Yoga pants put Vancouver on world's worst-dressed cities list

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      A "study" released on MSN Travel today has a few fashionable Vancouverites' $100 Agent Provocateur lace Brazilian panties in a twist. On a list of "top-10 worst-dressed cities in the world", Vancouver placed third. The culprit? Yoga pants.

      While the list, which was conducted in partnership with men's mag GQ, mainly consists of U.S. cities such as Pittsburgh, Seattle, Boston, and Orlando, thee international cities were added to the list, including Harajuku, Japan—which, note to GQ and MSN Travel, is not a city but a district within Tokyo—as well as two Canadian cities: Vancouver and Ottawa.

      Here's what MSN Travel had to say about Vancouver, home to the "fashionable" yoga pant.

      There is one reason, and one reason only, why we've decided to include Vancouver on this list of the sartorially damned: yoga pants. We blame you, Vancouver, birthplace of a certain, insanely popular yoga gear brand which will go unnamed, for spawning a street trend dreaded by all women with wobbly bits and fat deposits in the wrong places. Really, what gives with the whole wearing of bum hugging workout gear to every other place except the gym? On behalf of women with hips and thighs everywhere, who like their pants to have buttons and zippers thank you very much, and who are of the opinion that yoga pants are a ruse worn by lazy pseudo-fashionistas, we beseech you: unless you plan to do a downward dog within the hour, spare us the yoga pants and put on some real trousers .

      So, do you agree with Vancouver's unfashionable status? Is it well deserved, and if so, what are some other fashion faux pas you'd like to see off our city streets? How about knitted Ugg boots? If I'm not mistaken, it downpours in Vancouver about 95 percent of the year, so women trotting around in sopping wet wool Ugg boots are probably one toenail short of a fungal infection. Or guys, especially those frequenting Granville Street on weekends, it's time to lose the Affliction and Ed Hardy tees. You don't look any tougher.

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      Carolyn Ali

      Sep 15, 2011 at 1:22pm

      If anything were to put Vancouver into the unfashionable category, I would have thought it would be fleece and Gore-Tex


      Sep 15, 2011 at 1:39pm

      The flip side of this coin is that fashion obsessed cities like London UK are cities that are awash in phony, petty airheads whose pathetic grasping for status is indicative of their empty barren lives in one of the planet's biggest paranoid hell holes.


      Sep 15, 2011 at 2:48pm

      Where do we rate on the list of dressing practically for the climate?

      John Lucas

      Sep 15, 2011 at 2:51pm

      Carolyn, yoga pants are to this decade what fleece and Gore-Tex were to the last two.

      And Vancouverites in general are appalling when it comes to personal style. Myself included. I tend to wear jeans and T-shirts every day, mostly because there's no point doing otherwise in this all-casual-all-the-time frumptown.


      Sep 15, 2011 at 3:59pm

      Finally... I've been saying this all along.... How can you take a person seriously at a social event with yoga pants paired with heals.... I wear yoga pants to yoga, not to a party... and they certainly aren't Lululemon!
      kreative kaur
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      Sep 15, 2011 at 4:15pm

      I don't know. I wouldn't mind seeing either of the above (pictured) walking down the street. Then again, some just shouldn't wear them.


      Sep 15, 2011 at 5:21pm

      I'll have to agree with John on this one. However, even jeans and a tshirt can look put together if they're not just plain boot-cut Levi's paired with some nostalgic shirt you got at some event some many years back.

      Really, 'really?'? There's not much to look at in that picture. And if they weren't lifting their shirts, there'd be nothing to see.

      No matter how hard you try to pretend otherwise, yoga pants are on the same level as sweatpants

      keepin it real

      Sep 15, 2011 at 6:20pm

      Vancouverites with style haven't wore ed farty or assfliction for a few years. As for yoga pants, they look great on the right person and terrible on the wrong one. You can't hate on them for that. I'd bet whoever wrote this article is a fatty


      Sep 15, 2011 at 6:30pm

      I've never seen bigger air-heads than on Kitsilano beach! Fake boobs and Coach bags. Londoners have personal style and personality that are a far-cry from Jersey Shore look-a-likes.

      Tony Almeida

      Sep 15, 2011 at 6:42pm

      Ask most guys and none of them have a problem with women wearing those pants anytime.
      Yay for nice bums!!