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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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Summer Neutrals for Rising Temps

Linnea White

The temps are rising, the fabrics are changing, and the Spring flowers are making way for the lush greenery of Summer. Today, we're talking about Summer neutrals for rising temps, and lighter fabrics for those humid Virginia days ahead.

For this look, we went for The Hip Gardener - which is totally a modern silhouette for the Summer. The clean lines of this dress and the neutral hues were such a good match for the fiber tassel necklace by local artisan Pan&Tea. What's even more rad is how well the earrings by Free Range & Feral matched the necklace, bringing this outfit to freakishly amazing status.

How to Wear Neutrals in Summer

Neutrals are important to a year round wardrobe because... they're neutral. No rocket science here. Neutrals are for mixing and matching with textures, patterns, and colors, and with each other. Stocking your closet with a few key neutral pieces will give you exponentially more styling options.

Go for tonal textures like eyelet or crochet details. Look for khakis, creams, bright whites, blushes, browns, blacks, and greys. Bright whites and sandy tones for Summer keep an outfit fresh and weather appropriate. And mixing textured neutrals to create a monotone look like this one is Hip Gardener approved.

Summer Fabrics

Linen is the dreamiest of fabrics for Summer - next to cotton. It's breathable and light, sweat-forgiving and non-clingy, and totes chic. This linen dress by The Podolls features a crochet (sheer) front for extra-breathability. But with the perfect lightweight slip underneath, like the Dosa cotton dress, it's the perfect modern frock for the Summer days ahead, easily dressed up or dressed down.

And IYMI, straw accessories are the Summer essential this season - not like that's a "new" trend, but straw hats and bags are making a fierce statement in the style world right now. This one is from last Summer, and one of Linnea's favorite #darlingfinds to date.

Summer style is taking Darling by storm, with new Summer arrivals weekly in the shop!

How do you transition from Spring to Summer, darlings? Is it colors or fabrics - or both? 

Summer Neutrals for Rising Temps | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: The Podolls linen dress, medium, $160 / Dosa organic cotton slip dress, size 2, $88 / Crown Vintage wedges, 9, $22 (sold!) / Straw hat (sold!) // Locally-made pieces: Free Range and Feral antler drop earrings, $32 / Pan&Tea indigo dip-dye fiber tassel necklace, $30 / Dinosaur Toes squiggle ring, $16 / The Artful Sojourn wrap teal stone ring, $15 / Thicket bar studs, $28

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

Summer Neutrals for Rising Temps | Photo by Tristan Williams

Summer Neutrals for Rising Temps | Photo by Tristan Williams

Summer Neutrals for Rising Temps | Photo by Tristan Williams

Summer Neutrals for Rising Temps | Photo by Tristan Williams

Summer Neutrals for Rising Temps | Photo by Tristan Williams

The Little White Dress

Linnea White

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Who said you can't wear white before Memorial Day? When it comes to style, rules are made for breaking. Because right now, the little white dress is making a serious statement, and it's giving us all the Summer feels - although, I'm game for the White-Out look year-round. If you're not sure how to rock the all white ensemble, the perfect place to start is a little white dress --- Pure Summer Ease. This Madewell dress is the perfect white dress for warmer days ahead. Airy, white linen, with a touch of cream embroidery and a loose fit, it's as comfortable as it is stylish. Accessorized with simple details, like freshly painted bright nails and statement jewelry, the little white ensemble is ready for just about any Summer outing.

With a whole new shipment of pieces by Dinosaur Toes, I went all out to showcase these beautiful locally made baubles. We can't keep them on the shelves and restock quickly enough, so come in and snag them while you can! And don't forget it's time to update that mani-pedi, and what better way to support local than this small batch, natural ingredients, locally made nail polish by Kitsune’s Closet in Pantone colors, available at the shop!

The Little White Dress

Little White Dress | Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea: Madewell white linen dress, S, $48 / Kelsi Dagger wedges, 7 1/2, $40 / Bamboo sunglasses, $28 // Local Artisan Pieces: Dinosaur Toes tassel with etched brass necklace, $38, bracelet (aquamarine, rose quartz, and citrine beads), $20, sterling silver studs, $26, etched brass square earrings, $32 / Kitsune’s Closet Limpet Shell and Serenity nail polish, $7.50 each, and Iced Coffee 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

Little White Dress | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Little White Dress | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Little White Dress | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Little White Dress | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Little White Dress | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Little White Dress | Photo by Megan Tiernan