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.  **


Belated Hawaii Pics

Here are some long overdue pictures from our vacation to Maui during the first week of June.  Although it wasn’t the most relaxing trip we’ve had due to a number of factors, we were happy to get away and spend some quality time together.  It was my first time to Hawaii and husband’s first trip in years.  The resort was beautiful (thanks again, Westin!), as was the weather.  The food, however, was a big let down…  But to be fair, I think we have slightly ridiculous expectations after living in SF for the past year and a half (aka food paradise).  I still prefer the Caribbean, but this place is on the top of our wish list.

I spent most of the trip in a swimsuit with my kindle and some SPF 6 zillion, but I did snap a few outfits.  And waaaaay too many sunset pictures.  I’ll only subject you to a few.  😉

Hope you all had a bit of vacation this summer.  As always, thank you so much for reading!

Blondie, Esq.

2013.06.01 a plane

Wheels up!

2013.06.01 made it

We finally made it!  Nothing to do but enjoy the beautiful weather.  ❤
~ Old Navy maxi tee dress (buy) ~ Chanel sunglasses ~

2013.06.02 dress

~ J.Crew Piqué v-neck ruffle dress in tea rose ~ Guess platform sandals ~
~ Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses ~

2013.06.02 view

The view from our patio

2013.06.03 capitan

Snapping the snapper on a sunset sail

2013.06.03 ocean

2013.06.03 sunset mas

2013.06.04 big beach

~ J.Crew dress ~ Chanel sunglasses ~ Ocean Minded sandals~

2013.06.05 iao valley 1.5 who you callin chicken

Chasing chickens

2013.06.05 iao valley 1

Iao Valley State Park

2013.06.05 iao valley 2

2013.06.05 iao valley 3

Kanaloa is happy to see us 😉
(couldn’t resist…)

2013.06.05 iao valley don't take my picture

He loves being on this side of the camera.

2013.06.06 cheeeese

~ J.Crew Whisper gauze beach tunic in sea glass (buy) ~
~ Marc by Marc Jacobs Sunglasses~

2013.06.06 sofia

Sunset with Sofia!
~ J.Crew Spindrift sweatshirt in light emerald ~ J.Crew dizzy anchor dress ~
~ Marc by Marc Jacobs Sunglasses ~

2013.06.06 sunset

2013.06.07 a dress

~ Gap Printed crossover maxi dress in yellow print ~ J.Crew belt ~ Chanel sunglasses~

2013.06.07 aloha dinner

Aloha dinner (sniff, sniff)

2013.06.07 bird

Luckiest shot ever!


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 ~

What I Wore 3.0 (More May Looks)

Here are my outfits from the rest of May.  More wacky weather, lots of dresses and skirts, and a few pictures from my husband.

Over Memorial Day weekend, my mom, three of her (seven!) brothers, and I went up to Sonoma to clean out my grandma’s storage unit.  It’s hard to believe she’s been gone for a year.  The unit was full of all kinds of crap (i.e., my grandma was a borderline hoarder) but a few of her things came home with me, including the rose pin I’m wearing below and an amazing vintage Christian Dior scarf!!  I never knew that my grandma loved scarves and pins.  It’s bittersweet to find out we had another thing in common only after she’s gone, but I’m so glad I’ll get to wear some of her favorite things!  She also had a framed picture of us with my mom from my law school graduation.  ❤

I’m sorry for flooding your inbox/feed with posts—I have so much catching up to do.  I am going to try to post on a regular basis once I get caught up.  We’ll see.  🙂

Thank you so much for reading!

Blondie, Esq.

2013.05.17 Fri

J.Crew Factory Charlie sweater in stripe (buy) // J.Crew three-quarter sleeve stretch shirt (similar) // J.Crew bootcut jeans // J.Crew Lulu leather peep toes in honey glaze // Chanel earrings

2013.05.20 Mon

J.Crew pacific blue marina-stripe three-button jacket // Lauren by Ralph Lauren floral dress // Kate Spade bag // J.Crew silver Everly mirror metallic pump (buy)

2013.05.21 Tues

J.Crew perfect shirt in chambray polka dot // J.Crew No. 2 pencil skirt in medallion paisley // J.Crew collection Contessa snakeskin-bow pumps // J.Crew hand-knotted pearl necklace

2013.05.22 Weds

Brooks Brothers shirt // J.Crew black Gallerist dress in Super 120s // Lauren by Ralph Lauren peep toe mary jane pumps

2013.05.23 Thurs

J.Crew navy three-button jacket (love this one) and city-fit classic trouser (similar) in pinstripe super 120s // J.Crew silk boy shirt in french hen // J.Crew French hen sweater // Vince Camuto platform peep-toe pumps

2013.05.24 Fri 1

J.Crew Factory classic trench // Gap 1969 printed always skinny skimmer jeans (other prints) // Chanel sunglasses

2013.05.24 Fri 2

spirit fingers

2013.05.24 Fri 3

J.Crew Factory long-sleeve lace-front tee // J.Crew silver Everly mirror metallic pump (buy) // Kate Spade mount perry rumor bag // t&j designs & Banana Republic bracelets

2013.05.25 Sat

J.Crew gray cashmere crewneck sweater // J.Crew Tilda oxford rhinestone top (buy) // J.Crew 4″ denim short (similar) // J.Crew leather capri sandals (buy) // Chanel sunglasses // Kate Spade bag

2013.05.28 Tues

J.Crew 1035 jacket in superfine cotton (buy) // J.Crew silk bow cami in kelly green  // J.Crew ankle toothpick jeans (similar) // J.Crew cool graphite Serengeti peep toes 

2013.05.29 Weds

J.Crew black cashmere tee dress // Old Navy men’s oxford shirt – buy // J.Crew tights // Kelsi Dagger Tiffany suede pumps

2013.05.30 Thurs

J.Crew Factory classic blazer in maraschino cherry (buy) // J.Crew navy Emmaleigh dress in Super 120s (buy) // Paolo bow pumps // Oroblu ‘Tricot’ Fishnet Tights (buy) // my grandmother’s rose pin ❤

2013.05.31 Fri

J.Crew 1035 jacket & origami sheath dress (buy) in wool crepe // J.Crew Mona printed pumps

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

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

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)