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Why do Parisian women dress so well?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by whenwe, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. whenwe

    whenwe Active Member

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    Like many here I'd assume, I like women who dress well. It's terrible to see women dressed in leggings that seem to be crusted from daily wear or women who just generally don't care, especially attractive women.

    But in Paris, it's like a cult. Almost all the women dress well. But most importantly they have such a personalized sense of style that almost no two are alike, at least in my experiences. Even in NYC, the women who do dress well seem to be following a set of "instructions" even when trying to not follow any.

    So someone explain this, and spread the gospel for maybe one day our women will be beautiful as well.
    [​IMG]
     
  2. intent

    intent Senior member

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    The grass is greener on the other side.
    they have such a personalized sense of style that almost no two are alike, at least in my experiences. Even in NYC, the women who do dress well seem to be following a set of "instructions" even when trying to not follow any.
    Hmm? [​IMG]
     
  3. dbc

    dbc Senior member

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    Because they have je nais se quoi
     
  4. GoldenTribe

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    Even in NYC, the women who do dress well seem to be following a set of "instructions" even when trying to not follow any.
    And how do you think women feel about the readily identifiable categories of male style, from all-plaid & raw SW&D workwear to all-black RO/Damir Doma bedouin get-ups or the unfortunate Jersey Shore/Affliction/Christian Audigier crowd?
     
  5. Aaron01

    Aaron01 Senior member

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    Even in NYC, the women who do dress well seem to be following a set of "instructions" even when trying to not follow any.
    That's the way everyone dresses. The only people who dress with a complete individual "style" are the escaped mental patients you see on Mister Mort
     
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    Harold falcon Senior member

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    French accent automatically adds 2 points to a rating, regardless of clothes.
     
  7. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    Who the fuck hates on women wearing leggings?

    Would you prefer they covered themselves up completely Puritan-style?
     
  8. Gibonius

    Gibonius Senior member

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    Who the fuck hates on women wearing leggings?

    Would you prefer they covered themselves up completely Puritan-style?


    One can admire their hotness while still thinking the "style" is stupid. I'd much rather see a girl in a skirt, even with leggings under it, than just leggings. The whole look is just much more attractive to me than a continuous expanse of spandex.
     
  9. EBugatti

    EBugatti Senior member

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    Because they have je ne sais quoi

    FTFY
     
  10. apropos

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    One can admire their hotness while still thinking the "style" is stupid. I'd much rather see a girl in a skirt, even with leggings under it, than just leggings. The whole look is just much more attractive to me than a continuous expanse of spandex.
    [​IMG]
     
  11. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

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    You're seeing what you want to see.

    We get many MANY french tourists around here. Including girls from Paris. Believe me they are all over the place. Just like the German ,Austrian or Swiss girls. The few Spanish girls tend to be better but that might be the small sample size.
     
  12. apropos

    apropos Senior member

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    You're seeing what you want to see. We get many MANY french tourists around here. Including girls from Paris. Believe me they are all over the place. Just like the German ,Austrian or Swiss girls. The few Spanish girls tend to be better but that might be the small sample size.
    +1 Also remember that as a tourist/short term visitor the areas you stay in are likely to show the best side of paris, not necessarily the whole picture. It's like visiting NYC, hanging around the UWS and concluding that all/most New Yorkers dress well. No one goes to Rio to visit a favela.
     
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    Size factor. They are just not as fat in Paris as you see in the US. Saw on the news that 1/3 of American adults are obese.
     
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    Saw on the news that 1/3 of American adults are obese.

    This is - amazingly - an underestimate. Sources vary, but the working consensus by industry is that 70% of the US population is either overweight or obese, with the obese subset close to hitting 40%. FWIW, the UK, Australia and Germany aren't too far behind...

    What's worse, approximately 1/3 of US children are already porky, and will only become moreso over time.
     
  16. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

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    What's worse, approximately 1/3 of US children are already porky, and will only become moreso over time.


    I predict it'll never exceed 100%

    Sad thing is I've seen claims that the increase from 25 to 30% was good news. The rate of increase was slowing.
     
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    I suspect apropos is somewhat right, but I'm also inclined to say that French/Parisian women are more confident which is a trait that typifies the French as a people. More confidence breeds better dressed women, I would say. I would also say the people of Southern Europe, including the French, place more emphasis on appearances than do the people of North America or Northern Europe.

    With respect to the discussion above I believe dressing well and being attractive are two different things. I'm not attracted to women that are overweight but I still believe they can dress well:

    [​IMG]

    While looking French, this is a Dutch singer btw.
     
  18. George

    George Senior member

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    It may be social pressure placed on French women to look stylish, chic &c.

    Do French women exhibit this trait if working in a country other that France...or a city other than Paris. It would not surprise in the least, if they did not.
     
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    Having lived in Provence during school days, I find that the French prejudice for thin women is fairly uniform. Exception perhaps north towards the Belgian border due to a diet much richer with cream, butter, etc. Nevertheless, portion control is not only a personal discipline but appears ingrained in the cultural heritage.
     
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