5 Cozy pieces for Remote Working

As working from home is becoming the new normal, figuring out what to wear to keep it professional yet comfortable has been a new topic of concern for many. So here are our 5 work from home pieces you can wear for casual and formal remote working styles.

Stay cozy and ready to be active with First Class hoodies

Whether you are off for a quick run to the grocery store or need to buckle down at the desk, or even relaxing on the sofa watching TV, a warm and cozy hoodie will keep you ready for any at-home situation.

Keep your legs covered with a Long skirt

While the webcam will only catch your upper half, it is easy to forget about your lower half. One of the top issues for career women when working from home is getting chilly legs. So keep them warm and covered in a long skirt. And you’ll never know if your lower half will need to make an on-screen appearance for a video call, so keep it light and flash a bright print long skirt to the camera.

Slip on a natural Long dress and you are set

For a casual work-from-home outfit you can complete in one-two-three, simply slip on a long dress and you can focus on your work and errands. And with a feminine print it looks great for online video calls too.

Add a chic touch with a Relaxed material

You can relax and be video-conference ready with the right material and design. Go for materials that feel soft on the skin like a cushiony-soft jersey or a fleeced lining for extra warmth. For material that wicks away moisture and keeps you cool, choose 100% cotton jersey. Combined with a simple design with a relaxed silhouette, you can stay truly comfortable and mobile and still look presentable for online meetings.

A Knit outer brings out the best of both worlds

When you want to maintain a true professional style from home, then look no further than a (machine-washable) knit cardigan or suit jacket that will keep you looking sharp and focused without compromising your comfort. And for true work-at-home advantage, you can easily take it for a spin in the washing machine and have it ready for another day!

To read more about the top concerns women have when working from home or to see more work-from-home styles, take a look at our recent survey results here

Declutter your wardrobe in time for Spring

Have you felt depressed in the morning, looking into your closet and trying to figure out how to make out your wardrobe, or what to wear? You are not alone. Around one in ten women in America feel the same way, and a quarter will admit that their closet spaces are completely disorganized.

Many of us have to face a long commute, or a full day ahead of work, so why do we add more stress before even stepping out of the front door? It is time for a change, so in the spirit of Spring or ‘spring cleaning’, we will explore how we can cut down on time for our wardrobes in a 2-post series.

Today, we will look at the Japanese method of cleaning and how we can declutter our wardrobes for a fresh start this season.

You are probably familiar with the term Konmari, from organizing guru Marie Kondo, a popular household name in recent years, where you sort and discard your items based on whether they ‘spark joy’. This idea though comes from a popular concept in Japan related to cleaning, called Danshari (断捨離). In Japanese Kanji, it stands for ‘refuse’, ‘discard’, ‘separate’, but in essence it means to clean and tidy up or purge, of physical and mental excess. And while the term is catching waves in recent years, even danshari is not an new concept and has roots in Zen Buddhism, which teaches to live with more simplistic, meaningful lifestyles. With that in mind, you can apply the danshari to add clarity to your mind and closet space.

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1) You need to take everything out of your closet. Set out your clothes into piles – for example pieces that fit your lifestyle and goals, pieces you don’t fit anymore, pieces you can sell, repurpose or give away. Go through the piles again and apply the konmari method to each of them – does it spark joy? If not, give your appreciation, say goodbye then move on.  

2) Once you have separated what you will not keep and will keep, then it is time to put things back into the closet. Organize your space so your items you wear most often is in easy reach, and most of your items are visible. If you can not see it, then it will be easier to forget and left unworn. Keep seasonal items out of the way in suitcases for convenience or compression bags to save space.

3) Use storage organizational items like hooks, hangers and drawer separators to keep things neat, and organize your closet to colors, styles or categories. Make your closet look warm and welcoming like you are walking into your own little boutique made just for you, so instead of feeling dread when you open your closet, you feel inspired.

Spend one day to give your closet a makeover and give yourself a fresh, positive new lease on Spring. Stay tuned for part 2 next week, how to prevent clutter in your closet through the future choices you make.

Zoom Backgrounds to brighten up your Virtual function

Online video calls; whether for work meetings or for casual get-togethers, have been on the rise, with Zoom being one of the top picks to hold them. Members at kay me are also not strangers to the software, and to make online meetings more interesting, we have turned our top print designs into Zoom backgrounds for all to use! From simple geometric patterns, zesty citrus prints to elegant, vivid florals, there is something for every one! Here are some of our top picks:

Add a rich red background in our Rice Shower print to capture the attention on the screen and convey passion. Even for office meetings, make sure you are being heard and paid attention to with this background.

