14 In Getting Dressed

Revisiting Misook for career wear and more

Misook Topstitch jacket

Wearing this Misook Multi Topstitch jacket three ways


When Misook contacted me and offered to gift me an outfit, I was enthusiastic. In the earlier years of my career, I was always looking at Misook for clients who traveled a lot professionally or just needed easy, no-think work outfits. Misook’s pieces were comfortable, easy to wear, and easy to fit clients of all sizes. I remember coming close to buying and wearing Misook myself but hesitated. While I happily got them into clients’ wardrobes, I thought they might be too conservative for me in my fashion career. Never forgetting Misook’s quality and getting this invitation, I was curious to see if their product would suit my style now.

I opened the box last week and took the jacket out of its plastic bag, slipped it right on, and headed for the full-length mirror. I told my reflection, “Wow, this fits you perfectly.” Next, Russ saw it. “What a great jacket!” he said. I was kind of surprised because the last jacket he gave a rave review for was one in leopard print. Interesting

Next step: Play with it in my closet and wear it right away!

Teaming a Misook jacket with a white blouse

Wearing the Misook Topstitch jacket with wide pants and a white blouse


I wore the first outfit I created with the jacket to work on Monday. I met Erin, my trusty assistant and daughter, outside our client’s home. “Nice jacket!” was the first thing she said. I realized why: This is so her! Tailored, chic…of course! We entered our client’s home with our portable rolling rack ready to set it up for an outfit building session. My client said, “Ooh, nice jacket!” She reached over to touch it. I kid you not! Three postive reviews so far!


Monday’s Misook jacket styling details

In Monday’s styling of the Misook jacket I wanted a creative look.


Chico's blouse with Misook jacket

White is a striking contrast to this Misook jacket


I loved the idea of wearing the jacket with a full pant. I achieved that with my black Rag & Bone pant. I could easily see teaming it with a crisp white cotton collared blouse. I pulled out my long Chico blouse. The blouse is higher in the front than the back so it sticks out in the back but is even with the jacket in the front. I felt so chic in this version! Dare I say I felt like a magazine editor?


Misook jacket with Rag & Bone pant

Feeling fab in outfit number one


Misook jacket

Love how the jacket has a strong shoulder line


Tuesday’s Misook jacket styling details

Well, you know me. When I get something new I like to make great outfits with it right away and wear it within 24 hours. I was happy with Monday’s outfit but I have to be able to style something three ways before I feel like a garment earns hanging space in my closet.


Lanolin booties with Misook jacket

Outfit number two started with the Beatle boots


So on Tuesday I took the Misook jacket and aimed to make a more urban looking outfit. My inspiration was a pair of Lanvin almost-olive-colored flat boots. I was watching the PBS special called The Beatles Eight Days a Week-The Touring Years and had Beatle boots on my fashion radar. These boots were purchased at a consignment store and I hadn’t worn them yet this season. So working my way up from my feet, I added my Lafayette slim no-seam ankle pant.


Misook jacket in urban look

Loving my chainmail necklace in this urban look


I was so taken by the boot color that I went into my closet and pulled out a crinkle Petit Pois mushroom/olive long sleeved sheer crinkle T-shirt, also from a consignment store. I wore a black tank underneath it.

Then I went to my medium-sized handbag department and pulled out my mushroom Calleen Cordero bag from years back. I was in color heaven! I loved how the boot, the top, and the bag all shared these complex neutral colors. I felt a little tough-girl chic.


Misook jacket with mushroom shoes, top, and bag

This outfit is pulled together by the mushroom/olive tones


I added a gunmetal colored collar necklace to this outfit. It’s got a chainmail quality to it. There’s that urban note coming into play! This outfit made me feel a little rebellious, sassy. I’m getting things done!

Wednesday’s Misook jacket styling details

Come Wednesday, I was ready to come up with outfit #3. This time I was wearing the Misook slate gray knit sleeveless tank. The color of it is perfect with the Multi Topstitch Misook jacket. Sometimes it’s the right thing to do to buy the coordinating pieces. This was true in this case. Although it would seem that you could put black under this jacket and call it a day, because it’s knit, it isn’t going to look the best. I favor the same type of knitting being paired together. I’ve been in so many closets where clients purchased one piece of knit clothing and no coordinating pieces and it makes it very difficult to make outfits with, even for me.


Misook jacket, pants, and top

Love the sharp details of outfit number three


The white blouse had worked just fine because it was a high contrast to the jacket. And the crinkled mushroom/olive T-shirt blended with that mushroom color in the topstitching of the jacket. Blending is fine. But I have to admit having the coordinating piece made putting this outfit together so easy. Sometimes I make things more challenging for myself than they need to be. My older, wiser self says, “Buy the matching piece. Life is short!”


Sol Sister necklace

Wearing my Sol Sisters necklace and gunmetal earrings


The pant I’m wearing is also by Misook. It’s their techno pant. What makes it different from my Lafayette black pant is that it’s got a stitched seam down the center which makes the pant more professional and sharp. This is probably the sharpest, most crisp way of wearing this jacket so far. I added one of my Sol Sisters necklaces that has a leather tassel and some findings that have a sparkle to them. I’m wearing a simple gunmetal bangle and gunmetal earrings as well. It’s all a very clean, uncluttered look.


