What is it about that dress?

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I remember seeing it for the first time on It was just what I needed — a professional A-line dress that was fitting without being revealing, colorful but subtle. And cheap. Just about $100, and I knew I’d wear it a million times over.

I was about to release my first novel and I needed this dress for readings and book festivals. Dressing for readings can be difficult. You want to look stylish but smart, but it needs to appear effortless. Easy.

And this dress was it, the perfect blend of Carrie Bradshaw, Joan from “Mad Men,” and the middle school teacher you had a crush on when you were 12.

It was as magical as I thought it’d be.

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