Perhaps Lorelai of Gilmore Girls said it best: 鈥淚 guess this goes on the 鈥榖oy, was I wrong鈥 list, right above gauchos but just below the Flashdance phase.鈥 We鈥檝e all rocked fashion looks which at the time made us think we were ever so chic 鈥 the writer of this article was particularly fond of bouffants during her college years 鈥 that now make us wonder WTF we were thinking. Because even though we may be more in tune with the trends of the moment, and even able to pull off more looks in our teens and 20s, according to a new survey, we don鈥檛 hit our style stride until age 30.


UK insurance company More Than found that, on average, a woman reaches her style peak at the age of 30 because she has more confidence in her style sensibilities and usually owns more valuable clothes, shoes, bags and jewelry at this age than any other. By this decade, you tend to know what looks best on you (hopefully) and you also know what you like and what you don鈥檛. In other words, you have found an amazing pair of booties that not only look super chic, but also won鈥檛 cut off circulation to your toes.

Think some of your favorite fashionable celebs. Many of them, including Mindy Kaling, Rachel Bilson, Jessica Alba, Kerry Washington and Alexa Chung really seem to have come into their own as 30-somethings. Now they鈥檙e fashion icons!

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The study also found that, in their 30s, UK women own an average of 212 pieces of clothing with about 24 pieces of jewelry and seven pairs of designer shoes. And thanks to those bigger 30-year-old paychecks their wardrobe is now worth about 拢7,658 ($11,000) with shoes coming in around the 拢2,086 ($3,000) mark. While these exact stats might vary in the US or elsewhere, we鈥檙e willing to guess that the overlap of disposable income + personal confidence makes for a comparable style boost across the board.


In comparison, men experience their style 鈥榗oming of age鈥 at 36.

Though you think or hope a person鈥檚 style would continue to improve as they age, the survey found that the value of a person鈥檚 style and their style confidence decreases. But we鈥檇 like to think we can defy those odds!

Do you agree with this survey? Tell us about it @britandco!

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