If there were ever a time to choose Pantone colors that brought people a warm and buoyant feeling, colors that fed "resilience and hope," that time would be now. So many thought the end of the global pandemic would come in 2021, and unfortunately, that's not the case. If anything, some countries are hurting, even more, making this year's Pantone colors all the more fitting. The chosen tones bring forth encouragement and positivity, which is just what we need.
What is a Pantone color?
In Orana from Visme's words, a Pantone color is "a trend forecast for the consumer." In simpler terms, it is a standard color that is chosen every year to, as Alexander Kacala said, "evoke positivity and optimism, at a time when we may need it most." Think of how the Met Gala has a theme that the invited celebrities have to dress according to. That theme is similar to the way a Pantone color is embraced. The chosen colors will be the hues of the year, used and celebrated in different businesses in their packaging and widely in the fashion industry on the runway. The Pantone colors are chosen by Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone Color Institute's Executive Director.
Why is the Pantone color important?
There are 7.674 billion people globally, which means different languages, cultures, beliefs, and ways of life. But once a year, a single hue brings people together to enjoy each other's company as we converse in the language of color through fashion, décor, and even textile. Wouldn't you want to experience that, having a common denominator with a stranger? The Pantone colors allow the world to have something in common. Plus, it's simply fun to have a trend that people across the globe participate in.
What is the Pantone color of the year 2021?
On December 9 of 2020, it was announced that the Pantone color of 2021 would be Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow, which creates a rich contrast between the soft texture of the gray and the bright, cheerful yellow.
How to incorporate ultimate grey into your wardrobe.
No worries if you haven't added Pantone colors to your wardrobe this year, my friends! There's no wrong time to jump onto the trend wagon - all aboard! Since it's winter, we have to have a tremendous gray winter coat, windbreaker, or hoodie. These are great investments that match with basically any other color. Likewise, purchasing boots and tackies in the same color will bring you nothing but joy when putting outfits together. Don't worry about ultimate gray being dull; it's an intense color that exudes confidence. More so, when you pair it with the illuminated yellow, you'll be a force to be reckoned with.
How to incorporate illuminate into your wardrobe.
Illuminate is an exciting color that would look great on you. It compliments all body and skin types. The color looks fantastic on sweaters, tops, and even pants! Yes, pants. I encourage you to be bold and try it out. If you find the color overwhelming on sweaters and bottoms, you can still rock the color more subtly – in stripes, jewelry, beanies, shoes, and your bags can sport the color illuminate to help make your entire outfit pop.
How to mix the two
The possibilities are endless when mixing these two colors in outfits, but the following are a few examples for you:
- A yellow sweater with gray bottoms and a gray beanie.
- A yellow checkered pantsuit with gray boots.
- A simple gray outfit with yellow shoes to make the entire look stand out.
Don't be shy, ladies, and take advantage of the colorful eyeshadows and blush trend going around and paint your eyes yellow! Then, top it up and match your outfit to your hairstyle. Got any hairstyle ideas? Well, don't worry, check out these top 20 hairstyles; I guarantee you; the options are many, and you'll be sure to find the perfect hairstyle for any outfit and occasion.
I encourage you to be bold and spread positivity in these colors, making the most of every outing to show off your Pantone of the year-themed outfits!