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.  **


Sunny San Diego

Hello friends!

I hope you are all enjoying your fall respective weather!  I love layers, and my office is cold, so the recent crisp days in Southern California have been right up my alley.  🙂

We took a quick trip to San Diego yesterday for a good friend’s birthday party and saw a bunch of friends we haven’t seen in ages.  So much fun!  And I also reunited with my fantastic hairdresser.  She’s amazing, and I love that she does both cut and color.  After lunch at one of our favorite taco shops, we headed over to the Hotel Del Coronado to take a few pictures.  It was a lovely day, and so nice to be back on the old stomping grounds.

Hope you all had a great weekend, and as always, thank you so much for reading!

Blondie, Esq.

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~ J.Crew Factory tartan pleated mini & draped pocket tank (buy) ~
~ J.Crew Factory colorblock elbow-patch sweater ~ Celine sunglasses ~
~Bronx boots & Coach bag (old) ~

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(couldn’t resist, of course)


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 ~

Madras, Marilyn, and Master Yoda

My husband and I went on a lovely walk through the Presidio on Saturday. The weather was perfect, although the wind picked up as the day went on (which you will see, below). We’ve been to the Presidio a few times before but always in the car. Turns out it is ridiculously close to our apartment and much easier to get to on foot. I wish we had discovered it sooner but there’s no time like the present!

Hope you enjoy these pictures—I’m lucky to have such a talented photographer in my life. 🙂

Blondie, Esq.


J.Crew Factory Lorelei dress in pastel madras (seen) // J.Crew rumpled french terry hoodie // J.Crew patent bow ballet flats


Ava Rose Mini Clambake handbag


Bauble Bar monogram necklace // Chanel sunglasses // J.Crew anchor earrings


The force is strong with this one.


Had a bit of a Marilyn Monroe moment!


This wind is no joke!

What I Wore 2.0 (May Gray)

You never know what to expect from the weather in San Francisco.  I’ve learned to carry a jacket everyday, no matter what.  And of course if I wear my rain boots, it doesn’t rain.  Better safe than sorry?

Thanks for sticking with me.  Only one more month of backlogged photos to go.  🙂

Blondie, Esq.

05.03 fri

Old Navy Tube-Top maxi dress in pink stripe (buy) // Gap leopard bow ballet flats // J.Crew light gray Jackie cardigan (buy // similar) // J.Crew jewelry
(My expression = what happens when you dress for summer in winter weather.  Brrrrrr!!)

05.05 sun

Old Navy 3/4-Sleeve Jersey Dresses (buy) // J.Crew super opaque tights // Cole Haan Air Monica ballet flat // t&j designs Luxe Turquoise Flower Petal Necklace (buy) // Banana Republic classic trench in winter storm (buy) // Guess Layla headphones (buy)

05.06 mon

J.Crew collection cashmere turtleneck sweater in pine // J.Crew Factory destroyed vintage matchstick jeans // Enzo Angiolini pink patent Cimino pumps // t&j designs earrings

05.07 tues

J.Crew light heather graphite two-button jacket (similar) and Durham pant (similar) in super 120s // J.Crew Jackie shell (buy) // Banana Republic tailored non-iron sateen shirt (I think!) (buy) // Vince Camuto Kain pumps (buy)

05.08 weds

Banana Republic silk paisley dress // J.Crew skinny metallic belt // Enzo Angiolini peep toe pumps

05.09 thurs

J.Crew black Emmaleigh dress in Super 120s (buy) // J.Crew Talitha blouse in vintage berry // Nordstrom black fishnet tights (buy) // Steven by Steve Madden Ravesh pump (buy) // Kate Spade skinny mini long bow necklace (buy)

05.10 fri

J.Crew Factory banded shift dress in viridian green // J.Crew black Everly suede pump (buy) // t&j designs luxe turquoise flower petal necklace (buy)

05.11 sat

J.Crew denim jacket // J.Crew ruffled top // Gap 1969 printed always skinny skimmer jeans (buy other prints) // J.Crew Factory patent bow ballet flats (similar) // Chanel sunglasses // Coach bag // J.Crew knotted necklace

05.12 sun

Banana Republic classic trench in winter storm (buy) // ASOS floral back-zipper dress (worn as a skirt) // J.Crew denim pencil skirt (similar) // Kate Spade belt (from another dress) // Chanel earrings // Coach bag // Cole Haan Air Monica ballet flat

05.13 mon

J.Crew charcoal  1035 jacket (buy) and pencil skirt (buy) in pinstripe Super 120s // Banana Republic tailored non-iron sateen shirt (buy) // Steven by Steve Madden Ravesh pump (buy)

