All Parisians under 50 years old always wear jeans. All Parisians over 50 years old never wear jeans.
Jeans is the new Parisian uniform. Not wearing jeans in Paris is pure subversion.
Parisian men love their jeans, for they are a fantastic means to make a strong social statement. For those of them who wear suits at work, fun time is chilled time: weekend is therefore jeans time. Regular pants would remind them of work too much. Jeans really are about freedom. So is the weekend.
For all Parisian men who do not need to wear suits at work, jeans are a shouting way to stress it. I am no slave to the system: I work in jeans. These Parisians have managed to turn jean wearing into an act of pure arrogance. Parisians really are brilliant.
Women also wear jeans. Constantly. While Parisian men usually own 2 or 3 pairs, it is frequent for Parisian women to own up to 10 pairs of jeans. When it comes to choosing a pair of jeans, Parisian women only ask themselves one question: Est-ce qu’il me fait un gros cul? (yes Parisian women can be rude like that). While Parisian men tend to stick to blue jeans, Parisian women do not hesitate to broaden their horizons going black and occasionally grey. Style is about daring, isn’t it?
As with every uniform, wearing jeans comes with a few rules.
Rule number one is that jeans are never to be worn with sneakers in Paris. A person walking the streets of Paris wearing jeans and New Balance shoes is American. The only exception to that rule is Converse shoes. This exception works for both genders. Converse and jeans are ok in Paris. Rule number two of jeans wearing is what could be called the Diesel controversy. Wearing Diesel jeans sends out a message that the wearer is ok with spending 300 euros on a pair of jeans. And he’s happy to throw that piece of information in your face. Which of course will make him the target of much talking about. Diesel jeans wearers shall now be prepared.
In the end, tucking or not tucking becomes the final assertion of one’s personality. For men, collared shirts ought to be tucked. Always. T Shirts and polo shirts ought not to. Never. For women, tucking is always a bad idea.
In the end, in Paris, not wearing jeans is a bit like wearing short-sleeves shirts: simply a decision Parisians are not ready to make.
Useful tip: The cut of your pair of jeans will tell much about your sexual orientations and availability. Be cautious.
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