It’s that time of the year. Yes, the one where you deck your halls with boughs of holly and start prepping for NYE, but also, more importantly, the one where the Pantone Institute of Colour announces it’s colour of the year. This year though, the institute (a.k.a. the highest authority on all things colour) has announced that it’ll be releasing two shades, instead of one – Ultimate Grey and Illuminating Yellow. (PS, this is a big deal because it’s the second time ever that the institute has announced two shades.) The colours, which were chosen for being practical and rock-solid, but at the same time warming and optimistic, embody a message of happiness supported by fortitude. (Which is the perfect way to end 2020.)
While we eagerly wait for these shades to make their debut on the runway, it’s always a good idea to stay ahead of the curve. Swipe on below to see the best, celeb-inspired ways to style the Pantone colours of the year:
If there's one reason we're excited about Ultimate Grey making the cut, it's that we get to wear our quarantine uniform while simultaneously making a statement. Pair a cozy set of grey sweats with a hoody, top it off with fur-lined loafers and a messy bun, and you're good to go.
Pair Ultimate Grey cigarette pants with a satin combo, and nail the perfect formal-chic combo that most people strive for.
An Ultimate Grey skirt makes for a great staple for any wardrobe. Flawlessly transitioning from workwear to night-glam, style the staple with a white sweater like Swara Bhaskar, and top off the lewk with black heels and hoop earrings.
If street style is more your vibe, we feel you. Ace streetwear with a hoodie-sweats combo, in the Pantone colour of the year, of course. Take notes from Disha Patani, and don't forget your fanny pack and fave sneakers.
Whoever said grey was too dull for festive wear, needs to check again. Go the monochrome route like Tara Sutaria, and pair an Ultimate Grey blouse with a sequinned sari (the more sequinned, the better) to make a statement that truly sets you apart.
If minimal, androgynous dressing is more your style, why not make it Ultimate Grey? Pair a linen shirt and trousers combo in the Pantone shade, and elevate your look with a pair of suspenders. Our say – top the look with an Illuminating Yellow overcoat, to really amp it up.
A statement piece that is bound to literally illuminate any room you walk into, take notes from Winnie Harlow and take an all-white ensemble to the next level with an Illuminating Yellow coat.
If Ananya Panday's lewk has taught us anything, it's that acing two trends with one outfit is a piece of cake. Pair the 2020-favourite tie-dye tee (in Illuminating Yellow, of course!) with flared pants in the same Pantone shade, and you're all set.
If there's one thing we love, it's a yellow-on-denim outfit. (It won't make you look like a Minion, we promise!) Let Sanya Malhotra's look be your inspiration into acing the style. Top it off with an Ultimate Grey blazer and a chunky necklace to elevate your look.
Puffer jackets never go out of style, and Hailey Baldwin Bieber's look is proof. Pair an Illuminating Yellow puffer jacket with Ultimate Grey sweats, and ace athleisure the right way.
Illuminating Yellow makes for a great addition to any festive wardrobe. Our say – ace desi-western glam with a yellow cape pants, top it off with oxidised silver jewellery, and give your festive ensembles a touch of edge.
A blazer with a skirt to match is already a pretty classic lewk, so when you add an Illuminating Yellow overcoat to the mix, you know you've taken it to the next level. Side note: If Hilary Duff's outfit is giving you Cher from Clueless vibes, you're not alone.