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Where Fashion Dies: The 10 Worst Dressed Cities

We've found the cities fashion forgot and that you should avoid if you want to dress your very best.

Randy Nelson

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As Heidi Klum points out on each and every episode of “Project Runway”: In fashion, one week you’re in and the next—you’re out. Being that some of us are a bit obsessed with the hit reality competition show here at the Movoto blog, we thought we’d take a crack at finding out which major American cities were never really in on the whole fashion thing to begin with.

There are some well-known bastions of fashion, such as New York and Los Angeles, and some areas such as Texas that are associated with certain styles—cowboy up!—but there really aren’t any widely accepted polar opposites of haute couture capitals. So, we realized it was up to us to crown 10 places where your chances of dressing to impress are sure to meet with less success. Here’s what we found out.

The 10 Worst Dressed Big Cities in America:

1. Wichita, KS
2. Colorado Springs, CO
3. El Paso, TX
4. Jacksonville, FL
5. Louisville, KY
6. Tulsa, OK
7. Albuquerque, NM
8. San Antonio, TX
9. Milwaukee, WI
10. Indianapolis, IN

If you want to get dressed to the nines, it’s looking like you’ll want to keep to either coast and avoid the middle of the nation like wearing white after Labor Day. If you’d like to know exactly how we picked our worst dressed locales, keep reading.

How We Did It

Exactly what constitutes good fashion is pretty subjective, so in order determine which cities are the most likely to have the worst-dressed residents, we went with a few different criteria. These included:

  • High-end clothing stores per capita
  • High-end jewelry stores per capita
  • High-end shoe stores per capita

We also looked at tailors and shops offering alterations—because looking good is as much about your clothes fitting well as their price—and the number of schools offering instruction in fashion-related fields. After all, it stands to reason that they’re going to attract fashionable people to the surrounding community.

Dressed for Success

Miami has clearly gotten a lot more stylish since the the days of Crockett and Tubbs.

With our criteria in mind, we set out to quantify the most important element to a city having a lot of stylishly dressed citizens: really nice clothes. In order to do this, we turned to Yelp, a resource we’d used just recently to come up with our much-talked-about look at the 10 least hipster cities in the U.S. Using the site, we were able to determine how many high-end clothing stores each of the 50 most populous cities in the country have per capita. Specifically, these are stores with at least a four dollar sign price rating that sell new and vintage women’s and men’s clothing or accessories.

It was a five-way tie for the city with the fewest high-end clothing shops per capita, with these having a whopping zero to their credit:

  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Wichita, KS

The city with the most high-end clothing stores per person was Miami, with one for every 13,625 people. San Francisco and Las Vegas came in second and third at one per 14,515 and 16,370 residents, respectively.

Shoes: The Sole of a Great Outfit

Clothing and shoes go together like, well, feet and a pair of $900 Jimmy Choo pumps. So, if we’re going to be judging the fashion of a city, we knew we’d need to consider how many high-end shoe stores it had. Otherwise we’d look like flat-out heels.

We once again tapped Yelp to help pinpoint how many shops in the cities on the 50 most populous list sold uber-expensive kicks. Expensive enough, at least, to warrant the store receiving a four dollar sign rating. It turns out that 14 of the 50 most populous cities don’t actually have any stores that fit the bill.

The distinction of having the largest number of high-end shoe stores per capita goes to Las Vegas, with one per every 34,666 people.

It Don’t Mean a Thing Without That Bling

Even the dogs are blinged-out in Vegas. Credit: Flickr user istolethetv

Now that we had the best cities for top-rated clothes and shoes figured, we had to complete the ensemble the way any good stylist does: with the right jewelry. Yelp helped us track down how many four dollar sign jewelry stores each had. Twelve didn’t have any bling that would make the register explode from going ka-ching. Las Vegas has the most, with one per every 20,321 residents.

The Perfect Fit

Like we said earlier, part of what makes great clothes look that way is tailoring. It’s also something you’re more likely to see being done to clothing that people have spent a lot of money on. In better-dressed cities, there’ll be more demand for tailoring and alteration services, so we again turned to Yelp to get an idea of how many there were in each big city. We were surprised by how many places do this sort of thing.

