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.

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!

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.

Three Ways to Wear Navy for Work

Navy is one of our favourite neutrals, adding warmth and depth to any outfit. kay me stylists like to recommend pairing navy with white and pink for spring and summer, and grey and jewel tones for autumn and winter. But how about for the office?

If you’re searching for a way to incorporate more navy into your work wardrobe, then look no further…

1. Solid colour dresses

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The foundation of a functional closet, solid colour dresses in navy can be worn in countless ways – simply change up accessories such as necklaces and scarves, as well as jackets in matching or contrasting colours.

Find kay me dresses such as our sack, cache-coeur, waist-gathered and Venus drape dresses, all pictured above, in a variety of cuts to suit every style, each handmade in Tokyo by artisans working with years of experience.

2. Docking dresses

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Contrast is the name of the game for our docking dresses, a way to wear navy that combines the look of a skirt and top in one easy to wear and wash dress. Our Office Animal dress features a loose-fitting top in pink and navy animal print, and our navy leopard dress has an asymmetric skirt with crossover hem. Pair both with matching navy jackets for an office-appropriate look with a healthy splash of style.

Add interest and extra colour to our navy and white docking and milano rib dresses – see our selection of handwoven scarves specially chosen by kay me’s Junko Kemi.

3. Suits and outerwear

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A classic navy suit will always be a worthwhile investment, and naturally we have a wonderful variety of workwear designed by and for busy women on the go. Our new trousers are stretchy and comfortable, and the perfect partners for our range of suit jackets in three lengths. For cool days, try our rich pure wool jacket which combines warmth and practicality with elegant tailoring.

For an extra layer in cold weather, our stretch wool coat in navy with flared A-line skirt and hidden snaps keeps out the chill while the strong seams enhance the design.

kay me Colours for Autumn and Winter 2017

Here at kay me HQ, we love choosing which colours to focus on for each season. As always, we’re very inspired by Japan, and the changing seasons allow us to explore both trendy and favourite colours.

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Our pretty shades for autumn and winter 2017 are a great way to expand your wardrobe in a thoughtful way, as each pair well not only with each other but also with other neutrals, solid colours and prints.

Navy

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Many of our kay me best-sellers are navy, and it’s no surprise – this versatile dark blue pairs beautifully with white and cream for the summer and with caramel and pink for a splash of autumnal colour. This season brings our lovely A-line coat in navy wool, as well as our popular stretchy suits in rich wool, and new prints too.

Discover our navy dresses and navy items.

Pink

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Bold and bright or pretty and pastel? At kay me, we’re always in the pink and we’ve got you covered with florals and geometric prints, as well as solid colour dresses that are just as great for the morning commute as well as for evening events with just a quick accessories change. Autumn will find both lipstick pinks and soft pastels coming soon.

See all pink dresses.

Grey

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From knitwear to princess coat-dresses, and from silver to dark charcoal, there’s a grey for everyone. Grey doesn’t have to be cold: wear with navy and rich bordeaux for warmth or white and lilac for cool beauty. Add a kay me Select scarf and warm underdress for extra layers on chilly days.

Click here for grey dresses and knitwear.

It’s a Wrap with Super Stripes

Have you seen our new striped dresses yet? With two wrap dresses and an elegant sleeveless dress, these versatile styles are sure to become firm favourites. Already a hit in Tokyo, catch them while you can!

Navy Stripe Piping Dress

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A slim-fitting dress, the strong vertical lines of the navy stripes elongate the body. The cross-over bust features delicate piping in navy, with a horizontally striped fixed waistband to highlight your natural figure.

Great for transitional seasons, wear on its own in summer, and layer with kay me knitwear in cooler months.

Navy Stripe and Bordeaux Stripe Wrap Dresses

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In warm bordeaux and rich navy, our wrap dresses are perfect for busy women everywhere. The sharp collar of the plain black top creates a smart look, with contrasting stripes to highlight the A-line design.

Don’t forget, there’s a secret tab and button to keep your skirt secure in breezy weather!

Soft and stretchy, all three dresses are made from kay me’s premium jersey, specially selected to provide maximum comfort and fuss-free washing at home. Pair with a tailored jacket for work in the office, or add a faux-leather jacket for the weekend and style on the go.

See more kay me new arrivals here.

