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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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Borrowing from the Boys: Grey Blazer Trend + Loafers

Linnea White

Menswear Chic is not a new concept in fashion. Borrowing from the Boys is something designers and fashionistas have been doing for decades. But, this season, a few key menswear pieces have been making quite a statement in the fashion world - high fashion and commercial alike. This outfit showcases the perfection of the loafer and the simplicity of the grey blazer trend.

We've already established that you can shop consignment and still wear the latest fashion trends, not to mention designer labels for much less, and this post is just more proof (in case you needed it). This Fall, several amazing grey blazers came into the shop, along with many amazing mules and loafers.

This grey blazer trend has literally been on every style blogger and street style star, and for good reason. It's a versatile piece that can be incredibly stylish, not just boring, shabby, or overly corporate. And I knew I wanted to create a look to showcase just that - how chic a longline, structured grey blazer can really be. Layered over a silk shirtdress by Theory, the blazer stands out. Add a pair of the most beautiful loafers you've ever seen, and a simply statement bag, and the look it complete. With pieces this individually perfect in their clean lines and minimalist simplicity, you don't need a lot of embellishments.

How have you been wearing the grey blazer this year, darlings? What's your favorite items to borrow from the boys? Tell us in the comments!

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Savannah | Consignment Finds: Banana Republic grey blazer, size 4, SOLD / Theory silk dress, size 4, SOLD / Fred Salvador loafers, size 39, SOLD / Rebecca Minkoff crossbody bag, SOLD / / Locally Made FindsDinosaur Toes half circle sterling threader earrings, $22

Photography by Tristan Williams | Styled by shop owner, Linnea White | Modeled by Darling Intern, Savannah Griffin

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Grey Blazer Trend | Photo by Tristan Williams

Cozy in Cashmere

Linnea White

Some days (mostly Monday's), it's all about cozy. And when a cashmere sweater, velvet pants, suede booties, and leather tote bag collide in one affordable, secondhand outfit, the wardrobe and the wallet can sing some praises.

This look is all about lush, cozy closet staples, like cashmere, suede, and leather, mixed in with some current trends, like oversized sweaters and velvet everything. Shopping consignment is a great way to find designer pieces, or just really great quality fabrics, for a whole lot less. When this vintage Nordstrom cashmere sweater came in to the shop in mint condition, I knew it had to be styled. Paired with an effortless pair of AG Jeans velvet pants and suede booties, this look was ready for the Fall leaves covered streets.

And don't forget your locally-made accessories, because supporting handmade is even cooler than shopping consignment. Or at least equally cool. The simply garnet + gold triangle studs by Emily Warden Designs are the perfect compliment to the effortless chic of this ensemble. Add an everyday geo cuff set by Free Range and Feral and the jewelry is done.

One of our newest Darling Artisans, Brother John Leather, makes some incredible handout, handsewn leather goods, like this leather tote bag - the perfect everyday, carry-all tote. We filled the bag with his leather wallet, leather journal, and leather clutch for all the leather goodness. What else would you put in your amazing leather bag but more leather?

Shop these #darlingfinds and more at #darlingcville!

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Consignment finds: Vintage Nordstrom cashmere sweater, size XL, SOLD / AG Jeans velvet pants, size 4, $64 / Rag & Bone booties, size 39 1/2, SOLD // Locally-made Darling Artisans finds: Free Range & Feral geo cuff bracelets, $32 / Emily Warden Designs garnet studs / Dinosaur Toes ring, SOLD / Brother John Leather tote bag, leather journal, natural leather clutch, and trifold wallet

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

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

Cozy in Cashmere | Photo by Tristan Williams

 

Off the Shoulder: The Trend that Keeps on Trending

Linnea White

The Off the Shoulder trend is showing no signs of stopping. It's the little trend that keeps on trending. This outfit proves you can rock the latest trends - tassel earrings, off the shoulder, and lace up sandals - AND shop consignment.

Summer style in is full force as we find ourselves in the middle of July. Tassel earrings and lace up sandals are still hot for the Summer, and the off the shoulder trend is as hot as the pavement in Arizona RN. With all these trends trending and being a fashionista, of course I want to keep up with the latest. But I'm also a consignment gal at heart, and love finding those gems at an affordable price with a conscious consumer mindset. And I love proving through these style posts and this entire blog that shopping secondhand can be trendy and is all about how you style pieces.

How are you rocking the latest Summer style trends, darlings?

Off the Shoulder | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Trina Turk dress, size medium, $78 / Stuart Weitzman lace up sandals, size 9 1/2, $120 / Vintage rattan straw bag, $32 (sold) // Locally-made pieces: Pan & Tea fiber indigo dyed tassel earrings, $25 / Emily Warden Designs opal ring, $48 / Thicket stacking ring sterling silver, $12, and bar studs, $32

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

Off the Shoulder | Photo by Tristan Williams

Off the Shoulder | Photo by Tristan Williams

Off the Shoulder | Photo by Tristan Williams

Off the Shoulder | Photo by Tristan Williams

Off the Shoulder | 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