How do some woman manage to look like they're really wealthy?

(273 Posts)
Whatisthepointoffriendships Sun 07-Apr-13 14:24:05

When they're not? I'm fascinated.

My friend is like it; they don't have much money and she wears very simple outfits and doesn't buy many clothes but she always looks amazing.

Anyone else know anyone like it?

awkwardsis Sun 07-Apr-13 14:28:52

It's all in the fit. That and making sure its ironed and just the right accessories. Clothes that don't fit make you look sloppy, regardless of how much they cost. I have a friend whi looks amazing on a very teeny budget and I think accessories are what sets her apart. She has lots of great scarves and jewellery and a handbag to match each outfit. Her hair is also regularly cut <eyes own split ends> It also helps that she's gorgeous and would look good in a bin bag...

beeny Sun 07-Apr-13 14:30:42

Marks place am fascinated by this topic

Whatisthepointoffriendships Sun 07-Apr-13 14:39:32

The friend I know wears very basic things; vest tops with jeans usually. She shops in primark and topshop. Hair is usually up in a big messy bun but it really suits her.

MrsCampbellBlack Sun 07-Apr-13 14:44:16

If you've got a good figure and are pretty then its very easy to look amazing in a pair of topshop jeans and a primark vest top.

For the rest of us its a bit harder.

But yes I agree that being groomed and your clothes being clean/ironed/fitting well really helps.

And yes to accessories too.

Whatisthepointoffriendships Sun 07-Apr-13 14:57:30

I wouldn't say she's particularly slim or pretty tbh; size 14 ish, and averagely pretty but very attractive.

MerylStrop Sun 07-Apr-13 14:58:02

Knowing what suits you
Groomed eyebrows
Tidy nails
Accessories yy - but using the coco chanel rule - put it all on and take the last thing off again

chanie44 Sun 07-Apr-13 15:07:41

I agree.

Good quality accessories, like a leather handbag.

Well fitting clothes made of cotton, silk etc

Nothing scruffy looking eg shoes polished, uggs look brand new (yes I'm aware of the contradiction, but you know what I mean).

dashoflime Sun 07-Apr-13 15:09:40

Some people have a good eye for things and can pick stuff out from Jumble Sales and Charity shops.

I can't. No clue me.

MarshaBrady Sun 07-Apr-13 15:13:34

Good hair, nice face, knowing what suits you.

Some people really suit vintage look for example, which can be a fairly cheap way to shop

racheael76 Sun 07-Apr-13 15:18:30

not designer but quality clothes m and s.no fake tan can look chavvy.natural well kept nails eyebrows.
a nice simple watch.
a good quality coat from m and s and a smile !

santamarianovella Sun 07-Apr-13 15:30:18

a good scarf or a good statement necklace can make a huge difference to whatever your wearing.
and yes having a good figure and hair is essential too.

Naoko Sun 07-Apr-13 15:33:43

It is absolutely the fit. A £4 t-shirt from h&m that fits you correctly (not just the right size but also the right cut for your body shape) will look far, far better than a £££ one from somewhere fancy that doesn't. Doesn't matter if you're tall, skinny and a supermodel or short, heavier than you'd like to be and ordinary looking - everyone looks better in well fitting clothes.

LadyMountbatten Sun 07-Apr-13 15:36:50

Good skin I think.

Viviennemary Sun 07-Apr-13 15:40:24

Me too. I'm sure I wouldn't look rich even if I won Euromillions.

Dilidali Sun 07-Apr-13 15:43:32

I think those women are called.... French? Lol
The rules as I noticed them: no frills, no mad colours, block colours ( read navy) properly fitting clothes and the secret is in a good haircut, discreet make up, very good shoes and nice handbag. Basically, they have about 16 pieces of garment that they combine and what makes the outfit are the accessories. If you have few, you don't feel guilty to renew every 2 years.

Have a look at PIA jewelery website. 'Tis gorgeous and not stupidly priced.

This is a really weird thing, cos just this morning I was viewing a few fashion blogs run by rather wealthy women, and I was astounded by how 'un wealthy' they looked. I think so much of it is down to personal attitude and taste - all the cash in the world can't bestow that upon you.

I've seen young women wearing £200 teeshirts and they look sloppy and awful.

On an amusing note, I once turned out to meet an old friend who I hadn't seen for years. I wore a long Zara wool coat, Primark skinnies and an H&M tee. When I arrived she said "Wow, you must be doing wel for yourself, you look very 'Chanel'!"

Then again, she might have been joking ;)

Never understood the French thing either. Surely all French women don't dress like the Vogue/Alt crew?

Longdistance Sun 07-Apr-13 15:49:45

A jumper with a shirt underneath, wearing a pearl necklace = Sloane.

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Allthingspretty Sun 07-Apr-13 15:52:03

I think its also the confidence and 'owning' your style and wearimg your clotjes and not them wearing you iyswim

MarshaBrady Sun 07-Apr-13 15:54:51

They do look good the E Alt crew, even if the same. Sure the rest is just as varied.

Environment helps. Nice places etc

TomDudgeon Sun 07-Apr-13 15:55:08

Depends what you mean by wealthy
A lot of people can't afford to have their hair cut regularly or spend money on accessories

coffeeinbed Sun 07-Apr-13 15:56:05

Good skin, good hair.
Nothing too obvious.
Good fit, not too many accessories.

Justonemorecardi Sun 07-Apr-13 15:58:19

marking my place - I'm fascinated by this too. Dilidali - can you give me an idea what these 16 pieces should consist of? (off to grab notebook & pen...)

Allthingspretty Sun 07-Apr-13 16:06:50

Good underwear!

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