The lowest per capita city in this respect, El Paso, has a mere four places that provide this service for its 665,568 residents. At the other extreme of the spectrum, Atlanta has 86 for the 432,427 that call it home.

Getting Schooled

There are lots of people who love fashion, then there are those who take their passion and make a living out of it. These style-obsessed folks attend fashion school to learn all aspects of making clothes, from design to marketing to actually making garments, shoes, and accessories. As we said at the outset, we looked at cities that have schools offering these types of courses because they’re most likely to attract highly fashion-minded people, who will often be pretty stylishly dressed themselves.

Twelve of the cities we looked at didn’t have any fashion schools while, not surprisingly, the top big city for fashion schools according to Yelp was New York City with 28.

Putting It All Together

To generate our final list of the 10 worst dressed big cities, we took each criteria in a city—high-end clothing stores, fashion schools, etc.—and figured out how many there were per capita. Then, we ranked them on these individual criteria from one to 50. Finally, we averaged their rank in the individual criteria to come up with each city’s final score. The smaller the number, the better dressed the city was based on all of the factors we looked at. The larger the number, well… let’s just say they shouldn’t be expecting to host fashion shows anytime soon.

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posted on: April 3, 2013
53,155 views, 95 comments


  1. Armando

    “The lowest per capita city in this respect, El Paso, has a mere four places that provide this service for its 665,568 residents.” (Regarding to tailors)

    I live in EP. There are four tailors in my neighborhood alone. You guys might want to actually visit a city and not put all your faith in YELP before you make these rankings.

    Just saying.

    • amanda in response to Armando

      Downtown ep has all the clothes that get marked up on their way out. So many garment factories in juarez and cheap fabric stores everywhere. As for albuquerque we have our own style “high End” retailers try to copy and profit off of. Our jewelers are world renown and highly sought after…. so I think the authors should learn about class before they can talk about style.

  2. Alissa

    Just saying, having “High End” fashion locales doesn’t mean the city is badly dressed. Many of those high end fashions are ugly as sin!

    • heather in response to Alissa

      So basically you gave to spend a lot of money to look good… Who thinks that way????

  3. Who Cares

    Clothes are not the person…remember???

    Tulsa, OK

    • Fashionhunter in response to Who Cares

      I live in Tulsa….by way of the east coast and can agree.
      Please shop out of town or on the Internet. Nothing here!

  4. Stephen

    I would also hasten to add that you must consider El Paso and Juárez together as one metropolitan city. (one of the largest in the world actually!) The amount of Gucci, Prada, and countless other high end labels that I see on a daily basis for CASUAL wear is pretty ridiculous. Like Armando, there are 4-5 decent alteration services within about 2 miles of my house, as well multiple tailors and open ended boutique stores. Why doesn’t more of this appear on YELP you ask? Most of the city could care less about a web tool that is easily manipulated by false users and business competitors. We get our local data from friends, family, co-workers, and the numerous local publications that serve this area. Add Juárez to the mix, and you triple the number of high end and designer stores despite the tougher economic times there. Sorry movoto, you’re just WAY WAY off base here.

  5. M G

    Albuquerque has plenty of high-end shopping. Of course, going off the image chosen, you could have looked 4 feet in front of you and found 3 thrift shops and 5 really nice restaurants. The Library is a long-standing bar, not far from the main library. It’s also right next to a major thrift+new clothes store

    But thinking takes effort.

  6. Lori

    Who the hell is Movoto!

  7. BF

    The criticism of Albuquerque may be fair but it is located close to Santa Fe which is known for it’s fashion. Whenever I return home on a flight landing in Albuquerque, I can always tell which passengers live in Santa Fe by the way they are dressed.

  8. Jb

    Awesome. Proud to be number two. Please keep your fake, misguided, ignorant selves out of our town. Fashion is not important in the grand scheme. Its shallow. And so are the people who care about which cities rank where. Stay on the coast and out of our state.

    • coloradogirl in response to Jb

      I guess REI doesn’t count as a “high end clothing store”, but I’d rather be ranked as one of the fittest cities than the best dressed!

      • lisalyn in response to coloradogirl

        I agree with Coloradogirl–I’m quite happy to be adequately dressed for cycling and hiking,
        and taking in the gorgeous sight of the sun setting behind Pikes Peak!

