| ||18.104.22.168 Socks & Stockings|
The defining difference between what is considered Socks and Stockings is the material they are made of and their thickness. Stockings are thinner and should always be tight fitting, usually made of nylon, silk, netting, thin cotton, and other very thin stretchy substances. Socks are thicker and are allowed to be slightly looser fitting (even though most of them aren't), usually made of wool, cotton, or other knitted or woven materials. They should be pulled up and held in place (ether on their own or using other articles of clothing and accessories), as droopy or baggy Socks and Stockings are not appropriate and should be corrected immediately.
Socks are not allowed to go above the top of the kneecaps, unless they are worn with boots that go higher. In that case they are not allowed to go higher than just barely above the top of the boots. Stockings are not allowed to go higher than the midway point between the top of the knee and the widest part of the hips (often referred to as mid-thigh). There is no lower limit on the size of Socks or Stockings.
Combination pieces that are designed to be a mix of garter belt and stockings as one piece would normally not be allowed according to the above rules, but a general exception was made to allow for them. They count as both, so no other socks or stockings can be worn with them. Depending on the design, these are considered a combination of stockings and an accessory or a stockings and a bottom (or even stockings and a dress). The main rule is that the pubic region and crack of the behind must be left uncovered by them with enough space on the inside thigh exposed to allow for them to seen as separate pieces and not just pants with a hole in them. Oddly enough this exception has opened things up to allow for chaps to be worn by women, but they do count as a bottom and can't be worn with another.