On Tuesday, Tracy Brabin revealed that she had received a number of insults online over her choice of attire.
One Twitter user shared a photograph of Brabin wearing the outfit and asked: â€œIs this really appropriate attire for parliament?â€ alongside the hashtag #DressStandards.
The post was met with hundreds of replies, including one which read: â€œLooks like she was banged over the wheelie bin at the back of the pub last night.â€
The shadow culture secretary said she refused to â€œlose sleepâ€ over the criticism of her appearance and shared an unapologetic response on her Twitter account.
â€œSorry I donâ€™t have time to reply to all of you commenting on this but I can confirm Iâ€™m not….A slag, Hungover, A tart, About to breastfeed, A slapper, Drunk, Just been banged over a wheelie bin.
â€œWho knew people could get so emotional over a shoulder…â€
Brabin was raising a point of order in the Commons on Downing Streetâ€™s decision to order senior journalists from some of the UKâ€™s major news organisations to leave a briefing when she spoke at the despatch box wearing the outfit.
â€œThey were playing top trumps on how rude they could be,â€ Brabin said.
â€œThey are idiots and they are rude but I am not going to lose much sleep over them.â€
The mother-of-twoâ€™s response was widely praised on social media with actor Gary Webster writing: â€œBrilliant retort Tracy. Omg if only they were as vocal about the behaviour, misogyny, racism, falling asleep and warped policies of the ruling govt as they are about revealing one shoulder [sic].â€
Comedian Tez Ilyas agreed, adding: â€œEven if you were any of those things Tracy, more power to you to wear what you wantâ€.
The controversy also prompted other women to share their stories about being shamed for exposing skin while at work, with one person writing: â€œIf I had a quid for every time someone had commented on what I wore rather than what I saidâ€¦This rarely happens to men â€“ calling it out is the only way to educateâ€.
MPs do not have an official dress code, however they are advised to wear â€œusualâ€ business dress.
According to Parliament: â€œThe dress of members these days is generally that which might ordinarily be worn for a fairly formal business transaction.
â€œThe Speaker has, on a number of occasions, taken exception to informal clothing, including the non-wearing of jackets and ties by men.â€