Aren’t they cold? Why do Japanese high school girls wear miniskirts in winter?

Dec 6, 2017

It has been getting colder and colder in Japan. Some of you reading this article might feel like you want to go back to your country because of the harsh Japanese winter.


When you walk through the city in Japan, you might notice many high school students wearing miniskirts, even if it is too cold to wear it. You might get surprised when you see they do not even wear stockings.


Some of you having seen this might have already felt, “Why do they wear a miniskirt without stockings, and don’t they feel cold?”


1.Do high school students like to wear miniskirts?

There is a fact in the fashion of Japan that wearing a miniskirt is a kind of privilege for high school students. This is not an actual special right (of course), however, many people are conscious that high school students are obsessed with wearing miniskirts in terms of fashion.


Of course, there are no actual obligations which force every high school students to wear a miniskirt. Or even, there might be a rule not to wear too short a skirt. Additionally, in Osaka, it is common knowledge that high school students tend to wear long skirts instead of miniskirts, because girls think that it is cute. This bias towards high school students’ school uniform has affected a preference of the length skirts of high school students.


Additionally, the school uniform for high school students is sometimes a major attraction to many junior high school students to enter a specific high school, as they are looking forward to wearing its school uniform.


Likewise, a high school uniform has been dubbed a kind of “fashion brand” by many girls in Japan.

2. Do they not feel cold?

As mentioned in the previous chapter, wearing a miniskirt as the high school uniform is the students’ hidden policy. So they don’t even think about wearing a long skirt, even in winter.


If someone asked “You do not feel cold?” to one of the high school students wearing a miniskirt on a day it was snowing snowing, they would definitely answer “Yes, of course it’s cold.”


But it does not matter to them if it is cold or not. They just want to wear it how they like during the 3 years in which they can wear their favourite school uniform.


Moreover, actually some people do not feel the cold as much compared to the others. Some people have worn a miniskirt from their childhood, so they might have already gotten used to wearing a miniskirt, and they have gotten used to the cold so might not feel cold anymore.


Likewise, many of the high school students wearing a miniskirt do not try to get attention from men with their miniskirt. They wear a miniskirt because it is their fashion style, so even if there are some people saying they try to attract men by wearing a miniskirt, I do not think it is always true.


3.Why do not high school students wear a pair of stockings?

You might notice that there are many high school students who do not wear a pair of stockings when they wear a miniskirt. You might wonder why they do not wear them, which would absolutely help make them warm.


The reason why students do not wear a stockings when they wear a school uniform also has originated from a bias everyone has toward school uniforms.


Many Japanese people think that it is embarrassing to show their legs from a skirt or short shorts after they get older. This thinking way has become one of the Japanese culture, so many people believe that only when they are young, they can wear a miniskirt and show their legs.


As a result, school students want to wear a miniskirt without stockings to show their legs during their school life which means they are still young.


When I was a high school student, (which is a long time ago already) we had a similar custom. Our school banned wearing black stockings somehow, and we had to wear only a beige coloured stocking. Many girls do not want to wear beige colour stockings, because it was out of our original policy, we wore socks instead of a pair of stockings.


4.Japanese people love fashion

To summarize, high school students do not want to wear stockings, and wear a miniskirt as their school uniform even in winter.


It does not matter for them if they feel cold or not by wearing a miniskirt. They wear a miniskirt because they feel that it is a kind of privilege during a time when they are young.


This all might be based on an idea of Japanese people care about how they are looked at by the others. That is why people care about their fashion and they are be patient even if it is not proper cloths to prevent them from getting sick. And most school students enjoy wearing their miniskirt as their fashion. This custom will not vanish and will definately last for a long time in the future.   

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