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This year, Pantone named not just one Color of the Year but two independent colors to capture a message of both strength and hopefulness in 2021: PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray’ and ‘PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, a shade of yellow.
“The union of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is one of strength and positivity. It is a story of color that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly,” the official Pantone page explains. Adding that the hues “highlight how different elements come together to support one another.”
Fashion runways overseas are embracing the color, and some of our favorite style stars are sporting it, such as Hailey Baldwin and Tessa Thompson. Max Mara’s Pre-Fall 2021 collection was almost entirely made up of Ultimate Gray, while Illuminating showed up in the form of accessories and dresses for Peter Do’s Spring 2021 collection.
Off the runway, we’re ready to translate the two tones into our everyday wardrobes. From brands like Everlane and Theory, you’ll find a range of accessories to winter staples. Ahead, shop our top picks of Pantone’s Colors of the Year.
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