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!

What to wear this week – geometric prints

Here at kay me we pride ourselves on creating versatile items, from dresses to jacket and pretty much everything in between, that can be worn in a variety of different ways and make opening your closet a pleasure.

This week, we tasked kay me stylists to come up with seven different ways to wear our gorgeous new original geometric print dresses, from the work week right through to the weekend. Keep reading for plenty of outfit inspiration…

Monday – Back in the office

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(White geo gathered dress, White cardigan, White tote bag)

The feminine flare of our gathered dress is the perfect partner for our white cardigan with round collar and pockets, and simply add a matching white kay me tote bag for easy office style on Monday morning.

Tuesday – Unexpected visit

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(White geo venus dress, White long cardigan)

Feel calm and collected even when the unexpected happens! Our Venus dress effortlessly creates a beautiful hourglass figure with hand-placed tucks and drapes, and is topped off with our Japan-made long knit cardigan in simple white.

Wednesday – The big presentation

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(White geo venus dress, Collarless black jacket)

Our Venus dress in white geometric print makes another appearance, this time with with our minimalistic black collarless jacket for a sharply tailored and classic style that’s guaranteed to keep all eyes on you as you command the room.

Thursday – Debrief with the boss

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(White geo gathered dress, Gray ruffle jacket)

Hello again to our gathered dress in white this Thursday, and add a feminine touch with our stunning jacket in medium gray wool blend with generously ruffled collar. As with all kay me items, this dress and jacket are both fully machine washable at home!

Friday – Dinner with friends

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(Caramel geo Marilyn dress, White short cardigan)

With a charming flared skirt and pretty bust design, our Marilyn dress in navy and caramel geometric print is a sophisticated choice for Friday, and paired with our short cardigan in contrasting white makes the change from work to dinner an effortless one.

Saturday – Cafe brunch

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(Caramel geo gathered dress, White bijou button cardigan)

We’re still on the go this weekend, and our gathered dress with perfectly placed tucks in caramel and navy looks fabulously elegant when worn with our white cardigan with sparking crystal buttons to instantly elevate any outfit.

Sunday – Errands in the city

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(Caramel geo Marilyn dress, Sepia zip-up)

Finishing the week with our Marilyn dress again, for a chic weekend city look, pair with our sepia zip-up top and simply swap heels for sneakers for a style that’s also incredibly comfortable, the perfect way to round off our week of geometric prints.

Are you feeling inspired by these looks? Don’t forget to tag your style on Instagram with #kayme!

kay me bags for all situations

Here at the kay me atelier in Tokyo, we know that a bag is one of the final steps to completing your full outfit, ready to face the world.

While we might not have the perfect answer to the debate of matching your shoes to your bag (stylishly chic or too matchy-matchy?), we asked our team of stylists for their ideas for selecting our original made-in-Japan kay me bags for different situations.

Don’t forget that kay me bags are cruelty-free and specially designed for busy days – what’s not to love?

Daily commute

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Our two-way business bag can be carried either as a backpack or held by the top straps, making it a great choice for those with plenty of items to carry with them. If a longer shoulder strap is preferable, our PC bag is the perfect choice. Both PC and two-way business bags feature zip closures with extra-wide mouths, built-in laptop sleeve and plenty of useful internal and external pockets.

Wear with… kay me’s machine washable stretchy suit separates for a variety of professional and polished looks.

Creating contrast

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Sometimes we like our bag to make a bold statement, and with kay me’s range of rich colors, there’s sure to be a bag that catches your eye. Choose from our abstract floral-inspired Tassel print on soft neoprene in two tones, as well as our bright red (a particular favorite in Tokyo!) and metallic silver bags, all available as surprisingly spacious compact tote bags, business bags, pouches and small essentials cases too.

Wear with… everything from sharp tailoring to relaxed knitwear.

Matching tones

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Calling all color-coordinators! The simplest way to create a cohesive outfit is to pick one color from your clothing and choose a bag in the same shade, such as our red bag and cardigan with Swarovski crystal buttons. Change things up by going for a similar tone, like our silver bag and charcoal gray cardigan, or pick out two colors from our Tassel print, off-white and gray, as the elements of your outfit.

Wear with… matching Japan-made knitwear, naturally! Try our selected cashmere scarves for even more possibilities.

Styling tips for party season

As we edge closer towards the end of the year, party season is fast approaching in its blaze of lights, canapés and clinking glasses.

As tempting as it is to splurge on one party dress for one specific occasion, here at key me we love being able to style our dresses, jackets and suits in different ways to make the most of each item.

Yes, we’re all about cost-per-wear (the price of the item divided by how many time it’s worn), and our versatile designs and easy-care fabrics encourage you to make the most of your beautiful kay me clothing.

