07/26/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

You're Too Old For That: Irony And Age Fade First In Fashion

FIRST go the knees, then goes irony. Sometime around age 50, women start to let go of certain ideas about themselves and fashion. Up till then you can wear lots of silly or brash things, and if you are reasonably fit and attractive or consistently daring, it doesn't really matter. You're still with the tide. You are home free with your esoteric Pradas, your porkpie hats and coy Lolita socks, and no little voice is going, "Heh-heh-heh, you're too old for that."

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