Design story – kay me underdresses

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

This time I’m here to tell you all about our wonderful underdresses

Did you know that underdresses have been our most popular items this winter? Although they may be overlooked by some, wearing a foundation garment like an underdress is so important to our overall look.

Underdresses are perfect for wearing under regular kay me dresses and skirt outfits to parties, on resort vacations and even under suits.

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Our best-selling underdress this season has been our new version with slightly longer sleeves. I wanted to make a stylish underdress that also made it easy to take measures against the cold. This underdress is your strong ally! Not only warm and soft to the touch, but our underdresses also offer a mild hugging effect that gently envelops the body and provides a smooth shape under any dress.

The elbow-length sleeves of this design have been specially made to allow for easy movement and no bunching at the elbow, with a wide neck to wear easily under other tops and dresses.

For maximum functionality, the top and skirt of our underdresses are made using different materials: the top is incredibly stretchy and comfortable, while the skirt portion provides more support and a smoothing effect that creates a beautiful body-line without feeling too tight or constricting.

These underdresses are a great choice all the way through autumn and winter into spring. Just wash and wear!

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Our underdresses with elbow-length sleeves are available in charcoal gray and beige, and don’t forget that we also have a lovely variety of other styles of underdress to choose from! Find the perfect complement to your outfit today!

Until next time… Yuko.

Introducing… Team coordinates, from kay me

Have you seen our new page? Visitors to the new kay me home page may have noticed a new section – team coordinates.

Featuring three key members of the kay me team, including founder and lead designer Junko Kemi, the team coordinates showcase the variety of ways to wear kay me through the week.

Enjoy a few examples…

Junko – TUESDAY: LECTURING

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Today, I have some consulting work.

I’m getting to the stage in my life when I am looking for sophistication as well as professionalism when choosing the perfect suit! This stretchy Lace Peplum Suit allows me to attend business seminars with elegance and grace.

The pale-tone lilac color is soft and pairs beautifully well with black, navy, gray, white, and an array of colors with ease.

Nick – NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

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Strong colors always inspire me, and nothing more so than a powerful blue. Blue reminds me of the ocean and sky – both seemingly limitless, a feeling I want to drive and inspire me through the beginning of a new year.

We all set resolutions in January, but 70% are broken within a month.

Adding a powerful-feeling Riders Jacket to the look gives the extra strength to carry on those resolutions into February and beyond. Our White Tassel Tote Bag stands out in contrast to the two tone setup on dress and jacket – this look is all about ‘feeling on top of the world’.

Hiroko – FRIDAY BUSINESS PARTY

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I attended a party Friday night at the embassy, a small gathering that I was invited to by a few close connections.

This Rose Jersey Dress gives the impression of an elegant yet approachable heroine, which gave me the opportunity to speak freely with many of the guests. I was able to make more contacts, even some that will open doors to new opportunities.

On cold nights like that evening, the Elegant Trench Coat not only keeps me warm but also adds a touch of luxury to my ensemble.

Discover more team coordinates here.

kay me bags for all situations

Here at the kay me atelier in Tokyo, we know that a bag is one of the final steps to completing your full outfit, ready to face the world.

While we might not have the perfect answer to the debate of matching your shoes to your bag (stylishly chic or too matchy-matchy?), we asked our team of stylists for their ideas for selecting our original made-in-Japan kay me bags for different situations.

Don’t forget that kay me bags are cruelty-free and specially designed for busy days – what’s not to love?

Daily commute

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Our two-way business bag can be carried either as a backpack or held by the top straps, making it a great choice for those with plenty of items to carry with them. If a longer shoulder strap is preferable, our PC bag is the perfect choice. Both PC and two-way business bags feature zip closures with extra-wide mouths, built-in laptop sleeve and plenty of useful internal and external pockets.

Wear with… kay me’s machine washable stretchy suit separates for a variety of professional and polished looks.

Creating contrast

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Sometimes we like our bag to make a bold statement, and with kay me’s range of rich colors, there’s sure to be a bag that catches your eye. Choose from our abstract floral-inspired Tassel print on soft neoprene in two tones, as well as our bright red (a particular favorite in Tokyo!) and metallic silver bags, all available as surprisingly spacious compact tote bags, business bags, pouches and small essentials cases too.

Wear with… everything from sharp tailoring to relaxed knitwear.

Matching tones

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Calling all color-coordinators! The simplest way to create a cohesive outfit is to pick one color from your clothing and choose a bag in the same shade, such as our red bag and cardigan with Swarovski crystal buttons. Change things up by going for a similar tone, like our silver bag and charcoal gray cardigan, or pick out two colors from our Tassel print, off-white and gray, as the elements of your outfit.

Wear with… matching Japan-made knitwear, naturally! Try our selected cashmere scarves for even more possibilities.

kay me’s Marriage

For our recent event “The Marriage of Wine, Italian Cuisine, and kay me Dresses”, one of Tokyo’s top chefs, Daisuke Itagaki, was given several of our stylists’ favorite kay me dresses and items to take as inspiration for producing experimental dishes.

For each dish, a sommelier specially selected the perfect wine to be enjoyed with the delicious food and kay me’s artisan-made clothing.

Read on to learn more about the pairing of food and fashion…

CAVIAR AND GRAY

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Dish: Chilled flan with caviar

Wine: Sparkling wine from Burgundy, France

“The first impression I had from this outfit was “caviar”. The deep hue and warmth of the sturgeon fish’s gray color inspired me to add caviar alongside the chilled flan.”

kay me coordinating items:

Charcoal Gray Milano Rib Top

Charcoal Gray Knit Long Skirt

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HOT SPRING GETAWAY

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Dish: Gorgeously vibrant bagna càuda

Wine: Sparkling wine from Burgundy, France

“From this outfit, I imagined a relaxing getaway to an onsen, Japanese hot spring baths. Gathering inspiration from the hot springs, I chose to create a bagna càuda, a dipping sauce served warm.”

kay me coordinating items:

Baby Blue Soft Hoodie

Charcoal Gray Knit Long Skirt

Navy Two-Way Business Bag

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BESIDE THE SEA

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Dish: Seafood quiche

Wine: White wine from Loire Valley, France

“My first thought that came to mind when I saw this outfit was “oceanic”. From that, I was inspired to make a quiche including a variety of seafoods.”

kay me coordinating items:

Sapphire Lip Side Gathered Dress

Silver Pouch (large)

Pink Silk Wool Scarf

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MILANO VICTORY

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Dish: Milano-style cutlet sandwich with wild arugula

Wine: Red wine from Italy

“The first impression I had with this outfit was “the working women of Milano, Italy”. From this inspiration, I decided to create a Milano-style cutlet sandwich.”

kay me coordinating items:

Victory Black Side Gathered Dress

Snow Gray Kanazawa Short Cardigan

Taupe Two-Way Business Bag

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HONEY AND ROSES

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Dish: Gorgonzola cheese canapé with hundred-flower honey

Wine: White wine from Southwest France

“My initial thought from this outfit was “blooming flowers”. I took inspiration from this and made a dish that incorporated “hundred-flower honey”, which is honey that is produced from a variety of beautiful flowers.”

kay me coordinating item:

Rose Side Gathered Dress

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Many thanks to our fantastic chef and sommelier for providing kay me guests not only with an evening of wonderful wine and food, but also inspiration for kay me outfits and beyond.

Don’t forget that kay me offers free global shipping as standard, so you can enjoy your life with kay me by your side!