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Old 05-12-2014, 02:39 AM
 
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They're both filled with conservatively-dressed Midwesterners, but Minneapolis has proportionately more "alternative-type" dressed people. Both are Middle American in fashion tastes which in other words is a little behind the times and a little fuddy-duddy.
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:31 AM
 
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They're both filled with conservatively-dressed Midwesterners, but Minneapolis has proportionately more "alternative-type" dressed people. Both are Middle American in fashion tastes which in other words is a little behind the times and a little fuddy-duddy.
Really? How do you know this? What is Middle-American fashion taste? Just hoping you can inform me. When someone in Chicago shops at Neiman Marcus, Saks, etc., do they find the stores are being stocked with mid-west fuddy-duddy clothes?
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:11 AM
 
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Really? How do you know this? What is Middle-American fashion taste? Just hoping you can inform me. ?
"Middle American fashion" is an oxymoron.

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Old 05-12-2014, 11:49 AM
 
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They're both filled with conservatively-dressed Midwesterners, but Minneapolis has proportionately more "alternative-type" dressed people. Both are Middle American in fashion tastes which in other words is a little behind the times and a little fuddy-duddy.
so are you saying people that dress conservatively are lacking in fashion? I suggest you are in need of a visit to Switzerland.
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Old 05-12-2014, 12:28 PM
 
Location: First Hill, Seattle
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so are you saying people that dress conservatively are lacking in fashion? I suggest you are in need of a visit to Switzerland.
Agreed. I never realized how flamboyantly Americans dressed until I went to Europe.
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Old 05-12-2014, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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^ truth
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Old 05-12-2014, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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They're both filled with conservatively-dressed Midwesterners, but Minneapolis has proportionately more "alternative-type" dressed people. Both are Middle American in fashion tastes which in other words is a little behind the times and a little fuddy-duddy.
Aren't you the same person who claimed that he knows absolutely nothing about Midwestern cities back in the "What cities would you not excuse someone of not hearing of before" thread? That clear lack of knowledge is evident here, I'm afraid. I'm fairly certain you're imagining some sort of cartoonish 1990s stereotype of the Midwest as a whole that does not match reality. Landlocked does not necessarily equal "behind the times", especially in heavily creative-class Midwestern metros such as the Twin Cities and Chicago.
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Old 05-12-2014, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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Aren't you the same person who claimed that he knows absolutely nothing about Midwestern cities back in the "What cities would you not excuse someone of not hearing of before" thread? That clear lack of knowledge is evident here, I'm afraid. I'm fairly certain you're imagining some sort of cartoonish 1990s stereotype of the Midwest as a whole that does not match reality. Landlocked does not necessarily equal "behind the times", especially in heavily creative-class Midwestern metros such as the Twin Cities and Chicago.
100% agreed - both cities have changed a bit too since the early 90s and even the late 90s/early 2000s versus today.
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Old 05-12-2014, 01:46 PM
 
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The issue that Chicago has over Minneapolis however, is that Chicago has large swaths of the city where staunch machismo dominates and can discourage men from taking fashion risks. Minneapolis being a much smaller city where hipsters and gays can be found throughout the city, can have an effect on your average straight dude taking a fashion risk because it just integrates itself into the culture.
Minneapolis is 55 square miles, which is basically like the central area of Chicago and over to Pilson, near west, the hispter areas northwest of downtown and then along the north lakefront. That area of Chicago is probably going to be the most fashionable on many different levels, and is larger than Minneapolis in square miles and has multiple times the population.

It gets to be apples to oranges due to the large differences in square miles and the actual populations we're talking about. Get out of the fairly small core in Minneapolis and you have the mile after mile of suburbs with fairly "midwestern" people if that's even a thing.

I've been to Minn a lot and live in Chicago. They both have fashion and they both have dull dressed, etc. Like most anywhere. The people look fairly similar except for Chicago's increased diversity of the population. All that said, I would say Chicago has more fashion just based on the fact the sheet number of people living in the downtown areas, Hyde Park, hipsterville, the north lakefront, etc. overwhelm the amount of people in Minneapolis' more fashion-conscious areas.
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:01 PM
 
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While this might be a simple way of looking at it, outside each cities respective hipster neighrborhoods, a guy above 24 is going to encounter more stares doing the "jeans in boots/high tops" in Chicago than in Minneapolis. When a younger guy does it, it's just seen as one of those things that young people do opposed to a current trend at the moment by the status quo.

Neither are LA, where this sort of thing is normal and no one thinks twice about it, but Minneapolis is closer to it.

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