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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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The Cat Sweater: Shop Girl Style

Linnea White

Happy Caturday, darlings! Just for the fun of it, we decided to start a new style series on the blog, featuring shop owner, Linnea, and her personal style - a combination of many, many Darling finds over the years and other foraged gems. First up, the cat sweater.

This sweater is basically the cat lady sweater, or the pussé sweater. And it's Linnea's spirit animal, obvi. Snagged on super sale during Cyber Monday, this sweater may be making many appearances this Winter in many different outfits - maybe there should just be a whole style series for this sweater. Paired with some of her favorite Darling finds, like these amazing Proenza Schouler sunglasses, this sweater finds a happy home in Linnea's closet, fitting right into her shop girl style.

Stay tuned for more shop girl style moments!

How do you style your darling finds? Use the hashtag #dressingupwithdarling to show us!

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

On Linnea | Darling Finds: Proenza Schouler sunglasses / Free People jeans // Additional pieces: Anthropologie cat sweater / J. Crew booties

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

Retro Style: The Capelet

Linnea White

For days when you need just the tiniest coverage for the chilly weather, try a capelet - the silhouette that's a little bit retro style & a lot a bit classy lady. Styling Kerrie, owner and maker babe behind Kitsune's Closet and Darling gal (see her on Mondays at the shop!), was a fun experiment in Mod-meets-Paris. Her natural knack for retro style made this outfit playful, whimsical, and oh-so-chic.

The houndstooth cape mixed with the soft cashmere turtleneck, the sassy Anthropologie mini skirt, and those J. Crew heels came together with Kerrie's own personal flare (like those fishnet tights and that insanely awesome hair color), and, of course, her very own Kitsune's lipstick. Don't forget the locally made vintage button earrings by Pip's & Co. for an added touch.

What do you think of the capelet and this retro styled look? How do you like to mix retro elements into your outfits?

Retro Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Kerrie | Secondhand pieces: Donna Ricco cape, M, $58 / Ann Taylor cashmere sweater, M, $34 / Maeve Anthropologie skirt, 10, $40 / J. Crew heels, size 6 1/2, $48 / Banana Republic purse, $30 // Local Artisan pieces: Pips & Co. vintage button earrings, $10 / Kitsune’s Closet lipstick, $10

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

Styled by Linnea White, Shop Owner /Modeled by Kerrie Pierce, maker of Kitsune's Closet beauty and body products / Photography by Tristan Williams

Retro Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Retro Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Darling, You've Got Style: The Crop Top

Linnea White

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I'm obsessed with crop tops and high waisted bottoms this year. So obsessed I'm finding ways to tie up tops that aren't crop tops to make them crops tops so I can wear them over pretty much anything. My obsession has at least taught me how women of all shapes and sizes can wear a crop top to flatter their figure. The key: accentuate your smallest part - your natural waist - and know how to work proportions on the bottom for your body type.

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Here are a few style tips to show how you can wear crop tops, no matter what body type you have.

Hourglass

This body type is crop top gold. Try shorter crop tops and mid-rise bottoms to show off your small waist. Keep the top fitted, and play up your curves with fuller shapes on the bottom.

Curvy

From top and bottom curves to pear-shaped ladies, those with curves can and should learn the magic of the right proportions for a crop top. Make sure the top hits at the vertical center of your ribcage for ample waist definition and pair it with a fitted bottom, i.e. the pencil skirt.

Plus-Size

Ladies of all shapes and sizes can rock a crop top. It's true! Knowing fit and proportion is key. Maximize proportions by pairing a fitted crop top (especially with long-sleeves) with a full bottom (especially a midi skirt).

Petite

Small frames are ideal for voluminous crop tops - think boxy cuts, structured shoulders, bold shapes, interesting hemlines. Just remember to pair the volume on top with a sleek, ideally high-waisted, bottom, like a pencil skirt or long pants, giving you the appearance of looking much taller.

Tall and Slender

Tall, slender gals should choose a crop top that falls at your natural waist and wear a waistline that hits slightly below - leaving a few inches of mid-drift exposed, perfectly highlighting your thin frame. Think Taylor Swift. (Duh.)

Athletic

Fit, athletic builds benefit from a sporty look that allows for ample ab-show-off-ing. Think sports bra length crop tops with a loose-fitting bottom. Just keep it classy, ladies.

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