Pantone Colours 2021 - Ultimate Gray and bright yellow Illuminating add brilliance to your outfits

PANTONE Ultimate Gray – symbol of sound reliability

Before the PANTONE Colours of the Year 2021 were chosen, the Pantone Color Institute's colour experts spent a long time deliberating, analysing and taking, for example, trends in a range of industries as well as in the socio-economic environment into account. This year's fashion colour "Ultimate Gray" generates a feeling of relaxedness, soundness and resilience. Especially in the current difficult and turbulent situation all over the world, it will hopefully communicate a calming feeling as well as courage and strength. We think: "Ultimate Gray" is therefore equipped with the ultimate attributes for 2021 - for casual business outfits as well as relaxed leisure time looks.

A smart grey suit is a stylish outfit for business meetings as it symbolises stability and reliability. A classic grey coat is the ideal companion on the way to the office as well as after work. Casual grey slacks are a perfect stylish choice for all leisure time activities.

The colour grey is purist, businesslike, elegant and neutral. Grey makes other colours shine yet always remains in the background in an understated way. That is precisely what makes our 2021 fashion colour "Ultimate Gray" an ideal partner for the bright "Illuminating" yellow.

Sunshine and hop – PANTONE Illuminating inspires positive emotions

PANTONE Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow. It exudes liveliness and is associated with sunshine all over the world.

We think: especially in times like these, it is important to surround ourselves with colours that put us in a hopeful mood and make us see the "light at the end of the tunnel". What colour could express these emotions and this longing for optimism better than a bright, brilliant yellow?

In colour psychology, yellow represents warmth, activity and creativity. We associate cheerfulness, youthfulness and a sharp, bright mind with this colour. Whilst pure yellow is often a loud invitation to activity, the lighter "Illuminating" stands for a rather quiet, calming joy and also for new ideas, hope and optimism.

This cheerful shade of yellow is particularly useful for everyday wear. By the way, bugatti's new spring collection also features Illuminating: whether in the form of a light coat that makes you stand out from the crowd in dull weather or a casual leisure time top - yellow adds a brilliant touch to your outfit and puts you in a good mood in the morning.


For most people, yellow has stood for hope, positivity and something to look forward to ever since they were children. It always gives you this uplifting feeling of hope that is so essential for the human soul – the sky is becoming brighter and it's going to be a beautiful, sunny day.
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the PANTONE Color Institute

Grey and yellow: this colour combination offers a huge styling potential

However, the PANTONE's two 2021 colours are not just emotive, they're also very stylish. Although "Ultimate Gray" and "Illuminating" are extremely different, they go beautifully with each other. This makes exciting combinations possible that turn your outfit into an eye-catcher without it being too over the top. The best thing is: this combination is not only suitable for relaxed everyday looks but can also be styled in a sophisticated way. You are also guaranteed to make a great impression at the office in this colour combination.

Our tip: If a piece of clothing in yellow feels just too striking for you, you could always opt for yellow accessories. A yellow bag, a yellow scarf or yellow shoes add a stylish eye-catching touch and add that certain something to your outfit.

By the way, grey and yellow don't just go with each other extremely well; the 2021 PANTONE fashion colours are also absolutely trendy worn on their own from head to toe. For a successful head-to-toe look, you could play with different shades of yellow or grey, although you should make sure that you use nuances of the same basic shade. And as if that isn't enough, both "Ultimate Gray" as well as "Illuminating" also go beautifully with other colours. For example, both shades look great with the non-colours black and white. Together with pastel shades such as a soft pink or light blue, the clear grey looks very feminine and a little more playful.


CONCLUSION: Gimme gimme gimme the PANTONE Colours of the Year 2021!

As you can see, we totally love the colours PANTONE has chosen as the 2021 Colours of the Year, because "Ultimate Gray" and bright yellow "Illuminating" not only add brilliance to our outfits but also make us feel more optimistic again. Also: they are a simply unbeatable team. So: which outfit is your favourite? Browse our shop and get some inspiration from the new collection.