The Globe and Mail asks… Are You the most Stylish Canadian? Which is cute, and kind of confusing. I would rather nominate someone else – I know perfectly well I am not the most stylish Canadian. I think the girls at TorontoStreetFashion.com should submit their pictures – they’re not only incredibly stylish, they know how to pose. I’m obviously biased towards bloggers but I think my newly discovered Canadian fashion blogger do this don’t could be a contender too.
Confusing how? Where to start. First of all comes the difficult task of explaining to Canadians what “stylish” means. You may have noticed that I get all fascinated with the fluctuating definitions of fashion words, but after reading the judge’s conversation I am beyond confused (click on Ask the Judges). Actually, that is usually the way I feel after reading the Globe’s style section… especially anything by Leah McLaren whose column seems to cover style in a way that I can’t relate to at all.
The most mystifying part of the contest is the Test Your Style Savvy. I love internet tests as much as the next blogger, but this test failed to evaluate my style savviness in any understandable way.
Various pictures of style icons are juxtaposed beside a “hit or miss” poll. Is anyone in their right mind voting Katherine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, or Diana Princess of Wales as unstylish? The sole Canadian content is Pierre Elliot Trudeau (23% voted his style as a miss). According to Globe Pollsters, the most unstylish style icons are Oscar Wilde at 44% miss, the Duke of Windsor at 36% miss, and Coco Chanel at 37% miss (huh?).
Why are all of these people dead and only one of them Canadian? The poll lead me right back to the beginning without giving me any indication of my relative Style Savvy. It’s nice to see a newspaper trying for interactivity, but I have to rate this poll a miss.
Whether the search for the most stylish Canadian is successful remains to be seen. Who would you nominate?