Originally Posted by JesseJB
Does anyone notice any correlation between the beauty of a city's architecture and the level of style in the population's fashion?
Maybe a little, but I don't know if it is a high correlation. My travels take me to cities like NY, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis and Atlanta quite a bit. I think New Yorkers are the best dressed by far, and I suppose it has the best architecture. Atlanta is quite bad in my opinion - lots of pleats and square toed shoes, despite the likes of Sid Mashburn to help them out. Chicago is pretty middle of the road, and I think the smaller Midwestern cities are stylistic backwaters. Minneapolis may be an outlier as there is a pretty hip culture there for some reason. This is all a generalization and I there are exceptions of course, so I mean no offense to anyone.
As far as specific regional differences I have noticed:
Boston - button down collars, rep ties, the whole ivy league preppy look, while cliched is how many people think they should dress. With a few exceptions, when people try to look edgey or urban sophisticated, it often flops. The old school Boston Brahman is largely gone, but there are a few pockets of them left with their worn tweed and flannel suits and brown shoes in the old men's clubs (now integrated, of course).
New York - spread collars and cuff links for the office. Much more fashion influenced in general, even in the conservative sectors that I have seen. New Yorkers hate to miss out on anything. Also more formal. Many men would not wear a light colored suit out in the evening. That said, I think you can wear just about anything in New York if you want to, whereas in a lot of other cities a certain dress would be expected at certain functions.
Atlanta - Forward or spread collars on baggy shirts, ugly ties, pleats, pleats and more pleats. I have seen middle aged guys going out for the evening in pressed cargo shorts and golf shirts down to their elbows. Nuff said.
Chicago - Like a smaller New York in some ways, but seemingly a few years behind in the fashion sense. For some reason Chicago seems to have a larger proportion of attractive women than anywhere else. Just thought I would mention that.