Brunch outfit ideas to help style up your weekend

Avoid those 'I have nothing to wear' moments with our brunch outfit ideas

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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

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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.

2. Blazer

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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. "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". 

3. Jeans

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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 - meaning learning how to style baggy jeans is a must. 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.

4. Jumpsuit

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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"

5. Skirt

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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. 

Amelia Yeomans
Senior writer

Amelia joined woman&home in 2022 after graduating with an MA in Magazine Journalism from City University and she is now a senior fashion and beauty writer. She began building her career as a lifestyle journalist after completing a fashion journalism course at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design in 2019, writing for a variety of titles including OK!, New!, and Notion on topics such as sustainable fashion and entertainment.

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