10 Ways To Spot a Nouveau Riche Man
Nouveau riche shouts, but elegance whispers.
By Tunku Sophia
Picture: Dubai Bling (Credit: Netflix)
The Nouveau Riche are characterized as rude and tasteless and frequently contrasted with the refined manners of elite Old-Money characters.
While the refined, public-schooled tones of the elites are synonymous with old money and generations of entitlement, the rougher, less-polished speech of those whose fortunes were more recently made betray the speaker as someone for whom prosperity is an awkward mantle, someone still transitioning from a have-not to a most-definitely-have.
Here are the 10 signs to spot one.
Flashy Designer Logos
The first rule of a true elite? Avoid tacky logos. Even if your clothes are designer, the more understated, the better.
Obnoxious name-dropping? Constantly bragging about your connection with certain politicians or celebrities? Please have class.
Looking Too Expensive
Flashy watch, Lamborghinis, of champagne? Are you the Tinder Swindler?
Being Part of the Jetsetter
Being part of the jet-set circuit and travelling to all the hotspots is very Nouveau Riche. Think Dubai, a city without heritage. You just need to be aware that if you are looking for stereotypical new money, that's where you're going to find it.
If you're more interested in the mindset of the true elites, then most often you will travel to destinations with glorious past, like Athens or Istanbul (where JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy went for their honeymoon).
You might want to consider ditching trends, from clothing to fancy new restaurant to home décor. Sure, you might be able to afford a whole new wardrobe every season, but the real elite mindset tend to purchase high quality items that are timeless elegance.