A few weeks ago I found a thread on Reddit and got a lot of ideas from it, and thought, what better place to look for things that make you look rich for cheap, than on the website with the cheapest things out there? You know that feeling when someone walks past you and you just know that they have the money. The way they carry themselves, but most importantly, the way they dress. Or maybe when you walk into someone’s house, have a short look around, maybe even use their washroom and wipe your butt with their 3-ply toilet paper and wash your hands with fancy scented and oddly-shaped soap.
Don't get me wrong. I'm a simple guy, as regular as they come. To a certain degree, my self-worth depends on the impression I make on others. But it's not about bringing others down, it's about lifting yourself up and feeling better about yourself. Wealth doesn’t scream, it whispers. It is all about the subtle things that paint the full picture.
The first thing is a fitted suit. Not an oversized “one size fits all” type of suit, but a nicely fitted one. The old school wealth doesn’t wear anything that stands out. However, their clothes always have a perfect fit. Generally fitted suits can be quite expensive, but luckily there are sellers on AliExpress that will get your sizing dimensions from you and will hem the suit according to your body type. Nothing makes a guy look better than a good haircut and a nicely fitting 2 or 3 piece suit.
Watches. Here the obscurity rule does not apply. They can be as obnoxious as needed, or as low-key as desired. I have added 4 different options with very good feedback and many pictures in reviews that show how they really look, and I was seriously impressed with how cheap they can be.
EARRINGS AND MINIMALIST JEWELRY
As I said, wealth whispers. The less obnoxious your things are, the better. There was someone in the Reddit thread talking about their colleague who has some golden earrings with zirconia drops, that she though the coworker either stole them from a grandma or her boyfriend must have gave them to her but they were actually really cheap from a drugstore. There is a ton of different options for minimalist accessories on AliExpress. A couple examples in the description of the video.
Another item that will make your household seem rich is cake forks. Obviously you can never admit to polishing them yourself (unless you want to put on that you're just a little hard on luck at the moment and get some sympathy.) You can easily drop this into conversation without having to invite someone over – “say, John, who's your cake fork guy, is he good?” but be prepared for them to respond “no Jim, I use a bad cake fork guy”. And once you are done discussing your cake forks teams and it’s time to serve main courses, you can impress your guests even more by using other fancy cutlery, like this rose gold cutlery set. There is also an option for matte cutlery, which also looks good.
A decanter, or a fancy pitcher. Here is a simple lifehack, buy a $7 bottle of red. Put it in a decanter before friends arrive and toss the bottle. When friends arrive apologies that the wine has only been breathing for a “short amount of time” and if anyone doesn’t like the wine it’s obviously because it hasn’t had time to breathe. Pair it with a wine aerator for the maximum effect.
An old-school razor for shaving. The blades are super cheap and, as some people say, the process is just incredibly enjoyable. You just feel like a don when you are shaving, and it feels less like a chore and more like a ritual.
WAX SEAL KIT
After watching Tywin Lannister do this many times, I really thought about getting my own wax seal but then I remembered that I only mail a letter out like once a year. But the reason I don't send more letters is simply because I don't have the wax seal. You can get the whole kit for less than $10. Kudos to the photographer who made the product photo look like a heroin kit.
If you are unfortunate enough to smoke, a cigarette case instead of a paper pack feels a lot classier. Plus, you can ration your smokes for a day, and avoid giving them out to people as it would make it really easy to show that you only have a couple left.
Also from our shop section. Serving your guests the $5 store-bought cheesecake in this instantly makes it taste better, especially when consumed with the fancy cake forks.
It feels a lot better than a cheap plastic comb, and it costs a very low amount of money. The teeth are a lot harder to break, too, so it would last longer, unless someone steals it from you (which is what happened to me when I lived in a school dorm).
FSuperlux HD681’s are recommended by the reputable audiophile circle-jerk forums as cheap and very high in quality headphones model. They even have “lux” in the brand name. Can’t argue with that.
ROBOT VACUUM CLEANER
What can be cooler than having a goddamn robot clean your house? A robot vacuum cleaner is an absolute sign of status. Objectively speaking, when similar gadgets cost around $500 in stores, I still consider the $190 price tag relatively cheap. It requires no maintenance, other than emptying the trash container every once in a while – it follows the schedule and returns to the charging dock on its own. There also is a budget version for under $15 that gets rid of surface dust.
In addition to these, there is a lot more premium items in out shop category. Three latest ones are listed below, and you can see more by clicking the button below.