Clothing laws vary by country around the world. The United States, like most countries, does not have laws that state what clothing is required to be worn; however, wearing insufficient clothing can be prosecuted in many countries under indecent exposure or public indecency.
Indecent exposure is the crime of deliberately showing one’s sexual organs in public or being naked in a public place. “Decency” is typically judged by the standards of the local community and can be based on morality, tradition, or religion.
Although there is no federal law for or against nudity in the United States, nudity is generally against the law in public places in every state. There are several offenses that may involve exposure of a specific body part or specific intention, including “indecent exposure,” “public lewdness,” “public indecency,” and “disorderly conduct.” Every state has a law regarding these types of offenses and classifies them differently. In some cases, these laws may conflict with constitution protections for freedom of expression.
The following is every state’s nudity laws.