- Luxury watches and private yachts are obvious status symbols, but there are so many other subtle, and in some cases, particularly odd, ways to flaunt wealth.
- In some US cities, you may be able to decipher a person’s social position by the size of their family, the animals in their backyard, and even how many digits are on their license plate.
People have found obscure ways to flaunt their social position for centuries.
Before sports cars and luxury gym memberships came along, Americans demonstrated their wealth by snapping selfies, although not the kind we take today. Shortly after the X-ray was invented in 1895, the rich couldn’t wait to snag a radiographic machine of their own. They would snap photos of their jewelry-clad bones with at-home X-ray machines they scored from the black market.
And while the days of smuggling X-ray machines are long gone, Americans now try to impress each other in different ways: by always having the newest iPhone, wearing the most expensive watch, or exclusively sporting Lululemon to spin class. But more unexpected status symbols abound in the US.
Here are seven ways Americans around the country show their social status:
Silicon Valley: Urban chickens
Not all status symbols are glamorous. Take, for instance, Silicon Valley’s latest hipster trend. According to The Washington Post, tech industry leaders have started housing chickens in their backyards.
While keeping livestock has historically been the thriftiest way of putting food on the table, these egg-laying hens are fed gourmet meals and sometimes even sport diapers around the house.
Chicago: Canada Goose coats
One fail-proof way to show people that you have money is to wear extreme, expedition-ready outerwear in the city. It’s a widespread phenomenon, but Chicagoans are partial to the notoriously expensive brand Canada Goose, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Sure, the Windy City can feel like the Arctic Tundra sometimes, but could its finicky climate possibly warrant wearing a $1,000 parka suited for Antarctica? Probably not.