As it has come to my attention, apparently, some parts up in the Western hemisphere have already wrapped up their summer and are gearing up for the new school year. Now, I’m pretty sure there are quite a few who aren’t too eager to get back to their studies just yet and are still in the summer mood. So I thought I’d put something up for you Zettai Ryouiki fans to look forward to the new school year. What else but that which is the school uniform unique to Japan. The “Seifuku” (制服?) or sailor uniform.Wiki attack~!
The sailor outfit (セーラー服, sērā-fuku?) is a common style of uniform worn by female middle school and high school students, and occasionally, elementary school students. It was introduced as a school uniform in 1920 in Heian Jogakuin (平安女学院?) and 1921 by the principal of Fukuoka Jo Gakuin University (福岡女学院?), Elizabeth Lee. It was modeled after the uniform used by the British Royal Navy at the time, which Lee had experienced as an exchange student in the United Kingdom
Much like the male uniform, the gakuran, the sailor outfit bears a similarity to various military styled naval uniforms. The uniform generally consists of a blouse attached with a sailor-style collar and a pleated skirt. There are seasonal variations for summer and winter: sleeve length and fabric are adjusted accordingly. A ribbon is tied in the front and laced through a loop attached to the blouse. Several variations on the ribbon include neckties, bolo ties, neckerchiefs, and bows. Common colors are navy blue, white, grey, light green and black.
Shoes, socks, and other accessories are sometimes included as part of the uniform. These socks are typically navy or white. The shoes are typically brown or black penny loafers. Although not part of the prescribed uniform, alternate forms of legwear (such as loose socks, knee-length stockings, or similar) are also commonly matched by more fashionable girls with their sailor outfits.
source: Wikipedia – Japanese School Uniform
So there you have it. While not exactly a part of the uniform itself, thigh highs/knee-length stockings are worn by the girls looking for some sort of individuality or simply accessorizing themselves.
Bear in mind though that most school uniforms have a designated skirt length. Don’t get your hopes up, by my reckoning, it averages at +/- 6cm from the knee. No where near the skirt lengths we see in our favourite anime series, so we may not be seeing much S or A grade zettai ryouiki’s. But this has not deterred innovative high school girls from working around their school’s designated skirt lengths, which are more or less knee length, shortening them by rolling the skirt at the waist. Of course this is discouraged by school officials.
So if you want your quality Seifuku Zettai Ryouiki, I suggest heading out to Kyoto, where the average knee to skirt length is somewhere between 16 and 17 cm. mmm… that sounds very ideal condition for achieving A grade Zettai Ryouiki. I heard that weather in Kyoto is nice this time of the year and I’m due for a vacation.