Wedding guest dresses – and beyond!

Wedding season is here again, and there’s nothing better than a fresh new outfit to mark a special occasion. However, we also love making the most of our purchases and considering “cost per wear” – the cost of the item vs how often it’s worn.

In our effort to create versatile and stylish dresses and clothing can be worn for a variety of occasions, we tasked kay me stylists with reimagining looks for four of our favorite summer dresses that look just as great on the dance floor as on the daily commute…

The dresses…


(Aquarium chiffon marilyn, Royal blue square neck, Ammonite venus, Lemon waist gather)

To start with, our stylists chose a selection of pretty prints and colors. Our Aquarium dress is made from a beautiful chiffon fabric that’s light and airy as well as being stretchy and opaque with a built-in under layer, and gathered ribbon-like waist detail.

Our new square neck design is elegant and simple with a flattering line of gathers that highlights your natural figure, while our classic Venus drape style is the perfect partner for our new ammonite print, inspired by the mysterious depths of the ocean.

Finally, our popular waist gather style with 72 hand-placed tucks meets our vibrant and fun lemon print – great for a destination wedding in the sunshine.

With knits…









(kay me knitwear)

Wear our selected dresses with kay me’s made in Japan knitwear for a variety of situations!

Our bolero cardigan is thick and soft with a dense weave and a beautiful drape that skims the body, and paired with our silver pouch makes for a glamorous layer.

Our long cardigan is great for busy days on the go both in and out of the office, featuring a kimono-inspired shawl collar and useful deep pockets on either side.

For a splash of color, our vitamin cardigans are fantastic choice for warm weather, with a tencel blend that’s light and cool, and a selection of variously shaped crystal buttons for a final sparkling touch.

With jackets…


(kay me jackets and setups)

For formal occasions, in the office and for cool weather, you just can’t go wrong with a well tailored classic jacket. All kay me jackets are handmade here in Tokyo, using our specially selected stretch fabric and stitching that allows greater freedom of movement and day-long comfort.

Contrast the bold and bright aquatic colors of our Aquarium print with a cool gray bolero jacket for maximum style points, or play up color-blocking with our simple jacket in black – kay me’s bolero jackets are a slightly cropped length with raised waist seam and hidden pockets, making them a great outerwear option.

If you’ve never tried a white jacket before, now’s your chance! A lovely choice for the summer, white jackets add a touch of fresh elegance to every outfit. There’s no need to worry about accidents, as naturally all our jackets are also fully machine washable at home, drip dry and do not need ironing. In fact, our fabrics are chosen to be crease-resistant, making them perfect for travel as well.

Thanks to our stylists for their simple and stylish solutions for making the most of your kay me dresses!

Shape up with kay me dress silhouettes

No matter your shape or style, there’s a dress to suit you and your taste, and all handmade by kay me.

From a fun and feminine flare to a pretty peplum, here at the kay me atelier we love having the opportunity to dress in a great variety of silhouettes, depending on our mood. Many people have a preference, but needless to say that it’s always a good challenge to break out of your comfort zone now and again.

Join us as we round up a selection of our favourite silhouettes for work and weekends…



Some of our most popular styles and a kay me classic, our fit-and-flare cache-coeur dresses feature a crossover bust and beautifully flared A-line skirt. Available in a great variety of prints and colours, these are a wonderful way to expand your dress wardrobe.

For other flared styles, try our sleeveless and flare silhouette dresses.



Some days you just want a loose-fitting dress – enter our easy to wear sack dress and space dress, in thick soft fabrics that drape from the shoulder. Also with handy pockets, our loose dresses can quickly be dressed up or down with just a simple change of sneakers to heels and parker to tailored jacket.



For those who prefer a long and lean look, our docking dresses feature a contrasting loose top with a tighter skirt. Available in solid colours and a lovely variety of prints, docking dresses give you the look of a skirt and blouse with the ease of a dress. New from spring 2018, our shell dresses have a gathered bust with high ribbon-style detail and practical pockets.



