Discrete Elegance and Quiet Luxury: Dressing lessons from Succession

In the past months, it has been impossible to miss the media’s obsession with the HBO series Succession. For those who don’t know about the series, the story centers on the Roy family, the owners of a global media and entertainment conglomerate and their fight for control of the company. However, the hype had less to do with the storyline and more with the dressing style of the characters, and the so called ‘Quiet Luxury’. In this blog I’ll share with you some interesting facts about quiet luxury, and the three dressing lessons that I took from Succession.

WHAT IS QUIET LUXURY?

Quiet luxury embraces the philosophy of ‘less is more’. The essence of quiet luxury lays in the unspoken sophistication, celebrating the art of subtlety. Quiet luxury is expressed by the use of subtle details, high-quality materials, and a minimalistic aesthetic. There is even a saying for quiet luxury, that goes “if you know, you know.” Meaning that only those in the know will recognise and appreciate the art of understatement, and timeless elegance. Interestingly, quiet luxury thrives in a world where consumerism and materialism are often associated with capitalism and the pressing climate crisis. It caters to those who appreciate intimate exclusivity and seek for alternatives to the mainstream.

THE 3 DRESSING LESSONS FROM SUCCESSION

Invest in high quality basics. The characters in Succesion never seem to compromise on their luxurious dressing. Always dressed in Cashmere and silk, the characters look effortlessly elegant, which is a key aspect of quiet luxury. This deliberate choice reflects a philosophy of valuing high-quality materials over ordinary polyester fabrics. There are numerous moments in the series where the characters with ‘old money’ respond in a degrading manner to those who wear pieces with obvious logos and labels. As the story revolves around the greed for power and money, it is interesting to notice how much attention is paid by the rich to not look obviously rich. By showing different attitudes and choices towards luxury, the series unveils the dynamics between established wealth and the need to “show off” among those who have recently entered the realm of prosperity.

Skip the logos. Skipping logos allows individuals to transcend the status symbols and rather embrace a more unique approach to fashion. By cultivating a personal style through subtlety and sophistication, rather than relying on external labels to define one’s identity, individuals can express their confidence, taste, and discerning eye for quality, allowing their personal style to shine through. Furthermore, skipping logos can create a sense of exclusivity and uniqueness. It sets individuals apart from the masses who often rely on brand logos as a means of validation or social status.

Don’t try too hard. The harder you try to fit in, the more it looks like you’re trying to fit in. Casually wearing quality items with confidence will bring sophistication and elegance in your style. Instead of wearing pronounced accessories, try to opt for more ‘micro’ accessories to dress up. Of course, this does not mean that you stop caring about what you wear. But the secret lays in the subtlety and details, rather than bold, screaming elements visible to each and everyone’s eye. Remember, less is more.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST

Remember that these lessons are taken from an ultra-rich family with little to no morals. While dressing is important and do add to one’s personality, don’t forget that real class lays in character. Therefore, I want to conclude this blog with the most important message. Whatever you wear, don’t forget to accessorise with a moral compass. Trust me, you’ll look much cuter with a conscience and ethical values.

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LAST BUT NOT LEAST

Remember that these lessons are taken from an ultra-rich family with little to no morals. While dressing is important and do add to one’s personality, don’t forget that real class lays in character. Therefore, I want to conclude this blog with the most important message. Whatever you wear, don’t forget to accessorise with a moral compass. Trust me, you’ll look much cuter with a conscience and ethical values.

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