It means "Red Jacket" as in a red hunting jacket.
I did an internet "French to English" translation of "habit rouge" and it keeps coming up "red dress." Does "habit rouge" have an alternative or colloquial meaning in French?
Why call a male fragrance "red dress"?
This has probably been discussed before, but any and all answers will be gladly appreciated.
It means red jacket.
I though that the literal translation means Red Clothe, since " Habit " is the equivalent of clothe in english.
I have a question. Some riders in the hunt wear red while the rest wear a dark colour, navy, I think. What does the difference in colour denote?
Last edited by N_Tesla; 27th March 2009 at 11:47 PM.
I believe it's colloquial for hunting coats or "pinks" used by fox hunters
The word 'habit' literally means 'outfit' or 'costume' referring to an article of clothing worn for specific purposes.
'habit de cheval', lit. 'horse costume' means 'riding habit'.
'prendre l'habit' means 'to take the veil' ie become a nun. Of course we've borrowed the word in English in the expression 'nun's habit' to refer to the costume worn by a nun.
I was told once that a century's old French customer for a man would be to wear a red jacket when courting - ?
I don't know if that is correct for most of the advertisements for Habit Rouge show fox hunting...
Two more points to illuminate the choice of the name "Habit Rouge": Jean-Paul Guerlain is an inveterate equestrian and Anglophile.
I have a fanciful notion that after riding one of his horses one day, he took off his classic "habit rouge" riding jacket and noticed a particularly strong animalic smell emanated from the bottom of the jacket that had come into contact with the horse's coat. He quickly determined that the strong animalic scent was a combination of the natural oils from the horse coat reacting with the natural lanolin in the wool of the red riding jacket. Hence the animalic accord of Habit Rouge was born. If it didn't happen like this, it could have.
Last edited by scentemental; 28th March 2009 at 01:39 AM.
Thank you to all contributors for shedding light on this question (and to adrianis for the eye-catchhing ad). Great answers!
I love this thread, now I will always remember that "Habit Rouge" means red jacket, before reading this thread for some crazy reason I thought it meant red hat
No, you silly guys, it means a full set of red pajamas with bunny feet slippers and bunny ears hanging off the hoodie.
That girl, that bottle, that mattress and me.
lightgreen said.... and I was pronouncing "Habit Rouge" as "Habit Rogue" as in ....
"An unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable person; a scoundrel or rascal.
One who is playfully mischievous; a scamp." ..... LOL!!
Rogue Habit would be great name for a fragrance!
If you're a redneck, "Habit Rouge" means a woman who puts on too much blush on her face. (see thread in Off-Topic forum)