brunch outfits for every brunch occasion

Brunch is the perfect way to start your Saturday or Sunday. But what to wear for brunch? Unless you’re heading for a formal brunch (perhaps for a bridal shower), you’ll want your brunch outfits to be a perfect blend of casual and classy.

You want comfort as well as style. In this article, you’ll find all the best brunch outfits for chatting over cocktails, coffee, pancakes or eggs benedict – whatever your brunch of choice.

Brunch outfits - Shauna in a maxi skirt outfit | 40plusstyle.comBrunch outfits - Shauna in a maxi skirt outfit |

Shauna @chicover50 above (read her style interview here) chooses a maxi skirt that is easy to wear but still super stylish.

Steal her look with this similar top, skirt, sandals, handbag, earrings and necklace (another option here).

Sandra wears a striped shirt and jeans | 40plusstyle.comSandra wears a striped shirt and jeans |

Sandra @lapecosapreciosa above opts for a classic jeans and striped shirt outfit. She adds a pop of color with her micro handbag.

Check out this similar shirt (another option here), coat, jeans (another option here), sneakers, handbag, belt and sunglasses.

What would you wear to brunch?

So, what should you wear to brunch? You can wear absolutely anything from your favorite jeans to a dress or jumpsuit. The key is to mix casual and elegant for a classy look that looks super stylish but as if you haven’t tried too hard. Below, you’ll find many outfit ideas for brunch, including a capsule wardrobe that will take you to brunch any weekend.

Can I wear a t-shirt for brunch?

Of course. Few brunches are so formal you can’t wear a T-shirt. But elevate your t-shirt look by tucking into wide-leg pants or a maxi skirt. Or wear a T-shirt and jeans with embellished flat shoes or heels.

what do you wear to a hen brunch?

Take up the glamour factor if you’re invited to a hen brunch or a wedding party brunch, and opt for a dress, jumpsuit, or wide-leg pants.

What do you wear to brunch at a fancy hotel?

If you’re treating yourself, or being treated, to brunch at a five-star hotel, then start your day off in style. You can still wear your jeans, just opt for a silk blouse and a pair of pointed flats with them.

brunch outfits

Let’s move on to our brunch outfits capsule. You can mix and match all the different looks to change up your brunch outfits.


Choose tops in beautiful fabrics like silk or satin, and look out for draping and wrap styles. Or, choose something with a bit of an edge like the white high-low shirt (below) which is trendy and elegant at the same time, and wear with your high-waisted pants.

Tops to wear for brunch | 40plusstyle.comTops to wear for brunch |

MANGO Satin Striped ShirtAlice + Olivia Finely High-Low Satin ShirtTed Baker London Drape Neck TopDIARRABLU Aida Wrap Blouse

COS Sleeveless Linen Blend Trench Coat (similar) – Alice + Olivia Finely High-Low Satin ShirtFRAME ’70s Seamed Crop Straight Leg JeansFranco Sarto Khloe Slingback PumpsCuyana Tall Easy Leather ToteZENZII Beaded Necklace

Jackets and cardigans for brunch

You can alter the level of formal or casual for your brunch outfit (and add a bit of warmth, of course), with the jacket or cardigan you choose. If you want to look smarter, choose a blazer, but if you want a cozier look, opt for a cardigan. We also love wearing sleeveless coats over brunch outfits as they add an unexpected edge.

Cardigans and jackets to wear for brunch | 40plusstyle.comCardigans and jackets to wear for brunch |

Milly Cady Single-Breasted BlazerCOS Plissé Bolero JacketUrban CoCo Drape Front Open CardiganCOS Sleeveless Linen Blend Trench Coat (similar)

Jas wears jeans and a blazer with heels | 40plusstyle.comJas wears jeans and a blazer with heels |

Jas @thefashionstylefile above opts for a blazer, jeans and heels outfit that could be worn for so many occasions.

Get her look with this similar tee, blazer, jeans, pumps, bag, necklace and belt.

Pants and jeans

Wide legs pants are particularly on trend right now, and always add an air of glamour. Or, look out for cropped bootcuts and wear them with your sandals, heels or pointed flats.

Jeans and pants to wear for brunch | 40plusstyle.comJeans and pants to wear for brunch |

FRAME ’70s Seamed Crop Straight Leg JeansFRAME Le Crop Mini Bootcut TrousersCOS Wide Leg Tailored TrousersVERO MODA Gaja Print Wide Leg Pants

Alice + Olivia Finely High-Low Satin ShirtCOS Wide Leg Tailored TrousersFrye Kenzie Moc Stitch FlatsANINE BING Alana Bucket Bagst. Moran Capri Freshwater Pearl Huggie Earrings

Dresses, jumpsuits and skirts

If you love to dress up, then brunch is the perfect excuse (not that you need one) to up the glamour level of your outfits a little. Choose a shirt dress, or look out for asymmetric hems and draping. A denim dress is a great option too because it automatically has that casual and dressy mix that works so well for brunch.

Dresses and skirts for brunch | 40plusstyle.comDresses and skirts for brunch |

COS Belted Shirt DressCOS Rounded Denim Shirt DressMANGO Ali Twist Sleeveless Crepe JumpsuitCOS Draped Asymmetric Midi Skirt

Alison wears a floral dress and sandals | 40plusstyle.comAlison wears a floral dress and sandals |

Alison @wardrobe_oxygen above (read her style interview here) shows off a chiffon dress and sandals outfit that would be perfect for brunch in warmer weather or on vacation.

Recreate her outfit with this similar dress (another option here), sandals, bag and earrings.

shoes to wear for brunch

Choose shoe boots, ankle booties, heels or flats. Any will work with your brunch outfits. You can choose an edgy style with zipped boots, a minimal look with cream flats, or add a pop of color to your outfit with the shoes you choose. Given brunch usually means you will be sitting down, you can opt for heels as you don’t need to worry about standing for a long time.

Shoes and boots for brunch | 40plusstyle.comShoes and boots for brunch |

Franco Sarto Khloe Slingback PumpsFrye Kenzie Moc Stitch FlatsL’Artiste by Spring Step Icon SandalsANINE BING Jones Zipper Detail Boots

COS Rounded Denim Shirt DressANINE BING Jones Zipper Detail BootsCuyana Tall Easy Leather TotePetit Moments Hoop Pendant Cord Necklace


Choose bold jewelry that will be seen while sitting down at the brunch table, so look for bright colors and contemporary shapes. Add a handbag to fit your everyday accessories.

Accessories to wear with your brunch outfits | 40plusstyle.comAccessories to wear with your brunch outfits |

ANINE BING Alana Bucket BagCuyana Tall Easy Leather TotePetit Moments Hoop Pendant Cord Necklace ZENZII Beaded NecklaceKendra Scott Daphne Toggle NecklaceKendra Scott Daphne Drop Earringsst. Moran Capri Freshwater Pearl Huggie Earrings

Nora wears a white shirt and jeans | 40plusstyle.comNora wears a white shirt and jeans |

Nora @juststylela above (read her style interview here) shows how you can elevate a simple outfit of jeans and a white shirt with the shoes and accessories you choose.

Get her look with this similar shirt (another option here), jeans, sandals, clutch, scarf and sunglasses.

Your brunch outfits together in one capsule

Below, you can see the brunch outfits from above together in one capsule. These outfits are not just good for brunch but so many other different occasions where you want the perfect balance of classy and casual.

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