Knitwear Outfits for the Holiday Season

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from kay me!

Here in Japan, rather than taking a day off work, Christmas is a time for spending time with your beloved partner, and many couples choose to dine out together and enjoy the festive illuminations around the city, all with an eye on style, naturally.

At kay me we’ve put together a few winter outfit suggestions featuring our beautifully soft and washable Japan-made knitwear:

In the Office

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For those of us at work, try layering our subtle shimmering turtleneck with our rich wool suit in grey with feature button for a look that’s office appropriate with a nod to the snowy holiday season.

Brunch with Friends

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Wear a classic kay me A-line cache-coeur dress in forest green with our matching cache-coeur top in off-white, perfect for brunch with friends in the city, and catching up on a spot of shopping.

Walking the Dog

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Fido still loves walking outside, no matter the weather… Our turtleneck dress in navy blue provides the perfect base layer when paired with contrasting kay me Select cashmere scarf in turquoise. Don’t forget your gloves!

Holiday Date

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An elegant choice for dates and evening events, our white bolero is made from an extra thick knit making a great coverup for when the temperature drops in the evening. Pair with our navy leopard dress to increase the glamour factor!

See all kay me knitwear here, including suits, dresses, cardigans and more.

What Colour Dress Will You Wear?

In a recent newsletter to our Japanese customers, we asked what colour dress they wish to wear this holiday season, and the results proved very interesting!

Drumroll, please…

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Pink was the most popular choice, with red and navy joint second, followed in third place by black.

Purple, gold, green and blue took up the middle spots, while white and yellow were the two least popular colours.

Writing on her blog (in Japanese) about the results of our survey, Junko says:

“Actually, I always want to see other women wearing pink, even at work! Pink is the colour that reminds me of being inside my mother’s womb, and I read a psychological theory of colour that stated that seeing pink will calm anyone down if they are feeling aggressive. … I used this tactic when I had to apologise – I wore pink and the other person said very quickly that they understood my point!

Besides apologising, when you want to make a decision, when you want to make up, and when you want to hear someone’s real intentions – wear pink!”

See all pink dresses here, and don’t forget that you can filter our categories by colour as well as size and pattern – try it yourself to find your new favourite kay me dress!

Print Story – Christmas Floral Dresses

Hi everyone, it’s Yuko from kay me’s atelier team here! This week I’d like to tell you all about our new Christmas floral print…

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December is always the busiest time of year, so I want everyone to feel good and have a gorgeous time! How about a new dress as a reward?

We wanted to make a beautiful floral print with a lot of tones in it.

From this we created the design, although colour is such a important factor… What colour is suitable for December?

What colour would you like to wear for Christmas? We made a lot of practice prints as usual.

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kay me atelier staff had fun playing with the designs!

As Christmas is suddenly just around the corner, I recommended planning everything at double speed.

 

As a result of our intensive testing, we decided on pink flowers on an off-white base, and blue flowers on a black base.

As these dresses are made for winter, we chose a very soft and warm fabric that’s good for cold days.

The fine adjustments continued even after we decided on pink and blue, for example we tried changing the size of the flowers – the impression created was so different even when changed by just a few percent!

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We also tried adjusting the tone a little to more mint and lemon colours, as even though this dress is made with mid-winter in mind of course we’d like to be able to wear it all year round.

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Changing the colour of the stamen and pollen also makes the print look very different.

I named these dresses Victoria, Stephanie and Caroline – I think English names sound so elegant!

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(Caroline, Victoria and Stephanie)

Until next time… Yuko.


 

Take a look at our florals and nature print gallery for more pretty flower-inspired dresses!

Winter Outfit Layering Tips, kay me Style

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, it’s all about keeping warm and cosy! Staying chic and work appropriate is often a concern for women here in Tokyo as well as overseas – but kay me is here to help with our quality fabrics that are comfortable and easy to care for, wonderful for a stress-free winter.

Let kay me guide you on how to layer up this winter for work days without compromising on style or comfort…

Step One: Warm Underdress

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Start with a good foundation – a base layer is key for keeping you warm and protecting against any chills. Our warm underdresses are available in charcoal for darker dresses and greige for lighter dresses. The separately-constructed top and skirt are made from different heat-insulating rayon blends and designed to hug the body while being soft and stretchy.

Step Two: Pure Wool

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When the mercury heads down, make sure to reach for one of our beautiful pure wool dresses or skirts. This winter we recommend our Navy Leopard and Office Animal print dresses, as well as our office-friendly slim fitting switch skirts in navy, light grey, beige or black. Simply pair these dresses and skirts with a matching jacket for easy early mornings, or mix and match with contrasting shades for an easily expanded wardrobe.

Step Three: Knitwear

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For those in need of an extra layer, our Japan-made knitwear is the perfect choice. Fully washable and effortless soft and light, our turtlenecks, cardigans and boleros can be worn for weekends as well as work day and evening events. kay me stylists recommend wearing our subtly sparkly knit jumpers with our pure wool suits for a lovely pastel winter look.

Step Four: Outerwear

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Princess lines or a padded trench? Choose your style from our range of pretty coats in classic A-line shapes and cute prints. Our wool coats are available in navy and white-grey, while our cotton-padded trench coats feature flamingos on a navy base, giraffes on a caramel base, and cats on a grey background – great for standing out from the crowd.

Swap a coat for one of our Vegan-friendly faux-leather jackets for weekend style on the go.

Step Five: Select Scarves

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The finishing touch to any kay me outfit, our kay me Select scarves have been personally chosen by Junko Kemi and expertly handmade in India by artisan craftspeople who also hand-weave for Maharajas.

Choose from cashmere, wool and silk blends, lace and sequins. kay me stylists love opting for all-navy evening outfits topped with a navy scarf, or varying wintery pastels with light suits paired with pale scarves. A great gift for someone special – or yourself!

Introducing Office Animals, from kay me

As the days are cooling down in Tokyo, at kay me we’ve been searching ways to heat things up again!

Aside from our favourite seasonal tricks like our drinking favourite English tea and eating Japanese nabe hot-pot cooking, we’ve been dressing up in our favourite new leopard prints – and with two prints and variety of dress styles to choose from, there’s plenty to spice up your wardrobe this winter, whether at work or at play.

Navy Leopard

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Elegant and simple, our cool navy print with white background is a stylish choice. With three dress styles, including our figure-flattering waist-gather dress, Venus drape dress expertly made from a single piece of hand-drapes fabric and asymmetry dress with skirt in navy pure wool.

Pair these dresses with matching navy and white jackets in wool and our Japan-made knitwear for the office, or wear with our special stretchy faux-leather jackets for weekend style with edge.

Pink Leopard

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With soft pink, blues and white, our new Office Animal leopard print is sweet and feminine, just as at home in formal or romantic situations. Our hourglass silhouette Venus drape dress is complimented by our blousing dress with loose top and contrasting tight skirt in navy pure wool.

Wear with white for a fresh look, or pair with darker navy for evenings.

Other animal prints…

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The animal kingdom has long been an inspiration for Junko Kemi’s designs at kay me, and here’s a small selection of some of our other wild and wonderful animal prints.

See our animal print gallery for even more prints and patterns!