Six little black dresses for work and weekends

You simply can’t go wrong with a little black dress…

With endless ways to style, from cardigans and sneakers at the weekend to pearls and high heels for formal events, the black dress is wardrobe workhorse that ensures and excellent CPW (cost per wear*) return.

Our beautiful selection of black dresses encompasses a variety of necklines, fits and sleeve lengths, so there’s something for everyone – and if you’re not a fan of black dresses, try filtering by color on our dress category page!

Keep reading for kay me stylists’ choice of our top 6 little black dresses…

Short sleeve – Square neck & Marilyn

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Great for formal events during warmer weather, our black square neck dress features a generous ruching that simultaneously highlights and flatters the figure. The square neckline lends itself easily to pairing with any jacket or kay me cardigan, making this a truly versatile dress.

Put a swing in your step with our charming Marilyn dress in black, the generous flared skirt made to swish and sway with every movement, plus handy pockets for daily small essentials such as keys, business cards and even snacks.

Three-quarter sleeve – Cache-coeur & Venus

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For a classic fit-and-flare look, our cache-coeur dress in black is hard to beat – designed with specially-placed seams to create a more flattering fit on the body, this dress has both a crossover bust and A-line flared skirt for extra impact.

A true kay me favorite, our Venus dresses instantly create a stunning hourglass figure. With a complex pattern that can only be made by expert craftspeople with years of experience, our black Venus dress is as glamorous as the goddess herself!

Long sleeve – Gather & Side-gather

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Our gather dresses are so easy to wear and give a touch of instant elegance to any ensemble. The stylish details and mermaid skirt of our black gather dress and black side-gather dress make for a feminine and grown-up dress that’s at home in any situation. Wear from autumn to spring, and know that your dress will carry you easily though the seasons.

Discover our side gather dress for an extra touch of elegance

* To calculate cost per wear, divide the price by the number of times the garment is worn – the lower the better!

Inspired by nature

There’s no need to look too far when searching for inspiration – there’s beauty and life all around us here at our Tokyo atelier!

From market stalls to parks to urban geometry, just looking out of the window is sure to generate new ideas for prints, patterns and color combinations.

Working closely with our London-based award-winning print designers and local and international fabric suppliers, kay me loves to share our world with you…

Water and waves

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One of the cultural elements of Japan, water is a wonderful source of inspiration for us.

Capture the essence of water and sunlight with our dramatic Aquarium long dress in stretch chiffon – light and airy, our dress with long maxi skirt sways as you walk, perfectly complementing the striking print design of this fabulous dress.

Our polka dot dresses are an annual favorite, with our charming light blue polka dot Marilyn dress bringing to mind April showers and fresh spring days, while our Marine Stripe dress showcases the power of the ocean with random stripes like crashing waves.

All three dresses featured here are our Marilyn pattern design, featuring a crossover bust, ribbon-like gathered waist detail, flared skirt and handy pockets.

Flower power

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Choosing from our gorgeous selection of florals was no easy matter, but here’s just three of our favorites especially for the early autumn season.

Keep an eye out for new versions of our lovely Primitive Art Venus dress coming later in the year, with our first use of this unique print capturing the vibrancy of nature. Our Tsubaki gather dress is inspired by traditional Japanese patterns, with the red roses contrasting beautifully with the green and black background.

Another favorite rose print, our Navy Rose, like Tsubaki, is made from insulated fleece-lined jersey designed to keep you warm and toasty to matter the weather, perfect for outside events and winter parties.

Juicy fruits

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Get ready for mouth-watering style with our selection of fruity prints and colors…

First in line is out wonderful Crayon Berry gather dress, one of the heroines of our late summer/early autumn collection. With a riot of flowers and berries hand-drawn in a crayon-like texture, this dress is sure to have you planning your next smoothie hit.

