Tips for Wearing Marsala

As we mentioned here, Pantone selected marsala as its color of the year for 2015.

Keep in mind that Pantone is the color resource for industries far beyond fashion. Graphic designers, interior designers, and more all look to Pantone as the authority. For me personally, the color has been difficult to incorporate into my fashion this year. But all that is changing now! Marsala is perfect for fall!

Here are our top 6 six tips for wearing marsala this fall:

1. Link it with leopard

This wins as my favorite way to wear marsala. Marsala + leopard = a match made in fall fashion heaven. Note how I accented this Tibi dress with animal print accessories, including this M2Malletier bag and Aquazzura pumps.

Side note: if you are looking to add some animal print to your fall wardrobe, check out our current favorite selections here:

2. Go with gray

To cool down the warm tone a bit, pair it with gray, like I did with these Via Spiga fringe booties, this Proenza Schouler bag, and Mignonne Gavigan scarf necklace and bracelet (use code MGfallCC for 20% off entire site).

3. Nail it with neutrals

You really can’t go wrong with pairing any neutrals with marsala. The color in and of itself is very powerful, so neutrals are a safe pairing to let it shine. We already covered leopard (which I consider to be a neutral) and gray. Other neutrals that pair go well with marsala include navy and black.

4. Make it monotone

Wearing all marsala creates a seamless, sophisticated look. I love how the always-stylish Olivia Palermo wore this look, as seen in InStyle Magazine. In addition, see how Beyonce and Taylor Swift have donned the all-marsala look on the red carpet.

5. Curate some color

If you want to go for the unexpected, add in some color. Bold colors that work well with marsala include cobalt blue (as seen with my Mignonne Gavigan jewelry), mustard, and even teal / turquoise. Adding color to marsala can be tricky, so choose the tones carefully.

6. Add it with accents

If you’re still not sure this color is for, try incorporating it via accents. Small accents (like a bag or nail polish) allow you to try the tone in a safe way – a smaller dose and a less pricey manner.

Don’t miss out on our top 15 picks for adding Marsala to your wardrobe. Shop those selections here.

Shop My Looks:

Look 1: Tibi structured crepe tie dress | Prism sunglasses | Aquazzura cheetah print calf hair pumps | M2Malletier amor fati leopard print calf hair bag | Noir gold-tone necklace (on sale) |

Look 2: Tibi structured crepe tie dress | Proenza Schouler lunch bag clutch | Thierry Lasry chromaty sunglasses | Via Spiga vesta booties | Mignonne Gavigan psychedelic stripes scarf necklace and Kaia bracelet (use code MGfallCC for 20% off entire site)

Have you worn marsala yet? Which pieces from our selection do you like best? How might you style it? I love to hear your thoughts! Thanks for stopping by.


Photos by Ashley Cardoza


  1. Tips taken … Burgundy could be an option too with those tips …

    1. Carrie says:

      Exactly. The hues really are quite similar. Marsala, burgundy, wine, maroon, merlot… 🙂

  2. Bella says:

    I really like that dress carrie!! I love that add of the leopard shoes and clutch! your outfit are always perfect and I hope someday I can be as well dressed as you!! <3

    1. Carrie says:

      You are already quite stylish yourself, sweet Bella!

  3. Ally says:

    Digging marsala this year. You pulled it off fabulously!

    Xo Ally

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Ally! Happy weekend. Xo

  4. Laura says:

    Love these tips, this is such a great color for fall! You look beautiful!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Laura! Isn’t it great for fall?

  5. Sheri says:

    Beautiful dress!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, Sheri!

  6. this is a color i gravitate to a lot for work as it is professional but feminine and i love that it can work with both cool tones and silver as well as warm tones and gold. love how you styled it!

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