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29th Apr '16 4:52:55 PM MasoTey
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* TutuFancy - Dancers portrayed in clothes that would actually be unsafe to dance in



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8th Feb '16 11:53:00 PM ManEFaces
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* Liberace practically invented wearing completely over-the-top elaborate costumes in the music industry. Outside of the numerous video clips and pictures online, this depiction of him as a showman in BehindTheCandelabra is accurate.
1st Jan '16 12:55:22 PM Cailleach
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** It's the same thing for all dance costumes. For example, there are makers who specialize only in making ballet tutus.
15th Dec '15 7:23:43 AM StFan
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* Subverted somewhat with [[Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena Utena]] -- her impractical "shirt" is actually her jacket and she wears a perfectly reasonable tank top and bicycle shorts underneath. Her shoes also seem more practical than others...

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* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'': Subverted somewhat with [[Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena Utena]] Utena -- her impractical "shirt" is actually her jacket and she wears a perfectly reasonable tank top and bicycle shorts underneath. Her shoes also seem more practical than others...



* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' has poor Dollar Bill. He was hired by a bank as a gimmick, and his employers designed his costume to appeal to the public as much as possible. His pretty cape got stuck in the bank's revolving door while he was trying to stop a heist, and he was shot to death.

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* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' has poor ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'':
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Dollar Bill. He was hired by a bank as a gimmick, and his employers designed his costume to appeal to the public as much as possible. His pretty cape got stuck in the bank's revolving door while he was trying to stop a heist, and he was shot to death.



** Also, Hooded Justice who wears a noose around his neck. It looks cool but can easily be used against him, such as in issue #6 of ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen - Minutemen'' when [[spoiler: Hollis grabs onto it and breaks HJ's neck]]. It's even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d:
--> '''Comedian''': What kind of stupid shit fights crime with a noose around his neck?
* [[Franchise/TheFlash Trickster]] suffered a similar demise in the trainwreck that was ''Comicbook/{{Countdown|ToFinalCrisis}}''. Odds are decent he would've survived the train-encounter with Comicbook/{{Deadshot}}, him and Piper having thrown the assassin off the car, had Deadshot not managed to grab his cape as he fell. James [[OhCrap reaction]] to the realisation that he will have such a lame C.O.D. is moderately amusing.

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** Also, Hooded Justice who wears a noose around his neck. It looks cool but can easily be used against him, such as in issue #6 of ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen - Minutemen'' when [[spoiler: Hollis [[spoiler:Hollis grabs onto it and breaks HJ's neck]]. It's even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d:
--> '''Comedian''': --->'''Comedia:''' What kind of stupid shit fights crime with a noose around his neck?
* [[Franchise/TheFlash Trickster]] suffered a similar demise in the trainwreck that was ''Comicbook/{{Countdown|ToFinalCrisis}}''. Odds are decent he would've survived the train-encounter with Comicbook/{{Deadshot}}, ComicBook/{{Deadshot}}, him and Piper having thrown the assassin off the car, had Deadshot not managed to grab his cape as he fell. James [[OhCrap reaction]] to the realisation realization that he will have such a lame C.O.D. is moderately amusing.



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* Creator/{{Disney}}
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' includes Merida's turquoise dress that she [[ForcedIntoTheirSundayBest is forced into]], which would be lovely if it weren't highly uncomfortable for her... In the ending, she wears a practical ''and'' elegant dress.
** A subtle example in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''; Elsa's ice dress is both a literal and figurative example of ImpossiblyCoolClothes. However, given the fact that, when running away from people who are trying to kill her, she repeatedly has to lift up the hem of her dress to keep from tripping on it...
** Defied in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', which features a costume designer to the superheroes who refuses to include capes in her costumes. She points out the danger and inconvenience of a cape, including anecdotes about superheroes who got sucked into jet turbines and such. [[spoiler:Later demonstrated using the villain.]]

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''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' includes Merida's turquoise dress that she [[ForcedIntoTheirSundayBest is forced into]], which would be lovely if it weren't highly uncomfortable for her... In the ending, she wears a practical ''and'' elegant dress.
** * A subtle example in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''; Elsa's ice dress is both a literal and figurative example of ImpossiblyCoolClothes. However, given the fact that, when running away from people who are trying to kill her, she repeatedly has to lift up the hem of her dress to keep from tripping on it...
** * Defied in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', which features a costume designer to the superheroes who refuses to include capes in her costumes. She points out the danger and inconvenience of a cape, including anecdotes about superheroes who got sucked into jet turbines and such. [[spoiler:Later demonstrated using the villain.]]]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'':
** The "fabulous" dress Rarity shows up in for the pre-selections. It's full of dangling metal shingles that, if they nicely reflect every light, also make the thing so heavy Rarity has trouble just walking in it -- and render her vulnerable to magnets, to boot.
** Trixie's costume for the final concert. It's quite fetching and impressive, as fitting for a true showwoman, but also very impractical to make a sneaky exit or climb a walled fence.



