By Tracey Lomrantz, Glamour magazine
I know, I know, you were probably guessing that this was one of those headlines that's meant to grab your attention, but turns out to be a joke--kinda like Baby Spanx--but it's an actual fact that if you're a woman and you wear pants in Paris, you're breaking the law.
It's a totally antiquated and obviously largely-ignored law that dates all the way back to 1799, but AOL Travel reports that a rule that says "any woman who wants to 'dress like a man' has to get special permission from police" is still in place. Members of French parliament recently submitted a draft bill to have the ridiculous law repealed, and the Telegraph UK says, "The rule, which technically makes Paris's clothing laws stricter than many hardline Islamic states, was relaxed in 1892 by an amendment which said trousers were permitted 'as long as the woman is holding the reins of a horse.' The decree was watered down again in 1909 by a clause allowing women to wear trousers while 'on a bicycle or holding it by the handlebars'."
The law has reportedly been kept in place by some strange technicality, but we're absolutely flabbergasted that the fashion capital of the world still thinks women belong in skirts and dresses only. What gives, Paris?!
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