Janice Williams Loves Austin And sometimes I write about it.

August 3, 2011

Austin’s Best Dressed

Filed under: Austin — Janice @ 9:25 pm

GQ magazine just named Austin the 18th worst dressed city in the country. Boston came in at #1. If you know me and my fashion style, you know I’m not going to care much what GQ says about my city or any city. I certainly don’t disagree with them if you are talking about cities that dress in a “GQ style,” but we dress in our own individual way here and that’s fine with me.

I remember when I got a job downtown a few years back and our office was in the same offices with a law firm. I was a little concerned that my laid back clothing and our laid back office (we booked music, we didn’t have to be GQ) would not fit well in their office. As I drove into work, I was taking my own personal survey of the men on the street and how many were wearing ties. My survey might not accurately reflect true figures though because I had to count a guy that had on a white shirt and a tie, but he also had on bulky plaid shorts and flip-flops. Should that “count”?

I needn’t have worried about how we fit into that office. The lawyers might put on a suit if they had a court appearance, but on non-court days they were in jeans along with their paralegals and office staff. Well, except for my friend that worked there who is always dressed to the nines, even if it is in jeans.

When my old roommate Diane and I moved to Dallas we would spot women and say “She’s Dallas!” That usually meant big hair and lots of makeup and a floral outfit of some kind. This was the 80s. We did our very best to fit into that scene. In Dallas there didn’t really seem to be much choice. Once I found my way back into radio there I did find a more comfortable style of clothing that works in radio nationwide.

But, boy, when we moved to Austin, it really didn’t matter what we wore anymore. It truly was something that we noticed all around us. I remember going to eat at a Macaroni Grill in the early days down here. In Dallas if we had gone to a Macaroni Grill we would dress up a tiny bit. And we did that here, too. At least not wearing shorts and flip-flops. Looking around we could see that was not a concern in Austin. Maybe I’ve never been to the highest priced restaurants in town, but those on the upper end of our living scale are still quite welcoming to the shorts-and-flip-flops crowd. Of course, the restaurants we are at the most probably don’t even require shirts and shoes, but then, they don’t have much service either.


  1. One of the many reasons I love coming to Austin! I can let my big hair down, take off that da** floral dress and just BE. 😀

    Comment by Mackie — August 7, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

  2. your friend was not always dressed to the nines 🙂

    Comment by Denise — August 15, 2011 @ 10:03 am

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