“An archaic by-law banning Parisian women from wearing trousers has finally been repealed 214 years after it was originally introduced.  The November 1799 decree stipulated that any woman wishing to wear men’s clothing in the French capital had to seek official permission from the city authorities.  It was amended two times a century later, when women were given the freedom to don ‘pantalons’ [trousers] if they were ‘holding the handlebars of a bicycle or the reins of a horse.’  The decree was passed when the working class fashion of wearing long trousers (as opposed to the aristocratic knee-length ‘culottes’) became a symbol of the French revolution.”


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