Lately I am finding myself more and more excited to shop at the J. Crew Factory as opposed to "regular" J. Crew. The prices are cheaper, the quality isn't that much different, and if I missed out on something from a past season at J. Crew it gives me a second chance. Who doesn't love a second chance?
The J. Crew Factory sequin polka dot top is an example of something that was improved by the Factory. Last year when this shirt came out at J. Crew I had all sorts of problems getting it on because it was very stiff and constricting. The Factory version seems much more "user" friendly. The sleeves are shorter and there is more give to the fabric. I took my usual size xs which I debated because I want to layer this over a button down for fall. Luckily there's plenty of room left for layers. I also bought the top in the black with white dots because I couldn't decide on which one to get. I intended to return one, but I was so smitten with the top I kept both. I am glad I did because these sold out like hotcakes, sequin hotcakes!
Also from the J. Crew Factory is this onyx inspired bracelet. This ended up being about $15 and resembles a similar style from J. Crew, but again at a fraction of the price. I added some spikes which generated endless comments and jabs from my husband, one of which involved a comparison between the bracelet and a medieval weapon.
Shirt: J. Crew Factory
Skirt: J. Crew no. 2 in double serge cotton
Shoes: Kate Spade (similar here)