Three ways to wear sakura-inspired pink this spring

Spring is on the horizon here in Japan, and we just can’t wait for sunshine and cherry blossom!

This week on the kay me blog we’re celebrating one of our favorite flowers – the ephemeral beauty of sakura’s delicate petals in shades of pink providing inspiration for artists of all kinds throughout the centuries.

In fact, traditional Japanese names for colors reflect the natural beauty of the country, including cherry blossom, peach, and water persimmon. Subtle tones, created by over-dyeing with gray, are referred to as “mouse” colors, and doesn’t sakuranezumi (cherry blossom mouse) have such a unique image?

While we might not have any mice on the kay me team, we’re looking forward to sharing our top pink picks with you…

One: enjoy as a dress

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(Victory pink side gathered, Pink rose cache-coeur, Lovely tassel venus, Pink knit)

We’ve never met a pink dress we didn’t like… and there’s plenty to choose from on our online store! Pink also a reliably popular choice especially in store in Tokyo too, and with spring just around the corner there’s never been a better chance to explore your feminine side.

Choose from striking prints such as our Victory and Lovely Tassel designs, or opt for our thick and soft knit dress to keep you warm and cozy.

kay me stylists recommend pairing these pretty pink dresses with light-colored outerwear for maximum effect.

Two: blush in the office

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(Pale pink ruffle cuff jacket, Pale pink mermaid skirt, Double layer chiffon, Strawberry macaron twist)

Bring pink into your work wardrobe this spring with our beautiful new pale pink suit with mermaid skirt and delicate ruffle cuff jacket design that mimics the look of petals and highlights your every action.

Our pink chiffon and macaron tops are an easy and versatile way to add an extra touch of pink to office outfits, and kay me stylists love pairing these pinks with navy, white and gray for striking looks. kay me founder Junko Kemi even likes to personally recommend pink for occasions when an apology is necessary!

Three: carry useful accessories

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(Pink tassel tote, Pink silk wool, Pink cashmere butterfly)

Add an extra dimension to your outfits with our range of charming accessories, including original bags and hand-made scarves. For spring outings, our tote bag with pink tassel flower print is a great choice (and surprisingly roomy), pair with the matching pouches in three sizes for any occasion.

Narrowing down our selection of stoles exclusively made by expert craftspeople was a challenge for kay me stylists! Here we’ve chosen to highlight our simple pink gradation stole and incredibly soft pure cashmere stole in pink with crystal butterfly design, but don’t forget to check our full selection for scarves for any situation, to protect from the cold as well as damaging UV rays.

Looking for more outfit inspiration? Try filtering our categories by color!

What to wear this week – geometric prints

Here at kay me we pride ourselves on creating versatile items, from dresses to jacket and pretty much everything in between, that can be worn in a variety of different ways and make opening your closet a pleasure.

This week, we tasked kay me stylists to come up with seven different ways to wear our gorgeous new original geometric print dresses, from the work week right through to the weekend. Keep reading for plenty of outfit inspiration…

Monday – Back in the office

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(White geo gathered dress, White cardigan, White tote bag)

The feminine flare of our gathered dress is the perfect partner for our white cardigan with round collar and pockets, and simply add a matching white kay me tote bag for easy office style on Monday morning.

Tuesday – Unexpected visit

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(White geo venus dress, White long cardigan)

Feel calm and collected even when the unexpected happens! Our Venus dress effortlessly creates a beautiful hourglass figure with hand-placed tucks and drapes, and is topped off with our Japan-made long knit cardigan in simple white.

Wednesday – The big presentation

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(White geo venus dress, Collarless black jacket)

Our Venus dress in white geometric print makes another appearance, this time with with our minimalistic black collarless jacket for a sharply tailored and classic style that’s guaranteed to keep all eyes on you as you command the room.

Thursday – Debrief with the boss

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(White geo gathered dress, Gray ruffle jacket)

Hello again to our gathered dress in white this Thursday, and add a feminine touch with our stunning jacket in medium gray wool blend with generously ruffled collar. As with all kay me items, this dress and jacket are both fully machine washable at home!

Friday – Dinner with friends

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(Caramel geo Marilyn dress, White short cardigan)

With a charming flared skirt and pretty bust design, our Marilyn dress in navy and caramel geometric print is a sophisticated choice for Friday, and paired with our short cardigan in contrasting white makes the change from work to dinner an effortless one.

Saturday – Cafe brunch

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(Caramel geo gathered dress, White bijou button cardigan)

We’re still on the go this weekend, and our gathered dress with perfectly placed tucks in caramel and navy looks fabulously elegant when worn with our white cardigan with sparking crystal buttons to instantly elevate any outfit.

