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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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Sweater Weather, Part 2: Casual Christmas Style

Linnea White

Whether you're meeting the parents, or just hanging with your parents, this Christmas weekend of gatherings is here, and it's time to get cozy chic, or chicy cozy. Casual Christmas style is an art of balancing chic with comfort, and layering strategically for fireside hangs and post-dinner digestion cold flashes.

Why not play with reds for a festive look for all the feasts and frolicking? This patterned sweater is the perfect layering piece for the Christmas weekend, feeling seasonal without shouting "DECK THE HALLS!"

Try pairing a patterned open sweater over a basic sweater. Keep the details interesting, like the cream ruffles hem of the bottom layer, and intentional, like the red pattern of the leather clutch for a little pattern play.

Wear a pair of cute, and comfortable, booties for an elevated look that's also ready to frolic and play outside after dinner with the nephews. And legging style pants with a lot of stretch are a MUST for any big meal gathering.

Don't forget your red lipstick (locally made, naturally) and a cute antler necklace for festive touch and the finishing touch on that casual Christmas style!

What are you wearing for the Christmas gatherings this weekend? What's your favorite way to embrace the sweater weather?

Casual Christmas Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Meredyth | Secondhand pieces: Clu + Willoughby sweater, S, $30 / Kensie open sweater, S, $24 / Gap legging jeans, 4, $16 / Rag & Bone booties, 7 1/2, $172 // Local Artisan pieces: Thistle & Lark antler necklace, $24 / Kitsune’s Closet Darling Red lipstick, $10, and Bronze Age nail polish, $7.50 / Petaline clutch, $50

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

Casual Christmas Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Casual Christmas Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Casual Christmas Style | Photo by Tristan Williams

Sweater Weather: Cozy Winter Knits

Linnea White

Happy first day of Winter, darlings! The sweater weather is in full force, and the cozy Winter knits are many in the shop. Get inspired this week for all those holiday gatherings ahead.

To be honest, the fresh silvery locks inspired the color palette of this outfit, loving the silver white highlights in play with the lavender hues of the Free People blouse and sweater. Any sweater with extra long, chunky sleeves calls for cozy cuddles on Christmas morning with a mug of cocoa. With a pair of stretchy second-skin jeans and staple boots, this outfit is ready for that holiday with family and friends. Add a statement choker, like this locally made pieces with howlite spikes, and a plum lip for an extra level of drama.

Sweater Weather | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Linnea | Secondhand pieces: Free People top, S, $28 / Free People sweater, S, $34 / Rag & Bone jeans, 4, $88 / Frye boots, 9, $140 // Locally Made pieces: Free Range & Feral howlite choker, $46 / Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry lipstick, $10, and Silver Age nail polish, $7.50

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

Sweater Weather | Photo by Tristan Williams

Sweater Weather | Photo by Tristan Williams

Sweater Weather | Photo by Tristan Williams

Sweater Weather | Photo by Tristan Williams

Winter White: A Winter Wonderland Outfit

Linnea White

Baby, it's cold outside! Winter is here, and that means two things: Winter Wonderland and cozy knitwear (land). In the spirit of Winter, I styled darling gal Meredyth in a Winter White ensemble featuring locally made knitwear - because Winter.

When this deer scene top by Anthropologie came into the shop, I knew it needed to be featured in a Winter themed outfit. And then the knitwear by Free Rang and Feral came in, and it was a match made in Narnia. All this outfit needs is a box of Turkish delights, a cup of steaming hot cocoa, oh, and snow, lots of snow.

The Winter White style is certainly fun to put together, finding shades of white and cream and blush to pair together for that effortlessly crisp palette to brighten those grey, cold days. These Banana Republic corduroys, with their moto-inspired seams and zippers, are certainly a spunky take on Winter White pants.

Do you dare to try the Winter White trend this year? 

Winter Whites | Photo by Tristan Williams

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

On Meredyth | Secondhand pieces: One September (Anthropologie) deer scene top, P, $24 / Banana Republic corduorys, 4, $26 / Talbots brown booties, 6 1/2, $74 // Local Artisan pieces: Free Range & Feral knit wool hat, $56, and Mountaineer Bandana knit scarf, $72 / Kitsune’s Closet Mulberry lipstick, $10

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

Winter Whites | Photo by Tristan Williams

Winter Whites | Photo by Tristan Williams

Winter Whites | Photo by Tristan Williams