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!

xoxo,
Jenn

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

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Closet Remix: Lady Lawyer

Hello friends!

It’s been a little over two months since I retired my business suits.  I even moved them into our office closet!  My bedroom closet {let’s be real, it’s not “ours”} is now filled with bright colors, patterns, and casual{ish} pieces that make me happy.  And I’m slowly but surely finding my new non-lady lawyer style, thanks in large part to Instagram style challenges.

I’ve had a few kind women mention that they miss seeing my work posts on Instagram, so I thought I’d share a few remixes with my favorite suits.  J.Crew suiting was the backbone of my professional wardrobe, especially the super 120s wool.  But I must note that the pricing has skyrocketed since I first started buying suits, while the quality has declined.  {Read more about this here.}  That said, J.Crew is offering 30% off through April 26th with the code “TIMETOSHOP,” so if you’re in the market for suiting, this is the time to stock up!

Personally, I’m not a fan of pants suits.  I’ve tried a few different styles and they just don’t work for me.  And after spending many hours in court watching fellow lady lawyers stand and argue, I’ve come to the conclusion that pants suits don’t work for a lot of women.  My two cents: if you want to rock a pants suit, you must get them tailored.  And be sure to look at your pants from all angles {take a selfie if you can’t get to a three way mirror!}.  Unstructured wool can be very unkind to even the most fabulous derriere. 😉

I prefer to buy three piece suits: dress, jacket, and pencil skirt.  I like having options, and this combo is fantastic for business travel.  I’m wearing the Emmaleigh and Bridget dresses in the pictures below, which are sadly no longer available, but I’m swooning over this bow-shoulder dress.  J.Crew Factory also has great suiting options at more affordable prices, including a dead-ringer for my beloved Emmaleigh dress (1, 23). Both J.Crew and J.Crew Factory sell pinstripe options as well (1, 2, 3, 4).

I’ve shared a few different ways I styled my suits in the past: hope you enjoy!  {Need more inspiration?  Click here.}  Since all of my suiting is neutral, I add a pop of color or a fun pattern in my shoes or tops {and lipstick, of course}, and almost always wear tights to combat courtroom air conditioning.  And even though I’m no longer wearing them on a regular basis, I’m still dreaming about that perfectly tailored red suit…

Thank you very much for stopping by!

xoxo,
Jenn

J.Crew Emmaleigh Dress 1035 Jacket Super 120s wool Limited Bow Top Chinese Laundry Kristin Cavallari Copertina Heels

J.Crew Emmaleigh dress + 1035 two-button jacket in black
The Limited Pintuck Bow Blouse
Chinese Laundry Kristin Cavallari Copertina Heels {buy other colors}

J.Crew 1035 Jacket Pencil Skirt Super 120s wool Tie-Neck Bow Top Steven by Steve Madden Ravesh Heels

J.Crew 1035 two-button jacket + pencil skirt in light heather gray
J.Crew tie-neck silk top
Steven by Steve Madden Ravesh pump in green

J.Crew Emmaleigh Dress 1035 Jacket Super 120s pinstripe wool Steven by Steve Madden Ravesh heels silk blend scarf

J.Crew 1035 two-button jacket + Emmaleigh dress in charcoal pinstripe
J.Crew refined silk-cashmere wrap in blush {buy}
Steven by Steve Madden Ravesh pump in blush
Kate Spade New York Litchfield Joelle leather tote

J.Crew Bridget Dress 1035 Jacket Super 120s wool Beaded necklace Chinese Laundry Kristin Cavallari Copertina Heels

J.Crew Bridget Dress + Sidney jacket {similar} in heather flannel
J.Crew beaded necklace + quilted bag
Chinese Laundry Kristin Cavallari Copertina Heels

J.Crew Three Button Jacket Pencil Skirt Super 120s pinstripe wool Silk Boy Shirt French Hen Mona patent leather nude heels

J.Crew three button jacket + pencil skirt in navy pinstripe
J.Crew silk boy shirt in French Hen {similar}
J.Crew Mona patent pumps in warm bisque {similarish}
Kate Spade New York Harrison Street Adelle bag in sunshine

J.Crew Emmaleigh Dress 1035 Jacket Super 120s wool Pearl Necklace KJP Kiel James Patrick Scarlett O’Hara Vickers Bow bracelet Factory Isabelle houndstooth pumps

J.Crew 1035 two-button jacket + Emmaleigh dress in black
Pearl necklace {gift from my dad}
Kate Spade New York double bow studs {similar}
Kiel James Patrick Scarlett O’Hara Vickers Bow bracelet {buy}
J.Crew Factory Isabelle houndstooth pumps {similar}

J.Crew 1035 Jacket Pencil Skirt Super 120s wool Brooks Brothers Non-Iron Fitted Double Stripe Dress Shirt Oroblu Tricot Sable Fishnet Tights Chinese Laundry Kristin Cavallari Copertina Heels

J.Crew 1035 two-button jacket + pencil skirt in navy
Brooks Brothers Non-Iron Fitted Double Stripe Dress Shirt {similar, on sale!}
Oroblu Tricot Sable Fishnet Tights {on sale!}
Chinese Laundry Kristin Cavallari Copertina Heels
J.Crew bag

