Cashmere Sweater + Ponte Skinny Pants

Today I’m sharing an outfit I wore to church a couple weeks ago — the day after I ransacked my closet! I remember opening my new and reduced closet for the first time to select an outfit. I went right to this cashmere sweater and ponte pants.

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This outfit is pretty basic. I’ve always been a fan of a cashmere sweater and black trousers. It’s been my go-to winter church outfit for years. This updated version of a classic crewneck sweater features a slightly longer silhouette and a side-slit hem.

Rather than traditional dress pants, I wore ponte skinny pants. I like the fit better than a trouser because I can tuck them into my boots on a cold day. I also like how they give the outfit a more modern look, and they’re less businessy, although I would think they’d still be appropriate for most office environments if you’re looking for work wear.

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I usually go for a v-neck sweater, and I’m honestly not sure why I ordered this one in a crewneck. I think there was a reason at the time, but a v-neck is typically more flattering on most women, especially those of us who are, ahem, more well-endowed. (See the v-neck version.)

Either way, v-neck or crewneck, I consider a basic sweater such as this an essential wardrobe piece because of its versatility. You can wear it with ponte pants or dress trousers for church or the office, or you can dress it down with jeans for a more casual look. It also works well with skirts. You can accessorize with a long necklace or a scarf, and you can top it with a blazer, leather jacket, poncho or a cape. For example, I wore it with a scarf, jeans, and rain boots one day last month.

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These Halogen cashmere sweaters come in a wide variety of colors, and the price is quite reasonable at $69 (sale price.)

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Regarding cashmere: I think every woman should have at least one cashmere sweater in her closet. They are so luxurious and soft and lovely. But you should know that not all cashmere is created equal. I’ve had several of these Halogen cashmere sweaters, and I like them because they are priced well and they come in an array of gorgeous colors, however, they are not what I would consider investment pieces. They are thin and tend to pill so I can get one or two seasons out of these before I need to replace them.

If you pay more for higher quality cashmere, they will feel nicer and will last you many years. Nordstrom has some higher end cashmere, and I love Ann Taylor or J.Crew for investment quality cashmere. If you watch, you can still get decent prices when they go on sale.

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For church last week, I styled this sweater with my black ponte skinny pants (similar), black wedge boots (similar), and silver accessories. I carried a light grey handbag to give some contrast to the outfit. Black would be okay, but the grey stands out against the dark pants and boots.

I felt pretty and put together in this outfit. The key to wearing a simple sweater and pants and looking chic is to make sure the fit and proportion are spot on. I like to wear sweaters in rich, bold colors such as this magenta because they compliment my coloring. This sweater also comes in some pretty pastel shades as well as some gorgeous neutrals.

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Details: Halogen Crewneck Cashmere in Purple Dark | similar ponte skinny pants
My Stella & Dot Alexia Necklace | similar wedge boots (budget option)
Marc Jacobs satchel