The 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekend social feast known as brunch ranks high on pastimes embraced and perfected by Americans. And as all true brunch enthusiasts know, it’s as much about the food as it is the company — so when the meal is delish and the crowd’s just right, the syrup on top of the pancaked occasion is an outfit to match. Because brunch isn’t just any old meal it deserves a fitting look for those, “snagged a reservation at that award-winning chef’s new spot,” or, “haven’t seen this group of friends in forever,” or, “meeting the SO’s parents over mimosas,” or “eek, running 15 minutes late but still want to look chic while scarfing down fried chicken and waffles,” kinda’ affairs.
It takes a little extra time to strategize what to wear for the multitude of brunch scenarios that can and may arise — but, like the experience itself, brunch outfits are best not overdone. To preserve the enjoyment of eating breakfast for lunch (and in consideration of any potential hangovers being dealt with) we’ve rounded up outfit ideas from the incoming collections at a few of our go-to shopping destinations to call upon before this weekend’s reservation. The next time food plus friends and family take priority over outfit-assemblage, but you still want to look cute, consider the stylish brunch options ahead. (Each holds the promise of looking excellent when photographed beside oat-milk lattes and sweet potato toasts.)
Brunch With Your Bests At Your Regular Joint
A pair of fancy pants are perfect for a little added fun on a Sunday. A roomy top and oversized moto complete a look that asks, “could we get fries and pancakes to share for the table?”
Understated Leather Oversized Moto Leather Jacket, $490, available at Free People
Free People Places To Go Pants, $78, available at Free People
Free People Softly Structured Tunic, $148, available at Free People
Jeffrey Campbell Check Lace-Up Boot, $168, available at Free People
Bike shorts as pants; hear us out one more time: When there’s potential tables to dance on at 2 p.m., you’ll be glad you’re wearing shorts and not a dress. A blazer and modern pair of low heels (again, we’re thinking about the chairs you’ll be climbing) pull it all together.
Reformation Dree Pant, $148, available at Reformation
Mango Shawl Collared Blazer, $79.99, available at Mango
By Far X Reformation Joplin Relaxed Tee, $28, available at Reformation
By Far X Reformation Danielle Slingback, $415, available at Reformation
Brunch, Then…? Day Date With A Not So New-ish Person
Don’t overthink it; an oversized sweater and skinny pants can go a long way on a Sunday morning. Ground your go-to uniform with a pair of smart loafers for a sharp twist on a lazy-day pairing.
H&M Slim-fit Pants, $17.99, available at H&M
H&M Oversized Wool Sweater, $69.99, available at H&M
H&M Leather Loafers, $69.99, available at H&M
H&M Shoulder Bag, $29.99, available at H&M
Everyone needs some throw-on-and-go dresses in their closet for rushed mornings. With some heeled boots, a generously-cut coat, and your usual carry-all tote, you’ve got an outfit that’s laid-back with a purpose.
Zara Snakeskin Print Dress, $69.9, available at Zara
Zara Recycled Capsule Leggings, $39.9, available at Zara
Zara Thick Metal Chain Necklace, $29.9, available at Zara
Zara Leather Heeled Ankle Boot, $129, available at Zara
Zara Belted Double-breasted Coat, $249, available at Zara
Zara Tote Bag With Knotted Detail, $29.99, available at Zara
Was About To Go To Yoga But Then Decided: Brunch
When you were this close to getting up early for CorePower, but then your friend texted, “Had a night. Need bagels, egg, and cheese. Now,” and you want to be a good friend…And bagels do sound pretty good…So, just add boots. Not because you couldn’t wear sneakers (how practical!), but for the sake of fashion — boots look pretty cute and unexpected paired with sweats, and so do you.
Telfar Reverse Embroidered Hoodie with Cap, $480, available at 11 Honore
Telfar Thermal Long-Johns, $295, available at 11 Honore
Telfar Thumb-Hole Thermal, $295, available at 11 Honore
Boohoo Snake Effect Pointed Sock Boots, $28, available at Boohoo
BaubleBar Leia Resin Hoop Earrings, $34, available at BaubleBar
Bandolier Sarah Leather iPhone Crossbody Case, $98, available at Nordstrom
Been Thinking About This Brunch For Weeks
You snagged a reservation at that brand new place with plush pastel banquettes that supposedly has a menu that transcends the concept of brunch as the world knows it. A leopard faux fur (a.k.a. the standout yet neutral pattern that goes with everything) will ensure your outfit complements all potential and possible photo ops. Not that the only reason you’re going is to break the Instagram algorithm with enviable likes — but if it happens, it happens..NBD.
Frame Cheetah-Print Faux-Fur Coat, $695, available at Barneys New York
Maison Boinet Leather Belt, $235, available at Barneys New York
Calvin Klein 205West39NYC Metal-Tipped Glitter Ankle Boots, $809, available at Barneys New York
Ksubi Slim Pin Jeans, $190, available at Barneys New York
Chloé Roy Small Leather Shoulder Bag, $1850, available at Barneys New York
rag & bone Merino Wool Mock-Turtleneck Sweater, $225, available at Barneys New York
An outfit that says you’re wonderful in every way without trying too hard, but still giving the respect that the folks and fine-dining menu deserve. A midi skirt with a non-stuffy knit top finished with subtle conversational earrings (are we thinking this through too much?) will do the trick.
