Dress code crackdown back in N. Korea, sources say

Dress code crackdown back in N. Korea, sources say
North Korean soldiers wave along the Yalu River.

North Korea discourages women from wearing skinny jeans or trendy-style pants while intensifying the dress code crackdown, sources said Wednesday.

According to Radio Free Asia, some North Korean residents who visited China told that "women are banned from wearing pants in public from September this year".

North Korea had prohibited women from wearing pants in public in 1970 until five years ago when the country permitted women to wear neat-style pants in August 2009.

The source said that the boom of South Korean pop culture influenced North Korean women to enjoy wearing skinny jeans, Capri pants and boot-cut pants. But North Korean authorities regarded it as "lewd South Korean culture" and decided to "kick it out of the country".

Police are scattered all over Pyongyang to capture women in pants, especially the young university students, a Pyongyang resident told RFA.

All working women need to wear skirts on their way to work but can change into pants at work, while foreign residents or Chinese emigrants do not have to follow the dress code, it added.

Another North Korean resident from Ryanggang Province told RFA that police "crack down on women's clothing and hair styles."

When a woman is caught riding a motorcycle alone, police can fine her up to US$50 (S$64), the source added.

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