Patent booties and Zac Posen bag

Sharp-edged shoes and bag gives this outfit a sophisticated look


In the styling of this outfit, I brought out the structured Zac Posen black bag with a bow (a TJ Maxx find) from my big handbag department. I’m wearing shiny patent leather ankle boots by The Office of Angela Scott. This combo means business. Hard edges and structure send a more formal message. If I were in a board meeting and wanted people to listen to my proposal, I’d wear this. As an image consultant, I like to show up to a client wearing something that resonates with her. My clients who work in corporate settings could relate to this outfit.

So I have proved to myself that this Misook Topstitch jacket has earned space in my closet. I know you’re going to ask me which one is my favorite. I feel like “me” in every single one of this looks. I wouldn’t be able to choose!

If you plan to shop Misook…

I loved working with these pieces from Misook. Thanks, Misook, for gifting them to me! You’ve exceeded my expectations!

During the month of December, you guys can shop the Misook website and receive 25% off your purchases. Use the code MSK4291 when you check out.

So I’m curious, dear readers, do you have demands for new pieces you purchase? How early do you get them into outfits and wear them? Please share! XO

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  • Reply
    November 30, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Oh Brenda! It really is a great jacket! I have struggled wearing a new purchase right away. I buy something that I love, stare at it and then convince myself that I needed to save it for a special occasion or the right day! I always feared that I was wasting a bomb outfit on an ordinary day!!! So thing sit, and I wait and sometimes things don’t get used or slide into the black hole at the back of my closet. I am trying to get better at this and reading your blog, drinking in your enthusiasm and re-reading your posts helps move me towards change!!! I so look forward to each new post! Best-Kathy

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    November 30, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    These are all great looks. Y’know, this may be one of my most favorite pieces I’ve ever seen you wear. Misook has come a long way, baby!

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    December 1, 2017 at 4:34 am

    Nice colors. I especially liked the mushroom mix. I was disappointed that the jacket was artificial fibres, though. Wanting clothes to be able to back to the earth at the ends of their lives, I seek natural fibres. But the point of the post to me wasn’t the jacket, but the thought processes and, as usual, I thank you for teaching us.

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    December 1, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Brenda, I absolutely love the jacket. The lines are so flattering on you. In answer to your question, I have started to wear new purchases right away, and not hanging on to them for the ‘right time’ which may not happen. This is all thanks to you and your wonderful advice to get them in rotation as soon as you get home. It makes it more fun to not have a closet full of ‘someday’ clothes. It finally sinks in what you have said all along. And like Kathy, things can fall to the back of the line quite quickly if forgotten about. Thanks for all you do. You look fabulous.

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    Cindy La Ferle
    December 1, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Great jacket — and all the combos you’ve created to wear with it. There’s something snappy about a tailored jacket, and I’m going to put a few of mine toward the front of my closet for a change. By the way, I love the Sol Sisters jewelry — but I quit Facebook. Any other way to order from them. I will check to see if they have a Web site. I’ve admired many of their pieces when you’ve worn them. Thanks!

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    December 1, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Misook is one of my favorite “go to” clothing lines. I have many pieces that are at least ten years old and I still love to wear them. One of the best features is that they can be washed on a gentle cycle or handwashed, no dry cleaning bills and excellent for travel. Ming Wang is also a very good line similiar to Ming Wang. My easy go to is a jacket, black shell, black pants, all Misook, and an interesting piece of jewelry. Love outfit #3. I am also guilty of putting things in my closet and looking at them. I seldom wear an outfit the next day, I have to look at it for a while.

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    Marcia Miller
    December 1, 2017 at 8:17 am

    I wish they would contact me to wear their pieces when I travel. They are great for that.

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    December 1, 2017 at 8:31 am

    I have NEVER heard of this Company!
    How fast do I wear a NEW OUTFIT?Sometimes the next day………..sometimes it can sit waiting for the RIGHT MOMENT!By sitting it could be MONTHS!I like LOOKING AT IT…………because when I put it on most likely the cat will snag it or the oil will splatter I do wear APRONS NOW.

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    Susan Young
    December 1, 2017 at 8:37 am

    I often purchase something that I love and hang it in my closet for a while. The varying light throughout the day and having it hang out with my other pieces often brings inspiration to wear the piece in a way I wouldn’t have thought of initially. On the other hand, if it hangs there, and I start to have a few regrets, I can try it on again and review the purchase, returning the item if necessary.

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    Sandra Sallin-Apart From My Art
    December 1, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Goodness, I love the way you mix, match and then turn it over and start all over again. Most times I have to get used to clothes. So sometimes it takes me months to wear new clothes. Well, then there are times I buy something and need to wear it right away. What ever, love your style lady.

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    Laurice Gilbert
    December 1, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    That’s an awesome jacket, and I love the different ways you make it work. I have one slight niggle though – I have yet to see ANYONE who suits cut-off wide pants like the ones in Outfit 1. Even the newly trim gorgeous Brenda looks a bit like a lost Munchkin in those pants, despite the jacket and the white shirt looking too stunning for words. Sorry Brenda, I can’t like those pants. Everything else is brilliant, as always.

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    Trinnie q
    December 2, 2017 at 3:10 am

    What beautiful outfits, so inspirational! I too love the jacket, and like others have said, so appreciate the time and effort you take to share your wisdom and encouragement in this blog. I seem shy to wear my new purchases straight away, especially if they are more expensive, or ,good’ . I guess it’s old Catholic guilt!! I will have to work on this . Thanks darling Brenda. Sending love from Oz

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    December 2, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    The techno pants are so adorable! I love wide legged pants like that for work, or for casual life. 😉

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    December 4, 2017 at 11:33 am

    “they might be too conservative for me in my fashion”

    Kudos on giving them another chance – you make this brand one worth considering!

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