old money Outfit Ideas vs new money: How to tap into the aesthetic

Last Updated on 19/10/2022 by Rashi

While the terms, old money, and new money aesthetic recently became popular with gen z through fashion styles, vibes and outfits, they have been existing since long before -and so has VS or which one’s better.

The concept behind both terms is that the way a person comes into wealth is reflected in their attitudes and their style.

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New money and old money aesthetic from TikTok fashion differentiation and outfit styling tips through an infographic

We are not gonna get into societal stuff and status and whatnot today though. Just summarize and entertain ourselves with the contrasting fashion styles between old money vs new money outfits and get inspired by these outfit ideas of these two popular TikTok aesthetics.

Old money Outfits

what is old money?

“Old money” is a term that refers to the family wealth accumulated over several generations and is sustained and passed on as much as possible to the next generation.

Those who are well-off with old money do not like to flaunt or discuss their wealth -and in fact, consider it graceless.
While they do not shy away from a lavish lifestyle, it is less flashy, more private, and well-planned. And this is very noticeable in their style and outfits.

Academia aesthetic ๐Ÿค old money outfits

1. Light Academia Aesthetic outfit

a style blogger wearing beige shirt over grey turtleneck and blue denim jeans for an aesthetic old money outfits

Since Light Academia romanticizes academic life, art, culture, music, and history -something old money people adore, outfits inspired by it best way to start.

it usually includes light shades like white, tan, cream, gold, and soft pastel colors.

Outfit staples same as dark academia (below)

2. Dark Academia aesthetic outfit

Dark Academia: same as light academia but involving intense tragedies, and contemplating the existence of life, heartbreak, oppression and escapism. What’s more suitable for this aesthetic?

10 staple clothes for this aesthetic

  • turtlenecks
  • button-ups
  • blazers
  • cardigans
  • sweaters
  • long coats
  • vintage blouses
  • loose but tailored trousers
  • pleated skirts
  • sweater vests

Full guide on dark academia aesthetic.

an outfit consisting clothes: white crop puff sleeved blouse and black skirt with slit, styled with black bag for old money aesthetic outfits

Timeless Trends

The color palette for the old money aesthetic is usually observed as beige, cream, white, navy, brown, and black. You can pick other softer shades too like lilac, powder blue, and blush. You can also pick very dark shades like deep forest green or dark maroon.

3. Maxi hemlines

From maxi dresses getting popular under cottage come to neutral skirts observed in a chic streetstyle look. Maxi hemlines are a vintage trend here to stay. One of the best ideas to wear trendy maxi styles would be by styling them in an old money outfit.

4. Pearls

The cover page for this aesthetic. I don’t think I need to explain here.

5. Blazers

Cropped blazers

If you prefer super on-trend outfits, you can style a cropped blazer with slouchy trousers or cute skirt.

6. Loose tailoring

Old money vs new money aesthetic cannot be debated here to be honest. Old or new, the richest of rich cannot escape the new generation’s distaste for skinny jeans.

For old money aesthetic, menswear-inspired styles of trousers are perfect. Versatile to be styled with everything, super comfy while looking polished and chic. You can also try straight-leg loose denim or textured ribbed ones depending on the outfit!

Another must-have to style outfits in this aesthetic is a relaxed blazer. Go with the neutral or somber color palette.

Sports Inspired

7. golf & tennis

Now, this is where another TikTok aesthetic pops in -Tennis girl. A tennis skirt-polo top or a polo dress, and a sweater layered over it if it’s cold. That’s all you need to look like an old-money-rich girl coming straight from court. Golf outfit? same thing but not pleated skirt.

a content creator based in India wearing lilac polo tennis dress with a crew neck sweater for tennis girl aesthetic and old money outfits

Looking glamourous 24/7

8. Feather and fur

The definition of a classic fashion piece tbh. The ultimate piece for the cool-rich-girl vibe.

9. Subtle Bling

While new money is filled with flashy accessories and trends, old money is more interested in the subtle sparkling of their money. Stand-alone minimal jewelry, maximum of two designer labels, subtle logos, high-quality fabrics, and accessories with sheen.

10. Silky dresses

Shiny and luxurious, what screams old money more than silky dresses. Whether its slip dresses, sophisticated blazer dresses or LBDs. Colder months means layering fur/feather or leather over it! Leave the layering underneath slip dresses for other styles.

Must-Have Accessories style with Old Money inspired outfits

Accessories can be a great way to turn a simple classy outfit into ‘old money’ style. Keep jewelry, hats, bags, or sunglasses simple and sophisticated. Avoid super on-trend accessories like silver chains or sports sunnies.

11. BOWS


13. Vintage looking jewelry and classic brooches 

Apart from classic vintage-looking jewelry (actual heirlooms would be better), you can also add other accessories such as collar pins or brooches to dress up an outfit.

vs New money aesthetic Outfits

What is New Money?

“New Money” defines the wealth that has recently been acquired (hence new) and not something passed down from previous generations. Consider Internet celebrities and influencers, pop culture icons, famous entrepreneurs, sportspersons, artists who rise to fame on their own, etc.
Because most new money people have earned the majority of their wealth on their own, they rightfully so regard it as just ‘theirs’ and a badge of success to be proud of.

Streetstyle and Trends enthusiasts

For this season: Racer jackets, leather pants, tennis skirts, ties, menswear-inspired silhouettes, subversive basics, sporty gloves, and visor sunglasses are fueling streetstyle for fall 2022.

  • Metallics
  • Bold Accessorizing Game
  • Athleisure-inspired casuals streetstyle
  • Bold Colors And Prints

Hot girl vibes

New Money People are not afraid to express their wild and daring dreams, nature, and projects through their clothing, fashion, and outfits.

  • Cut-Outs
  • Sheer or Mesh
a style blogger and creator wearing mesh skin-fit lilac and black dress with tie dye print for new vs old money outfits.
a brown blogger and creator wearing mesh lilac and black dress with tiedye print for new vs old money outfits

Check out trendy outfit ideas for New Money Aesthetic!