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Photo Essay: Is Anchorage really the least fashionable city in America?

Ashley Munson, "Supreme Princess of Purchasing" at Her Tern Boutique. May 31, 2012
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Kris Swanson, app developer & renaissance man. May 31, 2012
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James Eskridge, bouncer at Tap Root. May 31, 2012
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Brian Adams, photographer. May 31, 2012
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Brett Renfro, "Style Virtuoso" at Her Tern Boutique. May 31, 2012
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Valori Gianni, assistant manager, Blush Boutique. May 31, 2012
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Rebecca Mohlman, proprietor, Tap Root. May 31, 2012
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Colleen Cronin, account supervisor at Nerland Agency. May 31, 2012
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Travis Zuber, "adult beverage enthusiast," Tap Root. May 31, 2012
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Karen King, President and CEO, Nerland Agency. May 31, 2012
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Adrian Dangeli, Swiss cabinet maker. May 31, 2012
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Alonna Pfeiger, account supervisor, left, and Roland Adams, senior art director, Nerland Agency. May 31, 2012
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Sara Jorgensen, engineer. May 31, 2012
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Ellen Arvold, owner, and Taylor Lee, store manager, Second Run. May 31, 2012
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10-year-old Rowan Wiese, tree climber, Tap Root. May 31, 2012
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Lyndsey Kleppin, geologist and retired birthday party clown. May 31, 2012
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Charles Perry, Nome gold dredger. May 31, 2012
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Emily Lanzel, dentist. May 31, 2012
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Caz Tomaszewski, server at Tap Root. May 31, 2012
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Sarah Yates, server at Tap Root. May 31, 2012
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Phillip Blanchett, musician at Pamyua. May 31, 2012
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Loren Holmes

In Anchorage, men have entertained a long history of fashion aversion. Alaskan men don't cotton to those Outside fancy pants fashionistas. Alaskan men fancy themselves as Don Quixote more than Don Draper. They’d rather crew on a crab boat then shop at J.Crew. They’d rather work in the coal mines than shop at Kenneth Cole. And Macy’s? The only mace in this town is used on animals.

Sure there are exceptions, but for the most part Alaskan men are rugged individualists who opt for baggy sweats, big parkas and Columbia boots. We take pride in parading around public places in our over sized sports jerseys (who knew so many Eli Mannings lived in Anchorage) and the closest thing to fine footwear in our closets are represented by the pair of least scuffed tennis shoes.

But there is more to the story than just rugged individualism. Dressing down, down, down has become a cultural phenomenon in Anchorage that can be seen clearly through the eyes of travelers.

Read the full story here.