  9. Bob

    What a lame story. You’re giving the internet a bad name.

  10. Jordan

    I live in Wichita and I look damn good on the daily! I just do most of my shopping out of town…

  11. Shelby

    Your geography skills as well as journalism skills aren’t very good.
    It’s Colorado Springs, CO not CA. As in Colorado?

  12. Guy

    Look at all these uptight ugly people in the comments! Not bucking any stereotypes, are we? As a world traveler and resident of city #2 on this list, I can attest to the lack of fashion, and self-awareness, of my fellow residents. We’re about 3 years behind either coast and about 10 years behind fashion centers in EU and Russia. I have to say, though, we can’t possibly be worse than Albuquerque… In anything really.

    • GG in response to Guy

      Someone from Colorado Springs talking bad about Albuquerque? That’s pretty hilarious. Oh well, I guess I’ll let it slide considering there’s nothing else for you to do in that boring little town.

  13. KelliLee

    “Fashions fade, style is eternal.”
    — Yves Saint-Laurent

    People make impressions when they visit your city like it or not. Indy is friendly, laid out well around a circle for walking and biking in nice weather. The NCAA Hall of Champions is a museum, exhibition center, and conference center that is located adjacent to the national office of the National Collegiate Athletic Association in White River State Park. We’re becoming gold standard STYLE in hosting athletic events with the facilities in the middle of downtown convenience.
    But–we could step it up in the fashion department. Other than some stylish meteorologists, we’re pretty lame. We do tend to rise to a challenge, so check back folks.

  14. L

    I don’t believe it takes “high end clothing stores” to make a well dressed city. I would consider this a silly and misguided article. Fashion is not defined by a price tag… maybe think a little before posting another article like this one.

  15. Kellie Michaels

    Well, here in Wichita we are pretty excited that we are being called a “BIG CITY.” LOL! We have tons of great women’s fashion stores but they aren’t the big chains. They are small boutiques. Tons of the them. So, I think your way of calculating results in flawed. Oh, but thank you having us beat Louisville! It’s a sign for Saturday night’s game.

    • Bailey D. in response to Kellie Michaels

      You go Kellie! Support the local boutiques as opposed to the “high end” chains.

      Btw, love your morning show.

  16. Cathy Finn

    Colorado Springs has one of the lowest obesity rates in the country. We enjoy the outdoors here and you can’t do that well in heels and tight clothing.

    • J in response to Cathy Finn

      Amen to that. Fitness should be taken more seriously. Plus aren’t half the people wearing airforce attire/uniform anyways? Not like that can be changed…

      • coloradogirl in response to J

        Who cares if Columbia shorts and Tevas aren’t “high fashion”? They’re far more appropriate for the CO lifestyle than a pair of Jimmy Chu’s or a handbag that cost as much as my bike!

    • Shelley in response to Cathy Finn

      Ya, right! Lets go skiing, hiking, biking, rock climbing, cycling and living herein Colorado Springs in our Prada! You other folks can have it! Been there done that!

  17. Monica

    San Antonio, has fashion schools. The Art Institute, and The University of Incarnate Word, as well as “high end clothing stores” Lots located in North Star Mall, The Rim, and La Cantera.

  18. W from ICT

    Wow….getting schooled from a west cost kid that writes about video games. I would trade fashion for hard work, clean living, ethics, and a moral compass any day.

    Fashion is urban camouflage for an ugly Id.

    • Jen in response to W from ICT

      You hit the nail on the head!

    • Sarah in response to W from ICT

      I’m sorry… Did you say clean living? Ethics? Morals? Maybe you have the wrong city… Clean living, Pshhh our intake is full of trash and toxins and guess who doesn’t care? We the people… Moral and Ethics are practically one in the same… Pshhh do NOT get me started. Wichita lacks this and the majority of the entire humanity on this planet does too. Let’s not go blaming fashion on the debt the USA has… Better get back to basics with that one.

  19. J

    W from ICT I agree with you, but it is coast not cost. Why is our country in debt? Overpaying for style and entertainment? Probably.

    • J in response to J

      PS- Bling is obsolete… wearing it is juvenile and pointless. That is unless you are trying to look like a tool that is made out of gold.

