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How to Look Bad and Bougie on a Budget


Jul. 18 2018, Updated 5:48 p.m. ET

From the moment the Migos released “Bad and Boujee,” it has been a trend to be confident and dress like you’ve made it big in life. Question is, what if you’re a broke college/graduate student just trying to finesse the game? Here are some tips on how to look bad and bougie on a budget!

First thing to understand is that the look doesn’t make you, you make the look. You need to have confidence in how good you look, so even with the simplest outfits, you’re on top! Again, your goal is to finesse the game while not empty your  pockets.

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Fashion apps, like Poshmark, are great for expensive garments on the cheap. Poshmark is  an app that allows you to shop through other people’s closets. Nine out of 10 times, a high-end item you’re looking for will be sold on Poshmark for half the price. For example, you could get a pair of Louboutins from someone’s closet for only $300, compared to upwards of $1,000. You will get you’re whole life just shopping on Poshmark!

Another trick to being bad and bougie is to mix and match high-end with pocket-friendly items. Go low with garments and luxury with accessories. You can make a $20 basic dress look chic by just accessorizing the look. By just adding a Chanel bag (from Poshmark) and/or Louboutin red bottoms (from Poshmark), you’ll be turning heads.

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Last tip on how to look bougie on a budget is to find a good dupe. We won’t always have $300 to spend on a designer piece, but finding something similar can’t hurt. We are no strangers to retailers like FashionNova and PrettyLittleThings. They all have the same goal as we do, spend smart and make the look your own. Also brands like Aliexpress, DHgate, and believe it or not, Amazon Fashion, all have bomb items. They aren’t the best when it comes to the shipping process, but it’ll be worth it in the end. 

Let us know below where you shop to look your best!

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