Here’s something to think about: when are you your most stylish? Not at what time of day or what time of year but, within your entire lifetime, when are you most stylish? Has that point in your life come and gone? Are you in it now? Is it yet to come?
This is the fascinating point of a recent study (via) that seeks to pinpoint when we are the most stylish in our lives. Short answer: women are at their most stylish at 30 and men are their most stylish at 36.
People often look back at old photographs of themselves and think “what was I wearing?”. However, if you happen to be a 30-year-old woman, or a man aged 36, you’re far less likely to be snapped making these embarrassing fashion faux pas.
New research by home insurer MORE TH>N has revealed that 30 and 36 are the precise ages when women and men experience their style ‘coming of age’ – boasting clothes, shoes and jewellery that are more valuable and more fashionable than at any other age, together with a more complete sense of style confidence.
According to polling and “science,” these findings come from people at these ages owning the most designer and generally hip clothing at this point in their life. Moreover, the study also illustrates that people underestimate the value of their clothing, which is something I’ve not ever thought about. “Despite one in three (30%) men and women of all ages citing style items as the most precious contents in their home,” the study states. “Only 38% have adequately valued these items as part of their home insurance policy.” Fascinating. I guess this is something we should all add into our “valuable items” since clothing—along with food—is a most contemporary measurement of socioeconomic status.
In any event, this study is pretty much bonk. Yes, there is probably some truth here for some people but there are countless fashion figures who disprove this, from Iris Apfel to Nick Wooster to Daphne Guinness to Pharrell. Perhaps this is for more “common” people or non-fashion hounds? Moreover, there seems to be some weird or gross engendering to this: is the gender gap in the style parabola the stupid result of women becoming mothers? That’s ridiculous. Where is the science behind why that year is that year? I’d also bet that these findings are going to expire very quickly because super image-conscious millennials will probably sustain style into much older ages because we have more opportunities to see and be seen in clothing.
Yet, it would be a lie to not say that I’m excited for what stylistically is going to happen in the next six-ish years for me because I’ve yet to reach my “most stylish”—and I consider myself pretty fucking stylish. Will report back in 2022 with the results, y’all.