  20. Brittany

    You CANNOT base how fashionable a city is based on how many high- end stores it has. Fashion is fashion, no matter how much it costs. I live in Wichita, and this is EXTREMELY offensive. Perhaps you should check where you get your facts before posting it all over the internet!

    • Cindy B. in response to Brittany

      Brittany, you are so right! Many years ago, people that had money travelled and brought back fashions from all over the world (i.e. – Paris, Rome, etc) Just because a city doesn’t have what they term “high-end stores” doesn’t mean that people aren’t well-dressed.

  21. Scramcat

    Based on your selection criteria, I’d day you got it right about Albuquerque. What surprises me most about Albuquerque is that on a day to day basis people aren’t badly dressed so much as they’re uninterestingly dressed. A lot of average work clothes, a lot of cholo standards, a lot of bland office casual. You seldom see anyone dressed hideously, but you also seldom see anyone dressed really sharp and thoughtfully put together. It almost seems accidental when you do.

    • Bsenseney in response to Scramcat

      I have to agree with your comment about how the people in Albuquerque dress. I think if this city became more fashionable which I think would be great then it would become contagious. I do believe when you put into consideration your dress attire it does reflect a lot about how you feel about yourself. Come on Albuquerque get with the fashionable program. Try harder!!!!

  22. Marvin

    What a JOKE!!!

  23. Judy


    HA, HA!

    Wichita, KS

  24. Chuck


  25. bob

    The methodology of this article is flawed, which reflects directly on the ability of the sponsoring company to provide accurate and helpful service in real estate. One should almost certainly avoid giving them one’s business.

  26. Monkey

    The reasoning seems to be that if you have high end stores, then you have high end fashion. This article makes two false assumptions.

    1. High end fashion can only come from a store. (plays Macklemore’s Thrift Shop)
    2. The internet does not allow you to order haute couture from around the world regardless of where you live.

    I am so glad this is the first and last time I ever visit this site.

  27. Charles McAdams

    I live in Louisville, am retired for 13 years and am at a point when I can truly say, “I don’t care.

  28. Suzanne

    There is much more to being “well dressed” than a price tag!

  29. Angilee

    I agree that style is lacking in this city..(Tulsa) but I don’t think ‘high end’ shld b a determining factor. Buying the latest ‘high end’ trend is cheating. Some designer did all the work for you. Try looking like a million bucks on $ that’s when u kno someone has style. I’ve seen plenty of people dripping in name brands who look like shit. Anyone remember all over print Gucci sweatsuits with a matching bucket hat?!

    • Cindy B. in response to Angilee

      Well said. Money can’t buy taste!

    • coloradogirl in response to Angilee

      I do about half my shopping at thrift stores, and I constantly get compliments on my outfits. Could it be that being well-dressed has more to do with a sense of style than how much money one spends?

      Perhaps my city may have made the “worst dressed” list because we don’t feel the need to overpay for fashions just to keep up with the Kardashians, but we make up for it by being one of the fittest cities, which to me is a far better indicator of quality of life!

  30. Cindy B.

    Wow! I’m kind of surprised at this. I didn’t think Wichita was a “fashion mecca”, but #1 Worst-Dressed City? Really?? My mom and dad were from Wichita. My mom was ALWAYS well-dressed and shopped at high-end stores in Kansas City and Dallas. Wichita is a conservative bunch, but I don’t think I’d say they were the WORST. (The people there are certainly the “salt of the Earth”; good people, sincere, nice and friendly). Louisville too? Lots of $$$ here. Horse money, old money. Worst dressed? I don’t think so; and I’m pretty critical. Tulsa? Again, conservative, preppy, but not the worst. But you know what they say: Opinions are like @$$ holes… everybodys got one… Have a nice day!

  31. Jason

    Nice. Movoto ripped off American Family Insurance’s logo. That’s creative.


  32. Adam

    Your reasoning in how this list was made is not only totally unreliable, but absurd. You would make terrible scientists.

    “I searched on Yelp for a Barnes & Noble and didn’t find one so I’m declaring this the Worst Read City.” That’s what you sound like right now: f@#$ing stupid.

    Fire whoever wrote this.

