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On one hand, we can't say we're entirely surprised that GQ has named both Brooklyn and Manhattan in their list of the 40 worst-dressed cities in America, but to rank at 11 and 5, respectively? (Not to mention the photo for Manhattan is, literally, straight out of Goodfellas.) And we're also slightly dumbfounded that two south Jersey locations—Asbury Park, and just the overall Jersey Shore—made it further back in the list.
GQ explains Manhattan's rank, acknowledging that there are a lot of well-dressed New Yorkers out there, "but for every strike of greatness, there is an equal force of evil at work. Consider the Nine-Bro. You know, the pack of nine guys who walk down the street in unison, should-to-shoulder, outfitted in tacky black 'Go Out' button-downs, embroidered denim, and product-inspired conflagrations on their head." Well, we can't really argue with that.
Brooklyn's reasoning is not so much a dig at tourists as the Nine-Bro kind of is, but a pretty rough (albeit on point) of the borough's hipsters: "Just head to Bedford Ave. and look for a
Our sister site has cataloged the list in case you don't want to flip through a slideshow of 40 images of gross outfits, but you will have to endure the lead image of eight Boston bros (which is No. 1) all wearing light denim and some form of hood or hat.
· The 40 Worst-Dressed Cities in America [GQ]
· No One's Safe in GQ's 40 Worst-Dressed Cities in America Smackdown [Racked]