Scotland's two largest cities are separated by a whole lot more than an unreliable train service. The List's resident shopping addicts try and put their fingers on what makes each city's style distinct
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Kirstin Innes and Sharon Stephen report on the heavily accessorised cheap chic trend- setting of the West Coast
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Glasgow likes accessories — quilted metallic handbags. punk-y skulls on scarves. knee high socks. tacky gold charm bracelets and necklaces and belts over everything. Heels are high, and even the boys are wearing Cuban lifts. ‘Vintage' means something very different either side of the M8. too. In Edinburgh, you might pop into Arnistrongs for a 50s prom dress Or some Wide-legng 703 flares; in Glasgow it's the micro hemllnes of the 60s and the flinty. gilt-edged glam of Studio 54 in the 19803. And it's better if it's cheap; how much you paid for something isn't as imponant as how flashil/ /Ou' Je aCCQSSOflSC‘d it or how loudl/ youre proclaiming your creatrvrty to the massed re‘xelle s and art school hipsters on Sauchiehall Street.
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