Feminine and fun, our peplum dresses are great for the office as well as a city brunch with friends. With a waist-defining frill, peplums are charming on a variety of shapes and sizes, so don’t be shy in giving this trend a try. Our favourites include yellow dalmatian print and lovely lace details.



For styles that flatter your natural figure, our Venus drape and waist-gathered dresses are a great choice. One of our consistently best-selling styles, Venus drape dress are individually handmade from a single large piece of fabric that is then expertly draped to create the final form.

Use the pattern drop-down menu on our online store to find different styles of dresses – try it today to find your new favourite kay me dress!

Winter Outfit Layering Tips, kay me Style

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, it’s all about keeping warm and cosy! Staying chic and work appropriate is often a concern for women here in Tokyo as well as overseas – but kay me is here to help with our quality fabrics that are comfortable and easy to care for, wonderful for a stress-free winter.

Let kay me guide you on how to layer up this winter for work days without compromising on style or comfort…

Step One: Warm Underdress


Start with a good foundation – a base layer is key for keeping you warm and protecting against any chills. Our warm underdresses are available in charcoal for darker dresses and greige for lighter dresses. The separately-constructed top and skirt are made from different heat-insulating rayon blends and designed to hug the body while being soft and stretchy.

Step Two: Pure Wool


When the mercury heads down, make sure to reach for one of our beautiful pure wool dresses or skirts. This winter we recommend our Navy Leopard and Office Animal print dresses, as well as our office-friendly slim fitting switch skirts in navy, light grey, beige or black. Simply pair these dresses and skirts with a matching jacket for easy early mornings, or mix and match with contrasting shades for an easily expanded wardrobe.

Step Three: Knitwear


For those in need of an extra layer, our Japan-made knitwear is the perfect choice. Fully washable and effortless soft and light, our turtlenecks, cardigans and boleros can be worn for weekends as well as work day and evening events. kay me stylists recommend wearing our subtly sparkly knit jumpers with our pure wool suits for a lovely pastel winter look.

Step Four: Outerwear


Princess lines or a padded trench? Choose your style from our range of pretty coats in classic A-line shapes and cute prints. Our wool coats are available in navy and white-grey, while our cotton-padded trench coats feature flamingos on a navy base, giraffes on a caramel base, and cats on a grey background – great for standing out from the crowd.

Swap a coat for one of our Vegan-friendly faux-leather jackets for weekend style on the go.

Step Five: Select Scarves


The finishing touch to any kay me outfit, our kay me Select scarves have been personally chosen by Junko Kemi and expertly handmade in India by artisan craftspeople who also hand-weave for Maharajas.

Choose from cashmere, wool and silk blends, lace and sequins. kay me stylists love opting for all-navy evening outfits topped with a navy scarf, or varying wintery pastels with light suits paired with pale scarves. A great gift for someone special – or yourself!

Get Ready for Special Events, with kay me

Weddings, graduations, birthdays, baby showers and parties… The summer season schedule is often packed with special events from morning to night. kay me is here to help – handmade by a small team of skilled artisans here in Japan, our dresses are machine washable and drip-dry with no need to iron, as well as being crease-resistant.

Perfect for travel and long days, there’s no need to worry about wrinkled skirts or expensive cleaning bills, and you can certainly dance up a storm in our premium stretchy fabrics!

Here’s our selection of pretty party dresses fit for a variety of occasions:

Amaranth Cross Dress


The distinctive vivid pink colour and specially tailored cross paneling of our Amaranth dress is sure to make you stand out from the crowd. Sleeveless and with small side-slits for easy walking, let this dress shine by keeping accessories light and minimal.


Royal Blue Double-twist Dress


Our double-twist dresses* are created from a complex pattern that ensures the front and back twists are perfectly positioned to enhance and flatter your natural figure. This rich shade of royal blue is pretty with pearls and contrasting footwear.


