Pantone announced it’s 2015 color of the year several weeks ago… marsala! Marsala is a warm natural “burgundyish” color. Prior years have tended to be bright (ie 2014 radiant orchid) and not my style. Marsala, however, is right up my alley! I’ve heard a lot of negative reviews about it and if you lean towards brighter colors I can see how it would disappoint. Not for me! When I design I will use whatever color I feel conveys the mood needed. However, in my own personal style I gravitate towards a warm natural palette. I want colors that are flexible so I can mix items and get several looks. I want classic so what I buy today will still look great for several years. I also look for items that have a bit of an edge to them. Yes… flexible, classic but not boring! Marsala is that. Besides, any color that reminds me of wine is a winner in my book!
I put together a few looks on Polyvore. I went with pieces that I will actually wear. Some of the items in these sets are beyond my budget, but I could pull off a similar look within my range. This first one is really just a pair of dark denim skinny jeans with a white v-neck sweater, which I already have! Adding a statement necklace in marsala is all you really need. If your budget allows it, invest in a leather jacket in marsala. It’s a classic piece and neutral enough to be flexible, but the color gives it that edge!
For this next look all you’d need is a blouse in marsala. Team it up with black skinny pants and black boots that you probably already have! Lately I’ve been drawn to rose gold and I like how marsala looks with it. I liked this mini tiger necklace by Kenzo, it adds that little bit of edginess I’m talking about!
The last look I did is very fitting for today. Chicago has turned into a winter wonderland and I just want to stay warm! I sweater dress with boots is my uniform on days like this. Get one in a neutral gray and you’ll wear it over and over again. Change it up with a scarf and boots in marsala and you’re on trend!
Nice job Pantone on your 2015 color pick of the year. Marsala is a color I’ll certainly be using. To start with, I think I’ll pour myself a glass or two 🙂
Marsala… love it or hate it, what do you think?