Quack

some clothes are loved and worn to bits. some clothes get under-appreciated and then are reborn as vintage, thrifted and worshipped by a new owner (who then loves and wears them to bits).

some people peak early... and then have nowhere to go but down.
but even those who peak later, like the fabled duckling, don't then remain a perfect swan forever, do they?

that's the thing about a peak...

do you believe that style can peak? has yours?

11 comments:

cybill said...

Hell, my whole life peaked when I was 15 and it's been downhill from there! I am anticipating that I will rise again though, and when I do it I will do it through style.

Iheartfashion said...

I hope not! I look at chic older women like Ines de la Fressange and Iris Apfel, who have been consistently stylish for decades, for inspiration.

fashionaddict said...

I don't think it peaks, even as it changes. Maybe I will miss the way I dressed when I was 25 when I'm 50, but then hopefully I'm dressing really well and true to myself at 50 anyway.

Incidentally, when I shop, I tend to wonder I can still wear the item I'm buying 20 years from now...

Sal said...

I think people who are style conscious won't peak, but just refine, refine, refine on into dotage. Unless they CHOOSE to let go of stylistic concerns, that is.

Duchesse said...

My figure definitely peaked but my style's still climbing a subtle gradient (with occasional detours and dips.)

One of my friends has a wonderful eye; she's the same size and launched into my closet on a visit. I was astonished with the fresh combinations she found, just playing around.

landis smithers said...

i am looking for a series of peaks, but i suspect i am near my height . . . simply because i am so very very comfortable with my personal style.

i know myself, and i am proud of myself, and i think my look reflects that.

so does it go down? or do we all re-invent over time, therefore creating more plateaus and more chances to climb?

K.Line said...

You are so on with these questions!

I think, as long as we go gracefully into each stage of our lives, style just keeps improving. (Because part of style is knowing yourself and what works on you.) And by gracefully, I don't mean getting all safe or capitulating to age with a uniform. I do think many people peak because they don't really get this.

-h of candid cool said...

i know i hit my peak when i was wearing a white plastic rice strainer backwards on my head with an afro and a pen in my mouth. i was 2 maybe, its been all down hill since then. ;)

enc said...

I quacked out about twenty years ago, alas. I am thinking about re-styling myself.

a. said...

i sure hope i don't "peak".... i certainly am WAY more stylish now than i was in my teens and 20s. kinda like landis, i've just hit on a thing that is "me", and i know it, and the people around me tell me that they can see it. i'm fine with continuing on and feel no need to reach any sort of style heights; but what i really don't want to have happen is to fall in a RUT!

perhaps your next post should ask about style ruts... :-) i love how these things have very physical connotations. i can just picture myself, happily walking along, and then all of a sudden unexpectedly tripping and falling into a rut filled with, oh i don't know, piles of mom jeans and pastel colored knit tops. the HORROR!

Sister Wolf said...

god no. I am planning to cultivate a crazy old lady look that will scare the living daylights out of little children and give me the authority to make everyone else do what I want.