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    Default Re: Is "You look smart" a compliment?

    I think we've potentially hit another AmE vs BrE difference in the definition of "fashionable". Here, it means "wearing the current fashion of the day" - that's not a matter of taste as such, it's set by the fashion houses and designers, and then by up-to-date clothes shops. Marks and Spencer sell very smart clothing - one of their problems economically is that they don't sell fashionable clothing so they have lost a huge chunk of their potential market.
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    Default Re: Is "You look smart" a compliment?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I think we've potentially hit another AmE vs BrE difference in the definition of "fashionable". Here, it means "wearing the current fashion of the day" - that's not a matter of taste as such, it's set by the fashion houses and designers, and then by up-to-date clothes shops. Marks and Spencer sell very smart clothing - one of their problems economically is that they don't sell fashionable clothing so they have lost a huge chunk of their potential market.
    It may well be. Here, "fashionable" is determined more by the people who are doing the wearing than people who are doing the designing. But there is overlap.

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