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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