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* Remarkably averted by Creator/CirqueDuSoleil -- you would ''think'' the fancier costumes should be completely unsuited for acrobatics, dance, etc., but they are all safe and functional thanks to careful designs, unusual choices of material, exact measurements taken of the performers, and so forth. ''Theatre/{{O}}''[='s=] costumes go the extra mile in that they can take the rigors of immersion in water as well. Likewise with figure skating outfits, which have to look good and withstand athletic performance. Makers specialize only in these costumes.



* Just about every other outfit {{Franchise/Barbie}} has ever worn. In a comic (yes, there are licensed comics about her), Stacie's Play for the Drama Club got selected simply because hers is the only one that didn't require elaborate costumes, making it a bit of a subversion (since her original ideas were all {{Gorgeous Period Dress}}es romances)

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* Just about every other outfit {{Franchise/Barbie}} Franchise/{{Barbie}} has ever worn. In a comic (yes, there are licensed comics about her), Stacie's Play for the Drama Club got selected simply because hers is the only one that didn't require elaborate costumes, making it a bit of a subversion (since her original ideas were all {{Gorgeous Period Dress}}es romances)



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* Remarkably averted by Creator/CirqueDuSoleil -- you would ''think'' the fancier costumes should be completely unsuited for acrobatics, dance, etc., but they are all safe and functional thanks to careful designs, unusual choices of material, exact measurements taken of the performers, and so forth. ''Theatre/{{O}}'''s costumes go the extra mile in that they can take the rigors of immersion in water as well. Likewise with figure skating outfits, which have to look good and withstand athletic performance. Makers specialize only in these costumes.
28th Aug '15 8:36:23 PM merotoker
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* Some of the MagicalGirl outfits with their FrillsOfJustice really shouldn't be all that practical -- Franchise/SailorMoon's outfit with the gigantic wings, and all of ''Manga/WeddingPeach,'' come to mind.
** The Sailor Moon example suffers a LampshadeHanging in one episode where they have to fight inside Usagi's house. The stock footage of her InTheNameOfTheMoon speech is accompanied by crashing sounds and by the end of the fight the house is a mess... at which point [[AloofAlly the Starlight, Uranus and Neptune]] promptly leave.
* As does ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'', though for somewhat different reasons. In the seventh episode of the original {{OAV}}, ''Double Vision'', one has to wonder how many assistants are required to help strap IdolSinger Vision into her stage outfit (or how she keeps from falling right back out of it, for that matter). Might almost qualify as ImpossiblyCoolClothes, were it not for the fact that at least in ''theory'' someone could probably make this sort of outfit work.
* Subverted somewhat with [[RevolutionaryGirlUtena Utena]] -- her impractical "shirt" is actually her jacket and she wears a perfectly reasonable tank top and bicycle shorts underneath. Her shoes also seem more practical than others...

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* Some of the MagicalGirl outfits with their FrillsOfJustice really shouldn't be all that practical -- Franchise/SailorMoon's outfit with the gigantic wings, and all of ''Manga/WeddingPeach,'' come to mind.
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mind. The Sailor Moon example suffers a LampshadeHanging in one episode where they have to fight inside Usagi's house. The stock footage of her InTheNameOfTheMoon speech is accompanied by crashing sounds and by the end of the fight the house is a mess... at which point [[AloofAlly the Starlight, Uranus and Neptune]] promptly leave.
* As does ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'', though for somewhat different reasons. In the seventh episode of the original {{OAV}}, {{O|riginalVideoAnimation}}AV, ''Double Vision'', one has to wonder how many assistants are required to help strap IdolSinger Vision into her stage outfit (or how she keeps from falling right back out of it, for that matter). Might almost qualify as ImpossiblyCoolClothes, were it not for the fact that at least in ''theory'' someone could probably make this sort of outfit work.
* Subverted somewhat with [[RevolutionaryGirlUtena [[Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena Utena]] -- her impractical "shirt" is actually her jacket and she wears a perfectly reasonable tank top and bicycle shorts underneath. Her shoes also seem more practical than others...



