Simple summer styling tricks

We’re now officially in the heat of summer here at the Tokyo kay me atelier, with August set to be the peak of the season.

Summer can be hot and humid, so we turned to our trusted stylists working at kay me stores around Japan for their top tips for surviving and thriving stylishly this summer…

Go sleeveless

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(Navy rib front zip, Navy Swarovski, Light denim mermaid, Milano rib navy)

The easiest trick of all – choose a sleeveless style for a breezy look that works all day long. Choose from a variety of silhouettes for different occasions, available in different fabrics. We’ve highlighted just a few of our favourite styles, and we’re sure you’ll agree that for versatility in summer, sleeveless is the way to go.

For formal situations and strong air-conditioners indoors and on transportation, top off with our made-in-Japan knitwear to guard against the chill.

Stylist tip: Darker colours are less likely to show sweat and stains, but remember that all kay me items are fully machine washable!

Add a scarf

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(Light grey future flare & Rose pink lace jacquard, Orange marilyn & Pure white silk wool, Navy future flare & Paris pink silk wool lace frame, Blue-grey marilyn & Mist grey foil print lace)

While this may feel counterintuitive in hot weather, a scarf can be a useful coverup – draped over the shoulders it can protect from harsh UV rays, it can be folded on your lap during meetings or travelling, and adds a splash of colour in any situation.

Our kay me Select scarves are handmade individually by expert craftspeople with generational of knowledge behind every design.

Take a look at our favourite scarf tutorials here and try a new way to style your stole today.

Stylist tip: Go for contrasting colours to highlight your individual style, or matching colour families for a harmonious look.

Pretty prints

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(Monet chiffon, Limone flare, Oana chiffon blousing, Wonder earth daily)

Naturally, at kay me we love a floral print. Inspired by the beautiful nature and culture surrounding us here in Japan, we often look to the natural world to guide us, as well as the incredible authentic kimono prints discovered in kay me founder Junko Kemi’s grandmother’s kimono boutique.

Stylist tip: Let your dress do the talking with our bright and bold designs, keep all eyes on you with simple accessories in plain colours.

Enjoy the summer wherever you are, and don’t forget the sunscreen…

Material story – Rayon

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

Today I’d like to tell you all about one of the fabrics we use here at kay me, rayon.

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So what is rayon made of? Starting with fibre (cellulose) contained in natural wood pulp, it’s chemically melted to make the soft fine fibres that make up rayon. Although it’s chemically made, modern rayon is strong and supple, as well as skin-friendly – feel cool in summer and warm in winter.

Believe it or not, it’s actually recommended to wear in the summer as it has a natural deodorising effect!

One of the reasons we choose to use this fabric is the rich lustre of top-quality rayon, and how well it can take colour meaning prints stay sharper and bolder for longer.

It also drapes beautifully, helping to show off the handmade tucks, pleats and drapes of our unique dress patterns.

Take a look at some of my favourite dresses available in rayon:

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(Aka-michelle waist-gathered dress, Monet waist-gathered dress, Comet drape dress, Lila waist-gathered dress)

Until next time… Yuko.

The eight-item wardrobes for work and weekends

Simplification is the name of the game today on the kay me blog – what could be better than a stylish, comfortable and ethically-made core wardrobe that works together in a variety of combinations?

Save time and energy to spend on what really matters to you by feeling secure that you already have beautiful clothing that covers many situations – whether you’re attending a conference, traveling by air or strolling in the city…

In the office

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(Navy bolero jacket, white cache-coeur knit, light grey chiffon top, vanilla twist top, navy pants, navy mermaid skirt, navy polka dot docking dress, silver scarf)

Combine classic navy foundation garments including a sharply tailored jacket, feminine skirt and matching trousers to make the most of your base wardrobe. Add tops in neutral colours for maximum repeat value, and create interest with our beautiful handmade scarf with silver foil detail and polka dot docking dress that can be worn alone or with the jacket or knit.

Morning meeting: navy bolero jacket + vanilla twist top + navy pants

Presentation followed by drinks: navy bolero jacket + navy polka dot docking dress + silver scarf

Greeting new coworkers: light grey chiffon top + navy mermaid skirt

Days off

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(Indigo riders jacket, baby pink parker, white square neck top, white designers t-shirt, navy long skirt, peach sleeveless dress, navy rib front zip dress, ice blue silk wool lace scarf)

Continuing with a navy and neutral palette, this time with a touch of pink as an accent, our sleeves dresses can be worn layered and dressed up with our stretchy Japanese indigo riders-style jacket and stunning silk wool scarf in ice blue with navy lace. Wear our long skirt with heels or sneakers for a versatile twist on a staple item, and apply the same styling trick to both dress too for work to weekend looks in an instant.

