Ah, lovely Paris. C’est une belle ville, n’est-ce pas? The enticing smells wafting from pâtisseries, the thrill of seeing centuries-old architecture, the…mini skirt?? Yep, long naked legs are back big time in the City of Lights. That’s not the only current trend I noticed on my most recent trip. Follow me as I guide you what I noticed on the streets of Paris.
France enacted no smoking laws in 2007, which banned smoking in public places by 2008. Even though smoking is still prevalent in some places, the ban is still in effect in most indoor areas. As a result, many are resorting to electronic cigarettes. On every street I walked, I noticed at least one electronic cigarette store selling a variety of flavors. From my observation, these are most popular with young people–20 to 30-year-olds. Interestingly, this trend is resulting in more restriction of eCigs, as they are also known, in public places. Time will tell if this will be a short-lived trend.
Leather, leather everywhere
Parisians, especially the young, adore leather. Since the weather was just beginning to cool, leather jackets and pants made their first-of-the-season appearance. Boots! Most every young Parisian — easy to discern since they dress better than anyone else — wore boots, especially young women. Then, there were the very-short leather skirts and shorts. Ooh la la.
I’ve come to the conclusion that all Parisian women must be thin and beautiful. It must be something in the water. In any case, they do look great in their leggings. As I noted, the weather was beginning to cool, but it appeared that many were not ready to pack away their leather shorts and miniskirts. I suppose this was the impetus for including skin-tight leggings — or black tights — as part of their ensemble. As lovely as the young Parisian women are, there were times I felt as if I was walking through a photo shoot–simply gorgeous.
Most of those who wore boots chose ankle over knee high. In the fashion capital of the world, the choices of short boots are expansive. I didn’t see two pairs exactly the same during my entire trip. The boots complimented the leggings nicely.
Braided hair is tremendously popular here in the states and it’s no different on the streets of Paris–for both genders. Since this is fashion-conscious Paris, the typical two braids framing the face were absent from view. Those would be too boring for Parisians, I’m sure. These braids were inventive and attractive. In fact, I didn’t see the same braided hairstyle more than once.
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