In this article, you gonna learn about how to choose a suitable length or type of legwear in Lolita Fashion.
Legwear is essential in Lolita Fashion. A lolita fashion without socks/stockings/tights would lose a part of the soul of the kawaii aesthetic. The reason is that Lolita Fashion's main goal is to cover most parts of the body and the socks will block the ankle which has a certain age-defying effect.
The socks in Lolita Fashion are very exquisite, mostly with lace or ruffle decoration. All kinds of simply designed lolita shoes as long as matched with a pair of cute lace socks, immediately have the feeling of lolita fashion.
How to Shop a Suitable Legwear for Your Wardrobe
Step 1. Check the Main Piece's Skirt Length
If the lolita dress's skirt length is around 40cm, then the dress would reach half of your thighs such as punk lolita or idol lolita dresses, so OTKs or Knee-highs would be good choices. Tights are also good if you want to be more modest or for cold weather.
If the lolita dress's skirt is around 55cm, then the dress would reach over knee or knee-high. This length would be slighter longer and sweet lolita dress length is most in this range. You can choose any length of legwear to suit this length of lolita dress.
If the length is below the knee, most elegant gothic lolita dresses are in this length, then you can choose shorter socks/stockings like mid-calf, crew-length, or ankle socks to finish off your coordinate.
Step 2. Choose One That Matches the Theme/Color
The color of your legwear should be lighter or slightly lighter than your main piece's color in case the focus may shift away, especially when you choose a pastel-colored dress.
Likewise, you can also choose lolita legwear depending on the theme of your main pieces. For example, if your dress has Alice-in-wonderland-themed prints then you can choose stockings/socks with poker or bunny elements as long as the color is also matching.
Step 3. Check the Legwear Size Before Buying
There are mainly three important data in the size chart of legwear on our site: Full Length, Boot Height (Crew Length/Tube Height), and Max Leg Girth.
How to Shop Lolita Legwear Properly:
Take lolita legwear indie brand ROJI ROJI's size chart as an example. My calf girth is 40cm and my shoe size is 23.5cm. The OTKs' crew height is 55cm, max body girth is 56cm, and free size (22~25cm shoe size). So the sweet lolita OTKs below would definitely suit me.
Step 4. Clean and Clear
If you are new to lolita fashion, you need to be careful with some lolita legwear, especially those made from glass fiber fabric.
Glass fiber socks are made of glass fiber and a small amount of spandex blend, with relatively good elasticity and excellent breathability, and are comfortable to wear. Glass fiber socks, like nylon socks, are easy to hook so be careful when you wear or wash them.
*Note: There are a few threads inside the glass fiber socks, the threads are left due to the machine cutting line, which is a normal phenomenon.
Cotton Socks are also commonly seen in lolita fashion. It has good elasticity and is breathable, soft, and comfortable to wear. It's not easy to hook, has vibrant prints, and is suitable for autumn and winter. It may be slightly deformed after overstretching (if your leg circumference is large, there will be a tight feeling and the socks will be strangled). It also pills if you rub too much.
Velvet Socks/Stockings/Tights are very stretchy and commonly used in OTKs and Knee-highs. They are warm and comfortable. 20~40 denier velvet socks are also easy to hook, so be careful about that. We have all kinds of velvet stockings/tights on our site.
Types of Lolita Legwear
We divided some common lolita legwear according to length(mostly boot height (crew/tube height) on our site. You can find all kinds of exquisite lolita legwear on our site by clicking here♡.
Tights/Pantyhose covers the area from the waist down to the end of the toes. Tights are often used in the U.K. which refer to close-fitting opaque covering. While pantyhose, also known as Nylons or sheer tights, are often used in the U.S.
Actually, tights and pantyhose are slightly different. Pantyhose are usually under 40 deniers and tights are above 40 deniers. So normally tights are thicker than pantyhose and better for cold weather. Pantyhose are normally sheer or semi-sheer, which suits for wear in summer.
Thigh highs, or over-the-knee socks, cover the area from the end of the toes to the middle area of the thigh. Overknee socks/stockings' tube height is above 50cm. Thigh highs' tube height is above 60cm.
They match well with lolita dress with mini skirts.
Knee highs, also known as under-the-knee socks or over-calf socks, cover the area from the end of the toes to the lower part of the knee. So knee-high socks are actually below your kneecaps. The tube height of knee highs is 35~45cm.
4. Calf Socks♡
There are two tube heights in calf socks — over-calf, and mid-calf socks. Over-calf socks cover the whole calf and reach the upper part of the calf. While mid-calf socks reach the middle part of the calf. Over-calf socks' tube height is 30~40cm and mid-calf socks' tube height is 25~30cm.
Crew socks, also known as running socks, are longer than ankle socks and reach up to the mid-calf. Short crew shorts' tube height is 12~15cm, normal crew socks' tube length is 16~19cm, and long crew socks' tube height is 20~24cm.
Knitted crew socks are sporty and suit for four seasons. The prints on them are vibrant and go well with sweet lolita.
Semi-sheer crew socks made from tulle, glass filament, or lace organza are breathable, cute, and suitable for wear in summer.
Ankle socks with ruffles are also popular in lolita fashion, which gives off a strong old-school, retro, and elegant vibe. Ankle socks' boot height is 5~8cm.
Leg warmers and loose socks are both '80s fashion styles. Leg warmers cover the lower legs, similar to socks but thicker and footless. Leg warmers are worn to keep warm in colder weather and are suitable in punk lolita.
Loose socks, or bubble socks, are a style of baggy socks worn by Japanese high school girls. They expressed rebellious deviation from Japan's strict dress code for school uniforms in the '80s. It's a part of Kogal ("schoolgirls") culture and Fairy Kei.
Loose socks can flatter plump calves and are mostly seen in 不良JK("bad schoolgirls") or Y2K hot girls' outfits or Fairy Kei kawaii outfits. It works well with punk lolita sometimes.
*All the above socks are suitable for people with 30~45cm calf circumference(depends on different indie brands), people who are larger than this size can choose custom size♡ or plus-size♡ available items.