Skinny jeans, certain types of haircuts, piercings and other symbols of the "capitalist lifestyle" are banned in the country.
In North Korea, skinny jeans and branded T-shirts with eye-catching logos and prints can no longer be worn. Also under the ban were 15 types of "non-socialist" hairstyles, which are opposed to the "correct" and officially approved methods of hair styling. Piercings in the nose and on the lips were also banned.
By issuing a corresponding decree, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said that more needs to be done in order to prevent "capitalist culture" from taking over the country. The official newspaper of the ruling regime, Rodong Sinmun (로동신문), published an article expressing concern that young North Koreans are increasingly adopting Western fashion trends. “We must be wary of even the slightest signs of the capitalist way of life and fight to get rid of them,” the article says. The new fashion rules are part of the regime's crackdown on "anti-socialist behaviour".
Compliance with the new social order will be monitored, among other things, by members of the public organization "Socialist Union of Patriotic Youth". It is now their job to ban people from wearing clothes that look too "foreign".