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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 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

Winter Vintage Glam

Linnea White

The holiday parties may have passed, but Winter Vintage Glam never fades. The timeless touch of whimsical pieces and eye catching glam is a dashing combination. This outfit mixes vintage finds with contemporary brands flawlessly for a look oozing style with class!

We already know I have a thing for Winter Whites (from clothes to hair color), so when this vintage Angora sweater came into the shop last week, the swooning commenced, inspiring this entire outfit. Paired with a pair of Topshop tuxedo style jogger pants, sassy black heels, and this stunning feathery jacket, I was oozing sartorial elegance.

When the pieces are so effortlessly chic, accessories are meant to compliment, not overpower. After all, we're talking about Vintage Glam here. The longline jacket and the long necklace help contrast the cropped sweater to lengthen the neck and torso, making a curvier, shorter frame extra tall. A pair of medallion earrings pair fabulously with the velvet embroidered vintage clutch, and, of course, what's more retro than a classic red lip.

From Winter cocktail party, New Year's Eve party, Winter wedding reception, or just for a night on the town, this outfit is ready to just about any Winter soirée.

What's your favorite way to wear vintage pieces?

Vintage Winter Glam | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Vintage angora sweater, S, $48 / Topshop tuxedo pants, 6, $22 / Ryu tan feathery jacket, M, $32 / Vintage peacock beaded velvet clutch, $68 / Madewell heels, 7 1/2, $22 (50% off!) // Locally made Pieces: Little Paper Crane sunburst brass earrings, $34, and radiance brass necklace, $38 / Kitsune's Closet Poppy Lipstick and Silver Age nail polish

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

Vintage Winter Glam | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vintage Winter Glam | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vintage Winter Glam | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vintage Winter Glam | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vintage Winter Glam | Photo by Tristan Williams

NYE Outfit: Chic Sparkle to Ring in the New Year

Linnea White

We're one week away from New Year's Eve, and that means it's almost time to count down to midnight and bellow "Old Lang Syne" in that perfect little sparkly NYE outfit with friends and family, ringing in 2017 with good cheer!

What's more perfect for NYE than a little black dress decked out in sequins with the on-trend cold shoulder look. To keep the dress chic (and not overtly sexy), we threw on a classic black trench coat, adding length to an otherwise mini cut. Paired with a colorful pair of pumps and a red lip, side swept hair and simple threader studs, this look is certain catch the eye of a special someone for the midnight smooch.

Thanks to the sparkling lights of the Downtown Mall's Christmas tree for a splendid backdrop! And a little extra tinsel garland just for fun.

We’ve been talking Holiday Style, featuring darling outfits for your holiday party season. What's your favorite way to get snazzy for that soirée? 

NYE Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Styled by Linnea White, shop owner // Modeled by Autumn Guckert, darling gal // Photography by Tristan Williams

On Autumn | Secondhand pieces: Aidan sequin dress, 0, $78 / Banana Republic trench coat, M, $58 / J. Crew Etta pumps, 8 1/2, $100 // Locally Made pieces: Dinosaur Toes 14kt gold fill threader earrings, $20 / Kitsune's Closet Darling Red lipstick

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