Old May 25th, 2002, 06:42 AM
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I would probably re-think the tennis shoes if what you mean is a flat-soled canvas sandshoe. They don't offer a lot of support. If doing a lot of walking, you'll likely end up with very tired feet.
Old May 25th, 2002, 06:43 AM
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I don't think you are wrong about the prefabricated dirty look - I think that describes it perfectly.

We people-watched on Saturday morning and saw some women in pants suits coming back from the food markets. The middle-aged women I saw (and I am one) also were wearing jeans jackets but over more adult outfits, like black or tan trousers or skirts. A trendy handbag and shoes also. Really the clothing was all over the place so I would just wear what you like.
Old May 25th, 2002, 12:06 PM
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I often wonder if you can pick out the American tourists by looking for those dressed all in black! I could in London. I do believe black is passe'.

My daughters wore blue jeans in Paris and when I asked them if they thought this was OK to have done, I got the most quizical looks like "are you out of your mind, Mother?" "What do you mean people on Fodor's are advising others not to wear them?" "PUHHHH" (eyes roll, lips blow out air, head flips back). I wore jeans as well but dark blue, pressed, nice shirt, walking shoes.

As for shoes, wear what is comfortable. I know French women wear those little shoes that kill your feet, but who can walk in those.
Old May 25th, 2002, 12:31 PM
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Black is passé? Are you kidding? Black is classic. Black is timeless. Black is never passé.

You think our ancestors, thousands of years ago, wore periwinkle or teal bear skins?
Old May 25th, 2002, 01:49 PM
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Ha, Capo! I wish I'd brought a pair of jeans when we were in London and Paris this past April. It was chilly enough that they would have been ideal. We commented that we hadn't seen so many jean jackets on women (of all ages) in years (in Paris). And there were days I really wished I'd packed my Nikes.
Old May 25th, 2002, 02:39 PM
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I really find this thread quite humorous. I know that Capo has been wearing his jeans in Europe, and I bring them on each of my trips, and have never felt out of place. And here, so many of you have been taking the advice of the fashion police saying not to bring your jeans, and bring, black, black, and more black. And then you go on your vacations, and see all of these other people in jeans, and come back saying that you regret that you should have brought your jeans and sneakers. Well, live and learn, and learn to take other's advice with a grain of salt.
Old May 25th, 2002, 09:53 PM
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I was in Paris earlier this month and wore jeans. Only reason why I stuck out was because they weren't dark blue denim, low-slung/hip huggin', or flared on the bottom.
Old May 25th, 2002, 11:02 PM
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Hello Tami, I recently saw the Today show (or perhas it was GMA) and they showed all the current news regarding jeans. WOW! You should have seen some of them. All kinds. But the current trend is the "old look". They showed jeans that had that "old look" and the cost was dear! There were creases (like when you have been sitting a long time and get up) and all those places looked almost bleached out. Old looking. Hard to describe. I do think black is classic where ever you go. Never out of style. But you do need a little variety. I am leaving for Paris this week and wonder what all to take. I am taking pants.....some jean type.....I am probably older than some of you, and nice shirts etc. I read about the jean jackets and I just may go shopping this week. I have never had one and was wondering what to take. I figure to dress comfortable and somewhat subdue.......I figure if I am sticking out......I can get over it. I will never see any of those people ever again. So, do wear what you want to. I think loafers and jeans and a jacket you can't go wrong. They will never be out of style. Jeans are here to stay. I just wrote a post about the weather there and will look for answers soon. I am hoping not to be to cool while there.
Old May 26th, 2002, 05:40 AM
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I am probably one of the most unfashionable people you'll ever hear from. I own five or six denim skirts. Any chance that you see middle-aged ladies wearing them in France? If so, are they long? Please don't tell me to wear what I like. Thanks.
Old May 26th, 2002, 07:24 AM
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I just returned from Paris and I can't really recall seeing many skirts - none short for sure. I do remember one woman with a beautiful suit and the long skirt actually had a bustle! The thing that stood out for me was the accessories - a perfectly tied neck scarf, cool shoes, and cool handbag. Your jeans skirt will be OK if it is the right color - very dark, faded, and worn. I also saw gypsy-type peasant blouses that would be nice with a jeans skirt. Paris seemed to be about making a personal statement and then selling it to the world. Just don't look like you are going to work in the garden and you'll be fine.
Old May 28th, 2002, 09:46 AM
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Sorry Sue, but denim skirts are totally out of the question in Europe unless you are a 17 year old - heroin chic looking model. As for jeans and trainers, of course they are worn all over the place in Europe, but there's jeans and jeans, trainers and trainers. And yes, I do confess, I've just bought a $ 150 artificially old Diesel jeans and a few pairs of $ 100 "bowling shoes"...
Old May 28th, 2002, 10:39 AM
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Did you know that Jeans are originally from Italy? Exactly frm Genova, it was the material used to fix broken sails on the old ships (Jeans-Genova)
Nothing is American except for colesterol it seems!!!
Old May 28th, 2002, 11:56 AM
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Tami: You have your answer: Jeans are prevalent in Paris. Two more comments. On my recent trip to Paris, I saw older women wearing nice (and tight) un-faded jeans. Younger women (and maybe some older), often wore jeans that were faded in patterns or in sections.
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