feminine, functional to fashionable. I opted for the Be Smoaked fuchsia lipstick, locally made by Kitsune’s Closet, as a subtle nod to Miss Felicity Smoake (Arrow fans, anyone??), another blonde bombshell. And how fun is the subtle lilac hue to the new hair in this look? I can't get enough of this darling makeover.

Keys to Wearing the Utilitarian Chic Trend

The utilitarian chic trend is incredibly versatile, and so easy to personalize to your style. From urban street to workwear chic, this trend is something any gal can pull off.

Here are a few key tips to keep in mind when wearing the utilitarian chic trend:

  • Balance oversized proportions with tailored pieces. Complement a sporty, masculine piece with a feminine, straight silhouette, like a pencil skirt or shift dress, or a lighter, airy fabric.
  • Embrace girly accents, like delicate jewelry or French-knotted scarves.
  • Pick pieces in dark, muted tones - military green, olive green, khaki, black, grey, white, brown, navy. Play with prints and solids, interplaying subtle details for a cohesive look.
  • Try a jumpsuit!
  • When in doubt: wear a white shirt. From a basic tee to a button up blouse, the white shirt is a simple way to play with this trend, pairing it with a simple skirt or pants, a parka or jacket, and a silk scarf (for a start!).
  • Finishing touches are important, so choose footwear that completes the look. For a more utilitarian, sporty look, go with heavy boots or sneakers. For a more chic, feminine look, opt for a shoe with a heel or sleek silhouette.

How do you rock the utilitarian chic trend, darling?

Utilitarian Chic | Photo by Tristan Williams

Styled & Modeled by Linnea White, Shop Owner // Photography by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Catelier hand-painted blouse, S, $34 / Cartonnier (Anthropologie) skirt, 0, $30 / Banana Republic wool jacket, 0, $80 / Franco Sarto booties, 7 1/2, $30 / Rebecca Minkoff bag, $70 / Sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked fuchsia lipstick blended, $12

Shop these items and more at Darling Boutique, located on Charlottesville’s downtown mall!

Utilitarian Chic | Photo by Tristan Williams

Utilitarian Chic | Photo by Tristan Williams

Utilitarian Chic | Photo by Tristan Williams

Utilitarian Chic | Photo by Tristan Williams

Utilitarian Chic | Photo by Tristan Williams

Utilitarian Chic | Photo by Tristan Williams

Utilitarian Chic | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Style Inspiration: Lilac Grey

Linnea White

Spring is starting to sprout here in the shop, with new Spring arrivals sprinkling in and blushed, flushed Spring hues scattering the racks. And we're having a serious moment with Lilac Grey right now.

This entire outfit was inspired by the arrival of locally made, small batch nail polish in Lilac Grey. This color is perfect for transitioning to Spring (and so is grey). So are layers. And this outfit embraces Spring hues and Spring layers in darling fashion.

This lilac hued floral dress by American Eagle's latest brand offshoot - Don't Ask Why - is perfect for transitioning into Spring. Add a sweater or jacket for an easy layered look, like this cozy light grey Loft one. And why not keep it sassy with an equally cozy felt hat from Free People, and a pair of grey booties from Madewell. Oh, and of course, because matchy matchy, this locally made leather choker was the perfect lilac hue for pairing with this look.

What are some of your favorite Spring hue color combinations?

Lilac Grey | Photo by Tristan Williams

Styled & Modeled by Linnea White, Shop Owner // Photography by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Loft sweater, S, $20 / Don't Ask Why floral dress, O/S, $16 / Free People hat, $18 / Madewell booties, 7 1/2, $68 // Locally-made Pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Nude Rose lipstick, $10, and Lilac Grey nail polish, $7.50 / Thistle & Lark choker, $24 (available in multiple colors!)

Shop these items and more at Darling Boutique, located on Charlottesville’s downtown mall!

Lilac Grey | Photo by Tristan Williams Lilac Grey | Photo by Tristan Williams

Lilac Grey | Photo by Tristan Williams

Lilac Grey | Photo by Tristan Williams

Sweater Weather, Part 2: Casual Christmas Style

Linnea White

Whether you're meeting the parents, or just hanging with your parents, this Christmas weekend of gatherings is here, and it's time to get cozy chic, or chicy cozy. Casual Christmas style is an art of balancing chic with comfort, and layering strategically for fireside hangs and post-dinner digestion cold flashes.

Why not play with reds for a festive look for all the feasts and frolicking? This patterned sweater is the perfect layering piece for the Christmas weekend, feeling seasonal without shouting "DECK THE HALLS!"

Try pairing a patterned open sweater over a basic sweater. Keep the details interesting, like the cream ruffles hem of the bottom layer, and intentional, like the red pattern of the leather clutch for a little pattern play.

Wear a pair of cute, and comfortable, booties for an elevated look that's also ready to frolic and play outside after dinner with the nephews. And legging style pants with a lot of stretch are a MUST for any big meal gathering.

Don't forget your red lipstick (locally made, naturally) and a cute antler necklace for festive touch and the finishing touch on that casual Christmas style!

What are you wearing for the Christmas gatherings this weekend? What's your favorite way to embrace the sweater weather?

Casual Christmas Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Styled by Linnea White, Shop Owner // Modeled by Meredyth Mason // Photography by Tristan Williams

On Meredyth | Secondhand pieces: Clu + Willoughby sweater, S, $30 / Kensie open sweater, S, $24 / Gap legging jeans, 4, $16 / Rag & Bone booties, 7 1/2, $172 // Local Artisan pieces: Thistle & Lark antler necklace, $24 / Kitsune’s Closet Darling Red lipstick, $10, and Bronze Age nail polish, $7.50 / Petaline clutch, $50

Shop these items and more at Darling Boutique, located on Charlottesville’s downtown mall!

Casual Christmas Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Casual Christmas Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Casual Christmas Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Going West in the Shearling Vest

Linnea White

We're going west(ern) with this faux shearling vest - the perfect layering piece for this transitional autumn weather. Because vest weather is upon us.

Shearling lined vests will forever be fashionable, says I, because they're comfortable, versatile, and chic. Fashionable and functional, the right vest can be worn as an extra layer under a jacket, or by itself for a lighter layer. Find one that fits your frame, and wear it close to your heart. Try layering it with soft, flowy fabrics for contrast, like this boho pattern dress or a floral number, or wear it over denim and a sweater for a casual, daytime cozy look.

Another Fall necessity for every darling gal - the lace up bootie. These leather beauties by Madewell carry the lug sole with a more Victorian heel and shape, perfect for dressing up or dressing down.

And if you aren't wearing tassels yet this season, get on that train - and do it all while supporting locally made jewelry. New artisan in the shop, Pan & Tea, is killing the fiber tassel game, from necklaces to earrings, she's your gal.

How are you styling vests this season? Loving the tassel trend as much as us?

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams

Styled & Modeled by Linnea White, Shop Owner // Photography by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: By & By faux shearling vest, M, $34 / Altar'd State dress, M, $24 / 1937 (Madewell) lace up booties, 8, $88 // Local Artisan pieces: Free Range & Feral leather clutch, $76 / Pan & Tea fiber tassel necklace, $30, and tassel earrings, $25 / Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry lipstick, $10

Shop these items and more at Darling Boutique, located on Charlottesville’s downtown mall!

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams

Shearling Vest | Photo by Tristan Williams