In this day and age you’d think we’d come a long way in women’s rights and abolished silly rules about what women can and can’t wear. But as it turned out, until recently Parisian women were breaking the law each time they donned their best trousers to run daily errands, go to work or meet friends at a café by the river. Yep, hidden in the depths of French law was an archaic by-law from 1799 which stipulated that any woman wishing to wear men’s clothing in the French capital had to seek official permission from the city authorities.
It all ties in with the French revolution, when the working class fashion of wearing long trousers – as opposed to aristocratic knee-length ‘culottes’ became a symbol of the movement.
Anyway this absurd law has now been officially been confirmed null and void and Parisian women can finally legally wear trousers. Hurrah!