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Thanks to “Real Housewives,” Atlanta is dubbed 7th worst dressed

484301_10150853659258402_558013401_9883838_656407198_n-478x718Atlanta ranked #7 in Travel + Leisure’s list of “America’s Worst-Dressed People,” and the Real Housewives of Atlanta are to thank.

“If the flashy reality-TV stars of The Real Housewives of Atlanta are at all indicative of how the rest of Atlanta dresses, it’s no wonder our readers ranked it as America’s No. 7 least-stylish city,” the travel mag’s site sniffs. “Hotlanta has one of the highest per capita incomes of any southern city, but as the TV show illustrates and the saying goes: money can’t buy taste.”

Say what?

Come on, five Housewives drag a whole city down? And while the ladies’ antics may be a bit extreme on occasion they usually manage to frock up pretty well in our opinion. Here’s a great photo of Cynthia Bailey, who’s a model and a cast member, strutting her stuff with husband Peter and Simone the poodle at the recent Doggies on the Catwalk fundraiser. The event was held recently at Room and Board and benefited PALS Atlanta, a charity that provides basic vet care and food to the companion animals of Atlantans with serious illnesses.

Other cities on the list include Salt Lake City, drubbed for its “squeaky clean” fashion sense; San Antonio, which the list noted “is known for rodeos, not runways;” Portland, Maine, which “isn’t where you come to try on cutting-edge clothing.” (No, it’s wear you go to wear fisherman sweaters and duck boots; the city is half an hour from the L.L. Bean flagship store in Freeport, Maine).

Orlando also makes the list, which seems a bit unfair, since tourists dressed for comfort accounted for its No. 4 spot.

But back to Atlanta. Do we deserve to get dinged for our fashion sense?

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/

114 comments Add your comment

Truth about It

May 30th, 2012
7:30 am

Come on that garbage on Atlanta Housewives does not represent real money in Atlanta. Give me a break. It may represent the ghetto and crime (smash and grab) element.

Porter Wagner

May 30th, 2012
7:47 am

Whatchu talking bout Willis?


May 30th, 2012
8:00 am

The Atlanta Housewives are truly an embarrassment to the city.


May 30th, 2012
8:01 am

Have you been to Lenox Square or Phipps during the weekend? The “fashion” is horrific.


May 30th, 2012
8:02 am

Atlanta’s ranking probably has something to do with all those “pants on the ground.”


May 30th, 2012
8:06 am

I gree 30307………………….The show is a major embarrassment on several levels.


May 30th, 2012
8:08 am

Finally, someone is taking notice to how people dress here in Atlanta. You would think that we have forgotten that “image” is everything. The way we are seen as a person and how we dress sends either a postive or negative message to all who see’s or come here. That “don’t care” attitude is just how we dress, don’t care! This don’t mean everyone needs to run out and start spending big dollars or create bills to get in with the incrowd, that is something you are trying to present. “The Real Housewives” of Atlanta set and send the wrong images. It is fake and I would say that perhaps a great many of those ladies are not coming out being truthful about how they really live with none of them working…or perhaps spending all of their money on the filming they are doing for the Housewives. It is sort of unfair how they really think they are rich…..if so, they would not be exposing themselves openly as they are. Dressing appropriately is part of our routine and it say’s a lot about who we are as human beings. Image, its everything!


May 30th, 2012
8:08 am

It is unfortunate that these trash thugs have visibility on shows like this bottom feeder. But let them spend their money and support the rest of us with tax revenue.


May 30th, 2012
8:16 am

Who cares? This is sooooooo irrelevant. Where what makes YOU comfortable. Dress the part when you need to, other than that, kick rocks.

carla roqs

May 30th, 2012
8:20 am

oh my gosh, someone has bumped their collective heads. a magazine determining a city’s dress code from an unreal tellie show? seriously???? invalid. housewives is only indicative of itself. someone apparently just does not like the city. hit the A for its saggy pants, but also give it credit for those guys who dress their bunns off in designer duds, top to bottom- dont worry who paid for it, oops. and the lovely ladies who do not step out of the house without someone’s name somewhere on every piece of clothing. there is a sense of style and it is a good one. travel and leisure? oh, i thought you named a mag whose opiinion of clothing style mattered. so much for that.


May 30th, 2012
8:25 am

@ devildog top of the morning brother…What ever happened to belts worn properly? And dont get me started on the women with the use of flip flops as regular attire..Last I check there wasnt a beach in sight.Flip Flops are not appropriate for dining. Atlanta fashion is pretty awful and not just from the housewives.

@AL no harm but if its irrelevant why did you post your comment?

Held down by the Man

May 30th, 2012
8:25 am

Judges must be white. No other way to explains it.

Stay Trashy

May 30th, 2012
8:26 am

“…as the TV show illustrates and the saying goes: money can’t buy taste.”

I wasn’t aware that leasing cars, renting houses/buying houses that are foreclosed on in less than a year, maxing out credit cards, and whoring it up for freebies constituted having money.