& Other Stories Zebra Print Midi Skirt, $89, available at & Other Stories
& Other Stories Wool Blend Cropped Turtleneck, $89, available at & Other Stories
& Other Stories Square Toe Stiletto Sock Boots, $179, available at & Other Stories
& Other Stories Textured Two Piece Earrings, $29, available at & Other Stories
Dim Sum With Your Favorite Former Coworkers
Anything goes with the work fam (especially now that you don’t live on top of each other at the office anymore), which is why you’ve gathered to gorge yourselves on as much shumai as humanly possible. Such a special gathering calls for a sweat suit — but, not that pilled up hoodie and ratty bottom you wear to clean the house. Instead, this is a top shelf-worthy matching set kinda feast. One that looks good with a textured coat and a few extra drops of hot chili oil.
Oh Hey Girl Warm Brown Teddy Coat, $150, available at Oh Hey Girl
Oh Hey Girl Tan Winter Two Piece, $115, available at Oh Hey Girl
Brooks Addiction Walker, $120, available at Zappos
Oh Hey Girl Cow Print Bag, $74, available at Oh Hey Girl
Your coolest friend is having a baby and she and her partner are throwing a coed potluck brunch at their place. To honor the laid back celebration, show up in a pretty dress but pair it with jeans — as there’s a good chance you’ll be sitting on the floor DIY-ing a onesie for the future, super-chill babe to be.
Rixo London Floral-print Crepe de Chine Midi Dress, $400, available at Net-A-Porter
Montunas Tortoiseshell Acetate and Silk-satin Tote, $350, available at Net-A-Porter
Rosantica Passato Gold-tone Earrings, $72, available at Net-A-Porter
Mercedes Castillo Noriko Leather Mules, $197.5, available at Net-A-Porter
RE/DONE Originals Stovepipe High-rise Straight-leg Jeans, $250, available at Net-A-Porter
You could actually wear the dress from the slide before without the jeans paired with heels — look how cute it is dressed up! — but we’d like to suggest something a little more against the grain (without being a showman at your friend’s big day). A tailored suit is polished, eternally chic, and also a smart investment set to be worn multitudes of ways beyond nuptial-toasting brunches.
Topshop Boucle Kick Flares, $80, available at Topshop
Topshop Boucle Double Breasted Blazer, $125, available at Topshop
Topshop Strappy Sandals, $80, available at Topshop
Topshop Bey Chunky Beaded Shoulder Bag, $55, available at Topshop
Freedom Finer Hinge Hex Hoop Earrings, $18, available at Topshop
Brunch Solo Abroad
Oeufs en cocotte au saumon fumé tastes best in France eaten at your own pace while stealing longing glances at the waiter who hasn’t checked on you in over an hour. In our dream scenario we’re dressed to a T, in a soft tee. Paired with unassuming leather pants and a casual cardigan that drapes just so — no tourist over here, just a gal with élégant taste and a worn out copy of A Moveable Feast.
Mango Leather Envelope Bag, $59.99, available at Mango
Mango Flared Leather Trousers, $299, available at Mango
Mango Oversized Cardigan, $79.99, available at Mango
Mango Rolling Stones Tee, $19.99, available at Mango
Mango Leather Cowboy Ankle Boots, $129.99, available at Mango
Mango Metal Pendant Earrings, $9.99, available at Mango
If a brunch just so happens to fall off the pages of that orderly calendar you keep securely in your head, then simply breathe and reach for a gorgeous coat. Even the most basic skinny jeans and white tee outfit can be whipped up into something a little more in two seconds flat just by topping it with a fabulous coat. We especially like this tapestry-style from ASOS — but, Grandma would be so proud if the one you chose to wear once belonged to her.
ASOS DESIGN Tapestry Coat with Faux Fur Collar, $79, available at ASOS
ASOS Recycled High Rise Skinny Jeans, $51, available at ASOS
ASOS DESIGN Hair Clip in Shell Design, $8, available at ASOS
ASOS DESIGN Mini Suede and Leather Mixed Ring Backpack, $22, available at ASOS
New Look Wide Fit Chelsea Black Heel Boot, $45, available at ASOS
For an, “is it a conversation?,” or a “casual interview disguised as brunch,” networking scenario, arrive neat and tidy to put your best foot forward. A classic trench and sharp wide-leg pants are an effortless combo that looks extra boss with a pair of hit-the-ground-running sneakers.
Weekend Max Mara Ara belt, $95, available at MatchesFashion.com
Jil Sander Exaggerated-sole Canvas Trainers, $494, available at MatchesFashion.com
Pallas X Claire Thomson-Jonville High-rise Wide-leg Jeans, $617, available at MatchesFashion.com
Anna October Double-breasted Trench Coat, $378, available at MatchesFashion.com
Hillier Bartley Luella Sketch Tote Bag, $225, available at MatchesFashion.com
Hanes x Karla The Crew Cotton-jersey T-shirt, $54, available at MatchesFashion.com
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