December 4, 2014

How to Wear Pantone 2015 "Color of the Year" - Marsala

Pantone Color of the Year 2015

It's that time of the year again! And I'm not referring to decorating for the holidays (although, it's also that time, so...get to steppin' if you haven't already!) It is the day that Pantone has chosen their "2015 Color of the Year" which sets the tone for all kinds of fashion, beauty and decor trends! I'm sure everyone remembers last year's color "Radiant Orchid" which was such a bright, punchy shade and it was such a blast to pull together some different ideas on how to wear the shade. If you missed that post CLICK HERE for reference. This year's color choice has been a bit of a hot debate. There are some people out there that have their panties twisted ALL up in their business ends over this color choice! Those not very fond of the shade are saying it reminds them of rust, dried blood, etc. To which I say "psssshhhh!" Such is the beauty of subjectivity. Not everyone is going to dig what's "in" and that's okay! I love marching to the beat of my own drummer, and if that means genuinely loving a controversial color SO BE IT! But can we all just take pause and laugh about how ridiculous it is to be debating the "color of the year"? Like...can we all agree that this argument is the epitome of a First World problem? Okay, now that we've decided on that, let's get down to the nitty gritty. (Also, for the record, I'm a BIG fan of the color Marsala. There, I said it. Now you know what camp I fall into.)
When I first heard that this year's color was "Marsala" I instantly thought of chicken Marsala, because, well...I'm food motivated in every aspect of my life. Then I took a step back and thought of the very specific shade of Marsala wine and I started conjuring up different swatches of the beautiful muted wine shade. It's as if wine + mauve + muted rust, and earthy mushrooms all decided to get together, have a ménage à trois, and somehow create a baby. There you have Marsala. I sat down and started thinking of all the makeup shades I've worked with and worn and then compared them up against our color swatch. If you're trying to figure out how to incorporate a specific shade into your lifestyle, I usually recommend letting the color or swatch be your guide. Look at it and decide which familiar objects come to mind and then use that as your guide. 
Here is a photo from Pantone's website showcasing a beautiful Marsala sofa, some throw pillows with the shade tossed in, a muted Marsala silk skirt, and a handsome devil holding a Marsala colored script in his hand. I love how they give you some ideas for what other colors work with it. How AMAZING does that dusty blue blanket look draped over the back of the sofa?! Marsala + dusty blue = L O V E
Marsala is not quite Merlot (too much purple), not quite burgundy (too much reddish brown), and not quite mauve (a bit too muted) but it definitely has qualities of each. I absolutely adore the color Marsala on leather goods. It's so rich and buttery and unexpected but it's more updated and modern than a traditional burgundy. I tried choosing a couple different lipsticks in this shade because it is THE color to wear on your kisser this season. I think I have a bit of a soft spot for it because it takes me back to 90s makeup which we all know is having its mega-moment right now! Anyhoo, I'll let you guys decide if you can see yourself incorporating this badass shade into your wardrobe, makeup or house and I'll leave the links below for the items up in the collage should you be so inclined to check any of them out! 

Here's to a Marsala-drenched 2015!

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