A Look at the Biggest Color Trends of 2021
The year’s anticipated color trends are rooted in hope and optimism.
The biggest color trends of 2021 are taking a cue from the last tumultuous year and giving people a sense of hope, optimism and the refresh that many are looking for. The Pantone Color Institute and Shutterstock have released their 2021 color trend predictions over the last two months, choosing bright and soothing colors that take inspiration from natural elements. Pantone revealed in December that Illuminating — a bright yellow hue — and Ultimate Gray are its 2021 Colors of the Year, with both synchronously representing unity, stability and hope.
luminating and Ultimate Gray are Pantone’s Colors of 2021
Other 2021 color trends skew toward bright and eye catching hues such as Pantone’s recent fall 2021 predictions, which include Fire Whirl, a bold red color, Fuchsia Fedora, a vibrant hot pink and Mykonos Blue, a bright blue color inspired by the Aegean Sea.
Here, WWD breaks down the hues that are predicted to be the biggest color trends of 2021. Now let’s see photos of celebrities and street-style stars wearing the colors.
Pantone Color of 2021: Illuminating
The bright yellow hue is meant to evoke hope and optimism after the tumultuous year. The color goes along with Pantone’s second color of 2021, Ultimate Gray, and is said to represent sunshine coming in as clouds disperse.
Pantone Color of 2021: Ultimate Gray
Pantone’s second color of the year is said to represent dependability, as community and camaraderie became crucial during the pandemic. Paired with Illuminating, the hues convey the message of unity, stability and hope.
Shutterstock’s Color of 2021: Set Sail Champagne
The off-white color is also steeped in hope and optimism. Shutterstock expects the earthy color to be popular because it is a bright and soothing shade.
Shutterstock’s Color of 2021: Fortuna Gold
The rich yellow gold color represents “the chance happenings and happy coincidences found in life’s moments.”
Pantone’s Spring 2021 Color: Marigold
Pantone states Marigold is typically found in the fall, but its rich color evokes a cozy and friendly vibe that will also be sought out in the spring.
Pantone’s Spring 2021 Color: Cerulean
The powdery blue hue is another color that Pantone expects to be big this spring because of its calming nature.
Pantone’s Spring 2021 Color: Rust
The burnt red-orange color is said to have a seasonless appeal. It’s also a favorite of Victoria Beckham and Meghan Markle.
Pantone’s Spring 2021 Color: French Blue
The deep blue shade is linked to the late New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham, and more recently has become a favorite of Kate Middleton. Pantone expects the hue to be popular with people who favor the color and are looking for a new shade.
Pantone’s Spring 2021 Color: Green Ash
The pastel green color goes along with the increasing trend of gardening, hiking and other outdoor activities that have become more popular during the pandemic. Pantone explains the color is restorative and regenerative and relates to nature.
Pantone’s Fall 2021 Color: Pale Rosette
A soft pink color, Pantone states Pale Rosette is gentle and romantic.
Pantone’s Fall 2021 Color: Soybean
The soft yellow color is said to be a “mild and companionable blonde beige.”
Pantone’s Fall 2021 Color: Olive Branch
The sage green color is meant to symbolize growth.
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