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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!