Is San Francisco Really The 20th Worst-Dressed City In America?




Kathleen Murillo, photographed by Shilpi Tomar; Anh from 9-to-5 Chic, photographed by Caro Ramirez.

Whether it's commentary from Elle magazine or Danielle Steele, San Francisco can't seem to catch a break when it comes to peeps dissing our style cred. The latest jab comes from GQ, which ranks San Francisco the 20th Worst-Dressed City In America (in a list of 40) in its July issue. Some of the accusations: We dress "aggressively casual and understated", favor "highly practical and high-performing" gear and "muted earth tones and grayscale", and buy our entire wardrobes from REI. While the all-they-wear-is-fleece-and-Vibrams joke holds some truth for the active-junkies in town, does it really represent San Francisco's fashion sense? We think not. Ditto with the references to Mark Zuckerberg's sloppy wardrobe (which GQ uses to illustrate its point about S.F.). Just look at the lovely, style-savvy residents pictured above, or take a look at the innovative and fashion-forward boutiques popping up around the city, obviously catering to a more stylistically evolved clientele. And while we're somewhat relieved there were 19 cities deemed worse dressers than us, we're sort of salty about our placement smack dab in the middle of this list. And we're not the only ones. SFWeekly also took offense and tried to defend our city's sartorial prowess in the form of a street style slideshow. But, sadly, some of the folks that they decided to showcase (besides one lady in a great '70s-tastic jumpsuit) might be doing more to justify GQ's assertion than combat it. But we want to hear your take! Is San Francisco really the 20th worst-dressed city in the U.S.? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!