What I Wore: Merlot on Merlot

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Merlot cashmere sweater and faux leather pants from Chico's and a Thacker NYC leopard ring handle bag on Wardrobe Oxygen

This fall I am loving all shades of red, especially the wine red colors seen at practically at every retailer.  I saw this asymmetrical hem cashmere sweater at Chico's and knew it would be a perfect wardrobe addition for fall and winter.

Merlot cashmere sweater and faux leather pants from Chico's and a Thacker NYC leopard ring handle bag on Wardrobe Oxygen chicos sweater

Sweater | Pants | Shoes | Bag | Earrings

chicos faux leather pants

Sweater: Black Label Cashmere Sweater c/o Chico's (2) | Pants: Black Label Faux-Leather Pants c/o Chico's (1.5) | Boots: L'Amour Des Pieds (similar) | Bag: Thacker NYC | Bracelet: c/o Chico's (similar) | Earrings: Jenny Bird

chicos leather pants

For this look, I styled the sweater with the brand's faux-leather pants.  A lot of faux leather pants leave a lot to be desired.  Too tight, too rubbery, too fake, too uncomfortable.  These look like real leather, have a side zipper and button and are fully lined. I'll admit they were a bit warm this day but come late fall and winter, these pants will be a favorite for keeping me cozy, fighting the wind, and looking chic.  These pants would look great with a chambray shirt, black turtleneck sweater, a silk blouse, a t-shirt and a blazer or denim jacket. They're easy to glam up with a pair of heels.

chicos cashmere sweater

The sweater is also a piece that is so versatile.  Throw on with your favorite skinny jeans and booties, ponte leggings and tall boots, or style with velvet or beaded trousers for a holiday party.  For both pieces I recommend if in doubt, size down. With such rich fabrics, there's no need for a ton of accessories; I felt this bag was just the little pop that was needed!


  1. Chris
    October 22, 2018 / 2:08 am


    How about a navy turtleneck sweater with the merlot pants? I like that color combination and I can’t wear black.

  2. Rachel
    October 17, 2018 / 9:07 am

    Such a fabulous outfit! When I think of Chico’s I think of my mom but lately they have been really modernizing
    their look and everything seems so much more sophisticated. I’m justJust purchases this outfit, and the faux leather pencil skirt as well. And there is currently a coupon code on the site that got my 40% off the sweater.

  3. Susan
    October 16, 2018 / 9:38 pm

    This is a great Chico’s and Cabi blog.

  4. JMS
    October 16, 2018 / 10:10 am

    That really is a gorgeous color on you!

    I appreciate your showcasing the new Chico’s styles. They are really amping up the sophistication lately, and I love it.

    • October 22, 2018 / 8:31 am

      Agreed, I love the direction they’re going in!

  5. October 16, 2018 / 10:06 am

    You look fabulous in that color, Alison!! And the little pop of leopard is the perfect finisher.

  6. jodie
    October 16, 2018 / 8:54 am

    What a fabulous outfit, Alison. I’m not usually a huge fan of monochromatic (only because my mom overdoes it and I rebel against her…LOL), but I think the different textures in this outfit really calls to me. Besides the fact, I adore the asymmetrical detail of almost anything!!

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