Closet Remix: J.Crew Factory Textured Cotton Dress

Hello friends!

My trusty photographer snapped a few pictures of my outfit today, so I thought it would be the perfect time for another closet remix post.  I bought this J.Crew Factory textured cotton dress in May 2014, but it’s back again this season in bright, fun colors.  And here are some other cute coral options {1, 2, 3, 4, 5}.

J.Crew Factory textured cotton dress J.Crew Martina suede wedges cobalt blue Factory stretch classic button-down shirt 1

I’m participating in a fabulous colorblock style challenge, and today’s prompt was cobalt + coral.  I paired this bright Seaside Coral dress with J.Crew Martina suede wedges {similar-ish}, a J.Crew Factory stretch classic button-down shirt {similar}, and American Eagle aviators {similar}. Colorblocking is wearing two or more solid colors in an outfit, with no patterns or prints — soooo hard!  But I really love this color combination, so I’m going to have to bring it back in the future (with stripes!).  Thanks to the lovely Shannon for dreaming up this colorful challenge.  ❤

J.Crew Factory textured cotton dress J.Crew Martina suede wedges cobalt blue Factory stretch classic button-down shirt 2J.Crew Factory textured cotton dress J.Crew Martina suede wedges cobalt blue Factory stretch classic button-down shirt 3

If you’ve never tried aviator sunglasses, American Eagle has numerous pairs that are each less than $15!  I have three, and I am impressed by the quality and durability.  Plus a number of people have asked me if they were Ray-bans, which is always fun when you’re wearing something that costs exponentially less.

Here are two more ways I’ve worn this darling dress.  The textured cotton gives it a bit of stiffness, which I like, but it does tend to get wrinkly after you sit for a while.  And you know I’m a sucker for any dress with pockets!

J.Crew Factory textured cotton dress J.Crew Factory Maryanne leather wedges

Factory Maryanne leather wedges {similar}

J.Crew Factory textured cotton dress J.Crew denim jacket American Eagle Gladiator Wedge J.Crew Skinny leopard printed calf hair belt Chanel Sunglasses Kate Spade New York Montrose Elana Shoulder Bag

J.Crew Skinny leopard printed calf hair belt {similar}
Chanel Sunglasses
Kate Spade New York Montrose Elana Shoulder Bag
American Eagle Gladiator Wedge {similarish}
J.Crew denim jacket {similar | similar}

Hope you enjoy these closet remixes!  If this post inspires you to wear some old standbys in new ways, I would love to know!  Please comment on my blog or tag me on Instagram.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


PS – check out my previous Closet Remix posts here + here!


Closet Remix: J.Crew Scattered/Optic Dot Dress

Hello friends!

In this first installment of my Closet Remix** series, I’m sharing this darling polka dot dress (with pockets!!).  Confession: I’ve purchased this dress twice.  In 2013, I bought the J.Crew Scattered Dot Shift Dress (item # 35551), in my usual size for J.Crew dresses at the time (size 6).  Here’s a picture from the J.Crew website, although it is no longer available:

J.Crew Scattered Dot Shift Dress 35551

I loved this dress but it was waaaaay too big, and sadly I had to return it.  (Insert rant about J.Crew’s crazy sizing here.) So I was delighted to find it pop back at J.Crew Factory last February (2014) as the Optic Dot Dress (item #A0116):

J.Crew Factory Optic Dot Dress  A0116

In case you can’t tell, the dresses are 100% identical–including the crazy sizing.  I’m wearing a 2 in the photos below, and this dress is swimming on me.  As fun as it sounds in theory to have a tiny size be too big, it makes shopping online quite a chore, because I can wear anything from a 0 to a 4 depending on the style.  (In contrast, I consistently wear a 4 in all Gap brands.)  It’s on my list of pieces I want to get tailored, but for now I’m in make-it-work mode.  And I included the style numbers and full names of both dresses in case you want to search for this lovely number on eBay or Poshmark!  But I would highly recommend sizing down.  I wasn’t able to find a perfect match, but here are a few cute options (1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

Here are four ways I’ve worn this dress, starting with the most recent.  I’ve included exact links if things are still available (e.g., J.Crew staples) and similar items when I could find them.

