How to wear yellow – and why you should for Designers for Daffodil Day

Nikki Parkinson Fashion 23 Comments

It’s impossible not to be noticed when wearing yellow.  It’s a colour that will enter a room before you do.  But if you choose the right yellow – and for the right reasons – the entrance will be well and truly worth it.

And that right reason?

Fundraising for the Cancer Council.

The Designers for Daffodil Day is all about yellow and Australian fashion.  And it’s your chance to bid online for an individual design, with money raised funding vital cancer research, prevention and support services.

You already know my family’s cancer story and why I’ll always support causes like this.  It simply blows me away to see eight of Australia’s leading designers creating visions in yellow for Daffodil Day.

The collection for Designers for Daffodil Day is part of the 25th anniversary of Daffodil Day, the Cancer Council’s iconic fundraising event.

Eight Australian fashion designers are behind Designers for Daffodil: from left, Camilla, Rachel Gilbert and Arthur Galan

Eight Australian fashion designers are behind Designers for Daffodil: from left, Camilla, Rachel Gilbert and Arthur Galan

Arthur Galan, Camilla, JASONGRECH, Jayson Brunsdon, Manning Cartell, Maurie & Eve, Natasha Gan and Rachel Gilbert have each donated a yellow fashion garment to reflect hope and inspiration for a brighter, cancer-free future.

Throughout August and September, people can vote for their favourite Designers for Daffodil Day item for the chance to win a $1000 MIMCO voucher. Those who also make a contribution to Daffodil Day go in the draw to win one of the stunning pieces.

To view the Designers for Daffodil Day dresses or to register to volunteer and help sell Daffodil Day merchandise, visit www.daffodilday.com.au or phone 1300 65 65 85.  The official date for Daffodil Day is Friday 26th August, with fundraising held throughout the month of August.

The Designers for Daffodil Day 2011 collection

The Designers for Daffodil Day 2011 collection

So who can wear yellow?

Really, anyone can.  If you’re up for it.

There are just a few things you need to keep in mind.  Yellow – particularly when worn near the face – will either make your complexion glow or it will turn it a gastly sallow colour.  Not really the look you should be aiming for at any time.

The key is to choose a shade of yellow that’s right for your skin tone.  Hold the fabric up to your face.  What’s your first gut impression? If it’s more puke than positive, try another garment.

As a general rule, olive-skinned brunettes can go to town in bright, event neon yellows.  Fairer skin and haired yellow-seekers should look for paler shades. Redheads can wear yellow but choose shades with a red undertone – lovely golds and honey.

If you’re still struggling to find a shade that works for you, look for a printed garment like the Camilla design above.  And I like that the Rachel Gilbert design has the silver beaded details closest to the face, thus playing more of part in determining the dress’ wearability.

If the thought of embracing yellow, has you scrambling back to hide in your wardrobe of neutrals, why not give those neutrals a shake up with an accessory or two in yellow?  It’s the easiest way to inject a bit of zest into your spring-summer 2011-12.

And trust me, these babies are zesty!

spring-summer 11-12 yellow

1.  Naomi Levi Tassel clutch purse $99 at HoneyHoney

2.  Crumpet cashmere silk blend scarf on sale £47.23 at Net-A-Porter

3.  Tre Anita glass ring $95 at HoneyHoney

4.  Elk Accessories Old Man Bird brooch $45

5.  Elk Accessories Long Bead Collar Cluster necklace $46

6.  Karen Walker sunglasses $325 at HoneyHoney

So, are you up for a splash of yellow this season and for this very worthwhile cause?  I’m in if you are!

Comments 23

  1. I adore yellow but don’t actually own anything that is yellow. I not only love it in clothing bit in homewares too especially if it’s teamed with get and teal just like on my blog. I might get brave one day soon and wear it.

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  2. Hello lovely elk brooch, I think you shall be flying my way soon.

    And the necklace might be needed too…but what to wear them with? The brooch could certainly jazz up my black very Melbourne overcoat.

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      You could do the yellow with white and a khaki neutral as well. Just adding the brooch to your coat will make a big difference, Claire. And the necklace is long and detailed enough that you just need a plain black or white knit underneath it.

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  3. When it comes to yellow, as someone who is blonde and pale, I find that wearing it as an accesories works best for me. For example: A black dress with yellow pumps and a yellow clutch will look great as apposed to wearing a yellow dress…

    Everyone can wear yellow, just have to know how to do it!!!

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  4. Manning Cartell – love that dress! Can imagine that would be lovely to wear in summer – all floaty and light – and champagne would look lovely with it too!! Love Elk jewellery. This has taken me back to my childhood too, when yellow was my favourite colour, but the cause is fantastic. It has a LOT of meaning in my family so I am a big supporter of Daffodil Day. Thanks Nikki xxxx

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  5. I have to say that I haven’t worn yellow since I was very young. I remember someone telling me that I’d look like a lemon with blond hair and wearing yellow, so it put me off. Shame!

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  6. Oh Nikki, you are the best. Elk is definitely my go to place when I need a boost for my wardrobe. Now I just need to find some yellow wedges – I saw some Camper ones two seasons ago and they’ve stuck in my mind ever since. x

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