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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.

Filtering by Tag: fall style

Borrowing from the Boys: Grey Blazer Trend + Loafers

Linnea White

Menswear Chic is not a new concept in fashion. Borrowing from the Boys is something designers and fashionistas have been doing for decades. But, this season, a few key menswear pieces have been making quite a statement in the fashion world - high fashion and commercial alike. This outfit showcases the perfection of the loafer and the simplicity of the grey blazer trend.

We've already established that you can shop consignment and still wear the latest fashion trends, not to mention designer labels for much less, and this post is just more proof (in case you needed it). This Fall, several amazing grey blazers came into the shop, along with many amazing mules and loafers.

This grey blazer trend has literally been on every style blogger and street style star, and for good reason. It's a versatile piece that can be incredibly stylish, not just boring, shabby, or overly corporate. And I knew I wanted to create a look to showcase just that - how chic a longline, structured grey blazer can really be. Layered over a silk shirtdress by Theory, the blazer stands out. Add a pair of the most beautiful loafers you've ever seen, and a simply statement bag, and the look it complete. With pieces this individually perfect in their clean lines and minimalist simplicity, you don't need a lot of embellishments.

How have you been wearing the grey blazer this year, darlings? What's your favorite items to borrow from the boys? Tell us in the comments!

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Savannah | Consignment Finds: Banana Republic grey blazer, size 4, SOLD / Theory silk dress, size 4, SOLD / Fred Salvador loafers, size 39, SOLD / Rebecca Minkoff crossbody bag, SOLD / / Locally Made FindsDinosaur Toes half circle sterling threader earrings, $22

Photography by Tristan Williams | Styled by shop owner, Linnea White | Modeled by Darling Intern, Savannah Griffin

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

 

Designer for Less: Fall Style Edition

Linnea White

The weather may not be participating in Fall, but we are. And today it's all about rocking designer for less, thanks to the best consignment in Charlottesville. This suede-lush, flare jeans look is giving us serious seventies vibes for Fall days ahead.

Besides the obvious sexy seventies vibes of this look, we're rocking some amazing designer finds. From this timeless Prada utility jacket to the perfect Calypso St. Barth flare jeans to the stunning suede All Saints tote bag, this look is filled with secondhand scores you can write home about. "Hey, Mom, I started shopping consignment, and brought an entire outfit for the original price of just this pair of jeans!" I mean, my mom would be proud.

What do you love about consignment? The designer finds for less? The steals under $10? Tell us in the comments!

On Savannah | Secondhand pieces: Prada jacket, size 42, $120 / Madewell blouse, size XS, $32 / Calypso St. Barth jeans, size 6, $64 / Candies mules, size 10, $18 / All Saints suede tote bag, $150 / / Local Artisan pieces: Emily Warden Designs sterling silver half moon studs, $42

Photography by Tristan Williams | Styled by shop owner, Linnea White | Modeled by Darling Intern, Savannah Griffin

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

Weekend Style: Totin' Around Town

Linnea White

Happy Small Business Saturday, darlings! We've loved handing out these adorable tote bags to our lovely customers today, designed by Rifle Paper Co. for American Express and Small Business Saturday. And it's such a beautiful Fall day to be totin' around town, rockin' that weekend style, and shoppin' small across the mall. It's just so darling, we even styled an outfit for the weekend adventures - naturally.

The Fall leaves on the ground and the vibrant primary colors of this outfit created an Autumnal technicolor display on which our darling Meredyth shines. This Maple (Anthropologie) wrap skirt was the origin of this outfits bold, bright beauty, and the Qupid blue booties and Far Away from Close green sweater were the icing on the cake. Add a bold Darling Red lip locally made by Kitsune's Closet and handmade, local artisan jewelry featuring the vibrant blue Lapis stone, and this outfit is ready to hit the weekend streets. Oh, and you can't forget your #shopsmall tote bag for all your holiday shopping at local businesses!

Weekend Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Meredyth | Secondhand pieces: Loft linen t-shirt, S, $14 / Maple (Anthropologie) wrap skirt, XS, $38 / Far Away From Close (Anthropologie) sweater, S, $38 / Qupid booties, 7, $16 // Local Artisan pieces: Little Paper Crane lapis brass arc necklace, $38 / Thicket lapis sterling silver ring, $40 / Kitsune’s Closet Darling Red lipstick, $10

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

Weekend Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Weekend Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Weekend Style | Photo by Tristan Williams