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The Worst Dressed City Ever... Of All Time

post #1 of 60
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I know there have been articles and lists published by men's magazines and newspapers (and indeed this forum) about what is the worst dressed city in the world. There are a lot of candidates and many make a strong case for being the worst dressed. A lot of cities in the U.S. must certainly be near the top. However all these lists have missed one place. Possibly the worst of the worst. Maybe the reason for this is because most western fashion writers will never go here. Or maybe I'm just biased because I have spent way too much time in this place. I am talking, of course, about Baghdad Iraq.

 

There isn't much that one can point to that is good about this place, sartorially speaking. It is perfectly acceptable, for instance, for a middle aged, balding, overweight man to run around in skin tight jeans, a pink knock off Armani t shirt, and shoes that came out of an 80s nightmare. I wish this was an exaggeration but sadly it is literally what I saw one day. But that is nothing compared to how they wear suits. 

 

My frustrating experience with Iraqi tailors has ranged from the mildly annoying to the maddening. They will purposefully make your sleeves reach almost to the wrist and tell you that it is wrong to make them any shorter. You get a choice between one vent or none, as two is simply too old fashioned. Your trousers WILL snag under your heels. If they don't then they are simply too short. Your shoulders will extend at least an inch past your natural shoulder to make you look manlier. All of these have actually been said to me by Iraqi tailors. Oh, and sharkskin suits are the latest craze. You want one. No seriously, you do. 

 

My most recent attempt was to have two shirts taken in a bit. One came back so poorly done that the buttons weren't lined up with the button holes any longer. Needless to say after 3 years I have completely given up on Iraqi tailors and have all my items done in other locations. 

 

I nominate Baghdad Iraq as the worst dressed city of all time... Ever. Has anyone else had a similar experience somewhere? What is your worst dressed city?

post #2 of 60
addis ababa?
post #3 of 60
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Ooooh, I imagine that one is pretty bad in it's own right.

post #4 of 60
Is it fair compare the dress and tailoring of a Middle Eastern city to those of the Western world? Seems a bit like apples and oranges, even though you're referring to their attempts to emulate Western dress.
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Is it fair compare the dress and tailoring of a Middle Eastern city to those of the Western world? Seems a bit like apples and oranges, even though you're referring to their attempts to emulate Western dress.

 

This is a good question, however Baghdad is a pretty cosmopolitan city. Granted, since the war it has gone way downhill in a lot of respects, however it is definitely a modern city in every respect. Along the same lines, I spend part of my time in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and they have some very good tailors indeed. I guess my point is that we aren't talking about an absolute backwater like Afghanistan. This is a region that is powerful politically and economically on a world wide scale.

post #6 of 60
How about pretty much any city in in USA?
post #7 of 60
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There are some bad ones in the U.S. I'm looking at you, Jacksonville Florida! But honestly there are some European countries that are just as atrocious. Like Greece for instance. Never go to Athens looking for cover shots for GQ or The Rake.

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Was not expecting this when I clicked on thread. I think I looked pretty damn good last time I was in Iraq...

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

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Buddy, didn't we all...

 

 

Those days are long gone though. I'm here in a civilian capacity now. And expected to wear a suit. Hah!


Edited by Caustic Man - 8/18/12 at 7:21pm
post #10 of 60
I am very skeptical of the value of these "best dressed city" or "worst dressed city" discussions. The reason is that very view members here have traveled sufficiently to make an informed comment (I include myself here, despite having been traveling across all continents excl. Antarctica).

However, trying to assign the label "worst dressed city" to a capital which has undergone massive bombardments in two wars during the past 20 years, suffered from a tyrannic dictatorship, foreign occupation, constant terrorist activity, is in my humble opinion a matter of bad taste. People there might have other worries (such as staying alive, getting enough food, getting medical aid) than if a light colored tie is really a good match for a navy suit.

Remember, style is not just a question of having the right accessories, but primarily of gentlemanly behavior and tact.
post #11 of 60
Mogadishu
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Some of the EOD guys I deployed with had to wear suits for a protection detail in Baghdad... poor bastards. You should rock a dishdasha!

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Mogadishu

Have you been there? Well, same applies as to my comments on Baghdad.
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Originally Posted by AlexE View Post

However, trying to assign the label "worst dressed city" to a capital which has undergone massive bombardments in two wars during the past 20 years, suffered from a tyrannic dictatorship, foreign occupation, constant terrorist activity, is in my humble opinion a matter of bad taste. People there might have other worries (such as staying alive, getting enough food, getting medical aid) than if a light colored tie is really a good match for a navy suit.
Remember, style is not just a question of having the right accessories, but primarily of gentlemanly behavior and tact.

 

Well said.

post #15 of 60
A beautifully made dish dasha and it's complete ensemble can be every bit as elegant and refined as a bespoke suit from Saville Row or Naples.

Some of my clients wear some pretty amazing handwoven cotton and linen textiles as part of their 'kit' and all are meticulously cared for. The more I'm exposed to these gentlemen the more I am beginning to discern the subtle differences of detail that are favored in one locale over another. For instance in Doha they seem to favor french cuffs, which I don't see much of in Dubai.

I'm told that many of the most dapper put on a fresh outfit as often as three times a day in order to keep everything crispy. They, of course, have teams of servants (more like slaves) back at the home 'compound' to support this lavish display.

I think it's tough sledding to look at everything from the perspective of the western world.
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