Runway models sashaying in the latest trends or Sarojini Nagar market and Colaba Causeway bursting with new collections, no one can escape fashion. And with the global colour authority Pantone announcing the Colours Of 2021, the creative minds of designers, stylists and fashion enthusiasts are all working to incorporate the palette into their collections. 

What Are The Pantone Colours Of The Year 2021

Ultimate Grey and Illuminating Yellow are the two shades that Pantone has named as its colours of the year for 2021. The idea behind this is that the pairing of shades will help people ‘fortify themselves with energy, clarity and hope’, in a world that’s set to face increasing uncertainty. And the world needs a strong foundation of grey to scatter the rays of illuminating, optimistic yellow sunshine!

The bright yellow shade, called Illuminating, is meant to evoke the ‘optimistic promise of a sunshine-filled day’, while Ultimate Grey is a much quieter hue that speaks more of ‘composure, steadiness and resilience.

5 Fashionable Separates Inspired By The Pantone Colours Of The Year

1. Grey Ikat Sleeveless Kurti, Prayas 

This grey sleeveless short top in Ikat from Andhra Pradesh is a classy choice. The resist dyeing technique of Ikat used to create the designs on the fabric has stood the test of time. Made to help you maintain an elegant look all year round, this top is great for work. Being 100% cotton, it keeps you comfortable yet brings in a sense of groundedness, a necessity for 2021.

Price: Rs 1,299

Style Tip: Pair it with your favourite pair of trousers or your go-to denim choice. Team it up with some classic flats.

2. Yellow A-Line Cotton Kurta, Tjori

Enhanced with contrast embroidery, this yellow Indian wear kurta is what will make Monday mornings cheerful. This A-line embroidered kurta is a handcrafted piece made with cotton and brings grace to your look. The long sleeves are perfect to keep you warm during winters. Radiate energy with this piece and head-on into 2021 with style.

Price: Rs 2,999

Style Tip: Pair this up with culottes or palazzos. Add some juttis and make the most of the outfit! 

3. Grey Slip-On Pleated Trouser, IS.U

This grey, cropped, high-waisted slip-on trouser is a style statement you’d love to make this season. With comfort at its forefront, it is a relaxed fit and at a cropped length. Crafted in a stretchable material, it makes for a classic piece for all the year-round. Go bold and confident with this for your conference or command your next meeting at work. 

Price: Rs 2,490

Style Tip: Pair this up with a ruffled sleeve button-down shirt or a plain one topped with a solid blazer. Put on some pumps and go from AM to PM with ease.

4. Allen Solly Round Neck Layered Shift Dress, Limeroad

Ace a smart look in this yellow solid dress. Bring out the fashionista in you and flaunt your style game in this casual number. This round-neck dress is a versatile piece you can dress up or down. The comfort fit makes it a great choice for 2021 and the solid colour is sure to make heads turn. 

Price: Rs 2,499

Style Tip: Style it with stilettos and a pair of hoop earrings for a cocktail party. Grab a printed scrap and put on a pair of wedges for a casual dinner date.

5. Dark Grey Handwoven Tussar Silk Saree With Zari Border, Tjori

A gorgeous piece in dark grey, set off by a regal golden zari border, this saree is an investment for long-term. This stunner of a saree was handwoven by the skilled artisans of India to create a richly-textured tussar silk beauty. A solid statement piece, this is true 2021 representation of unwavering stability.

Price: Rs 11,249

Style Tip: Style it with a long-sleeved velvet top in the winters and go for a lacey crop top around the year. Pair it with gold heels and a black choker piece.

Pantone’s 2021 colour coupling is ultimately about communicating unity. Even the colour titles, Ultimate & Illuminating convey a much-needed message that you can identify with. And with these colours making this year a charged-up fashion fest, it’s time to get out of the sweats and step into a space of fortitude and hope.

Srushti Pathak
Srushti Pathak

A blogger, aspiring author and old soul at heart, Srushti Pathak believes in writing stories that touch the heart. She maintains that curiosity defines her zeal for writing and creativity in all spheres of life motivates her.