What to wear with a navy jacket

A wonderful wardrobe workhorse, a classic navy jacket will last for many years without going out of style. We’re also proud of our expert hand-tailored and crafted jackets, made from heard-wearing fabric blends that are stretchy, machine-washable and crease-resistant, making them an excellent choice for commuting, business travel and long days in the office.

Keep reading for outfit inspiration from the kay me stylist team…

Tailored

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A true icon, our tailored jacket in navy is consistently one of the most popular items, and a particular hit with our regular Tokyo store visitors. Featuring a notched collar and handy pockets, with a perfectly shaped silhouette, this jacket is adds instant elegance to any situation.

With a matching navy dress: keep it simple by sticking with another classic, such as our navy dress. Don’t worry about a subtle difference in shade or texture, as long as the look is intentional.

With a print docking dress: match your jacket with the skirt or print of one of our docking dresses, and you’ll be out the door in a chic outfit in no time at all!

Collarless

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Our collarless navy jacket looks just as stylish buttoned up as undone, and the crisp lines add extra dimension to any any outfit. Notched cuffs look effortlessly cool when folded back, and subtle flare of this design creates a beautiful balance between masculine and feminine.

With a contrasting color dress: a dress in a complementary neutral is a great alternative to one in a matching color. Our beige dress seen here provides an excellent base, and keeps all eyes on you.

With a print dress: pair with a printed dress that contains a touch of navy for an easy work outfit that’s still fun and fresh. Match your mood to your print for an extra energy boost.

Bolero

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For the smart look of a suit jacket with all the comfort of a cardigan, our bolero jacket in navy makes a stylish statement. Specially designed to pair with kay me dresses and skirts, the slight crop length creates a figure-flattering shape, while the collar lines call to mind the beauty of Japanese kimono.

With a contrasting shell dress: wear with cool grays to highlight differences in tone, and keep the outfit cohesive by adding matching accessories.

With a matching Shoulder Venus dress: use the charming shoulder detail of this dress to add extra interest – just a hint of the gathered drapes will be seen under the jacket – creating a formal look with extra depth.

For more work-ready jacket styles and colors, take a look at our suits category.

Exploring… Water Mirror

Have you seen our stunning Water Mirror print yet?

Keep reading to find our more about our new original print mini-collection…

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New for autumn 2019, our Water Mirror print is inspired by the beauty of light reflections on water. A striking print that’s just as easy to wear in both cooler and warmer months, let Water Mirror effortlessly create a striking impression.

Made with over 30 different colors, this print was hand-painted specially for kay me by our print design team working in London. Broad brushstroke-like swirls of paint create an almost hypnotic effect that draws you into the artwork and leaves you feeling refreshed and energetic.

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Enjoy a variety of outfit options, as recommend by our stylists: choose one color from the print and pair with a matching item; select one color and wear with items from the same color range; or coordinate with complementary color items.

Our Water Mirror dresses are available in two different fabric choices and three dress styles.

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First, our long-length Marilyn dress in light and airy stretch chiffon is made for special occasions! Perfect for poolside vacations and glamorous evenings, this maxi-length style adds an extra sway to your step with the gentle sweep of chiffon. Crease-resistant, this dress will look beautiful no matter long it spends in your suitcase.

Our two jersey dresses are also a pleasure to wear, available in our stunning Venus and Ribbon patterns. Our Venus dress takes an expert hand for its complex construction, with each dress taking over 70 hand-placed tucks and drapes to create the full 360 degree effect.

Our Ribbon dress features a dramatic twist at the bustline, creating a beautifully flattering effect. Our Ribbon dress also features handy pockets, perfect for daily essentials.

To learn more about our Water Mirror collection, click here.

Celebrating autumn color dresses

Autumn is here again, and it’s time to take a look at kay me stylists’ top selection of gorgeously seasonal dresses for fall…

Rice Shower series

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Our beautiful Rice Shower original print is inspired by the effect of dappled sunlight seen through tree branches, and encapsulates the warmth of late summer days that lean seamlessly into the fall season.