J.Crew Scattered dot optic doc shift dress pink belt seville wedge espadrilles 1

Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses (similar)
J.Crew Seville Wedge Espadrilles (buy)
Coach bag | J.Crew skinny patent belt
J.Crew denim jacket (similar | similar)

J.Crew Scattered dot optic doc shift dress pink belt seville wedge espadrilles 2

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J.Crew Scattered dot optic doc shift dress oxford shirt kiel james patrick Scarlett O'Hara bow bracelet KATE SPADE Kellan LEOPARD Haircalf Hudson Street handbag

J.Crew solid opaque tights (buy in black/navy)
Ivanka Trump Carra pump in dark red patent (buy)
Kiel James Patrick Scarlett O’Hara Vickers Bow bracelet (buy)
American Eagle short sleeve button down (similar here | here)
Kate Spade NY Hudson Street leopard calf half bag (via eBay!) (similar here | here)

J.Crew Scattered dot optic doc shift dress striped turtleneck black tights hot pink enzo angiolini heels

J.Crew solid opaque tights
Enzo Angiolini patent leather heels (similar)
Gap striped turtleneck sweater (similar)

J.Crew Scattered dot optic doc shift dress striped turtleneck

She was so happy to get her birthday picture taken.

J.Crew Scattered dot optic doc shift dress steve madden bow ravesh kate spade mount perry rumor satchel scarf boy blazer

Gifted scarf (similar) | J.Crew solid opaque tights
Steven by Steve Madden Ravesh pump in blush (similar, sans bow)
Kate Spade New York Mount Perry Rumor Satchel
J.Crew Factory classic blazer (similar)

Whether you’re in a style rut or just looking for some ways to bring spring dresses and skirts into less than springy weather, I hope this post helps inspire you to find new ways to style some of your favorite pieces!  I love how little details like adding a belt or a scarf, or a bright shoe, transform an outfit.  What are your favorite ways to remix?

As always, thank you so very much for stopping by.  And happy Friday!


** For more info on why I’m Closet Remixing (aka, confessions of a recovering shopaholic), you’ll need a password to this very personal post.  Please send me an email if you’re interested: blondieesquire (at) gmail.  **


First, thank you all for the helpful and sweet comments on my last post!  It’s nice to know that I’m not writing in a vacuum.  🙂  Thank you so much for your support and for sticking with my lil ole blog despite my months of absence.  Y’all are the best!!!

Second, I’m trying a new method for catching up on outfits for the past few (er, three) months, so here is my first post: weekend looks.  Summer weather in SF is completely random and unpredictable.  For the most part it was cooooooold, but the sun did pay us a few visits here and there.  We did a lot of walking this summer so my weekend looks center around comfortable shoes (an absolute necessity in this city).

Thank you so much for reading!

Blondie, Esq.

2013.06.29 sat

~ J.Crew rugby-striped dress in fresco green (buy) ~ Coach bag (super old) ~
~  J.Crew Factory patent bow ballet flats ~ Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses ~
~ t+j Designs silver crystal heart studs (on sale!) ~

2013.07.13 cheers

Aptly named Zoya Sweet nail polish (buy)

2013.07.13 sat

~ J.Crew poplin Bridget dress ~ J.Crew silver Everly mirror metallic pumps (similar) ~
~ t+j Designs earrings (I think?) ~

2013.07.14 sun

~ J.Crew Factory tailored boy blazer in navy seersucker (buy) ~
~ Guess bow peep-toe heels ~ J.Crew ruffled leopard top ~
~ J.Crew ankle toothpick jeans (similar) ~ J.Crew pave heart ring and studs ~

2013.07.21 sun

J.Crew excursion quilted vest (2012 ) (Factory, 2013) ~
~ J.Crew Factory navy gingham shirt (buy) ~ Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses ~
~ Gap 1969 camo always skinny skimmer jeans (similar) ~

2013.07.27 sat

~ Old Navy 3/4-sleeve jersey dress ~ J.Crew belt ~ Enzo Angiolini peep-toe heels ~

2013.08.04 sun

~ J.Crew garment-dyed ankle-zip toothpick jean in spearmint (similar) ~
~  J.Crew Factory intarsia Charley bow sweater (similar) ~
~ Cole Haan Air Monica ballet flat ~

2013.08.11 sun

~ J.Crew dream open cardigan with pockets ~ Gap gingham scarf ~
~ Chanel sunglasses ~ Guess Layla headphones (buy) ~
~ American Eagle skinny jean in light vintage destroy (buy) ~

