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What’s wrong with Marsala?

9.17.2015 WRITTEN BY Leann Welliver How to Wear, New Trends

Marsala, 2015’s Pantone Color of the Year, has earned itself another title: The Most Notorious Color of the Year! We can’t remember the last time the Pantone Color Institute (the folks who tell us what colors are trending each season), was called to question like this. The color was introduced on Pantone’s website as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red,” a color that “enriches our minds, bodies, and souls.”

Despite its presence in designer collections such as Herve Leger, Esosa New York, Rebecca Minkoff, and Haute Hippie, not everyone is game.

It belongs on a drywall accent wall in a low rent mattress store with particle board nightstands scattered about. It belongs in an eye doctor’s office waiting room circa 1992. It belongs nowhere.

Marsala on the Runway

Marsala on the Runway

Ouch! But why so much controversy over a color? Kristie Barnett, founder of The Decorologist and a Marsala critic, says it’s because Marsala isn’t just a color, it’s the Color of the Year. It should be so good that no one has to bend over backwards to make it fit in.

Marsala, Pantone Color of the Year 2015

Barnett isn’t alone; stylists, designers, and bloggers are throwing shade at Marsala, claiming the color is difficult to work with. While we typically like to see the good in things, we can’t help but share some of the hilarious remarks we’ve seen.

It’s a color that makes you want to go to Olive Garden or order Tampax in bulk. -Kathleen Hou, The Cut Blog

[It’s reminicest] of a pair of Toughskins pants I sported as a kid growing up in the 1970s.

The 2015 Pantone color of the year is mauve. Dollar store makeup bins and great aunts everywhere are rejoicing. – Lauren Hynds, Twitter

Those who have successfully used Marsala prove you don’t have to loathe the color. There’s a vast array of options to incorporate Marsala into your wardrobe. Accessories are a great place to start experimenting with a new color. Think a clutch, scarf, earrings, or a belt.

Accessories in Marsala

Marsala looks striking when paired back to grays, leopard, and Stormy Weather, a powerful blue-gray shade also in this season’s palette.

Marsala with Grey and Leopard

Marsala also makes a great shade of lipstick for those with cool skin tones.

What are your thoughts on Pantone’s most controversial color? How would you wear it?  We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

(Images via: Ad FreakModa World Blog)


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