  33. Jen

    Wow, I’m from Wichita and I know and have seen plenty of stylish women here. I’m sorry but just because a city doesn’t have “high fashion” stores does not make it “worst-dressed.” Maybe we’re not FAKE like other cities who spend money on tacky trends and labels, and put family, friends, and other activities than shopping on our list of priorities. Like others have mentioned, money does not buy style or good taste. I find a lot of the “fashion” in bigger cities atrocious and gross. It’s hilarious that they spend hundreds and thousands of dollars for such ugly frocks!

  34. Rufus Cornpone

    Albany,Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo NY have to be at the top of this list along with any town in Vermont or Massachusetts…

  35. Bate Nannister

    This criteria relies heavily on so called “high end” stores per capita. One does not have to wear expensive clothes to have a keen sense of fashion or a distinctly individual style.

    Wealth is not equivalent to Fashion, and to judge an entire city’s fashion sense based solely on a statistic of how many “high end” stores it contains is not only superficial and haphazard, it negates individuality and holds all citizens to an arbitrary uniform standard of fashionability based on how expensive one’s clothes are. This standard is saturated in the exact kind of Babylon corporate culture which glorifies materialism and conformity and which is one reason our culture is in decline.

  36. Debbie

    I’ve lived in Seattle, Longview WA, Salt Lake City, Atlanta and now 2 hrs from El Paso TX. We may be more relaxed where we are now but more comfortable too. I have a daughter in Colorado Springs. We are more active on the slopes in the Mountain states and fashion here is determined by the cold weather and not wearing high heels in the rain!!!!!!

  37. Alex

    Its all relative isn’t it… I am from Louisville and could care less how anyone thinks I dress or anyone in my city. What a waste of time.

  38. Wesley

    Actually, surprisingly top modeling agencies come to Wichita to do scouting. Several top models have been found in my city. 😛 If we don’t have fashion–we have high fashion models. My sister is one. :)

  39. Please

    This is probably the most elitist thing I’ve read in awhile and that says something.

  40. Amy

    A Fashion degree?..seriously that’s the biggest waste of time and money you can spend in College. We know what really matters.

  41. Allan

    Actually, It’s whats under the clothes that’s important.
    I actually look stunning in rags.

  42. Becky

    Colorado Springs is regularly voted one of the fittest cities in America, and Colorado in general has been rated one of the happiest places to live. Is it a coincidence that we don’t care about high fashion? I would rather worry about being healthy and happy than having a $500 pair of shoes.

  43. JaNelle

    To those mad that El Paso has indeed earned its place on this list, I say to you, stop being mad at the truth. El Paso is hideous in every shape form and fashion. This area is so far behind the time in every aspect of today’s society, its beyond unbelievable. Go live in a real city, suburban area and you’ll see how intolerable living in El Paso really is. Its a pathetic poor excuse for an American city, that I have ever lived in. Majority of the people living here are rude, worthless, sloppy and wear knock offs of the said name brands. Wearing pajamas to Wal-Mart is one of the most tackiest and tasteless things you could ever do and the people of El Paso do it well. This place should have been #1instead of #3. Im just saying. Be proud of your little tacky city/wasteland…Smdh

    • Elizabeth in response to JaNelle

      I’m from El Paso and couldn’t agree with you more!

    • Jay in response to JaNelle

      You talk bad about our city and you shop at walmart. Keep it classy.

    • Mark in response to JaNelle

      Hey Janelle, your comments about El Paso are simply ignorant and hateful. If you are so unhappy in El Paso why don’t you leave. There will always people like yourself who see only the negativity in things.

  44. DessertTransplant

    I live in ABQ now and am from Colorado Springs. I don’t know what you mean by high-end clothing stores and that both cities have “zero,” because we have Macy’s, Chico’s, Cold Water Creek, Loft, etc., etc., in both places. But it doesn’t matter, people dress according to a combination of taste, income, and background wherever they live. I work downtown and like dressing up. I love finding brandname, like-new clothing for a little bit of nothing at 2nd hand stores. So I go to work in Loft, Jones New York, etc., garments and look good with very little expence! But at the end of the day, your outward appearance is worthless if your inner person is not beautiful. Actions still speak louder than surface appearance.

