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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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Utilitarian Chic: On Trend Meets Timeless Fashion

Linnea White

One of the Spring 2017 fashion trends to look out for, utilitarian chic is a play on tailored classics and sporty proportions. For a little #throwbackthursday fashion, I styled a timeless-meets-trendy outfit that had me channeling my inner Marilyn or Audrey in these sunnies.

This outfit is such a throw back (#TBT), I can't even handle. I felt like a mid-century babe in this outfit, from the coiffed curls to the utilitarian pencil skirt and feminine blouse. Like a bird on a wire, I felt airy and dainty, spreading my wings, strolling on my tippy toes; and like a total bad ass babe, I felt bossy and confident, rocking those shades like there was paparazzi around the corner.

Even the makeup plays up the updated 1950's style, from the hair style to the bold brow and bright lipstick, taking this trend from sporty to feminine, functional to fashionable. I opted for the Be Smoaked fuchsia lipstick, locally made by Kitsune’s Closet, as a subtle nod to Miss Felicity Smoake (Arrow fans, anyone??), another blonde bombshell. And how fun is the subtle lilac hue to the new hair in this look? I can't get enough of this darling makeover.

Keys to Wearing the Utilitarian Chic Trend

The utilitarian chic trend is incredibly versatile, and so easy to personalize to your style. From urban street to workwear chic, this trend is something any gal can pull off.

Here are a few key tips to keep in mind when wearing the utilitarian chic trend:

  • Balance oversized proportions with tailored pieces. Complement a sporty, masculine piece with a feminine, straight silhouette, like a pencil skirt or shift dress, or a lighter, airy fabric.
  • Embrace girly accents, like delicate jewelry or French-knotted scarves.
  • Pick pieces in dark, muted tones - military green, olive green, khaki, black, grey, white, brown, navy. Play with prints and solids, interplaying subtle details for a cohesive look.
  • Try a jumpsuit!
  • When in doubt: wear a white shirt. From a basic tee to a button up blouse, the white shirt is a simple way to play with this trend, pairing it with a simple skirt or pants, a parka or jacket, and a silk scarf (for a start!).
  • Finishing touches are important, so choose footwear that completes the look. For a more utilitarian, sporty look, go with heavy boots or sneakers. For a more chic, feminine look, opt for a shoe with a heel or sleek silhouette.

How do you rock the utilitarian chic trend, darling?

Utilitarian Chic | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Catelier hand-painted blouse, S, $34 / Cartonnier (Anthropologie) skirt, 0, $30 / Banana Republic wool jacket, 0, $80 / Franco Sarto booties, 7 1/2, $30 / Rebecca Minkoff bag, $70 / Sunglasses, $20 // Locally-made pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked fuchsia lipstick blended, $12

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

Utilitarian Chic | Photo by Tristan Williams

Utilitarian Chic | Photo by Tristan Williams

Utilitarian Chic | Photo by Tristan Williams

Utilitarian Chic | Photo by Tristan Williams

Utilitarian Chic | Photo by Tristan Williams

Utilitarian Chic | Photo by Tristan Williams

Utilitarian Chic | Photo by Tristan Williams

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: 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!

Darling, You’ve Got Style: Spring Layers Done Right

Linnea White

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This Spring has been all over the place. Chilly day, rainy days, and nearly 80 degree days. Time to learn how to layer like a pro! It's important to first acknowledge that "layered" does not mean "bulky." Don't be afraid to layer your clothes for fear of looking "bigger." Knowing how to layer well means knowing how to compliment your body type and how to work multiple pieces into one look. It should be fun, not feared!

Tips and Tricks to the Perfectly Layered Spring Outfit

  • The Base: Start with a basic layer. Try a fitted base to define your shape. Play around with solids, neutrals, or patterns (think stripes!).
  • The Middle Layer: Add a soft cardigan or sweater. Play around with texture - flowy and draped or chunky and knit. Be bold and throw on a bright or patterned pullover for this layer, giving your outfit that little bit of whimsy.
  • The Top Layer: Finish off the look with a jacket, vest, or lightweight coat. Denim jackets, olive green vests and anorak jackets, classic trenches, black leather jackets --- the options are endless. This top layer pulls together the whole look, so if you've gone with a striped base and a bold pullover, this layer may be best in a neutral or solid color.
  • The Icing on the Cake: Throw on a scarf! The easiest of all layers for Spring, and necessary for warmth on those chillier days.

Remember:

  • Have fun!
  • The top and middle layer can easily be shed if the days warms or the night chills. Try creating an outfit where the pieces can be interchangeable depending on the temperature.
  • Length and proportion should be top priorities as you layer.
  • Add a belt to top off your look if you want to define your waistline!
  • And most definitely play around with texture. Mixing the clothing materials in each layer definitely helps keep the outfit from getting weighted down or "bulky."

You may not get it right the first time around, but keep trying! A perfectly layered Spring outfit is most definitely worth it.

The Waistline | Perfectly Layered, Patterened, & Belted

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The Leather Jacket | Mix Spring Prints with Leather Details for an Edge

{ flora & leather }

Midi Layers | Chunky Knit over a Patterned Midi Skirt (easily throw on a top layer - think denim jacket)

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Midi Layers | Chunky Knit over a Patterned Midi Skirt (easily throw on a top layer - think denim jacket)

50 Spring Outfits to Copy Right Now | StyleCaster

Long Layers | The Trench

Blush. (via Bloglovin.com )

The Denim Jacket | Subtle Pattern & Mixed Textures for this layered look

OUTTAKES

The Denim Jacket | Blue Crush (Try keeping the layers in one color family!)

Image Via: Jaclyn Paige

The Denim Jacket | The Chunky Knit Cardigan and Basic Layers

Try pairing a blue denim jacket with black slim jeans for a Sunday lunch with friends. Shop this look for $131: http://lookastic.com/women/looks/skinny-jeans-watch-crossbody-bag-cardigan-denim-jacket-tank-pendant-sunglasses/5747 — Black Skinny Jeans — Gold Watch — Black Leather Crossbody Bag — Grey Knit Cardigan — Blue Denim Jacket — Grey Tank — Gold Pendant — Black Sunglasses

The Anorak | A Chambray Button-up is the Perfect Middle Layer

Errands day with layered khaki jacket, chambray shirt, striped tee and large tote

Long Cardigan | Can't Go Wrong with a Long, Belted Cardigan Layer

can't go wrong with a belted cardigan

Long Layers | Maxi Skirt, Lightweight Sweater, and Easily Throw on a Top Layer (Think Denim Jacket)

50 Spring Outfits to Copy Right Now | StyleCaster

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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!