One Fancy Word

images I keep coming across the word tony, an adjective meaning, fashionable among wealthy or stylish people. 

The Carlyle is a tony hotel.  We went to a party with a very tony guest list.  Alva and William K. Vanderbilt were the toniest of couples.

In a book I’ve recently read by the late Vanity Fair writer, Dominick Dunne, he used it a lot to describe the upper-crust of society….chic, showy, plush and posh.  Lavish, luxurious, ritzy and grand.  Swank, snazzy, opulent and elite…the creme de la creme brandishing their wealth minus modesty nor meekness.

I’ve often wondered what it’s like to live in that entitled world where money is no object and life provides the best of everything without ever missing a beat.  I do know people like that sincerely fascinated by their lifestyle.

Multiple homes, travel to the fullest.  I even know a couple with a yacht right out of an F.Scott Fitzgerald novel.  Jay Gatsby, is that you at the helm in your Tommy Hilfiger windbreaker while Daisy Buchanan sunbathes on deck?

The one thing about not being so tony is, your appreciation is much higher given the lack of chronic opulence bestowed upon your life.  There’s something to be said for that.  Where’s the high when you already have everything 100 times over?  Hubris verses humility.  Expectancy rather than surprise.

It’s also interesting how unhappy many of the Tonys are, as though they’ve peaked depleting the best life has to offer.

Less is more rewarding it seems in the long run.

To be exclusive and deluxe, upmarket and of the manner born, in your own little sphere surrounded by clones might just end up a little disappointing…

. tony

But, wouldn’t you like to know, what it was truly like to be just a little tony, for one long weekend, in Paris perhaps?







About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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31 Responses to One Fancy Word

  1. kcarr642 says:

    I really enjoyed reading this; loved the literary allusions. I look forward to reading more of your work!

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  2. micklively says:

    This piece sums up what I think of “fancy”:

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  3. I never heard the word “tony” being used with this meaning. All I can say is if there were a name to represent the way the other 99% lives it would probably be Bill (because we have bills).
    I agree with you that tony in moderation never hurt.
    Loved this English lesson.

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  4. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, I do know two such couples. But both began life humbly, one couple coming from Finland with the wife working as a housekeeper. Each couple now makes millions (with an s) each year. Although they have multiple homes, travel extensively, I would never describe them as tony. Nor do they take it for-granted. Maybe that’s the key to living the high-life with appreciation and enjoyment, start life humbly.

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  5. I live next to a TONY neighborhood. Yesterday in the mail I received an “invitation” to the local country club (probably because the think I live IN the tony neighborhood). More of an advertisement because it clearly stated along with all the value associated with belonging, that you needed to be sponsored by a member. I almost choked on the monthly stipend. You could feed the critters in a shelter with that money! Guess I’m too practical but I did fantasize about Gatsby while I was reading it.

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  6. Elle Knowles says:

    I’ve learned a new word today. Now if I can figure out how to use it in conversation this week I’ll feel I’ve mastered the word! I really doubt it will come up in any of my conversations. 😦 ~Elle

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  7. Patricia says:

    I wonder if I had a weekend of being tony if it would be hard to be plain old me again. Although, I am a happy plain old me so maybe not.


  8. Great word, I’ve never heard it before. Sounds like it should be used in a book, a la Oscar Wilde: The Problem With Being Tony. I agree with your point too: if you have everything all the time, there’s no perspective and no appreciation of things.

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  9. Oh to be a Tony… for a little bit anyway, that wouldn’t hurt. Paris is always a good idea.

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  10. It’s a great word, and I would like to experience it once, even for a couple of hours… not much longer, I might get used to it…


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