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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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How to Style a Vintage Dress: Shop Girl Style

Linnea White

This is my unicorn dress. Isn't it magical? A few weeks ago, the shop hosted an Earth Day pop-up shop with Two Scoops Vintage, and I found some amazing vintage pieces - including this dress and umbrella. Naturally, we took to the streets on the rainy day for a little shoot to show how to style a vintage dress.

Styling vintage should be fun - taking pieces from another time, another life, and translating them for a modern context. When it comes to vintage dresses, you can play up the retro vibes in the styling, or you can make it more modern by deconstructing the look and adding contemporary pieces - especially in the accessories.

When I found this incredible dress, it fit like a glove, and I couldn't get over the bright colors with my white hair. Unicorn status. I paired the dress with two current trends I was already wearing that day in the shop - my new-to-me white sneakers and J. Crew pom earrings. I almost tried a different belt/scarf combo with the dress to give it a more modern edge, but ended up going with the original belt to play up the retro vibes of this vintage look.

And to quote one of my favorite movies of all time, Singing in the Rain...

"Kathy: This California dew's a little heavier than usual tonight...

Don: Oh really? From where I stand, the sun is shining all over the place..."

Cue the song and dance!

P.S. This photo shoot is one of my favorite shoots Tristan has ever done. That jumping picture was one take, and he nailed it. I love when I get to be a dancer again on shoots! I hope it brings you as much joy as it did when I first saw that picture!

What do you think, darlings? How do you like to rock vintage pieces? 

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

On Linnea | Darling Finds: White sneakers / Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked lipstick // Two Scoops Vintage Finds: Vintage dress and umbrella // From Linnea’s Closet: J. Crew pom earrings / Elaine B Jewelry rings, bangles, & stud earrings / Judith Bright stacking rings

Photography by Tristan Williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

how to style a vintage dress | photo by tristan williams

VDay Outfit Inspiration: Vintage Darling

Linnea White

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Looking for some VDay outfit inspiration? Look no further! The shop is filled with love day options for every gal and every style. Whether you'd rather keep it simple with a pop of red, make it edgy with some leather, or go full on romantic with vintage whimsy, Darling Boutique is your stop for all your Valentine's outfit needs. Not to mention the array of locally-made, red-hued lipsticks available at the shop!

Vintage VDay Darling

For a Valentine's inspired Dressing Up with Darling outfit, I gravitated towards this retro printed dress, full of whimsy and personality. I love that the little flower petals are shaped like hearts, giving a nod to the holiday without full on shouting it. The Nine West heels are the perfect pairing, with their vintage shape and lace up style. Add some simple cupid-esque jewelry by one of our amazing local artisans in the shop and a pair of vibrant pink tights, and this look is full on vintage darling for the holiday of love. Don't forget to apply your favorite red lipstick for an added touch of romance. We love this color made by Kerrie Pierce specially for our shop, thus "Darling Red."

Embrace the whimsy of the season, and let your personality shine.

VDay Outfit Inspiration | Photo by Megan Tiernan

On Linnea: Retrolicious dress, $28 / Nine West heels, $32 / Elle cardigan, $16 / Giorgio Corsini purse, $30 Local Artisan Pieces: Girls Day Out heart necklace, $28, and arrow earrings, $15 / Dinosaur Toes Herkimer Diamond Sterling Silver ring, $48, and Triangle Sterling/Brass ring, $18 / Kitsune’s Closet Darling Red lipstick, $10

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

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

VDay Outfit Inspiration | Photo by Megan Tiernan

VDay Outfit Inspiration | Photo by Megan Tiernan

VDay Outfit Inspiration | Photo by Megan Tiernan

VDay Outfit Inspiration | Photo by Megan Tiernan

VDay Outfit Inspiration | Photo by Megan Tiernan

See more Dressing Up with Darling outfit inspiration posts! 

How to Dress for a Holiday Party

Linnea White

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'Tis the season for a datebook full of holiday parties - from Secret Santa gift exchanges to office holiday parties, from black tie balls to a friend's house party, from going home for the holidays to New Year's Eve extravaganzas. Shop at Darling Boutique to get your wardrobe ready for the celebrations ahead without breaking your wallet! The shop is stocked with affordable pieces for the holidays, from consigned dresses and heels to locally made artisan jewelry. I love the vintage button studs by local artisan Pip's & Co., and went for a vintage-inspired glam look for that upcoming holiday party. Not all holiday outfit needs sparkles, shades of red and green, or a little black dress. The rich velvet and lace of this vintage dress evoke a winter wonderland. Grace your next party with a classic red lip and a stunning dress for a price you can celebrate!

Holiday Photo by Megan Tiernan

Vintage dress, $28 / Nine West heels, $38 / Textures by Tammy Daneker clutch, $22 /Pip's & Co. earrings, $14 / Kitsune's Closet Poppy Red Lipstick, $10

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

Styled by Linnea White / Photography by Megan Tiernan

Holiday Photo by Megan Tiernan

Holiday Photo by Megan Tiernan

Holiday Photo by Megan Tiernan

Holiday Photo by Megan Tiernan

Holiday Photo by Megan Tiernan

Holiday Photo by Megan Tiernan