With the dreadful 2020 now over, all eyes are on 2021 and what it might bring. Pantone, the expert on global colour trends, has announced two colours for the new year: Ultimate Grey and Illuminating, an oddly satisfying combination of dull, utilitarian grey and bright, lemon yellow.

While rather solemn compared to the previous Pantone Colours of the Year, including the serene Cerulean and the passionate Fuchsia Rose, these two shades reflect our state of mind during the ongoing pandemic.

Meant as a trend forecast, these two colours highlight the stay-home aspect of the past year, while welcoming hope in the fresh year. If you’re looking to incorporate these encouraging hues into your daily life, here’s the shopping guide to bookmark.

Credits: Acne Studios

Acne Studios Crew Neck Sweatshirt Light Grey Melange

Cozy up for the festivities or work from home in this comfortable sweatshirt, made of organic cotton with a face logo patch and ribbed details. The design comes in other colour ways including caramel brown and pale pink.

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Credits: Balenciaga

Balenciaga Printed Cotton-Jersey T-shirt

A riff on a past presidential campaign, this oversized t-shirt is perfect for lounging in front of the telly or for hanging out at your best friend’s house party. Cut from neon-yellow cotton-jersey and featuring the fashion house’s emblem in black, the tee can be easily dressed up or down.

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Credits: Coppenhagen Design

Limited Edition Espresso Cup, Pantone Colour of the Year 2021

Get your caffeine boost in one of these striking espresso cups from Coppenhagen Design, decked in the enduring and uplifting hues of Grey and Illuminating. Alternatively, gift them to a colleague who needs a reminder to stay positive in spite of it all.

More information here.

Credits: Cariuma

Pantone COY 2021 Illuminating Canvas Low Sneaker

The official footwear partner of Pantone’s 2021 Colours of the Year, Brazilian sustainable sneaker brand Cariuma has unveiled limited-edition designs of its OCA Low Sneaker. 100 percent vegan and handcrafted with organic cotton canvas, each pair also comes with plant-based memory-foam insoles for extra comfort.

More information here.

Credits: Lululemon

Lululemon City Sweat Jogger in French Terry

If comfort is key, then you’ll love these joggers in soft and breathable French Terry. Each pair is designed with a secure back pocket, hidden media and coin pockets, as well as a streamlined fit that tapers to hem.

More information here.

Credits: Love Your Melon

Pantone Illuminating Yellow Acrylic Pom Beanie

Stay warm with this adorable beanie that’s kit in black, white, Ultimate Gray, and Illuminating Yellow, along with an eye-catching pom on top. Pantone’s beanie and headwear partner for Pantone Color of the Year 2021, Love Your Melon also contributes 50 percent of its net profit to support the fight against pediatric cancer.

More information here.

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