This week on the kay me blog, we’ve rounded up our selection of party outfits for different occasions from work to casual, and have asked our team of expert store stylists in and around Tokyo for their top tips and tricks for styling your way through the season and beyond…

Business party

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While this party may be obligatory, sombre clothing is not. Stand out from the crowd in our stunning frill docking dresses in vivid pink and warm mustard, designed to look like and have all the convenience of a one-piece dress. These special dresses wonderfully utilize contrasting materials, with a stretch chiffon for the top and our washable wool blend for the skirt.

Remember that suits don’t have to be characterless – try our pretty frilled jacket for a feminine and sculptural look, or our new lace peplum suits, available in lilac blue and navy, for a suit setup with an elegant retro twist.

Styling tip: keep accessories simple with bright colors, and re-wear our lace slit skirts with blouses and knitwear for 9-to-5 in the office.

Family and friends

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A true kay me classic, our cache-coeur dresses have been painstakingly developed from scratch by our atelier team to create the most flattering fit-and-flare design with built-in waist sash and cross-over bust, making for a truly versatile dress that’s a pleasure to wear again and again.

Choose from our range of colors updated for 2018, including red, royal blue, navy and green, all rich hues designed to be dressed up and down as you like.

Styling tip: wear these feminine and comfortable dresses with our stretchy riders jackets for weekend outings, and simply pop on a matching or contrasting kay me tailored jacket for the work week.

Festive fun

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For those that love to make an impression, our loose-fitting bold red V-neck dress is a must for the festive season, along with our Baby Emerald print dress that captures the frosty florals of winter. This print in particular also looks stylish well into spring with the addition of light knitwear.

For a touch of Japanese elegance, our unique washable 100% silk kimono dresses are a timeless choice. Enjoy the beauty of traditional Japanese design and craftsmanship with the ease of our practical easy-care fabrics for a dress that’s sure to be closet staple for years to come.

Styling tip: our kimono dresses look just as pretty with kay me made in Japan knitwear for hosting at home as with a tailored jacket for outings including wedding parties.

Discover a wide variety of clothing and styles specially selected by kay me for seasonal parties and more social occasion on our newly-relaunched online store – three cheers and season’s greetings!

What to wear to… a presentation

For a presentation or pitch, preparation is key!

But once you’ve memorised what you want to say and brainstormed potential questions, there comes the inevitable question: what should I wear?

As kay me founder Junko Kemi is no stranger to public speaking, you can be sure that kay me clothing is perfectly suited to pitching – our easy-care fabrics are crease-resistant and machine washable, as well as soft and stretchy, making sure you look and feel your best when it comes to the crunch.

To find the presentation outfit that works for you, we’ve broken our styles into three groups based on your goal. Keep reading below and discover your new favourite go-to outfit…

I want to… stand out from the crowd

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Choose bright colors to make yourself the center of everyone’s attention. This technique is great for creatives and those who aren’t shy about playing with color.

Try our dresses with pretty frilled blouses in bright pink and mustard for an eye-catching look that will make sure all eyes stay fixed on you.

I want to… celebrate my femininity

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For situations when you wish to highlights your feminine side, pick our pretty pastels and pale colors, for suit separates as well as print dresses.

Mix and match dresses, jackets, skirts and tops to create different looks, and explore different fabrics including lace and chiffon.

I want to… inspire confidence

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Far from somber and dull, kay me’s darker tones, such as navy and charcoal gray, are available in a variety of fabrics including our washable wool which has a beautiful soft shine to the weave.

To change things up, pair with long cardigans for a more relaxed style, or our frilled jackets for a sculptural touch.

Discover more clothing suggestions for presentation and pitches on our newly-relaunched online store!

Wearing work dresses in three easy steps

Hi everyone, it’s Ikue from kay me’s online team in Tokyo!

Did you know that before working with kay me, I was a member of a major international IT company here in Japan? I often wore kay me dresses and jackets in the office, and now I get to bring my skills to one of my favourite fashion companies.

Today I’d like to share with you some tips for dressing for business…

So, do you often wear print dresses? “Of course, I love them!” I hear you say! But for those working in a more conservative industry, it takes a little more courage to wear something bold (I felt the same way too).

kay me dresses are so easy to wear and such a time-saver when working long hours, so it’s a shame not to wear your favourite dresses every day…

Today’s theme is: stepping up your work dresses!

Step 1: Start with neutral solid colours

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First of all, try basic neutral colours such as white, grey, navy and black. (Why not try filtering by colour on our dresses page…)

I also recommend wearing these colours in our daily and Venus drape dress styles. With our I-line dresses, the silhouette is so crisp, it’s easy and comfortable to wear in a suit-like way.

All our dresses pair beautifully with kay me suit jackets – choose from matching or contrasting colours.

Step 2: Play with colour and shape

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When you get used to your new dress style, try branching out with different colours and shapes.

For example, our popular new blue-grey shade is so pretty and flattering. It’s not as strong or sombre as navy or black, but it’s soft with a sense of neatness, a great alternative for the office.

