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Bougie on a budget: 12 chic items under $150 you'll need in 2024

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If you’re on the hunt for a chic outfit, but don’t want to spend all your budget, you’ve come to the right place. Don’t let money stop you from looking elegant, and it’s easier than you might think to find affordable equivalents of the classy pieces we see in the streets. I have curated a diverse collection that will allow you to elevate your style but also come at budget-friendly prices. Dive into a world where chic and affordability converge effortlessly with a list of 12 affordable essentials!

Faux-fur coats

For looking chic while being mindful of your budget, consider a faux fur coat. This stylish piece will keep you warm and add an air of sophistication to any ensemble, without the ethical concerns associated with traditional fur. Here is some inspiration!

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Textured Jackets

If you're on the lookout for a textured jacket that effortlessly combines style with affordability, your search stops here. I believe that a distinctive, textured outer layer should be a wardrobe staple without breaking the bank.

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For a sophisticated look from head to toes, the best option for footwear is a pair of loafers. While being appropriate for every situation, they will for sure effortlessly elevate your outfit. And for a further touch of chic, choose them with gold details! Slip into comfort and style without breaking the bank with our selection:

Black hairband

Whether you’re going for a sleek and modern aesthetic or a classier look embellished by jewelry, a black hairband is the easiest go-to accessory. Rocked first by the style-icon Blair Waldorf (in Gossip Girl), it is a must-have of the bougie wardrobe, and it costs almost nothing, so don’t wait and add it to your closet too!

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Trench coats

Another essential taken from the capital of effortless chic (Paris obviously!) that must join your wardrobe is the trenchcoat. While the epitome of a bougie trench coat is the Burberry one, you can easily find a more affordable alternative without sacrificing sophistication. I’ve gathered a few for inspiration:

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Kitten heels

I’ll never stop talking about kitten heels as they are the trend of the season! And they fit perfectly into an effortless boujee look. So step into a world where chic meets

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High boots

High boots are the stylish punctuation to add to any outfit! Worn with a simple black skirt or oversize black blazer dress, it will complete your outfit perfectly. And no need for real leather, I am here with budget-friendly options that will still look amazingly chic!

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Pair of shades

While maxi-sunglasses have been trending this year, chic is all about minimalism and small sleek rectangular sunglasses are the uniform. I’ve spotted so many street styles where the pair of shades perfectly completed the look, giving it a serious fancy finishing touch. For the color, we’re thinking black, minimalist again. Nothing extravagant, just enough to add a touch of sophistication! 

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Turtleneck black dress

A black turtleneck is an essential for an elegant wardrobe, but for even more sophistication think about wearing it as a dress. It’s so practical: it’s comfy and can be worn with anything. And imagine it accessorized with some thin gold jewelry! Here is some inspiration:

Off-shoulder black dress

A off-shoulder black dress will allow you to confidently channel a timeless style, whether it be on the street or at an evening cocktail! The versatility of such a dress makes it a staple in any sophisticated wardrobe. Just like for the turtleneck, the neutrality of the color black offers endless possibilities to personalize your look through accessorizing. Consider pairing it with statement jewelry or a bold clutch to elevate your ensemble for a touch of individuality and glamor. And it won’t ruin you, as I’ve found some good alternatives for you, and only for small prices!

White shirt 

The white shirt is the essential piece of clothing that you should have in your closet. There are infinite numbers of ways to style it: it really serves as a blank canvas for expressing your unique fashion sense in countless ways! On the bottom pair it with jeans for a casual chic look, or turn it into a more formal outfit with a black suit or skirt. And on the top, you can layer it under a stylish blazer or knit sweater. No matter what option you opt for, the white shirt will make it elegant! Consider choosing one with lace details for an extra-touch of chic.

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The oversize blazer 

Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten the oversize blazer! How can we talk about an affordable bougie closet without mentioning this indispensable article? It can really tie up any outfit, and make it look sophisticated without complication. The oversize blazer is a versatile layering piece that effortlessly transitions from casual to formal settings. Whether you wear it over a chic dress for a polished look, or pair it with jeans for a casual ensemble, the oversize blazer brings an air of effortless chic to your style. It is a timeless investment that won’t break your budget but will definitely elevate your wardrobe.

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