Color of the Year: Marsala

Emerald, radiant orchid and now marsala. What do these colors all have in common?

You guessed it – they have all been the “Color of the Year.”

Chosen by professionals at the Pantone Color Institute, there is a lot of thought put in before choosing the perfect shade. For 2015, marsala was carefully chosen, and although the name might not register, the color palette sure should. The color, named after its origin as a deep wine, is a reddish color with red-brown undertones. Essentially, it’s burgundy.

According to Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director at Pantone Institute on the Pantone official website, “Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us into its embracing warmth.”

Guy or girl, this shade looks good on nearly everyone, so make sure to find your perfect marsala-colored accessory to rock this year.

Kill two birds with one stone by sporting your Central Michigan University gear – not only will you be supporting the Chippewas, but you’ll be looking fashionable while doing it. This shade is very close to maroon, and while marsala is a little softer, you can still pull it off in your CMU gear.

For those who love a nice scarf, this is the perfect way to get adjusted to a new year and new color. JCPenney and Target have a good selection of scarves, with an array of  wine and burgundy colors.

Maybe marsala was chosen as the color of the year after it grew in popularity on lips the past couple months. From the red carpet to the classroom, a classic wine-colored pout looks sophisticated and edgy at the same time. Bring in a picture of this color at any store and you’ll be sure to see a row of bright marsala.

On Pantone’s website, they give a color pairings with Marsala. Light or bright, it accents any color you may choose, so don’t worry about being “matchy” with this. Whether you want to wear this as an main color, or as an accent – you can’t go wrong with marsala this year.


(Photo Illustration via Polyvore)