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Just last week I realized that I had bought the same Zara dress as not one, not two, but five of my coworkers. The miracle? So far, not a single one of us have worn it on the same day.

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Throwback to that fateful day in August, when I first discovered The Dress: I was doing a piece for PureWow that involved a mini-shopping spree at Zara. Our fashion editor Dena Silver plucked the pink, blue and black floral number from the rack for me to try on and I was immediately impressed by the relaxed fit and the moody pattern. It felt like something I could wear through the end of summer into fall, but also transition into the early months of winter with a dark sweater and tall boots. Better yet, the material is totally wrinkle-free, a win for busy mornings when I have approximately five minutes to get myself dressed.

But really, the best part is that the dress was just $70. For an outfit that practically guarantees multiple wears, that’s as affordable as it gets. (Since I bought it four months ago, I’ve already worn it at least 11 times and counting.)

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Courtesy of Cristina Laforgia (left) and Mary Kate McGrath (right)

Fast forward to every stylish woman in my office owning this exact piece, too. First, it was our editor-in-chief who wore this dress to the office with cool, leather sneakers. Next, it was our special events planner—she cinched hers at the waist with a belt. Our receptionist at the front desk wore it with a black leather jacket and bold earrings. One by one, people made what was becoming a copycat style feel totally versatile and 100 percent their own.

The Dress also looks great on different body types. Our editor-in-chief is willowy and tall. I’m petite and still consider myself postpartum. (I had a baby last year.) It also works on a variety of skin tones. I’m pale as a ghost, but the dress doesn’t feel harsh with my coloring; ditto darker skin tones—the neon pink buds really pop without feeling over the top. No matter the person, it’s a universally flattering design. That’s hard to find in a dress, especially one at that price point.

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Courtesy of Sheena Ortiz Berino

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