05.14 tues

J.Crew rumpled french terry hoodie // J.Crew dress // J.Crew Alessia peep-toe heels in bright spearmint // J.Crew jewelry

05.15 weds

J.Crew short-sleeve cotton v-neck cardigan // ASOS bow blouse // BCBG flare trousers // Enzo Angiolini peep toe pumps // t&j designs earrings

05.16 thurs

J.Crew scattered dot dress // J.Crew Tilda oxford rhinestone top (buy) // J.Crew super opaque tights // Hunter Champray wedge rain boot

Wacky Weather

Playing catch up today, as usual.  🙂  The weather in San Francisco is always unpredictable, as you will see from my latest looks.  Some days I feel more inclined to dress for the season (aka freeze my butt off) and some days I give in and layer up.  I also took a day trip to Orange County two weeks ago and took advantage of the warm weather in my gray cotton suit.  I generally love the weather in the Bay Area because I love to dress in layers, but sometimes I long for the warmth of the sun…  Luckily we have a (warm) vacation coming up in June!

Oh and you may notice more “seen” links in this post than usual — thanks to Uncle Sam, I am trying really, really, really, really hard not to shop outside of my closet for the month of April.  So far, so good!  I’m having fun remixing some old favorites.

Happy Spring, friends.  Whatever it looks (or feels) like to you!

Blondie, Esq. ❤

04.05 fri

Old Navy ruffled chiffon maxi dress (seen) // Wallace for J.Crew boyfriend cardigan (similar) // J.Crew factory retro lemon tissue scarf // J.Crew patent bow ballet flats

04.08 mon

J.Crew teal v-neck dream cardigan (similar) // J.Crew dotted Victoria ruffle cami // Gap 1969 black always skinny jeans (similar) //  J.Crew Everly cap toe glitter pump in peacock feather (buy) // J.Crew hand-knotted pearl necklace

04.09 Tues

J.Crew soft graphite nouvelle jacket (similar) and Emmaleigh dress in superfine cotton (seen with less wrinkles!) // J.Crew Factory classic button up shirt in extravagant green gingham (buy) // J.Crew cool graphite Serengeti peep toes  // Chanel sunglasses // Essie Mojito Madness (buy)

04.10 Weds

J.Crew Factory classic wool blazer in maraschino cherry (buy) // J.Crew Factory navy polka dot tank (similarseen) // J.Crew opera-length pearl necklace (buy) // J.Crew Factory destroyed vintage matchstick jeans // Enzo Angiolini wedge sandals // J.Crew Factory earrings

04.11 Thurs

J.Crew sweet papaya refined canvas Fiona jacket (seen) // J.Crew origami sheath dress in wool crepe (buy, seen) // Nordstrom sable fishnet tights (buy) // Banana Republic color block pumps

04.12 Fri

J.Crew jeweled sweater // J.Crew Factory stretch classic shirt (buy) // J.Crew bootcut jeans (similar) // J.Crew Lulu metallic-leather peep toes in platinum gold

04.15 Mon

J.Crew Factory classic blazer  in black watch plaid // Banana Republic ruffle silk top // J.Crew white high-waisted skinny jean // J.Crew silver Everly mirror metallic pump (buy)

04.16 Tues

J.Crew sea glass Blythe silk blouse (buy – on sale!) // J.Crew navy polka dot Elinor dress (seen) // Steven by Steve Madden Ravesh pump (buy)

04.16 tues 2

Chanel earrings // Benefit high beam highlighter (buy)

04.17 Weds

J.Crew Jackie cardigan (buy – similar) // J.Crew Oxford boy shirt in polka dot (similar) // J.Crew paintbrush floral Belle skirt in olive quartz (seen) // J.Crew Fleur suede peep-toe heels in fuchsia // Banana Republic earrings // Coach pavé bow ring // Nars schiap lipstick (buy)

Neon Weekend

Here are some more pictures of my outfit from this past Sunday.  I love when my husband takes blog pictures for me–wish we had time to do it every day.  And please pardon the wild hair — no blow drying on Sundays!  🙂

Thanks so much for visiting my silly little blog.  Your likes, comments, views, and visits mean the world to me.

Blondie, Esq. ❤



J.Crew distressed denim jacket (similar) // Wisconsin home t (buy) // Gap neon pink 1969 legging skimmer jean (buy) // Gap leopard bow ballet flats (seen) // Celine Audrey sunglasses // Old Navy mini messenger bag // Face Stockholm for J.Crew lipstick in pink peony (buy) // Coach pave bow ring // Incoco staccato nail strips (buy)