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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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Fall Fashion Show Recap

Linnea White

After a pretty lengthy blog hiatus, we're BACK! And with not one, but THREE looks to meet all your growing-faster-than-a-baby-pumpkin-seed Fall style inspo needs courtesy of our Fall Fashion Show Recap!

Interested in any of the looks you see here? Comment on this post to find out the size + price + availability of an item! We can hold items for 24 hours, and we ship! 

Look 1

On Ami | Consignment Finds: Ankura Knit Tank / Eva Franco (Anthropologie) Skirt / Pilcro (Anthropologie) Jacket / Rag & Bone Booties // Local Artisan Finds: Molly Virginia Made earrings

Look 2

On Carolyn | Consignment Finds: Rag & Bone Dress / Michael Kors Jacket / Rag & Bone OTK Boots / Kate Spade Bag // Local Artisan Finds: Little Paper Crane hoop earrings

Look 3

On Victoria | Consignment Finds: BCBG Max Azria top / J. Crew pleather skirt / Sleeping on Snow (Anthropologie) Vest / J. Crew Heels / Cecile Jeanne Paris Bag // Local Artisan Finds: Emily Warden Designs studs

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Thank you to our beautiful models, the talented photographer Tiffany Jung, and our incredible neighbors - E.G., Roxie Daisy, Jean Theory, and the NEW Quattro Tizi! 

Velvet for the Holidays

Linnea White

Velvet for the Holidays. Is there a better combination? Not this season! Velvet is everywhere, and it's a guaranteed stunner for all your Holiday fêtes ahead.  Velvet has made a huge comeback this year, and we're loving it. The fabric has a rich, luxe feel, and an effortless sheen, making it perfect for the Holidays. This black velvet Free People dress was the perfect fit for an understated Holiday look. We even paired it with some high top sneakers for an unexpected twist.

The velvet luster is also a great backdrop for local artisan Lisa Christine Jewelry's lovely creations - from a moon ring to a crystal necklace to silver hoop earrings. The trick to velvet is to let it do most of the talking, or find accent pieces - like statement jewels - to ramp it up a notch without going kitschy.

How do you like to wear the velvet trend, darlings? Tell us in the comments!

P.S. This is our adorable #darlingintern, Jillian! She's a senior at Monticello High School, and she has been a HUGE help around the shop this Fall so far. We'll introduce her on the blog with a little Q&A soon!

Velvet for the Holidays | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Jillian | Consignment Finds: Free People velvet dress, size XS, $34 (SOLD) / Steve Madden high top sneakers, size 9, $34 (SOLD) / / Locally Made FindsLisa Christine Jewelry, Hammered Sterling Silver Hoops, $64 + Quartz Point Sterling Silver Chain Necklace, $48 + Moon Ring - Sterling Silver, $52

Photography by Tristan Williams | Styled by shop owner, Linnea White | Modeled by Darling Intern, Jillian Jacobson

Velvet for the Holidays | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet for the Holidays | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet for the Holidays | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet for the Holidays | Photo by Tristan Williams

Velvet for the Holidays | Photo by Tristan Williams

 

Borrowing from the Boys: Grey Blazer Trend + Loafers

Linnea White

Menswear Chic is not a new concept in fashion. Borrowing from the Boys is something designers and fashionistas have been doing for decades. But, this season, a few key menswear pieces have been making quite a statement in the fashion world - high fashion and commercial alike. This outfit showcases the perfection of the loafer and the simplicity of the grey blazer trend.

We've already established that you can shop consignment and still wear the latest fashion trends, not to mention designer labels for much less, and this post is just more proof (in case you needed it). This Fall, several amazing grey blazers came into the shop, along with many amazing mules and loafers.

This grey blazer trend has literally been on every style blogger and street style star, and for good reason. It's a versatile piece that can be incredibly stylish, not just boring, shabby, or overly corporate. And I knew I wanted to create a look to showcase just that - how chic a longline, structured grey blazer can really be. Layered over a silk shirtdress by Theory, the blazer stands out. Add a pair of the most beautiful loafers you've ever seen, and a simply statement bag, and the look it complete. With pieces this individually perfect in their clean lines and minimalist simplicity, you don't need a lot of embellishments.

How have you been wearing the grey blazer this year, darlings? What's your favorite items to borrow from the boys? Tell us in the comments!

