Monday, May 24, 2010

Men in Capri Pants

Men should also plan to dress in slacks as shorts are frowned upon in the streets and stores.

Parisians rarely wear shorts in the city, so if blending in, even a little, is something you'd like to do, then you should be aware that Parisians themselves don't generally wear shorts to the Louvre.

Parisians do not wear shorts. It’s simply not part of Paris fashion or Parisian style. At the very least, it is rare.

If you've read one travel article, you've read it a thousand times. The no shorts rule is right up there with no white tennis shoes as the top fashion tip for would-be tourists. And while mercifully, there do not seem to be many men walking the streets of Paris in short shorts, there does seem to be an overabundance of men in capri pants.

Exhibit 1:

Exhibit 2:

Exhibit 3:

I'll just stop there with the pictures. But let me tell you, on a warm sunny Sunday, when temperatures were close to 80 and the sun intense, the streets of Paris were so thick with men thusly attired, that I had to stop snapping. It was literally too tiring.

So why are capris okay for men but shorts are a no-no? I know there are no hard and fast rules in the world of fashion but honestly, I think these guys look like dorks. Give me a pair of bermuda shorts over the manpris any day.


Rosabell said...

well, shorts are disgusting for both men and women, imo ...

Starman said...

Where they Americans or Germans.

Belle de Ville said...

We call these "manpris" and we hate them. They make men look like hobbits!

MJ said...

I'm with you on that one! Even the Dutch would wear the dreaded manpris.

Karin (an alien parisienne) said...


Hilarious. Scary, and hilarious. :) You rock for catching all those photos!

Mark said...

Thanks for this.It can be challenging to make a decision here. When you are working under really tough situations, you may need some comfortable pants to protect your leg.

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