Timeless and Classic with a Twist: How to Wear Monochromatics for Summer

As summer peaks around the corner, many people are quick to switch out their wardrobe for bright, vibrant colors to signify the end of cold, gloomy winter. But what if colors aren’t your cup of tea, or doesn’t fit the TPO (Time, Place, Occasion)? Our solution is simple: stick with the timeless and classic combination of black and white, with a twist!

In this article we’ll explore three monochromatic kay me dresses and how you can transform your black and white outfits to be light, airy, and vibrant for the summer season.

Brighten up with White

What better way to look fresh and new for the summer season than with a touch of bright white? Add a white item to instantly lift the complexion of the outfit and effortlessly brighten the look! This also helps to pull out the lighter shades in your monochromatic look and adds a crisp finish that ties the look together. Our Black Herringbone Cache-Coeur Ribbon Dress is the perfect match for any white jacket, featuring a chic and classical monochrome herringbone print complemented by a black ribbon tie at the waistline. The white jacket lifts the heaviness of the black used in the dress, creating a perfectly harmonious balance without straying from the monochromatic spectrum.

Create Harmony with Earthy Tones

Bring roundness to the sharp edge of monochromatic items by pairing them with a soft earth tone such as beige or greige, or gray. By softening the color palette with the introduction of earth tones, the look becomes effortlessly lightweight, perfect for the warmer months. To take this method a step further, we recommend finding a monochromatic item that includes a touch of earth tones, such as our Classical Flower dresses that incorporate a light tone of beige. Our newly introduced Classical Flower print features delicately drawn flowers with detailed hand-drawn strokes of a pen. This pattern is the perfect mix of elegant and versatile, and can be dressed up or down to fit any occasion! Pair this dress with our Kanazawa-made cardigan for additional softness that comes from the luxurious knitting. By adding a knitted item on top the monochromatic sharpness is softened further with the textured fibers.

Add a Juicy Pop of Color

For those daring to be a bit more bold, adding a pop of color to your monochromatic look is the perfect way to celebrate the warmer, brighter months of summer! From fiery red to cheery yellow, kay me’s wide selection of colorful cardigans and items are sure to pair gorgeously with any monochromatic look. Our new Giraffe Geo print takes a chic and modern approach to monochrome prints by incorporating a giraffe print-like geometric pattern in black and brown with an accent of white highlight. By adding an additional pop of color with monochromatic prints, such as our Giraffe Geo series, the color appears more vibrant and fresh than it would on its own. To bring cohesive harmony to the look, focus on just one additional color to incorporate with your accessorization from head to toe, whether adding a bold accent color such as red or something more subtle like champagne pink!

Monochromatic prints are timeless classics that never go out of style and are ideal for any occasion, whether for business, leisure, or even special occasions. At kay me we have a wide array of monochrome dresses, from simple solid items to intricate floral or geometric prints. Our newly added prints, Herringbone, Classical Flower, and Giraffe Geo, take an updated modern twist on the traditional monochrome with the use of unique geometric shapes and hand-drawn flowers, only available at kay me. View our entire dress collection today on our website and don’t forget to use our new Dress Filter feature in order to find your perfect monochrome dress!

Three Summer Style Trends of 2021

With the last of Japan’s month-long rainy season behind, the warm and sunny days of summer welcome the country. Without having to worry about getting caught in sudden rainfall or walking through puddled streets, the freedom to wear whatever the heart wishes creates unique and vibrant trends in Japan. Today we have for you three of the most popular fashion trends in Japan this summer, that range from design, fabric, and color!

Extravagant Collars and Sleeves

The largest and most unique trend in Japan this summer are sleeve and collar-conscious designs. This trend often incorporates minimalistic designs paired with extravagant sleeves and/or collars that serve as the focal point of the outfit. Whether they are puff sleeves or frilly collars, subtle or avant-garde, the trend can be enjoyed in a spectrum of ways. By bringing attention to the sleeves and collar, it not only provides a frame around the face area, but it also assists to slim the faceline.

Sheer Materials

Another trend, perfect for warmer days, is the use of sheer fabric, such as fine mesh and chiffon. This not only adds a feminine charm to the look, but also keeps the body cool and dry from the humid summer days of Japan. Incorporate the two fashion trends with a timeless pattern, such as a sweet polka dots, for elevated elegance that is classic yet trendy. Try our Khaki Petit Dot Chiffon Frill Long Dress for the best of both worlds! The sheer sleeves feature tuck and gather details, while the cache-coeur neckline is met with luxurious frills that provides an elegant frame for the face.

Bright with Color

With the gloomy days on its way out the door, last summer’s trend of white, off-white, and light, neutral colors have begun to be replaced with bold, lively colors such as bubblegum pink, sunny yellow, and sky blue. These colors are often incorporated into outfits not only as accent colors but even as head-to-toe monotone coordinations for a daring yet playful look. For those looking for inspiration on how to incorporate these bold colors not too subtly and not too boldly, we recommend finding a print design that incorporates these summery colors.

An example is our Azure Peony Andalusia, which features a vibrant blue, reminiscent of the ocean waves you can view on a tropical vacation. This statement dress is just as functional as it is gorgeous. Lightweight and billowy, the wrap-style skirt holds its shape with every step taken while providing maximum movement.

For our bubblegum pink lovers or resort enthusiasts looking to make a striking impression this season, we recommend the Pink Caribbean Long Obi Dress. Featuring a gorgeous botanical print in vivid pink and our stretchy premium jersey for the ultimate ‘easy-to-lounge-in’ dress.

As we’ve explored a few new summer trends taking the streets of Japan by storm this season, the possibilities of incorporating and combining these trends is truly endless! Whether they broaden your horizons of fashion by getting you out of your comfort zone, or give you that extra boost of confidence when giving presentations to clients, we hope you can have fun curating your new summer looks. From taking a stroll through your neighborhood town, or having dinner with friends at an outdoor venue, the warm weather and high humidity is sure to follow. And will all kay me items, they are all machine-washable and hold their gorgeous shape and color even after several washes.

Explore all of our gorgeous options of dresses that are perfect for this summer here
https://kayme.com/bajg_summer_long/