Monday, June 21, 2010

How to Look Wealthy

I copied down the following passages when I had a book out of the library called The Rules of Wealth by Richard Templar. I love that a book about becoming prosperous includes sartorial advice. I've read a lot of personal finance books over the years and this is a first.

These notes remind me that I'm never able to hide a lazy-dressing day. People notice and react (mostly subconsciously).

I especially like the last couple of lines of the excerpts about quality and simple lines, and the phrase 'restrained elegance'.

- Excerpt from Rule 22: Only by looking wealthy can you become wealthy

The lack of effort is directly related to the lack of results. The poor look poor. Not because they have to. They wear a uniform that marks them out. If they change that uniform they change their circumstances because people will react differently to them.

We aren’t too far removed from the great apes and they relate to each other based a lot on how they move and look. Those who look weak and needy are treated as such. The powerful will strut and look confident. What I am suggesting is that you need to look powerful and confident. We should all look powerful and confident.

- Excerpt from Rule 23: You need to look powerful and confident

It’s about the way you walk rather than what you wear. It’s about the overall image you project. Dress wealthy and people will assume you are and treat you accordingly. Learn style, class, how the wealthy dress. Look poor and you’ll get poor service. And whatever you do, no bling. Restrained elegance is what we shall aim for. Old money. Quality. Simple lines. Good haircut. Clean nails.


LuxeBytes said...

So true. Every morning during our staff meeting, during the boring parts I scan what my colleagues and coworkers are wearing and how their posture is. Looking shabby has become the norm, and I'm not sure people realize how they look anymore -- or what it says about them.

Stephanie said...

I agree, shabby is acceptable now so it's rare to see someone nicely turned out.