Surprise! Texas Is Among Most Fashionable in the Nation

Fact Checked by Michael Peters

Texas might not be the first place you think of when it comes to the world of high fashion, but some high-profile names give the Lone Star State some serious clout.

Two big ones are fashion designer Tom Ford and cultural icon BeyoncĂ©, known around the world for her music and style. 

On Friday, June 30, it’s National Outfit of the Day (OOTD) Day. Popularized on Instagram, the tag is used for users worldwide to show off their fashion prowess. But which states are the most fashionable? BetTexas.com took a break from covering Texas sports betting issues to find out.

Using data from Cosmopolitan, FarFetch, PrepScholar and America’s Next Top Model Winners, BetTexas.com created a weighted points system to rank the most fashionable states. Data points include states of origin for the most popular American fashion designers and America’s Next Top Model Winners, states that are home to top fashion universities in the United States and popular opinion.

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Most Fashionable States

RankStatePoints
1New York22
2California16
3Florida10
4Texas9
5New Jersey8
T-6Massachusetts6
T-6Ohio6
T-6Washington6
T-6Illinois6
10Pennsylvania4
T-11Michigan2
T-11Arizona2
T-13Colorado1
T-13Connecticut1

Texas Just Behind the Big States

After crunching the numbers, New York and California rank No. 1 and No. 2, which would be expected since New York City and Los Angeles are where most of the nation’s fashion experts live and thrive off one another. But in the type of upset you might find on future Texas betting apps, the state sits in fourth just after Florida. 

Ford is a big reason why. Born in Austin, he spent time growing up in Houston and San Marcos before his family moved to New Mexico. He moved to New York, graduated from The New School and worked for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent before launching his own brand in 2006. 

He has made dresses and outfits for many top celebrities, and he designed the suits for the final four James Bond movies with Daniel Craig. Ford is also a filmmaker, as he wrote and directed “A Single Man” and “Nocturnal Animals.” 

He stretches across many areas, so he gives Texas a lot to hang its hat on even if he hasn’t lived there since the early 1970s. 

In 2010, Ford gave Houston-native BeyoncĂ© her first chance to walk the runway in one of his shows, and she’s been a fashion influencer ever since she stepped away from Destiny’s Child to become one of the top female singers of all-time. 

She has dabbled in fashion herself with the House of DerĂ©on clothing line with her mother, Tina Lawson, but they stopped producing that back in 2012. 

Another name that puts Texas high on the list is Ann Ward, who won America’s Next Top Model in 2010. The Dallas native worked for several years as a model before turning to her own art career.

Author

Douglas Pils has been a sports journalist for 30 years in Texas, Arkansas and New York having worked for the San Antonio Express-News, the Associated Press, The Dallas Morning News and Newsday. He most recently ran the Student Media Department at Texas A&M for eight years.

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