For an stunning yet soothing background, choose Emerald Flower, an elegant floral piece with a stunning jewel green. Perfect for a ladies’ lunch party!

Find inspiration in a kimono-style print, Fuji Murasaki, to add a touch of Japanese tradition and elegance to your video call.

For a pop of sunshine and relaxing blues, our Bouquet background adds a cheery atmosphere to brighten up the video call. A great way to boost the mood!

To see all 15 designs, download the backgrounds and see the original print dress, head to our Zoom Virtual Backgrounds page and brighten up your next Zoom function!

5 Simple outfits to wear on a Conference Call

When it comes to working remotely from home, it is easy to throw on items that you feel cozy in – like a sweatsuit, T-shirt or even pajamas. But when a conference call comes in, you want to make sure you look the part of an engaged worker with your eye on the ball. So here are 5 simple and sharp outfits you can wear for your next conference call, or to have ready when an unexpected one comes in.

  1. Simple solids

Stay clean with solid color pieces that looks chic, business ready and comfortable. Opt for a top with subtle details around the neck or neckline such as a ribbon tie or lace. Not only do they look smart, feminine, and are easy to match with, they will look proper in the event of connectivity issues, poor picture quality, or on small windows on your screen.

2. Simple Print

The simpler the better also applies to prints. To look your best in case of poor-quality conference calls, avoid complex prints like geometrics or florals, or multi-toned ones – this could get lost in the picture and be distracting on the screen. A simple 2-toned print like polka dots or stripes can still look sharp for work and effortlessly transition to comfortable casual wear.

3. Cozy Knitwear

If you want to keep it comfortable then layer up with a turtleneck as a base for comfort that keeps its professional edge; or thrown a simple cardigan over a basic top. An easy, effortless way to put on a business look and stay comfortable all-day long at home.

4. Sharp Neckline

Your face and upper body will be the focal point your peers or clients will see, so wear a V-neckline to frame your face and make your neck look long and slender. Not to mention, V-necklines look clean, professional and in control – great for conveying you mean business.

5. Pastel Colors

Keep it light and add a little color to brighten up your screen with some pastels. Workwear doesn’t have to be only black and white, pastel colors can also look sharp and professional, and can lift up your mood and others. Choose a pastel jacket for a soft yet clean look or a mix and match with a smart pastel top.

Staying a little more dressed up for conference calls and while working from home can help you stay more confident, motivated and sharp for work at hand, and create strong interpersonal impressions with your peers and clients even through video calls.

For functional options you can wear on a conference call at home, take a look at our range of stretchy suit setups that move with your body – so you can work, stretch and run errands around the house without a wrinkle (of worry). Or have a look at 16 colorful looks you can wear for you next video conference or virtual function, styled by our store concierge, Aki.

How to optimize your wardrobe to keep it de-cluttered

In our last post, we explored the Japanese concept of ‘danshari’ and how to clean out your closet in time for Spring. Choosing to simplify your closet is one thing, but keeping it that way can be easier said than done. It is surprisingly easy to fall back into the rabbit hole of impulse buying, rather than buying for what we actually need. So to remember that we are shopping to save time, money and space and clarity in the long run, we need to be shopping for value.

1. Choose items to meet your lifestyle

Take a little time to think about and assess your lifestyle. Are you pressed for time? Do you move or travel a lot? Do you get frustrated with comfort? Choose core values that highlight your needs in clothing, and keep them down on a memo or notepad on your phone or next to your computer screen, to remind you and stop you from making a purchase that will add to the clutter.

2. Versatility

Opt for simplicity in design and have go-to’s. Keeping a minimalistic color or design palette can not only look chic and contemporary, it is incredibly versatile too. Dedicate a go-to outfit for at least 4 occasions with the same simple dress as the center-piece. Spend a little time trying on the looks beforehand and setting them aside near the closet door. When you are stuck in the morning, so you can at least have your staple outfit ready at hand to throw on in seconds.

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3. Quality

Choose quality and comfort that will last. While it is easy to buy cheaper items, they are cheaper for reason. Treat your clothing like you would treat your phone. You wouldn’t want to spend your time and money buying a new, more inexpensive phone every single year, when you can buy the best smartphone on the market and have it last you for several years. When you spend that extra money, you know it will last you, so you don’t need to buy a new one so soon. Same with clothing – cheaper quality clothing that can not endure your day-to-day use or can deteriorate even from the washing and drying process. These items become easy to throw away or forget about, and accumulate to the clutter in your closet and eventually ending up in landfills. Choose quality items for the long run to save you time and money, and let you focus on what is important – you.

