15 Brunch Outfit Ideas That You Can Try To Express Your Mood

Rock these simple yet elegant outfits when you are out with your besties.

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There is no limit to the extent of experimentation that can go into brunch outfits. If you are a party animal, you know the pleasures of elaborate brunches on Sunday mornings and the lazy siestas. But we promise the outfits that you can flaunt are equally fun. You can customize the outfits according to the season and your preferences. From classy to sassy, you can try them all and express your mood through these interesting outfits. We have compiled some chic and flattering ideas for your next brunch. Keep scrolling

Ace The Look
  • Casuals: While ripped jeans, tees, and hoodies are fine, avoid showing up in sweats, pajamas, or worn-out and unwashed clothes.
  • Subtle Makeup: Go for a neutral or no-makeup makeup look that accentuates your natural features without going overboard.
  • Avoid Sparkles: Brunch is too early for glittery clothes that reflect light everywhere. Save them for evening events.
  • Footwear: Pick flat sandals, loafers, or sneakers to keep your look casual and comfortable. Flats are also convenient for accommodating spontaneous hangout plans after brunch.

What Is A Brunch Outfit?

Brunch is where late breakfast meets early lunch, and what you wear for it is essentially the brunch outfit. The birth of the modern-day brunch happened around in the 1980s in Manhattan, and the restaurants in New York picked it up slowly. And before you knew it, the world became all about brunches.

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The word ‘brunch’ is believed to have originated in 1985 when Guy Beringer wrote an article titled ‘Brunch: A Plea’ about late morning breakfast on Sundays.

Lydia Tomlinson, a YouTuber, looks to brunches as a nice pick-me-up with friends and styles versatile outfits that can work as casual and or formal with minimal changes. She says, “I think it’s just nice to perk yourself up with a nice outfit , get some friends together and go and get something to eat…. I know a lot of people do bottomless brunches and they’re a bit kind of more glam, but then I’ve also got some more casual looks but kind of daytime outfits that are nice and that you can dress up and feel good about yourself (i).”

It is a casual affair among friends and a bonding exercise to an extent, so there are no hard and fast rules for what you can or cannot wear. But there is something about dressing for brunch that has caught people’s attention, and that’s why brunch attire has become a point of discussion! The outfit rules are pretty much unsaid, but here are some interesting ideas.

15 Flattering Brunch Outfit Ideas

1. Denim Playsuit

Denim playsuit brunch outfit
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Brunch with your usual bunch at a corner table? A ritual your gang of girls always looks forward to? Here’s a fun outfit that plays along those lines with you – the denim playsuit. An interesting twist to the usual jeans, skirt, or shirt that meets the requirement for casual wear while being stylish. Pair it with white shoes, a crossbody bag, a trucker hat, and angular shades for good measure of street style.

2. Ripped Jeans And White Blouse

That’s the best part about brunches. You can be a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Confused where this is headed? Ripped jeans at its beautiful best with a sophisticated silk blouse, a sexy clutch, tied up beachy waves, and subtle smokey makeup – tell me where else you can be all of this. Go for yellow pumps or the color of your clutch and a rose gold crossbody.

3. Trench Coat And Beret

Trench coat and beret brunch outfits
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You know how some people wait for Christmas all year long – that’s me for brunch in fall. Pumpkin spice latte, trench coat, tan boots, and even a chance for you to throw in a beret. As long as I’m concerned, an outfit or a season cannot get better than this. You can do monochromes with tan, black, or white, and pop it with a few colors for it to stand out. Always finish with round sunglasses, because they never fail you!

4. Polka Jumpsuit

Your girls plan to go all retro or is that your spirit animal? Jump back on the polka dots bandwagon however cliched it may sound. It gets you on the trend almost instantly, while the jumpsuit keeps up with the style. The flattering belt cinching the waist is a great idea to balance the wide-legged bottom, so even if your jumpsuit doesn’t come with a belt, adding one is a great idea. Ankle strap heels and hoops will round this look off perfectly.

5. Belted Mini Skirt And Blazer

Here’s another classy but chic outfit for a fall brunch date. It is minimalistic yet complete, effortless but put-together, subtle but stylish – basically, it defines a brunch outfit. A fun fashion hack while pairing form-fitted skirts is to team them with bodysuits that give you great definition without looking sloppy. Ankle or knee-high boots with a semi-casual blazer are the way to go about it.

6. Little Black Dress

Little black brunch outfit
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The beauty of an LBD is that you can wear it to a party at the club or brunch. You can spin it the way you want. You can choose to keep it all minimal and monochromatic with black accessories, shoes, and a bag. Or you could give it a bohemian twist with silver jewelry, a stole, chunky boots, and animal print shades. You can even create a chic street-style look with a fun trucker hat and an oversized bomber jacket.

7. Colored Trousers And Leather Jacket

Colored trousers and leather jacket brunch outfits
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An outfit perfect for all the last-minute plans. You can whip up this entire look in under 5 minutes. It comes to prove that investing in versatile pieces like an oversized leather jacket, colored trousers, etc. goes a long way. You can tuck a white/black T-shirt, a tank, or a crop top and throw on a leather jacket. White shoes, tote bag, and beach waves is how you finish the look.

8. Embroidered Jeans And Woolen Jacket

Embroidered jeans And woolen jacket brunch outfits
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Patchwork, embroidery, or frayed makes your otherwise mundane denim fun. Brunch is an excellent opportunity to sport these. You can just wear a plain white T-shirt or team it with a silk blouse and a fancy jacket. A clutch to go with this is a great idea. Pair these with a fun pair of heeled boots, pumps, or heeled sandals to complete your look.

