Color authority Pantone has announced the Colors of the Year 2021. After the dumpster fire that was 2020, you might think that the institute would have chosen something a bit optimistic – and you'd be half right.

Two colors have been elected to paint the future of 2021: PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, which is a bright shade of yellow. The vibe is looking somber and serious, but with a dash of joy, think concrete parking lot with a sunrise in the distance. 

These color predictions are chosen to embody the year ahead, and although they are thoroughly researched, they're still subject to unforeseen elements. After all, the Color of the Year for 2020 was "classic blue" – a Facebook-esque shade prescribed as "a reassuring presence instilling calm, confidence, and connection" – hardly the shared collective experience of this year.

“The Pantone Color of the Year reflects what is taking place in our global culture, expressing what people are looking for that color can hope to answer," says Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute. “Society continues to recognize color as a critical form of communication, and a way to symbolize thoughts and ideas, many designers and brands are embracing the language of color to engage and connect.”

The impact of color, in particular when applied to be products, was also recently covered in a conversation between Virgil Abloh and CEO of Vitra Nora Fehlbaum, following Abloh's baby blue home furnishings which debuted at Miami Design District.

Below, we've rounded up some of the best products in Pantone's Colors of the Year 2021, so you can rep 2021 in style.

Packable Loafers

$48

SUBU

15% off sitewide FW2021

15% off sitewide FW2021

Buy at ssense
Elephant Messenger Bag

Elephant Messenger Bag

$1450

Loewe

15% off sitewide FW2021

15% off sitewide FW2021

Buy at ssense
Velvet Shirt

Velvet Shirt

$248

Dries Van Noten

15% off sitewide FW2021

15% off sitewide FW2021

Buy at ssense
Knitted Jumper

Knitted Jumper

from $274

Jacquemus

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)
Workwear Trousers

Workwear Trousers

$336

COMME des GARCONS

Buy at Farfetch
992

992

from $180

New Balance

(Available at 3 Merchants)
(Available at 3 Merchants)
Fluffy Yarn Fleece Slippers

Fluffy Yarn Fleece Slippers

$15

UNIQLO

Buy at uniqlo
P-6 Logo Organic T-Shirt

P-6 Logo Organic T-Shirt

$41

Patagonia

Buy at HHV
Sweatpants

Sweatpants

$299

FOG - Fear Of God Essentials

Buy at stockx
Small Bag

Small Bag

$233

C.E

Buy at Slam Jam

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