Our Rice Shower dresses are available in red, green and navy, and look wonderful when paired with matching light and dark colors from the print. Wear with kay me classic tailored suit jackets for work, our stretchy riders jackets for weekends and layer up with cozy machine-washable knitwear.

Juicy color jersey series

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Capturing the colors and flavors of the season, our soft and feminine jersey fabric fit-and-flare dresses are available in a range of colors to suit every style and occasion.

Choose from our superb range in colors including wine red, juicy purple grape and rich khaki. These dresses are also yours in a variety of patterns, such as our cache-coeur, square neck and Venus drape designs.

Fruits and florals

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Always inspired by nature, our print designs also have a seasonal flavor all their own!

With a charming hand-drawn crayon print, our Crayon Berry dresses feature a gorgeous riot of flowers and berry in juicy reds and purples on a light background. kay me stylists recommend wearing this print with our Vitamin Cardigan series for an extra burst of color.

A more traditional floral in an unusual colorway, our Dramatic Yellow dress showcases a lovely flower garden inspired by tradition British designs in soft grays and purples on a harvest-like sunny yellow background. Pair with kay me stoles and knitwear for effortless elegance.

Finally, our Rose dress in side-gather pattern looks just like softly blooming flowers at the end of the autumn season. Rusty reds and muted tones are a perfect match with the warm off-white background, and this dress looks fantastic worn with layers in matching tones from the print.

kay me’s three problem-solving features

Did you know that kay me was envisioned by brand founder and lead designer Junko Kemi to meet her exacting work-wear needs?

Searching for new outfits appropriate for the office back in 2011, Junko was disappointed that none of the clothing on offer ticked all of the boxes for her.

Instead of compromising or giving up, Junko decided there was a perfect gap in the market for a range of women’s clothing and business suits that was machine washable, soft and stretchy, and in a classic chic style.

Let’s take an in-depth look at kay me’s three problem-solving features…

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1. “I don’t want to waste time dry-cleaning

Being able to machine-wash at home ensures that you’ll never have to worry about dragging a whole pile of items to the dry-cleaner, paying extra, dealing with slippery protective bags, and above all, worrying about the next trip to the cleaner.

We’ve chosen a selection of both man-made and natural fibers that provide excellent color retention, and are easily washed at home with no complicated instructions, can be hung to dry, and are also crease-resistant meaning no need for ironing.

2. “I want to be comfortable

In addition to be being machine-washable at home, our fabrics are also chosen for their softness and stretchiness.

There’s nothing worse than feeling too tightly restricted by clothing during a busy day. As part of Junko’s career as a consultant she was used to traveling around the country by car, train and air, so she understood the true value of being able to commute to and from work and live an active life in the most comfortable way possible.

Additionally, our dress and clothing patterns have been designed, redesigned and reworked multiple times to ensure that every seam, tuck and pleat is perfectly placed on the body to create a surprisingly comfortable and flattering silhouette.

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3. “I don’t want to feel stressed about outfit coordination

Say goodbye to the Monday morning closet panic!

All our items have been designed and made to seamlessly wear together, with classic items such as suits always available in must-have navy and black, with colors including gray and charcoal, pastels and rich reds available seasonally.

For even more outfit inspiration, be sure to take a look at the coordinate suggestions on every item page, with kay me’s expert stylists providing inspiration for how to wear each item within the kay me range.

To learn more about the behind-the-scenes story of kay me, click here!

Mix-and-match suits for the office

Creating a versatile and stylish work wardrobe that meets your daily needs is one of kay me founder Junko Kemi’s goals for creating the kay me label and designing all our fantastic collections.

While kay me covers far more than just women’s workwear, our beautiful hand-tailored suits remind one of the cornerstones of kay me, and often serve as an entry point for our loyal customers around the world.

Investing in myself” – one of our key goals, we believe that every women deserves a fabulous suit suit that makes her look just as powerful as she feels!

Try our mix-and-match suits for instant elegance every day, with no more standing around in front of your closet wondering what to wear.