2013.08.24 sat

~ J.Crew Dree dress (similar) ~ Old Navy textured short-zip boots in camel (buy) ~
~ J.Crew classic merino long cardigan in vintage kelly (buy) ~
~ Bauble Bar monogram necklace ~ J.Crew belt ~ Coach bag ~ 

2013.08.25 sun

~ J.Crew Factory mint stripe button-down shirt ~ J.Crew denim short ~
~ Old Navy lightweight surplus jacket in camouflage green (similar) ~
~ Old Navy ankle boots (2011, similar) ~ J.Crew Factory printed tissue scarf ~

2013.09.02 mon

~ Gap navy fitted boyfriend cat print shirt (buy) ~ Coach pave bow ring ~
~ J.Crew bag ~ Celine New Audrey sunglasses ~
2013.09.07 sat
~ J.Crew Factory Anya cap toe ballet flats (similar) ~
~ J.Crew Factory Whittier purse in collegiate green ~
2013.09.08 sun
~ J.Crew navy polka dot Elinor dress ~ J.Crew bag ~
~ Steven by Steve Madden Ravesh pump (buy) ~
2013.09.15 sunJ.Crew infinity cardigan in dark raisin (similar) ~ J.Crew ruffled silk shell ~
~ American Eagle hi-rise skinny jean (similar) ~ J.Crew bag ~

2013.09.21 Sat

~ J.Crew rainy day ballet flats ~

2013.09.22 sun

~ J.Crew Boyfriend military jacket ~ Spun by Subtle Luxury scarf ~ Husband’s tee ~

Rain Gear

The Husband and I finally found our way over to the Presidio for Off the Grid on Sunday.  Sadly, we did so when it was about 55 degrees and misting from all directions.  Although this made eating a bit more difficult, the food was un-be-liev-able and there were no lines at all.  We tried a bunch of yummy things from four different places and cannot wait to go back!  One of the many things we love about living in San Francisco.

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Shamelessly stolen from my husband’s Instagram

After we stuffed ourselves full with all the things, we walked over to the National Cemetery.  My grandmother used to force me to walk through cemeteries with her when I was little, and while it freaked me out a lot back then, I always appreciated the history and serenity.  This is a particularly moving place.  We saw some veterans’ headstones from the 1800s, and some of the poor kids weren’t even 18 years old when they died.  Very sobering.  I’m grateful for all of the veterans’ sacrifice but continue to hope for the day when their services are no longer needed.

Blondie, Esq.

2013.06.23 Sun 1

J.Crew Trudy peacoat // J.Crew featherweight french terry sweatshirt in heather marine // Old Navy men’s oxford shirt (buy) // American Eagle hi rise super skinny jean in dark vintage (buy) // J.Crew umbrella // Kamik houndstooth rain boots // Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses (similar)

2013.06.23 Sun 2


2013.06.23 Sun 3

2013.06.23 Sun 4

I am such a dork…

2013.06.23 Sun 5

2013.06.23 Sun 7

On the lookout for zombies…

2013.06.23 Sun 8

Playing Hooky

More catch up pictures from Instagram, plus some great pictures my husband took when we played hooky on a lovely, summery day in May.  Thanks for stopping by!

Blondie, Esq.

04.29 mon

J.Crew flecked Calista cami (similar) // American Eagle legging jeans (similar) // J.Crew Joley tortoise peep toes

04.30 tues

Banana Republic gray pinstripe jacket // J.Crew sleeveless shift dress in stretch wool (buy) // J.Crew saltwater grey Etta bow pumps // t&j Designs charmed key crystal necklace

05.01 weds

J.Crew ruffled cotton dress // Steven by Steve Madden Ravesh pump (buy)

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J.Crew swiss-dot Melody dress in tea rose // Chanel sunglasses // Kate Spade bag // J.Crew Seville wedge espadrilles (buy) // ASOS owl necklace

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Legion of Honor

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What I Wore (in April)

Playing catch up, as usual!  Here are a few looks, starting where we left off in April (time flies!).  On the plus side, maybe some of the things I’m wearing are now on sale.  🙂

Thanks for reading!

Blondie, Esq.

