Everyone knows someone who owns that Zara polka dot dress. In fact, it’s hard to walk down the street or get on the Luas and not spot at least one woman wearing it.
Trends come and go (and come and go), but there are some things that never go out of style. They may be more popular one season than another but, on the whole, they are forever pieces that form the cornerstones of our wardrobes.
And this summer - amid all the ideas that will have their five minutes of fame - we saw a cult Zara dress rise become a viral sensation. Women everywhere have been wearing the dress while riding bikes, waiting for trains, drinking on rooftop bars and even getting married.
For the uninitiated, the €49.95 dress is a lightweight number printed with polka dots, with elbow-length sleeves and a keyhole button fastening. It is 100% viscose, ankle-length and has a ruffled hem that flutters pleasingly when you walk and it has basically broken the internet having earned its own Instagram account which documents the dress' whereabouts and has over 20 thousand followers.
And it seems the frenzy shows no signs of abating, as the dress has now been re-released, in leopard print, which is the perfect piece to ease us into the new season.
The classic animal print has been given a serious rebranding, and it's the perfect Autumnal colour palette. Just like it's polka-dotted sister, the dress can be what you want it to be: elegant, grown-up, casual, eccentric…you can clash it with other prints or pair it with minimalist staples for a pop of personality. This is the Zara dress for the postmodern age.
SHOP THAT ZARA DRESS NEW COLOUR: Printed Dress, €49.95, Zara
Priced the same as the white polka dot version, the versatile midi dress is set to be hugely popular, with sizes online already beginning to sell out.
But if red leopard print isn't your thing, the good news is that despite all odds - the OG Zara dress is still in stock.
Main image by @lustliving on Instagram