Yesterday, Pantone named Marsala – the color, not the chicken dish – as the Color of the Year for 2015, a very high honor in the world of hues. The company describes it as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red.” In real life terms, this shade falls along the spectrum of cranberry, burgundy, wine, plum, reddish-brown, even oxblood. Expect to see shades of Marsala on all of your favorite fashion and beauty items come 2015. Before you know it, Marsala could very easily become “the new neutral.”
It’s important to note that Marsala isn’t exactly a new shade, even though it’s just now gaining recognition as Pantone’s Color of the Year. Wine-colored hues have been spotted on the runways for years, including at Peter Som, Lela Rose, Louis Vuitton, Rebecca Taylor, Elie Saab, and many, many more. And you can find this robust brownish-red shade on plenty of products currently on the market, making it easy to implement this trend into your wardrobe and makeup routine today. Here, a few of our favorite Marsala-hued products:
Marsala is the perfect color for a variety of clothing options, whether it’s skinny pants or a chunky knit. And yes, you can even wear this color scheme with your undergarments too. While Marsala is obviously a bit autumnal, don’t be afraid to pair it with softer shades to lighten the vibe in warmer temps.
Alexander McQueen Pleated Tulip-Sleeve Dress in Burgundy ($1421 on sale)
AG Adriano Goldschmied High Rise Skinny Jeans ($107 on sale)
Lonely Marinet Long-Line Bra ($99) *super, super sexy!
Alexander Wang Roll-Neck Wool and Silk-Blend Sweater ($416 on sale)
Topshop Surplice Pocket Blouse ($68)
As an accessory, Marsala can be paired with practically everything in your closet, so don’t shy away from using it as a neutral. And you’ll definitely want to invest in a Marsala-hued bag, hat, or pair of shoes. The shade is certain to become a classic, being both stylish and sophisticated.
Rag & Bone Abbott Wool Fedora Hat in Wine ($195)
Nasty Gal Jolie Wool Hat in Burgundy ($48)
Hue Absolute Opaque Tights in Burgundy ($17)
Thierry Lasry Limited Edition Chromaty Square Sunglasses in Wine Pattern ($490)
M2MALLETIER Fabricca Mini Leather Shoulder Bag ($1590)
Marc Jacobs Leather Fringed Sandal ($840)
Christian Louboutin Attroupee Ankle Boots ($1295)
Fear not, Marsala makeup has moved far away from the scary wine-brown lip liner of the 90s. This color now makes a sexy statement, not a scary one.
Kjaer Weis Eyeshadow in Wisdom ($44)
Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Eye Shadow in No. 109, Burgundy ($30)
Eyeko Making Eyes Automatic Gel Eyeliner in Plum Wine ($19)
Jane Iredale In Touch Creamy Blush in Charisma ($27)
Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte, Oxblood Burgundy ($32)
Burberry Beauty Lip Glow Natural Lip Gloss in Oxblood ($29)
Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Scarlet ($25)
Smashbox Cosmetics Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in Bordeaux, Dark Plum ($24)
Deborah Lippman Opaque Pearl Nail Lacquer in B*tches Brew ($18)
Julep Color Treat in Oxblood Creme ($14)
Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @chs_psu