Updating your wardrobe this spring is easy to do by incorporating the color of the year: Marsala. It is an earthy brownish red that has a peaceful, grounded feel about it. This is a color that is easily adapted into home decor, men’s wear, cosmetics and women’s wear. I love this color and you will too when you learn how easy it is to use this color with items you already own in your closet.
Marsala is a bold neutral that looks great with variety of colors. Wear marsala head-to-toe in a sheath dress and add gold toned accessories. It makes gold jewelry “pop.” Marsala’s burnished undertones make a wonderful statement when paired with more vibrant colors like scuba blue or teal. Marsala looks great with dark denim and olive green.
Try Marsala in your own closet this spring by pairing it with items you may already have in chambray, blush, ivory, light grey, camel, olive, and custard (a soft yellow). Wear a marsala colored shell with your camel or light grey suit for business attire. An asymmetric hemmed blouse in marsala with your favorite pair of white skinny jeans or blush colored chinos for a casual look. Marsala colored ankle pants with a chambray shirt, custard colored belt and animal print flats or heels is an easy updated classic outfit for everyday wear or lunch out with friends.
Many floral and geometric patterns are incorporating this warm, inviting color this season. Update your wardrobe by adding a blouse, scarf or dress in a pattern that includes marsala. Mixing patterns is still very fashionable and easy to do by remembering the 5 to 1 ratio. If five of one pattern can fit into one of the other, you have the proper combination. For example, a small gingham or polka dot and a larger floral or striped pattern.
Marsala is a warm earthy tone that is popular in make-up as well. Lipstick, nail polish and cheek color in this complimentary tone is a staple in many women’s make-up drawer.
If you don’t feel that marsala is the most flattering color against your face, wear it on your lower body in an updated cut for 2015 such as a box pleated midi skirt, or a slim pencil pant.
Marsala is a hot wedding color this year as I mentioned in last month’s wedding issue of Northside Woman. Brides are using it as a complementary color with blush and oyster. Some brides are adding it subtly in their bouquets with small flowers, or bolding embracing it by having their grooms wear a jacket in marsala.
Still unsure about wearing marsala? Go subtle, by using marsala accessories such as a purse, belt, camisole or jewelry for an updated, current look. Remember the Secret of 3’s by wearing three items with the color of marsala in them for a “pulled together” look.
Color Trivia: Who chooses the color of the year? The color experts at Pantone. According to the website www.pantone.com, “It is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries.
The PANTONE name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.” After reading the creative names given to this year’s colors (scuba blue, strawberry ice, glacier grey, and custard), I would love a chance to visit their offices to revel in the creative juices that must surround them.
Published in March 2015 edition of Northside Woman Magazine