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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.

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Darling, You've Got Style: The Crop Top

Linnea White

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I'm obsessed with crop tops and high waisted bottoms this year. So obsessed I'm finding ways to tie up tops that aren't crop tops to make them crops tops so I can wear them over pretty much anything. My obsession has at least taught me how women of all shapes and sizes can wear a crop top to flatter their figure. The key: accentuate your smallest part - your natural waist - and know how to work proportions on the bottom for your body type.

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Here are a few style tips to show how you can wear crop tops, no matter what body type you have.

Hourglass

This body type is crop top gold. Try shorter crop tops and mid-rise bottoms to show off your small waist. Keep the top fitted, and play up your curves with fuller shapes on the bottom.

Curvy

From top and bottom curves to pear-shaped ladies, those with curves can and should learn the magic of the right proportions for a crop top. Make sure the top hits at the vertical center of your ribcage for ample waist definition and pair it with a fitted bottom, i.e. the pencil skirt.

Plus-Size

Ladies of all shapes and sizes can rock a crop top. It's true! Knowing fit and proportion is key. Maximize proportions by pairing a fitted crop top (especially with long-sleeves) with a full bottom (especially a midi skirt).

Petite

Small frames are ideal for voluminous crop tops - think boxy cuts, structured shoulders, bold shapes, interesting hemlines. Just remember to pair the volume on top with a sleek, ideally high-waisted, bottom, like a pencil skirt or long pants, giving you the appearance of looking much taller.

Tall and Slender

Tall, slender gals should choose a crop top that falls at your natural waist and wear a waistline that hits slightly below - leaving a few inches of mid-drift exposed, perfectly highlighting your thin frame. Think Taylor Swift. (Duh.)

Athletic

Fit, athletic builds benefit from a sporty look that allows for ample ab-show-off-ing. Think sports bra length crop tops with a loose-fitting bottom. Just keep it classy, ladies.

+ More Crop Top Outfit Inspriration

19 Ways to Wear Crop Tops Her Campus

All Images via Pinterest

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: Summer Whites

Linnea White

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Summer Whites. The thing of street style fantasies and everyday girl nightmares (every time, all white outfit, guaranteed spill). But we're here to prove summer whites are not to be feared. Just have a Tide To Go Pen in your purse - to be safe. Summer is made for vibrant, bright colors, light, breezy fabrics, and easy, effortless style. Cuz, let's be honest, it's too hot for anything else. Need a little outfit inspiration to get your summer white game started? Own it, Darling.

The Little White Dress

White on White

Just a Touch of White

The White Onesie

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

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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

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

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

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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

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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!

Darling, You've Got Style: Spring 2015 Color Report

Linnea White

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Tomorrow is the first day of Spring! Did you hear that? Spring is here! And that means Spring style - cheery colors, romantic fabrics and shapes, and feminine silhouettes. No more bulky Winter layers to weigh you down. It's frolic season. Pantone's Spring 2015 Color Report is a refreshing, light, vibrant take on pastels.

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"This season, cooler and softer color choices with subtle warm tones follow a minimalistic en plain air theme, taking a cure from nature."

The softer tones of the Aquamarine, Lucite Green, Custard, Toasted Almond, and Glacier Gray blend with the fuller, bolder tones of Tangerine, Scuba Blue, Strawberry Ice, and Classic Blue. And the Pantone 2015 Color of the Year is Marsala, a "naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala enriches our minds, bodies and souls."

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The store is blossoming with tons of new Spring items, including Pantone's Spring 2015 Colors...

Come shop for your new Spring pieces at Darling!

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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!