What to wear this May, from kay me stylists

This month saw the the end of an era here in Japan, quite literally, seeing in a new Emperor and the start of the Reiwa era. Officially translated as “beautiful harmony”, we think our comfortable, easy-care versatile clothing and accessories make this new age a great match for kay me!

This month we asked kay me store stylists at our Ginza flagship for their top seasonal picks for the month of May…

Business with a twist

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(Gray knit jacket, Black knit jacket, Nuance blue lace dress, Navy lace dress)

Our lace dresses are a stunning addition to any wardrobe, and make beautiful use of our washable lace fabric for sheer sleeves and hem detailing. Pair our lace dresses with a kay me tailored jacket for work and swap accessories for an instant day-to-night look.

Add a different touch to your office outfits with our new knit jackets, woven specially in Japan for kay me, and of course fully machine washable! Available in black and light gray, the soft thick knit drapes beautifully and is the perfect partner with matching and contrasting kay me businesswear and other items.

Stylists suggest: drape our knit jackets over your shoulders for a chic spring twist

Travel in style

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(Pink-beige flight riders, Gray flight riders, Dramatic yellow long skirt, Tiny flower long skirt)

It seems like the amount of Tokyo citizen leaving the city for the long Golden Week holiday was more than equaled by the amount of people coming to the capital! Whether you’re travelling by plane, train or automobile this spring and summer, the effortless combination of our long printed skirts and high-tech flight riders jackets is sure to keep you comfortable all day long without compromising on style.

A particular favorite of kay me founder and expert business traveller Junko Kemi, our long skirts feature a wide waistband and handy pockets, and our sporty flight riders jackets are made from a specially-selected tech fabric that’s comfortable and easy to wear.

Stylists suggest: add one of our pretty logo embroidered t-shirts for a feminine travel outfit

Pretty in pink

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(Pink 100% cashmere butterfly crystal, Paris pink silk-wool lace, Rose pink lace jacquard, Pink silk-wool)

Whatever the weather, we love to bring a touch of pink to our outfits by adding a kay me stole! Handwoven exclusively for kay me, our range of scarves are available in comfortable wool-silk blends and luxurious pure cashmere, with hand-placed beading and crystal detailing.

Choose from delicate butterflies, charming paisley and stunning lace, and explore draping and tying for a new look every day of the week!

Not just for colder months, our stoles are beloved by kay me customers who like to use them as lap blankets, to protect from UV rays outdoors and even just to add matching element to tie an outfit together.

Stylists suggest: with a wide variety of shades, there’s a pink for everyone…

Transitional weather

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(White long cardigan, Mist gray long cardigan, Baby blue long cardigan, Black long cardigan)

While Tokyo in May can feel like a balmy summer, not too hot and not too cool, rainy days, north winds and arctic air-conditioning can try the patience of anyone trying to lean in to their summer style.

Enter our long cardigans – available in both winter and summer weights, kay me long cardigans are the perfect layer for difficult spring days. Machine washable and with large pockets that easily accommodate smartphones, our long cardigans keep you looking polished in the office, out for lunch and on the journey home – not to mention weekend walks, chores in town and many other occasions.

Stylists suggest: create contrast by pairing our neutral cardigans with printed dresses

To meet more of the people behind kay me, take a look at our team coordinates!

The most versatile dresses you’ll meet

Time and time again, our fabulous jersey dresses are the star of the show! Don’t get us wrong, we’re certainly no strangers to prints and patterns, but the simple jersey dress in a bold and bright single color is a wardrobe workhorse that is the foundation of kay me’s core values of comfort, stretch, washable and easy to coordinate.

Join us as we take a look at the first part of our new jersey collection, with even more new colors set to be released over the next few weeks…

Marilyn dresses

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Flirty and feminine, the flared skirt of our Marilyn dress looks just perfect with the built-in gathered belt that looks like a ribbon.

Like all our jersey dresses, our Marilyn style is so comfortable to wear every day for any occasion: pair with a tailored jacket and our business bag for easy office elegance, with our indigo riders jacket and tote bag for weekends on the go, or with our Japan-made knitwear and large pouch for an eye-catching twist on a classic style.

Available in orange, navy and khaki.

Ribbon dresses

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Be the belle of the ball in our pretty ribbon dress with hand-gathered bust twist detail.