With our full range including several styles of dresses, jackets, tops and skirts, there’s sure to be plenty of inspiration for creating timeless chic style with a kay me twist

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Outfits with dresses

Simply zip up, add a jacket and go – creating coordinates with dresses couldn’t be easier!

All our dresses are made to match our jackets, and pairing like with like is a tried and true way to make a classic and office-appropriate outfit.

To expand your looks with dresses, try pairing with kay me’s Japan-made knitwear and tailored jackets in contrasting colors – royal blue and beige are popular combinations here in Tokyo.

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Outfits with skirts and tops

Our stretchy skirts are perfect for keeping you comfortable all day long, and are specially designed to move with you – you can be assured that our wonderful wrap-style skirt won’t come undone even if you’re sprinting to catch the train!

Try playing with colors and patterns in the same family to expand your style, and switch tailored jackets for knitwear for a more casual, but still put together, look in the office.

For the final finishing touch, don’t forget about our stunning range of original bags, designed by kay me and handmade here in Japan, as well as our ethically made stoles and scarves to protect from UV rays and chilly air-conditioning.

Click here to see our mix-and-match suit selection.

Six little black dresses for work and weekends

You simply can’t go wrong with a little black dress…

With endless ways to style, from cardigans and sneakers at the weekend to pearls and high heels for formal events, the black dress is wardrobe workhorse that ensures and excellent CPW (cost per wear*) return.

Our beautiful selection of black dresses encompasses a variety of necklines, fits and sleeve lengths, so there’s something for everyone – and if you’re not a fan of black dresses, try filtering by color on our dress category page!

Keep reading for kay me stylists’ choice of our top 6 little black dresses…

Short sleeve – Square neck & Marilyn

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Great for formal events during warmer weather, our black square neck dress features a generous ruching that simultaneously highlights and flatters the figure. The square neckline lends itself easily to pairing with any jacket or kay me cardigan, making this a truly versatile dress.

Put a swing in your step with our charming Marilyn dress in black, the generous flared skirt made to swish and sway with every movement, plus handy pockets for daily small essentials such as keys, business cards and even snacks.

Three-quarter sleeve – Cache-coeur & Venus

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For a classic fit-and-flare look, our cache-coeur dress in black is hard to beat – designed with specially-placed seams to create a more flattering fit on the body, this dress has both a crossover bust and A-line flared skirt for extra impact.

A true kay me favorite, our Venus dresses instantly create a stunning hourglass figure. With a complex pattern that can only be made by expert craftspeople with years of experience, our black Venus dress is as glamorous as the goddess herself!

Long sleeve – Gather & Side-gather

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Our gather dresses are so easy to wear and give a touch of instant elegance to any ensemble. The stylish details and mermaid skirt of our black gather dress and black side-gather dress make for a feminine and grown-up dress that’s at home in any situation. Wear from autumn to spring, and know that your dress will carry you easily though the seasons.

Discover our side gather dress for an extra touch of elegance

* To calculate cost per wear, divide the price by the number of times the garment is worn – the lower the better!

 

 

 

Inspired by nature

There’s no need to look too far when searching for inspiration – there’s beauty and life all around us here at our Tokyo atelier!

From market stalls to parks to urban geometry, just looking out of the window is sure to generate new ideas for prints, patterns and color combinations.

Working closely with our London-based award-winning print designers and local and international fabric suppliers, kay me loves to share our world with you…

Water and waves

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One of the cultural elements of Japan, water is a wonderful source of inspiration for us.

Capture the essence of water and sunlight with our dramatic Aquarium long dress in stretch chiffon – light and airy, our dress with long maxi skirt sways as you walk, perfectly complementing the striking print design of this fabulous dress.

Our polka dot dresses are an annual favorite, with our charming light blue polka dot Marilyn dress bringing to mind April showers and fresh spring days, while our Marine Stripe dress showcases the power of the ocean with random stripes like crashing waves.

