Wine is the new black: Marsala mode

Be inspired by the wine cellar with 2015’s hottest hue. Lisa Haynes reveals how to wear the colour of the year

If you need an excuse to break the January detox, pour yourself a nice glass of red and call it research.

Meet colour authority Pantone’s top tip for 2015: Marsala. A robust, earthy red, it’s the perfect transitional tone to add to your wardrobe that will take you take from winter to spring.

“Much like the wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue emanates a sophisticated natural earthiness,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute.

“The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant statement used on its own or as an accent.”

Uncork Marsala and add a splash of this year’s colour to your closet.


If scarlet red feels too much (Santa, you’re so 2014), Marsala might be the tone for you. This colour doesn’t scream statement; it’s surprisingly soft and muted for a red.

The reddish-brown hue is rich but grounding, making it work for both casual and eveningwear.

Wine is the new black: Marsala mode

“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.”

Wine is the new black: Marsala mode

A model wearing a Dorothy Perkins blazer,

trousers, polo neck and court shoes.

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 (lost count).


Pantone describes Marsala as a “highly varietal shade” that combines well with neutrals.

Try mixing your new-found red with taupes and greys to soften up the colour. Teamed starkly against black, it’s more of a dark and dramatic statement.

Wine is the new black: Marsala mode

A model shows off a Best of British wool

panelled flippy skirt, poloneck, coat, all

Marks & Spencer.

If you’re feeling dedicated to 2015’s colour, wear Marsala top-to-toe, teaming together different textures like faux fur, lace and big knits to add interest. More hesitant? Weave Marsala into your outfit via a print on one piece, like a top or shirt.

Those not mad on Marsala can still get a colour injection with 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.”

Fine Knit Mohair V-neck Jumper.

Jumper marked down to €27. Lace Trim Tailored Shorts,

reduced to €21, both La Redoute (

Best of British Pure Wool Panelled Flippy Skirt

: €74; Polo Neck, €38

Pure Wool Herringbone Coat:

currently reduced to €229, all Marks & Spencer (

Dorothy Perkins suit:

Blazer: €49; Trousers,€26; Court Shoes, €29 (

Daxon Trousers:

€45 (

Dune Efurry Clutch Bag:

currently reduced to €49


Little White Lies Ziggy Shirt:

currently reduced to €83 (

Topshop Premium Padded Jacket:

€192 (

Tu at Sainsbury’s Lace Stripe Tee:


Wallis Berry Leather

Asymmetric Cut Show Boot :currently reduced to €85 (


The Marsala takeover continues with your cosmetics bag. Beware if you’re wearing the colour close to your face: “Make sure the lipstick you wear works with it and doesn’t clash,” Henderson says.

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 Marsala, while also testing out your colour compatibility. Apply two to three coats for a bold, opaque look and accessorise with a large glass of red.

Butter London Nail Lacquer in Tramp Stamp:

€15 (

Topshop Lips in Wicked:

€10 (

Wine is the new black: Marsala mode


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