A compact style that hugs the figure and creates the illusion of length with a slightly higher bustline, our ribbon dress looks just as charming paired with our stylish knit bolero as with a sharp jacket for office cool any day of the week. Choose from our wide range of suit jackets in many colors to easily create new looks.

Available in cherry pink, navy and sax blue.

Venus dresses

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Our Venus dresses are simply divine! The complex tucks and draping that go into each and every dress make this style a true head-turner, and instantly create a dramatic hourglass-like effect.

Pair this stunning style with simple and clean knitwear and jackets for figure-flattering styles with a difference. Our jersey dresses are also fully machine washable and drip-dry with no need to iron, making them the perfect choice for busy days.

Available in sax blue, khaki and navy.

Square neck gather dresses

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A new style for 2019, our square neck gather dresses bring a touch of retro chic to our high tech easy-care fabrics. The strong square neckline contrasts beautifully with the soft side draping for a special and surprisingly versatile look.

Wear our new dresses with everything from long cardigans to knitwear in bold and bright colors. Contrast colors for an extra boost to your mood on rushed mornings – simply zip up the the dress, pop on a cardigan and you’re ready to hit the ground running.

Available in royal blue, navy and black.

Take a look at our fantastic matrix to pinpoint your new favorite dress:

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Don’t forget, if you’re still searching for your dream kay me dress, you can try our custom order service!

Celebrating the colors of Japan – spring and summer

As April turns to May, we’re approaching summer again – and looking forward to sunshine and  summery styles!

Today we’re taking a look at some beautiful spring and summer colors to put an extra bounce in your step this season whatever the weather…

Pinksakura (cherry blossom), a light touch of prink brings to mind the delicate and short-lived petals

Purplelavender, now becoming something of a tourist attraction, Hokkaido’s lavender fields are truly impressive

Blueseaside, it’s finally time to head to the beach and explore Japan’s dramatic coastline

Greennew leaves, whether mountain climbing or strolling through the local park enjoy signs of new life

Yellowsun and sunflowers, there’s nothing more cheery than pretty yellow shades, guaranteed to bring a smile

In the office

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(Mustard frill dress, Pale blue bow tie dressLavender frill dress, Lovely Pink bowtie blouse, Black switch skirt)

Bring a touch of sunshine to your office outfit with our pretty frill docking dresses that look just like a skirt and blouse, but with all the fuss-free convenience of a one-piece dress. Our sunny mustard yellow is surprisingly easy to wear, and looks fantastic with a matching kay me jacket for instant suit style.

Stay cool and fresh in our pale blue bow tie dress that looks just as good at the desk as at a restaurant table – simply change up your accessories for a quick day-to-night look.

If you’re looking for a fresh way to wear florals at work, then our Lovely Pink chiffon blouse is a great choice, made from our light and airy stretch chiffon, with stunning floral print that pairs well with a wide variety of matching and contrasting colors.

At a party

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(Pink dot gather dressFresh lime daily dress, Nuance blue lace dress, Dramatic Yellow ruffle dress)

Spring and summer parties, no matter the occasion, certainly call for a bright splash of color! Our floral prints in green and yellow capture the energy of the season, while our pink polka dot dress is a popular choice here in Tokyo. Our stunning lace dress in blue (also available in classic navy) is naturally fully machine washable, and combines sheer sleeves with an opaque body for maximum elegance.

If you’re in the mood to tone down your outfit a little, kay me stylists suggest pairing our colorful dress with white knitwear such as our cardigans with pockets and bijou buttons, for a refreshing and subtle style.

On the move

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(Lavender soft hoodie, Petit Navy long skirtDramatic Yellow long skirtPink beige flight riders jacket)

Whether you’re out and about for a stroll or taking a longer trip to somewhere wonderfully sunny, kay me’s specially designed travel wear is made just for you. Our long skirts in Dramatic Yellow and Petit Navy floral prints provide the perfect coverage while still allowing freedom of movement, with pockets and a wide and super stretchy waistband for extra support.

Top off your look with our soft hoodie in Lavender floral print, and our new sporty riders jacket in soft pink with stretchy rib detailing.

For even more colorful options, try filtering our clothing categories by color to find your perfect shade!

kay me’s new lovely lace dresses

Have you seen our stunning lace dresses yet?

Available in two colours, blue and navy, our dresses are entirely made of top quality soft and slightly stretchy lace. Not only that, our lace dresses also hide a few secrets up their sleeves…

Machine washable

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Yes, that’s right – our lace dresses are also fully machine washable at home! Simply pop in a garment bag for best results, and you can relax and rest assured that your dress will drip dry and need no ironing either.

