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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.

Filtering by Tag: spring fashion

Spring Style Trends, Part 2: Gingham Get-ups

Linnea White

From off-the-shoulder tops and wide leg pants, to gingham get-ups and slide sandals, we're talking about Spring Style Trends on the blog, showcasing how you can rock the latest trends AND shop secondhand at the same time.

Gingham is back this Spring in a big way, and when this made in Korea gingham shirtdress came in to the shop, I knew it needed to be featured. Slides (and mules) are also trending this season, and these white slide sandals added a bit of chill to this otherwise buttoned up look.

And what's better than a pair of statement sunnies for finishing a head-to-toe look? These Twiggy-inspired sunnies are so over-the-top, they actually work. And looking like a bug is also super big this season, just FYI/ICYMI, so why the heck not?

I call this my Iris Apfel-inspired look, or my fly-on-the-wall look. Either way, it's effortlessly cool, and insanely comfy - a combo I can fully support. Especially for the weekend, and this outfit is owning all the weekend vibes, right down to the people watching and window lounging.

How are you rocking gingham this Spring, darling?

P.S. As I mentioned before, this is my new hair cut, and it's just so good. Who else feels like a fresh chop in the Springtime is the BEST?!

Gingham Shirtdress | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Made in Korea gingham shirtdress, XL, $14 (sold!) / Espace slide sandals, 8 1/2, $32 / Sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made pieces: Lunaria Handcrafted sugilite cube earrings, $18 / Kitsune’s Closet Poppy red lipstick, $12

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

This was a first! Nothing like getting a picture snapped by a passerby who loved the shot Tristan had set up! #paparazzi #truestreetstyle

Spring Style Trends: Off-the-Shoulder Tops & Wide Leg Jeans

Linnea White

Spring weekends are made for frolicking, and this outfit is rocking some of the biggest Spring style trends. From the off the shoulder craze to the wide leg culotte length jeans phenom, this outfit is ready to hit the Spring scene with a burst of zeal. Bring it on, Spring! Wide leg jeans are making my LIFE right now. That culotte length is easily pulled of, when styled right for your body type. I could have sported this pair with some heels to give me a little boost in height, but I wanted to show how to dress down the look for weekend adventures. And these Nike kicks were the perfect way to do just that.

I'm also jumping for joy over this off-the-shoulder top, because dang. Showing off a little shoulder, ladies, it's the new sexy. And it is also so darn cute! Keep your neck bare for a clean look, and let the top (and your skin/shoulders/collarbone) do the talking. A pair of statement earrings is the perfect way to accent this trending neckline, especially in a bright hue for the warm season.

How would you rock these Spring style trends, darling?

Spring Trends | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Striped Off-the-Shoulder blouse, M, $20 / J. Crew Rayner Jeans, size 31, $38 (pinned in pictures) / Nike for J. Crew sneakers, 8 1/2, $40 / Super sunglasses, $70/ J. Crew leather belt, $14 // Locally-made pieces: Pips & Co. white stud earrings, $12 / Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked fuchsia lipstick, $12

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

Spring Trends | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Trends | Photo by Tristan Williams

Spring Trends | Photo by Tristan Williams

Twirling into Spring with Meredyth

Linnea White

Spring has arrived, and it's time to start dressing like it. So we're twirling into Spring with one of our darling gals, Meredyth.

This floral dress is just stunning, the perfect twirling dress, right?! And Meredyth looks so elegant in it. Shades of grey with touches of color are a great way to transition from Winter to Spring, and this dress and jacket pair effortlessly for an easy Spring look.

What's your favorite piece to transition from Winter into Spring, darling?