Sunday – Errands in the city

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(Caramel geo Marilyn dress, Sepia zip-up)

Finishing the week with our Marilyn dress again, for a chic weekend city look, pair with our sepia zip-up top and simply swap heels for sneakers for a style that’s also incredibly comfortable, the perfect way to round off our week of geometric prints.

Are you feeling inspired by these looks? Don’t forget to tag your style on Instagram with #kayme!

Valentine’s Day Outfit Inspiration

Valentine’s Day is here again, and whether you’re celebrating or not, by your yourself or with others, why not take the opportunity to get a little dressed up for the day?

Our expert team of stylists have specially selected some outfit inspiration for a variety of situations, so you can feel put together and chic no matter the occasion…

What to wear for… an evening stroll

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While the concept of decorating parks, trees and streets with twinkling lights may have started as a Christmas attraction in Tokyo, very often these ‘light-up’ events last well into the new year making for a charming low-key after-dark walk, not to mention a photogenic situation too!

kay me stylists suggest our knit dresses in red and pink, exclusively woven for kay me with extra thick knit to keep out the chill, and give a nod to the traditional colors of Valentine’s day.

For those looking for a more subtle but still feminine touch, stylists recommend our floral jersey dresses with special fleece-lining to keep you extra warm even outdoors.

What to wear for… a dinner out

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If you’re out for dinner at a favorite restaurant, our pretty printed jersey dresses are always a classic choice that can be worn for any special event, from theater trips and exhibitions to posh presentations girls nights out. All our items are machine washable, drip-dry and non-iron, making them a time and stress saver for everyone.

kay me stylists suggest going all-in on floral themes such as our Rose and Candy Red flower patterned prints, or choosing the moonlight mystery of our stunning original Etoile dress.

For a non-patterned option, our Venus dress in striking red is a fabulous choice. Handmade from a single piece of fabric, our Venus dresses are artfully draped and tucked to create an effortless hourglass figure design – become Venus herself!

What to wear for… after-work drinks

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As Valentine’s Day this year falls on a Thursday, perhaps you’ll be heading straight out after work, with no time to change. Not to worry, as kay me is designed with these situations in mind! Founder and CEO Junko Kemi’s background in consulting gave her the perfect insight into the needs of working women, leading her to create versatile clothing that she couldn’t wait to wear.

kay me stylists suggest our ‘docking’ dress with beautiful bold pink frill blouse attached to a classic charcoal gray skirt for a chic way to bring color into your office outfit. Other suit styles include our pretty frill collar jacket and pastel pink suit with mermaid skirt and ruffled cuff detailing.

For a burst of inspiration, try our Victory dress in pink – Junko drew the V-like pattern to represent victory, a lovely story that’s sure inspire.

Wondering what to wear? Take a look at our shop by occasion categories, specially selected by kay me stylists!

Knitwear for winter and beyond

Did you know that all kay me knitwear is specially woven in Japan just for us?

The washable wools that we use have been selected to provide the maximum of warmth and comfort through autumn and winter and into spring, and are thick and soft, perfect for keeping you cozy and comfortable in cold weather.

When the sun shines it’s time to wear fewer layers, but you can still enjoy our knitwear!

This week on the kay me blog, we take a look at some of our favorite knit styles for winter and beyond…

Jacquard knits

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Specially woven for kay me, our original jacquard rose design brings a floral feminine touch to your winter knitwear! A beautifully thick knit, choose from skirts and dresses in classic navy and warm sepia.

Dresses feature a solid top matching with jacquard weave skirt, with a soft round neck and long sleeves. Our knit skirts have a particularly stretchy waistband with a tight-fitting style that pairs wonderfully with our turtlenecks and matching zip up knits.

Bold and bright

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Embrace warmth in color as well as texture with our red and pink knit dresses and tops. A thick and solid knit, our “milano rib” knitwear is fully machine washable and certainly able to keep out the winter chill – wear with our warm underdresses for even more coziness.

Roll up the sleeves of the dresses in warmer weather, and these tops look especially fabulous paired with kay me print jersey dresses when you’re in need of an extra burst of color and vibrancy.

A touch of sparkle

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Last but certainly not least, our cardigans with sparkling buttons and tops with crystal detailing, both using genuine Swarovski jewels. Our cardigans are available in red, white and charcoal gray, and tops can be found in pink, white and charcoal gray too.

Wear our cardigans with everything from matching knit skirts to contrasting solid and print dresses, and simply drape over your shoulders any time you need a touch of warmth and comfort.

Don’t forget that kay me offers free global shipping as standard, so make this your perfect chance to try kay me’s wonderful washable knitwear for yourself!