Friday Favorite Finds: Merlot

Written by Hannah Lyons

The weekend is almost here, and I’m ready to enjoy sweater weather and some college football! Given that it’s midterm season for most of us college students, I can speak on behalf of us all that the fall break can’t come soon enough.

Nevertheless, there is one subject that never fails to make me happy, and that is fashion.

Fall 2016 Color Story – Merlot

On that subject, we continue with our Fall 2016 Color Story. If you’ll recall, we’ve covered the following fall shades:

  1. Neutrals
  2. Pinks
  3. Leopard
  4. Olive
  5. Burnt Orange

And today’s hue of choice is merlot.

Merlot, marsala, burgundy, maroon. In essence, the color is a deep purplish red. Whatever you want to call it, this hue is perfect for fall. Interestingly, these merlot shades share the same blue undertones as berry, burgundy, and plum. This makes the hues very similar and easy to mix when wearing! If you’re shy of loud colors, try something mildly basic. Combine berry hues with contrasting colors like black and white. The three colors work beautifully together!

Did you know? The color’s name is derived from the pigment of merlot wine? We can all get on board with red wine. Am I right?

On a side note, speaking of this shade… Did you have a chance to check out Carrie’s recent post on getting this season’s trends at huge discounts? Carrie sports some gorgeous berry-hued favorites and shares her top 24 pics for wearing ripe berry.

24 Merlot Colored Fashion Picks We’re Adding to Our Wishlist

In the end, with mine and Carrie’s picks and my picked combined, it’s impossible to avoid filling your closet with this favorite color! Not to mention, this color never goes out of style. Undoubtedly, this color is a classic for the fall season.

So, go ahead and try a berry dress for your next party. Let’s just say more attention will be on you than the glass of 1947 Cheval Blanc you’re holding 😉

So, try the color by shopping our 24 favorite merlot items below. My personal favorite is #8, because it’s such a fun, quirky accessory to add to any party outfit. Without a doubt, I’m definitely adding that one to my current personal wishlist!

Product Details:

1 – J.Crew Italian Cashmere Boyfriend Cardigan Sweater | 2 – Deborah Lippmann ‘Very Berry’ Nail Polish Set | 3 – J.Crew Tippi Sweater | 4 – Marc Jacobs Pussy-bow Embellished Checked Silk Blouse | 5 – Voluspa ‘Japonica Santiago Huckleberry’ Large | 6 – Michele Berry Cape Topaz Studded Watch | 7 – Topshop Petite Bomber Jacket | 8 – Edie Parker ‘Jean Grrr!’ Acrylic Box Clutch | 9 – Stella McCartney ‘Falabella’ Quilted Pouch | 10 – S’well Glitter Collection Sangria Stainless Steel Water Bottle | 11 – Bergdorf Goodman Marled Cashmere Pompom Beanie Hat | 12 – RedValentino Lace-trimmed Point D’esprit Tulle Dress | 13 – Cushine Et Ochs Maxine Cutout Satin and Stretch-Jersey Dress | 14 – Anna Sui Lace-Paneled Mini Dress | 15 – Vanessa Seward Cherry Silk Mini Dress | 16 – Kenzo Tiger Embroidered Cotton Sweatshirt Mini Dress | 17 – Kevyn Aucoin The Eyeshadow Duo | 18 – Mara Hoffman Printed Stretch-Jersey Sports Bra | 19 – Hanky Panky Heather Lace-Trimmed Stretch-Jersey Camisole| 20 – Bella Vita ‘Nettie’ Block Heel Pump | 21 – Laurence Dacade Pete Embroidered Velvet Ankle Boots | 22 – Steve Madden ‘Edit’ Bootie | 23 – Mara Hoffman Printed Stretch-Jersey Leggings | 24 – Hanky Panky Heather Lace-Trimmed Stretch-Jersey Boy Shorts

Finally, let us know what your thoughts are about this color? Too dark for your liking? Maybe too difficult to pair with? Share your thoughts by commenting below. We are confident there is a way each of us can rock this color this season.

And of course, have a wonderful weekend and thanks for joining us for another edition of Friday Favorite Finds!

Graphic design by Ashley Cardoza


  1. Wow!! Really love your finds!! This is just such an amazing colour!I especially love those embroidered velvet boots and pompom hat! Big Xx Susanne –

    1. Carrie says:

      Aren’t they great? I’m totally loving this color for fall.

  2. Merritt Beck says:

    Such great picks!I am obsessed with those floral booties and the Eddie Parker clutch!
    xx, Merritt
    The Style Scribe

    1. Carrie says:

      I’m so glad you liked! This shade just might be my favorite this fall.

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