City brunch: peach sleeveless dress + indigo riders jacket

Weekend travel: baby pink parker + white designers t-shirt + navy long skirt

Casual evening date: navy rib front zip dress + indigo riders jacket

Mixing and matching across the two wardrobes creates an even larger array of possible combinations, such as…

Short business travel: navy bolero jacket + white square neck top + navy mermaid skirt + ice blue silk wool scarf

Business casual brainstorming: white cache-coeur knit + white designers t-shirt + navy pants

Birthday lunch with friends: white cache-coeur knit + peach sleeveless dress + silver scarf

Which outfits would you create from these items? The possibilities are almost endless…

Introducing… Design your own dress, with kay me

We’re very excited to announce our new special feature: it’s now possible to design your own custom dress on our international website!

After rolling out our new custom order feature in our Japanese stores and Japanese webshop, we’ve now brought the ability to design your own dress to our international customers around the world.

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So, how does it work?

After navigating to the “design your own dress” page, start by choosing from seven of our most popular dress patternsfor more on dress silhouettes, take a look at our recent blog. From our classic hourglass Venus Drape and fit-and-flare A-line cache-coeur to the universally flattering waist-gathered dress, there’s a style to suit every occasion.

Next, choose your size – please note that currently the design your own dress feature is only available in kay me standard sizing. Please feel free to enquire about sizing outside our current range.

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You can choose the length of your dress, too. Great for those with long torsos or shorter legs, or customers who wish for a dramatically different look to our standard patterns.

Then select your desired sleeve length, from sleeveless all the way through to long sleeves. With five sleeve length options, there’s plenty to choose from.

Finally, complete your custom dress by selecting the fabric. Currently available are five solid colours, including black, navy and pink, and eleven original kay me prints. Will you choose pretty florals, striking stripes or elegant polka dots? Our Japanese customers have told us this is the hardest step, narrowing down your final choice to just one combination. Of course, you can always order more than one dress…

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If you’d like to change your mind, easily navigate back to previous pages and refine your selection.

After confirming your final choice, your dream dress with then be painstakingly handmade by the kay me atelier team working in Tokyo, and will be delivered to your door within three to four weeks.

Creating your own dress has never been so simple. Become your own kay me designer today – and don’t forget to share the results with us using #kay me on Instagram.

 

Three ways to wear florals in the office

Here at the kay me atelier in Tokyo, we love to wear our inspiration from nature quite literally on our sleeves. Florals are such a pretty choice on any day of the work week, and varying prints and colours can provide plenty of different styles to choose from.

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite ways to wear florals at work…

As a dress that takes charge

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Stand out from the crowd in our dresses with a difference: designed specially for those on the go, our workwear is cut to flatter your natural figure, as well as being crease-resistant and easy to look after.

Pick bold green and black with our Pothos daily dress with waist tie, or unusual fabrics with our London-inspired Holland Park dress in light chiffon. For a touch of Japanese elegance, our playful Goldfish print in navy hits the right balance between fun and thoughtful.

As a top that’s just seen

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If you prefer your florals on the subtle end, try pairing our cache-coeur tops with a suit in a matching or contrasting colour. Our Plume print with grey, black and white design looks striking when matched with any of these shades, or even with pink or beige as a counterpoint.

It’s also possible to achieve this look with a one-piece dress instead of separartes: our ‘docking’ dresses with mis-matched top and skirt sections.

As a skirt with feminine flare

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Great for summer days, a floral skirt can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

Wear our Pink Bella and Oana mermaid-style skirts with a simple top and suit jacket for meetings and business travel, or pair with our new designer t-shirts with secret message for days that fall on the relaxed side of business casual.

Extra special

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For a truly special occasion, our 100% silk Black rose dress feels just as good as it looks and for yet more ways to work florals designs into your office wardrobe, our beautiful inner dresses in burgundy, silver and gold feature floral embroidery lace.

Our specially selected handmade scarves are the ultimate in everyday luxury, with many using delicate floral lace in their unique design.