All items being easily washable at home is one of our key kay me features, and one that we’re particularly passionate about as part of our time-saving quest.

The ultimate wrap

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We love wrap dresses… except when they come undone. Luckily, while our jersey wrap dresses feature a special button and tab closure, our new lace dresses are designed to look like a wrap, but keep all the coverage and security of a full skirt.

Perfect for parties and special events, pair our lace dresses with simple accessories such as our silk-wool blend stoles and bolero style cardigan.

Sheer and solid

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With a charming balance between sheer and solid, our lace dresses provide coverage while revealing just a subtle hint of skin. The main body of the dress is layered with our special stretchy inner fabric, while the sleeves are left sheer for a touch of elegance.

Enjoy tying the waist ribbon in a variety of ways, from traditional bows to more simple or complicated styles.

Learn more about our lace dresses on our special page!

Three white jackets for spring and summer

For an extra edge in spring and summer, there’s nothing better than the clear sharp lines of a classic tailored jacket – perfect for everything from boardroom meetings to evening dinners at open-air restaurants and pretty much everything in between.

With our easy-care specially selected fabrics, there’s no need to worry about wearing white every day as with all kay me items, everything is fully machine washable at home, drip-dry and non-iron. Our jackets are also designed to be soft and comfortable too, so you can happily say goodbye to stiff shoulders!

Today we’re taking a look at three of our favorite white jackets, as well as ways to wear these versatile items…

Tailored

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A white tailored jacket and…

Solid i-line dress/Docking i-line dress/Print docking dress

Our tailored white jacket is a great way to show off our expert Japanese craftsmanship that goes into every kay me item. Pair our classic tailored jacket with simple i-line dresses in solid and block colors for an easy every day office outfit, or with a rich print such as our original geometric design for a touch of fresh white spring style.

Stylists tip: roll the cuffs for a more relaxed look

Cropped

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A short tailored jacket and…

Print blouse and dark skirt/Frill blouse/Print dress

With a stylish crop length that’s looks great with kay me kay me dresses, skirts and even pants, our short tailored jacket is sure to be a new favorite. Wear this jacket with a floral print or frilled blouse for an extra feminine touch, and play with matching and contrasting skirts. Not only for work, this jacket looks the business for elegant weekend styles and special events too.

Stylists tip: let prints and patterns do the talking

Bolero-style

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A bolero jacket and…

Solid i-line dress/Print docking dress/Docking i-line dress

In a timeless bolero style with no front closure (and with handy pockets!), our classic bolero jacket in white is tailored to create the most flattering look for your natural figure, no matter your height or shape. Wear with everything from simple i-line dresses to prints and patterns, and use to create balance with darker colors.

Stylists tip: add a patterned bag for extra interest

Office outfit inspiration

If you’re making a career change, taking your first steps in the world of work, or are just looking for a little reassurance, kay me stylists have put together our selection of suggested looks for different offices.

Navigating the loosely-defined world of women’s workwear can feel like an obstacle course itself, however kay me is designed with busy women in mind. Since day one, kay me founder Junko Kemi has sought to create practical and stylish clothing for women at work and beyond, combining easy-care fabrics with classic styles and expert Japanese craftsmanship.

Take a look at our selection below, and put your best foot forward!

The corporate office – dark colors vs pastels

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(Greige switch skirt, Greige tailored jacket, Black i-line dress, Navy i-line dress)

There’s nothing more fitting for a corporate office than a classic matching suit – choose from our skirts and solid-color dresses paired with bolero jackets, and our tailored jackets in standard and crop lengths.

If you’re in a position to push the boundaries a little, then for spring and summer lighten your look with our greige (gray-beige) and suit set up that unites beautiful tailoring with a softer shade.

The business casual office – prints vs plain colors

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(Caramel geo x navy asymmetry, Khaki x black i-line dress, Beige x black frill dress)

Our ‘docking’ dresses, a combination of contrasting skirt and top in one, are a great choice for that most difficult of dress codes, business casual. Dress them up with a matching jacket, add interest with a striking color jacket, or add more casual elements with our cardigans in long and short lengths.

For a different look, try playing on the nature of the docking dress with our printed and solid color versions.

