How to Dress for Brunch—the Street Style Way

Maggie Griswold
How to Dress for Brunch—the Street Style Way
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If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then brunch must be the most important meal of the whole damn week. And if it’s that important, what you wear to brunch each week must be just as crucial. But sometimes finding cute brunch outfit ideas can feel like a chore. Whether you’re waking up from a night of hardcore partying or leisurely self-care, getting ready for brunch in the morning should be fun. So, I’ve scoured through some of the best street style looks to find brunch-ready outfit ideas that will have you jumping out of bed to get dressed. (That is, if the thought of fresh waffles isn’t enough already.)

Sometimes we have Instagram-worthy brunch outfits already waiting in our closets—we just need the right inspiration to put two and two together. Have a cute jumpsuit you want to elevate? Think out of the box and try adding something in a clashing pattern. Confidence is key when dressing for a stylish brunch, and no idea is a bad idea (other than staying home). Street style is all about trying new things, mixing it up and owning it. If you look confident in whatever wild ensemble you’re wearing, everyone will assume you know what you’re doing. So don’t be afraid to shake it up a little with your wardrobe this weekend!

To get the ball rolling, I’ve found 23 street style looks you can totally wear to brunch (or anywhere, really). Look at what you have in your own closet, and get inspired by these street style ensembles. While these looks are incredibly stylish, I encourage you to make everything your own. Bring in your own personal style while experimenting with a look you’ve never tried before. You never know what incredible outfits you can create until you try.

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Try topping a cute jumpsuit with a unique jacket (like this green leather one!). Pair the ensemble with some dad sneakers, and you’ve basically become brunch street style royalty.

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Once the weather warms up, amp up your denim shorts with cute spring boots and a fun patterned tee. It’s the street style take on a classic spring look.

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Pair a bright crop top with an equally bright belt bag, and you’ll have instant street style.

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You can never go wrong by wearing an oversized sweater over a plaid mini skirt. It’s like an upgraded version of Clueless (and perfect for brunch).

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Try a wildly patterned suit next time you have brunch plans, and no one will be able to keep their eyes on their eggs benedict. Bonus tip: Add dad sneakers for both comfort and street style.

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A sleek trench can be thrown over practically any outfit and will immediately amplify your style game.

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Try mixing bright colors you might not always pair together for a super cool look. (A giant tulle skirt never hurt anyone, either.)

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Make your work-wear more casual by pairing your suits with a crop top. Now you have an excuse to stock up on suiting you can wear every day of the week.

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Go bold this weekend by wearing all neon everything. You’ll be a sartorially acceptable human highlighter.

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Mix different black and white patterns for a look so chic, you’ll have everyone staring as you head to brunch.

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You can never go wrong with a long and feminine dress paired with boots. Bonus tip: Experiment by trying a chic beret with the ensemble.

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Elevate your cardigan look by adding some lace details and a chunky necklace.

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Try going monochrome next time you’re at brunch with the girls. It definitely doesn’t have to be boring, as evidenced by this bright yellow outfit.

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Don your favorite comfy tracksuit with high-heeled booties for a look that feels like pajamas, but looks like effortless street style.

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Put that athlesiure-wear to work by adding some wild shoes (like these high-top loafers).

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Colorful overalls paired with practically anything are instantly cool.

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Neon and snakeskin are a match made in street style heaven. Try the look with a funky trench, or just some neon snakeskin shoes.

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Deflect all the haters by wearing a metallic ensemble this weekend. (Although, who could hate you when you look so amazing?)

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Try a neutral or colorful coat on top of your outfit this weekend—the longer, the better.

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A frilly top with loose menswear-style jeans creates the perfect contrast.

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Don’t be afraid to try that new hat you’ve been eyeing. Confidence is key.

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Wear your denim jacket in new way by pairing it with neon sweats and combat boots.

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If you remember only one thing, remember this: Pattern mixing is your friend.

 

A version of this story was originally published in January 2018.

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