2021 Colour Trends This Coming Holiday Season

With all that’s going on in the news today, the world can surely make use of a breather or a few pick-me-ups. Something that can lift our spirits is colour. Though more scientific studies need to be made, it is generally accepted today that colours can influence our overall mental and psychological well-being. Many industries use colour to promote productivity through the colour schemes in their respective office interiors. Many companies also use colour to influence the purchase decisions of the buying public. But truly, do we need to have another reason to have colour in our lives aside from colour being, well, colourful? Colour gives us something to look forward to, something new, something fresh, something that can get us out of the doldrums. And the fashionistas agree. They’re already all agog over the 2021 Fall-Winter colour trends released by the Pantone Color Institute for the fashion industry. Here are some of the latest fashion trends in a colour that will surely get you into the holiday mood.

Wistful Shades of Blue

Mykonos Blue

Imprint the deep blue of the Aegean sea on your mind, and you’re suddenly swept off your feet on a magical carpet ride into a mystical and exotic reverie. Mykonos Blue evokes just that. Aptly named after Mykonos, a Greece island nicknamed the “Island of the Winds,” Mykonos Blue is at the “deeper end” of the cyan colour spectrum, which also includes teal, aquamarine blue, and turquoise. Perhaps the enchanted island was what Brie Larson, Julia Louis Dreyfus had in mind when they chose their gorgeous Mykonos Blue outfits to the Captain Marvel European Gala in 2019 and the 2020 Oscars, respectively.

Spring Lake

Imagine yourself at a cosy lakehouse. The sun is going down but is not yet ready to completely bid adieu. It casts a shadow on the peaceful expanse of lake in front of you, and you surrender to its promise of rest in a few minutes. That’s the calming effect of Spring Lake, with its blue tone that speaks of an in-between space in time, neither too bright and springy, nor lost in dark slumber. Its steady rhythm is restful, allowing you to slow down and smell the roses. And after the hectic pace of the previous months, it may be time for you to take a slower pace. Perhaps Margot Robbie was looking forward to a long vacation when she chose to wear a Spring Lake-hued gown at the 2020 SAG Awards.

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Fields of Green

Leprechaun Green

The holiday season promises a glimpse of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, with or without the help of elfin Irish folks. Leprechaun green elicits a whimsical mood, one that is fresh, hopeful, albeit a bit mischievous. One of the favourite green hues of the holiday season, Leprechaun green is a bit brighter than Shamrock green with fewer blue tones compared to its closest colour cousin. It seems that the magic of this shade was not lost on the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, when she opted to wear a Leprechaun green gown at the Guinness warehouse in Dublin in March 2020. Not to be outdone, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, made sure to stand out in an Emilia Wickstead sheath and cape for the 2020 celebration of Commonwealth Day in London.

Olive Branch

When someone extends an olive branch, that person intends to let bygones be bygones, to mend the hurt, to keep the peace. And when all is peaceful, that is when everyone can flourish. Hope for growth and abundance —- this is something we fervently desire amidst the bleakness of the previous months. The Pantone Olive Branch, with its medium-dark shade of yellow-green, expresses such a desire, as well as the dream that the world will not just be able to survive but also thrive. A better future for all may have been what inspired Dakota Fanning to don the lovely Valentino gown which she wore to the 2020 SAG awards.

A Touch of Pink

Pale Rosette

The love for pink that was clearly seen on the catwalks in the 2021 Spring-Summer fashion week continues to dominate the colour scene for the 2021 Fall-Winter collections. And the love was not lost on Kirsten Dunst, who was simultaneously blushing and flirtatious in a deliciously pale pink Rodarte creation at the 2020 Golden Globes.


Both Jennifer Lopez and Scarlett Johansson brought the X-factor several notches higher by deciding on the classic Pantone of Champagne for the dreamy creations that they respectively wore to the Critics’ Choice Awards and the New York Fashion Week in 2020. More sophisticated than its Pale Rosette cousin, Champagne embodies the elegance of the golden era of Hollywood. That was a glorious time when Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor, and Grace Kelly, women who were the epitomes of classic beauty and feminine strength, reigned supreme. Champagne will always be the colour of choice of elegant women everywhere, even today.

Fuschia Fedora

Fuschia is synonymous with flamboyance. And when you’re in a flamboyant mood, it’s hard not to celebrate! With the holidays fast approaching, you won’t lack celebrations to be flashy and have fun in. Kaitlyn Dever was perhaps thinking forward when she wore her vibrant Fuschia Fedora gown to the 2020 SAG awards.

A Few Toned Thoughts

The holiday festivities are just around the corner. Regardless of the gloomy mood of the past months, there will always be a reason to celebrate — whether it be the gift of family or the pleasure of friends. Celebrate even just the simplest of joys (like the time and capability to read and enjoy this article, for instance!). Make the holiday season even more fun by celebrating it in the coolest shades from the 2021 Fall-Winter color spectrum. Cheers!

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