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Color of the year: 10 ways to wear Marsala in 2015

Woman in maroon pea coat over black top and black pants

Pantone has chosen a color of the year every year since 1990, and it just made its choice for 2015: Marsala. The deep red color is similar to maroon, and brings to mind a glass of its namesake red wine or a bowl of cranberries. Pantone calls the color both earthy and sophisticated.

“Marsala is a compelling and cordial tone that nurtures, exuding confidence and stability while feeding the body, mind and soul,” Pantone experts said during the reveal.

The new color of the year is great news for women who are building their wardrobe, because it’s an eye-catching shade that’s flattering on any woman’s body. If you’re looking for ways to give your closet a little more flair, incorporating items with this color is a great way to do it! Here are 10 ways to wear Marsala next year:

1. Marsala Coat

Black and gray are the two most common coat colors, but that doesn’t mean they are your only choices. A deep red coat makes a great statement and looks good with almost everything. Monroe and Main’s Fall Peacoat is the perfect example of wearing the Marsala hue in your coat.

A deep red coat makes a great statement and looks good with almost everything.

2. Marsala Holiday dress

Pantone revealed the beautiful shade of red just in time for the holiday season! Wear the festive deep red hue to your family’s holiday dinners or a Christmas or New Year’s Eve party this year. Though appropriate for the season, the color will look beautiful all year, so you’ll be able to wear the dress again and again.

Pantone revealed the beautiful shade of red just in time for the holiday season!

3. Marsala in a print

Marsala doesn’t have to be the only color on an item of clothing to make a statement! Find a patterned blouse or dress that uses Marsala sparingly, then match your belt and other accessories to make the shade of red stand out more.

4. Marsala Skirt

A skirt in the maroon color is a good wardrobe addition because skirts are very versatile and can be worn year​-round. Wear the skirt with dark tights and a black cardigan during winter and with a white blouse during spring and summer.

How to incorporate Marsala into your wardrobe.

5. Marsala Hat

Add a pop of color to your simple and casual jeans and T-shirt look with a deep-red hat. The Marsala color will contrast beautifully with any shade of hair, and hats are a great way to show off some personality.

6. Marsala Earrings

A pair of earrings with ruby-colored gemstones is a great way to bring Marsala into your wardrobe. Whether you like smaller stud earrings or long dangling ones, they’ll be perfect for any number of occasions and outfits.

7. Marsala Scarf

Wear a deep-red knit scarf to add style to a simple black coat and stay warm at the same time. Or throw a decorative Marsala-colored scarf on over a neutral sweater and wear it all day.

Wear a deep-red knit scarf to add style to a simple black coat and stay warm at the same time.

8. Marsala Handbag

A wine-colored handbag can be used in any season, so it’s a really great investment. If you work in an office, a Marsala briefcase or tote bag can add some style while being practical and work-appropriate.

9. Marsala Ankle boots

Every woman should have a pair of ankle boots, but one in the dark red hue will really make a statement. Show off the boots by wearing them with a pair of slim-fitting pants.

Every woman should have a pair of ankle boots, but one in the dark red hue will really make a statement.

10. Marsala Sunglasses

If your summer wardrobe needs a bit of the Marsala flair, try adding it in with a pair of sunglasses. That way you can wear the color all the time!

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