To Wear or Not To Wear…That Is The Question!


It is a brand new year and the fashion trendsetters are up and moving. There is much to be said and done, and they are doing it! Retailers are starting to get rid of their winter coats and gloves, and remerchandising their spaces to make room for the new spring collections that will hit their floor within the next month or so. With that being said, allow me to give you a heads up as to what you should expect to see.

The international color authority, Pantone, knows fashion like the back of a person’s hand. They know when fashion is trending more modern or when it decides to take a more retro or vintage turn. In the past 5 years, the color of the year has taken a very vivid or bright approach in its efforts to reach people. But, this year it seems as though a slight shift has taken place. Pantone announced that the 2015 color of the year will be Marsala.

For those of you who don’t know, Marsala is a brandy fortified wine that was conjured up by the Sicilian people in the late 1700s. You can imagine the depth and richness of that type of drink. Now think about it in the form of a blouse or an eye shadow palette. Marsala is a very warm; alluring color that I feel can be worn on just about any skin tone. When I first saw it, I immediately thought autumn! This leaves me very intrigued to see how it will translate through the spring and summer months.

Sephora has already launched the Sephora+ Pantone Universe Color of the Year makeup tower in their stores. I must admit, being a dark skin African American woman, I am very reluctant to buy nude lipsticks, but the Marsala Matte Lip Crème has changed the game! I paired it with a deep mocha lip pencil from my local beauty supply, and now I am in love!! Now I have to get my hands on the Deborah Lippmann, Zoya, and Butter London Marsala nail lacquers that will soon be launched.

Ladies and gentlemen, have fun with this color. Because of how warm it is, I may classify it as a neutral in my closet. Don’t be afraid to pair it with your gold accessories and embellishments. If you’re one to play it safe when it comes to colors, now is the time to step outside of your box. Marsala is vigilant enough to dress down, but it’s also elaborate enough to make a bold statement this year!

– Uniquely yoUrs, Stephanie Michelle

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