In the Academy Awards of Color, the Academy, AKA Pantone has spoken: 2015’s Color of the Year is Marsala. Named after a lovely (and quite delicious, might I add) fortified wine, Marsala is a reddish-brown hue that Pantone Color Institute’s experts describe as exuding “confidence and stability while feeding the body, mind, and soul.” Here are some ideas on infusing the heartiness of Marsala into your closet and home:
Even though we typically think of pastels for spring, expect the robust Marsala to be in vogue year-round. The versatile, earthy tone is quiet enough for people with classic taste and loud enough for fashion risk-takers. Perhaps the coolest aspect of Marsala is how well it plays with other colors. The brown undertones make it a natural companion for neutrals like taupe and grey, while it becomes more vibrant around bold colors such as yellow and teal. Give your outfit a sophisticated update with a shirt, dress, or pants. Hint: search for clothes in “burgundy” or “wine” for the closest match to Marsala.
Some of Pantone’s previous colors of the year have been intimidating as makeup hues (2012’s Tangerine Tango was spirited, but not easiest to pull off), but the more understated Marsala is flattering on most skin tones. Not only can it provide cozy warmth to your cheeks, its burgundy tone emits a subtle-but-powerful come-hither vibe when used on lips. Another idea? Add reddish-brown highlights to your hair for a captivating look!
Much like wine enhances the taste of a meal, adding an accessory in Marsala can provide a satisfying accompaniment to your overall look. Easily incorporate this elegant hue into your wardrobe with Marsala shoes, jewelry, sunglasses, or handbags.
The rich, simultaneously striking but refined quality of Marsala make it a hot shade for home décor. It looks especially inviting in your kitchen, dining room, or living room. If painting a wall in terracotta red seems too dramatic, stick to accent pieces in Marsala like pillows or throws. The color is augmented by textures, so another idea is to look for Marsala carpets or upholstered furniture.
How will you wear Marsala this year?
Carmen Boeser is a freelance fashion writer, thriftaholic, and vintage lover. She chronicles personal style and love for the St. Louis fashion scene on her blog, The Ruby Zipper. When Carmen is not processing merchandise at a resale boutique, she’s learning the joys of new parenthood with her husband and baby daughter.