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I fashionably DISAGREE, SIR!

 I take exception to the claim that ByTown peeps are among the worst-dressed in the world!

An article on MSN Travel’s website said Ottawa’s bureaucratic, political stylings made it “perhaps the least sexiest city in Canada.”

“Men sport the same boring navy suits that hang like shapeless curtains across their shoulders, women choose sensible shoes, sedate colours and are unremarkably respectable, and everyone is just so ‘matchy matchy,'” wrote Vivian Song.

Balderdash! And haberdash, too!

I work with some serious clothes horses… and I proudly count myself – and my Beijing tailored wardrobe – among that group!

True, there are exceptions – and 99% of them work at Environment Canada and NRCan – but for the rest of us, style is key to success! Statisticians are especially attuned to what they wear. How indeed can one’s estimates of variance be taken seriously if one wears an ill-fitting suit?


My theory? Since you asked… and even if you didn’t, this is MY blog and I can pretend like someone is asking a question!

The MSN critics were here during the Con love-in after the election! Those regressives don’t have the faintest idea what fashion IS! Tweed jackets, fer Versace’s sake! Wool ties! Brown shoes with a circa 1985 Miami Vice “suit”.  Really?

I hope the critics come back once we kick out the Cons in a few years… we progressives have a far better fashion sense!

Have a great Friday night!




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  1. Am I included in that group?

    I also have to respectfully disagree with our ‘ranking’, we are far better dressers than we were given credit for. I was actually insulted by the whole insinuation!

    Oh and tweed jackets are actually great… on women, and of modern cut and design. 🙂

    1. trashee says:

      I know. Like, these peeps have never been to our floor, now have they? We be stylin’.
      Nor have they been to Darcy McGee’s on a Friday after work or walked down Sparks during lunch. Many of us KNOW how to dress fairly well, thank-you very much!
      I think that the impression was acquired in two ways:
      1) they were here when the CPC conference was in town. Cons do NOT know how to dress well!
      2) they based their judgement on observing a non-representative class of workers in Ottawa – the I/T sector. Not to overgeneralize, but tekkies are among the worst dressers on the planet!

  2. The only reason Ottawa wasn’t worst is because of the influx of women from Gatineau at any given time.

  3. Jymn says:

    C’mon, Ottawa came out not bad at all. Look at poor Vancouver. It was #3! All because of yoga pants. (The article was written by a woman.) I love Vancouver, in part because of those very yoga pants!

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