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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.

Filtering by Tag: winter layering

Keep it Neutral: The Sweater Dress

Linnea White

Neutral: How I feel about these Winter temps right now. But, hey, it's nothing a sweater dress can't fix, am I right? And this sweater on sweater look is just what you need to get through the final weeks of Winter.

I love Anthropologie. And I love secondhand Anthropologie even more. And this sweater on sweater combo is a match made in Anthropologie heaven. The neutral hues of grey and taupe blend effortlessly for a chic layered (and super warm) look. Add a pair of boots or booties in a similar hue to keep the look monotone from head to toe - and elongate the frame.

This necklace by Little Paper Crane (new this week!) is the perfect accent for the patterned midi dress, giving me all the vibes. Add a pair of earrings by the same artisan for a little matchy matchy ensemble, and grab a soft, leather clutch by Free Range and Feral, and this look is ready to take on the last Wintry weeks ahead. Because sweater weather isn't really sweater weather unless you're piling them on top of each other like it's your dang job.

P.S. This is my new hair! Sarah Hatch made my Winter White platinum dreams come true last week for my birthday, and I am obsessed. It's everything I wanted, and some. And it was well worth the wait, the month of transition (here it was the first go 'round), and the 12 hours and two appointments to get here. I can't wait to see how this new color changes up my style game this season!

Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Sleeping on Snow (Anthropologie) open sweater, S, $48 / Sparrow (Anthropologie) sweater dress, S, $48 / Pom beanie, $12 / Frye boots, 9, $140 // Locally-made Pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Nude Rose + Mulberry lipsticks blended, $10 each, and Lilac Grey nail polish, $7.50 / Little Paper Crane earrings, $30, and necklace, $34 / Free Range & Feral leather clutch, $70

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

 

Photo by Tristan Williams

Poncho Perfect: Boho Winter Layering

Linnea White

Styling a poncho can be a little intimidating. It's a lot of fabric, and can be unflattering on your frame if not styled for your body. But, ponchos can also be amazingly boho chic and super cozy when styled correctly. And this look is poncho perfect.

This temperate Winter weather has inspired me to experiment with layers, and when a few ponchos came into the shop this Winter, I decided to give this layering piece a try. Loving the fringe detail on this BCBG Max Azria black poncho, I went for a boho look, adding a felt hat in a bright color, a striped, cropped turtleneck, and pleather midi skirt. These Western style shoes really pull the look together, giving it just the finishing sass it needed.

Don't fear the poncho, darlings! Here are a few simple styling tips for ponchos:

  1. Keep the outfit one color - like all black.
  2. Long lines extend the frame under the poncho, especially if it's a bulky poncho. Try skinny jeans, a maxi skirt, fitted heels, or knee high boots. A long necklace layered over the poncho will do wonders for the eye and elongating the overall look.
  3. Belt it! A belted poncho can be a super chic look, and help accentuate your frame underneath.
  4. Layer a solid color poncho over stripes for a fun pop of pattern.
  5. Get boho with it - add a felt hat and flared pants, or a little extra fringe.

How do you style the poncho for chic layering?

Poncho Perfect | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: BCBG Max Azria poncho, S/M, $44 / Finders Keeps turtleneck crop top, XS, $22 / Forever 21 faux leather skirt, S, $14 / Penny Love Kenny buggy booties, 8, $38 / H&M felt hat, $10 / Coach mulberry crossbody bag, $38 // Locally-made Pieces: Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry lipstick, $10

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

Poncho Perfect | Photo by Tristan Williams

Poncho Perfect | Photo by Tristan Williams

Poncho Perfect | Photo by Tristan Williamsv

Poncho Perfect | Photo by Tristan Williams

Winter Layering: Sweater Weather, Part 3

Linnea White

Sometimes a woman's best friend is the softest, coziest, and warmest sweater in her closet. And this chunky knit number is oh-so-perfect for all the Winter layering needs. When a bunch of amazing Free People comes into the shop in one week, I tend to get a little giddy. With an assortment of Winter hats, sweaters, dresses, and tops, it was time to play dress up.

This embroidered short crop Free People sweater is even more stunning in person, with vibrant colors and a dolphin cut hem. For warmth, I layered it with a long, flowy, chunky open sweater for a little proportion play. The extra long sleeves on this sweater gives me life - literally, because it keeps the blood flowing in my fingers, which are always cold in the Winter.

I kept the bottom of this look monotone, pairing neutrals like this taupe pair of Level 99 jeans and Frye Engineer boots. Add a pink lip for a color pop (locally made by Kitsune's Closet, of course) and top it all off with a slouchy beanie for the perfect casual Winter layering style.

How do you like to layer during the Winter months? Get more inspiration from this Sweater Weather series here and here.

Sweater Weather | Photo by Tristan Williams

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Free People short sleeve cropped sweater, S, $30 / Debut chunky open sweater, M/L, $22 / Frye boots, 9, $140 / Level 99 jeans, 4, $44 / Free People beanie, $14 // Locally made Pieces: Pan & Tea fiber tassel necklace, $30 / Kitsune’s Closet Be Smoaked fuchsia Lipstick, $12, and Storm nail polish, $7.50

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

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

Winter Layering | Photo by Tristan Williams Winter Layering | Photo by Tristan Williams

Winter Layering | Photo by Tristan Williams

Winter Layering | Photo by Tristan Williams

Winter Layering | Photo by Tristan Williams

Winter Layering | Photo by Tristan Williams