The creative office – color vs monotone

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(Victory black side gather, Brick red aztec cache-coeur, Navy stripe piping)

We’re certainly not ones to shy away from a print here at the kay me atelier in Tokyo, and a creative office, or one with a more relaxed clothing policy can be a chance to explore more sartorial options.

For those looking to ease into prints and patterns, we recommend our monotone prints in classics such as  stripes, or for even more inspiration explore our categories!

Print story – new spring florals

Hi everyone, it’s Yuko from the kay me atelier!

The weather is warming up here in Tokyo, especially around my home, and I can see beautiful cherry blossom every day. It’s also lit up at night and looks so enchanting – I just have to take a detour on the way back from the station!

Let’s get into the spring mood with our beautiful florals! Our new flower print is really popular already…

I think kay me’s florals are so much fun to wear and coordinate, with monotone styles and abstract graphics too.

Our new floral print really captures the essence of spring, it’s a gorgeous design inspired by British flower gardens that Junko Kemi fell in love with on her trip to London.

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As usual, the most important part for me is color development. The first thing I decided was the name, “lovely pink” so of course the color had to match! Rather than a solid tone, the pink and white background gives a more three-dimensional effect, perfect for our gather dress.

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Next up is green, “fresh lime”. This time we chose orange and black to contrast with the green and keep a little sweetness to the flowers, and looks great in our daily dress style.

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Finally, our yellow design, which was actually the most difficult to develop! The impression can vary considerably depending on the tone and color combinations. We tried various shades, changing the color of the flowers from orange to pink and purple, before settling on the best combination that also looks great against the skin. Our “dramatic yellow” is the perfect partner for our flowing Marilyn dress!

I’m looking forward to enjoying spring every day when I wear these dresses!

Until next time… Yuko.

Monday morning outfit inspiration

It’s Monday morning and you’re standing in front of the closet again, wondering what to wear… A familiar scene for many, but one that very rarely crops up at kay me!

So what’s our secret? Since the very beginning of kay me, Junko Kemi and the team have been working hard to create elegant workwear that’s not only office-appropriate, but also a pleasure to wear any day of the week.

Say goodbye to Monday morning clothing stresses with versatile range of dresses and outerwear that’s made with your needs in mind. Next time you’re on the hunt for outfit inspiration, take a look at our rundown of styling suggestions:

Monday meeting

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(Black x khaki i-line dress, White bolero jacket)

Start the week as you mean to go on, with our winning contrasting combination – pair our classic i-line black and khaki dress with a bright white (machine washable!) jacket to breathe new life into your work wardrobe.

Monday client visit

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(Black x khaki i-line dress, Black tailored jacket, Marigold i-lace stole)

Keep it simple by wearing our black and khaki dress with a matching black tailored jacket. Our new season jackets are available two lengths and five color variations, making sure you’ll find your new go-to jacket. Add a bold splash of color with our handmade  and hand-dyed stole with lace insert.

Monday conference travel

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(Navy x charcoal gray i-line dress, White short cardigan, Olive-gray lace jacquard scarf)

On the way to an important conference, keep warm, cozy and comfortable with our navy and gray i-line dress, worn with our Japan-made knit cardigan (with handy pockets) and beautiful layered stole in matching gray tones.

Monday at the desk

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(Navy x charcoal gray i-line dress, Greige short tailored jacket)

Sitting in a stationary position can be stressful in tight and restrictive clothing, but there’s no need to compromise on style, comfort or quality with our specially-selected stretchy fabrics and expert sewing techniques pioneered here in Japan.

Monday after-work dinner

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(Navy x charcoal gray, i-line dress, Snow gray cardigan)

Close the laptop and put down your pen – it’s time for dinner! Go straight from the office to a restaurant with no worries in our classic navy and gray dress paired with our striking shawl collar cardigan.

Monday interview

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(Navy x charcoal gray i-line dress, White tailored jacket)

Put your best foot forward and make a positive impression with our navy and gray dress and white tailored jacket, contrasting partners that provide a bold background to show off your skills.

Monday on the move

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(Navy x charcoal gray i-line dress, Ivory stretch riders jacket)

This Monday we’re out and about, away from the office, and taking a well-earned day off! Brunch with friends, gallery visit, favorite coffee shop…

However you spend your Monday, kay me has you covered!

Spring styling from the kay me team

The whole kay me team is getting ready for spring, and with this exciting season fast approaching, we’re in the mood to change up our style as well!