** Also, Hooded Justice who wears a noose around his neck. It looks cool but can easily be used against him, such as in issue #6 of ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen - Minutemen'' when [[spoiler: Hollis grabs onto it and breaks HJ's neck]]. It's even {{Lampshaded}}:

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** Also, Hooded Justice who wears a noose around his neck. It looks cool but can easily be used against him, such as in issue #6 of ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen - Minutemen'' when [[spoiler: Hollis grabs onto it and breaks HJ's neck]]. It's even {{Lampshaded}}:{{lampshade|Hanging}}d:



* [[TheFlash Trickster]] suffered a similar demise in the trainwreck that was ''[[CountdownToFinalCrisis Countdown]]''. Odds are decent he would've survived the train-encounter with Deadshot, him and Piper having thrown the assassin off the car, had Deadshot not managed to grab his cape as he fell. James [[OhCrap reaction]] to the realisation that he will have such a lame C.O.D. is moderately amusing.
* ''TarotWitchOfTheBlackRose'': Tarot's {{Stripperiffic}} costume has tall boots with spikes that are about eighteen inches long jutting straight out to the side. You'd think she'd be banging into doorjambs and poking people all the time with those things.
* ComicBook/TheCreeper, being loopy, sports a completely reasonable superhero suit of boots, gloves and speedos... And incredibly floofy, mane-like red fluff around his shoulders.
** He also wears a green wig and yellow body paint, and those "completely reasonable" boots and gloves are trimmed with fake fur. His origin story explains the costume: he's an AccidentalHero, and it was a spur of the moment thing based on what he could find handy to conceal his real identity. The loopy bit is an act, because it tends to scare the hell out of bad guys. You know more or less where you stand with Batman, but somebody who dresses like the Creeper and laughs all the time might do ''anything''.
* Franchise/{{Batman}}'s cape is incredibly impressive, but DependingOnTheArtist can be anywhere up to four feet longer than Batman is tall. Some incarnations have ShouldersOfDoom, which would get caught on any doorway.
** {{Lampshaded}}: when Dick Grayson took over the role he complained about how awkward it was to wear, noting that he had deliberately dropped the cape when transitioning from Robin to Nightwing.

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* [[TheFlash [[Franchise/TheFlash Trickster]] suffered a similar demise in the trainwreck that was ''[[CountdownToFinalCrisis Countdown]]''. ''Comicbook/{{Countdown|ToFinalCrisis}}''. Odds are decent he would've survived the train-encounter with Deadshot, Comicbook/{{Deadshot}}, him and Piper having thrown the assassin off the car, had Deadshot not managed to grab his cape as he fell. James [[OhCrap reaction]] to the realisation that he will have such a lame C.O.D. is moderately amusing.
* ''TarotWitchOfTheBlackRose'': ''ComicBook/TarotWitchOfTheBlackRose'': Tarot's {{Stripperiffic}} costume has tall boots with spikes that are about eighteen inches long jutting straight out to the side. You'd think she'd be banging into doorjambs and poking people all the time with those things.
* ComicBook/TheCreeper, being loopy, sports a completely reasonable superhero suit of boots, gloves and speedos... And incredibly floofy, mane-like red fluff around his shoulders.
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shoulders. He also wears a green wig and yellow body paint, and those "completely reasonable" boots and gloves are trimmed with fake fur. His origin story explains the costume: he's an AccidentalHero, and it was a spur of the moment thing based on what he could find handy to conceal his real identity. The loopy bit is an act, because it tends to scare the hell out of bad guys. You know more or less where you stand with Batman, but somebody who dresses like the Creeper and laughs all the time might do ''anything''.
* Franchise/{{Batman}}'s cape is incredibly impressive, but DependingOnTheArtist can be anywhere up to four feet longer than Batman is tall. Some incarnations have ShouldersOfDoom, which would get caught on any doorway.
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doorway. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d: when Dick Grayson took over the role he complained about how awkward it was to wear, noting that he had deliberately dropped the cape when transitioning from Robin to Nightwing.



** Defied in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', which features a costume designer to the superheroes who refuses to include capes in her costumes. She points out the danger and inconvenience of a cape, including anecdotes about superheroes who got sucked into jet turbines and such.
*** [[spoiler:Later demonstrated using the villain.]]

