Money may not buy happiness, but it certainly helps create a facade of wealth. In a world where appearances often define us, mastering the art of seeming rich can be a valuable skill. Surprisingly, it doesn’t always require a fat wallet – just a bit of creativity and a dash of confidence.
One Redditor requested, “Give me all of the tips to make rich people think I’m one of them, and not actually poor and working-class.” The thread has over thousands of comments, but we have selected the most interesting ones for you!
First rule? Zip it! Yes, don’t blab about your financial woes. Let your mysterious aura do the talking! A discerning Reddit user commented, “Don’t talk about money.”
Someone else added, “There are several reasons you don’t talk or show money. First of all, all your friends will have money, and you impress nobody with a fat LV logo or sneakers with plastic tags. Secondly, the more you show, the more someone will look. The government will be more interested in your life.”
2. Being Loud
Rich people don’t shout; they exude quiet confidence. So, keep it down, tone it low. No need to broadcast your business to the world. Low-key is the way to go. One said, “Don’t be loud.”
Another added, “Avoid gawking at flashy, loud, and oddly dressed people or the posh surroundings; you’re used to places like this, so it’s nothing special. Don’t stare or repeatedly eyeball anyone.”
3. Dress Well
Ever heard the phrase, “dress for the job you want, not the one you have”? Apply the same principle here.
A Reddit user wrote, “Wear neutral colors. Simple and polished. Make sure your nails are well-manicured. If they’re painted, keep the color neutral.”
Another person agreed to it and said, “Buy some good quality and nice fitting clothes and shoes. They don’t have to be top-of-the-line, but nice quality. If in doubt, jeans or khakis with a button-down polo or a black sweater is always in (for men and women).”
4. Be Yourself
Stand tall, maintain eye contact, and speak confidently. People often associate self-assurance with success. Carry yourself with grace, and others will naturally assume you are financially secure.
One said, “Crazy thought here, but given that you are so young, I’d recommend acting like you normally-you’d be surprised how intelligent some of the people around you are when it comes to money, and they might even be able to help you later down the line career-wise. They won’t do that if you fake your wealth.”
Someone else added, “Yeah, this. Nothing can be gained from pretending to be rich when you’re not. It just means the rich people who like you will never feel the need to help you.”
Ladies, less is more. You don’t need a ton of high-end products. A dab of foundation, a stroke of mascara, and a pinch of blush – that’s all you need. Aim for that effortless, classy look. Subtle is the name of the game.
One Redditor stated, “Makeup should be simple and flattering (foundation, mascara, highlighter (subtle), and a neutral lipstick.”
Another added, “Yeah, if you are a girl, try doing light evening makeup, nothing heavy, but casual neutral makeup will do you wonders.”
Accessorize, but don’t overdo it. One statement piece is enough to elevate your entire outfit. It could be a classy watch, a vintage necklace, or even a stylish scarf. Let it pop, but keep the bling-bling in check.
One said, “Diamond or pearl stud earrings. 1 necklace. One ring per hand. All jewelry should be the same tone. The handbag should be leather and simple. It should not be covered in logos. The bag and shoes should match. If you’re questioning something, less is more.”
Another person agreed to it and said, “Understated jewelry and casual makeup if you’re a woman – plain, smallish, gold hoops (don’t have to be real) are perfect. Carry a non-descript chic purse (stay away from fakes and lower-end designer emblazoned bags – something hip from Target, or a black sling bag would be great).”
A discerning Reddit user commented, “Use your manners when you eat – you don’t need some secret eating knowledge because most people don’t care as long as you’re polite.”
Someone else added, “Maybe learn some basic manners about wine (nothing too in-depth, just have a basic idea – if in doubt, order a mid-range price of what you like).”
Be polite, be gracious. It doesn’t cost a dime to say “please” and “thank you.”
8. Polo Ponies
Ever heard about Polo ponies? Well, you don’t need a stable full of them, but knowing a bit about the finer things in life can go a long way. You don’t have to be an expert, just drop a casual fact or two about something fancy – it makes you sound posh, even if your bank account disagrees.
One said, “Polo? No 1 tip: DO NOT CALL THEM “HORSES” at a chukka ever!!! They are POLO PONIES.”
Another added, “This is the No. 1 rule for this event: mention the “ponies” and people will know you belong….mention “horses,” and you’re cooked. Also, there are usually 6 chukkas. You can casually ask if anyone “brought a string of polo ponies from Lake Forest,” for laffs!”
When it comes to conversation, follow the golden rule: listen more than you talk. Nod, smile, and act interested, even if you’d rather be binge-watching Netflix. People love to talk about themselves, so let them, and you’ll come off as a great conversationalist.
A Reddit user wrote, “Conversation with the regulars might be a bit tricky, but you can manage it if you nod and giggle here and there and simply act as if you’re going along with the conversation.”
Someone else replied, “Avoid interrupting or correcting someone who says something wrong; none of these people are your friends, so who cares if they’re bad people? You’re not going to be hanging out with these people again.”
10. Your Job
Tell people you’re in a high-paying gig, even if you’re scraping pennies. It’s not lying; it’s just a little creative storytelling. You’d be surprised how far confidence and a good story can take you.