Get A Life

May 30th, 2012
8:32 am

Stop reading these stupid blogs, and watching dumb t.v. shows and listening to people who know not of what the speak.


May 30th, 2012
8:34 am

Apparantly Orange County’s slutty shirts missed the list?

i heart atl

May 30th, 2012
8:35 am

Real Housewives are the only ones with fashion sense in this town! Fashion means thinking for yourself yet staying within certain bounds even as you push them. Unfashionable is boring. Most of Atlanta is unfashionable – especially (forgive me) but white people dress like the only store in town is The Gap.

What we need are more fashionable gays to show the way. Lead on fashionistas!


May 30th, 2012
8:41 am

The only person to ever have any sense of style on ‘RHOA’ was token Gay cast member Dwight.

General Platt

May 30th, 2012
8:43 am

These kids lookin like fools with their pants on the ground.


May 30th, 2012
8:48 am

The way people dress in this town you’d think there was a shortage of mirrors. Surely they don’t see themselves before stepping out


May 30th, 2012
8:50 am

This is all so stupid, we are all blessed to have clothes on our back, who cares what they look like. Some of these polls are just pointless. My only fashion grip is seeing people’s underwear, COVER IT UP FOLKS! That happens everywhere unfortunately.


May 30th, 2012
8:56 am

Everyone seems to dress the same in Atlanta. Everytime I turn around there is someone wearing Ralph Lauren polos,Ralph Lauren sneakers,Ralph Lauren jeans and socks all at once. That is so corny.

#1 Foxy Lady

May 30th, 2012
8:58 am

all i knows is that me and my friends dress to impress in the highest sexy styles like louis vitton and channel. we have the jewelry and clothes to prove that we are the high stylers.

the real housewives and magazine can SUCK IT!

Bob from Accounttemps

May 30th, 2012
9:14 am

Their opinion is as relevant as the phrase, “Hotlanta”.


May 30th, 2012
9:18 am

I can tell you this…when it becomes spring and summer, our call center here at work puts on a Jerry Springer fashion show. Included is much cleavage with indications of sagging boobs, ghetto a$$ tattoos showing all over, platform shoes with 9 inch heals that no one can walk in, and hair styles that look like they just got out of the clothes dryer and slapped some gel on. Seriously, even people that do not work for our company that has seen this make comments. I just do not get how they think they even remotely look good when they leave the house. I’ve not seen this in any other state that I’ve been in!

joe in tucker

May 30th, 2012
9:21 am

the ‘fake housewives of atl’ still on tv? who cares? yawn… sure don’t care what some rag says about the way we dress…


May 30th, 2012
9:21 am

oh, and seeing guys butt cracks thru their boxers that show because their pants are hanging below actually just makes my stomach turn. I rarely go out and sit in public places anymore because all i can think of is someone’s dirty butt crack sitting there before me. I think if you see it, you should have the right to shoot them in the ass with a dart gun, and restaurants and public places should enforce a decency law where you can’t come in if your crack is showing, even a hit of it.


May 30th, 2012
9:28 am

Should have came in #2…men pants hang all over the place, young ladies please cover up your stomach, matter of fact buy some clotes that fit your body, mothers & grandmother maybe if you all dress mature maybe you could teach your kids how to dress. Everything don’t fit everybody, You can’t wear everything. We all are come in diffrent sizes and shape and we should buy clotes that fit our shape and sizes. Bottom line I’M SICK OF LOOKING AT PANTS HANGING, WOMEN PLEASE COVER UP ALL THAT FAT. YOU CAN BE ATTRACTIVE BY BUY THE RIGHT SIZE CLOTES LOOKING AND ACTING YOUR AGE.


May 30th, 2012
9:31 am

It’s both funny and sad that anyone would get the least bit worked up over this. There are WAY too many superficial flakes in this metro area (I’d say more than most major US cities).

I’m certainly not perfect but how flawed of a person do you have to be to get riled up about what another person is wearing? When you do that, you’re showing the world that you have some issues inside.


May 30th, 2012
9:37 am

Good , we need reasons for the carpetbaggers to quit coming here. They brought the crap style anyways. Southern style is simple and elegant.


May 30th, 2012
9:46 am

It’s because every southerner dresses the exact same and thinks the exact same. Even my gay friends are appalled at how terrible the gays dress down here.


May 30th, 2012
9:51 am

I have always said that Atlanta people have no good taste in clothing. I am from Michigan and see so much more style up north, despite the trials and tribulations that the people are going through. I am so sick of seeing skin, tattoos, body piercings, booty shorts, tight tops, flip flops and casual clothing, when the venue demands for something a little more upscale. When shopping here, I blame the buyers, you either have the eye for good clothing or you don’t! Please, RHOA didn’t bring Atlanta down. . .Atlanta has been dressing bad since “In the Heat of the Night”! The people that I have met that have style and a little bit of sense of fashion are transplanters, in Atlanta by way of another state or country. Sad situation. This just goes to show you that because you have money, doesn’t mean that you have class!