New Season Navy, from kay me

Navy blue – a classic shade that’s suitable for all seasons, and one that we’re very happy to be celebrating today on the kay me blog. Navy blue has been a big inspiration for us this spring: softer than black, richer than grey and yet maintaining its place as a solid neutral that pairs beautifully with other colours. From white and cream to tan and caramel, not to mention on-trend pastels, try partnering our navy with a variety of tones and see how versatile your wardrobe instantly becomes.

Let’s take a closer look at some of our favourite navy dresses for spring and summer 2017…

Navy Venus Drape Dress*

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A kay me signature design, all our Venus Drape dresses, including our navy version, are made from a single piece of artfully draped fabric that creates a dramatic hourglass figure. Pair with simple heels to make a strong impression.

Navy Double Twist Dress*

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New for spring 2017, our sleeveless Double Twist dresses (also available in hot pink and royal blue) are perfect for dressing up or down. Pair with a kay me jacket in contrasting white or matching navy for easy office style.

Paisley Wrap Dress*

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A favourite of kay me founder Junko Kemi, our paisley print wrap dress takes the stress out of morning dressing. Pair with a kay me biker jacket for a work to weekend look.

Navy Raglan Sleeve Dress*

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Another new style we’re excited to share is our raglan sleeve dress, created with travel in mind and packed with attention to detail. Pair with casual kay me knitwear, or a tailored kay me jacket for chic situations.

* Available in Japan, please email shop@kayme.co.uk for international inquiries.

Florals for Winter, from kay me

Here at kay me, we love a beautiful floral print, so much so that we’re not ones to reserve our flowers only for spring and summer! We’re happy to introduce our new winter florals, three dresses that capture kay me’s lovely original prints and are a great choice this winter season.

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(Crisantemo, Tiny Flower, Rose Labyrinth)

First up is our super Cristantemo dress in kay me signature cache-coeur style, featuring a flower print inspired by traditional Japanese family crests. The circular shapes contrast with the wood-block style petals, and the indigo shade is one found in ancient dyeing techniques found in Japan. Made from double-faced fabrics, this dress is guaranteed to keep you warm this winter – pair with our stretchy white faux-leather biker jacket to contrast traditional and modernity in one outfit.

Our Tiny Flower print dress is a firm favourite at kay me HQ this winter, with the small print just the right side of busy, and lending itself well to coordinating with our knit bolero in black and grey with matching tights, or with bold coloured tights for a more casual setting. As with our Crisantemo dress, our Tiny Flower dress is also made from extra-warm fabrics with the reverse in plain black.

Finally, our Rose Labyrinth dress sees traditional Japanese indigo meeting a more fluid floral design. The mix of positive and negative roses make for a striking print that’s just as beautiful in the office as at outside events – this is certainly a desk-to-dinner dress that makes for a fuss-free day.

As with all kay me items, these dresses are also machine washable and crease-resistant, and fully responsibly handmade here in Japan.

No More Blue Mondays – The Navy Edit from kay me

For an extra chic look this autumn and winter, why not try navy blue – the alternative to black that’s just as easy to wear. Discover our top picks and get ready to join the navy

Solid colour dresses

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(Cache-coeur dress in navy, Crystal V Neck dress)

The foundation of a wardrobe that works for every situation, our block colour dresses in navy are simple and stylish. Pair with classic pumps and a kay me jacket for the office, or a biker jacket and boots for a modern weekend style. We love the hand-placed crystals and exposed bronze back zip of our v neck dress, and it’s also available as a round neck too. Not sure how to tie your cache-coeur dress? Watch our video guide here!

Printed dresses

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(Contemporary Kimono Ai-Michelle, Tweed print stretch dress in navy)

Our Contemporary Kimono series is the perfect way to add a flash of authentic Japanese kimono patterns to your style, and the delicate red and white floral design lends itself well to highlighting these colours. Add accessories in red and white for an effortlessly put-together outfit. New for autumn and winter 2016 is our revolutionary new tweed – stretchy, washable and so soft, our navy mix tweed dress also has pockets too!

Business suits

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(Tailored jacket and side slit skirt, navy peplum jacket and skirt)

With business in mind, here at kay me we pride ourselves on creating from the ground up a range of suits made by and for busy women the world over, all handmade in Japan by our team of highly skilled artisan workers. Go traditional with our tailored jacket and side slit skirt, or shake things up with our wonderful new peplum jacket and matching skirt in a subtle leopard print jacquard.