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Regional style differences.

jpeirpont

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I remember reading J.T Molloy's: How to Dress(name?) books a couple years back when I started college. And found the chapters about how people from different regions dressed interesting. Considering the Book is quite dated.I was curious if some of our more well traveled members noticed differences in the way people dressed in different regions and which place seemed to have the best sense of style. I don't know if it is possible but I'd like to disregard the effect of weather. I'm more or less talking about well dressed people or relatively so.
 

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I assume you're referring to America. I've seen bad, good and indifferent dressers (mostly the first category) everywhere, but the best preponderence of nice suits I've observed is nyc.
I did observe some interesting regional differences in Italy. I think the over 30 men's crowd in Siena is the most elegantly attired I've ever seen.

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Fact is, in nearly 99.9% of places, most people don't give a hoot about dressing "well" or in nice clothes, except at church and for weddings and funerals. It's like how some people think about cars -- "it's just transportation." That said, of the factors that should be indicative of good dress, I'd think money and jobs that require dressy-wear are possibly significant. Thus, NYC should be up there. As should San Francisco. And London, Paris, etc.
 

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Fact is, in nearly 99.9% of places, most people don't give a hoot about dressing "well" or in nice clothes, except at church and for weddings and funerals.  It's like how some people think about cars -- "it's just transportation."  That said, of the factors that should be indicative of good dress, I'd think money and jobs that require dressy-wear are possibly significant.  Thus, NYC should be up there.  As should San Francisco.  And London, Paris, etc.
As should San Francisco. And London, Paris, etc.
1. Milan
2. Florence
3. Paris
4. Rome
5. London
6. NYC

I do not know about SF, as I never saw anyone very well dressed in my 2 visits.
 

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In the UK very much so with regional differences, in the north people dress very badly, in London and the South-East people generally dress well. However, the main difference is that in the UK it does not really matter if you are a man of a woman as is the case in the US.
 

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I think that there certainly are regional differences. There was some talk of this recently when FIHTies was expressing distress over Ben Silver's catalog and their ensembles. The conclusion was that it was a Yankee viewing a Southern based catalog (Ben Silver having Yankee roots, however).

I think in the South, for example, you're more likely to see bow ties and seersucker. That's a generalization of course. It is hard to ignore weather in any discussion of regionalism, though. One is more likely to see heavy tweeds in Scotland than Miami for very weather related reasons, methinks.
 

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I can only compare New York and southeast Michigan. There has to be a tendency to notice people who dress like you away from home and then conclude that they are well-dressed.

Clothes that I see more often in New York than in Michigan include:
1. Dressier brown suede shoes with suits and dress pants;
2. Loden, covert, and duffel coats;
3. Seersucker and light-colored suits in summer;
4. Bolder (checked) dress shirts-more pattern mixing.
5. Solid suit with solid shirt and solid tie.
6. Pocket squares, especially white linen or cotton
7. French-cuff shirts
8. DB suits.
 

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I haven't traveled extensively, so I can't really comment from firsthand experience. I have read, though, and some believe that multinational corporations have done much to homogenize culture wordlwide. And I could believe it. There's a Gap and Starbucks on every corner. But I'm sure major cities will maintain there authenticity and charm. I just worry about small towns.

Think globally, buy locally
 

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fashion and style may have become somewhat globalized, but there will always be one inescapable localizing factor, climate.

add to that local geography which may encourage certain types of activity, both work and recreation.

and one last factor, which may be dwindling, is the proximity to local industry. in the southeast, for example, there are many textile mills, and sometimes it's more economical to buy from the factory stores. i lived in a town where there was a hosiery factory, and a lot of the kids wore socks from there.
 

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I noticed that regions began dressing essentially the same concerning "black clothing", when I started seeing people from the south and west wearing Timberlands which was always associated the Northeast when concerning urban blacks. Thats another thing that lead me to post this topic.
 

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Think globally, buy locally
Wouldn't have expected this sentiment from someone with a Bush/Cheney avatar. Not criticizing, just commenting.

In my experience -- having lived in the Mountain West, Upper Midwest, Texas, DC and NYC-- as one moves westward in the U.S. there is a concomitant lessening of respect for "institutions", be it government, universities or even social conventions (not necessarily manners, but conventions that don't seem particularly practical).

I find this includes dress: as one moves from east to west, there is less interest in communicating things like social status and formality with clothing. Even macho guys in NYC will take great pride and care in their appearance, whereas even non-macho guys in the West would find such concerns to be irrelevant (not to mention effeminate).

Thus, I find that clothing is by far the most casual in the Pacific Northwest, where leather soled shoes and shirts with collars are looked at as fairly pretty impractical and formal. NYC is bar none the most clothing conscious. DC and Texas were about the same, but in DC it was a professional and decidedly non-stylish look (the ubiquitous gray ill-fitting suit) at was necessary for professional reasons, whereas in Texas it was more peacocky and done to insinuate financial well being and importance. What little time I spent in SF, it seemed to be pretty Banana Republicy, while thinking that was well-dressed.

Then there are the stereotypes -- NYC wears a lot of black (true), Texas wore bright colors (somewhat true, but a lot of black as well), DC dresses conservatively (true), Midwesterners are douty (truish). I think there are differences, albeit slight ones. Good thing for diversity of opinion and lifestyles though, so people can pick and choose where they'd like to be and with whom they'd like to be.
 

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Bumped for being interesting.
 

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Originally Posted by JesseJB
Bumped for being interesting.

Zombie thread
but yes it is interesting.

On the UK front I'd disagree with Styleman's idea that the South is better dressed than the North. Differences in dress tend to be much more related to educational level, which is still linked to 'class'. Yes 'The City' as opposed to London as a whole tends to be well dressed, but beyond that, I don't think there's a great regional difference.

In terms of differences across the world Bernard Roetzals (sp?) book covers some of the differences quite well.
 

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