Take inspiration from what you’re probably trying to avoid this January – red wine – for your wardrobe. This year’s hottest hue is Marsala. A robust, earthy red.
According to colour experts Pantone, it’s the perfect transitional tone to take you from winter to spring. When scarlet red feels too much, Marsala is soft and muted.
Letrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone Colour Institute, says: “Much like the wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue emanates a sophisticated natural earthiness. The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant statement used on its own or as an accent.”
Does it suit everyone?
“Marsala is an elegant colour to wear, as long as you have the right colouring for it,” warns Veronique Henderson at Colour Me Beautiful. “Wear it head-to-toe if you have more of a soft colouring – think Jennifer Aniston. For everyone else, try teaming it with other colours.”
For a quick test, hold the colour under your chin and see if your complexion gives you a beautiful flush (one glass of wine) or the hungover look.
How to wear it
Marsala combines quite well with neutrals, taupes and greys to soften up the colour. Or team with black for a dark, dramatic statement. This fine knit mohair v-neck jumper, £21, and shorts, £16.10, are both La Redoute.
If you’re feeling really dedicated to 2015′s colour, wear Marsala top-to-toe, teaming together different textures like faux fur, lace and big knits to add interest. Or if you’re hesitant, weave the colour into your outfit via a print on one piece.
Alternatively just go for some bold accessories. Henderson advises: “Don’t go for a necklace or scarf that’s too close to the face, but a bracelet, handbags or shoes will work a treat.”
Where to find it
:: Little White Lies Ziggy Shirt, currently on sale at £65.
:: Tu at Sainsbury’s Lace Stripe Tee, £20.
:: Daxon Trousers, £35.
:: Topshop Premium Padded Jacket, £150.
:: Wallis Berry Leather Asymmetric Cut Show Boot, currently on sale at £66.50.
:: Dune Efurry Clutch Bag, on sale at £38.
What about cosmetics?
The Marsala takeover continues with your cosmetics bag. Exaggerate the top-to-toe look with Marsala-toned lips or nails to bring your 2015 red look together.
For a softer look, try a muted Marsala and wear blotted on to lips that’s more like a stain, or create a statement lip with a punchy, matte deep red.
Painting your nails is probably the most non-committal way to wear the colour trend. Apply two to three coats for a bold, opaque look and accessorise with a large glass of red.
:: Topshop Lips in Wicked, £8.
:: Butter London Nail Lacquer in Tramp Stamp, £12.