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/

How to Survive Rainy Days in Japan

As the last of the sakura petals fall, a lush wave of greenery washes over Japan, welcoming the warmer days of spring. However, before summer can truly arrive, the country is met by a month-long rainy season, or tsuyu (梅雨=plum rain). This unpredictable season brings a mixture of heavy rain, extreme humidity, high winds, and unstable temperatures. Here are a few tips and tricks to survive the rainy season of Japan, and to even enjoy it!

The ‘Tsuyu’ Essentials

Going to work during the rainy season can impose many unpleasant hurdles such as commuting in the rain, walking into heavily air-conditioned rooms, and being surrounded by extreme humidity. A few tsuyu season must-haves for any woman on the go in Japan are body wipes, stick hair wax, blotting paper and powder, and a small towel. Many of these items are centered around being convenient, portable, and mess-free and to keep a fresh appearance throughout the day. All of these items (and more!) can easily be stored in the kay me Boxy Pouch, which comes in two sizes, small and large. Keep your items not only neat and organized in your bag, but it also adds extra protection from sudden rainfall with its water-repellant surface!

Dressing for the Office

Workwear can also make a great difference in how comfortable you stay throughout your day and in recent weeks, we have seen more and more interest our Cotton-blend Suit range. A recommendation for all-day comfort is our Gray Stretch I-Line Trousers, which feature a slightly shortened hem which will prevent them from being soaked from sudden rain or unexpected puddles. The cotton blend jersey material used is light, breathable, and quick-drying and after a long day, you can also throw it in the wash, hang it up to dry and have a fresh set for the next day. Pair these trousers with your favorite top and the matching Cotton Blend Jersey jacket for an instantly gorgeous and comfy rainy day outfit!

As a way to subside the humidity, many workplaces keep their air-conditioning on, which can result in a chilly atmosphere, especially coming inside after being dampened by the rain. To avoid the cold workplace, we recommend packing an extra, lightweight layer that can be easily thrown on whenever additional warmth is needed. A suggestion we have is our White Kanazawa Side-Slit Cardigan! This lightweight cardigan provides breathable coverage all the way down to the knees and features the perfect design to pair with any dress or outfit. Simply throw this cardigan over when you feel chilly, or even drape it over your knees when working at your desk. The possibilities of this versatile piece are endless!

Traveling in the Tsuyu season

Many may feel discouraged from traveling on rainy days, but with the right location and attire, it can easily make for a charming adventure. Like the crimson red momiji leaves in the autumn and the blush-colored petals of sakura blossoms in the spring, tsuyu season is most famous for their breathtaking ajisai (hydrangea) blooms. Hydrangeas in Japan range from white, blue, purple, red, and any mixture of these colors. The scenery of an ocean of bloomed ajisai is one that many local Japanese people leave the comfort of their homes for, despite the gloomy weather. During this time, many places partake in ajisai festivals filled with traditional Japanese cuisine, contests, and various entertainments that can be enjoyed by all ages. Temples around areas such as Kamakura and Kyoto are also popular locations to enjoy hydrangea blooms as they are often planted along the entire pathways leading to and around the temples. For a stroll around the temples of Kamakura, we recommend a lightweight cotton dress, like our Khaki Cotton Shirt Dress, which helps wick away moisture for lasting, soft comfort.

As it is likely that you will need to hold an umbrella when exploring Japan during tsuyu, it is highly recommended that you carry a bag that will free up both arms. A perfect travel companion is our 29 Pocket Wallet Bag, which easily fits all of your necessities (and more!) into a compact bag that can be worn three ways; as a clutch, shoulder bag, and crossbody. Wear the 29 Pocket Wallet Bag as a crossbody to free both arms for your umbrella in one hand and your phone in the other to take snapshots of the gorgeous hydrangea in the rain!

Whether experiencing tsuyu at work or on your days off, there are several ways to make the experience much more enjoyable. For example, shopping for a new favorite pair of rain boots, or taking a stroll around your local area in a different light, or rather an overcast. No matter what you do during this season, if you are planning to step out of the house, be sure to grab your trusty umbrella and any other rain gear to avoid any unexpected downpours. Keeping these tips and tricks in mind will surely make this rainy season not only a breeze, but also filled with exciting opportunities to explore Japan!

New summer prints, from kay me

Did you know that our original prints are created specially by and for kay me – you won’t find them anywhere else!

Our in-house team work closely with award-winning London-based print designers to come up with the perfect prints to match our seasons and put a smile of the face of everyone who sees them.

