Every year, PANTONE announces its colour of the year which ends up influencing fashion choices everywhere, but this year, we get not one, but two shades to guide our 2021 wardrobe.
The shades this year are contrasting yet complementing, a neutral grey and a bright yellow, guaranteed to pop on darker skin tones.
The first shade Pantone 17-5104 Ultimate Gray is a neutral natural colour that can be paired with virtually anything. The Gray tone, “quietly assures, encouraging feelings of composure, steadiness and resilience.” Whilst the second shade Pantone 13-0647 Illuminating is the spark of colour we all need, a bright yellow, “sparkling with vivacity.”
The idea behind the new collection is to evoke thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly, “A message of happiness supported by fortitude, the combination of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is aspirational and gives us hope, something we all need after the rollercoaster year we’ve just been through.
While this colour palette may influence our home décor and even consumer products, like phones etc, in this article, we’re here to inspire your fashion style choices. Whether you’re looking to ramp up your wardrobe with a vivid yellow to usher in spring or are looking to assert yourself with a neutral grey, we have curated a selection of clothing pieces from a wide range of brands, and we’re sure you’ll see a few things you like.
We have hand-picked a selection of tops, jumpers and blouses for you to look your best. Tops are the most important item of clothing right now since we all moved into the era of Zoom meetings. If there’s one item of clothing you should go all out with, it’s your top.
GIAMBATTISTA VALLI | Gathered silk-georgette blouse
£1904 Now £570 | The OUTNET | Shop here
ISABEL MARANT ÈTOILE | Idefty ruffled denim blouse
£255 | NET-A-PORTER | Shop here
Balloon Sleeve Knit Jumper Yellow
£59 | WOLF & BADGER | Shop here
River Island | Cable knit hybrid shirt tunic top in grey
£48 | ASOS | Shop here
Pussybow Halterneck Top
Now £31.50 Was £45 | Coast | Shop here
Complete your ‘fit with a pair of jeans or midi skirt. Whatever you choose, you’ll be rocking the latest colour trends with these bottom half items.
Favourite Cut Cropped Jeans | ORGANIC COTTON
£65 | & Other Stories | Shop here
Celine | Women’s Yellow Denim Trousers
£324 | LYST | Shop here
Moncler | Pleated midi skirt
£335 | FARFETCH | Shop here
Nini Ricci | Asymmetric midi skirt
£910 | FARFETCH | Shop here
ALINDAVA | Sequin Trousers
Was £150 Now £75 | French Connection | Shop here
ASCENO | Casual trouser
£84 | YOOX | Shop here
The Pantone 13-0647 Illuminating is the perfect spring shade, so it’s only right to add some spring dresses to your collection, be they yellow, grey or both.
HARIET | Raglan sleeve tea midi dress
£179 | Ted Baker London | Shop here
NILI LOTAN | Silk-satin gown
£645 Now £258 | NET-A-PORTER | Shop here
Ray Maxi Dress
£189 | Sika | Shop here
Grey High Neck Zip Front Rib Knit Dress
£20 Now £14 | PrettyLittleThing | Shop here
£195 | Sika | Shop here
A woman’s best friend…shoes! No outfit is complete without them and colour co-ordinated outfits that match with the shoes really make you look like you have your stuff together. From trendy heels and boots to comfy kicks we have something for every shoe-a-holic.
Mojo-Yellow | Asymmetric Barely There Sandals
£65 Now £32 | Dune London | Shop here
APLATHLETIC PROPULSION LABS | TechLoom Bliss mesh and neoprene slip-on sneakers
£195 | Net-a-Porter | Shop here
SPOILED | PUMPS
$430 (£313.03) | Agnes Bethel | Shop here
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN | Corneille 100 asymmetric suede pumps
£495 | MATCHESFASHION | Shop here
Now for those final touches that will really pull your outfit together. Accessories can take an outfit from a five to a 10 with just a few simple accents. Whether you’re utilising a headwrap for a bad hair day or prefer accessorising with jewellery, there will be something in our top picks for you.
Beaded Top Handle Double Bag
£234 | LISA FOLAWIYO | Shop here
£50 | SILKE | Shop here
1797 ULTRAFINE MERINO SCARF | SOLID MID GREY
£89 | Johnstons of Elgin | Shop here
Citrine Pear Drop Pendant Necklace | 5ct in 9ct White Gold
£550 Now £289 | QP Jewellers | Shop here
£275 | SoulVisionary Jewelry | Shop here
£124 | AAKS | Shop here