Marsala may have been the Pantone 2015 color of the year, but its still going strong through 2017! Marsala is a subtly seductive shade that creates drama and exudes confidence, stability and elegance. It is flattering against most skin tones, making it a great “go-to” color for beauty by providing enormous highlight for the cheek, and a captivating pop of color for nails, shadows lips and hair.
We typically think of this warm burgundy red as a more of a fall color, but truth be told you can wear it all year long if you pair it with the right colors. During the fall months we see it paired more with earthy neutrals like beiges and browns and during the holiday season with black and grey. But to take this color through the spring and summer try pairing it a brighter orange, chartreuse or lighter blues such as aqua blue.
Wearing a bold color like Marsala will definitely make a statement and a lasting impression therefore I prefer to invest in pieces that I can easily integrate with my wardrobe, such as armcandy, shoes, bags. Take a simple all black outfit and pop a marsala armparty, shoes, bag and lip, and you’ve just added bold color, effortlessly. For a more casual look, start with a marsala colored pair of pants paired with black shoes and grey top (wardrobe staples) complete with accessories and you’re good to go! Or if you really want to make a statement and go bold, try a dress or jacket, being a darker color, it tends to have slimming effects also which is an added plus. For trendier pieces that you may not wear as often, I like H&M or Forever21 because even thought the quality may not be the best, the style and affordability allows you to take chances that you wouldn’t necessarily take if the same piece cost triple the amount. And for those nervous about the durability of the color, especially in your wardrobe, start small. If the solid blocks of color turn you off, incorporate a printed scarf or blouse that includes the color, paint your nails or buy a top in the color and if you really love it, buy more;)
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