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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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How to Wear Booties in the Summer: Cool Kid Status

Linnea White

I call this The Wall Flower OOTD. Cuz it's literally floral and on a wall. But it's also what I'd imagine a super cool wall flower would look like. And this OOTD also teaches you how to wear booties in the Summer.

This outfit is really all about the 'tude. A pair of floral Free People shorts and this stunning cream blouse by Anthropologie could look so feminine and delicate. But I didn't want to style them that way. Cuz what's the fun in doing what's expected (especially with style)? Instead, I took what look like delicate pieces, and styled them for the bad girl - The Wall Flower. The circle sunnies and stacking chokers and Aztec earring jackets give this look a rocker vibe, taking it from sweet to sassy.

And what's really important is how to wear your favorite booties in the Summer. Just because it's hot outside doesn't mean you can't rock a pair of booties! Especially with the right outfit! Booties look great with shorts from romping around in the Summer, and they especially can give a sundress a totally different vibe than all those sandals and wedges you've been wearing. Try it out. Just make sure you wear a good pair of sweat-wicking socks. You'll be glad you did.

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Dolce Vita (Anthropologie) blouse, size XS (sold) / Free People shorts, size 4 (sold) / Rag & Bone booties, size 39 (sold) / Sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made pieces: Free Range & Feral brass stacking chokers, $24 each, howlite ear jackets, $32 / Thicket bar studs, $32

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

How to Wear Leather Shorts Like a Rockstar

Linnea White

"Seeing double double, Double Vision." These leather shorts have me channeling my inner rockstar. (Thanks, Foreigner, for everything.) And now I'm talking a bit about how to wear leather shorts, because this outfit is just one of the endless ways you can wear this statement item.

The How To: Do You

Try dressing them down with a white t-shirt and a jean jacket, or glam it up with sky high heels and a sleek blouse. Wear them in the Summer with sandals and a slinky tank top, or wear them in the Winter with tights, booties, and a chunky sweater. (I wasn't kidding, the options are endless.) Sure, I could show you a bunch of photos of how to wear them for style inspo, but that's just more of the same. You wear them YOUR way, with your personal style, your beautiful booty, and your confidence.

I recently watched the documentary Iris on Netflix, and fell deep in love with this style icon. There is much to learn from this woman, and this documentary, about personal style and how to shop like a pro. But perhaps most importantly, I learned about the lifelong journey of style. The more you discover who you are, the more you discover your personal style. I may have never had silver hair a few years ago, or thought twice about it, but here I am, and I feel more like myself than ever. Whether you're wearing a t-shirt and jeans or leather shorts and a vivaciously vibrant blazer, it's all about how you wear the clothes, not the other way around. Confidence, ladies. It goes a long way.

"There's no how-to road map to style. It's about self-expression, and, above all, attitude." - Iris Apfel

How would you rock a pair of leather shorts, darling? 

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Mink Pink blazer, M, $44 / Old Navy tank top, S, $8 / Zara Woman faux leather shorts, 4, $14 (sold!) / Soludos espadrille flats, 8, $34 // Locally-made pieces: Free Range & Feral aztec collar necklace, $46 , and aztec ear jackets, $32 / Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked fuchsia lipstick, $12

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

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams

How to Wear Leather Shorts | 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

Get Weird: High Fashion Winter Style

Linnea White

A Winter forecast of mid-50 degrees is a chance to get weird with all these sweaters. Because being able to wear just a sweater in January is weird.

When this H&M chunky knit sweater came into the shop, I knew it had to be featured. It's just so... weird. And amazing. I tied up a blue hued top to match for a crop top look, and a pair of high waisted silky jogger pants for a sleek silhouette under the bulk of the sweater. Add on a pair of equally amazingly weird platform creepers, and this outfit was just too cool for school.

Don't forget to accessorize with all the locally made goodies in the shop - like this neutral leather geometric charm Pan&Tea choker and a pair of vintage iridescent button studs by Pips & Co. Add a top knot and a mauve matte lip, and this look was ready to catch lots of odd glances on the Downtown Mall. Just the way we like it.

What's your favorite way to make a fashion statement in the Winter?

Get Weird | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: H&M sweater, S, $16 / YarGici Knitwear top, S, $20 / Charles Henry pants, 6, $32 / & Other Stories platform creepers, 9, $48 // Locally made Pieces: Pips & Co vintage button earrings, $10 / Pan & Tea geometric charm leather choker, $22 / Kitsune’s Closet Storm nail polish, $7.50

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

Get Weird | Photo by Tristan Williams

Get Weird | Photo by Tristan Williams

Sweater Weather: Cozy Winter Knits

Linnea White

Happy first day of Winter, darlings! The sweater weather is in full force, and the cozy Winter knits are many in the shop. Get inspired this week for all those holiday gatherings ahead.

To be honest, the fresh silvery locks inspired the color palette of this outfit, loving the silver white highlights in play with the lavender hues of the Free People blouse and sweater. Any sweater with extra long, chunky sleeves calls for cozy cuddles on Christmas morning with a mug of cocoa. With a pair of stretchy second-skin jeans and staple boots, this outfit is ready for that holiday with family and friends. Add a statement choker, like this locally made pieces with howlite spikes, and a plum lip for an extra level of drama.

Sweater Weather | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Free People top, S, $28 / Free People sweater, S, $34 / Rag & Bone jeans, 4, $88 / Frye boots, 9, $140 // Locally Made pieces: Free Range & Feral howlite choker, $46 / Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry lipstick, $10, and Silver Age nail polish, $7.50

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

Sweater Weather | Photo by Tristan Williams

Sweater Weather | Photo by Tristan Williams

Sweater Weather | Photo by Tristan Williams

Sweater Weather | Photo by Tristan Williams