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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

She's Got Legs: Chic Summer Shorts

Linnea White

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Summer weather. Shorts required. It's time for those chic summer shorts, ya'll. These shorts are proof that shorts can be chic. The dolphin hem detail lends a chic yet casual feel, offering plenty of room to show off a little leg this season...

Cue the music, those cheesy rock ballads of Summer. She's got legs, she knows how to use them. So say the guys with long beards.

But anyways, can we talk about this top, please?! The tiny, tight knife pleats on this flowy Zara white top are crisp and airy for summer, giving it an easy, breezy and chic feel. Imagine this top paired with white denim for a white-washed Summer ensemble, ready for a picnic or a hot Summer night on the town. #swoon

Take the short cut (ha!) and shop all of our new Summer arrivals! From silk to cotton to linen, scallops to lace to cuffed, we have a wide selection of shorts in stock to get you Summer ready.

Summer Shorts | The Darling Duet

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Alice & Olivia butterfly silk shorts, $75 / Zara Trafaluc pleated top, $14 / Calzados Picón espadrilles, $100 // Local artisan pieces: Petaline leather foldover clutch, $60 / Free Range & Feral leather tassel earrings, $30, and buffalo tooth necklace, $40 / Dinosaur Toes brass cuff, $24 / Kitsune’s Closet Tomato nail polish, $7.50, and Fiesta lipstick, $10

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

Styled & Modeled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Summer Shorts | The Darling Duet

Summer Shorts | The Darling Duet

Summer Shorts | The Darling Duet

Summer Shorts | The Darling Duet

Summer Shorts | The Darling Duet

Summer Shorts | The Darling Duet

Summer Shorts | The Darling Duet

Summer Shorts | The Darling Duet

Summer Shorts | The Darling Duet

Dressing Up with Darling: Taking Flight

Linnea White

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Pattern play and bright colors. Pretty sure we established with last week's Dressing Up post we love both of these things. The vibrant yellow of these wedges and Kate Spade purse paired with the cool blue of this lightweight J. Crew sweater was the perfect pairing for brighter (and warmer) Spring days. All that plus an adorable Spring skort? Yes, please! Skorts have all the elegance of a skirt, and all the ease of shorts. Not to mention the bird print on this Anthropologie one. Topped off with this stunning, handmade necklace by local artisans Birds of Paradise, this outfit has us wanting to take flight!

And that's just what we're doing - with the Dressing Up series! We're taking flight, working towards weekly outfit posts featuring items in the shop. So subscribe to the blog and follow along for weekly outfit inspiration and a glimpse of what we have on the racks!

Photo by Megan Tiernan

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

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J. Crew sweater, $24 / Leifnotes (Anthropologie) navy bird print skort, $28 / Kate Spade mustard leather crossbody, $148 / Ann Marino yellow espadrille wedges, $32 / Birds of Paradise handmade necklace, $46 (local Charlottesville artisan)

Find these pieces and more at Darling Boutique on the downtown mall!