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For those of you wondering about jeans in Paris

Feb 24th, 2006, 02:49 PM
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Actually, it was the restaurant that showed some tolerance since they specifically asked guests to not wear jeans when you call to make reservations. I'm assuming this prevented the rather awkward scenario of denying them entrance since you just can't slap an ill fitting skirt or pair of pants on the woman, as they do with men and those jackets and ties...

Although she really looked like she didn't want to be there in the first place, maybe it was all part of her scheme to get out of this date.
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Feb 24th, 2006, 07:45 PM
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I would guess that Angelina and Brad are far better looking (though quite sloppy looking) in jeans in Paris are are far more capable than the rest of us with "getting away with wearing jeans".
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Feb 25th, 2006, 08:46 AM
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<<But seriously, what is your alternative to jeans in cold weather?>>

Lined, lightweight wool pants. Warm, and not as heavy to pack as jeans (at least some jeans, there are different weights). You can probably find some on sale now. I have a pair of black and a pair of gray, both bought on sale at the end of winter and both worn in Paris.
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Feb 25th, 2006, 09:24 AM
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This jeans thing is terrible, much better to just stick to a good pair of Walmart sweatpants.
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Feb 25th, 2006, 09:28 AM
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<<And not everyone wears black. Relax and wear what you want as long as it's neat and clean. Your manners get you further than any Chanel suit or jeans of any price. It was still raining when I left on Sunday(in my jeans)>>

So true!
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Feb 25th, 2006, 11:19 PM
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Just because you see jeans ostensibly everywhere on folks in Paris does not mean that they are acceptable or attractive.

I've seen photos of Angelina and Brad in jeans (they look positively sloppy...), and if they don't look good in jean who possibly could?

No question but that Angelina and Brad would be far better at "getting away with" jeans given their obvious clout. But, what about the rest of us?

Tennis shoes and cowboy boot?

Oh, please!

For sure, anyone can get away with jeans many places in Paris.

But, when you arrive at a restaurant and your reservation "cannot be found", well, that's not likely to happen to Angelina and Brad (well, maybe with the small chidren along...). But, surely they'd know better.

Actually, anyone who's determined to wander all about and dine in Paris in their jeans is best advised to know where it just does not matter.

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Feb 26th, 2006, 03:04 AM
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If everyone is wearing jeans, then I'd say that everyone considers them acceptable and attractive—otherwise everyone would not be wearing jeans.

I've eaten at all sorts of places in Paris, even those with lots of Michelin stars, and they've always found my reservation, even when I was in jeans and a t-shirt, or in shorts.

In general, any place that actually enforces a dress code has serious problems that would cause me to scratch it off my list. I thought society got past that decades ago, but I suppose there are still some people stuck in suspended imagination.
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Feb 26th, 2006, 02:42 PM
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Anthony GA, I respect your opinion (about travel and related matters) a great deal which is why I'm wondering about this.

Do you think there's ever a context in which following a dress-code isn't complete B.S? I'm thinking of something like the wedding that I have to go to (but really don't want to go to) in rural Pennsylvania where my cousin is getting married. I don't believe in the institution of marriage, I think the whole thing is a bit of a crock, I don't want to wear a dress in that hot, humid weather and yet it's not really about me, so I'm going to suck it up, dress up pretty, and play nice out of respect for my cousin, my aunt and their family.

Is there some point where defying social conventions is just a form of arrogant self-absorption (i.e. the rest of you retards might be getting dressed up but I'm not like everyone else...) or is ignoring a dress code always a populist expression of "sticking it to the man"?
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Feb 26th, 2006, 03:19 PM
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In Paris, jeans are worn by teenagers with sneaker type shoes, and by women wearing those ever present pointy toed, high heeled shoes or boots. No Nikes for these women. Makes all the difference between sloppy jeans for shopping at Walmart on Saturday, and a fashion statement. In Paris, everything is relative.
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Feb 26th, 2006, 08:30 PM
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I think dress codes are justified when they serve a purpose other than pandering to the arbitrary expectations of others.

For example, wearing certain types of clothing for safety or health reasons makes sense, and keeping clothing clean is important for public hygiene.

Oddly enough, many people ignore health and safety considerations when dressing, but work very hard to dress in a way that will please strangers.

I don't see anything special about weddings. I dress the same way everywhere, including weddings; if the wedding party doesn't like the way I dress, I'll be happy to leave (weddings are an enormous waste of time). On those rare occasions when I agree to photograph a wedding, I make it clear that I will not adhere to an arbitrary dress code to do so; if this is not acceptable, there are plenty of other photographers who will dress up pretty to take photographs (and usually will charge in consequence).
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Feb 26th, 2006, 08:48 PM
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Arrogant self absorption. Perfect. I've often wondered how to respond to the more outrageous of AnthonyG's remarks. Love it.
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Feb 26th, 2006, 09:00 PM
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I love the look of a dressy top with nicely fitted jeans. It can take you anywhere.
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