I don’t usually call things a “sham,” but THIS article on Huffington Post is exactly that.
The article, entitled “Most Fashionable Cities In America: Did Your City Make The Stylish Cut?,” proposes to identify the most stylish cities in American based on the percentage of the population that purchases luxury labels.
This is of course absurd. Seeing as style and money are in no way synonymous.
Now, I am not going to get into my opinion on the style of each city listed (because, a) I am not familiar with every city on the list b) That would open up a whole other debate), but I do want to acknowledge how silly their algorithm is.
(Can we all just take a moment to acknowledge that I used the term algorithm on a fashion/lifestyle blog??? …And they say we are all dim and inane!)
Anyways, we are all undoubtedly familiar with the phrase ‘money can’t buy you class’ and that is also true of being stylish.
The suggestions that a city’s stylishness can based on their purchases doesn’t account for other means of creating a stylish wardrobe. A stylish person may thrift/consign, shop on a budget, hand-make clothes, or a slew of other possibilities.
It also doesn’t consider how the purchases in these cities are being worn. After all, how you pair your wardrobe speaks to style more than what you own!
Clearly, the math here should be questioned. So, tell me, what do you think makes a chic city?