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

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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?

noviceoftheday Sun 07-Apr-13 16:07:02

I buy at all price points and i can get as many compliments for an outfit that cost me £100 to put together as one that cost £1000 to put together. There is a girl in my office who looks amazing every single day and whenever I ask her where she got an outfit from it is always high street and no more expensive than Oasis. I think it's a combination of 1) putting outfits together well (knowing what colours suit you is important and also which different pieces of clothing in your wardrobe go together well), 2) the right accessories are essential and 3) looking after your clothes well (I am a fan of following the washing instructions!). Also the fit of the clothes is essential and finally recognising what suits your height, size, body shape and whether you are long or short waisted. There are many clothes/looks that I am happy to admire from afar knowing I would look like a right tit if I was to wear them!grin

MrsCampbellBlack Sun 07-Apr-13 16:08:05

Yes I guess what it means by looking wealthy.

If you're a fairly classic dresser its easier I think to look wealthy perhaps but then I know a lot of people don't aspire to look 'wealthy'.

And yes some people can be dressed in very expensive clothes but look as though they're head to toe in primark.

I do agree dressing for your shape is very important and avoiding the ever present polyester.

noviceoftheday Sun 07-Apr-13 16:09:54

Oh yes I agree good underwear! The difference that the right fitting bra can make to a look is astonishing. M&S deserve being hung drawn and quartered for convincing most women in the uk to wear a bra size that's 2 sizes too big.angry

MrsCampbellBlack Sun 07-Apr-13 16:10:02

Yeap novice - I reckon the key to looking wealthy is to iron your clothes - but I know that's a very unpopular viewpoint on here wink

MrsCampbellBlack Sun 07-Apr-13 16:10:53

Mind you was in Selfridges yesterday and the thing that made some women look wealthy was their bags.

Is that because you recognised the bags though MrsCB (Mulberry etc etc)? Or was it because the bags looked lovely quality?

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

Not having damglinh hems etc
Keeping it simple
Knowing what to splurge on and save on

noviceoftheday Sun 07-Apr-13 16:17:32

Sshhh MrsCBgrin if you ever look at the vogue thread you will see I am a bagaholicgrin. I totally agree on ironed clothes. I know it's not a popular view but the crumpled look is functional but not stylish. <hides>.

having said all of that, I aspire to look stylish as opposed to wealthy as the two are not always the same thing.

MrsCampbellBlack Sun 07-Apr-13 16:19:35

Oh I definitely recognised the bags MissBee wink

Novice - I came to the sad realisation that I'm no longer a customer for the luxury bag dept - I've been relegated to spirit and the Marc by Marc Jacobs section sad wink

SofaCanary Sun 07-Apr-13 16:22:46

That smooth, plump, olive skin tone helps I think.


See I wouldn't recognise a Birkin from er... well something else expensive (not a bag person) but I would assume that if I wanted to stroke the leather it would be expensive.

I also agree on the ironing - I know its not popular but the only things that don't get ironed here is underwear.

noviceoftheday Sun 07-Apr-13 16:48:02

MrsCB Marc by Marc Jacobs are having a good season, I had to edge away from it 2 weeks ago! Did I read somewhere on here that you have a blog? I would love to see it if you don't mind?

ToastedTeacakes Sun 07-Apr-13 17:00:32

Not sure about a capsule wardrobe, or 'rules', but this is what works for me:

I work from home so don't require office clothes, etc. But I do like to dress up now and again. I also don't have a riveting social life!
I find that casual is what I tend to wear most, so when I do buy a dressy thing, or a special bag, I will put some thought into it, hoping it will last.

3 pairs jeans: indigo, black and mid blue. One of them was expensive.
2 pairs of patterned jeans, both inexpensive but a great fit.
1 pair wool pants and 1 pair of leggings for cold days.

1 cord skirt, above knee (H&M).
1 navy cotton mini (APC).
1 knee length indigo denim a-line (Oasis).
1 shortish wool above knee (APC).

