It’s Charleston Fashion Week and you know what that means — Marion Square has become the headquarters for this city’s sartorial army. Clad in high heels and bespoke suits, the style elite have gathered to see (and be seen) during five days of runway shows. Every year it feels as if the crowds get younger and the trends more daring. But one need only look up at the square’s nefarious overlord, John C. Calhoun, to be reminded that this city has long stood for wild fashions.

By God, Johnny C. was working the faded perm look long before it crossed Phil Spector’s mind. And Calhoun’s accessories! His politics may have been heinous, but can we all agree the man could rock a cape? Which is to say, Charleston has been filled with stylish citizens for 345 years, and we found a few this week who have been daring to dress as they wish for way longer than the sweet young things at Fashion Week. Meet three chic Charlestonians who defy age with their smart threads.

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