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Too short or not too short: That is the question. Sometimes fashion can create a dilemma, like the one nagging the women of Castellammare di Stabia, a sea town close to Naples. In the morning, they will have to be very careful to pick proper dresses, skirts and shorts from their closets. That’s because the city council has recently approved a bylaw to ban scanty clothes, including micro-miniskirts.


“Probably the local police will patrol the streets armed with a tape measure,” commented Rosanna Esposito of Savastano, the city’s oldest ready-to-wear store. “We have been the first selling miniskirts in our town, and we will carry on. The miniskirt has meant freedom, modernity and achievement for many women. It’s not synonymous of vulgarity.”


In the meantime, about 500 miles north, Milanese women support the cause of the Neapolitan sisters, and face the first chill weather of the season showing their legs. There are some who opt for tartan kilts, some who play with transparency, while still others wear HotPants with over-the-knee socks. But all those metropolitan warriors seem to have the same motto: “Ubershort.”

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