Another list, another low spot for Cleveland. Usually these rankings are pounded out by HuffPo, or some Yahoo! contributor, or a wonky think-tank, but this time we're talking about fashion, and the source is none other than sartorial expert GQ magazine.
On its list of the 40 worst dressed cities in America, GQ tagged Cleveland for the 30th spot, which gave them ample opportunity to rip on Cleveland losing LeBron James, our economic downfall, and the city's general misfortunes.
This is GQ we're talking about, however, so at first we leaned toward accepting the mag's critical eye for all things clothing — that is, after all, one of its calling cards — but then we reconsidered after remembering that if GQ had its way, everyone would be dressed in $5,000 polo shirts made from camel hair and buying shoes that cost more than the GDP of The Federated States of Micronesia to manufacture.
No thank you. If GQ can't see the value and comfort in a $2 The Deadliest Catch Goodwill t-shirt and Wal-Mart tube socks, that's their loss. Here's the mag's snappy, oh-so-witty summary on why Cleveland belongs on the list:
Look, we get that several decades of economic ruin and sports frustration can make anyone loathe to change out of sweatpants. But does West 6th Street really have to be turned into a Jersey Shore penal colony? Does everyone over 35 really have to look like Christopher Lloyd in The Dream Team? The biggest tragedy in Cleveland may not be the withdrawal of heavy industry, or the unending disappointment in sports. It may be that, after burning all those LeBron jerseys, there was nothing left to wear.
Oh dear, aren't you simply in awe of those jokes and turns of phrase? Or are you lost? Simply unable to grasp the sharp barbs because you are in sweatpants, and people in sweatpants simply can't appreciate the finer things in life?
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