How to introduce the Colour of the Year 2021 into your wardrobe

Are you ready for a revamp? As we move closer to the warm days of summer, now is a great time to leave the muted tones of last season behind us and inject some colour into our wardrobe.

If you’re planning the perfect outfits to see you through the coming months, why not take your inspiration from the Pantone Colour of the Year 2021? For the second time, two shades have been introduced as the joint colour of the year, giving you more opportunities to expand your clothing collection.

The vibrant Illuminating is a bright, optimistic yellow and is perfectly complemented by cool Ultimate Grey, a steady, resilient shade. Together, they are the perfect combination for clothing in spring/summer 2021.   

Here, we pick out key items that allow you to bring these colour trends for 2021 into your everyday wear, rounding off your wardrobe in time for summer.  

The skirt

A skirt is the perfect base for any summery outfit. It can be used to inspire accessories, such as shoes and jewellery, as well as being easy to dress up or down, taking you from a day at the beach to evening drinks.

For something that stands out, try a light cotton skirt in a bright yellow that looks sophisticated yet casual and works well with a neutral-toned top. Alternatively, a classic sleek grey option looks chic for an evening meal when teamed with a pair of smart court shoes.

The top

Whether you want a pretty blouse or a simple tee, there are different styles of top that suit the 2021 colour of the year. You could try one that picks up the cool grey tone trend or opt for a sunny yellow piece that pops. 

For a top that suits the yellow theme, we love this printed yellow top. It echoes the patterned yellow styles seen at Christian Dior’s pre-Autumn 2021 collection, so you can tap into the latest runway trends as well as picking up on this year’s Pantone colours.

The trousers

If you’re thinking of injecting some Illuminating yellow into your wardrobe but don’t want to overdo it, try matching your bold-coloured top with trousers in neutral tones. Yellow looks great with grey, so you can easily bring in both Pantone colours to tap into the trend.

Plus, trousers are a versatile addition to any wardrobe. A smart, tailored pair work well in an office setting and can be easily transformed with a pair of heels and evening bag, while a more casual, loose-fitting pair are the ideal piece for sitting in the garden or strolling around your local park.  

The dress

Nothing says summer like a cheerful, sunshine-coloured dress. This is an easy outfit for any occasion, and now is the season to embrace the different styles on offer, from strappy pieces that are perfect for lunchtime walks to flattering flared styles for an evening event. Simply swap out sandals for classic black heels to instantly dress up.    

The layers

The weather might be warming up, but it’s always worth keeping a light layer to hand in case the temperature turns chilly, especially in the days where we move from spring into summer. This easy-to-wear stripe jumper can be slipped on over a dress or vest top and brings in both Pantone colours, adding a playful splash of yellow among the grey.

If you need more protection from the late spring showers, a light raincoat can come in handy. To nod to the Pantone colour trend, opt for a yellow coat that works well over neutral tones.

There are plenty of ways to nod to the 2021 colour of the year. Will you go all-out in a yellow summer dress or are you planning on playing it cool in Ultimate Grey tones? If you’re looking for wardrobe inspiration, shop the full range at

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