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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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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

How to Style the Puffer Jacket

Linnea White

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Let's face it - when it's below freezing, icy wind is blowing, and snow is falling, the puffer jacket is donned and the Michelin Man sightings begin. Do not fret, darlings. There is plenty of great style inspiration out there to help get us through the Winter cold with all our fingers and toes intact and still lookin' totes fetch. These nylon/down marshmallow coats are often the subject of love/hate debates. Although they may not be the most stylish outerwear piece, they are certainly the most practical in the elements. Stay warm and stay stylish by copying some of these outfits we've rounded up!

How to Style the Puffer Jacket

Belt It/Cinch It

Try a figure flattering dark palette and proportion-balancing slim bottoms to keep this puffy look stylish. A belted jacket or cinched waist is a definite plus.

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Crop It

A cropped, fitted style will show your waistline and keep you from being swallowed up in a ball of down.

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Chunky Layers

Wear a chunky, high-neck sweater under your puffer for a little added warmth, and removing the need to zip the jacket (at least when it's not full on blizzard-ing).

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Fur Makes All Things Better

Sure, the fur lined hood can be a fun Eskimo look. But what about adding a big, oversize fur shawl collar, snood, or scarf to the mix? Play it up. Layer a fur vest under your puffer. Add some drama to the look, and extra warmth!

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Keep it Sporty

Distressed denim, lace up boots or sneakers, a beanie - athletic, sporty chic style keeps the puffer casual-cool.

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Accessories that POP

Add some fun (maybe even neon) accessories to the mix. After all, you're wearing a puffy marshmallow jacket and it's snowing outside. Be a kid again - dress it up and add some whimsy!

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

The Fashion Girl

The Fashion Girl Drape: It's a thing, albeit a completely impractical thing for the everyday gal. However, to achieve the look in the Winter, layer a sweater and/or moto-style jacket under your puffer for extra warmth. If you're feeling like a fashionista.

Puffer Jacket | Image via Pinterest

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Visit the boutique to shop our selection of secondhand puffers and outwear!