Join us as we take a look at two of our favorite new print designs for summer 2019…

Party in Style with Crayon Berry

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(Crayon Berry ribbon, Crayon Berry gather)

This charming print looks like it was hand-drawn with a crayon – and it originally was!

A riot of richly-colored flowers and berries on a pale background make this one of our most popular designs of the season already. The reds and purples are a feature of our seasonal color palette for 2019, and harmonize beautifully with our Japan-made knitwear.

Available as both a ribbon dress with hand-gathered front twist and cocoon silhouette, and waist-gather dress with flattering tucks and mermaid line skirt.

Read the full story here

Get to Work with Tricolor

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(Red Tricolor Marilyn, Red Tricolor x navy, Black Tricolor x black)

Give yourself a boost of motivation that’s sure sure to last well beyond your Monday morning meeting with our Tricolor series!

Available in our popular dress styles, Marilyn and docking, and two colorways, Tricolor has been designed to fit seamlessly in with your kay me work wardrobe.

Choose from classic red, white and navy, or monotone black, white and gray, and wear with matching colors to easily create new outfits with existing favorites.

kay me stylists recommend pairing these with our hand-tailored jackets and long cardigans for comfortable office styles.

See the full collection here

PS: Eagle-eyed kay me fans will notice a small and subtle logo in both of these prints… have you spotted it yet?

Summer suit setups, with a touch of Japan

Summer is in full swing here in Japan, and we know that work doesn’t slow down despite the rising temperatures…

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Have you heard of Japan’s “cool biz” initiative? Initially as a way to conserve energy by reducing the need for air-conditioning, cools biz sees office workers in Japan say goodbye to their suit jackets and embrace short sleeves and light fabrics for the hot and humid summer months.

Here are kay me, we love our high performance office wear that’s suitable for summer as well as transitional months. Comprising a mini collection of dresses, tops, skirts and jackets, our summer suit setups are designed to keep you cool with breathable and fully washable fabrics, as well as stylish with our easy to coordinate colors and beautiful original prints.

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This season, our suits also feature our striking Ryukyu-bingata prints, inspired by authentic designs from Japan’s southernmost islands, and using 22 colors to create our charming choice of two tops and one dress.

Pair our prints with matching tones including the navy and gray of our suit jackets and skirts, with other options such as off-white and beige, or contrasting colors including with bold and bright shades of our Vitamin cardigan series.

kay me stylists suggest playing with our mix-and-match collection as a great way to start your own work wardrobe capsule of versatile items that can effortlessly be worn in a wide variety of ways with each other as well as other kay me clothing, including our Kanazawa-made cardigans, full Ryukyu-bingata print dresses and matching solid color dresses.

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Simply add a jacket, such as our featured bolero and classic tailored styles, for an instant suit setup that transitions from the morning commute to meetings and out for dinner.

Plus, our crease-resistant fabric keep you looking your best all day long and well beyond.

Discover more from our summer suit setup collection, with free global shipping as standard.

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…

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(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…

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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…

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(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!

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.

Summer styles for the office

It’s June, and the weather is certainly heating up here in Tokyo!

As with every year, it’s a constant battle between keeping cool, defying freezing air-conditioning and looking professional in the office. This timely conundrum isn’t going anywhere, but fear not – kay me stylists are on hand to offer their expert advice.

This week we’ve asked our stylists for their top tips for warm-weather work wear…

Sleeveless/short-sleeve dresses

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(Greige i-line dress, Greige polka dot shoulder venus dress, Navy square-neck dress)

We’re so proud of our great selection of versatile short-sleeve and sleeveless dresses, perfect for work and weekends. Here, we’ve chosen to highlight some of our most office-appropriate dresses, with clean lines and figure-flattering draping.

New for 2019 are our Shoulder Venus dresses, available in four chic color combinations, and pretty square-neck dresses with a retro feel and soft over-layer that showcases the impeccable draping.

Easily pair any of these dresses with matching or contrasting jackets and cardigans for an extra touch of smartness when necessary.

Light outerwear

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(Kanazawa white short cardigan, Blackberry vitamin cardigan, White collarless jacket)

Speaking of outerwear, our stylists recommend our stylish cardigans in light tencel blend knit that’s perfect for hot weather. Our cardigans are breathable and feel soft on the skin, while providing protection from the sun as well as overactive air-conditioning.

For those who need to wear a suit jacket, our unlined jackets are specially made for the summer months, and combine classic tailoring with our machine washable drip-dry fabrics, leaving more time for you to focus on what’s important to you.