Twirling into Spring | Photo by Tristan Williams

Styled by Linnea White, Shop Owner // Photography by Tristan Williams // Modeled by Meredyth Mason, darling gal

On Meredyth | Secondhand pieces: Mimi Chica floral dress, XS, $20 / Daughters of the Liberation (Anthropologie) cotton jacket, 0, $44 / J. Crew leather wedges, 7, $40 // Locally-made pieces: Little Paper Crane horse hair earrings, $ / Kitsune’s Closet Darling Red lipstick, $12

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

Twirling into Spring | Photo by Tristan Williams

Twirling into Spring | Photo by Tristan Williams

Twirling into Spring | Photo by Tristan Williams

Twirling into Spring | Photo by Tristan Williams

Twirling into Spring | Photo by Tristan Williams

Twirling into Spring | Photo by Tristan Williams

Lady on the Town: Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Style

Linnea White

This outfit is vivaciously va-va-voom, the epitome of vibrant Lilly Pulitzer style. I felt like a L A D Y in it. A lady on some street in a coastal Italian town  - not just 1st Street in Downtown Cville - although I really like that street, too. This is my Sex and the City moment, and I hope I made Carrie proud.

"Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink." - Lilly Pulitzer

Attention Lilly lovers: A whole selection of Lilly dresses came in last week, and this one called to me, saying, "Linnea, you don't normally gravitate towards pink, but this will make you look like a Barbie doll, so you should totally try it on for the blog." And I did. And I did feel like a human Barbie, but in a really good way. Like I said, I've never been much of a pink girl, but this dress made me rethink some things.

"Despite the forecast, live like it's SPRING." - Lilly Pulitzer

Lilly knows what's up. I never knew she was so quotable. Way to go, Lilly. Keep doing you.

"Being happy never goes out of a style." - Lilly Pulitzer 

You know what makes me happy? The fact that this Vespa was serendipitously placed when we went outside for the shoot, and it matched the dress. I mean, WHAT THE WHAT. Praise be to GAWD. All I could have asked for to make it complete is just to be literally transported to an Italian coastal town. That would be nice. But this little slice of heaven in Charlottesville will do for now.

Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: H&M blazer, 6, $12 / Lilly Pulitzer dress, 0, $78 / Jeffrey Campbell heels, 9, $48 // Locally-made pieces: Pips & Co. vibrant blue stud earrings, $12 / Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked fuchsia lipstick, $12

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

Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Vibrant Lilly Pulitzer Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

How to Wear Leather Shorts Like a Rockstar

Linnea White

"Seeing double double, Double Vision." These leather shorts have me channeling my inner rockstar. (Thanks, Foreigner, for everything.) And now I'm talking a bit about how to wear leather shorts, because this outfit is just one of the endless ways you can wear this statement item.

The How To: Do You

Try dressing them down with a white t-shirt and a jean jacket, or glam it up with sky high heels and a sleek blouse. Wear them in the Summer with sandals and a slinky tank top, or wear them in the Winter with tights, booties, and a chunky sweater. (I wasn't kidding, the options are endless.) Sure, I could show you a bunch of photos of how to wear them for style inspo, but that's just more of the same. You wear them YOUR way, with your personal style, your beautiful booty, and your confidence.

I recently watched the documentary Iris on Netflix, and fell deep in love with this style icon. There is much to learn from this woman, and this documentary, about personal style and how to shop like a pro. But perhaps most importantly, I learned about the lifelong journey of style. The more you discover who you are, the more you discover your personal style. I may have never had silver hair a few years ago, or thought twice about it, but here I am, and I feel more like myself than ever. Whether you're wearing a t-shirt and jeans or leather shorts and a vivaciously vibrant blazer, it's all about how you wear the clothes, not the other way around. Confidence, ladies. It goes a long way.

"There's no how-to road map to style. It's about self-expression, and, above all, attitude." - Iris Apfel

How would you rock a pair of leather shorts, darling? 

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Mink Pink blazer, M, $44 / Old Navy tank top, S, $8 / Zara Woman faux leather shorts, 4, $14 (sold!) / Soludos espadrille flats, 8, $34 // Locally-made pieces: Free Range & Feral aztec collar necklace, $46 , and aztec ear jackets, $32 / Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked fuchsia lipstick, $12

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

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams

How to Wear Leather Shorts | Photo by Tristan Williams