Dark colors for summer

Are you the kind of person who just can’t pass up another Little Black Dress? Is the majority of your closet a sea of navy and dark neutrals? If so, here’s our special blog post just for you!

Here at kay me, as well as our beautiful prints and gorgeously saturated color jersey dresses, we also have a lot of love for our darker color dresses and know that these tones don’t have to be limited to the colder months of the year.

This week we’re celebrating the versatility of our summer dresses in black and navy…

Dark colors for… the office and formal situations

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(White x navy shoulder venus, Navy x navy dot shoulder venus, Navy venus drape, Black square neck)

kay me stylists know that you can always count on dark colors for workwear, and our specially-selected high-performance fabrics can be easily washed and worn, with no need for ironing.

Our new Shoulder Venus dresses combine a beautifully draped contrasting top with a classic A-line skirt, creating instant office chic with mix-and-match jackets.

Our classic Venus and square neck dresses both feature painstakingly made tucks and fold that effortless flatter the body, and all kay me clothing is crease-resistant making our dresses a great choice for travel as well.

Dark colors for… the weekend and special events

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(Lace stretch, Navy chiffon long, Blue fonce flower waist gather, Navy blue ribbon)

For special occasions, our wonderful stretch lace dress is a surefire hit, and the combination of tech fabric with stunning lace is sure to turn heads. Our chiffon is also soft and stretchy and extra light while remaining opaque, and our long chiffon dress is a wonderful day-to-night option – simply change footwear and accessories for a totally different look.

For florals with a twist, our Fonce Flower print has been updated for 2019 with an ivory tone to contrast with the dark navy, in our popular waist gather style. Made by our team of expert artisans working here in Tokyo, each waist gather dress uses 72 hand-placed tucks and drapes to create our wonderful three-dimension design with charming mermaid flare skirt that moves with each step.

To find your perfect dress, don’t forget that you can filter our dress category pages by color and pattern, as well as size…

We’re also excited to share our customer order service as well: take your pick of skirt and sleeve lengths for our popular dress patterns and fabric colors including black and navy, to have your dream dress specially made here in Tokyo by our team of expert artisans.

Summer styles for the office

It’s June, and the weather is certainly heating up here in Tokyo!

As with every year, it’s a constant battle between keeping cool, defying freezing air-conditioning and looking professional in the office. This timely conundrum isn’t going anywhere, but fear not – kay me stylists are on hand to offer their expert advice.

This week we’ve asked our stylists for their top tips for warm-weather work wear…

Sleeveless/short-sleeve dresses

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(Greige i-line dress, Greige polka dot shoulder venus dress, Navy square-neck dress)

We’re so proud of our great selection of versatile short-sleeve and sleeveless dresses, perfect for work and weekends. Here, we’ve chosen to highlight some of our most office-appropriate dresses, with clean lines and figure-flattering draping.

New for 2019 are our Shoulder Venus dresses, available in four chic color combinations, and pretty square-neck dresses with a retro feel and soft over-layer that showcases the impeccable draping.

Easily pair any of these dresses with matching or contrasting jackets and cardigans for an extra touch of smartness when necessary.

Light outerwear

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(Kanazawa white short cardigan, Blackberry vitamin cardigan, White collarless jacket)

Speaking of outerwear, our stylists recommend our stylish cardigans in light tencel blend knit that’s perfect for hot weather. Our cardigans are breathable and feel soft on the skin, while providing protection from the sun as well as overactive air-conditioning.

For those who need to wear a suit jacket, our unlined jackets are specially made for the summer months, and combine classic tailoring with our machine washable drip-dry fabrics, leaving more time for you to focus on what’s important to you.

Light layers

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(White chiffon top, Lovely pink blouse, Light gray camisole)

Light and airy, there’s nothing better than pretty chiffon for spring and summer – unless it’s our soft and stretchy chiffon!

Specially selected to be hard-wearing as well as a pleasure to wear, our chiffon tops keep you cool in the office, while still providing coverage. Choose from prints and patterns such as our Lovely Pink floral design, and plain colors to mix and match with ease.

While it might sound counterintuitive to add an extra layer in summer, our comfortable underdress can provide a soft solution to layering, and with an extra-absorbent cotton-blend top paired with a lightweight skirt, our camisoles are a wonderful addition to any kay me wardrobe.

Stress-free vacation styles

Have you planned your summer vacation yet?

Aside from researching, booking and double checking everything, one of the most stressful aspects of travelling can be the difficult question of what to wear!

This week on the kay me blog, we’ve broken our wardrobe planning into three core sections to create your perfect travel wardrobe.