Light layers

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(White chiffon top, Lovely pink blouse, Light gray camisole)

Light and airy, there’s nothing better than pretty chiffon for spring and summer – unless it’s our soft and stretchy chiffon!

Specially selected to be hard-wearing as well as a pleasure to wear, our chiffon tops keep you cool in the office, while still providing coverage. Choose from prints and patterns such as our Lovely Pink floral design, and plain colors to mix and match with ease.

While it might sound counterintuitive to add an extra layer in summer, our comfortable underdress can provide a soft solution to layering, and with an extra-absorbent cotton-blend top paired with a lightweight skirt, our camisoles are a wonderful addition to any kay me wardrobe.

Stress-free vacation styles

Have you planned your summer vacation yet?

Aside from researching, booking and double checking everything, one of the most stressful aspects of travelling can be the difficult question of what to wear!

This week on the kay me blog, we’ve broken our wardrobe planning into three core sections to create your perfect travel wardrobe.

No matter where you’re off to this summer, or if you choose to stay close to home, find inspiration from our beautiful selection of dresses, skirts and bags – needless to say that all kay me clothing is machine washable, drip-dry and non-iron, as well as being crease-resistant, making kay me a great choice for any travel situation.

On the plane

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(White t-shirt, Light gray t-shirt, Black t-shirt, Petit navy long skirt)

…or on the train, in the car, or elsewhere!

Specially designed by kay me founder, and travel-fan, Junko Kemi, pair our long skirts in pretty prints with soft and wide waistband and handy pockets with our charming t-shirts.

Our new t-shirts feature delicate lace detailing and embroidery, making them a wonderful addition to our easy to wear line-up – kay me stylists even suggest wearing these t-shirts under our chic suits for a casual touch.

Daily wear

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(Optical gray, Orange, Dramatic yellow)

Whether you’re off to the beach or exploring a new city, our fabulous Marilyn dresses are so versatile, and with plenty of colors and prints to choose from, there’s dress for everyone.

Our Marilyn dresses feature handy pockets, a full flared skirt and beautiful ribbon-like gathered bust. Easily wear with kay me cardigans and both casual and tailored jackets for a stylish coverup that’s made to move with you.

Special occasion

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(Aquarium long chiffon, Cherry pink ribbon, Chinoiserie side gather)

If you’ve planned a special night (or more than one!), our stunning selection of dresses is a great place to start for evening outfit inspiration.

Our long dress in stretchy chiffon with eye-catching original print looks fantastic with both kay me summer-weight knit cardigans and light scarves, and our Chinoiserie-inspired red and blue dress is sure to turn heads wherever you go.

For a solid color option, or bold and bright cherry pink ribbon dress with cocoon silhouette and graceful twist detail looks marvellous against a holiday tan.

Travel bags

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(Two-way business bags 2.0)

Our new two-way business bags have been updated for 2019 – and they’re suitable for more than the daily commute!

With handy and easily removable straps, our two-way bag can be carried as a regular handbag or used as a backpack for hands-free style.

We’ve also added a special zip pocket on the reverse that can be used to attached the bag to suitcase handles, and inside you’ll find not only our special laptop section with secure strap, but also a new reinforced small pocket that can be used for pens and other delicate items.

With new colors to choose, from there’s never been a better time to try two our two-way bag.

Print story – Aquarium

Hi everyone! It’s Yuko from the kay me atelier team, here again to tell you all about our beautiful original prints.

Today I’ve chosen to highlight our stunning Aquarium print…

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In spring and summer, we love to wear lots of prints! It’s a great chance to explore wearing lots of different colors and styles. I think our new print is perfect for this exciting season.

Since the launch of kay me, we’ve been collaborating with our special partners in London to create stunning unique print designs that are just as individual and stylish as our customers.

I love designs that look like wearable art, it’s so inspirational and I just love looking at them.

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Our Aquarium print is perfect for early summer, and really captures the beautiful light of this time of year. We chose to create this stunning aqua blue color, the perfect match for our flowing Marilyn dress in light and airy chiffon.

kay me’s chiffon is comfortable against the skin, with a moderate amount of sheerness (of course there’s an inner layer to this dress!), and is wonderfully stretchy. Finding stretch chiffon is actually quite rare, so we’re really happy with our selection.

Every time I see this dress, I think it’s more and more beautiful!

It’s especially enchanting when the chiffon catches the light and sways as you move…

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As well as a long dress, we have also used this fabric to make our regular length Marilyn dress too, for a slightly more toned-down look.

Which length do you prefer? I can’t decide!

Until next time… Yuko.