04.19 fri

J.Crew 1035 jacket in superfine cotton (buy) // Banana Republic short-sleeve plaid dress // Nordstrom back seam stockings in black (buy) // Vince Camuto Kain pumps (buy)

04.20 sat

American Eagle maxi dress // J.Crew cardigan // J.Crew leather belt (similar) // J.Crew sandals // Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses (loving these)

04.21 sun

J.Crew pleated cotton dress // Gap checked scarf // Kate Spade bag // Chanel sunglasses // Cole Haan Air Monica ballet flat (buy) // Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine in 19 (Fuchsia in Rage) (buy)

04.22 mon 1

J.Crew solid embossed beach dress in bright seaside (find it on eBay!) // Banana Republic cardigan // Guess peep toe bow pumps // Bauble Bar monogram necklace // J.Crew anchor earrings and ring

04.22 mon 2

My awesome shoe guy in San Diego fixed these puppies for me a few years ago – just love them too much to let a few rips get in the way!  And the patches have held up great.  🙂

04.23 Tues

J.Crew black 1035 jacket (buy) and in-box pencil skirt in super 120s // J.Crew floral ruffled top (similar) // J.Crew Joley tortoise peep toes // J.Crew Factory earrings // Oroblu ‘Tricot’ Fishnet Tights (buy)

04.24 weds

Banana Republic pants (similar) // Brooks Brothers striped shirt // J.Crew Jackie cardigan (buy // similar) // J.Crew collection Contessa snakeskin-bow pumps

04.25 thurs 1

J.Crew cashmere tee dress // Nordstrom back seam stockings in light beige (buy) // J.Crew bubble necklace  // Cole Haan Air Monica ballet flat

04.25 thurs 2

Christian Louboutin Love Me pump // J.Crew collection lady four-strand pearl necklace (buy)

04.26 fri

J.Crew french terry popover // J.Crew embellished tank // Old Navy hirise flare jeans // t&j Designs light blue pyramid bracelet

Latest Looks from Instagram

Hola amigos!  If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve already seen most of these pictures.  But here are the details on what I wore and where you can find it (or something similar).  If you don’t follow me on Instagram, then it’s all new to you.  🙂

As always, thanks for reading.  I really appreciate it!

Blondie, Esq. ❤

03.28 thurs

J.Crew navy excursion quilted vest // J.Crew slouchy dolman-sleeve sweatshirt (seen) // American Eagle hi rise jegging in dark indigo wash (buy) // Nike Dunk Sky Hi wedge sneaker (similar) // J.Crew Factory lightweight long printed scarf in spearmint white (buy) // Celine Audrey sunglasses

03.29 fri

J.Crew classic merino long cardigan in vintage kelly (similar) // J.Crew striped silk bow cami (seen) // J.Crew bootcut jeans (similar) // J.Crew Joley tortoise peep toes // t+j Designs enamel hoop earrings

04.01 mon 2

J.Crew Jackie cardigan (buy — similar) // J.Crew Blythe blouse in polka dot (buy) // Gap white 1969 legging skimmer jean (buy)

04.01 mon 1

Urban Decay The Glinda Palette (buy) // J.Crew silver Everly mirror metallic pump (buy)

04.02 Tues

Brooks Brothers lavender non-iron fitted large check shirt // J.Crew charcoal Emmaleigh dress in pinstripe super 120s (buy) // Vince Camuto Kain pumps (buy) // Nordstrom black fishnet tights (buy)

04.03 weds

J.Crew Factory navy classic wool blazer (buy) // J.Crew Factory cotton pencil skirt (buy) // J.Crew Jackie shell (buy) // Ivanka Trump pony leopard Pinkish platform pump // Oroblu sable ‘Tricot” fishnet tights (buy) // Banana Republic Mad Men collection geo silk scarf in shamrock (buy)

04.04 thurs 2

Gap v-neck sweater // The Limited pintuck bow blouse // American Eagle hi rise jegging in dark indigo wash (buy) // Chooka polka dot rain boots (buy)

04.04 thurs 1

Yves Saint Laurent eyeliner in blue azure (buy) //  Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara in extreme blue (buy) layered over Diorshow mascara in azure blue (buy) // Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Volupté’ Lipstick in #5 (#12 is similar) // t+j Designs luxe pave bow ring (buy) // Incoco staccato nail strips (buy)