Our fresh Lemon print dress has also been a popular choice here in Japan, with the striking mix of bright colors and black and white making color coordination a breeze – this dress looks great with a variety of neutrals including navy, beige and gray.

Our glamorous Venus dress is the perfect match for our new rich grape jersey – simple change up your accessories for an instant day-to-night look.

The beauty of Japan

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Our bingata prints are authentic designs from traditional Okinawan crafts – read the story of how bingata is made here – and feature 22 colors exactingly printed using our patented techniques that keep our artwork sharper for longer.

Choose from pretty pink Nadeshiko, blue-on-blue Amairo, and blue and white Ai. The wide variety of subtle colors ensures easy coordination with a wide range of matching and contrasting kay me items, including our stretchy suits and Japan-made knitwear.

Discover kay me’s chiffon collection

Have you seen our amazing chiffon collection?

Available as dresses in standard and long lengths, blouses and tops, and our popular docking dresses, there’s a beautiful variety of prints and colors to enjoy.

kay me’s specially-selected chiffon has been chosen to meet our exacting standards, and is soft, stretchy and fully machine washable – just like the full range of kay me clothing!

Read on for our favorite chiffon selection…

Long dresses

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Perfect for everything from summer days to transitional weather, our long chiffon dresses flutter in the breeze and feel light as air. For summer vacations in the sun, our striking Aquarium print sleeveless Marilyn dress is the perfect choice for making a style statement wherever you are.

For work and weekends, our long chiffon dresses in navy and White Geo print look fantastic teamed with everything from our Japan-made knitwear to stretchy riders jackets. kay me stylists recommend tying the waist sash in different ways, or using a belt made from a contrasting color or material for a fresh update.

Dresses

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With plenty of chiffon dresses on offer, you’re sure to find your perfect match!

Bright and beautiful, our stretch chiffon is specially printed to ensure long-lasting color with as little fade as possible – out atelier team recommend washing inside a protective garment bag and hanging to line-dry when possible.

Choose from our aptly-name Dramatic Yellow dress with pretty frills and flared hem, our original Aquarium print Marilyn dress with handy pockets, tiny floral Petit Navy print and kay me classic colorful Monet with stunning bias cut and frilled neckline.

For a touch of sparkle, our navy dress with V neck, exposed zip and elegantly layered skirt has a charming row of tiny hand-placed Swarovski crystals that bring attention and shine to the face – a wonderful choice for any event, and easy to wear with any kay me outerwear.

Docking dresses

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Our docking dresses are a popular choice here in Tokyo, and give the effect of a top and skirt with all the ease of a simple one-zip dress.

Great for any office or more formal environment, our frill docking dresses are available in navy polka dot chiffon, subtle beige x black and lavender x navy, and eye-catching pink x charcoal and mustard x navy. Wear with a matching jacket for instant suit style, or with a contrasting tone for endless outfit possibilities.

For even more options, our pretty Oana dress pairs a cool floral print with short-sleeve chiffon top for fresh summer look, and our black and white knit blousing dress with full sleeves adds dimension to any winter outfit – simply wear with tights and and ankle boots for a cute and cozy look.

Blouses and tops

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Lovely Pink is certainly that – our sweet floral print chiffon blouse with shades of pink also features a ribbon bow tie that can be tied in different ways or left loose as you choose. Wear with dark neutrals or soft pastels for a variety of mix and match looks with this soft and sweet chiffon blouse.

For other long sleeve blouses, our White Geo print frill blouse is the perfect partner for busy working days, and as our crease-resistant chiffon is fully machine washable, there’s no need to worry about dry cleaning – highly recommended for business trips and travel.

For plain tops, our bracelet-length white double layer chiffon top and short sleeve ice gray double layer chiffon tops offer a variety of styling options: try a full tuck, inner layer tuck or leave both layers out for a more relaxed feel.

Click here to see our full range of chiffon items!

