Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala

Pantone revealed Marsala as their 2015 Color of the Year this morning, and at first, I gave it a big fat "meh". The initial image I saw on instagram was a bit brown for my liking, but after reading more about the color (because I've obviously read everything there is to read about it today), it's growing on me. I love that even Pantone themselves shows a range of the color in their imagery, much of which skews toward darker red wine than brown. Given the fashion roundups already swarming the web following this morning's announcement, I think it's safe to say that this color is more versatile than I originally thought. 

I'm always incredibly intrigued by Pantone's selection, and even more interested in why they choose the colors they choose. This year, they're referring to Marsala as a "unifying color" - which easily means that it pairs well with other hues, but I imagine also has a much deeper meaning given the dire need for unity these days. 

Here's a whole bunch of items I found this afternoon that fall in the general range of marsala. I don't know that I'll ever be as excited about this one as I've been about chosen colors in previous years, but it's sophisticated and warm, and just might be bold enough that it could work with my pasty skin and light features, so I'll give it that.