According to GQ’s “15 Worst-Dressed Men of Silicon Valley” list, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is the tech world’s biggest style offender. And the rest of tech isn't doing much better.
“Oblivious to the fact that jeans and ties come in skinny sizes—or that suits exist,” the magazine writes, Zuckerberg “loves to recycle the fresh-from-Stats-class look.” And as anyone who’s seen The Social Network knows, his style hasn’t really evolved beyond the Gap sweatshirts and shower shoes of his Harvard years. (And, yes, all of the fictional Zuck’s ensembles were apparently spot-on copies of his real-life wardrobe – which has even inspired a fake clothing line.)
It turns out that the magazine has no love for Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ iconic black turtlenecks and “dad jeans” either, calling his “self-inflicted uniform . . . a style blunder no AutoCorrect can fix.” Microsoft’s Bill Gates rounds out the top three with his “lazy preppy approach” and penchant for “V-necks in every hue.”
The rest of the list is a cringe-inducing compilation of Silicon Valley’s most popular fashion trends: a lot of ill-fitting jeans, co-ed gear as executive wear, and general sartorial slackerdom. Myspace’s Tom Anderson is “a victim of over-layering,” Craigslist founder Craig Newman “dresses like a guy who stalks Craigslist,” and Sony CEO Howard Stringer always appears to be ready for an (imaginary) fishing trip.
So what can we learn from GQ's list? If you really want to look like a billionaire, ditch the Armani and rock out with your Dockers on.