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Savannah | Consignment Finds: Banana Republic grey blazer, size 4, SOLD / Theory silk dress, size 4, SOLD / Fred Salvador loafers, size 39, SOLD / Rebecca Minkoff crossbody bag, SOLD / / Locally Made FindsDinosaur Toes half circle sterling threader earrings, $22

Photography by Tristan Williams | Styled by shop owner, Linnea White | Modeled by Darling Intern, Savannah Griffin

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Casual Friday: Borrowing from the Boys

Linnea White

It's Casual Friday, and we're borrowing from the boys for this easy weekend look. This up-and-down Spring weather has us thinking about simple pieces, styled well, and these Anthropologie pieces certainly style well.

How to Borrow from the Boys

"Borrowing from the boys doesn’t always mean literally wearing men's clothing,"Banana Republic's Marissa Webb says (in a guide to borrowing from the boys on WhoWhatWear). "It's about contrast and proportions."

One of the staple pieces to "borrow" and inspire a menswear look is the boyfriend button up shirt. This Cloth & Stone plaid button up from Anthropologie is the perfect touch of boyish charm and soft, feminine detail (that gauzy fabric is so soft and all the YES).

Another key piece to consider: the relaxed khaki pant. Look no further than Anthropologie's "Hyphen Fit" chino pant by Pilcro & The Letterpress. Super soft and slightly relaxed, they are the perfect casual pant for weekend adventures - and they come in a huge variety of colors. Wear with a simple tee tucked in just right, or button it up and toss on a blazer.

Let your personality speak when borrowing from the boys. Maybe a silk scarf worn as tie, a tailored blazer, or a chunky, oversized sweater. It's playful, and meant to be fun, so let it be just that - casual, flirty, and fun. Add a pair of unisex sunnies, like these classic Wayfarer style ones, and keep the accessories minimal and clean.

 

What does a weekend menswear inspired outfit look like for you, darling?

Casual Friday | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Cloth & Stone (Anthropologie) button up shirt, M, $32 / Pilcro & The Letterpress (Anthropologie) hyphen fit pants, 2, $32 / Toms lace up wedges, 8 1/2, $28 / Wayfarer sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Nude Rose lipstick, $12, and Iced Coffee nail polish, $7.50 / Free Range & Feral amethyst hoop earrings, $34

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

Casual Friday | Photo by Tristan Williams

Casual Friday | Photo by Tristan Williams

Casual Friday | Photo by Tristan Williams

Casual Friday | Photo by Tristan Williams

 

 

Poncho Perfect: Boho Winter Layering

Linnea White

Styling a poncho can be a little intimidating. It's a lot of fabric, and can be unflattering on your frame if not styled for your body. But, ponchos can also be amazingly boho chic and super cozy when styled correctly. And this look is poncho perfect.

This temperate Winter weather has inspired me to experiment with layers, and when a few ponchos came into the shop this Winter, I decided to give this layering piece a try. Loving the fringe detail on this BCBG Max Azria black poncho, I went for a boho look, adding a felt hat in a bright color, a striped, cropped turtleneck, and pleather midi skirt. These Western style shoes really pull the look together, giving it just the finishing sass it needed.

Don't fear the poncho, darlings! Here are a few simple styling tips for ponchos:

  1. Keep the outfit one color - like all black.
  2. Long lines extend the frame under the poncho, especially if it's a bulky poncho. Try skinny jeans, a maxi skirt, fitted heels, or knee high boots. A long necklace layered over the poncho will do wonders for the eye and elongating the overall look.
  3. Belt it! A belted poncho can be a super chic look, and help accentuate your frame underneath.
  4. Layer a solid color poncho over stripes for a fun pop of pattern.
  5. Get boho with it - add a felt hat and flared pants, or a little extra fringe.

How do you style the poncho for chic layering?

Poncho Perfect | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: BCBG Max Azria poncho, S/M, $44 / Finders Keeps turtleneck crop top, XS, $22 / Forever 21 faux leather skirt, S, $14 / Penny Love Kenny buggy booties, 8, $38 / H&M felt hat, $10 / Coach mulberry crossbody bag, $38 // Locally-made Pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry lipstick, $10

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

Poncho Perfect | Photo by Tristan Williams

Poncho Perfect | Photo by Tristan Williams

Poncho Perfect | Photo by Tristan Williamsv

Poncho Perfect | Photo by Tristan Williams