For today’s kay me blog, we asked three members of the kay me team at our headquarters in Tokyo about their styling inspiration for spring – keep reading to learn more about what we’ll be wearing…

Yuko (production team) – “I want to wear… bright colors and i-line dresses”

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(Royal blue cache-coeur, Victory blue daily, Navy v-neck i-line)

As head of production, Yuko is known for her fantastic sense of style (and we’ve never seen her repeat the same outfit twice!). This spring, she’s selected bright colors to channel the energy of the season and reflect the beautiful flowers that burst into bloom. Our I-line dresses are a popular silhouette this year in Japan, and are available in solid colors that are the perfect choice for busy work days.

Borrow Yuko’s style with our versatile jersey dresses in solid colors and prints.

Don’t forget to keep up to date with our development stories from Yuko!

Ikue (IT team) – “I want to wear… 3/4 sleeves and knitwear”

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(Mosaic knit dress & cardigan, Navy knit dress, Blue knit dress)

More than handy with an Excel file, Ikue is also an excellent problem solver and brings this logic to her versatile workwear too. Choosing 3/4 sleeve knitwear, Ikue knows she can wear these dresses in a variety of ways for work and weekends, and with our fully machine washable knitwear there’s no need to worry about dry cleaning. Pair with matching and contrasting cardigans for an effortless look that goes well beyond the 9-to-5.

Borrow Ikue’s style with our jacquard knit dresses and matching cardigans.

If you’d like to change up your work wardrobe, take a look at Ikue’s blog post for expert advice.

Reiko (web team) – “ I want to wear… flower prints and pastels”

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(Lavender flight dress, Baby blue soft hoodie, Lavender soft hoodie)

You can usually find Reiko surrounded by a certain relaxed cartoon bear (her favorite cute character), and as kay me founder Junko Kemi’s sister, she’s been part of the kay me story since the very beginning. A big fan of casual styles, this spring she’s chosen to highlight our floral prints and soft hoodies for elegant travel style that doesn’t compromise on comfort or quality.

Borrow Reiko’s style with our vacation-ready long dress and soft hoodies.

You can also find Reiko on our team coordinates page!

Romantic White Day outfits

Did you know that Japan has its own answer to Valentine’s Day?

Started in 1978 and now celebrated around Asia, White Day is the opposite to Valentine’s Day, when women in Japan give chocolate to the boys and men in their lives, the following month on March 14th those lucky guys who have received chocolate in February are now expected to return the favor. Typical White Day gifts include white-colored chocolate and sweets such as marshmallows, and even jewellery and small luxury items.

This White Day, we’ve put together some of our favorite ways to wear white – and don’t forget that as kay me is fully machine washable you’ll have nothing to worry about!

Knitwear

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(White knit long skirt, White rib dress, White bijou cardigan, White bijou top)

Soft, luxuriously thick and machine washable, kay me knitwear is woven specially in Japan, and designed to keep you warm and comfortable all day long.

Our stunning range now includes cardigans and knitwear embellished with Swarovski crystals, as well as dresses and our super stretchy long skirt that’s a great choice for travel. Pair our knitwear with simple accessories and jersey dresses in contrasting colors for a bold look, or wear together for a complete outfit.

Suits

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(White ruffle cuff jacket, Lace peplum jacket, White ruffle jacket, White chiffon top)

If you’re in the office on White Day, why not make a subtle nod to the day with our selection of hand-tailored suits in pure white.

Choose from our feminine suit styles featuring ruffled cuffs and collars, layered lace peplum, and pure white layered chiffon top that can be worn with a variety of skirts and trousers. Change up your style by simply pairing a white jacket with one of our original print jersey dresses, and for an effortlessly cohesive look make sure that one of the tones present in the print matching your white jacket.

Accessories

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(White tote bag, Plum i-lace gradation scarf, Pure white silk-wool lace scarf)

Put the finishing touches on your outfit with our original bags and stoles! Our tote bag is the perfect size to fit all your essential items (and much more!), and this pure white finish is also available as a two-way business bag (worn as a backpack or carried in hand) and our popular PC bag with special laptop section and plenty of useful pockets.

Handmade in India, our beautiful stoles can be found in many flattering colors, including our pure white stole with hand-cut lace decoration and I-lace design in plum with individually-dyed lace detailing.

For more outfit inspiration, try filtering our categories by color or shopping by occasion!