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Old Money Dress Code and 3 Outfit Ideas for Young Gentlemen

After crafting bespoke wardrobes for the global elite for three decades, we’ve distilled the essence of old-money dressing into a failproof formula.

Old money style is a language of refinement and restraint, a subtle shibboleth that separates the patrician class from the parvenu.

By mastering these unspoken codes, you’ll project an aura of effortless elegance and inherited privilege, even if you’re a self-made man.

Today, we’ll unlock the secrets of sartorial supremacy and show you how to master the old money dress code with three unique outfits.

1. Black Tie Soirées

For formal galas and charity balls, nothing surpasses the timeless sophistication of a bespoke dinner suit.

Opt for a single-breasted peak lapel tuxedo in midnight blue wool from Savile Row stalwarts like Henry Poole or Huntsman.

Pair it with a hand-pleated bib-front shirt from Turnbull & Asser, onyx studs, and a self-tied black grosgrain bow tie.

Complete the ensemble with polished patent leather oxfords from John Lobb or Edward Green and silk hose held up by Albert Thurston suspenders.

Remember, real style connoisseurs invest in exquisite dinner suits and formalwear rather than renting ill-fitting polyester monstrosities.

2. Country Club Weekends

For leisurely pursuits at your ancestral country estate, embrace the preppy tradition.

Start with a softly tailored sport coat in a classic pattern like Glen plaid or herringbone from Anglo-American clothiers like J.Press or Cordings.

Pair it with cuffed khaki chinos from Brooks Brothers and an oxford cloth button-down in a pastel from Gitman Bros.

Accessorize with a silk pocket square from Drakes, a needlepoint belt from Smathers & Branson, and suede loafers from Alden or Edward Green.

The aim is a look of relaxed refinement as if you’ve just stepped off the croquet lawn and onto your yacht.

3. Sporting Pursuits

From stalking game birds to cheering on the polo team, Old Money families have a rich heritage of outdoor pursuits.

When dressing for these activities, authenticity and functionality reign supreme.

Start with a waxed cotton jacket from Barbour, the choice of the British gentry for over a century.

Layer it over a checked tattersall shirt from Cordings or a Shetland wool crewneck from Jamieson’s of Shetland.

Pair with sturdy moleskin trousers from Orvis, long argyle shooting socks from Pantherella, and bench-made leather field boots from Crockett & Jones.

Top it off with a flat cap or felt fedora from Lock & Co., the world’s oldest hatmaker.

The goal is a rugged, real-world look that suggests you’ve just come from a vigorous morning ride around your estate.

Old Money Style Dos and Don’ts

Do’s Don’ts
Invest in bespoke tailoring from natural fabrics Settle for off-the-rack fast-fashion clothes
Understatement and quality speak for themselves Peacock garments with flashy logos, obnoxious patterns, or gaudy jewellery
Cultivate patina and wear garments that aged gracefully Wear stiff outfits devoid of character
Accessorize sparingly with heirloom watches and cufflinks Festoon yourself with every bauble in the hope of impressing
Perfect the art of nonchalance Try too hard to look rich

Remember, true old-money panache comes from a place of quiet confidence, not desperate social climbing.

Obey these commandments, and you’ll exude the inimitable aura of the wellborn.

Modern Old Money Look

While honouring the old money tradition, infusing classic dressing codes with contemporary trends is possible, as showcased by one of our clients, James, a 28-year-old tech entrepreneur.

As a Stanford alum, James gravitated towards a collegiate style but feared looking dated, so we crafted a wardrobe that merged hallowed prep signifiers with of-the-moment details.

We paired trim J.Press sport coats with tapered chinos from Sid Mashburn, spread collar shirts from Proper Cloth, and sleek Chelsea boots from R.M. Williams.

By updating proportions and mixing modern brands, we devised a fresh take on Ivy League style that empowered James to close deals and command respect from Silicon Valley to Pebble Beach.

Old Money Dress Code with The VOU

If you’re ready to ascend to the pinnacle of masculine style it is time to The VOU’s master craftsmen guide your transformation from mere mortal to fashion demigod.

Our bespoke styling packages will drape you in unimpeachable finery from the boardroom to the ballroom.

Imagine the excitement as heads turn to mark your arrival and the hushed tones of approval as you take your rightful place among society’s elite.

Why settle for parvenu mediocrity when you can claim your place in the pantheon of best-dressed gentlemen?

Book your VOU consultation without delay and seize your Cinderella moment; a profound metamorphosis mustn’t be postponed a minute longer.

With over twenty years of front-row fashion and styling events, collabs with haute-couture houses, and a PhD in Luxury Fashion, Laurenti is an expert in crafting personalized looks that depict old-money sophistication.

With years of expertise in high-end fashion collabs and a PhD in Sustainable Fashion, Ru specializes in curating eco-luxe wardrobes for the modern gentleman seeking understated refinement.

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