Nee T

May 30th, 2012
9:51 am

This is ridiculous! One reality show doesn’t represent the many fashionable people in the great city of Atlanta. How can they rate an entire city based upon a minute segment of the population?!?

Travel + Leisure MISSED THE MARK!!!


May 30th, 2012
10:02 am

Between the “Pants on the Ground” and people actually going out in public in their PJs, who would be surprised that Atlanta would be #7. We don’t want to see your boxer shorts or what you wear to bed out on the street or anywhere in public!

Simple and Elegant

May 30th, 2012
10:06 am

“Good , we need reasons for the carpetbaggers to quit coming here. They brought the crap style anyways. Southern style is simple and elegant.”

See: Cable Guy, Larry the


May 30th, 2012
10:08 am

ATL, flip flops and socks, men in drag, gold teeth, overweight females wearing too small clothes, males STILL wearing those horrible sagging pants showing their dirty undies, with tatoos all over their faces and let’s not speak on the Ghetto Girl hair styles.. Atlanta is not a stylish city by far, it’s a city full of groupies with no taste, style or class #BOOM

Furious Styles

May 30th, 2012
10:16 am

That Travel Mag lost all its credibility by calling Atlanta Hotlanta. That term was dropped over a decade ago. Nobody who live in Atlanta or even Georgia uses that anymore. Proof that people watch too much damn tv. So much for good journalism and research.


May 30th, 2012
10:17 am

Cynthia is from New York, Just face it no matter where you are from there is always a booger! Cynthia is not a booger I love her. She stands out and does not care what people thing. You are still one of my favorite housewives although i would love to see her get in someones ass so people wont think she is a push over!

Melly Mel ATL

May 30th, 2012
10:21 am

Are any of the “SINGLE House WIVES” orginally from Atlanta? Maybe Kandi……They need to let it go. Haters always got somthing to say about our city.


May 30th, 2012
10:29 am

Who cares? All of the clothing manufacturers change the “season’s hottest” in clothing every season and you idiots hat fall for it!!!!!!!!


May 30th, 2012
10:33 am

maybe the city can sue the show to have atlanta removed and bankhead to replace it so it would more accurate.

bill king is a..............

May 30th, 2012
10:49 am

Look at who is on real house wives. What teh hell do you expect from that group of women?? Geez!! I mean really, you get that kind of group of women and the quality of clothes will go down. They cant help it.

Cynthia McKinney

May 30th, 2012
11:01 am

Maybe it has something to do with all of the saggy pants, hoochie-wear, sideways caps, etc. that the trash in this city thinks looks appropriate?!?!?


May 30th, 2012
11:02 am

Yes. When did it become an imperative for women to dress like hookers at work, on the notion that they must wear 5-inch heels and show most of their thighs and 8 inches of cleavage to be taken “seriously?” People no longer dress for business. They’re either tramped out in club wear, or dragging around in wrinkled t-shirts, cargo shorts, and mandals. It’s gross.

Ladies: teetering all pinch-toed and wobbly in your super stilettos might be appropriate for a date, but REALLY… why would you do that at the office? Our local cable “news” providers don’t help matters either. Let’s see… it’s January, and the “news anchor” is wearing a short, sleeveless dress, ho heels, and no stockings, sitting on a loveseat with her oiled-up legs shimmering for the camera. At 9 AM! To deliver the news? Because…. she wants to look “professional?”

Yes, we totally deserve it this ranking.


May 30th, 2012
11:04 am

I don’t really think that ATL is judged by the RHOA, only. However, ATL is hugely influenced by its large African-American population and therefore THEIR culture/fashion, which I don’t care for. In the picture above, I think that Peter’s coat is awful with his shirt & pants. Cynthia’s dress has more material in the sleeves (too much for ATL) than on the chest and in the length. It just looks ridiculous. There is style and then there is “attention getter.”


May 30th, 2012
11:07 am

Sitting in a car all day leads to weight gain. Weight gain leads to leaving the house in sweat pants.


May 30th, 2012
11:08 am

Spending a lot of money on clothes don’t mean you dress or look better than any one else. if you have a sense of style, you can look just as well or better with outfits from Walmart! That’s the problem with the some of the people in the ATL, there is no sense of style….


May 30th, 2012
11:12 am

Dont blame it on housewives ..the selection at basic store like TJ Maxx and Burlington is sub par in comparison to their stores in north and east. IJS


May 30th, 2012
11:13 am

Atlanta is a fashion schizophrenia patient and all the shrinks are patients too.

Gwendolyn Stone

May 30th, 2012
11:25 am

Yes. The “too” tight pants and the “too” tight dresses didn’t help our image. Everything they wore was at least 3 sizes ‘too” little. Not to mention the boobs hanging out nearly toppling over the tops. It seems as if they were always competing to see who could squeeze the most in so little.

Let’s hope this sends a message to Bravo to step back and reevaluate their focus.

Ladies, pull up on the steroids or push back from the table.


May 30th, 2012
11:31 am

Why does this site and paper always focus on the negative of Atlanta? Does this list even matter? The real housewives are just a very small group of people out of hundred of thousands of residents.