Black Halter Dress


Simple and elegant, this little black dress is sure to be a favourite! Our halter dress in black features a removable neck ribbon that can be tied and draped in multiple ways, an in-built waistband and handy pockets for keeping small essentials close by.


Green Cache-coeur Dress


A bold green sets apart this cache-coeur dress*, with classic fit-and-flare design and long sleeves. Attend a graduation, toast a happy couple and enjoy a dinner party with this versatile dress. Just add kay me knitwear for chilly evenings.


Navy Swarovski Crystal V-neck Dress


Delicate hand-placed crystals are the focal point of our navy v-neck dress, accented by the softly fluttering double-layered A-line skirt. A feature zip in bronze at the back of this dress creates a contrast, and can be given extra edge with a kay me biker jacket.


*Available in Japan, please email for inquiries

Styling a Black Jacket, with kay me

Second only to the little black dress, a simple black jacket has truly wonderful styling potential. Suitable for office situations such as client work, presentations and meetings, as well as being the perfect layer for cool evenings over matching skirts and contrasting dresses, a black jacket is a true wardrobe staple.

kay me jackets have been specially designed with busy women in mind, and each new design is tested in-house at kay me HQ in Tokyo to ensure the best fit, tighten up tailoring and be given Junko Kemi’s seal of approval. From pockets to piped seams to feature buttons, kay me jackets are packed with attention to detail.

In celebration of the humble but essential black jacket, we’ve chosen a few coordinating dresses to show how versatile one jacket can be, in this case our simple and elegant black bolero jacket in stretch ponte fabric:

Back in black: stretch ponte black dress & black jacket


A simple look, but one that works – pairing our ponte bolero jacket with our beautifully tailored dress in matching ponte fabric. This dress features three-quarter sleeves, a moderate V-neck and specially placed tucks and darts to enhance your natural figure.

Fabric mix: Charlotte docking dress & black jacket


With the ease and convenience of a dress but the look of separates, our docking dresses are the definition of fuss-free elegance! Our Charlotte docking dress features a striking graphic monotone print in light and airy chiffon, contrasted with a structured black skirt.

Modern monotone: Smith Black dress & black jacket


If our Charlotte print has piqued your interest in black and white, our waist-gathered Smith Black dress is sure to tick all the boxes. Bold black and white brushstrokes make up this print, and our waist-gathered style is always flattering.

Feminine florals: Painting Yellow wrap dress & black jacket


Our signature wrap dresses have been updated for spring and summer 2017 with charming collars and three-quarter sleeves. Painting Yellow* features dramatic black and yellow florals on a white structured A-line skirt, with soft and stretchy contrasting black top.

Colour and pattern: Tile Fretwork venus drape dress & black jacket


Wrapping up our quick look at styling a black jacket is our venus drape dress in new Tile Fretwork print*, combining black and white with shades of rich teal green and touches of mustard with our signature venus drape style. Hand-draped from a single piece of fabric, our venus drape dresses, like all kay me items, are fully machine washable, drip-dry and non-iron.

Don’t forget, we love to see how you wear your kay me – share your looks on Instagram with #instantelegance


*Available in Japan, please email for inquiries

Coordinating Knitwear Outfits, from the kay me team

Our super stylists at kay me HQ in Ginza have been hard at work putting together lots of great outfit inspiration with our knitwear collection. As with all kay me items, everything is machine washable, non-iron and wonderfully soft and stretchy. You won’t find any scratchy sweaters here – just simple classic knit dresses that can be dressed up or down your way. We’ve provided some inspiration here, and of course we’d love to see your outfits too – tag #kayme on Instagram to share your style.


(Milan Rib white, faux-leather and knit biker jacket, Milan Rib pink)

Imagining a date night, our stylists chose our white Milan Rib knit dress paired with our black faux-leather riders jacket for a cool look that will definitely keep you warm on a winter evening. We also suggest adding your favourite pair of ankle boots and a faux-fur scarf for a touch of rock and roll. If you’re off to a glamorous destination, our Milan Rib knit dress in pretty pink is a great match with frosty glittery accessories, perfect for gazing at the Christmas illuminations.


