Clothing in the Cities

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It is not surprising that Veronique's jeans are frayed. Like many children her age, Veronique spends much of her life in jeans. Some children wear jeans to school, although boys may also wear a shirt and tie and girls a neat blouse or sweater. Teenagers and young adults also wear jeans. Well-designed jeans are seen on people everywhere, usually teamed with fashionable shoes and tops.

Jeans are just part of the change in French clothing. The change is most obvious in people under 30. Instead of dark, plain clothing, many men and women now wear brightly coloured clothing. Although some office workers must still wear formal clothing to work, on their own time they are likely to wear casual styles like those worn in many countries around the world.

This does not mean that French clothes are identical to those in other countries. People still want to look chic (shek}-a French word that means fashionable and attractive. They rarely wear faded or ripped clothes. They would still rather have one set of well-made clothes than many poorly made clothes. Many people in France buy the best clothes they can afford.

. How is French clothing in the cities different from traditional French clothing?

French Fashion

Walking down the Rue du Faubourg St. Honore in Paris, you see elegant clothing stores on each side of the street. For many years, Paris has been the fashion centre of the world. The French term "haute couture" (ot' ku tyur"), which means "high dressmaking" or "high fashion," is known around the world. It refers to the best in clothing.

Every year, the top designers in Paris create original, one-of-a-kind items of clothing and display them at fashion shows. Some of these designers are French, and some have come to France from other countries. They launch many fashion trends.