Council bans mini-skirts in crackdown on 'inappropriate' clothing in the office Council bosses have banned some women workers from wearing mini-skirts and could send them home if they flout the rules. Four-hundred staff in the childrens services department received a memo telling them they should dress respectfully. Men are advised to wear collared or polo shirts, cotton trousers such as khakis or chinos with a belt, and dress shoes. Women can wear trousers, informal dresses or skirts of reasonable length, but not mini-skirts. Unions have threatened to fight the ban at Southampton City Council and one outraged worker, who did not want to be named, said: Are they going to come around with a tape measure? The leaked email warned social workers, youth workers, educational welfare officers and others in the department to carefully consider their work attire. The memo added: Please try to dress smartly and thoughtfully, in line with other professionals you come across in your day-to-day work, and in a way that shows respect to children and families. Unison branch secretary Mike Tucker said: I would have thought the council has got better things to do than impose a regimented approach to what people wear. If anyone is disciplined we are more than happy to defend them. But council chiefs insisted that although skirts should not be too short, there are no specific rules on skirt length. A spokesman said: We do not have a rigid dress code and will not be going around offices with a tape measure. Like any organisation we issue guidance and ask staff to dress appropriately for their job. The email was sent to around 400 people in the childrens services department because workers there visit peoples homes and deal with sensitive issues. It is important staff in customer-facing roles look professional. The council employs just under 10,000 staff, with the vast majority dressing completely appropriately. We do not have lots of staff at the council wearing mini-skirts that was just picked as an example of what would be inappropriate.