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If you’ve been on TikTok, you’ve likely seen the rise of the Old Money Aesthetic. A deviation of last year’s “Coastal Grandmother”, the Old Money trend has women slinging the same cashmere cardigans over their shoulders, but opting for more polished and masculine notes in the rest of their outfits. Less Diane Keaton and more Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy. Although there are many different takes, one thing is not up for debate: the old money aesthetic has some serious style game. Think classic, timeless pieces that are high-quality and exude sophistication.

The Old Money look will never have you reaching for the newest it-bag or swapping pieces out for trendy colorways. On the contray, Old Money has you reaching for the same classic pieces again and again. The value in an Old Money look is that you invest in quality pieces that stand the test of time. Embrace the timeless elegance of the little black dress or a chic sheath dress in a muted color like cream or navy. A classic trench coat and a well-fitted blazer are also staples in the old money wardrobe. For shoes, think heels in a neutral color or classic ballet flats. Accessories such as a pearl necklace or stud earrings add a touch of sophistication.

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When it comes to influences, take a page from the old money playbook and embrace traditional patterns like houndstooth, tweed, and plaid. These classic patterns exude refinement and add a touch of sophistication to any outfit. Don’t be afraid to invest in high-quality materials like cashmere, silk, and leather that age gracefully and last for years.

Still not sure what to add to your closet? Think of the Old Money hobbies! You can’t call yourself old money if you don’t have a favorite hobby that’s borderline pretentious. Polo anyone? Fox hunting, maybe? Or how about attending the opera while sipping on a glass of expensive wine?

Building an old money aesthetic through fashion is all about investing in timeless pieces that exude refinement and quality. Embrace traditional patterns, high-quality materials, and classic cuts. Remember that less is more, and always prioritize quality over quantity. With these tips, you’ll be channeling your inner old money elite in no time.

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