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?