Guest Blogger Celine Bada

Has 2020 won over your 2021 fashion? Will it be bleak as the previous year in comparison with the one of the chosen color of the year implies? It has been weeks since Pantone released the official Pantone Color of the Year for 2021. Have you checked your wardrobe yet for amazing mixes?

On the 9th of December of the current year, Pantone has released two colors as “Colors of the Year:” Ultimate Gray and Illuminating. As per the Executive Director of the company, Leatrice Eiseman, these are to look forward to the following year with a combination “that gives us resilience and hope.”

The color Gray itself is a perfect neutral which comes in between both extremes: white and black. A perfect match for brightly colored fashion items – much more to accessories that needs to (and should be) be popped and pointed out.  But, lighter tones, will not ever be wrong either.

In this article, let’s talk about the color that others may say as “boring” and “unnoticeable”: Gray – but in fashion color mixes. Here are 6 fashion color combinations you may incorporate for each of the first months of 2021:


Outfit of a yellow dress, a grey tweed coat and grey booties

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Welcome the new year with these two colors made into trend by Pantone themselves. Partner up the coolness of gray and the exhilarating yellow into one fashion ensemble. Give the hopeful and exciting vibe to the months to come after multiple dreading events of the previous year.


Red shirt an beanie with a grey over shirt outfit

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Red does not always mean “sexy,” most of the time, it says “Eyes on me!” Catch attention without being too much of an eyesore by making room for the eyes to breathe. Tone down that fiery-hot red shirt by topping a grey outerwear this love season.


Casual outfit with grey cropped pants and a green sweat shirt.

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WISHING YOU ALL THE LUCK! – Let us celebrate with our Irish brothers and sisters on St. Patrick’s Day in March. As we are minimizing contact from many people as much as possible, yearly grand parades might get cancelled. Even so, we can always keep it casual and comfortable with this combination of green and gray.


Yellow floral dress with long grey shirt dress layered over.

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BE ONE WITH SPRING – No other pattern can ever define spring season than floral prints. Spring is often associated with freshness and new beginnings, hence the symbolism of floral blooms. Incorporated in fashion with a cheerful color, feel the season on a brighter note.


Girl in grey sweater with red, white and blue detail.

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Solemn and reminiscent: During the month of May, there is a day when we remember people (connected to us by family and friends) that passed away in service of the Military of the United States (US), the Memorial Day. Casual wear in the colors incorporated in the US flag is a good “go-to” with the proper tone and print combination.


Woman in grey pants with white lace trim and casual athleisure wear layered under a heavy grey coat

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Don’t let that summer heat get into you. Reflect that heat by wearing lighter colors as dark-colored ones potentially absorbs more.

Gray goes well with almost everything. The same goes to the shade of white. Putting both colors in one ensemble would not be tricky at all, but can result to dullness and might not catch any attention at all. But a combination of active and formal wear would definitely result to a head-turning semi-casual attire. 


Outfit: Woman in grey tailored cropped pants with a black tank.

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Do you have a long day at work ahead of you? Wear something comfortable, yet can still be considered as an office wear. Black and gray, as a combination in fashion, can be something simple, yet elegant; casual, yet presentable.

Be reminded that these are just some of the numerous colors that can be combined with Gray. So, how “ultimate” can the color gray really be? This will only resonate by how “ultimate” your wardrobe matches could be – and the possibilities are endless for this half of the Pantone Color of the Year for 2021.

If you like this you may also like: Pantone Color of The Year 2020 & How To Wear It

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