So it seems to me that, since writing my last blog on style in the Scottish cities, not a lot has changed. One or two things maybe. Edinburgh is still a very business led city, Aberdeen still likes a flash of colour, and Glasgow enjoys following the fashion trends. One thing I have noticed though, is the style.
Edinburgh gents, although more business like, are beginning to wear slimmer fits, with slightly shorter jacket styles and narrower legs. It’s beginning to show that the city is becoming more fashion conscious. What can I attribute it to? Well, I think that’s simple. Off the peg options are following fashion more closely. It becomes harder to get that perfect suit for your body shape when the design teams behind the big names opt for a style change. I think the influences on the fashion more recently (Daniel Craig, One Direction) have pushed designers to be a little more cutting edge with the jacket styling. Still plenty of 2 button jackets, still plenty of slim lapels, but a lot more close cuts.
Glasgow has really excelled in the past 18 months or so (since my last blog on this matter). I’ve seen a lot more younger chaps rocking the tweeds and textures. There seems to be an emphasis on challenging the boundaries of style, with a few double breasted jackets around town. Separates are also popular in Glasgow with plenty of chinos coming into the mix, worn with a smart jacket. I think the trends in Glasgow tend to be more in line with the Country Gent look, and if you look historically, you may find a clue as to why. Many communities in Glasgow were formed when the islanders and Irish were forced to flee their roots. Maybe some of the younger generation are harking back to their traditional roots. It’s not unreasonable, as the Tweed and Vintage looks are still very fashionable.
Aberdeen is a favourite of mine. When you visit the city and look at the buildings and architecture, it’s all very grey (hence; The Granite City), however, there’s a real effort from the residents here to make sure they do not become lost in the landscape. I see plenty of Blue suits , and plenty of bold shirt options to ensure that colour rules. It’s a very pretty sight. Style wise, it’s a good mix between fashion and business, but it’s not very formal in the way that both Glasgow & Edinburgh prefer. There aren’t many ties in Aberdeen, they have a very casual and relaxed outlook on life. Maybe they’d love our new Chameleon Chinos.