1 peach silk shirt (aubin&Wills).
2 patterned cotton blouses (Isabel Marant/Vanessa Bruno).
2 silk vests (Aubin&Wills).
2 check shirts (Abercrombie/APC)
3 tshirts (APC/Whistles/Oasis)
1 breton (Aubin&Wills).

1 smart lace dress above knee (Topshop).
1 check shirt dress, above knee, cotton (APC).
1 Silk dress (APC).

2 long cardi's (Massimo Dutti/Zara).
1 cashmere round neck jumper (LaRedoute).
1 grey slouchy merino (Boden).
1 beige cable jumper (Oysho).
1 navy merino jumper (Uniqlo, shit quality!)

1 long navy wool coat (Zara).
1 navy quilted jacket (Oasis).
1 trench coat (Burberry).
1 cropped boucle jacket (Zara).

1 burgundy tote (Jaeger sale).
1 smart small bag (Mulberry Lily).
1 tan satchel (Massimo Dutti).

2 suede ankle boots (APC/Office)
2 patent heels (K Geiger/ Topshop)
1 Nike Dunks in black.
1 white converse, low.
2 leather summer sandals (APC/ Geiger).

Sorry the list is long. This is all that I own and it feels like too much, but it all gets worn. Not sure if I look like a princess or a pauper tho!

Toughasoldboots Sun 07-Apr-13 17:05:24

I have probably got x5 the amount of clothes and shoes as you Teacakes but bet I don't look as good. I just can't put things together properly.

LadyMountbatten Sun 07-Apr-13 17:08:21

ah i disagree
WEalth can be hidden by horrible clothes - flashy eurotrash stuff and mutton.

its all in the figure - often teeny tiny and skin.

Plus no piercings or tattoos

scarlet76 Sun 07-Apr-13 17:12:12

Great list Toasted
This year I am aiming to spend less and also scale down the amount of stuff I have.
I shop reasonable quality high street - M&S, Topshop, White Stuff, Boden, French Connection, Hobbs, Next, Clarks.
I think a good coat, shoes and bag are essentials. I am trying to keep the rest of my wardrobe simple and classic.

HappyAsEyeAm Sun 07-Apr-13 17:14:23

Good haircut. Groomed hair, eyebrows and nails. One very nice piece of jewellery, a scarf and a bag. Co ordinated clothes
, shoes and accessories. Ironed clothes. Polished shoes. A smile.

LadyMountbatten Sun 07-Apr-13 17:15:44

and they stand right.
Their clothes arent thin primark white cotton that is washed grey.
Or naffola thin leggings

Charliefox Sun 07-Apr-13 17:17:04

Glossy thick hair in beautiful blonde/ash/caramel colours and gorgeous creamy skin. Then white jeans, polo shirt and boat shoes. With a tan = money.

ToastedTeacakes Sun 07-Apr-13 17:34:29

LadyMountbatten I don't think a tiny body is a necessity though. I mean, how does that explain attitudes in different periods of history where a fuller figure was considered more fitting for fashion? I think that the thin obsession is just another cultural trend, for surely any body shape can look well dressed (and expensive, if need be)? I am 'teeny tiny' and it doesn't stop me looking like crap....when i look like crap grin

LadyMountbatten Sun 07-Apr-13 17:35:32

i know - I agree, but you know those little tiny women with anthea turner hair.

they always look loaded

LadyMountbatten Sun 07-Apr-13 17:35:45

TT you look GORGE from here

ToastedTeacakes Sun 07-Apr-13 17:38:52

anthea turner hair! nearly spat my tea out, haha! is this a thing now? I had completely forgotten she existed.

must admit my hair lets me down though. i try so hard to care for it but fighting natural frizz is a losing gamesad

ToastedTeacakes Sun 07-Apr-13 17:39:47

<off to google anthea>

ToastedTeacakes Sun 07-Apr-13 17:41:45

LadyMountbatten anthea's hair defies gravity and I want to know it's secrets...

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