Fashion lovers everywhere tend to keep a keen eye on the color palettes released by Pantone, the color institute, each season. These color schemes are intended to help define the color mood of each season, making each one distinct and unique and capturing the style of the time. Pantone colors are not only used in clothing for men, women and children but also in anything else that is subject to fashion trends, like interior furnishings, paint, art, and even things like stationery design! People also often look to these colors for ideas for wedding or event color schemes, so it is safe to say they are fairly important.
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The palette for fall 2015 is called 'An Evolving Color Landscape'. It includes ten colors, from neutral grays and buffs to bold teals, pinks, oranges and purples. One of the key colors, however is Marsala.
Marsala isn't just part of the fall color palette, it is also thePantone color of the year for 2015 – it has been key in each season's palette, despite the strong thematic differences between An Evolving Color Landscape and, for example, spring's palette 'En Plein Air'. It is a rich red with brown undertones, inspired by the wine of the same name. In clothing, it offers a sophisticated way to wear red that suits just about everyone.
Marsala really lends itself to opulent fabrics, and as such is ideal for evening dresses or other formal gowns. It is perfect too for silk, taffeta or lace bridesmaid dresses if you are thinking of incorporating this on trend color into your wedding. For fall, you can consider more wintry fabrics like velvet, too, which really show off the depth Marsala has to offer.
The sophistication of this shade may lead you to believe it is for smart or formal clothes only, but it also looks great in knitwear. For daytime this fall, consider a soft, figure hugging sweater dress in Marsala that can be worn over leggings or thick hosiery with comfy boots. On most skin tones it is a flattering color to wear near your face, too, so don't shy away from snuggly scarves and hats in this hue.
If you are not sure about wearing Marsala but would like to add a splash of it here and there to capture the trend with more neutral clothing, it is a great color for leather, so Marsala colored bags, belts and shoes can be a good way to bring the color into your wardrobe without too much commitment. Leather gloves in Marsala can also look extremely chic when worn with neutrals.
Marsala is a great color because it is versatile, sophisticated, and makes for a very easy way to wear red regardless of your age and coloring. It is set to be around all year, so pick out your fall Marsala pieces and they will see you right through the holidays, too!