Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Top 10 Banned Fashions

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Top 10 Banned Fashions

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Most of the time we use the phrase "fashion police," we don't mean it literally. But in many places around the world, your sartorial choices can get you fined, imprisoned, or worse. Here is our list of the top 10 banned fashions.

Most of the time we use the phrase "fashion police," we don't mean it literally. But in many places around the world, your sartorial choices can get you fined, imprisoned, or worse. Here is our list of the top 10 banned fashions.

#10 Miniskirts

In Castellammare di Stabia, Italy, the city council is set to institute a ban on miniskirts and other outfits deemed too provocative, along with football games and "blasphemy out loud." Violations would be punished with a fine of up to $700.

The southern seaside town is not the first place to specifically ban the short skirts. In Chile's Coquimbo region, the governor banned public employees from wearing miniskirts, but backed down almost immediately following angry protests.

#9 Neckties

In September 2009, in an attempt to save on air-conditioning bills, Bangladesh banned neckties and suits for all public employees. The government also suggested that men wear their shirts untucked.

Iran's government has long been hostile to neckties, which is seen as a symbol of Western decadence. The decorative strips of neck- fabric are outlawed in the holy city of Qom.

#8 'Obamao' T-shirts

A favorite of Tea Partiers, the 'Obamao' shirt, which depicts Obama wearing Mao Zedong's iconic cap and jacket, didn't sit well with Chinese authorities, who banned the shirts in advance of the US President's visit. In China, the shirts were seen not so much as a protest against Obama as they were a hip and ironic joke.

#7 Crocs

While many have wanted to ban the popular foam clogs for being shockingly ugly, a hospital in Sweden came up with an objective reason: Crocs tend to build up a static charge that zaps medical equipment.

#6 Antiwar T-shirts

In 2007, Dan Frazier of Flagstaff, Ariz., began selling T-shirts that listed the names of over 3,000 US military personnel killed in Iraq, along with the words "Bush Lied." Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, and Arizona passed laws prohibiting using the names of military dead. …

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