Las Vegas Sun

March 28, 2015

Currently: 76° — Complete forecast | Log in | Create an account


Magazine blames tourists in putting Las Vegas on ‘worst-dressed’ list


Sam Morris

Tourists walk along the Las Vegas Strip in this April 28, 2011, file photo.

Apparently showgirl head dresses and Elvis jumpsuits are not considered fashionable, at least not to one lifestyle magazine.

Las Vegas ranked No. 13 on GQ magazine’s "Worst-Dressed Cities in America" list, released this week. The magazine plans to release its top 10 on Friday.

The list pokes fun at fashion trends and stereotypes of some of America’s most well-known cities, like plaid in Seattle, sherbet-colored blazers in Martha’s Vineyard, Mormon missionary uniforms in Provo and Sarah Palin hair in Wasilla, Alaska.

For Las Vegas, GQ mostly blamed tourists and performers, not residents for Las Vegas’ bad taste. Among other bad fashion statements, GQ named middle aged men in square-toed shoes and “Saturday night shirts” as their reason for ranking Las Vegas at No. 13. The magazine called Wayne Newton the city’s patron saint of fashion. Sounds like they didn’t venture past the Strip.

“This air-conditioned Mecca of unsustainability is the ground zero for white Midwesterners de-boarding the plane dressed in Phil Mickelson-esque pleats, tucked polos and visors and leaving the hotel in more gold jewelry than a Saudi oil baron on a junket in Dubai,” according to the magazine.

GQ’s photographic evidence of bad fashion in Las Vegas? A photo of the guys from “The Hangover.” Hopefully, GQ knows what fiction is.

Join the Discussion:

Check this out for a full explanation of our conversion to the LiveFyre commenting system and instructions on how to sign up for an account.

Full comments policy

Previous Discussion: 3 comments so far…

Comments are moderated by Las Vegas Sun editors. Our goal is not to limit the discussion, but rather to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and contain no abusive language. Comments that are off-topic, vulgar, profane or include personal attacks will be removed. Full comments policy. Additionally, we now display comments from trusted commenters by default. Those wishing to become a trusted commenter need to verify their identity or sign in with Facebook Connect to tie their Facebook account to their Las Vegas Sun account. For more on this change, read our story about how it works and why we did it.

Only trusted comments are displayed on this page. Untrusted comments have expired from this story.

  1. Well, I have to agree to an extent. Go to a show on the Strip and check out how the tourists dress. You would think not one man owns a pair of khaki slacks and a nice sporty shirt -it's raggy shorts and t-shirts. The women are a little better, but most look like they're going to walk the Strip afterwards. Or they don't own a pair of nice sandals - just Dollar Store flip flops. DOesn't take much room in the luggage to throw in ONE decent outfit.

    As it says in this article - this does NOT include the residents of Las Vegas - who always dress appropriately.

  2. You should see the people dressed up at night! They look fantastic and the women are to die for. GQ is wrong on this one folks.....

  3. I am still trying to figure out why anyone would care what GQ thinks about how people dress in Las Vegas or anywhere else for that matter.