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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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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

Valentine's Day Outfit: Pink vs. Red

Linnea White

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It's Valentine's Day, darlings, and that means it's time for an epic battle of love (right?). We styled two Valentine's Day outfits for two kinds of gals - the Lady in Red or Pretty in Pink (a.k.a. 80's Barbie). From sugar to spice, we've got that last minute VDay outfit inspiration you need.

P.S. I went a little crazy with a lavender hair toner to see what would happen, and had a little temporary lilac hue going when we did this shoot! This hair makeover is giving me LIFE these days. Once you go platinum white, you never go back... right?

Pretty in Pink

I felt like a cupcake in this dress - in the best way possible. All the girly vibes had me ready for an 80's themed VDay party. I added my vegan leather jacket to edge up the look a bit, and a pair of new sunnies for that extra touch of glam. Don't forget a locally made lipstick in hot pink!

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Topshop dress, 6, $24 / Pour la Victorie heels, 9 1/2, $50 (half off!) / Sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made Pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked Fuchsia lipstick, $12 // Anthropologie vegan leather jacket, Linnea's own

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Lady in Red

Silk = sexy. This silk DVF dress is SO va-va-voom, I was swooning as soon as it touched my skin. For the spicier gal, this dress is made to show off some curves, and light up the room in the crisp red hue. With a dress this sexy, keep the accessories simple and understated. I opted for a pair of tassel earrings by Pan&Tea, a classic (locally made) red lipstick, and a side swept 'do to add a touch of elegance. And just because, threw my Anthropologie leather jacket over my shoulders again for that finishing statement piece.

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Diane Von Furstenberg silk dress, 2, $120 / Pour la Victorie heels, 9 1/2, $50 (half off!) // Locally-made Pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Poppy Red lipstick, $12 / Pan&Tea black tassel earrings, $25 // Anthropologie vegan leather jacket, Linnea's own

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

Valentine's Day Outfit | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

The Moto Jacket: How to Wear Blush Pink

Linnea White

It's Valentine's weekend, and this outfit has me blushing in blush pink. The duality of this flirty, feminine look lies in the moto jacket - adding a touch of edge to an otherwise sweet outfit, while also softening the black base with a soft, pale pink hue. It's sugar and spice, and everything nice.

Working the Moto Jacket

I've been waiting for an outfit that would let me work that "editor drape" with a structured jacket for a laidback-chic look. And this moto jacket from Loft was the perfect piece to pull it off. I love how the architecture of the jacket plays with the soft velvet and suede bottoms, and textured knit of the strapless Free People top. Soft and tough playing together in an effortless way (especially with those soft curls!).

This outfit has me blushing from more than just the fabric. Working with Tristan Williams for the blog has been a treat, and this shoot wow-ed me. This guy is a mega talented photographer, and after my recent hair makeover, I was stunned at how he captured the new hair, the outfit, the whole essence of the look. Props to Tristan, y'all.

How to Wear Blush Pink this Spring

Blush pink has me all sorts of excited for Spring. Blush is a sophisticated, endearing, elegant shade of pink, which normally isn't a color I'm drawn to. And don't be fooled - whether you have the skin tone or the right hair color to pair with blush hues, you can wear it, and work it. How can you wear blush pink, you ask? Take a note from this outfit for a few key tips to wearing blush hues this Spring.

  • Pair it with colors that flatter your skin tone. Blush pink may not be one of your colors, but it certainly pairs with a lot of other colors. Try it with navy, black, chocolate, olive green, charcoal grey, oxblood, teal, plum, or even deep lavender - rich tones to balance out the muted, washed out tone of blush. Warm or cool colors pair well with this accent color.
  • Anchor it. Keep blush rooted in your outfit to avoid the washed out, light qualities. Pairing it with dark colors is a way to anchor it, and so it wearing a blush piece (like this jacket) with an elongating base (like these black leggings).
  • Accessorize like a lady. If wearing a blush top or piece next to your face won't do with your skin tone, try adding it to your look with accent pieces - bags, shoes, belts, etc. It makes for a stunning leather accessory, neutral in its shade and easily workable into many outfits.

How do you wear blush pink, darling? 

Moto Jacket | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Loft blush moto jacket, M, $28 / Free People strapless top, 2, $30 / Eight Sixty suede-look leggings, M, $16 / Hush Puppies velvet loafers, 9, $20 / Gap floppy hat, $12 // Locally-made Pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Nude Rose + Mulberry lipsticks blended, $10 each, and Lilac Grey nail polish, $7.50 / Dinosaur Toes sterling silver + brass earrings, $32, and Rhodochrosite & Lace Agate bracelet, $44 / Pan&Tea jasper + 18k chain necklace, $36

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

Moto Jacket | Photo by Tristan Williams

Moto Jacket | Photo by Tristan Williams

Moto Jacket | Photo by Tristan Williams

Moto Jacket | Photo by Tristan Williams

Keep it Neutral: The Sweater Dress

Linnea White

Neutral: How I feel about these Winter temps right now. But, hey, it's nothing a sweater dress can't fix, am I right? And this sweater on sweater look is just what you need to get through the final weeks of Winter.

I love Anthropologie. And I love secondhand Anthropologie even more. And this sweater on sweater combo is a match made in Anthropologie heaven. The neutral hues of grey and taupe blend effortlessly for a chic layered (and super warm) look. Add a pair of boots or booties in a similar hue to keep the look monotone from head to toe - and elongate the frame.

This necklace by Little Paper Crane (new this week!) is the perfect accent for the patterned midi dress, giving me all the vibes. Add a pair of earrings by the same artisan for a little matchy matchy ensemble, and grab a soft, leather clutch by Free Range and Feral, and this look is ready to take on the last Wintry weeks ahead. Because sweater weather isn't really sweater weather unless you're piling them on top of each other like it's your dang job.

P.S. This is my new hair! Sarah Hatch made my Winter White platinum dreams come true last week for my birthday, and I am obsessed. It's everything I wanted, and some. And it was well worth the wait, the month of transition (here it was the first go 'round), and the 12 hours and two appointments to get here. I can't wait to see how this new color changes up my style game this season!

Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Sleeping on Snow (Anthropologie) open sweater, S, $48 / Sparrow (Anthropologie) sweater dress, S, $48 / Pom beanie, $12 / Frye boots, 9, $140 // Locally-made Pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Nude Rose + Mulberry lipsticks blended, $10 each, and Lilac Grey nail polish, $7.50 / Little Paper Crane earrings, $30, and necklace, $34 / Free Range & Feral leather clutch, $70

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

 

Photo by Tristan Williams