Rural Nicaraguans are apparently better dressed than Seattleites.
When GQ magazine ranked its 40 worst-dressed cities in the country, people paid attention because, hey, it's GQ. And when Seattle made that list because we supposedly enjoy keeping our torsos warm with toasty flannel, people largely accepted it, because many of us associate being fashion-conscious with being a royal prick.
But now MSN is trying to do their own list (apparently with help from GQ), and the network is ranking cities on fashion not just in America, but the entire world--at least MSN's version of the entire world.
Needless to say Seattle makes the list.
That's right, there are only five other cities IN THE ENTIRE WORLD that have less fashion sense than us.
In explaining their worldwide rankings, MSN says:
So, the following selection of cities has been chosen with a little help from the editors of GQ magazine, who released their verdict on the worst-dressed cities in America this summer. We have also taken a few liberties and added some Canadian and international listings based on our own humble observations and experiences.
Some Canadian and international listings does not a worldwide-ranking list make.
These African children aren't even wearing clothes, and they are more fashionable than Seattleites.
Last I checked the people of Managua, Nicaragua, were woefully behind on their fall wardrobes, and to the villagers of eastern Afghanistan: Hey, the 10th century called, it wants its shalwar kameez back.
But whatever. Let's see what the international fashion critics at MSN have to say about Seattle.
Once upon an unhygienic time, Seattle--the birthplace of grunge fashion--may have enjoyed a reputation as a fashion trendsetter, but it's been about 20 years since Nevermind. Time to hop in the shower, buy a decent shirt that doesn't come from the thrift store or come in plaid, remove the kohl-black eyeliner, and pull a comb through your hair. Step away from the plaid.
We get the parroting-a-successful-news-post idea, MSN. Really, we do. But if you have to start a post that involves critiquing the entire world's fashion with "Just to be clear, fashion police we are not," it's probably best to just not be fashion police.