After the laundry list of unimaginable circumstances that 2020 had to offer, we are coming out of it with a new-found perspective anchored on strength and optimism. Enter Pantone colors of the year 2021: Illuminating and Ultimate Gray.
The two independent hues nominated as this year's standard-bearers send a message of hope, joy, and fortitude. And though this might seem frivolous, it's important to note that what we choose to surround ourselves with—even something as little as the colors we pick for an outfit or tablescape—impacts our everyday outlook.
These are more than just colors. Illuminating and Ultimate Gray are simple reminders of how we can always pick ourselves up after every fall.
From sunshine yellow flip-flops and steel gray jewelry to citrus scents and cozy heather-hued tees, we took the liberty of jotting down key pieces from rustans.com that fit the bill for this year's colors.
Pair the cool tones of gray with the bright sensibilities of yellow: like a butter-hued blouse styled with dove tailored trousers, or even your favorite sportswear pieces accessorized with sunshine-colored sneakers and water bottles. These classic hues worn together create a modern look of joyous juxtaposition.
Words by Timothy Diao
Stay resilient and optimistic with your beauty agenda this year. Despite struggles with the "new normal," keep your "dancing shoes" on and stay constant with your new love for a DIY spa-at-home or get creative with your makeup even if you've got nowhere to go. Nothing beats optimism—so stay beautiful!
Words by Nana Valdueza
Kids & Toys
Whether you're parents, aunts and uncles, godparents, or grandparents, it's up to you to sprinkle those much needed rays of sunshine on your little one's day-to-day. Take your pick between stylish tops and dresses, action-packed play sets, and funky-fresh accessories for children of all ages.
Words by Una Kapunan
Reset your home on a positive note with a sprinkle of yellow and a dash of gray. Brighten up the minimalist space with yellow home accents and offset vivid interiors with gray tone frills. Reinvent your tablescape with lemon-colored dining accessories paired with modern gray dinnerware. This complimentary color pairing will give your home an optimistic and strong appeal through any season.
Words by Stephanie Bagulbagul