To add additional value to your wardrobe staples, you can also opt for specially tailored pieces that are especially made and designed to fit you.

Having the option to choose your favorite color, print, length and style, with a premium quality that will last makes the item more personable and valuable.

So keep these in mind the next time you go shopping or online shopping, and optimize your wardrobe and routine.

All our items are designed to be versatile, machine-washable, easy to maintain and resilient for a wardrobe that will provide you the high value you need and save you time and money. We offer free global delivery so you can have piece of mind from the tap of your fingertips to the front of your door step.

How to wear print dresses and what do they convey?

If the little black dress is the staple item for the woman’s wardrobe, tell it to move aside because this year it is time to be bold and empowered with print. You may find it daunting to take the first step into print territory with so many styles and options available on the market. But today we will look at outfit ideas with the most common print patterns you will come across, so you can easily pull together a look for your next work look or day off.

Stripes

Stripes are a chic and simple way to modernize your style. Stripes let people know you are not too flashy or fussy, and that you like keeping it simple and natural. Choose diagonal stripes for a dynamic style which naturally draws your eyes towards it, or vertical stripes to elongate your figure and make you look taller. Don’t think horizontal stripes make you look wider – with the right placement, they are great for accentuating your figure for a full-bodied look. Great on its own or with a simple plain outer, to bring out the print

Florals  

Add color to your wardrobe and express your feminine side with floral prints. Depending on your preference of print style, florals can convey a different side of you! Large floral prints show you are womanly, bold and are not afraid of a little attention! Where as a small floral print can let others see your gentler or more delicate side. With a variety of designs and colors available, the options are endless. If you want to really stand out in the crowd, add a matching colored cardigan to push the color scheme. Or if you want to soften the look, pair with a neutral colored jacket like black.

Geometric prints

Do you want a contemporary look that you can wear to work or on a night out? Then wear a geometric print dress for a pop of contrast that will make you look sharp and draw attention. Tell the world that you are you are chic and modern but you also know how to balance work and play. Set the tone with a sharp contrasting blazer, or you can soften the mood with a simple and neutral-colored top.

Dot print

If you like vintage styles or want to add some whimsy to your look, then the dot print is the one for you. Let others know you can be sweet but fun with dot print. Made iconic by Minnie Mouse, it is another print design that is eye-catching and will bring a dimension of playfulness to your standard plain dress. Versatile and easy to wear to the office or on your day off; you can not go wrong with this print. Wear a comfy jumper or cardigan on top to sweeten your style or play it chic with a blazer or edgy jacket.

2020 is a year of new beginnings and challenges, so start the decade with a clean slate and fresh ideas. Whether you are unsure of your next style, you can always turn to print for inspiration.

Take a look through our extensive range of dresses and be inspired.

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Towards a “Zero waste” future

Taking a step towards a sustainable and ethical future is one that many businesses, especially in the fashion industry face a challenge in. As textile and clothing production remains one of the world’s biggest polluters, more brands are taking responsibility for their impact on the environment and the footprint they leave. For us at kay me, we had been utilizing sustainable, ethical practices for a long time and will share an insider’s look on how we reduce clothing waste before production.

Last month, we were picked up by Fuji TV’s Live News it! in Japan, in a segment focusing on how we are working towards “zero waste” in the Japanese fashion industry.

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Here are some behind-the-scene pictures of the interview with Junko Kemi, the founder and lead designer of kay me, and Fuji TV presenter Saori Ishimoto.

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In this segment, we were able to explain our mission on reducing clothing waste at kay me, through the use of digital applications. Here’s how:

Before production begins, we survey 1000 members on smartphones of 90-100 images of kay me sample clothing. Then, the participants swipe through the images and decide whether they would buy the item or would they not. Participants take about 3 to 5 minutes to go through the images.

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Once the results are collected, the production volume of pieces is adjusted according to the popularity of the item. Designs which do not gather as much responses are kept out of production. In this way, we maintain a consistent cycle of relevant and interesting designs we know our fans will love and take unsold or leftover clothing from the equation completely.

Clothing waste has taken a more serious tone all over the world and in Japan. It is estimated that 1.5 billion items of clothing go unsold every year, leaving a large percentage being sent to landfills or incinerated, and the effects on climate change has not gone unnoticed. Through this initiative towards “zero-waste fashion” and we are proud to be taking the industry further towards a more sustainable, socially conscious future, and driving people to make responsible purchase decisions and we hope you were inspired today.

kay me is high-quality, handmade, sustainable and ethical clothing made in Japan. Take a look through our brand and gorgeous pieces and discover more inspiration.