J.Crew 1035 Jacket Pencil Skirt Super 120s wool printed heart blouse Factory Isabelle houndstooth pumps

J.Crew 1035 two-button jacket + pencil skirt in black
J.Crew Factory printed shirt {love this one!}
J.Crew Factory Isabelle houndstooth pumps
Chanel earrings

J.Crew Bridget Dress 1035 Jacket Super 120s wool Brooks Brothers Non-Iron Tailored Fit Thin Stripe Dress Shirt Factory dot tights Ivanka Trump Janna Mary Jane Pump Kate Spade Shoulder Bag

J.Crew Bridget Dress + Sidney jacket in heather flannel
Brooks Brothers Non-Iron Tailored Fit Thin Stripe Dress Shirt {similar}
J.Crew Factory polka-dot tights
Ivanka Trump Janna Mary Jane Pump
Kate Spade New York bag

J.Crew 1035 Jacket Pencil Skirt Super 120s wool cashmere turtleneck sweater Kate Spade NY Hudson Street leopard calf half bag Gigantic Swiss Dot Tights Stuart Weitzman Platswoon Pump

J.Crew 1035 two-button jacket + pencil skirt in black
J.Crew collection cashmere turtleneck sweater in pine {buy}
Kate Spade New York Hudson Street leopard calf half bag {similar}
Kate Spade NY Gigantic Swiss Dot Tights
Stuart Weitzman Platswoon Pump {buy}

J.Crew Three Button Jacket Emmaleigh dress Super 120s pinstripe wool backseam tights opera length pearl necklace Stuart Weitzman Platswoon Pump

J.Crew 1035 three-button jacket + Emmaleigh dress in navy pinstripe
J.Crew opera length pearl necklace {buy}
Nordstrom Sheer Back Seam Stockings {similar}
Stuart Weitzman Platswoon Pump {buy}

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!

xoxo,
Jenn

** 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.  **

Suit Up

I’ve been reaching more for separates than suits lately but here are a few business looks from the past few months.  I do love how easy and professional suits are (very extra helpful for early mornings).  J.Crew remains my favorite store for suits (and J.Crew Factory has been a close second lately!).  I tried a few new brands this year but everything went straight back to the store (issues with quality, fit, or both).  If you’re starting your business dress collection, I recommend subscribing to J.Crew’s email list and stocking up during sales.  And I try to wear a fun color or shoe whenever I’m in a suit, which (hopefully) makes it a bit less stuffy and boring.

Thanks for reading!

xoxo,
Blondie, Esq.

2013.07.12 fri

~ J.Crew charcoal 1035 jacket (buy) and 1035 trousers (buy) in pinstripe Super 120s
~  J.Crew silk sweater ~ J.Crew Factory printed tissue scarf (seen) ~
~ Vince Camuto Kain pumps (buy) ~

2013.07.15 mon

~ J.Crew Factory lightweight wool jacket (buy) and pencil skirt (buy) ~
~ J.Crew Blythe blouse in retro jade (buy) ~ J.Crew Trixie heels in warm ivory ~

2013.07.19 fri

~ J.Crew navy jacket (love this) & pencil skirt in pinstripe Super 120s (buy) ~
~J.Crew Jackie shell (buy) ~ Banana Republic scarf ~
~ J.Crew fleur patterned peep-toe heels in deep atlantic ~

2013.07.29 close up

~ t+j Designs Luxe Turquoise Flower Petal Necklace (on sale!) ~
~ J.Crew cool graphite Serengeti peep toes ~

2013.07.29 mon

~ Banana Republic sweater ~
~  J.Crew charcoal 1035 jacket (buy) & in-box pencil skirt in super 120s ~

2013.08.21 weds

~ J.Crew charcoal 1035 jacket (buy) & Emmaleigh dress in pinstripe super 120s (buy) ~
~ Steven by Steve Madden green Ravesh pump (buy) (one of my favorite pairs) ~
~ Bauble Bar monogram necklace ~2013.09.13 fri
~ Brooks Brothers non-iron shirt (similar) ~
~ J.Crew black jacket & pencil skirt in super 120s ~
~ Chanel earrings ~ J.Crew Factory big dot tights (buy) ~

2013.09.24 tues

~ J.Crew light heather graphite jacket (similar) & pencil skirt (similar) in super 120s  ~
~ Zara navy court shoe (buy) ~ J.Crew Factory printed gathered tank ~
~  J.Crew collection lady four-strand pearl necklace (buy) ~

2013.09.25 weds

~ J.Crew navy jacket & Emmaleigh dress in pinstripe super 120s (buy) ~
~ Banana Republic Mad Men collection geo silk scarf in shamrock ~

Etta and Eiffel

I’m so glad I snapped these shoes up—love the bows–but I’ve drooling over their sisters, especially the sequins!  Etta is a very comfortable shoe.  The chunky heels make them easy to walk in for hours, despite the higher height.  Hope to add another pair sooner than later…

Happy shopping.  😉

xoxo,
Blondie, Esq.

2013.06.12 Weds

Brooks Brothers non-iron striped shirt // J.Crew navy pencil skirt in pinstripe Super 120s (buy) // Kate Spade Parisian lights Eiffel tower earrings // J.Crew saltwater grey Etta bow pumps

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!

xoxo,
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.  🙂

xoxo,
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