For a millennia, fashion has reflected the spirit of current events, and the Pantone Colors of the Year 2021 are no exception. After a year of instability, uncertainty, missed hugs and getting really, really good at Zoom calls, Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow embody the (much needed) strength and optimism on the horizon for the year ahead.

The folks at Pantone said it best:

“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. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a color combination that gives us resilience and hope.”

Pantone always sets the tone (pun intended) for fashion’s most compelling hues, but there’s something particularly anthemic about infusing our closets with their picks this year. Here’s how to keep your look rock solid and optimistic in the coming months.

For Staying Cozy

Because we’ve still got a few months of chill left!

Free People Fluffy Claw $20

Cozy isn’t just for clothes.

iets frans… Embroided Jogger Pant $49

If there’s one good thing 2020 gave us, it’s the socially-acceptable sweatpants trend.

Hunter Original Waterproof Chelsea Rain Boot $135

Yeah, rain’s still around, but walking on sunshine ain’t no thing in these short rain boots from Hunter.

Aritzia The Super Puff™ Shorty $225

The puffer made a big style splash in 2020, and it isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

For Fun in the Sun

We may still be homebound as the weather warms up, but that doesn’t mean we should relegate ourselves to the same ol’ WFH outfits we wore to death in 2020.

Free People Vintage Piper Sunglasses $28

Forget rose-colored glasses. These sunnies are the perfect accessory for brighter times ahead.

ELAN Stripe Cover-Up Romper $64

Whether worn with sneakers for your weekly grocery run or barefoot and socially-distanced on the beach, this romper keeps it cool.

BOUND by bond-eye Australia The Samira Top and Bottom

The perfect balance of sweet, sunny, and sexy.

Urban Outfitters Layla Lettuce-Edge Muscle Tank $24

Nothing says celebrate like a few frills. (We wouldn’t say no to pairing this with the iets frans… sweats, above, either!)

For Safety

2020 gave many of us a new wardrobe addition: the face mask. Rock safety in style with these Color-of-the-Year-approved picks.

Aritzia Adjustable Sculpted Cotton Face Mask $10

This adjustable mask is like a soft, warm hug for your face.

Yellow Tie-Dye Adjustable Mask

Triple-layered cotton and a filter pocket round out this bright style.

xx, The FabFitFun Team