When it comes to brunch outfit ideas, picking the perfect ensemble isn’t always easy. From birthday celebrations to hen-dos, or just a catch up with friends, the dress code is often tricky to navigate and even harder to pull off.
There are plenty of simple yet stylish options that will pair effortlessly with many items you already have in your wardrobe for an unbeatable brunch-time look. Establishing the type of brunch occasion is the first step to success, as this will set the tone for the formality of your outfit. For informal gatherings with a relaxed atmosphere, you can often rely on bold accessories to add some oomph to your outfit. If you are eating somewhere more formal, or you are meeting for a special occasion, select staple pieces such as blazers to add polish to your look. Remember part of the fun of brunch occasions is the dressing up, so embrace it.
When it comes to brunch outfit ideas, comfort and wearability should be at the top of your priority list. If you haven’t pre-booked you may find yourself stuck in a queue, and even after being seated the last thing you want is to be constantly readjusting your outfit. In the summer months, breathable fabrics such as linen and cotton are always preferable. Remember there will be plenty of delicious dishes and possibly some fizz involved, so consider more relaxed silhouettes so you don’t feel uncomfortable by the end of the meal.
Brunch outfit ideas: 5 stylish options that will lift your weekend look
Whether you’re strictly into dresses or can’t wear anything other than your favorite jeans. We have a selection of brunch-ready looks to style up your weekend.
1. Midi dress
The best midi dresses are a wardrobe staple for good reason; they suit every body type and show off just the right amount of skin to keep you cool without feeling overexposed. But when it comes to brunching, striking the right balance between casual and smart can be a challenge. Begin with a simple A-line-shaped dress to accentuate the waist without being restrictive on your stomach, and add staple accessories for a speedy, yet stylish ensemble that will work for restaurant gardens and chic cafés alike.
If you’re intrigued by dopamine dressing and want to begin incorporating more vibrant shades into your wardrobe, a bright midi dress is a perfect place to start. It will form a brilliant base for multiple different outfit combinations and is sure to turn heads on sunny summer mornings.
“When it comes to great brunch ideas, the best summer dresses should be high up on your list. A midi dress is so easy to wear and can carry you through several occasions and locations in one day. A full outfit in one, it’s brunch dressing made easy” says woman&home fashion editor, Rivkie Baum (opens in new tab).
Faithfull The Brand Cotton Midi Dress
RRP: $189 / £179 | Been on the hunt for the best green dresses? This lightweight cotton number provides the ideal pop of color for summer brunching, and will look great layered with a white tee for extra coverage.
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Cos Relaxed-Fit Cropped Cardigan
RRP: $120 / £69 | For those cooler mornings, a neutral lightweight cardigan is a capsule wardrobe essential. Throw over any strappy dress or t-shirt for an instantly chic and cozy look. It can be worn in Fall too.
If you’ve been wondering how to style a blazer, though typically associated with occasion or office-wear, blazers are delightfully versatile for brunch dressing. Ever struggled with not feeling dressed up enough for the location, but not wanting to look over-done? Whether you throw a blazer on with your best jeans, tailored trousers, or style with a midi skirt for the summer, you will look effortlessly put together.
So whether you’re contemplating what to wear on a first date, or just catching up with friends, investing in a good quality neutral blazer (as these will go with every color) will serve you well and will work to transform your look and add a refined edge. Opt for an oversized shape to achieve a laidback look, or go fitted for a more figure-enhancing cut.
“A blazer adds instant polish to any look”, says fashion editor and stylist Antonia Kraskowski (opens in new tab). “A perfect layering piece, particular in the summer, a well-tailored blazer not only enhances and contours your silhouette, but it elevates everything from dresses to jeans”.
AllSaints Leigh Blazer
RRP: $329 / £199 | The best blazers can be easily dressed up or down for any occasion. The shorter length of this AllSaints offering is ideal for petite frames, or those looking to draw more attention to their waist.
M&S Pure Linen Trousers
RRP: $51.99 / £29.50 | M&S is one of the best British clothing brands when it comes to basics. With a built-in belt and cropped length, these trousers will undoubtedly become one of your wardrobe essentials.