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** Defied in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', which features a costume designer to the superheroes who refuses to include capes in her costumes. She points out the danger and inconvenience of a cape, including anecdotes about superheroes who got sucked into jet turbines and such.
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such. [[spoiler:Later demonstrated using the villain.]]



** Just watch any -- repeat, '''any''' -- production number in an old movie musical and you'll be almost certain to see the lead singer/dancer, especially if an actress, wearing an ImpracticallyFancyOutfit.

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** Just watch any -- repeat, '''any''' -- production number in an old movie musical and you'll be almost certain to see the lead singer/dancer, especially if an actress, wearing an ImpracticallyFancyOutfit.this.



* Anything on a Hollywood catwalk will be five parts art and one-half part wardrobe.
** For that matter, most outfits on a ''haute couture'' catwalk these days are much more about art than about wardrobe (a notion which must have Dior, Fath and Balenciaga spinning in their graves). For things people would be more likely to actually wear, check the "ready-to-wear" shows.

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* Anything on a Hollywood catwalk will be five parts art and one-half part wardrobe.
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wardrobe. For that matter, most outfits on a ''haute couture'' catwalk these days are much more about art than about wardrobe (a notion which must have Dior, Fath and Balenciaga spinning in their graves). For things people would be more likely to actually wear, check the "ready-to-wear" shows.



* Giselle's wedding dress in ''{{Enchanted}}''. Amy Adams said it was really hard to move wearing so much fabric (especially since the skirt shape was from loads of petticoats instead of a hoopskirt).
* Many of 50's swimming star Esther Williams costumes, but most notably the one from ''Million Dollar Mermaid'', which nearly killed her. (Wearing a crown + diving from a 6-story height + not landing absolutely perfectly = 3 broken vertabrae + 6 months in a body cast)

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* Giselle's wedding dress in ''{{Enchanted}}''.''Film/{{Enchanted}}''. Amy Adams said it was really hard to move wearing so much fabric (especially since the skirt shape was from loads of petticoats instead of a hoopskirt).
* Many of 50's swimming star Esther Williams costumes, but most notably the one from ''Million Dollar Mermaid'', which nearly killed her. (Wearing a crown + diving from a 6-story height + not landing absolutely perfectly = 3 broken vertabrae vertebrae + 6 months in a body cast)



* Mal tries to use this to convince [[WrenchWench Kaylee]] that the fancy dress she wants in [[Series/{{Firefly}} "Shindig"]] would be completely useless to her. His comments just piss everyone off, but the plot does contrive to get her the dress later.

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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Mal tries to use this to convince [[WrenchWench Kaylee]] that the fancy dress she wants in [[Series/{{Firefly}} [[Recap/FireflyE04Shindig "Shindig"]] would be completely useless to her. His comments just piss everyone off, but the plot does contrive to get her the dress later.



* The Glam Rock trend of TheSeventies was made of this, with acts such as KISS, David Bowie and Elton John leading the way.
* Finnish shock rockers {{Lordi}} dress up as monsters for all public appearances, including interviews. This is possibly part of the reason why they've never toured to Australia, despite having a large and vocal [[{{Fandom}} fanbase]] there.
* Music/LadyGaga. Her totally outlandish [[strike:costumes]] normal clothing is part of the reason some people know her. She had trouble sitting down to play the piano during her [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-LPOJCmY5o 2nd performance on SNL.]]
** Here are [[http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20309550_20309885,00.html a few of her particularly ridiculous outfits]].

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* The Glam Rock trend of TheSeventies was made of this, with acts such as KISS, David Bowie Music/{{KISS}}, Music/DavidBowie and Elton John Music/EltonJohn leading the way.
* Finnish shock rockers {{Lordi}} Music/{{Lordi}} dress up as monsters for all public appearances, including interviews. This is possibly part of the reason why they've never toured to Australia, despite having a large and vocal [[{{Fandom}} fanbase]] there.
* Music/LadyGaga. Her totally outlandish [[strike:costumes]] normal clothing is part of the reason some people know her. She had trouble sitting down to play the piano during her [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-LPOJCmY5o 2nd performance on SNL.]]
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''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. Here are [[http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20309550_20309885,00.html a few of her particularly ridiculous outfits]].



* When Music/DavidBowie performed "Music/TheManWhoSoldTheWorld" on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' in 1979 - with Klaus Nomi, no less - he wore a rigid skirt that enclosed his legs, and had to be carried into place by his co-stars in order to reach the microphone.

