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Type Styles of the Rich and Famous

Arial view of a yacht cruising in the sea

Typography tells a story: What do these rich font examples say?

Well-designed, rich fonts are beautiful to behold. Their angles and forms are an inspiration.

Fonts have a “personality,” and if you tune into what their shapes are trying to say, you can make those traits work for your business.

Let’s say on the other side of your town a company is developing an upscale neighborhood high on a hill overlooking the ocean. They’ve decided to call it “Grandview Estates.” Their tagline is “Rising Above the Rest.”

[Pretty snobby, right?]

Now let’s say you’ve been asked to design the sign that will sit at the entrance to the neighborhood.

You’ve been told that the sign needs to “reflect the caliber of people we want to attract to our estate properties.”

You know what that really means.

You need to attract rich people!

Time to break out …

Type styles of the rich and famous

Because you know, dahling, the rich and famous won’t be seen with just any old font.

Only the best will do!

What makes a font look luxurious?

Fonts that represent luxury carry a certain je ne sais quoi. They don’t shout. They make a subtle, elegant statement to your audience — a statement that that seeps into your prospective customer’s subconscious.

It’s a combination of personality, uniqueness, and a timeless appeal.

Luxury fonts have these characteristics in common:

  • Fine detailing: Just like a well-crafted watch, the details make all the difference.
  • Refined character shapes: They stand out from the crowd in the most sophisticated way, making your brand memorable.
  • Balanced proportions: Everything just feels right, providing a visually satisfying experience.

When you need to speak to an upscale audience, think about what fonts look expensive.

And then turn to Google. It provides an excellent selection of luxury fonts for free.

Below are some examples of what to look for when you need rich fonts to speak to an upscale audience.

Related: Discover How to Define Your Brand Personality

1. Rich fonts with classic forms

The rich and famous would like to think that they’ll always be that way.

Using fonts with classic forms that have been around since Roman times will help them perpetuate the illusion!

Even though the font should look like it’s been around since Roman times, you should stay away from Times New Roman.

Why? Because it’s overused. The rich and famous want to be distinct.

That eliminates the Georgia typeface, too, and any other typeface that’s on the standard system menu when you first fire up your computer.

Instead, try serif typefaces that have some personality, like:

Crimson Pro upscale, rich font example

Crimson Pro on Google fonts

Tirong, an example of an upscale Google font.

Tirong on Google fonts

Baskerville font

Libre Baskerville on Google fonts

Cormorant font

Cormorant on Google fonts

2. Rich fonts with a calligraphic feel

Classic typefaces include those that look like they’ve been penned by the hand of a distinguished calligrapher.

What better way to say “I have so much money I don’t know what to do with it” than to look like you have a personal scribe who addresses all your correspondence?

These typefaces have the swashes and flourishes that will do the job:

Dancing Script font

Dancing Script on Google fonts

Great Vibes font

Great Vibes on Google fonts

Parisienne font

Parisienne on Google fonts

Tangerine font

Tangerine on Google fonts

Allura font

Allura on Google fonts

Alex Brush font

Alex Brush on Google fonts

Professional touches: Set your rich font loose and open…

Now that you’ve chosen rich fonts from the lists above, let’s look at how we can set them so they communicate the upscale vibe we’re looking for.

One way to accomplish this is to set the serif typeface in all capital letters, and open up some space between the letters. You’ve seen this before:

A close up of a sign

For maximum effect, don’t spread the letters out too much. You want the words to be readable.

…or tight and solid

You shouldn’t spread out the letters in a script font at all. They’re designed to look like a calligrapher has written them in one sitting, sometimes in one continuous stroke. So set the script letters tight together so they flow from one to the other.

The idea below uses a script font set nice and tight, and a serif font on the second line. Fancy, schmancy, huh?

A close up of a sign

What’s the most visually pleasing font for your brand?

Choosing the right fonts can be as enjoyable — and confusing — as selecting the best bottle of fine wine.

Both address the same important question: Who will be consuming it?

When deciding on your rich font, keep your ideal customer in mind.

Related: The Simplest Way to Choose Your Brand Colors in Just 2 Steps

Four “rules” to follow when making your luxury font choices

We talked about which fonts look elegant and why, and how to enhance their appearance for maximum impact.

If you decide to dive into Google Fonts to pick the perfect match for your brand, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.

So I have four simple rules for you, based on my years of experience as a professional designer. Keep these things in mind when choosing — and using — your rich font:

Versatility: Choose a font that works for both headlines and body text. If you want to use your font in blog posts, stick with classic luxury fonts like the examples above. Calligraphic fonts don’t work well in that context.

Readability: Especially important on digital platforms, make sure your fonts are legible across devices.

Variety: Opt for a font that offers at least four weights: Regular, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic. This allows for creative flexibility, so you can emphasize and differentiate your content effectively without sacrificing its aesthetic appeal.

Consistency: Use your chosen fonts consistently across all your branding materials to build a cohesive brand identity.

Your font should carry its weight everywhere, so your brand message is always clear and engaging.

Related: Are You Falling for Font Falsehoods? What Matters for Picking the Best Font Size

Our rich and famous secret

Luxury branding doesn’t have to come with a lavish price tag. With upscale Google fonts, you’re equipped to create a brand identity that speaks volumes about quality, elegance, and sophistication.

In the realm of branding, your typography tells a story — make it a compelling one.

When choosing your rich fonts, think like you’re rich and famous. You’re not just a business owner — you’re curator of your brand’s visual narrative.

The fonts you choose are the brushstrokes in the masterpiece that is your brand (when you go fancy, go all the way, my friend).

With Google Fonts, you have an extensive — and free — selection at your disposal. And you now have the knowledge to use those fonts to help make your brand not just seen, but felt.

Here’s to creating something extraordinary — because your brand deserves nothing less.

This post was first published on January 26, 2011, and has been updated in February, 2024. Enjoy!

Pamela Wilson

Pamela Wilson is the Chief Marketing Officer at DCS. She’s the creator of the Offer Accelerator Program. Learn more about Pamela’s content marketing books, and read reviews of the tools used to run this site.
Pamela Wilson coaches people in midlife to build profitable online businesses
I’m Pamela Wilson

In 2010, at the age of 45, I started this site and grew it into a business that offers freedom, flexibility — and consistent revenue.

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