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If you’ve ever watched the shows Billions, Succession or Gossip Girl, you know that the wealthy characters are rarely seen wearing designer logos and major labels. TikTok recently came up with a name for this neutral, yet classic style: “Old money aesthetic.”
According to Glamour UK, the term “old money” refers to people who have inherited their wealth over several generations — think of Princess Diana or the Kennedys. As for the style, it consists of neutral colors, high-quality basics and often preppy, monochromatic and minimalist looks. The quality of the clothes matters more than the label as well. Some people think this style is classic, elegant and sophisticated. However, others think it’s too basic, boring or even a little frumpy.
The old money style is also often called “quiet luxury.” One of the big names in the quiet luxury space is the brand Loro Piana, where a simple T-shirt costs around $425. However, some other brand examples include Ralph Lauren, MaxMara or The Row, just to give you a better idea.
That said, the term is obviously classist and exclusionary. But if you like the old money aesthetic, ironically, it’s actually pretty easy to duplicate on a budget. You can build a wardrobe with a few quality basics, including a great blazer, well-tailored pants, simple loafers and a coat you can wear with all of the above.
Right now, you can even shop the look for less during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. (The sale runs through July 31!) Check out the below nine sale pieces that pretty much scream “old money aesthetic.”
1. Spanx The Perfect Pant Back Seam Skinny Ankle Pants, $84.90 – $128.00 (Orig. $128)
Spanx best-selling ankle pants have a comfortable pull-on design with an expensive-feeling, smooth ponte fabric. Wear them with loafers, mules, sneakers or flats and a button-up top.
2. Madewell Polo Sweater, $59.99 (Orig. $89.50)
You can dress this lightweight polo sweater up with trousers or down with jeans. This camel color is a classic you can wear from season to season, year after year. However, it also comes in dark green, light purple and “bronze” red colors.
3. Rag & Bone Alex Nonstretch High Waist Straight Leg Jeans, $149.90 (Orig. $225)
These straight-leg jeans have a high waist and a more rigid denim you can wear again and again without stretching them out. “Beautiful, well fitting high-waisted jeans,” wrote one Nordstrom reviewer. “Comfortable, even though it says no stretch [and] very flattering on.”
4. Sam Edelman Lior Loafer, $109.96 (Orig. $149.95)
If you love the look of the Gucci loafers, but not so much the Gucci price tag, these Sam Edelman loafers bring the same style for less. They feature a real leather exterior and gold horsebit hardware on top.
5. Splendid Cotton Blend Turtleneck, $45.90 (Orig. $68)
Something about a turtleneck is inherently classy. Maybe it’s the simple silhouette, maybe it’s the high-neck fit. This one has a soft and drapey cotton fabric you can wear on its own or layer under other cool-weather fits.
6. Topshop Women’s Textured Ponte Suit Jacket, $55.99 (Orig. $102)
This cream textured blazer has a more modern, slightly oversized fit you can wear with straight-leg jeans, trousers, denim shorts and more.
7. Ray-Ban 53mm Polarized Phantos Sunglasses, $139.99 (Orig. $225)
Ray-Ban is a classic brand that can elevate any look. These sunglasses have polarized lenses and tortoiseshell, retro-inspired frames.
8. Lauren Ralph Lauren Belted Double Breasted Trench Coat, $129.99 (Orig. $230)
Wear this sleek trench coat in the rainy autumn and spring seasons. It comes in both black and sand colors, and both have a black faux-leather belt and trim.
9. Clare V. Simple Perforated Suede Tote, $370.99 (Orig. $555)
This soft, perforated suede tote bag has a pop of color thanks to a sleek navy and red stripe. Carry it in your hands with the short top hands or over your shoulder with the included longer strap.
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