John Gibson: Young ones are dressing to impress

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Smarten up there and be clever. Get smart. Paul Slater, boss of the Slaters Outfitters chain with the Edinburgh George Street branch, one of 23 in the UK, believes that the younger generation don’t want to look their dads dresswise.

‘‘A generation ago the scruffy look was acceptable. Not just acceptable, it was fashionable. Skinny jeans. Shirts hanging out over the trousers. But we’ve seen the change and the school proms have influenced that style change, with the young guys switching to suits, and girls showing their appreciation, responding to males in smart suits.

‘‘They don’t want lads to dress down. Now, as well as smart suits, it’s tweedy jackets with dressy denims. There’s a certain elegance that wasn’t evident a generation back. It doesn’t need to cost the earth. Slaters does a £75 suit package, including shirt and tie. Oh, and if I may complete to commercial, alterations for free.’’

General manager Peter Chesney and assistant manager Sandy Bisset are appropriately suited and booted, pictured above, at booming George Street. Meanwhile, menswear retailer Moss Bros in London attribute the return of the suit as a form of casual wear in the evening to its triumph on the high street.

At a standstill

They will keep chuntering – shunting? – on about high speed rail links at 225mph when, as I’ve already girned to you, they can’t organise reliable escalators from Waverley up the steps to Princes Street without them breaking down. Railway boffins who keep hitting the buffers with, one imagines, the most elementary mechanics. Your trains of thought, please, to the railways executives.