  45. Jamie

    Oh, I’m from Indianapolis and this story has caused quite a stir amongst our local fashion industry. I must beg to differ with this article because I started to showcase stylish Hoosiers. And I’ll have to say, style does not necessarily equal expensive!

    Albeit it is street style fashion, I’ll now be starting a new segment, What Indy Wore, to showcase more fashionable people in my city!

  46. Morgan

    Since when is Movoto Real Estate a reputable source on fashion, or real estate for that matter? You haven’t established a successful brand in your respective field, but you think your being progressive by posting a blog about a subject you have absolutely no expertise in to show how hip you are. You’ve proven to have zero credibility conducting a legitimate qualitative and quantitive study of fashion, which is in itself subjective. I would venture to guess your marketing, research and sales skills are equally pathetic. Are you even aware of the statistics on HHI, quality of living and online buying power of the consumers in the markets you’ve listed? I advise you to focus all of your energy on becoming better at your chosen field, and leave fashion trends in what you would refer to as the “flyover states” to someone far less elitist and out of touch. This was a foolish marketing and PR mistake. I doubt your referral business from these markets will improve given your judgmental and ignorant views or their behaviors and buying power.

  47. Gary

    Milwaukee (where I live), El Paso, and Louisville were rated among the top 15 emerging downtowns in America by Forbes. I’ll take their criteria (housing, business development, entertainment, etc) over this criteria (over priced clothing and shoes).

  48. H

    You can buy fashion but you can’t buy style!

  49. Slim

    This is the worst report ever. How about visiting a city and seeing what people actually wear? Colorado Springs is one hour south of Denver where many people shop, close proximity to Nordstrom’s, Neiman Marcus and the high end Cherry Creek shopping district. Ever hear of the world wide web? AKA the internet where you can order just about anything from any place and have it delivered to the non-stylish Colorado Springs. Plus we do have tailors. Colorado Springs isn’t even a “big city” anyways. And there several locally owned high-end clothing shops, maybe you should have asked someone.

  50. C

    I actually agree with Louisville being number five in the rating. I love dressing up but always feel out of place because no one else does the majority of the time. Just walk to any shopping mall, church, restaurant, office or any kind of function, people around here dress down or weird or just plain sloppy ALL THE TIME.

    You can go to almost any office of any kind and find the majority of the people wearing jeans. This even includes lawyers and doctors! And, no, it isn’t Friday dress down day. I sometimes wonder why men and women even go shopping around here! Honestly, I think we should be number one on the list!

    Best kept secret — friendly southern people and a wonderful place to raise your children. We may not be fashionable, but Louisville is a great place to live!

    GO U of L girls and boys basketball team!!! Both in the Final Four in basketball tonight!

  51. James Harris

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Colorado Springs was voted as the 2nd worse fashion city in the U.S. It all had to do with this criteria:

    1) High-end clothing stores per capita
    2) High-end jewelry stores per capita
    3) High-end shoe stores per capita

    Thank you to for not including us in something so superficial as “best-dressed”. I don’t care. The real answer is happiness, and the beautiful area of Colorado Springs that we get to wake up to every day in the shadow of 14,110-foot Pikes Peak.

    I also found it funny that the photo they used for us were tourists (most likely from out-of-state) posing at Balanced Rock in Garden of the Gods. We are the fittest state, and I’d rather shop at REI anytime than a ritzy clothing store.

  52. Carla Dixon

    Using the number of high-end stores as a key criteria for a cities ranking of being well dressed assumes that price is the most important factor – NY and LA and most of the media hasn’t realized that this is WRONG. It also assumes that if someone desires haute couture they don’t travel to fashion Meccas – WRONG again. While it’s fun to see which cities have or don’t have multiple higher end shopping sites, it just shows that these cities may have higher priorities and know there’s more to life than spending over priced frivolous fashion statements. Now come to the Kentucky Derby and see how we southern ladies really strut our stuff.

  53. Nick

    So, to begin, just when did Wichita, KS., Colorado Springs, CO., El Paso, TX., and Tulsa, OK. become some of America’s largest cities. The rest have populations over 500,000, and 1-2 million, or more in the metro’s, but these I mention should be considered small to mid-sized, not large. So right out of the door, I find the article full of holes, before I even read it.

