In GQ's annual list of the worst dressed cities in the U.S., Christopher Swetala impales the city's collective fashion sense — black-and-gold everything, all the time — and asks whatever happened to the Jazz Fest-y, fedora-donning crowd. The city clocked in as the No. 12 worst... of 40.
According to GQ, New Orleans' sense of style is worse than Portland, Ore., Asbury Park, N.J. (home of The Boss and perpetual dad jeans), Orlando, Fla., Wasilla, Ala., and the Jersey Shore (sorry, New Jersey) — but don't worry, hipster-bashing-obsessed New Orleans, you're still better dressed than Brooklyn (at No. 11).
Back in the '90s when the Saints were the chronically ill Aints, a genteel New Orleanian would never wear a baggy black jersey emblazoned with a golden fleur-de-lis. But now? Drew Brees leads the team to its first Super Bowl victory and suddenly the whole city is dressed like they're in the Superdome on a Sunday afternoon. What happened to all the older bearded gentlemen that made bushy hair and sideburns so graceful? The ones at Jazz Fest taking the big easy in khaki shorts, loose linen shirts, and straw hats? The ones strolling the grass in sandals and nursing a to-go cup of Abita and forking a fried oyster? We're afraid that another Super Bowl victory might very well turn y'all into black-and-gold Zubaz pant-wearing maniac keg guzzlers sucking Buffalo wing meat clean off the bone. Oh, no, wait, is that ranch dipping sauce in your beard? Seriously, it's scary.
I can't say I agree that the khaki shorts + beard + sandals + straw hat combo — which is more omnipresent than Saints gear — is any better. But I reserve black-and-gold for gameday only, and so should you.