When PANTONE announced that the Color of the Year for 2015 was Marsala – this dark red, wine/burgundy/brown hybrid…the fashion/design/rest of the world was not quick to embrace. Unlike Radiant Orchid (2014) and Emerald (2013), this one left most people scratching their heads.
I have to admit this dark burgundy color has never been a favorite of mine [I feel it kinda had its heyday back in 1994 in the Grunge Era…yup, I went there]. That being said, it’s a sophisticated, quite underused color that can take on a different tone depending on what it’s paired with. And getting creative with those pairings is key…since the default is usually to go with a Fall palette when confronted with something like Marsala.
Here are a few items that could be paired with this Fashion Challenge…if you want to take it on.
Lucite Green: Aztec Drops, $32 // Aquamarine: Trapeze Coat in Brushed Wool, $161.08 // Classic Blue: Breezy Night Stroll Dress // Tangerine: Rebecca Minkoff Cory Pouch, $35 // Strawberry Ice: I Need a Heel-O Fuchsia Pointed Ankle Strap Heels, $34 // Custard: Yellow Pleated Miniskirt, $16.90 // Scuba Blue: Skyline Selfie Top, $24.99 // Glacier Gray: Gray Lapel Long Sleeve Faux Fur Short Coat, $32.79 // Marsala: Full Flower Crochet Skirt, $39.02
How do YOU feel about Marsala? Can you see working it into your wardrobe in anything besides makeup or accessories?
Come back tomorrow to see how I tried it in an outfit!
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I LOVE sparkly, glittery, shimmery sequined items (just look at my logo, for goodness’ sakes!) and I love to incorporate them into my wardrobe for daywear and in unusual ways. Check out these style mavens and how they bring out the sequin bling in their everyday outfits: (more…) Leave Comment
Inspiration: Prada on the runway vs. Topshop’s low-priced alternative.
With Prada’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection we saw a fun throwback to 60’s-style oversized flowers: a reincarnation of Mary Quant’s iconic daisy design. That graphic floral element has remained strong throughout the Fall and Winter, popping up on fashion’s trendsetters and street style mavens everywhere. DIY-able? I think so. Stay tuned for a how-to coming up soon! xo
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For Spring 2014 Pantone has released their Color Fashion Report for Women, using pastels with punchy brights inspired by blooming flowers and international travel.
This season, consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium. While this need for stability is reflected in the composition of the palette, the inherent versatility of the individual colors allows for experimentation with new looks and color combinations.
-Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute®.
So to kick things off for this season I’ve put together a little wishlist inspired by these lovely hues. Which is your favorite? Will you go bold with Dazzling Blue and Freesia? Or pretty pastel with Placid Blue and Radiant Orchid?
Placid Blue: Personal Cropped Light Blue Sweater, $65 / Violet Tulip: Chic of Nature Lavender Bodycon Dress, $40
Hemlock: Retro Rosie Earrings, $7.99 / Paloma: Arrows Infinity Scarf, $32
Sand: Leather Wedge Knee Boots, $151.99 / Freesia: Coast Kingston Stone Set Necklace, $64.82
Cayenne: Fringe Necklace, $65 / Celosia Orange: Across 14th Street Shoulder Bag, $48
Radiant Orchid: Dual Tone Purple Skirt Set, $12.99 / Dazzling Blue: A Wear Drop Waist Frill Hem Dress, $79.63
I can’t wait to start mixing these colors into my Spring wardrobe!
How about you: what Pantone Spring 2014 color speaks to you ?
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My dear friend Lex Casciato, AKA Little Warrior, is an amazing musician and up-and-coming tour de force in the world of music. She is a regular contributor to Chic Steals, curating monthly original playlists for your to stream on Spotify, add some background music to your space, mellow out to, listen to while working on your latest DIY project, and add a little music into your life.
Here’s what she says about this month’s playlist:
You have to start a new year off right, that’s why we make resolutions, create goals, and think positive for the future. So this month I bring you my “pretty” playlist. The songs on this playlist are meant to touch the soul and make you feel all warm inside – starting your new year off with beautiful beats, lovely lyrics, and pretty vocals. Anytime you feel doubt or stress starting to creep into your big dreams, put on this playlist, and remember that every day, you are getting closer to your wildest dreams. Dream on and play on, Little Warrior.
<3 Little Warrior
Listen and enjoy!
What do you guys think of the playlists? We’d love your feedback in the comments!!
If you missed last month’s playlist, check it out here:
Described as Portishead and Oh Land meet David Bowie and the Chemical Brothers around a campfire with a drum machine, Little Warrior‘s music advocates peaceful revolution and equality for all. Active on social media, she posts inspirational quotes and upbeat ideas, spreading positivity through images and music.Find her on: Bandcamp / CD Baby / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Tumblr