Countries ban all kinds of things, including clothing and accessories. The Islamic Republic of Iran has been in the headlines for unusual bans in the past, and its morality watchdogs have struck again, this time against necklaces. Below, some of the world’s strangest fashion bans:
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In its latest crackdown on Western, “un-Islamic” fashion, the Iranian government has banned men from wearing necklaces, the Guardian reports. Other items on the banned list for men? “Glamorous” hairstyles (sorry, Bieber fans) and shorts. In the holy city of Qom, neckties are banned as well. Women are not allowed to wear loose head scarves, tight jackets, or pants that are short enough to show their skin.
The country has tens of thousands of “moral police” on the street enforcing the bans aimed at battling Western “cultural invasion.” A leading cleric issued a fatwa last year against keeping dogs as pets and the Iranian parliament has proposed a bill criminalizing dog ownership, calling the practice “a blind imitation of the vulgar culture of the West.”
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