Marsala-Pantone Color Of The Year 2015 | Boon or Bust for Consignment Shoppers?

Designer resale items in Pantone's Color of the Year for 2015, Marsala

Marsala Color of the Year 2015Farewell Radiant Orchid, Hello, Marsala! Pantone’s recently announced color of the year for 2015 is Marsala, a dusty red-brown shade reminiscent of Turkish rugs, Indian saris, red clay soil and sandstone in addition to its namesake fortified wine.

According to Pantone, “Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.”

Designer resale items in Pantone's Color of the Year for 2015, MarsalaAn earthy tone, Marsala will bond well with sandy tans and browns as well as other earth tones. Autumn color wearers, rejoice! But don’t despair if you wear more Spring or Summer shades, as Marsala will play well with summery swimming pool blues, lighter yellow shades and aquas. Winter palette fans may find more of a challenge, but by wearing your Marsala selections away from your face, you’ll be successful pairing it with berry tones and blue shades. In addition to navy and dark blue, teal will also create a winning combination.

So, what does this mean for devoted consignment shoppers? Do I expect a flood of Marsala items rushing in the door for spring consignment? Hardly. What this tells me, as a consignment shop owner, that we’re headed back towards earthier tones, with more red undertones to brown, and a higher demand for neutral and natural colors as a backdrop. No doubt some of you already have items that will fall into the Marsala camp. Your mission is to combine them in new ways, with new shades to make them feel and look fresh for 2015. Of course, we’re always available to help you adopt this color and blend it into your resale wardrobe!

Marsala color palette with designer consignment piecesMy prediction is that this color will be a greater influence on interior design, furniture and decor than it will on clothing, at least for Spring. For one thing, the fashion designers’ spring lines have already been introduced and Marsala didn’t factor in as a big influence. So even if clothing designers had the inside scoop on Pantone’s selection, they weren’t persuaded enough to steer them solidly in that direction for spring.

Fall may be a different matter, and I for one, hope to see a lot of designers rolling out this wonderful, rich shade in clothing, designer handbags and shoes!


Author: Chris Gauger

Chris is a self-confessed resale fashionista. A fashion recycler from an early age, she learned the consignment business from her mother, Jan Gauger, at omt divine resale in Lincoln, Nebraska. Chris moved to Portland, Oregon in 1990 and immediately felt at home, among her people. She started Here We Go Again Deluxe Resale Boutique in 1992 and has never looked back. The second location of her store opened in 1997. Chris loves pretty much everything about clothes and fashion, but she has a serious boot and shoe addiction that is fed by the two stores. It's doubtful she will ever be recovered. In addition to clothes, Chris loves mentoring young women and teaching them about what it takes to run and manage a small business. She has employed some pretty remarkable women over the years and is grateful for all they've done to help grow Here We Go Again. She is a Hoosier by birth, but was raised in Nebraska. She has two sisters who continue to run the consignment store there, and one brother who has sense enough to stay out of the way. Her husband of twenty-seven years, is a land use planner and the fix-anything-guru that Chris relies upon more often than she'd like.

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