She Wears The Pants—And Soon, She’ll Wear Them Legally
With all the news coming out of Europe at the moment—the English elections, the Greek riots—pardon us for having missed this pressing sartorial item: Paris’ law forbidding the wearing of pants without special police permission, which dates from 1799 (it was amended slightly at the beginning of the twentieth-century to permit pants en vélo—on bicycles), may soon be repealed. Granted, the prohibition is little enforced, but we’d be glad to see it off the books. (An earlier attempt to delegislate it, in 1969, prompted the chief of police to speculate that women in pants might be, more or less, a fad. No such luck.) Looking for a new pair of soon-to-be-legal trousers, ladies of Paris? Luckily enough, we’ve got a few suggestions.