  54. Shifrah

    Funny article, I grew up in Los Angeles and there were plenty of bad dressed folks! I moved to Colorado Springs and see some pretty well-put together people. It shouldn’t matter what stores are in the area, you are going to get lots of sloppily dressed people in New York and well-dressed people in El Paso!

  55. cargonza

    I agree that El Pasoans can dress better, but I am much more offended by the decision to represent the city with a picture of a Guadalajaran restaurant. Seriously? You pick the Alamo for San Antonio, a boulder for Colorado, but a restaurant (that just happens to be next to an acccessories store) for El Paso?! I can’t even tell you if that is really in El Paso — and I live here! Shame on you!!!

  56. JTPaul

    Looking at the criteria they used Colorado Springs should probably be considered one of the best dressed cities in the country for their return on investment.
    •High-end clothing stores per capita
    •High-end jewelry stores per capita
    •High-end shoe stores per capita
    ARE PAID WAY TOO MUCH! Congratulations Colorado Springs for being frugal in these trying times!

  57. Dsmber10

    I find it interesting that you said that San Antonio, a town with a Neiman Marcus, a Saks Fifth Avenue, and several expensive boutiques such as Julian Gold (not to mention Burberry, Hugo Boss and Louis Vuitton stores) has zero high end stores. While it certainly isn’t the most stylish place on earth, the North Side of town is littered with expensive labels, Bentley’s, Ferrari’s and all the acoutrements of style and wealth.

  58. hb

    I can’t believe I actually wasted my time reading this.

  59. Crystal

    I call that getting swindled and pimped.

  60. Robert

    This is the most clueless article I have ever heard of. Who came up with the simpleton criteria? A chimp?

    I live in Seattle where few people ever dress up nice due to the technology culture. The northwest is not known for fashion yet we are not on the list.

    These cities listed are no worse or better yet they have been singled out. The bias I believe comes from another source. Ant-heartland, Anti-Texas I bet!

  61. Mary

    Who cares?! How shallow can you be?

  62. jno

    You put Indy in there and didn’t put Sarasota, or Ft. Lauderdale? Jeez, you need to get out more. Indy isn’t as bad as you think, but then again, if your only research was the Indy 500, it says more about you than the citizens of this great city.

  63. Kourtney

    Do you have any idea how elitist, discriminatory, and just plain idiotic it is to base the quality of “best” or “worst” dressed on “high end-” clothing? Did you also bother to look up poverty rates per capita for these cities? Or bother to define “High-end”? Or did you base it all on your privileged opinion? You are whats wrong with the world. Shallow, unempathetic people wasting their time caring about the problem of low-fashion clothing while people are suffering pains you couldn’t imagine.

  64. Kaye

    In response to the caption on the photo of Wichita’s Farmers Market (which, by the way, is wonderful…I walk there every Saturday, usually in a cute sundress I might add): Would you kindly not use false information as “clever” captions for your photos? So, you “decided” that we were the Worst Dressed, and therefore we obviously must not have anything close to a fashion show, when in fact we have several every year, including Fashion Passion ( and the Models and Images fashion show at The Orpheum Theatre (, as well as many student-run events and other charity fashion shows.

    Way to write a completely worthless “entertainment” piece. Stick to real estate.

  65. Wichita Shocker

    Should be named to, “the most comfortably dressed cities. Who also happen to be blue collared, so it’s slightly retarted to have “high fashion” stores that have overly priced/ ridiculously stupid clothing, that no one would wear.”

  66. Fashion

    I forgot that if you don’t have a physical store in your city that type of clothing is completely inaccessible. if only there was some way to purchase clothing from a different area of the world and have it delivered to you.. maybe some day.

  67. Chuck

    This is a lame attempt to generate buzz by putting together a list using selection criteria that aren’t relevant to the list; it’s like trying to list healthiest cities based on the number or sushi places, strip clubs and professional atheletes per capita. These lists get released annually in an attempt to make them relevant. This is how “awards” like Person of the Year and Sexiest Man Alive sell magazines. My first non-psychic prediction for 2014, this is one worst dressed list that will never be relevant.

  68. Gary Smith

    Perhaps those of us in the middle of the country actually work for a living and don’t have time to worry about who wears what!

  69. Jess



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