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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.

Filtering by Tag: spring outfit inspiration

Spring Layers to the Max(i)

Linnea White

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On days like today, it's all a girl can do to wear clever Spring layers. Early Spring in Virginia can be a tricky transitional season to dress for, and that's where smart layering comes in.

Once again, this look started with a statement piece - this maxi skirt from Anthropologie. From the pattern to the tassel ties, this skirt is a beauty. The J. Crew anorak jacket was next, dressing down the skirt and giving the look a layer for the chilly Spring temperatures. For a pop of color, this J. Crew tank top paired perfectly with one of the newest lip colors from Kitsune's Closet, Fiesta, a bright orangey-red perfect for the warmer weather ahead. Add some simple accessories by Dinosaur Toes and this classic Madewell leather bag for a look ready for any Spring day.

Spring Layers | Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea: Vanessa Virginia (Anthropologie) maxi skirt, S, $48 / J. Crew orange tank top, XS, $14 / J. Crew anorak jacket, S, $32 / Madewell leather bag, $50 / Restricted lace up heels, $25 // Local Artisan Pieces: Dinosaur Toes brass cuff, $18, and gold-fill geometric hoops, $20 / Kitsune's Closet Fiesta lipstick, $10

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

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Spring Layers | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Spring Layers | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Spring Layers | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Spring Layers | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Spring Layers | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Spring Layers | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Spring Florals: Wearing Prints

Linnea White

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The first day of Spring is right around the corner, and the shop is bursting with colorful frocks and Spring florals. Spring is my favorite season, from the fashion to the weather, it's a season of such blossoming joy. Spring blossoms make my heart sing, and when I get to wear those blossoms all day, I'm walking on sunshine.

This floral blouse from Loft became the centerpiece of a Spring florals look, paired perfectly with this high waisted midi skirt by ASOS. Crisp colors and bright hues for the season ahead.

To accessorize the look, I pulled a few pieces from our local artisans, including a new lipstick color coming to the shop soon by Kitsune's Closet.

This season, don't shy away from wearing prints or bold colors. Take a cue from nature when it comes to your wardrobe: Embrace the blossoms, the exuberant joy of the season, and reflect the beauty of the season!

Spring Florals | Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea: Loft blouse, $20 / ASOS midi skirt, $29 / Kanna wedges, $36 Local Artisan Pieces: Dinosaur Toes brass cuff, $18 / Girls Day Out necklace, $28, and gold flower earrings, $28 / Kitsune’s Closet lipstick in a new Spring hue, coming soon to the shop!

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

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Spring Florals | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Spring Florals | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Spring Florals | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Spring Florals | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Spring Florals | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Spring Style for Changing Seasons

Linnea White

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Time. It's time for Spring to get here! Waiting. We're anxiously awaiting the changing of the seasons, and for warmer, brighter days ahead. We couldn't help but channel all of the whimsy and wonder of the changing seasons into this week's Dressing Up with Darling outfit. Spring style is all one part practical transitional layers and one part whimsical, playful patterns and colors. It's a joyous season of change and expectancy, and your style can (and should) reflect this spirit. We've talked about how to layer for transitional Spring weather, and we've talked about whimsical pattern play. So, why not get playful with our styled looks as we transition from Winter into Spring?!

We made our way over to The Clock Shop on Water Street for the perfect backdrop to our seasonal waiting game. It may have been in the upper 30s when we snapped these pictures (I spy goosebumps!), but our hearts were warmed by the spirit of Spring!

Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea: Dolan Anthropologie blazer, $38 / HD in Paris Anthropologie blouse, $28 / Vintage Coach bag, $54 / Paige jeans, $64 / John Fluevog shoes, $90 Local Artisan Pieces: Owl Ridge Farmstead copper and brass bangles, $28 each, copper studs, $30, and copper drop bar earrings, $32 / Kitsune’s Closet eye shadow and lipstick in new Spring hues, coming soon to the shop!

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

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

We're thrilled to feature the NEW Spring line up of eye shadows and lipsticks by Kitsune's Closet in this shoot! Coming soon to the shop, eye shadow palettes, lipsticks, lip glosses, and nail polishes inspired by Spring Pantone colors. All locally made! 

Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Spring Style | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Darling, You've Got Style: How to Wear Your Booties This Spring

Linnea White

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Ever get stuck in the morning wondering how to wear those ankle booties? Need a little outfit inspiration? Read on. From season-to-season, booties are a must-have and an easy-to-wear item (yes, they are!). Let's get started on Booties 101 - A Visual How to Guide!

Don't let the warmer weather convince you to pack away those booties. They're the perfect shoe for the Winter to Spring transition. We are firm believers that boots are not only for colder weather. We wear them year-round! It all depends on how you style them.

Try them with a cute dress or skirt - mini, midi, or maxi length. Throw them on with your favorite denim - jeans, shorts, or softer chambray knits. Think light-weight, flowy fabrics and feminine silhouettes paired with your booties for Spring. You'll quickly find that booties are quite versatile!

See some of our favorite bootie looks below! All images via Pinterest.

Denim | Modern Chic

Mini skirt | Oh-So-Sweet

Chambray dress | Casual Cool

Swing dress | Boho Chic

Romper | Playful

Midi Skirt | Romantic

Maxi | Easy Breezy

Darling, You’ve Got Style is a style tips and tricks series on the blog. Learn fun ways to pattern play and color combine. Get answers to those pesky questions about booties and belts and bra straps.

Got style woes and seeking some answers? Ask us! Leave a comment below to suggest future style posts. We’ll read your submissions and add them to our list!