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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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Valentine's Day Style for Every Girl

Linnea White

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It's the month of L O V E. And things are looking pretty lovey dovey over at the shop. Whatever your Facebook relationship status, Valentine's Day should be a day for celebrating the love in your life, and wearing your heart on your sleeve... or dress/necklace/blouse. So how does an every day gal get dressed for a day of love? Let us count the ways in this Valentine's Day style round-up.

Valentine's Day Style Tips

Keep it classic.

Polka dots, stripes, floral prints, lace, chiffons, pleats - all classic textures and patterns that make a great base for any Valentine's Day outfit. Start with the basics, pick a classic silhouette, and build from there. Accessories are where the fun comes in!

Valentine's Day Style | Image via Pinterest

Valentine's Day Style | Image via Pinterest

Valentine's Day Style | Image via Pinterest

Add a POP of color.

Red and pink are (obviously) quintessential colors for Valentine’s day. All you need is a well coordinated pop of color for a subtle nod to the holiday. Or, be extra daring and play with shades of pink or red for a chic monochrome look.

Valentine's Day Style | Image via Pinterest

Valentine's Day Style | Image via Pinterest

Valentine's Day Style | Image via Pinterest

Valentine's Day Style | Image via Pinterest

Valentine's Day Style | Image via Pinterest

Valentine's Day Style | Image via Pinterest

Valentine's Day Style | Image via Pinterest

Lovely details.

Make a statement with your accessories, from a sparkly necklace to a heart shaped clutch. This is the time of year when red and pink accents and accessories should be utilized in full force.

Valentine's Day Style | Image via Pinterest

Valentine's Day Style | Image via Pinterest

Valentine's Day Style | Image via Pinterest

Valentine's Day Style | Image via Pinterest

Add your personality.

Think whimsy. Lots of whimsy. A hopeless romantic? Get extra ladylike. Add a touch of tulle and extra lace. VDay rebel? Throw on a leather jacket, skirt, or pants to add a little edge to the holiday. Nerdy chic? Sport a graphic print and some red chucks or heart print flats. Boho wanderer? Keep it moody with long, flowy layers and a felt hat. Whatever your style inspiration, make it you. Love what you're wearing and celebrate in style.

Valentine's Day Style | Image via Pinterest

Valentine's Day Style | Image via Pinterest

Valentine's Day Style | Image via Pinterest

Valentine's Day Style | Image via Pinterest

Valentine's Day Style | Image via Pinterest

Valentine's Day Style | Image via Pinterest

Valentine's Day Style | Image via Pinterest

Valentine's Day Style | Image via Pinterest

Valentine's Day Style | Image via Pinterest

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Come shop for all your Valentine's Day style needs at Darling Boutique! 

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Darling, You've Got Style: The Trench

Linnea White

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Transitioning to Fall weather is one of my favorite times of year - Fall colors, a crisp chill in the air, dusting off my favorite boots, and pulling out my Fall wardrobe. Clever layering is key for those cooler mornings yet hot peaks mid-day. The trench coat* is making a serious power play this year, and with so many variations of the classic trench out there, it's the perfect throw-on and go layering piece for Fall. For a little transitional Fall outfit inspiration, look no further than this collection of trench-tastic styling.

(*Inspired by the new fall arrivals in the store this week - trench coats, sweaters, booties, oh my! Come shop for Fall at Darling!)

The Classic Trench

The Boho Trench

The Trench + Pattern Play

The Layered Autumn Trench

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.

+ More Crop Top Outfit Inspriration

19 Ways to Wear Crop Tops Her Campus

All Images via Pinterest

Darling, You've Got Style: Pattern Play

Linnea White

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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!

Darling, You've Got Style: Summer Whites

Linnea White

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Summer Whites. The thing of street style fantasies and everyday girl nightmares (every time, all white outfit, guaranteed spill). But we're here to prove summer whites are not to be feared. Just have a Tide To Go Pen in your purse - to be safe. Summer is made for vibrant, bright colors, light, breezy fabrics, and easy, effortless style. Cuz, let's be honest, it's too hot for anything else. Need a little outfit inspiration to get your summer white game started? Own it, Darling.

The Little White Dress

White on White

Just a Touch of White

The White Onesie