(Blue Mucha wrap dress, off-white cache-coeur knit top, Milan Rib black)

Heading to a post-work party? Our stylists suggest wearing our Blue Mucha wrap dress with our off-white cache-coeur knit top for extra warmth, and you can certainly never go wrong with a pair of killer heels and a matching clutch. Our Milan Rib knit dress in black is sombre enough for the office, and the addition of a vivid scarf creates visual interest and takes this outfit to the next level – a simple and effective way of making the most of each dress.


(Milan Rib black, Milan Rib grey)

Our black Milan Rib knit dress gets a make-over! Paired with bold yellow accessories, this eye-catching outfit is perfect for trips to the theatre, visits to art galleries and in warmer weather a stroll through stately gardens. Not to be left out, our stylists have paired our grey Milan Rib knit dress with navy blue shoes and scarf, creating a more subdued but elegant colour palette.


(Navy turtleneck, Milan Rib white, knit bolero black)

If you’re jetting off for the weekend and wish to stay stylish on a flight, look no further than our soft and cosy navy blue turtleneck knit dress – fully machine washable, crease-proof and stretchy, simply add low-heeled ankle boots and a statement (non-metallic!) necklace to complete the look. For those hoping to add some on-trend knitwear to their office wardrobe, kay me stylists have selected our Milan Rib knit dress in white paired with our black knit bolero. A patterned silk scarf adds a hint of colour, while keeping you warm and comfortable.

Keep in touch with kay me on social media (InstagramFacebookTwitter) for more tips from the kay me team.

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


(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


(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


(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.

Top Wrap Dress Tips from kay me

Have you ever wondered how to perfectly tie your beautiful new kay me dress? Never fear, our easy to follow video guides are here to give you a helping hand to recreate the best bows and form-flattering lines that make kay me cache-coeur and wrap dresses such a great choice for women on the way to work as well as relaxing at the weekend.

Keep reading and hit play to learn the secrets of how to tie your dresses…


How to tie a kay me cache-coeur dress:

With the zip fully open, slip the dress over your head and then zip up.

Feed the left ribbon through the hole on the right hand side, then pull the right ribbon tight and pass both around your back. Try to keep the ribbons as flat as possible for the best effect.

Tie a bow in the centre, and spread out the ribbons for extra volume.

You can also experiment with different positions and ways to tie your bow, just like a kimono obi belt.

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How to tie a kay me wrap dress:

Start with the dress open, and thread the left ribbon through the hole on the right hand side.

Pull both ribbons behind you, making sure the dress is snug and there are no wrinkles in the ribbons.

Pass the ribbons around your back and to the front again, while still keeping the ribbons as flat as possible.

Tie a bow – our kay me styling team suggest slightly off-centre to the left and the larger the bow the larger the impact.

Finally, you’ll find kay me’s signature fastener on the left side – attach to the right, and you’ll be protected on breezy days.

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Not only are kay me dresses easy to wear, but our high quality fabrics with patented easy-care technology also feel great – no more stiff materials that crease too easily. We even took two years to find the perfect fabric blends to ensure that our top level standards continue across the whole kay me range.

Packing for Holiday Travel with kay me

Everyone loves a summer getaway, whether you’re heading for the cool Karuizawa countryside in Japan or jetting off for a European holiday. Once you’ve settled on where to go, the next challenge is deciding what to pack – how much can you fit in your suitcase, and how many situations you’re likely to be in, not to mention caring for clothing while away from home.

kay me takes the stress out of holiday packing with our premium jersey and silk fabrics that are crease-resistant as well as being luxurious to the touch – no more wrinkled fabric, and with our innovative patterning techniques, you’ll have a perfect fit every time.


(Side drape orange and Monet)

Keep reading for our travel packing tips as well as our five favourite holiday dresses…

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