Navy dresses for fuss-free office days

As we’re all familiar with the Monday morning routine of agonizing over what to wear, allow kay me stylists to present their selection of easy to wear and coordinate, comfortable and stylish dresses in classic navy to help you head out the door on time.

All kay me items are machine washable, crease-resistant and expertly hand-crafted here in Japan, meaning that your kay me wardrobe will not only keep you looking chic and professional all day long, but also leaves more time for you to focus on what’s important to you.

Keep reading for our top navy work dress picks…

Short sleeves

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(V-neck I-line, Navy dot square-neck, Navy daily, Blue Fonce gather)

Great for warm weather. layering and transitional days, our short sleeve dresses provide excellent coverage with a variety of sleeve lengths.

Choose from solid navy, such as our popular I-line and daily styles – kay me stylists suggest tying the ribbon waist tie in different ways for a quick change – and work-appropriate prints including our floral Blue Fonce with creamy off-white flowers on a navy background, and our tiny polka dot print for a touch of fun.

Long sleeves

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(Petit Navy Marilyn, Navy Venus, Navy dot cache-coeur, Navy gathered)

With both three-quarter and long sleeve options, there’s plenty to choose from – and don’t forget about our custom order service if your dream dress isn’t already in production!

Our classic Venus and gathered styles create beautiful draped lines to flatter your figure, while our cache-coeur and Marilyn fit-and-flare dresses have the perfect amount of swing in the skirt to give and extra boost to your mood from morning to night.

Knit dresses

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(Navy knit, Navy Rose knit)

For chilly days, kay me stylists love to recommend our fabulous knitwear, made in coastal Kanazawa specially for kay me. Our gorgeous knits are soft, thick and fully washable at home – kay me founder and lead designer Junko Kemi is a particular fan of traveling in our knit dresses!

Our stylists recommend pairing these knit dresses with matching and contrasting knit outers, such as our long cardigans and knit jackets, as well as our traditional tailored jackets for a more formal touch.

Try filtering categories by color to find your new favorite kay me dress today!

Chic pants style

Have you tried kay me’s trousers yet?

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In addition to our fantastic range of dresses, knitwear, bags and stoles, kay me’s pants are also a great choice for busy work days and stylish occasions…

Stretchy, machine washable and crease-resistant, our pants are pretty perfect – and they have pockets too.

Designed to fit your needs, our pants have a slightly higher waist and cropped length, with subtle notched cuffs and hand-tucked waist pleat detailing.

Hand-crafted individually in our Tokyo atelier using our preferred fabric blend that’s just as soft and comfortable as you can expect for any and all kay me items, you can bend and flex all day long with ease in our stretchy pants with pockets!

Our trousers are available in navy and black to pair with kay me tailored jackets and bolero styles for instantly elegant office outfits.

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kay me stylists also recommend wearing with contrasting outerwear for extra style points, plus our wonderfully stretchy riders jackets and knitwear for days out and about.

If you’re already a fan of kay me’s soft and stretchy dresses and timeless workwear, consider adding a pair of our versatile trousers to your weekly wardrobe today – with free global shipping, it’s always a good time to find your new favorite kay me item!

Custom order refresh!

We’re happy to announce that our selection of prints and solid color jersey fabrics for our custom order service has been expanded!

By popular demand, kay me’s custom order dresses are now available in nine solid color jerseys, and ten of our original one-of-a-kind prints.

Prints include our pretty florals, such as Navy Rose, Petit Navy and Candy Red, and our solid colors on offer now include bright cherry pink, saxe blue and rich purple grape.

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Select your perfect combination of pattern and fabric – will you choose our fit-and-flare Marilyn dress, flattering gathered dress or kay me classic Venus dress?

Our custom order process remains the same: simply choose your desired dress pattern from the nine on offer, size, skirt length, sleeve length and finally print/color fabric, and our skilled team of expert craftspeople will make your dream dress to order in just a few weeks.

