Loose socks

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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. 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.

They were adopted as a fashion which flattered plump calves and also expressed rebellious deviation from Japan's strict dress code for school uniforms.[2] It is used as an inspiration for photography by Akira Gomi. They are also used in Japanese fashions like Kogal and Fairy Kei.

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  1. ^ Wallace, Sam (24 October 1998). "Filling the gap". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2010-05-11.
  2. ^ Dodd, Jan; Simon Richmond (1999). Japan: The Rough Guide (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 810. ISBN 9781858283401. OCLC 441275694.