This $160 Dress Is the Best Purchase I've Ever Made

Maybe it's just me, but seeing an item on everyone in my Instagram feed typically deters me from buying it a little—no matter how covetable the item in question may be. Such was the case with the Insta-famous Christy dress from It-girl brand Réalisation. Since its launch in 2015, this dress has been worn in solid and printed versions by everyone and their mom, literally. I'll admit it was love at first sight for me too, but seeing it blow up on social media so fast made me second-guess hitting that "Place Order" button.

Fast-forward many months, and after seeing its cool square neckline and flattering shape worn by so many dream girls, I finally succumbed to my desires and ordered the tiny dress for myself. Well, let me tell you: My only regret is that I waited so long to do so. There aren't enough words in the English language to convey how perfect the fit of this dress is—it's 100% worth the hype. It also currently comes in six colors and checks out under $200, just saying.

The same day it arrived, I wore the '90s-style dress with an oversize black denim jacket and ankle boots for date night. Then, the next evening, I swapped out my black denim jacket for a vintage blue one and my ankle boots with sneakers for dinner with friends. Fast-forward two days later, and I pulled a black sweater over it, slipped on some sandals, and headed to brunch. Moral of the story: It's quickly become the MVP of my wardrobe, and I have to actively decide to wear something else. In fact, I ended up ordering it in white as well to double the outfit options I have and (hopefully!) fool people into thinking I'm not wearing the same thing every day—not that there's anything wrong with that.

Let's be real. Cult items become cult items for a reason. Whether it be the perfectly fitted white tee, the hugs-in-all-the-right-places pair of jeans, or the give-you-legs-for-days heels, certain items end up in the closets of every fashion girl because they're that good. Case in point: this dress. If you're still thinking how a dress can seriously be this life-changing, keep scrolling to see how I and Réalisation's coolest dreamgirls style ours. If owning the Christy dress everyone has is wrong, then I don't want to be right.

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There she is—the one that started it all for me. I'm not exaggerating when I say this is the world's best minidress. 

The newest design added to the lineup also happens to be one of fall's biggest trends: tiger print. One of our other editors has already waxed poetic about her affection for this specific version—and has the most genius tailoring tip I graciously copied from her.

Ok so this isn't the Christy, but this is the newest dress from Réalisation I have my eye on and I have a feeling it's also going to achieve cult-product status. 

Shop Pieces to Pair With the Christy Dress

These are the boots I'm wearing in the first image above, and let me tell you: That's an outfit I plan on repeating.

Pull this over your black Christy and add sneakers for a relaxed daytime vibe.

I tied this around my waist for a day party and would recommend to others without reservation. 

This jacket + Christy Dress + ankle boots = my ultimate going-out look. 

The ideal heel height to pair with a minidress.

I wore these with the ivory Christy and have never received more compliments.

These earrings with this neckline give me serious '90s vibes. 

There's just something inherently cool about cowboy boots and this dress.

Loving Réalisation as much as I am? Here are eight more ways to style its latest It pieces.