Dreaming of a beautiful Italian vacation? Do not pack your miniskirt or low rise jeans if you are planning on visiting Castellammare di Stabia. The mayor of this resort town south of Naples, Italy, has ordered his police to fine women who wear ‘very short’ miniskirts.
Mayor Luigi Bobbio got his way when the council approved a ban on "very skimpy clothes." Tourists and locals dressed in low-cut tops, low rise jeans and miniskirts could be found in violation of these new rules and be punished with a fine of up to €500 ($700).
Bobbio said the regulations would help “restore urban decorum and facilitate better civil co-existence” and wants to ensure that people wear “nothing too revealing” on the city’s streets. Some also see it as a means of combating sexual harassment.
Also proposed is a ban on sunbathing, playing football in public places — Bobbio says these games often turn into fights — and the use of foul language in public. And, men cannot go around shirtless. Whew!
However, the city is not the first to impose such controversial bans. Some places in Italy have already banned building sandcastles, kissing in cars, feeding stray cats, wearing wooden clogs and the use of lawn mowers during the weekend.
There will be no miniskirts for this week’s Who’s Wearing What Wednesday as our way to help the beautiful women in Castellammare di Stabia avoid paying a $700 fine.
What do you think? Will the ban “restore urban decorum and facilitate better civil co-existence” and combat sexual harassment or does the ban go too far?