A Dress Worth Splurging For

March 30, 2017


the prettiest rose print dress

Every now and then you see a dress that’s just so perfect and pretty you have to have it. The only thing holding you back? The price tag! For the most part, I’m a pretty frugal shopper, and love finding the under $100 deals, under $50 if I’m lucky! But I have a weakness for two things: florals and anything from Kate Spade. As soon as I saw this gorgeous rose print, I knew it was a dress worth splurging for. So I told myself, this is a dress that will be perfect for Easter, my big 30th birthday in June, a summer wedding we’re attending, and pretty much every baby and bridal shower I’m invited too. This dress is going to work for itself, making the CPW {cost per wear} super low. Or as low as I can get it!

a dress worth splurging for - M Loves Mfeminine pink rose dress for spring pink tassel earrings with rose print dresskate spade rosa dresspink floral and lace dressrose print dress with mustard tassel bag love this feminine floral and lace kate spade dress a dress worth splurging for- would be so pretty for a wedding, baby shower, or spring event

dress {also available here. Here’s an affordable rose print dress} . bag {also available in brown, pink, & black} . heels {affordable option!} . earrings . cuff bracelet . link bracelet . lipstick in Inspiration .


A dress worth splurging for should definitely fit some specific criteria, though. I always ask myself these 5 questions:

1. Can you see yourself wearing it on at least 3 occasions?

2. Is the style versatile enough to be worn years from now?

3. Is it good quality?

4. Is this item unique enough to not be duplicated everywhere?

5. If I walk away, will I still be thinking about this item later? (Usually, I give myself a few days)

If it fits the criteria, and I think I can work it into my budget, I feel much better about making the item mine. Do you go through a thought process when you’re splurging on an item?


photos by Jodee Debes

  • Natali

    Oh yes, once you do find a clothing piece like this gorgeous dress that suits you as beautifully, it is so worth splurging into!


  • Rach

    The same thoughts run through my mind when I want to splurge – can I wear it at least 3 times (either occasion or styled different ways). I love that dress you picked. It is gorgeous!


  • So perfect on you! Love how you paired it with a cheerful yellow bag!

  • Allegra Liu

    Definitely worth splurging on, it’s a gorgeous dress. Love the blush bead tassel earrings and fun yellow bag with it. Enjoy!

    • Thanks Allegra!! I’m loving these earrings right now! They go with so much 🙂

  • Tali

    I definitely go through a thought process before splurging. I can see why you splurged on this dress, it looks great on you Mara! <3

    • Thanks Tali!! I’m so glad you like it 🙂 It’s my favorite piece right now!

  • You look so spring-y, Mara! I love this dress on you and your lipstick is so pretty!!

    I feel the same EXACT way. If a piece is expensive, I take my time with it. Sometimes too long where it ends up selling out or if I’m lucky, on sale, ha! I think about cost divided by times per wear too. It’s an easy way to justify a pricey purchase. I mostly think about how many seasons out of the year can I wear a piece. My preference is to get my wear for three seasons of the year, but at minimum, at least two. I also ask myself if it’s a “10” in my closet. I pin it and if it’s still sitting on my board and I’ve been thinking about the item for awhile, it’ll definitely be in my shopping cart!

    She Sweats Diamonds

    • I think that’s so smart Huong! You have to take your time with the more expensive pieces. So far I’m so happy I got it!! Can’t wait to wear it for Easter weekend!!

  • htebazileidoj

    I loooove that you styled this with a bright yellow bag! Perfection!

    • Thank you so much!! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment!!

  • Jenna Condon

    Such a beautiful post. Love that dress, 🙂

    • Thank you Jenna!! I’m so glad you like it too 🙂

  • Carrie Colbert

    So lovely, Mara! And great tips. Xo


  • This is so so gorgeous!


    • aw thank you Shira!! I love the lace and floral combo!

  • Lex

    These pictures are beautiful, the dress fits you so well!

    xoxo Lex // LexMeetsWorld

    • thank you Lex!! I love it! So pretty for spring!!

  • Wow, this dress is just gorgeous, definitely worth splurging for!!

    Fashion By Committee

    • Thank you Jeanne!! I love it soo much!! I know I’ll wear it for years to come!

  • Louis Dupond

    Lovely outfit … chic, elegant, perfect colors ….


  • Oh my gosh Mara this dress looks like it’s worth every penny! It’s SO gorgeous!! xo Devon Seventeen Dresses

    • aw thank you Devon!! I think it was definitely worth it. Excited to wear it for Easter weekend 🙂

  • Marta cosmetlove

    you look gorgeous, Mara! Floral and lace style is my favourite! also, the yellow bag you paired makes me happy evry single time I look on these pictures! 😉

    • aw thank you!! I’ve been wearing this bag nonstop! The color adds such a fun pop to every outfit!

  • Michelle Joseph

    That’s a good way to decide on whether you should buy something or not. The dress is gorgeous though. Love the rose pattern.

    • Thanks Mich!! I love the rose pattern too! So pretty with the lace!

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