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In Aobuta ("Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai"), the titular bunny-girl Sakurajima Mai is shown wearing stockings while attending school.

Sakuta and Mai from Episode 11

It doesn't seem like this is a part of the regular school uniform, since no other female student in the school is seen wearing stockings.

Sakuta observing Mai at school from episode 1

Sakuta observing Mai at the train station from episode 1

How is Mai allowed to wear stockings at school? Is this just artistic license to distinguish the main character in the series, and/or indicate her celebrity status/background? Or, are (some) schools in Japan lax about their dress code to this extent?

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The regulations on school uniforms in Japan vary.

Considering Japan is experiencing 4 seasons and hence, winter season, some schools allow tights on cold weather while others outright ban them.

Some questions on Yahoo! Chiebukuro that supporting if wearing tights is allowed:

1 Denier: a unit of measure for the linear mass density of fibers

While some schools outright banned them (and even made into news internationally):

There are also some that require the students to wear tights in certain conditions even in spring/summer, like wearing black (and only black) tights for skirts above the knees.


Moving to the main topic...

There is no detail about the regulation for Mai's school, so it can be assumed that it is leaning to the looser one.

However, while the specific reference is not mentioned, the Japanese Wikipedia mentions that

芸能活動の支障にならないよう日焼けを防止するため、夏でも大抵黒のタイツを着用している。

To prevent sunburn which may hinder her living as a celebrity talent, she also wears black tights even in summer.

(Emphasis added)

This is somewhat strengthened by her character introduction in Dengeki Bunko's heroines in swimsuit

日焼けを気にして、デートでもなかなか素肌を見られる機会がないが、今回は、ファッション誌の撮影のために水着を着用。

Concerned about sunburn, while her skin is rarely revealed even while dating, this time she is wearing a swimsuit for a fashion magazine photo-taking.

(Emphasis added)

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    I've been trying really hard to find the reference for the Japanese Wikipedia but failed miserably, but I don't follow the series at all. I'd really appreciate it if someone can find it. – Aki Tanaka Jul 29 at 16:20
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First of all, since no one is able to physically see Mai (other than people who have the adolescence syndrome) it does not really matter what she wears. Second, as you said it makes it easier to distinguish her from other characters in the story. There is no rule in the school that stockings aren't allowed. Even if stockings weren't allowed no one can see Mai.

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