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Everlane The Air Tank
RRP: $30 / £33 | When it comes to summer tops, opt for a lightweight tank that can be mixed and matched with anything. This is a great summer basic for everything from brunch to what to pack for a beach vacation.
If you’ve been following denim trends 2022, you will know that straight and relaxed cuts are in. But whilst loose jeans were once synonymous with ’90s streetwear, they are now finding their place in high fashion and in our wardrobe. Dark wash styles are the ideal choice for more formal occasions as dark denim offers a more polished finish, but still with that relaxed brunch edge. In the summer months however, embrace lighter hues mixed with white for a warm-weather feel that’s also incredibly directional.
To style this light blue look, round up your best shirts and tuck (either fully or half-tuck) into high-waisted styles to add some definition to your shape, or team with your favorite glittery top and heels for a brunch party.
“It’s the weekend, so jeans are certainly on our style menu. For a look that never dates and will always retain polish, opt for a straight-leg jean. Flattering, comfortable, and chic”, says Rivkie.
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Levi’s Ribcage Straight Jeans
RRP: $108 / £110 | Levi’s jeans are some of the most highly rated out there due to the brand’s inclusive size range and great denim heritage. With a super light blue wash, this pair makes a great alternative to white jeans in the summer months.
Zara Satin Effect Shirt
RRP: $35.90 / £22.99 | One of the colors of the season, pink is certainly the new black and this satin iteration promises an instant mood-boost to your final look. Wear buttoned up and half-tucked or open over a plain white tank as a layering piece.
Jumpsuits are a foolproof option when you’re stuck for what to wear. A complete outfit in one simple step, requiring little in the way of additional styling. When it comes to sourcing flattering jumpsuits, defined waist detailing and wide legs are universally flattering. Plus, a loose design offers a more relaxed feel, particularly as you’ll spend a lot of time sitting down.
If you are also on the hunt for holiday outfit ideas, a flowy all-in-one will come in handy for transitioning from day to evening in style. Pair with flat sandals for mid-morning brunches, or heeled mules for early afternoon events.
Rivkie says, “As with dresses, a jumpsuit offers an instant outfit, so if you’re struggling to put a two-piece look together, this is your style savior. Keep your accessories neutral to let your jumpsuit steal the show”
Boden Linen Print Jumpsuit
RRP: $156 / £130 | The ruffled sleeves on this jumpsuit add a playful feel to your daytime look whilst the 100% linen material will keep you cool whilst brunching in the sun. The bold print offers a statement pop of color and this jumpsuit can be paired over a white tee for added coverage too.
Benetton Boxy Jacket
RRP: $114 / £69.95 | When it comes to how to style a denim jacket, opting for a stretch denim fabric means that you can treat your jacket like a cardigan, pairing over dresses and jumpsuits for easy layering. With great weekend comfort, the dark wash denim adds polish.
Not only is a midi skirt the perfect option when you’re stuck for what to wear on a cruise, but it is also a summer essential that is ridiculously easy to style. From queueing for a table to sitting in the same spot throughout your meal, when it comes to brunch outfit ideas, a skirt is stylish and feminine. Opt for a flowy fabric such as cotton to keep cool and allow for extra comfort when sat down. To make your brunch outfit look and feel more seamless, choose a top in the same color palette or print.
“The midi skirt is surprisingly versatile. To draw attention back to your waist, don’t forget to tuck in your top. This is particular important for petite frames to avoid being drowned in fabric”, says Antonia.
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Phase Eight Print Skirt
RRP: $110 / £69 | A statement midi skirt is endlessly versatile, making it the perfect choice for brunching. Pair this Phase Eight number with the matching top (to create the look of a dress) or team with a white t-shirt for a relaxed feel.
Hobbs Gayle Linen Top
RRP: $115 / £55 | Wondering what to wear in the heat? Breathable fabrics and light colors are a must. This simple top is ideal paired with anything for a smart brunch look, but will also work when deciding what to pack for a beach vacation.
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H&M Polarised Sunglasses
RRP: $29.99 / £19.99 | Channel the sunglasses trends 2022 with these oversized cat-eye frames, featuring UV protection they’re great all summer through. With tortoiseshell frames, these sunnies are both timeless and of the moment.