It’s Finally Legal for French Women to Wear Trousers

In 1799, a Paris law made it illegal for women to wear pants in public without special approval from the police. Quelle horreur! This month, that law was finally repealed, thanks to the French minister for women’s rights. Here, a look at our favorite Parisienne celebs who’ve long been breaking the law with panache

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Brigitte Bardot, 78

A global sex symbol in her glorious youth (shown at left), Bardot (here in skinny jeans) begins the transformation of denim from workwear to sexywear.

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Juliette Binoche, 48

Chocolat actress Binoche makes menswear look feminine with this chic ensemble.


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Catherine Deneuve, 69

All that glitters is gold when it comes to film legend Deneuve’s wide-legged pants.


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Marion Cotillard, 37

Rust and Bone actress Cotillard takes bootcut jeans uptown with a frilly top.

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Sophie Marceau, 46

Though she played a French princess in the blockbuster Braveheart, Marceau keeps it casual on the red carpet.

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Audrey Tautou, 36

Picture perfect in sleek navy and white, Tautou would warm the (cold, fashionista) heart of Coco Chanel, whom Tatou played in the biopic Coco Before Chanel


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