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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.”
If you’ve never heard of it, here’s the deal: According to Glamour UK, the term “old money” refers to people who have inherited their wealth over several generations. 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.
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 Summer Sale, happening through Sept. 12. Below, check out five sale pieces you can wear together that pretty much scream “old money aesthetic.”
1. Nordstrom Signature Cashmere Crewneck Pullover, $69.65 (Orig. $199)
Score this cashmere sweater for 65% off! The classic crewneck pullover style will last you for years to come, and it goes with just about anything, from jeans to fall’s biggest trend, leather pants.
2. Madewell The Perfect Vintage Straight Leg Jeans, $76.80 (Orig. $128)
Madewell sells one pair of its Perfect Vintage Jeans every other minute, so it makes sense that the brand now sells a straight-leg version. Get it for 40% at Nordstrom right now to experience the hype. They’re ever-so-slightly stretchy and have an old-school feel.
3. Rebecca Minkoff Edie Quilted Leather Wallet on a Chain, $118.80 (Orig. $198)
This quilted leather bag comes in black, silver and emerald green, a popular color for fall. It has pockets and slots for holding all the essentials. The gold chain strap gives it a little extra flair.
4. adidas Primegreen Stan Smith Sneaker, $70 (Orig. $100)
You may have seen celebrities like Meghan Markle wearing Stan Smiths, and that’s because they’re extremely comfortable and go with just about anything. The version with the green accents is probably the most popular, but you can also get them on sale with navy accents if that’s more your style.
5. 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 sand and black colors, and both have a black faux-leather belt and trim.
If you liked this article, check out nine trendy fall jackets under $100 at Nordstrom that everyone can pull off.
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