Every year color trend forecasting agency, Pantone, names the Color of the Year. This 2015 is all about Marsala.

This lush shade is inspired by the red-brown tones of wine and is a color that communicates a subtle sensuality and modern sophistication; giving any ensemble a feel of dark romance.  The combined earthiness and richness of Marsala looks great on many woman and makes it suitable for all types of occasions and seasons.

If you’re inspired by Marsala here’s our take on how to incorporate this hue into your wardrobe.

Do some trend on trend action

Mix this color trend unapologetically with current styles that are trending for a look that conveys your fashion knowledge and style smarts. Since Marsala is so hot right now, you can find it in of-the-moment silhouettes like culottes, matching skirt sets, 70s inspired frocks, and oversized robe coats.

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Leopard print and Marsala is a fashion match made in heaven

Leopard print is a long established classic and a must-have for many women’s closet. The earthy tone of Marsala looks brilliant when set against leopard so instead of reaching for your traditional bright red to pair with your leopard, give Marsala a go.

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Marsala for the Office

The dark tone of Marsala makes it a great alternative to your neutral dominated office clothing rotation. This color is sure to add a dose of current trends to cubicle dressing and looks great with most of your office wear staples like your gray pencil skirts and nude heels. Wearing monotone Marsala outfits will add an added level of sophistication to your work style.

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Marsala and Neutrals

You’ll instantly refresh your go-to outfit when you inject some Marsala into your daily look. All black can get boring but when you switch out your black trousers for Marsala or your black fall coat for this rich hue, things get a lot more interesting and visually arresting. You can also opt to mix Marsala with neutral tones of beige, taupe or camel; these shades will surely enhance the inherent richness of Marsala. 

Mix with neutrals

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Complement Marsala with other colors

If you find yourself in a sartorial conundrum when it comes to putting together colors with Marsala, simply refer to this useful infographic; it  illustrates how versatile Marsala can be. Neutrals and earthy tones are the no-brainer choice, but as you can see Marsala pairs just as well with shades of blue and even other warmer pinkish red tones.

 Mix and Match

Rich Marsala pairs well with the richness of leather

Marsala in leather will certainly add edginess to your look. It also feels more refreshing and far more sophisticated and contemporary than black leather.

Marsala and leather

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Head to toe Marsala

Nothing beats the high impact and high drama of wearing one solid color from head to toe. You can be assured that your look will elicit approval from the most discerning fashionistas when you step out clad in Marsala. It is important to consider proportions and fit here, because you don’t want to look like a formless blob of color right? Make sure that your waist is highlighted or that your skirt or pants fit well.

Head to toe

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Accessorize with Marsala

As with all other trends, accessories are the best way to integrate the trend into your personal style. Accessories are a low commitment way to try out a trend and see if you like it or if it works for you. Try investing in a Marsala handbag or flats to finish off your summer looks or a pair of Marsala tights or boots for the fall.

Marsala Accessories

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Glam up Marsala with rich textures

Up the ante of Marsala even further when you play up its richness with equally rich textures just like the fur, velvet and feathers. This is your best strategy to standing out in this color and taking a bold step toward a more stylish you.

Wear Marsala for the evening by adding some metallic sheen or gold accents to your look

Marsala isn’t just for casual affairs; you can wear it to evening events too. Simply add some glitz with a glittery sheen on the fabric or by donning it with gold pieces and accessories.

Evening Elegance

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  1. Loving this colour! For oldies as well!

  2. Love the colour, so feminine in Lace & fur.

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