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Edinburgh held its first international fashion festival this year in August. With big industry names alongside catwalk shows, exhibitions, workshops and gala parties, the event demonstrated that fashion is very much at the forefront in the Scottish capital. Here are five reasons why you should love Edinburgh fashion.

1. Creativity at cultural festivals

Edinburgh’s International Fashion Festival joins a number of cultural events on the city’s social calendar. With large numbers of culture vultures and creative people descending onto Edinburgh’s streets, it’s the perfect time to spot the next big fashion trends.

Fashion isn’t all high-end boutiques and big-name designers. It’s also about getting creative with clothing. Get inspirationfor your own unique outfits – from street performers to art critics.

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2. Winter woollens

Scotland is synonymous with nippy weather. With winter creeping up, it’s time to see what’s popular this season on Edinburgh’s streets. Patterned pashminas, lots of layers and woolly jumpers are the usual fare. The cute and cuddly Christmas jumper is also making an appearance.

Edinburgh is also great for fashionable yet practical coats. Let’s face it – the chances of snow are high and it’s a foolish fashionista who steps out in an inadequate jacket.

3. Shops to suit all styles

Whether you love designer labels, high-street staples or one-off outfits, Edinburgh has a shopping street to suit your needs. For you high-end trendsetters, Harvey Nichols on St Andrews Square is packed with well-known names like Stella McCartney. Round the corner is Multrees Walk, home to luxury labels including Mulberry and Armani.

High-street shops can be found on Princes Street, but if you want something a bit more unique, take a short trip away from the city centre to the West End, Stockbridge and Bruntsfield.

4. Stylish sightseeing and souvenirs

Alongside fabulous attractions such as art galleries, St Giles’ Cathedral, and the stunning castle, Edinburgh has much to offer those with a passion for clothes. A wee walk across St Andrews Square takes you to Jenners, Edinburgh’s original department store. Founded in 1838, it’s been a mecca for fashionlovers ever since.

Let’s not forget that Scotland is the home of tartan and other sumptuous material. For authentic Scottish clothing and super-soft cashmere from the Hawick Cashmere company, head over to the Royal Mile and pick up some seriously stylish items for sightseeing with your sweetheart round Edinburgh.

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5. Ready for any occasion

Now you know where to go to pick up new threads, it’s time to tailor your wardrobe to specific events. We’ve already mentioned Edinburgh’s many cultural festivals but there are other occasions that require picking an outfit.

January 25th marks the annual celebration of Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet. Festivities take place all over the country so wrap up warm in your most sophisticated outfit.

Scotland knows how to celebrate the New Year in style – a raucous Hogmanay. Live music and parties require a spot of glamour, while firework displays and torch-lit processions mean you can show off your new winter coat.

Don’t forget other personal occasions to dress for. Trawl Edinburgh’s boutiques for a stunning first date outfit. If you’re all dressed up but have nowhere to go, find someone to dress up for on eHarmony. Matching you on all the important things like values and beliefs, this dating site will help you find someone to see Edinburgh with. Then you can post photos of your chic date through eHarmony UK on Facebook.

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