Playing With Pantone…

Last year, I had talked about incorporating Pantone’s “Color of The Year” into my wardrobe, accessories and makeup- which was actually pretty easy since I owned a lot of “Classic Blue” pieces and products already- so as 2020 was coming to a close I was excited to see what color would be announced as the palette inspiration for 2021 so that I could see what I owned already and/or do a little shopping to introduce a new hue into my life and into my year.

Well, the color ended up being colors– plural- much to my surprise and delight. The 2021 “Colors of The Year” were announced as 17-5104- Ultimate Gray, and 13-0647-Illuminating- a bold and unexpected combination.

Per Pantone’s website:

“A message of happiness supported by fortitude, the combination of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is aspirational and gives us hope. We need to feel that everything is going to get brighter – this is essential to the human spirit.

As people look for ways to fortify themselves with energy, clarity, and hope to overcome the continuing uncertainty, spirited and emboldening shades satisfy our quest for vitality. PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power. PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation. The colors of pebbles on the beach and natural elements whose weathered appearance highlights an ability to stand the test of time, Ultimate Gray quietly assures, encouraging feelings of composure, steadiness and resilience.”

Now, I own a lot of “Ultimate Gray” items as is- from sweaters and skirts to hats and shoes/boots. It’s a flattering shade that is easy to dress up or down and mix/match with other colors within my wardrobe. Where I had to get brave and experimental was finding ways to bring in some bright and sunny bits of yellow- a shade I never really wore all that often before but had wanted to try out more. Given how 2020 had turned out, I was determined to be more daring and bold in 2021. Life’s too short to be anything but.

One of my favorite additions is this lightweight and long-sleeved “Illuminating Yellow” turtleneck from Amazon Essentials which has been prominent on various style inspiration boards/discussions that have shown different ways to combine the colors in fun- and warm!- ways. It’s still Winter in New England, after all.

Paired with a gray, knee-length skirt and black boots (my favorite footwear this season, if you couldn’t tell by now!) this was a fun way to dip into the Pantone Colors of the Year while still keeping covered and cozy.

Last week I had shared my Winter Makeup Collection– where I had also found ways to bring aspects of this year’s shades into my daily look by way of eye shadows and eyeliners. This yellow liquid liner from NYX Cosmetics is by far, one of the best. In just a couple of swipes I have a bright and sunny new look for Zoom calls at work or when I’m out running errands on the weekends.

I’m sure by the Spring, I’ll be ready to wear more of these shades within dresses, sneakers, and with my manicures (assuming and hoping that my salon can open back up again!) but for now- I’m loving this color combination as a way to brighten up frigid and dreary Massachusetts Winter days.

If you’ve also been experimenting with Pantone’s “Colors of The Year” and have some styling tips/tricks or product recommendations- feel free to drop me a line! I’m always on the prowl for new ways to wear this combination!


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Hi! I'm Ashley. I'm a blogger and a radio personality with a makeup and shoe addiction based out of Boston and the Pioneer Valley. These are my (mis)adventures.

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