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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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Playful Patterns | Spring Sunshiny Style

Linnea White


In case you didn't already know by now, we love mixing patterns, and love helping other gals find playful ways to mix patterns. Playful patterns for sunshiny Spring days make the heart sore and beckons in the warmer weather. Because when there's still an early Spring chill in the air, just wear the sunshine!

This outfit began with the burst of yellow in the Postmark blouse from Anthropologie. The buttercup color is one of the many vibrant hues in this season's Pantone Color Report, and brings so much cheer to any outfit. The vibrant colors in the tropical print pants were the perfect match for this boxy, bold top, slimming at the ankle for a lengthening effect. The matching yellow band in the straw hat was too perfect to pass up, making this one darling Spring look to hit the town for just about any outing.

The stunning geometric necklace by one of our newest local artisans in the shop, Little Paper Crane, added the perfect eclectic touch to this whimsical look. And to add a little pop of color to the lip, I grabbed Kitsune Closet's newest creation - a bright, pigmented lip gloss, coming soon to the shop!

Playful Patterns | Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea: Postmark (Anthropologie) top, size XS, $22 / I Love Sadie tropical print pants, size M, $12 / Chinese Laundry white cork wedges, size 8, $20 / Soprattutto Italian made straw hat, $48 Local Artisan Pieces: Little Paper Crane shield necklace, $30 / Kitsune’s Closet lip gloss in Fiesta, coming soon to the shop!

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

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Playful Patterns | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Playful Patterns | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Playful Patterns | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Playful Patterns | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Darling, You've Got Style: Pattern Play

Linnea White


Mixing patterns is fun. Seriously. It's whimsical, daring, playful, bold, exciting, and accessible. You have definitely seen us mixing patterns in our outfits on the blog and in the store. It may seem daunting to pull off pattern play like a fashionista, but you can rock this look by following just a few easy tips. With a little practice and confidence, mixing and matching patterns can and should be an exciting closet adventure.

1. Match the colors, not the prints.

This is a great tip for beginners. The easiest way to begin mixing prints is to simply replace your solid colored top with a monochromatic pattern in that same color. Stripes are a great base to play with (see the next tip for more).

While there are basic guidelines to color-matching, and it often comes down to personal preference. Standard rule: if the colors look good together, there's a good chance the patterns will look good together, too. Start with black and white patterns, and add a pop of color for a fun accent.

2. The simpler and more graphic the prints, the easier they are to mix.

Stripes can and should be treated as a neutral when mixing patterns. Graphic prints go great with each other and paired with a more detailed print like florals or animal prints.

3. Spread your prints out across your outfit.

To keep your outfit from getting too busy, you can distribute your prints more evenly by doing one on the top and one on the bottom. Or one in a piece of clothing and one in your accessories. (P.S. Leopard goes with everything.)

4. Break up the look with solids.

If a total print-on-print look is too much, try breaking up the prints with solids, and use accessories - belts, purses, shoes - to ground your look.

5. Add a third pattern for an advanced look.

This is for those daring and advanced pattern players. After you've mastered coordinating two patterns with one color, try adding a third (or fourth) pattern into the mix. The easiest way to add a third pattern is by adding a monochromatic or neutral pattern - think stripes, polka dots, or gingham.

Don't forget to mix up print sizes and match colors, not prints!

Happy pattern playing, Darlings! Questions? Leave them in the comments!