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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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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!

Dressing Up with Darling: Transitions

Linnea White

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I'm so excited to officially welcome the Dressing Up series on the Darling blog! Over a year and a half ago, in October 2013, the Dressing Up series came to life. It started as a small collaboration with Elizabeth Steel, former owner of Darling, and editor of the blog Cville Niche, Linnea White. Over the past year, it grew into a collaboration with five local boutiques!

This feature ushers in a new chapter for the Dressing Up series, and for yours truly. As one of the new co-owners of Darling, I am transitioning my fashion blogging from Cville Niche over to the Darling Blog. I couldn’t have imagined back in 2013 where my passion for playing dress up would be headed, or how much I would grow to love fashion blogging. So here we are in 2015 with a new fashion adventure!

Transitions and New Beginnings

In the spirit of transitions and new beginnings - from Winter to Spring, from one blog to another - I styled a fun, spirited outfit, complete with boots made for romping around and playful accessories. And since The Lone Bellow is coming into town Saturday night, I naturally channeled band member Kaneen's flawless boho style and frolicked over to The Jefferson for our backdrop.

From the Frye boots to the lace skirt, the gemstone necklace or beaded bracelet, find all of these great items at Darling Boutique! The jewelry featured in this outfit is brand new jewelry - the shipment came in the same day as the shoot, and we were so excited to be able to feature the new items.

So stop by and shop the new and consigned items in the store to get your Spring style blossoming!

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Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Scott Tiernan / Cinematography by Allie Merrill of M Squared Creative

Photo by Scott Tiernan

Photo by Scott Tiernan

Photo by Scott Tiernan

Photo by Scott Tiernan

Photo by Scott Tiernan

Photo by Scott Tiernan

Photo by Scott Tiernan

Photo by Scott Tiernan

Photo by Scott Tiernan

Moss Crop Top, $14 / Solitaire Lace Skirt, $20 / Frye boots, $149 / Darling gemstone necklace, $18 / Darling gold wrap bracelet, $18 / Darling orange beaded bracelet, $14 / Darling gemstone earrings, $10 / Darling gold bar ring, $8 / Street level clutch, $14

Find these pieces and more at Darling Boutique on the downtown mall!