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    24 September 2007

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    j'ai croisé un homme qui en portait des noires hier

    Peut-être un touriste?

    Oops, sorry, translation of Laurence's comment: "I saw someone wearing black ones yesterday."

    Hi Sedulia! I'm sorry to report that the pants falling down has already arrived! I've seen my 17 year old nephew wearing them (but in more of a skinny jeans version, if you can imagine) and a member of my extended family, who must be about 13 or 14, was wearing a pair at a family function this weekend. I don't think it'll get as bad as the extremes over there though, thank goodness!

    I can report that both have arrived in the South-West of France. The shops in Lacanau are full of Crocs and cheap imitations while the lycées of Bordeaux are making new rules about the number of centimetres of skin/caleçon that can be visible above the "waist" of baggy jeans.

    Yep, I agree with the others, they've already been here for a while too. And UGG boots became popular in France about a year after they did in the US...and the sad thing is that even though they quickly went out of style back home, I still see girls wearing them here. Sometimes even in the middle of summer!

    I also just went to visit the high school where I'll be teaching this year, and there was definitely no shortage of baggy pants either...sorry to burst your bubble!

    Ah, NON!

    Actually, while looking for an illustration, I came across this funny link:

    http://www.freepatentsonline.com/7124448.html

    It shows an invention to show the underwear, while making sure the pants can't fall all the way down!

    I don't suppose you saw this...

    I found myself reading your blog after an hour of internet. I would just like to say that I agree. They are, indeed, hideous. I spent summer in Los Angeles, but that is not where I saw them first. They were all over Florence at a Fashion Tradeshow weekend I spent there in winter. Haven't seen them in Paris (I won't add a 'yet' to the end of this sentence so as not to jinx anything). Nice blog, by the way.

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