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Ways to Look Boujee Without Actually Breaking Bank

21 August 2017 | Febriana Ramadhanya

Are you tired looking the same way every day? Do you want to add a little oomph but got no dough to treat yourself? Stop worrying because we got your back with these easy tips to look boujee without over-spending.

Being boujee is something more than just what Migos and Lil Uzi Vert popularize. As another term for bougie, boujee ladies mean more than just high-class women with millions in the bank. Boujee ladies, despite their lack of fortune, symbolize confidence women who are sure of who they are and what they’re worth. Follow the tips below to flawlessly execute the boujee look without, well, being boujee.

Know your body type

You’ll risk of wasting your money by spending it on items that don’t look flattering at all when you wear it. Not everyone looks good in a metallic, V-neck spaghetti tank or a velvet, 2-piece, pencil skirt and tube top. Just because everyone’s wearing it on Instagram doesn’t mean you should too, hun.

Try to play to your strengths. For example, if you have an hourglass figure, show off that curve with a pencil skirt and a halter top. Those with long legs have the advantage of looking good in a pair of thigh-high boots. Experiment with different styles of clothing until you find pieces that you feel comfortable in.

Know the trends


To put it simply, know what’s in and what’s out. Familiarize yourself with what other boujee queens are currently wearing. These days, girls all over social media are wearing diamond chokers, fur coats, sky-high pointed heels, and designer bags. While some influencers flaunt their designer items, in order to look boujee, labels don’t matter, which leads to the next point.

Curate clothing items

Don’t be afraid to search, curate, or collect clothing items to attain that boujee look. Once you know what trendy fashion item looks good on your body, start looking for it in places other than the mall. Sure, Forever 21 or H&M carry a lot of trendy clothing but they can be pretty costly after you’ve added them up.

Instead, go to a thrift store, a garage sale, or even ask your relatives for their hand-me downs. Who knows, maybe they have some vintage branded items buried in their closet that can be the key piece to your entire boujee ensemble. As a last resort, shop online and find discounted items from trusted online stores like Zalora and Asos.

Don’t forget the glo'

Even with all the expensive-looking clothes and the accessories, a boujee chick is nothing without her glow up. You don’t need to invest on expensive makeup brands when there are so many affordable ones out there. You can get items from brands like ColourPop, Maybelline, L’Oreal, and other drug store brands with only less than RM150.

If you want to see how to achieve that boujee look, we’ve listed down the must-haves makeup items from ColourPop here and other popular products from drug store brands here. Remember, the key is to look expensive without actually blowing your budget.

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Confidence is the cherry on top

After 22 long cycles of America’s Next Top Model with Tyra Banks, we have surely heard her say “don’t let the clothes wear you” so many times. This is true, as any boujee girl should know how to be comfortable in their own skin no matter what ensemble they’re donning for the day. Whether you’re wearing a RM3,000 pair of Louboutin So Kate heels or a pair of simple nude heels from Zalora, the most important and priceless thing you can own is your confidence.

So, make smart decisions when trying to look boujee on a budget. You don’t need to spend a ridiculous amount of money because you can easily find more affordable alternatives. Once you’ve mastered all these tips, Migos and Uzi won’t be the only ones calling you bad and boujee.

Remember: don’t be broke, be boujee.

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