All three dresses featured here are our Marilyn pattern design, featuring a crossover bust, ribbon-like gathered waist detail, flared skirt and handy pockets.

Flower power

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Choosing from our gorgeous selection of florals was no easy matter, but here’s just three of our favorites especially for the early autumn season.

Keep an eye out for new versions of our lovely Primitive Art Venus dress coming later in the year, with our first use of this unique print capturing the vibrancy of nature. Our Tsubaki gather dress is inspired by traditional Japanese patterns, with the red roses contrasting beautifully with the green and black background.

Another favorite rose print, our Navy Rose, like Tsubaki, is made from insulated fleece-lined jersey designed to keep you warm and toasty to matter the weather, perfect for outside events and winter parties.

Juicy fruits

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Get ready for mouth-watering style with our selection of fruity prints and colors…

First in line is out wonderful Crayon Berry gather dress, one of the heroines of our late summer/early autumn collection. With a riot of flowers and berries hand-drawn in a crayon-like texture, this dress is sure to have you planning your next smoothie hit.

Our fresh Lemon print dress has also been a popular choice here in Japan, with the striking mix of bright colors and black and white making color coordination a breeze – this dress looks great with a variety of neutrals including navy, beige and gray.

Our glamorous Venus dress is the perfect match for our new rich grape jersey – simple change up your accessories for an instant day-to-night look.

The beauty of Japan

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Our bingata prints are authentic designs from traditional Okinawan crafts – read the story of how bingata is made here – and feature 22 colors exactingly printed using our patented techniques that keep our artwork sharper for longer.

Choose from pretty pink Nadeshiko, blue-on-blue Amairo, and blue and white Ai. The wide variety of subtle colors ensures easy coordination with a wide range of matching and contrasting kay me items, including our stretchy suits and Japan-made knitwear.

 

Discover kay me’s chiffon collection

Have you seen our amazing chiffon collection?

Available as dresses in standard and long lengths, blouses and tops, and our popular docking dresses, there’s a beautiful variety of prints and colors to enjoy.

kay me’s specially-selected chiffon has been chosen to meet our exacting standards, and is soft, stretchy and fully machine washable – just like the full range of kay me clothing!

Read on for our favorite chiffon selection…

Long dresses

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Perfect for everything from summer days to transitional weather, our long chiffon dresses flutter in the breeze and feel light as air. For summer vacations in the sun, our striking Aquarium print sleeveless Marilyn dress is the perfect choice for making a style statement wherever you are.

For work and weekends, our long chiffon dresses in navy and White Geo print look fantastic teamed with everything from our Japan-made knitwear to stretchy riders jackets. kay me stylists recommend tying the waist sash in different ways, or using a belt made from a contrasting color or material for a fresh update.

Dresses

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With plenty of chiffon dresses on offer, you’re sure to find your perfect match!

Bright and beautiful, our stretch chiffon is specially printed to ensure long-lasting color with as little fade as possible – out atelier team recommend washing inside a protective garment bag and hanging to line-dry when possible.

Choose from our aptly-name Dramatic Yellow dress with pretty frills and flared hem, our original Aquarium print Marilyn dress with handy pockets, tiny floral Petit Navy print and kay me classic colorful Monet with stunning bias cut and frilled neckline.

For a touch of sparkle, our navy dress with V neck, exposed zip and elegantly layered skirt has a charming row of tiny hand-placed Swarovski crystals that bring attention and shine to the face – a wonderful choice for any event, and easy to wear with any kay me outerwear.

Docking dresses

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Our docking dresses are a popular choice here in Tokyo, and give the effect of a top and skirt with all the ease of a simple one-zip dress.

Great for any office or more formal environment, our frill docking dresses are available in navy polka dot chiffon, subtle beige x black and lavender x navy, and eye-catching pink x charcoal and mustard x navy. Wear with a matching jacket for instant suit style, or with a contrasting tone for endless outfit possibilities.

For even more options, our pretty Oana dress pairs a cool floral print with short-sleeve chiffon top for fresh summer look, and our black and white knit blousing dress with full sleeves adds dimension to any winter outfit – simply wear with tights and and ankle boots for a cute and cozy look.

