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Sunday, March 1

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How to Rock Pantone’s Color of the Year: Marsala

Guest Posted by Elly Bethune, Co-Founder of

I’m more of a fan of sweet white wine. Actually, my husband jokes that if it tastes like Kool-Aid, I’m going to like it, but I have been branching out and drinking more “adult wine” recently. I have become a big fan of a red zinfandel, so I was pleased to hear that the Pantone color of the year was Marsala! Now I can be fashionable with every sip this year and kick my sweet white wine habit! Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, “This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

Not only is Marsala just really cool, but it is so versatile! It’s equally appealing to both men and women, but also encourages color creativity and experimentation if you’re new to the fashion world. I know it recently just brought that out in me, having not worn it a lot before. I went out and got a cool burgundy-colored nail shade and lipstick to match to compliment my high-wasted dark wide leg jeans and Marsala-colored ribbed crew-neck spandex crop-top by Sugarlips. Not to mention the deep-colored Lily and Laura Bracelets! To add a pop of this awesome color to the ensemble, I also added a statement necklace that had many different shades of reds to make the outfit not so monotone. I also added an orange long tweed trench with a faux-fur collar trim. If you went the “no jacket” toute, I would for sure add the 20 Feet Tall statement necklace, in the color of the year – of course! The gold chain adds to the warmth of the color of the necklace nicely. All in all, this color also gives you a million possibilities no matter the season!


This color really is going to be great with so many skin tones. It is sultry and subtle and is going to be a great go-to color for beauty, providing enormous highlight for the cheek, and a captivating pop of color for nails, shadows lips and hair, as you can see in this blog shoot. It is dramatic and at the same time grounding. The rich and full-bodied red-brown Marsala brings warmth into home interiors as well as fashion. A matte finish highlights Marsala’s organic nature, while adding sheen, conveys a completely different message of glamour and luxury. Even if the item isn’t the priciest, it gives it the look of being really expensive automatically with the color alone. It’s time to go out and buy a few pieces in this color to stay in tune with the fashioncolor-game. After all, you will be able to wear it all year long, so it’s totally justifiable. As always, have fun with it! Happy shopping!


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