No matter where you’re off to this summer, or if you choose to stay close to home, find inspiration from our beautiful selection of dresses, skirts and bags – needless to say that all kay me clothing is machine washable, drip-dry and non-iron, as well as being crease-resistant, making kay me a great choice for any travel situation.

On the plane

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(White t-shirt, Light gray t-shirt, Black t-shirt, Petit navy long skirt)

…or on the train, in the car, or elsewhere!

Specially designed by kay me founder, and travel-fan, Junko Kemi, pair our long skirts in pretty prints with soft and wide waistband and handy pockets with our charming t-shirts.

Our new t-shirts feature delicate lace detailing and embroidery, making them a wonderful addition to our easy to wear line-up – kay me stylists even suggest wearing these t-shirts under our chic suits for a casual touch.

Daily wear

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(Optical gray, Orange, Dramatic yellow)

Whether you’re off to the beach or exploring a new city, our fabulous Marilyn dresses are so versatile, and with plenty of colors and prints to choose from, there’s dress for everyone.

Our Marilyn dresses feature handy pockets, a full flared skirt and beautiful ribbon-like gathered bust. Easily wear with kay me cardigans and both casual and tailored jackets for a stylish coverup that’s made to move with you.

Special occasion

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(Aquarium long chiffon, Cherry pink ribbon, Chinoiserie side gather)

If you’ve planned a special night (or more than one!), our stunning selection of dresses is a great place to start for evening outfit inspiration.

Our long dress in stretchy chiffon with eye-catching original print looks fantastic with both kay me summer-weight knit cardigans and light scarves, and our Chinoiserie-inspired red and blue dress is sure to turn heads wherever you go.

For a solid color option, or bold and bright cherry pink ribbon dress with cocoon silhouette and graceful twist detail looks marvellous against a holiday tan.

Travel bags

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(Two-way business bags 2.0)

Our new two-way business bags have been updated for 2019 – and they’re suitable for more than the daily commute!

With handy and easily removable straps, our two-way bag can be carried as a regular handbag or used as a backpack for hands-free style.

We’ve also added a special zip pocket on the reverse that can be used to attached the bag to suitcase handles, and inside you’ll find not only our special laptop section with secure strap, but also a new reinforced small pocket that can be used for pens and other delicate items.

With new colors to choose, from there’s never been a better time to try two our two-way bag.

Three ways to wear prints and patterns at work

Have you taken a look at our print gallery recently? You can find everything from flowing watercolors and pretty polka dots to strong geometrics and authentic Japanese kimono prints. Specially designed for kay me and even further adapted by our in-house design team, all our prints are originals. Read more of our print stories with Yuko from the atelier team.

As much as we love wearing prints and patterns, bringing these bold styles into business situations can sometimes feel like a challenge – as much as your love your new floral dress, is it office-appropriate?

This week, we’ve tasked kay me stylists to come up with three easy ways to wear prints and patterns in the office.

Keep reading for plenty of style inspiration…

Print dresses

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(Blue aztec venus, Optical gray Marilyn, Petit navy daily, Fonce flower waist gather)

For instant elegance, try pairing our striking geometric designs with kay me knitwear such as our Kanazawa-made cardigans or a soft silk blend sweater – the contrasting textures add the finishing chic touch, and help to tone down the look of an all-over print. Choose matching tones for a harmonious style, or a bold contrast to stand out from the crowd.

Continuing the idea of contrasts, wear our charming florals with a beautifully structured hand-tailored jacket for an office outfit with a feminine twist.

Print tops

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(Lovely pink chiffon blouse, Petit navy frill blouse, White geo frill blouse, White geo cache-coeur top)

Our chiffon blouses are light and airy, stretchy and of course fully machine washable. Wear with skirts in different colors for a soft look this spring and summer, and choose from our spring-like pink floral and elegant geometric patterns.

For a more fitted option, our cache-coeur top in rayon jersey is a great choice for transitional seasons – wear with a jacket for cooler days, and enjoy the flattering three-quarter sleeves in the sunshine.

Print accessories

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(Pink tassel two-way bag, White tassel PC bag, Mouse gray cashmere butterfly, Aubergine cashmere motif)

Add the finishing touched to your kay me outfit with our selection of original bags and stoles.

Specially designed for business with plenty of pockets and a dedicated laptop sleeve, our PC bags and 2-way business bags are both available in floral prints to bring a touch of nature and excitement to any outfit.

Our pretty handmade stoles are the perfect way to easily bring color and pattern to your wardrobe. Tie in different ways, use as a lap blanket or even as a bag accessory – the choice is yours. Topping off an outfit of solid colors with a subtly patterned scarf is always a popular style choice here in Tokyo, and a great way to bring prints into a more formal closet.

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!