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* When Music/DavidBowie performed "Music/TheManWhoSoldTheWorld" on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' ''SNL'' in 1979 - with Klaus Nomi, no less - he wore a rigid skirt that enclosed his legs, and had to be carried into place by his co-stars in order to reach the microphone.



* A ballet version of ''AStreetcarNamedDesire'' had the female dancers wearing heavy-looking, full-length dresses. When the production changed hands the dresses were shortened, which original dancer Mia Slavenka scoffed at because it changed Blanche from [[BreakTheHaughty a woman who is trying to appear better than she is]] to "just another nymphomaniac".

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* A ballet version of ''AStreetcarNamedDesire'' ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'' had the female dancers wearing heavy-looking, full-length dresses. When the production changed hands the dresses were shortened, which original dancer Mia Slavenka scoffed at because it changed Blanche from [[BreakTheHaughty a woman who is trying to appear better than she is]] to "just another nymphomaniac".



* Just about every other outfit {{Franchise/Barbie}} has ever worn.
** In a comic (yes, there are licensed comics about her), Stacie's Play for the Drama Club got selected simply because hers is the only one that didn't require elaborate costumes, making it a bit of a subversion (since her original ideas were all GorgeousPeriodDresses romances)

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* Just about every other outfit {{Franchise/Barbie}} has ever worn.
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worn. In a comic (yes, there are licensed comics about her), Stacie's Play for the Drama Club got selected simply because hers is the only one that didn't require elaborate costumes, making it a bit of a subversion (since her original ideas were all GorgeousPeriodDresses {{Gorgeous Period Dress}}es romances)



* Many of the newer ''HarvestMoon'' protagonist clothing are rather impracticable for a farmer, and overly fancy considering how they should get dirty and broken often.
* ''KingdomHearts''' protagonists regularly wear clothing which would require a Hollywood costuming team to put on in the morning. Admittedly, they're generally teenagers, but it still seems odd for people who engage in melee combat to have all sorts of buckles and belts and straps to get caught on things.
** And on that note, ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' has become famous for the excessively ornate and often silly outfits many characters wear, leaving the player wondering either how characters can move around freely in them or wondering how they even ''stay on''.
* Invoked in ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoQoga''. Your Reyvateils' outfits are very fancy, but that's because they're constructed out the inert state of fictional physics particles they use for power. The more physical outfit they have to shed to show some more skin mid-battle, the bigger the feedback wave, so the more power they get.

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* Many of the newer ''HarvestMoon'' ''Franchise/HarvestMoon'' protagonist clothing are rather impracticable for a farmer, and overly fancy considering how they should get dirty and broken often.
* ''KingdomHearts''' ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''' protagonists regularly wear clothing which would require a Hollywood costuming team to put on in the morning. Admittedly, they're generally teenagers, but it still seems odd for people who engage in melee combat to have all sorts of buckles and belts and straps to get caught on things.
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things. And on that note, ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' has become famous for the excessively ornate and often silly outfits many characters wear, leaving the player wondering either how characters can move around freely in them or wondering how they even ''stay on''.
* Invoked in ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoQoga''.''VideoGame/ArTonelicoQogaKnellOfArCiel''. Your Reyvateils' outfits are very fancy, but that's because they're constructed out the inert state of fictional physics particles they use for power. The more physical outfit they have to shed to show some more skin mid-battle, the bigger the feedback wave, so the more power they get.



* Remarkably averted by Creator/CirqueDuSoleil -- you would ''think'' the fancier costumes should be completely unsuited for acrobatics, dance, etc., but they are all safe and functional thanks to careful designs, unusual choices of material, exact measurements taken of the performers, and so forth. ''Theatre/{{O}}'''s costumes go the extra mile in that they can take the rigors of immersion in water as well.
** Likewise with figure skating outfits, which have to look good and withstand athletic performance. Makers specialize only in these costumes.
* {{Fashion Show}}s love this trope
** Haute couture collections, in particular, take this UpToEleven.

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* Remarkably averted by Creator/CirqueDuSoleil -- you would ''think'' the fancier costumes should be completely unsuited for acrobatics, dance, etc., but they are all safe and functional thanks to careful designs, unusual choices of material, exact measurements taken of the performers, and so forth. ''Theatre/{{O}}'''s costumes go the extra mile in that they can take the rigors of immersion in water as well. \n** Likewise with figure skating outfits, which have to look good and withstand athletic performance. Makers specialize only in these costumes.
* {{Fashion Show}}s love this trope
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trope. Haute couture collections, in particular, take this UpToEleven.



* