Elle Wore It

How to Look Bougie on a Budget

One of my favourite things to do is tell people the cost of something when they compliment me on what I’m wearing. Now before you start talking shit and try to lecture me on the art of humble bragging (I invented HB, try me), I’ll have you know that I make a point to do this not because of how MUCH my outfit costs, but how CHEAP I got it for.

Mixing high and low end pieces is not a new thing. I, along with many successful bloggers I follow have been doing it forever and its the most genius way to look bomb all the time without racking up your VISA. I firmly believe that when you pair Forever 21 clothes with a Gucci bag, it shows that you actually know how to style pieces and don’t NEED to spend extra on clothes.

In case I haven’t already been blatantly obvious, spending a lot of money on clothes is a huge waste in my opinion. I’m not talking about classic pieces that you will never donate/sell on Poshmark, but spending anymore than $30 on a neon dress that will be on trend for 5 minutes is ridiculous.

So here’s what I like to SPLURGE and SAVE on:


  • Classic Handbags: A classic bag in a neutral colour will never go out of style. It doesn’t necessarily have to be designer, but make sure its made of out quality material if you’re going to spend the money.
  • Shoes: For the most part, buying quality shoes means you’ll complain less about your feet hurting. Be smart with this one as I realize not all high end shoes are comfy. For staple pieces like a strappy sandal or black pumps, get a good sturdy pair you can actually stand to be in for a few hours. Spending more on shoes is a recent thing for me, but totally worth it.
  • Everyday Jewelry: I’m not saying all your jewelry should be quality, but one or two pieces definitely should be. Get yourself an everyday ring or bracelet that you basically never take off. I love Mejuri for quality pieces that are actually super reasonably priced.


  • Trendy Clothes: If you’re not perusing BooHoo, Forever 21, H&M or Fashion Nova for pieces you know you won’t wear next year, you’re doing it wrong.
  • Costume Jewelry:  Basically anything that isn’t real gold or silver. If it’s going to tarnish or change colour after a few wears, go cheap to avoid crying about it.
  • Accessories: Unless it’s a classic piece. Belts, trendy bags, headbands, chokers (can’t even tell you how many black ones I threw away last year) and hats should be on your cheap thrills list.



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