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Prices are set no matter which print or size you choose, and naturally custom order dresses also benefit from our fantastic free global shipping offer.

Become your own kay me designer today, and don’t forget to share the results using #kayme on Instagram!

Dating in style, with kay me

We’re in the mood for classic romance today at kay me, with all things soft, feminine and affectionate on our minds!

Our stylists have put together a short rundown of their favorite fabrics and styles for those out and about for a special evening or occasion. Of course, these suggestions are not limited only to dating – kay me team members love dressing up on every day of the week, whether we have something special planned or not, and wearing a particular favourite dress is a simple and stylish mood boost.

Read on for our top date-night selection…

Feminine fabrics

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(Nuance Lace, Stretch Lace, Lovely Pink blouse, Dramatic Yellow)

What could be more lovely than chiffon and lace?

Our nuance lace dress features a wrap-style skirt that’s guaranteed not to come undone, making it perfect for perching on bar stools or wearing on breezy days. If you’re heading straight from the office to an outing with your significant other, our stretch lace dress and Lovely Pink chiffon blouse make it easy to switch from day to night without compromising on style.

A different colorway to our Lovely Pink, our Dramatic Yellow dress has beautiful stretch chiffon frills at the neck and on the shoulder, with a subtle mermaid-line skirt that sways with every movement.

Flirty florals

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(Chinoiserie, Crayon Berry ribbon, Rose side gather, Lovely Pink gather)

Our gorgeous range of florals in pinks and reds are a great choice for any special event, and as they’re machine washable too there’s no need to worry about accidental wine spills or sauce drips!

Made with specially insulating fabric technology, our Chinoiserie and Rose gather dresses will keep you cozy no matter the weather, great for air-conditioned spaces and cool nights.

Will you choose pastels or bright colors? Our new Crayon Berry dress combines rich fruity tones with a white background, while our Lovely Pink print features a rainbow of pretty pastel shades.

Bold and beautiful

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(Cherry Pink ribbon, Royal Blue square neck, Emerald Green square neck, Saxe Blue ribbon)

kay me loves color, and our fabulous customers do too!

Dive in to our wonderful range of bold and bright colors, in super saturated tones. kay me uses best-quality jersey fabrics that keep their color for longer, meaning you get a better return on your cost-per-wear factor.

Choose from cool blues and greens and juicy pinks and reds – there’s plenty more to discover on our solid color category page!

These versatile dresses can quickly dressed up with our Japan-made knitwear and hand-crafted bags, or simply paired with suit jackets for a more formal look.

No matter if you’re heading out to a restaurant, to a cafe with friends, or just want to feel a little extra glamorous on a Wednesday, kay me has you covered!

Late summer knits, from kay me

Have you already discovered our fantastic range of knitwear?

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Made in Kanazawa, coastal Japan, exclusively for kay me, our knits are available in two weights: warm rich wool for cool temperatures and light tencel for summer days.

Both knit blends are fully machine washable, drip-dry, non-iron and non-crease, making them the perfect time-saver leaving you to concentrate on what’s important to you.

For 2019, we’re introducing two versatile new colors: navy and beige.

Made to match our suits and dresses, these two new colors instantly add mix-and-match options to your work and weekend wardrobes.

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Both our long and short cardigans are designed with a beautiful shawl collar that not only protects from chilly AC, but also brings to mind the elegance and sleek lines of traditional Japanese kimono.

Our long cardigans also feature handy large pockets that are perfect for carrying everyday essentials, while maintaining a sharp overall look.

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kay me stylists recommend paring our cardigans with… well, everything!

Both crop and long lengths have been specially made to partner with kay me dresses and skirts, hitting the body at just the right point to elongate the silhouette.

Discover our special cardigan feature, and full range of knitwear, including dresses, sweaters and more.

The beauty and ease of docking dresses

Welcome to our special feature on ‘docking’ dresses – dresses made from two contrasting materials. Designed to look like a top and skirt, our docking dresses instantly give you look of a two-piece outfit with all the ease of a zip-and-go dress.

