Sunday, February 3, 2013

Prêt-à-Porter: Parisienne Women Can Now LEGALLY Wear Pants

Famed French designer Coco Chanel was way before her time... 

It might have come a century too late, but finally the women of fashion forward Paris can legally wear pants!

It seems an antiquated law written during the time of the French Revolution in the late 1700s that forbade the women of  Paris to wear pants was left in the books. The law was eventually amended in 1892 and again 1909...but that was only to make it legal for woman to wear trousers if they were "holding the handlebars of a bicycle or the reigns of a horse".

Apparently, trailblazers such as iconic French fashion designer Coco Chanel and screen goddess Marlene Dietrich (who lived in an apartment on Avenue Montaigne in Paris until her death in 1992) were even more daring for the age in which they lived, considering their penchant for men's trousers and outfits, which was technically illegal!

The obscure and outdated law was officially repealed on Friday by Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the French minister of women's rights. "This law is incompatible with the principles of equality between men and women which is laid out in the Constitution and in France's European commitments,"  Vallaud-Belkacem said in an official statement.

Now the women of Paris can wear their trousers...out and proud!

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