While the trouser suit has made its triumphant comeback for 2013, you may want to reconsider donning this trend come Paris fashion week lest you end up on the wrong side of the law. A French law dating back to the 1700s forbids women to wear pants (American usage we hasten to add) without permission from the police.
But before you start making appointments with Police Nationale for permission to wear that new Acne tuxedo, note that Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, France’s minister of women’s rights, said the 200-year-old ban has in fact been supplanted by other laws. “This order was aimed first of all at limiting the access of women to certain offices or occupations by preventing them from dressing in the manner of men,” she said. “This order is incompatible with the principles of equality between women and men. … From that incompatibility stems the implicit abrogation of the order.”
Crises averted! Fashion law overruled!