These Are The 10 Worst (and best) Dressed Cities In Georgia

We analyzed the largest cities in GA to find out where fashion goes to die.

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There’s a common denominator that all bad dressers have. You’ve seen them before. They’re not hard to spot.

It’s the people who get their shoes at Payless, the ones with the earrings from Claire’s and the people wearing t-shirts that are obviously from the rack at Walmart.

And the tag poppers at the thrift store – they can be trend setters, but typically, they have bad taste, too.

Which people in Georgia are the worst dressers? Using data, we’re about to find out.

We looked at the biggest cities in Georgia to determine the order of worst to best dressed. Here they are:

From Worst to Absolute Best

  1. Albany
  2. Macon
  3. Johns Creek
  4. Athens
  5. Columbus
  6. Roswell
  7. Sandy Springs
  8. Augusta
  9. Atlanta
  10. Savannah

So I guess Albany has the unfashionable family members in the Georgia family tree.

And to be clear, we didn’t form this list based on our own biases — we relied on the cold hard data. For more on how we ran the numbers, keep on reading. Then we’ll take a closer look at each of our top 10 worst-dressed cities.


How do you tell if someone dresses lousy?

In order to rank the worst-dressed cities in Georgia, we had to determine what criteria makes someone a bad dresser. It isn’t a stretch to assume that nice dressers shop at higher end stores, and avoid second-hand and box store outlets.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we crunched the numbers

Using Yelp, we ran the data on the number of retail outlets per city, and weighed that number vs. the city’s population to get a per capita number. We didn’t include all retail outlets – only the clothing, shoes and jewelry stores with $$$ ratings.

Meaning cities that have only higher end retail shopping outlets.

We only included the 10 largest cities in Georgia according to the 2013 American Community Survey. Our criteria:

  • Number of high-end clothing stores (more is better)
  • Number of high-end shoe stores (more is better)
  • Number of high-end jewelry stores (more is better)
  • Number of Walmarts (more is worse)
  • Number of thrift stores (more is worse)

Note: In order to get a reliable data set, we factored in shopping within a city and within a short driving distance.


1. Albany

The Salvation Army shopping experience, Albany, GA

Fashion Grade: F

According to the data, Albany is a lot more Zoo than Lander. When it comes to the number of higher-end clothing options, Albany has absolutely zero. That means that Albany residents aren’t necessarily dressing to the nines if you want to put it bluntly.

But you know what Albany does have? Three Walmarts within its city limits. Just wow. When most of your clothes are purchased at Walmart, you’re making a fashion statement, that’s for sure.

If you know someone in Albany, give them a big hug next time you see them. They need it.

2. Macon

The Kmart shopping experience, Macon, GA

Fashion Grade: D-

Earlier this summer, we released a study on the worst cities in America, based on a number of factors such as crime, the local economy and public schools. Macon, surprisingly finished at the top of that list.

Had we measured fashion sense, Macon would have finished even higher on that list. There are a handful of decent retail outlets in Macon, but they are outweighed by the shopping opportunities at Walmart and several thrift stores in town.

Not a good look, Macon.

3. Johns Creek

The Goodwill shopping experience of Johns Creek, GA

Fashion Grade: D

What’s the deal with Johns Creek? They are the 2nd wealthiest city in the state, but for some reason, there aren’t very many high end shopping outlets in town. In fact, because it’s a housing subdivision, there isn’t much retail there at all.

But when you have more thrift stores than high fashion, it means there’s no demand for the finer things. You guys are better than that. Stop dressing in rags. Head over to the North Point Mall in Alpharetta and pamper yourselves once in a while.

Or is that part of your penny pinching strategy?

4. Athens

The Target shopping experience in Athens, GA

Fashion Grade: C

We understand why a city full of college kids doesn’t have high end fashion outlets, and instead, is inundated with big box retailers and second-hand stores. College kids don’t have a lot of money.

Outside of their parents floating them a credit card every now and then, the average college kid often has to wear the same clothes over and over. They also save money by getting jewelry at places like Fashion Bug and their hoodies at Old Navy.

So Athens gets a pass, though it seems many of the students here might be a little Fugly.

5. Columbus

The Lane Bryant shopping experience in Columbus, GA

Fashion Grade: C

Despite the fact that Columbus is loaded with thrift stores (meaning lots of dingy, stretched out clothing options), Columbus actually has a fair amount of higher-end fashion options. There’s a Macy’s, and a Lane Bryant. That’s a start.

Plus, Columbus has a Journeys. Now, that’s some trendworthy stuff right there.

6. Roswell

The Galerie Boutique shopping experience in Roswell, GA

Fashion Grade: C

Roswell has a Walmart and a high number of thrift stores, but it more than makes up for these low-end fashion retailers with a really high number of high-end shopping experiences.

For instance, the Capetown Diamond Corp is one of the priciest jewelry outlets in the area. There are also other higher-end jewelry places such as the Jewelry Refinery, where men and women can both bling up their looks.

For the ladies, there’s the Honey Butter Boutique, for starters.

Men don’t have too many options for higher-end duds, however.

7. Sandy Springs

The fab’rik Citywalk shopping experience in Sandy Springs, GA

Fashion Grade: B-

We’re starting to see a light at the end of the fashion tunnel here. Sandy Springs is about average when it comes to fashion. The folks here are a little trendier, and look a tad bit sharper than their peers above.

This middle class suburb of Atlanta doesn’t have a Walmart (or really any other bad fashion box retailer), nor does it have too many thrift stores.

It has some really nice clothing stores though. Places like fab’rik Citywalk, and Pink Barre are women’s outlets that send a signal that people in Sandy Springs want to look nice and care about the way they present themselves.

8. Augusta

The Vintage Ooollee shopping experience, Augusta, GA

Fashion Grade: B

Augusta has a ton of higher-end fashion outlets, which more than makes up for the fact that there are places like Walmart and Kmart here.

So what we’re saying is Augusta has options for those who want to look spiffy, even for men.

There’s a Men’s Warehouse and a Half-Moon Outfitters for the guys who want to glamp in style.

Women have a ton of options, including Shoe Studio, LOFT and Vintage Ooollee.

Augusta also has about 10 high end jewelers in town, including Jared and Helzberg.

Plus, ladies have a Forever 21 here. That’s so stylish it hurts. (Joke.)

9. Atlanta

The Bloomingdales shopping experience, Atlanta, GA

Fashion Grade: A-

So here’s the thing about Atlanta. Sure, there are some real thugs out there who dress like they’re in a rap video. But the sheer number of upscale places to shop makes Atlanta just about the most fashionable place in the state.

Whether you’re a fashionista who wants to shop at Buckhead for Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton and Hermès, or a hipster who prefers Little Five Points, Atlanta has it all.

You can literally shop till you drop in Atlanta. And some people do just that.

10. Savannah

The high end shopping experience in Savannah, GA

Fashion Grade: A-

Savannah doesn’t do fashion. Savannah is fashion. Anyone who has spent time in Savannah knows that it’s high-end shopping heaven. With places like the Savannah Historic District, Oglethorpe Mall, the Savannah Mall and Abercorn Walk, the number of ritzy places to shop is through the roof.

And you can tell. The people in Savannah dress to the nines and take pride in the way they look. In fact, sometimes, it’s intimidating.

There You Have It

If you’re looking at which of Georgia’s largest cities have fashion sense and which do not, this is a fair list. You can tell which residents dress a certain way by looking at the retail options that exist within their city’s borders.

Disclaimer: This article is an opinion based on data. It should not be taken as fact.

About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.