One Redditor stated, “Don’t tell anyone where you actually work, tell them you are in a higher paying job than you really are, play it up but don’t straight up lie in case someone questions you further about it. Like say, if you’re a bank teller, instead say you are a comptroller or something else related to a field you know something about.”
Another person agreed to it and said, “I’d mention the industry without saying the job. “I’m in tech” for an IT guy, “I’m in philanthropy” for a nonprofit worker, “finance” for a bank teller, and “fashion” for retail employees. Then, before they start asking about your job, quickly move the conversation to them.”
One said, “Nothing says money like just paying with a card without ever looking at the amount to be charged and then tipping in cash by rounding up a “good tip” to the next $20 for good service.”
Someone else added, “Rich people don’t sweat the details – they pay people to sweat the details for them when needed. They’ll hand someone the keys to their $200k car to park it or hire a contractor and just hand them the keys to a $1 million cabin without blinking. Why? Because they have an attorney to deal with anything that goes wrong. They can afford not having to stress or proactively vet people.”
Who has time to check the bill when you’re rolling in invisible dough, right?
12. Lunch Rules
There’s a secret lunch code for the ‘wealthy on a budget’ club. You order strategically – not the cheapest, not the most expensive. You want to appear discerning, not cheap. And always, always tip generously.
A discerning Reddit user commented, “1) Napkin on your lap. 2) Start with the cutlery on the outside and work your way in with each course. 3) participate in the conversation, share amusing stories, especially travel-related 4) be positive and courteous, but it’s still okay to make the odd joke.”
Another added, “I’d like to continue: 5) be diplomatic at all times and do not take a hard side until you’ve heard out the table, and then decide if/how you would like to be provocative. 6) always wait your turn in conversation and receiving service, especially if you are the youngest present.”
13. Stock Broker
Ever found yourself on a call selling property while your friends are around? Smooth move!
One said, “Right in the middle of talking to rich people, grab your phone and answer it and pretend like you are talking to your stock broker and scream SELL SELL SELL or BUY BUY BUY as loud as you can.”
Someone else replied, “Do this at least 3 times an hour, and you will be indistinguishable from them.”
Branded clothes? Sure, just avoid those blaring logos. Think subtle elegance, not in-your-face extravagance.
A discerning Reddit user commented, “Don’t wear branded clothes with gaudy logos. The logos thing goes for all clothes, I think. Upper-class people don’t wear many shirts emblazoned with a huge brand. No sports jerseys or hats.”
Someone else added, “It’s way better to have a plain but well-made leather purse than one that has a designer logo print.”
A Reddit user wrote, “Tell people their house/clothes/dog/kid is beautiful…flattery will get you everywhere.”
Another person agreed to it and said, “People like to impart their knowledge on you and are usually flattered that you would ask them their opinion. So ask questions, and they will be flattered.”
Butter people up, and they won’t even notice your budget-friendly attire or your frugal habits.
16. Meeting Others
You know the drill – firm handshake, maintain eye contact. Confidence is your best accessory.
One Redditor stated, “Don’t talk to people a lot and only if they approach you first or if your BF introduces you. Practice a snooty, snobby expression in the mirror and keep that on your face as much as possible. Go for a “politely bored” look.”
Another added, “Don’t walk around meeting people’s eyes and smiling at people that pass by you. Stroll about the place as if you own it.”
17. The Bartender
One said, “Do not be chatty with or say thank you to waiters, bartenders, all of “the help.” Don’t be rude to them ever, even if one should make a big mistake like spill a drink on you; just say it’s all right and look annoyed if that should happen.”
Someone else added, “You have to act as if you’re used to being waited on, and you don’t really care about ruined clothes but are annoyed with the screw-up, just a little.”
It’s not about being rude; it’s about maintaining that aura of effortless superiority.
18. Don’t Be Too Impressed
Another pro tip: don’t be overly impressed. So, your friend just bought a new car? Cool, but keep your cool. Act like you’ve seen it all, even if you’re secretly dreaming of a car that was made this millennium. Being nonchalant is the name of the game.
A Reddit user wrote, “Never ever look impressed beyond basic politeness.”
Another added, “Someone name drops a celebrity or important person they know/work with? Polite smile. Someone’s daughter got into Harvard? Politely congratulate. Someone’s husband got them a diamond tennis bracelet? “Oh, it’s lovely.” Never give a big reaction.”
19. Dental Hygiene
Flashing a million-dollar smile doesn’t cost a fortune. Regular brushing and the occasional floss can do wonders. A bright smile can distract from a budget outfit like nothing else.
A discerning Reddit user commented, “Teeth are a dead giveaway.”
Another person agreed to it and said, “If your teeth are looking stained, it might be worth getting a hygiene appointment and some crest strips.”
20. Bring Extra Cash
See someone tipping generously? Casually pull out some cash and join the party. It’s not about how much you tip; it’s about the confidence with which you do it.
One said, “Bring cash to tip if you see others tipping.”
Someone else added, “Most wealthy people carry a few hundred dollars of cash as their “pocket money” for social occasions where there might be a cash bar, etc.”
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