Real Life Fashion Police: Italian Town Bans “Very Short” Skirts and “Too Much” Cleavage

While the pronouncements of The Fashion Police on this site are intended purely for the purposes of entertainment (i.e. we may laugh at outrageous items of clothing, but we ultimately think people should wear whatever they like, within the bounds of decency), every so often our real life counterparts like to pop up and ban a particular item of clothing, and that’s what seems to have happened this week in the Italian town of Castellammare di Stabia, where women have been banned from wearing “very short” items of clothing or anything displaying “too much” cleavage.

Under the new rule, women who flout these rules, which Mayor Luigi Bobbio says have been introduced to combat falling levels of decency, will be subject to a £262 fine. Happily, though, the measures aren’t quite as extreme as they sound, as police officers seem to have been instructed to interpret “very short” as “short enough for the person’s underwear to be seen”, and we wouldn’t imagine there would be THAT many people wandering around Castellammare di Stabia with their undies on show. Are there?

What do you think? Should people be fined for flashing their smalls?

(Skirt image from here)

9 Comments

  • October 27, 2010

    ThatOutfitGirl

    I read this in the Metro too and it did get me thinking about what I would ban if there was a real Fashion police?! Personally I would ban Crocs shoes..absolutely hate those things. I think Mr Bobbio aint thought this through enough though, if you ban short skirts you effectively also banning shorts and swimming gear and see through tops…all kinds of things…I think he is being a bit over the top!

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  • October 27, 2010

    Nina

    It might be offensive for some, but if “underwear flashing” was forbidden, we would not have had Madonna with the spiky bra and lots of the 80s fashion would’ve been punishable by law. Which takes the thing a bit too far, methinks.

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  • October 27, 2010

    Tali

    why there’s never a male item of clothing that shows.. well, on the other hand, never mins that.

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  • October 27, 2010

    drea

    what if… your wearing a t-shirt and it rains and goes see through. its not your fault but its exposing you. O.o

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  • October 27, 2010

    feike

    What if no underwear is worn?

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  • October 27, 2010

    lizvocal

    This is the sort of thing that should be left to public opinion. Once it is law, you have court cases to define “too short” or “too much” which gets ridiculous. The law simply is not effective at this sort of policing.

    But if everyone who showed up in pajamas in public were laughed at, you can bet they would go home and put on some clothes.

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  • October 27, 2010

    Riali

    This is ridiculous, methinks. Sure, showing off your undies is entirely tacky, but it’s not hurting anyone. People may not like it, but it shouldn’t be their choice what you wear or don’t wear.

    No one has the right not to be offended. These so called “decency” or “morality” laws are censorship, plain and simple.

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  • October 28, 2010

    Supersized Drama.

    All I can say is good on ya mate.

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  • November 14, 2010

    DRM

    I’m with feike on this one…Britney Spears would be on the top of their list if she lived there, haha!

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