It doesn’t appear to be it, however the ace of spades really wears garments. Or that’s what French folks fake no less than.

Why do I must know habillé comme l’as de pique?

Because Parisians may not forgive you your lack of vogue sense.  

What does it imply?

Être habillé comme l’as de pique – to be dressed like the ace of spades – is used colloquially to explain somebody carrying garments that, to place it kindly, aren’t straightforward on the eye. 

So, subsequent time you see somebody displaying questionable vogue tastes, you would possibly say il/elle est habillé/e comme l’as de pique


No one actually is aware of the place and when the expression originated, however in keeping with the author Delphine Gaston it comes from uncanny resemblance of the form of the ace of spades to a hen’s rump.

The spade has historically been seen as the weakest color of the playing cards in France and is commonly related to dangerous luck or destructive outcomes.

Molière, the traditional French playwright, used “ace of spades” as a synonym for fool in his play Le dépit amoureux.


Fagoté comme l’as de pique – an outdated model of habillé comme l’as de pique.

Fagoter means to twirl branches and twigs collectively till they develop into a fagot (brushwood). In different phrases French folks used to match poorly dressed folks with shoddy brushwood. 

Être mal sapé – saper is a colloquial phrase which means “to be dressed”. Therefore, être mal sapé means “to be badly dressed” 

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