I’m keeping this strictly as commentary at women’s fashion. Women. Not teenagers. Not girls. Women.
It’s something I noticed even before I went to Japan... back when I was a teenager... and it is something I have always liked…
The Japanese note this as the area of bare skin that’s in the gap between the over-the-knee sock and the skirt or shorts.
Now… I’ve never cared for over-the-knee socks and shorts, so I’m going to discount that.
To be honest… I think I actually prefer the look to be over-the-knee boots and a gap of skin, but potatoe, potatoh.
Crap… the Japanese don’t have a term for the boot look, do they? If they do, I can’t find it here at work without getting myself in trouble.
I’m not making up this stuff, but here’s what I found on Wikipedia…
The ideal ratio of the length of the miniskirt, the exposed portion of thigh, and the over-knee part of the socks is often considered to be 4:1:2.5 with a tolerance of 25%.
Zettai ryōiki fans classify it by visible bare skin area, that depends on height of the socks and length of the skirt. Zettai ryōiki is graded from grade E (too much leg is seen, the skirt is also too long) to grade A (short skirt, high socks, short exposed area)
Fans? Holy crap. Do these guys get together and discuss on forums the parameters of acceptable thigh gap? Again… I am talking about skin showing on the thigh.
I would never join and club that would have me as its member.
That was an apt paraphrase of a quote from Groucho Marx. If you think he invented marxism, he didn’t… he invented Groucho Marxism.
Anyhow… I do enjoy zettai ryōiki. Or at least I did. I don’t know if I do now. Part of the problem is that anyone who would wear that style now is young enough to be my daughter… my fifth daughter…
Oh well… forget everything I wrote above - and don't even look at any of the photos I posted.
I said don't.
No really. Don't.
Did you know that the Japanese have a phrase to describe the area of bare skin that’s in the gap between the over-the-knee sock and the skirt or shorts?
Yup… it’s called zettai ryōiki.
Somewhere an ambulance stopped with a jerk and I got out,
PS: All images from http://maysakaali.deviantart.com/art/Zettai-Ryouiki-364781637
May is the model - and she's gorgeous.