February 14th, 2013
10:20 AM ET

Fashion crimes in Paris

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Did Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush break the law in Paris? Maybe, along with many others, because for more than 200 years it has actually technically been illegal for a woman to wear trousers in Paris unless official permission was granted.

It seems that during the French Revolution the lady revolutionaries took to wearing pants and the powers that be at the time wanted to put a swift end to that. So they made it illegal in 1800. Amendments came over the years allowing women to dare to wear trousers for riding bikes or horses. But the law remained on the books until last week, when it was repealed by the minister for women's rights.

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  1. j. von hettlingen

    Coco Chanel broke the law already over 80 years ago. On one ocassion she literally took the pants off a male rider and wore them herself. She thought there was no comfortable way to ride a horse while wearing a long skirt. She decided that women should enjoy the same freedoms as men, and that binding corsets and skirts were physically holding them back. So she designed pants for women and made them sociable and fashionable.

    February 14, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  2. GG in San Diego

    When I needed to see a doctor in Paris due to a urinary tract infection on a recent vacation, the doctor told me a woman really shouldn't wear pants. I was wearing pants. He said my pants looked good on me but skirts were better as "that area" needed to breathe. It was an amusing exchange. Apparently, it may be an old law but deeply engrained.

    February 14, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Reply
  3. please transelate and pass to the FBI, CIA AND those who care

    وردنا خبرا مؤكدا مفاده ما يلي :
    المجرم واثق البطاط يتواجد حاليا في مدينة الشعله – في بيت يقع في نهاية شارع (60) بداية منطقة الدوانم مع مجموعه من المجرمين من المليشيات التابعه لفيلق القدس الايراني وينطلق من مدينة الشعله لتنفيذ عمليات الاغتيال في مناطق الغزاليه والسيديه والعامريه وبدعم لوجستي من مكتب القائد العام للقوات المسلحه

    تعليقنا //
    اين مذكرة القاء القبض بحق هذا الارهابي يا مالكي وهو لايبعد عن مقرك في المنطقه الخضراء اكثر من 15 كيلومتر ومليشياتك وجيشك الاجرامي يحاصر احياء الاعظميه والعامريه والسيديه لكي يتحرك هذا المجرم وعصابات فيلق القدس لقتل الابرياء وتصفية المطالبين بحقوقهم المشروعه

    February 18, 2013 at 12:16 am | Reply
  4. deniz boro

    Frantce always had the priviledge to set the fashion. In a world of ever changing basis we may as well take this new French tandency as a TREND.

    February 20, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  5. deniz boro

    ıI am sure that Lady Diane set all the rules for the dressing of this set.

    February 20, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Reply

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