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2020 Resolution – Conscious Fashion

The first month of January is soon coming to a close and still lies a long year ahead in the world of the fashion industry. While fast fashion still remains as the go-to option for many, more light is continually shed on its effects on the environment, and people have taken notice. This year for 2020, women have chosen to be more conscious and savvy with their purchase decisions, and are shifting their focus away from fast fashion.  All of which, is paving way for another trend on the rise – sustainable fashion.

We at kay me love supporting ethical fashion, and our pieces are no exception. Take a closer look at how kay me supports ethical, sustainable fashion through our products.

It can be a difficult decision to make whether or not to buy products made at the expense of an animal for fashion. However at kay me, we made that decision clear; from day one, our line of products are made with cruelty free and ethical practices and include no animal products at all. Our bags are made using a premium, 100% vegan leather, put together by highly-skilled local Japanese artisans who ensure the top-level quality and finish to each bag. Scroll through our line of vegan bags and wallets.

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While Japan is a treasure cove of beautiful crafts, design and culture, however the very traditions which propelled Japan into cultural recognition worldwide, is being carried on by a handful of craftsmen and small local businesses. kay me is driven to ensure local practices and traditions continue for many generations to come and we enlist local expert artisans in the making of our clothing, from fabric-dying, embroidery to hand-stitching and sewing.

 

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Know that standing out in kay me, is standing up proud for small trades and keeping traditions alive. Explore our range of dresses, knits and stoles, or learn a little more about the kay me background here.


We are proud that we, and other brands have taken the step towards creating a fashion industry with a more positive, sustainable future. We hope you are inspired this year to make more conscious purchase decisions, support local craft and businesses and share our love for our ethical fashion.

 

2020 Resolutions: More ‘Me’ time, less hassle

From the kay me team in Tokyo, we are hoping everyone is having a wonderful January so far. With New Year’s passing and winter at its peak, the city never sleeps and life continues to course through the bustling streets of Tokyo. It can be a taxing period, with many are getting back to work and the cold temperature slowing us down, but we continue to look up, push forward and not let the surrounding conditions bring us down. We know our kay me fans are busy women, and today we have an exciting new piece for you all – the 1-second suit setup.

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For those of you who are busy on your feet and stressed for time, this amazing but deceptive number will have you looking effortless and polished in an instant. Mornings can be slow and tough. No longer will you need to spend a second of your time worrying about what to wear.


This suit setup dress features soft delicate gathering detail to accentuate your figure and a sharp V-neckline to send a message that you mean business, an all-in-one style package.

Easy to mix and match with a suit jacket, stretchy, machine washable and made using our high-performance fabric, this dress is made to last and bring you all-day comfort and style. Forget about ironing and washing your work outfit for the next day, because this dress will have you covered. It is time you kick up your feet, enjoy a glass of wine and focus on ‘Me’.


For more professional and sleek pieces focused on saving you more time, check out our Suits setups collection here.


At kay me, we are committed to bring the most elegant, luxurious yet comfortable and efficient pieces with you – our fans in mind. This year we hope to inspire, empower and drive ambitious women further; to raise your heads high and look forward to the year to come. Join us on another exciting year and journey with kay me.

kay me’s best of 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, and with 2020 just around the corner, we’re taking the time to look back at the past year here on the kay me blog…

We’ve chosen a small selection of our favorite posts from the past year and hope that you’ll find something new that excites and inspires.

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A kay me rainbow – Pick your favorite color (or more than just one!) and become part of our fantastic kay me rainbow of dresses!

Discover the beauty of ryukyu binagta – Take an in-depth look at our gorgeous prints inspired by Japan’s southernmost islands, and see how these traditional designs are painstakingly made by hand.

Celebrating the colors of Japan – spring and summer – We take a peek at the beautiful colors of nature that surround us here in Japan, with plenty of floral inspiration every day.

Three ways to wear sakura-inspired pink – What could be prettier than soft pink cherry blossom? The symbol of spring, kay me stylists create versatile looks inspired by these delicate and fleeting blooms.

New generation bags – With our second generation two-way business bag and original 29 pocket wallet bag both launched this year, make sure to get the inside scoop on our beautiful new bags.

Dark colors for summer – One of our post popular posts this year, we showcase our summer-ready dresses in navy and black colors for those who prefer their warm weather palette on the dark side.

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Don’t forget that we offer year-round free global shipping as standard, so take your chance to discover your new favorite kay me items!