Style File – Prestyled Shopping

photo by Travis Haughton

I think I originally heard about Mikkat Market on Refinery29. It’s a trendy online boutique offering cheaply priced fashion. The clothing and accessories for purchase are based around the style of the store’s owner, Katherine Kim, who is also a blogger.

Other than the cheap prices, the clothes are cool. Katherine not only models the wares, but she shows how to style them with other items for sale. A lot of online retailers do this — it’s called cross-selling — but Katherine often shows multiple ways of styling a piece. She makes the whole process of buying complete looks incredibly easy, and of course those looks are LA hip.

I wondered what would it be like to buy an almost complete outfit styled by a blogger in her online store? I love her style, but I worried we have drastically different body types. Finally I decided to try it out.

I settled on this ensemble with the asymmetric stripe top pleated in the middle of the chest and upper back by Esley, the organza drawstring skirt with the sheer striped gold overlay by Esley, and the chain link choker necklace. I passed on the bracelet and cuff because I don’t have a lot of tolerance for jewelry around my wrist in my day-to-day life. As far as I know, the wristlet purse and shoes are not available through her shop.

screen shot of items in ensemble from Mikkat Market

The items were packaged neatly when they arrived. The necklace was in a simple drawstring bag. The skirt and top were individually packaged in clear plastic with a few sheets of tissue wrapped around them.

I have received countless compliments every time I’ve worn the shirt (three times now). Everyone seems to love the pleating. The skirt is pretty too. I dig that it looks like a solid color from far away, but when you get close you see skinny gold stripes. And the necklace is versatile.

photo by Travis Haughton

I’ve only worn the complete ensemble once. I’m pretty pleased that the items in this look fit into the rest of my wardrobe. It’s nice to have a whole outfit that’s been styled that I can go to in a snap. But at the same time, I’m glad these pieces are flexible with other things I own.

photo by Travis Haughton

specified photos by Travis Haughton – Wasabi Photography


  1. Monica says:

    You look beautiful!! :)

  2. Beth says:

    I would totally buy a prestyled ensemble (provided it was affordable, of course) because I really just don’t trust my own sense of style. (Mostly because it runs to jersey skirts made by brands sold at REI…)

  3. Terri says:

    This skirt is marvelous! I doubt that I would purchase a completely pre-styled look though perhaps if I shopped new and online, I would. I admit to attempting to duplicate blogger’s looks via my thrift shopping. I think the outfit translates to you very well.

    • jacqueline says:

      Thank you. I sometimes think it’s weird that people get called out for trying to duplicate a blogger’s look. Isn’t that kind of the entire reason style blogs exist? To give people ideas.

  4. How do you feel about being able to see the shirt through the skirt? i always feel really self conscious about that, but is that not a thing? I give you two big thumbs up for taking a risk and buying a whole OUTFIT. I’ve never done that before. And now I want to!!

  5. lyn says:

    First, thanks for introducing me to Mikkat Market! I’m digging the style. But second — and most importantly — thanks for giving me the confidence to shop outside my comfort zone. Seeing you wear these pieces so well is giving me the extra push!

  6. This is something I’ve thought about often but not been brave enough to try, but qudos to you for going for it and also, its really great to see that though the outfits do look different on both of you, they also look stunning on both of you, so i might just be inspired to go for it now!!

  7. Jo says:

    Beautiful!! And so breezy and summery.

  8. Angie says:

    I was wondering about their sizes? Do they run small or true to size. Im normally a med and some smalls. But the model wears a small and she is SMALL.
    Can you give some insight?

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