Here I’ve chosen to highlight our Marilyn short-sleeve dresses with cache-coeur bust and flared hem – this style adds just a touch of grown-up femininity.

Step 3: Two-colour print challenge

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Even for “print beginners”, a classic combination such as black and off-white is easy to wear and coordinate. Just pick one colour to highlight from the print, in the case of our Tassel Flower print off-white, and use this as the main colour for your jacket.

This dress also looks wonderful with black, or even bringing out the hints of grey in the print.

Also, by wearing a jacket it constrains the print a little, just in case you’re still nervous!

So, what do you think? Instant elegance, with lots of styling ideas for you try this week at work!

Ikue.

On and off style, with kay me

Everyone loves clothes that can do double duty and can be worn for both work and weekends, transitioning from long days in the office to evening events and everything in between.

Today we’ve taken our top pick of items and, thanks to kay me stylists, have suggested different ways to wear the same key pieces. With all kay me looks being machine washable at home, with no need to tumble dry or iron, our principles of style, comfort and instant elegance are well covered.

Keep reading for outfit inspiration…

Cardigans

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Baby blue Kanazawa long cardigan – in the office // after-work drinks

Mist grey Kanazawa long cardigan – team meeting // brunch with friends

Our favourite transitional layer for autumn and beyond, we love our made-in-Japan long cardigans. Knitted specially in the city of Kanazawa for kay me, our long cardigans feature large size pockets and side slit for ease of movement. The shawl collar drapes beautifully, and is a nod to traditional Japanese kimono design.

Wear our long cardigans with solid colour dresses, or add texture and detail with tops and skirts.

Print dresses

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Safari sunset waist-gathered dress – dinner date // al fresco lunch

Coffee beans daily dress – weekly presentation // errands in town

We are no strangers to a print dress here at kay me, and today we’ve chosen to highlight our Safari Sunset and Coffee Beans dresses with vibrant tribal-inspired prints. While a print dress can feel like the star of the show, with careful styling a single dress can be adapted to a great variety of situations and outfits simply by changing up your outer layers.

Wear our prints with suit jackets and bolero cardigans for formal occasions, and our “first class” parkers for casual days.

Navy dresses

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Navy sack dress – city shopping // catch-up cocktails

Navy rib zip front dress – independent theatre // to and from the gym

Our neutral of choice, navy dresses are wardrobe workhorses and genuine chameleons that can be dressed up and down as you see fit. We’ve chosen to highlight our loose-fitting sack dress with wide collar and mid sleeves, as well as our rib dress with front zip and contrasting fabrics panels.

Wear our solid navy dresses with handmade kay me Select scarves, or for warmth and stretch add our indigo riders jacket for that extra cool factor.

Three ways to keep cool in the office

As the long hot summer just keeps on going here in Tokyo, we’ve been brainstorming our favourite ways to keep cool in the office. Staff from all departments shared great advice, including portable desk fans, re-freezable ice-packs and handy thermos bottles.

As much as we’re looking forward to unpacking our autumn knitwear, there’s still time to enjoy the summer season before fall arrives.

Aside from battling with the air-conditioner and making frequent trips to the office freezer for ice-cream, here are three of our top ways to stay cool and stylish:

Wear light colours

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(White tailored jacket, White mermaid flare skirt, Beige tailored jacket, White lace peplum dress, Pink chiffon top, Shell white design tuck skirt)

As much as we love navy, in summer light colours are a better choice as they reflect light rather than absorbing it.

Play with pastels and wear with our white suit jackets and skirts for easy styles that are as fresh as they look – a hint of pale pink adds femininity to workwear, and light beige instantly creates a grown-up image.

No need to worry about white: our stretchy jackets and skirts are made to move with you, and are all fully machine washable, drip-dry and non-iron.

Choose short sleeves

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(Pink lace peplum, Peach sleeveless flare, Light grey future flare, White chiffon top, Shell white design tuck skirt)

Continuing with our theme of light colours, pick a light and airy dress with a little flare, literally and figuratively, with short sleeves a must in sunny weather.

Shape up in our peplum dress, or choose a touch of retro style with our sleeveless flare and future flare dresses. Alternatively, our chiffon tops are a lovely choice for the office, with layered cap sleeves and an opaque under-layer that can be tucked into a skirt or kept over the waistband.

Try a Tencel knit cardigan

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(Navy, Baby blue, Mist grey, White)

Cool and airy, Tencel is made from natural cellulose fibres making it a wonderful choice for a light summer cover-up that doesn’t compromise on style or practicality.

Choose from four colours: navy, baby blue, mist grey and white. Pair with a light-coloured kay me dress or suit set-up for an elegant look every day.

Crease resistant and easy to look after, our long cardigans are also lovely for travel, whether you’re speeding on the Shinkansen or relaxing on the beach.