A popular choice here in Japan, docking dresses are beloved by businesswomen, as they’re a great way to add versatility your closet. kay me stylists recommend wearing our docking dresses with matching jackets for a suit-like look, and our Japan-made washable knitwear for more casual occasions.

To add extra interest, try mixing and matching colors and tones to make the most of your wardrobe and create a whole new style…

Shell dresses

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(Gray, Black)

Our shell dresses feature a beautifully gathered bust and handy pockets, making these a great choice for busy days on the go.

Solid colors are easy to wear, and dress up and down as the situation demands.

Shoulder venus dresses

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(Navy x greige, White x navy)

A new design for kay me, our shoulder venus dresses are designed with a charming contrasting top with hand-placed gathers for a glamorous and dramatic look.

Choose sweet polka dots for a touch of playful innocence, or navy and white for classic chic.

Tricolor dresses

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(Red x navy, Black x black)

Bold and bright, our original Tricolor prints hide a subtle secret – can you spot the kay me logo?

A great mood-booster, our Tricolor print is dynamic and exciting, and available in two colorways: classic red, white and blue, and monotone black, white and gray.

Geo dresses

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(White geo x black, Caramel geo x navy)

Glamorous and so stylish, our geo dresses feature random brushstrokes designed to look like a soft animal print.

Our asymmetry dresses are inspired by the beauty of kimono, with a draped skirt and crossover bust that call to mind the elegant essential elements of Japanese traditional clothing.

I-line dresses

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(Khaki x black, Gray x navy)

With a long line silhouette, v-neck top and specially-placed waist seam, our I-line dresses have become a go-to style for kay me staff and stylists too!

Enjoy wearing these simple yet incredibly flattering dresses with classic tailoring for elegance on any day of the week.

A kay me rainbow – color for everyone!

We’re no strangers to color here at kay me, from pretty prints to solid tones, and saturated hues to pastels.

Color can be used to boost your mood and motivation, to inspire yourself and others and to non-verbally communicate with the world around you.

All kay me items are machine-washable, and we use special patented printing and dyeing techniques to make sure our prints stay sharp and our colors stay stronger for longer.

Today on the kay me blog we’re diving in to our very own rainbow, with plenty of vibrant rich colors to encourage you to take the plunge with your own closet…

Reds and pinks

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(Red gather, Red Aztec cache-coeur, Pink ribbon, Pink dot gather)

Dramatic and gorgeous, fun and feminine: red and pinks capture such a huge range of emotion and connotation that it would take up most of a thesaurus!

To make a statement in these colors, choose from our geometric prints, such as our original Aztec and classic polka dots, and bright solid tones with flattering silhouettes like our waist gathered and ribbon styles.

Yellows and oranges

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(Orange Marilyn, Mustard frill docking, Dramatic Yellow Marilyn, Lemon gather)

Bring a touch of sunshine into your day with our bold summery tones. Prints include our fabulous Dramatic Yellow floral with contrasting violet flourishes, and our sharp and citrusy Lemon print gather dress.

For work-friendly options, our frill docking dress in mustard is toned-down enough for the office while still bringing a rich color to the table.

Greens and blues

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(Fresh Lime daily, Emerald Green square neck, Aquarium Marilyn, Marine Stripe Marilyn)

Step into nature with our lush green and blue dresses. Inspired by the nature surrounding us in Japan, our prints showcased here feature original florals in our new square neck dress design, and our stunning Aquarium print that captures the intersection of light and water.

Don’t miss our chic Marine Stripe dress, with the elegant A-line skirt perfectly displaying the random stripe design in classic navy and white.

To discover even more beautiful colors from kay me, try using the drop-down menus to filter by color…

Don’t forget that kay me offers everyone free global shipping as standard, so make today your chance to fall in love with your new favorite kay me dress!