Blouses and tops

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Lovely Pink is certainly that – our sweet floral print chiffon blouse with shades of pink also features a ribbon bow tie that can be tied in different ways or left loose as you choose. Wear with dark neutrals or soft pastels for a variety of mix and match looks with this soft and sweet chiffon blouse.

For other long sleeve blouses, our White Geo print frill blouse is the perfect partner for busy working days, and as our crease-resistant chiffon is fully machine washable, there’s no need to worry about dry cleaning – highly recommended for business trips and travel.

For plain tops, our bracelet-length white double layer chiffon top and short sleeve ice gray double layer chiffon tops offer a variety of styling options: try a full tuck, inner layer tuck or leave both layers out for a more relaxed feel.

Click here to see our full range of chiffon items!

Navy dresses for fuss-free office days

As we’re all familiar with the Monday morning routine of agonizing over what to wear, allow kay me stylists to present their selection of easy to wear and coordinate, comfortable and stylish dresses in classic navy to help you head out the door on time.

All kay me items are machine washable, crease-resistant and expertly hand-crafted here in Japan, meaning that your kay me wardrobe will not only keep you looking chic and professional all day long, but also leaves more time for you to focus on what’s important to you.

Keep reading for our top navy work dress picks…

Short sleeves

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(V-neck I-line, Navy dot square-neck, Navy daily, Blue Fonce gather)

Great for warm weather. layering and transitional days, our short sleeve dresses provide excellent coverage with a variety of sleeve lengths.

Choose from solid navy, such as our popular I-line and daily styles – kay me stylists suggest tying the ribbon waist tie in different ways for a quick change – and work-appropriate prints including our floral Blue Fonce with creamy off-white flowers on a navy background, and our tiny polka dot print for a touch of fun.

Long sleeves

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(Petit Navy Marilyn, Navy Venus, Navy dot cache-coeur, Navy gathered)

With both three-quarter and long sleeve options, there’s plenty to choose from – and don’t forget about our custom order service if your dream dress isn’t already in production!

Our classic Venus and gathered styles create beautiful draped lines to flatter your figure, while our cache-coeur and Marilyn fit-and-flare dresses have the perfect amount of swing in the skirt to give and extra boost to your mood from morning to night.

Knit dresses

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(Navy knit, Navy Rose knit)

For chilly days, kay me stylists love to recommend our fabulous knitwear, made in coastal Kanazawa specially for kay me. Our gorgeous knits are soft, thick and fully washable at home – kay me founder and lead designer Junko Kemi is a particular fan of traveling in our knit dresses!

Our stylists recommend pairing these knit dresses with matching and contrasting knit outers, such as our long cardigans and knit jackets, as well as our traditional tailored jackets for a more formal touch.

Try filtering categories by color to find your new favorite kay me dress today!

Chic pants style

Have you tried kay me’s trousers yet?

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In addition to our fantastic range of dresses, knitwear, bags and stoles, kay me’s pants are also a great choice for busy work days and stylish occasions…

Stretchy, machine washable and crease-resistant, our pants are pretty perfect – and they have pockets too.

Designed to fit your needs, our pants have a slightly higher waist and cropped length, with subtle notched cuffs and hand-tucked waist pleat detailing.

Hand-crafted individually in our Tokyo atelier using our preferred fabric blend that’s just as soft and comfortable as you can expect for any and all kay me items, you can bend and flex all day long with ease in our stretchy pants with pockets!

Our trousers are available in navy and black to pair with kay me tailored jackets and bolero styles for instantly elegant office outfits.

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kay me stylists also recommend wearing with contrasting outerwear for extra style points, plus our wonderfully stretchy riders jackets and knitwear for days out and about.

If you’re already a fan of kay me’s soft and stretchy dresses and timeless workwear, consider adding a pair of our versatile trousers to your weekly wardrobe today – with free global shipping, it’s always a good time to find your new favorite kay me item!