Loose sock

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Loose socks in Japan

Loose socks (ルーズソックス, rūzu sokkusu) are a style of baggy sock worn by Japanese high school girls, as part of kogal culture.[1] This style of socks has also become popular among American teens and college students who are fans of Japanese anime and manga. These socks come in a variety of styles, defined by the knitting pattern of the upper portion of the sock. The two most popular styles are the traditional 2×2 rib knit (pictured) and tube-style loose socks, which are thigh-high length tube socks worn pushed down around the ankles. A skin-safe body adhesive popularly known as "sock glue" can be used to affix the uppermost part of the sock to the calf so that the entire sock will not bunch downward and spoil the look.

Loose socks were adopted as a fashion which flattered plump calves and also expressed rebellious deviation from Japan's strict dress code for school uniforms.[2] They have been used as an inspiration for photography by Akira Gomi. They are also used in Japanese street fashions like kogal and fairy kei.

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  1. ^ Wallace, Sam (24 October 1998). "Filling the gap". The Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 2022-12-30.
  2. ^ Dodd, Jan; Simon Richmond (1999). Japan: The Rough Guide (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 810. ISBN 978-1-85828-340-1. OCLC 441275694.