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Here's How To Easily Pull Off 2021's Colors Of The Year: Ultimate Gray And Illuminating!

Jumpstart the year with these winning must-haves.

2021 is here and we're starting strong with the colors Ultimate Gray and Illuminating! Although this color duo seems odd at first, this color way will surely spark the fashion killer in you to explore boundless looks this year. The techno shade of Ultimate Gray mimics the same shade of gray we have been seeing all this time but this time, it's getting its much-deserved spotlight. On the other hand, there's Illuminating, a shade of yellow that serves as the shining beacon of hope and positivity amidst these prolonged times of uncertainty. 


After months of our lengthy obsession with neutral loungewear and pared down work-from-home outfits, we're living and breathing the colors of the year from here on out. Just like you, we're extra giddy to add this year's unexpected colorway in our 2021 wardrobe. You can expect nothing less of power silhouettes and extra bright statement pieces this year since we got all your looks covered. Pantone emphasized in an interview with Vogue that the colors of the year are meant to be presented together. According to the company, "the union of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is one of strength and positivity." There's indeed no better way to sport one or the other without purposefully turning heads with this mighty color way.

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To show our love for this year's refreshing colorway, we searched high and low for runway looks we can all take inspiration from. The blinding streetwear ensembles in the Off-White Fall/Winter 2019 runway show has now become the blueprint of this year's strongest looks! Donned by Bella Hadid on the Off-White show, the matching cape, shorts, and boots stopped traffic as it conquered the runway. Who would've thought that this look would become this year's headline after two years since its debut!


Speaking of runway predictions, you've got to revisit Prada's Spring/Summer 2021 collection and the cutout ensemble that raised eyebrows during the show. The yellow and black cutout turtlenecks paired with Prada's signature uniform-esque A-line skirt is definitely this year's frontrunner. 

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Photos from Prada and Off-White

If you're more than ready to sport this year's mighty color way, check out the pieces we've pre-selected for you down below.

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Off-White Single-Breasted Tailored Blazer and Front-Slit Mini Skirt, Acne Studios Hooded Puffer Coat, Dion Lee Suspender-Hem Corset Top, Bottega Veneta Twist Sterling-Silver Earrings, Chloe C Cardholder, Miu Miu Matelassé Shoulder Bag, Bottega Veneta Cassette Crossbody Bag, Amina Muaddi Gilda 110mm Crystal-Embellished Sandals, and Air Jordan 1 Retro High CO Japan in Neutral Grey

From the sleek gray blazer and mini skirt duo from Off-White, the beaming suspender corset top from Dion Lee, or the statement Acne Studies hooded puffer jacket, and more, feel free to mix and match or pick out the ones that caught your eye the most.


If you've been planning to invest on a pair of shoes you can wear all year-round or on special occasions, shop the Amina Muaddi 110mm crystal-embellished sandals to don this year's colors in full effect or the Air Jordan 1 Retro High CO Japan in neutral grey to gain enough street cred.


Accessories such as the Bottega Veneta twist sterling-silver earrings, the croc-effect Chloe C cardholder, Miu Miu's matelassé shoulder bag, and Bottega Veneta's illuminating cassette bag are also up for grabs for those who are planning to turn heads this year!


BONUS! Add a sportier twist to Ultimate Gray and Illuminating with this look!

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Gray Hooded Mini Dress, Gray Pants, and Big Logo 2.0 Trainers from Onitsuka Tiger

If you're planning on taking your athleisure game to the next level this year, then Onitsuka Tiger's goods has got you covered. We'll be spending a lot of time at home anyway, so might as well get comfy while you're at it! Lounging at home? Don a hoodie dress that'll take you from sunrise to the sheets. If you're stepping out for errands, match a roomy pair of joggers with statement sneakers, an oversized tee, and some gold chains and you're good to go. Easy and chic, utilitarian and totally comfortable—we're all for it! 


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