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8 Things Not to Wear in Public ...

By Alison

Unsuitable clothing worn in public seems to be on the rise. Now, as they say, it´s a free country, but it would be nice if people gave a little thought as to the sights they inflict on other people! Some garments don´t flatter the wearer, and are just wrong. Haven´t we all looked at someone and wondered if they own a mirror? Bitchy, maybe, but unsuitable clothing does tend to rather jump out at you. Here are some things not to wear in public …

1 Underwear

Oh dear God. Why do people think that anyone else wants to see their underwear? There´s a reason why it´s called underwear. That´s because it should stay UNDER wraps! But there are those guilty of revealing to the world the colour, shape and style of their undies. Put it away, people, nobody else wants to see it. Really, they don´t.

2 Bikinis

Okay, I´m not some Victorian lady, who faints at the sight of an ankle, but I was somewhat taken aback recently by seeing a group of tourists who had apparently forgotten their shorts. They were walking along the street in t-shirts short enough to show their bikini bottoms (and this was nowhere near the beach). There´s a time and a place to wear swimwear – the pool or the beach.

3 Bra Straps

A bra strap is functional; it´s not pretty. These days so many women wear vest tops with their bra straps proudly displayed. It´s not necessary! There are plenty of bras with changeable straps if you want to wear racer-back vests, and strapless bras aplenty if you need support.

4 Ultra-Tight Leggings

This is definitely unsuitable clothing for anyone. In fact, there should be a law against these revolting items. They´re not remotely flattering, however slim the wearer! Why on earth does anyone want to wear leggings that cling to their crotch and every inch of their butt? Save them for the gym (and no, that isn´t a public area. People have a choice about joining a gym).

5 Too Much Cleavage

A hint of cleavage is sexy. Too much just looks cheap. The worst aspect of this may be what´s been dubbed the ´under-cleavage´. That´s when the top of a dress is so revealing that it actually shows the underneath of a breast. Fortunately, this ´trend´ seems to be restricted to Hollywood starlets and clubbers, but there are still too many women who force their boobs into dresses that don´t quite accommodate them. Less is definitely more.

6 Falling down Pants

Guys are just as guilty of wearing unsuitable clothing. It´s a fairly common sight in most cities to see guys with their pants virtually down around their knees and their Calvin Kleins on display. If you´re eating as you read this, stop right now – I saw one guy dressed like this recently but it wasn´t his underwear on show. No, this guy was treating the public to a view of his butt crack. Ugh, is all I can say.

7 Bare Chests

Guys, put it away, please! Most male chests are only of interest to the owner´s partner. The rest of us do not want to see you in your hirsute glory. Nor do we want to see chests that look like the ´before´ section of one of those old bodybuilder ads. Besides, it´s so sexist that men can get away with it but women can´t (point 5 notwithstanding).

8 Nothing at All

Of all the things not to wear in public, your birthday suit is without a doubt the most inappropriate. Watch out if you´re visiting the UK, as you may bump into the Naked Rambler, who likes to roam the country without a stitch of clothing. But being British, we have laws against that sort of thing, and Mr Rambler has been spending quite a lot of time in prison as a result. Whether naked or not, I do not know, nor do I want to.

We´re all free to wear what we want, but there are some things not to wear in public, as a courtesy to other people! Okay, this article is meant to be tongue-in-cheek (mostly), but sometimes we all cringe at what we see people wearing. What is the most unsuitable clothing you have ever seen in public – or do you believe that people should wear whatever they want?

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