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Pairing it with Converse shoes and sunglasses will be a great idea to rock this brunch outfit.

9. Black Jeans And Turtleneck

Black jeans and turtleneck brunch outfits
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If it’s just another Sunday ritual with your SO or your best friend, remember that a simple black jeans and turtleneck make for a good brunch outfit too. Add definition to the outfit with a stole, pashmina, or a sleeveless bomber or oversized jacket. Your shoes will depend on how you spin the outfit finally.

10. Plaid Shirt And Flare Jeans

Plaid shirt and flare jeans brunch outfits
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Flared jeans and plaid shirts, just like the 90s? Yes, please. This is a laid-back but not lacking-interest kind of a look, especially if the previous night was a little too fun. Put your hair in a bun and wear those aviators to fully ring in the 90s.

11. Ruffle Top And Denim Skirt

A woman in white ruffled top and blue denim skirt
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Some strongly feel that denim skirts are dated, but it’s relative, and there’s a way to deal with them to stay relevant. Pair the skirt with a ruffle top and white sneakers – going all millennial with your brunch outfit.

12. Sweater Dress And Boots

Sweater dress and boots brunch outfits
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Some of us find it very hard to let go of one piece dresses in winters – and so, sweater dresses are the way to go. Cinch them at the waist with a broad belt, matching leather boots, and camel jacket for a warm winter brunch.

13. Tracksuits

Tracksuite brunch outfit
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On most days if you are like me, and some days like most people, tracksuits are everything we need. Instead of sloppy old tracks and oversized T-shirts, go for a matching set with cute pants, a crop top, sneakers, and a high pony to look equal parts easygoing and stylish.

14. Tiered Midi Dress

Tiered midi brunch outfit
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A tiered lace dress, beach waves, and a bamboo bucket bag is how you welcome the first summer Sunday brunch. Wear platforms and nothing else – you can’t go wrong with this.

15. Black Slit Dress

Black slit brunch outfit
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We all have one of these in our closets, don’t we? A relaxed long black T-shirt dress. Perfect for a leisure luncheon!

Winter Brunch Outfits

Here are some winter brunch outfit ideas to keep you stylish and cozy:

  • Classic Chic: Opt for a timeless look with a knee-length wool coat, a turtleneck sweater, and slim-fit jeans. Add ankle boots and a beret for a touch of Parisian elegance.
  • Boho Vibes: Embrace a bohemian style with a long, flowing cardigan, a floral maxi dress, and suede ankle boots. Accessorize with a statement belt and a floppy hat.
  • Casual Comfort: Opt for high-waisted jeans, a chunky knit sweater, and white sneakers. Throw on a puffer vest for extra warmth and a beanie for a laid-back vibe.
  • Preppy Perfection: Combine a plaid skirt with a turtleneck sweater and knee-high socks. Slip into loafers and complete the look with a tailored blazer and a crossbody bag.

Remember to layer appropriately, and don’t forget to accessorize with scarves, statement jewelry, or beanies to complete your winter brunch ensemble.

Infographic: 6 Brunch Outfits For All Moods

Brunch outfit rules are open to discussion. You can customize your outfit according to the seasons and your preferences. Let’s look at some of the all-time favorite brunch outfits that you can rock. Check out the infographic below.

6 brunch outfits for all moods (infographic)

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The best brunch outfits typically carry the ‘laid-back but interested’ vibe. You want the whole look to be casual, yet you want it to be well put together. That’s why dressing up for brunches can give you the perfect opportunity to bring out your creativity and play around with different outfit ideas. From casual clothing to weekend wear, these brunch outfits ideas cover them all. As you have understood from the ideas in this article, the rules for putting together a perfect brunch outfit can be ignored, as long as you are styling up with the casuals!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you wear leggings to brunch?

Yes, you can wear leggings to brunch. You can pair them with a dress, a long shirt, an oversized sweater, or a tunic.

What do you wear on a first date brunch?

Opt for something casual like jeans, a top, and a denim jacket. Or a cute dress! Wear something you feel comfortable in and best displays who you are. But don’t go overboard with your makeup and accessories.

What do you wear to a hip-hop brunch?

Think ‘80s to ‘90s hip-hop vibe: baggy pants paired either with oversized sweaters and hoodies or short crop tops, short dresses, and open shirts over a T-shirt paired with jeans. And let’s not forget the denim craze! Look to your favorite hip-hop icons for inspiration.

What do you wear to summer brunch?

A cute summer dress in florals, pastel colors, or simple prints is ideal for a summer brunch. You can pair it with a denim jacket or an oversized shirt.

Key Takeaways

  • A brunch is a casual outing with friends that includes both a late breakfast and a leisurely lunch.
  • Fashion is not a strict theme for brunch, and you are free to decide your outfit based on your mood.
  • Whatever you choose, you can be as creative as you wish, whether it’s a strappy jumpsuit for a casual brunch or a trench coat and beret for a sophisticated one.
15 Brunch Outfit Ideas That You Can Try To Express Your Mood

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Libbie Mugrabi is a New York-based designer with 5 years of experience. She is known for her bold outfits and showcasing philanthropy work. Libbie’s most recent philanthropic venture included underwriting the V&A free-to-attend runway show, Fashion in Motion, in London. She is currently head starting her own fashion line, L’Scher, that will debut its expansion in London Winter 22’, which...read full bio

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