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We'd like to define the stages of our own lives by emotional and situational landmarks rather than our age (you know, moving out of your parent's home, finally feeling like you've got this, knowing that you're the wisest person in the room), but we're ultimately kind of beholden to the numbers game. To be fair, there is a big difference between you at 25 and you at 35 in terms of how you feel about yourself, how you feel about the world, and — since we are a fashion site — how you feel about your style.
Because fashion is as much a part of your life as a first pet, a new lover, or a much-deserved promotion, we'd like to present a little sartorial-milestone guide of sorts. Consider this the three investments we suggest you should be making in each decade (up to your 70s — after that, ladies, we think you have the wherewithal to make those choices on your own!). Here are the R29 rites of fashion — where do you fall on the timeline?