Unlike a fancy dinner party, there’s less pressure on dressing up for brunch. Whether you’re spending your in-between meal with friends, a date, or just on your own, the rule of thumb is to assemble your outfit with a light hand, keeping it fresh and laidback. But, of course, don’t forget to add flair to your look by way of interesting accessories, textures, and well-chosen shoes and bags.
Take advantage of the brunchtime daylight and consider sticking to a buoyant color palette, including citrusy oranges, pinks, and greens. If you’re in the mood to wear black, keep the silhouettes fresh and carefree—you can wear shorter dresses or playsuits, which still reflect the lightweight vibe appropriate for the morning.
For a concrete set of examples, check out our list of brunch outfit ideas below, courtesy of local style girls. Scroll on!
15 Brunch Outfits You'd Love to Wear, As Seen on Local Celebs and Influencers
1. Smocked Square-Neck Top + Matching Linen Pants + Barely-There Sandals + Woven Bag
Green is becoming a cult favorite color, and we’re wondering why this didn’t happen sooner. Wear a cute crop top with slight puff sleeves and a square neckline, high-waisted linen pants, and finish off the look with beach-ready sandals and a woven bag.
2. Colored Bucket Hat + Denim Jacket + White Top + High-Waisted Jeans + White Sneakers
You could argue that denim-on-denim is the casual counterpart of the wool suit—provided, of course, that you match the denim washes. An easy way to style this universally casual combo is to simply wear a white top beneath the jacket, whether it be a racerback top, cropped cami, or a white t-shirt, whichever would suit the weather best. Break the monotony with a fun hat, and complete the easygoing look with comfy sneakers.
3. Knitted Co-Ords + Black Leather Shoulder Bag + Slides
Make sure to invest in a flattering set of coordinates to bring out on days when you just want to feel polished in an instant. A nude-toned set, for one, is the antidote for mornings spent stressing to put together a clean outfit from a closet of hyperpieces—it'll let you skip the pains of mixing and matching. Accessorize with your favorite black bag, a gold watch and a minimalist bracelet, and step into a pair of slides.
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4. Tweed Set + Crossbody Mini Bag + Cap Toe Slingbacks
Tap into that effortless Parisian elegance and don a tweed playsuit in a chic pink lemonade color. Finish off your look with a petite crossbody bag and some cap toe slingback heels. Here’s a tip for picking out jewelry to go with this look: Grab bracelets that match the tone of the buttons on your clothes.
5. Ruffle Sleeve Dress + Chain Bag + Flats
If you’ll be having brunch at a more upscale spot, opt to bring a chic bag with a chain detail for that elevated look. Don a ruffle sleeve dress with a trendy square neckline and some pointed-toe flats.
6. Babydoll Dress + Hair Accessories + Black Socks + Mary Janes
The current trends suggest to offset dainty pieces with sharp, heavy items. For instance, instead of pairing a white babydoll dress with strappy white sandals, go for calf-skimming black socks and mary janes. You could also opt to wear heavy combat boots or platform loafers for an updated look.
7. Blazer + Sports Bra + Bike Shorts + Black Leather Handbag + White Sneakers
Will you be heading to the gym post-brunch? Disguise your workout clothes by throwing on a cool oversized blazer and a feminine handbag for that unbothered, effortlessly chic vibe.
8. Printed Co-Ords + Chunky Black Slides
One of the trendiest floral prints right now is the Y2K flower, a candy daisy that looks a lot like the sugar blooms you’d find on a birthday cake, or those plastic beads strung on the hair ties you wore as a kid. Cop a set in this youthful print and wear it with equally trendy chunky shoes.
9. Baggy Tee + Tie-Dye Trousers + Platform Sandals + Baguette Bag
If you’ll be going shopping after your meal, make sure to wear something super comfy and fun. Hit the update button on tie-dyes and wear them on your pants instead, and pair them with a T-shirt in a solid color. Since the clothes are baggy already, choose a shoe that’ll give you extra height, like a platform sandal (a chunky dad shoe would add too much bulk).
10. White Bralette + Tiered Maxi Skirt + Gold Jewelry + Seashell Accessories
For a seaside brunch, accessorize with the offerings of the ocean. Wear a pretty puka shell headband to go with your shell-embellished woven bucket bag and all-white ensemble.
11. Backless Halter Top + High-Waisted Shorts + Tiny Tote Bag + White Sneakers
12. Blazer + White T-Shirt + Pleated Skirt + Leather Bag + Sneakers
Why not dress like the latte you’ll surely be ordering over lunch? Wear a long, nude blazer over a white tee tucked in a blush-toned pleated skirt. Go for a taupe handbag and white and gray sneakers. Make sure to wear a nude face mask, too—a colored one would distract from the cohesive outfit!
13. Oversized Cotton Blazer + Houndstooth Mini Dress + Watch + Sunglasses + Chunky Chain Necklace
When in doubt, go for a neutral yet slightly sultry look. Wear an oversized blazer with a mini dress, and make sure they’re in the same length to achieve that put-together effect. Accessorize with a tasteful watch and a statement necklace for some flair.
14. Racerback Crop Top + High-Waisted Shorts + Shoulder Bag + Pointed Toe Heels
Instantly dress up a casual look with pointed heels and a monogram leather bag. Add more texture to your outfit by way of a belt that matches your bag. So chic!
15. Slip Dress + Black Sunglasses + Earthy Sandals
Accessories can make or break an outfit. When wearing a simple slip dress and sandals combo, make sure to pile on some jewelry and don some sassy sunglasses.
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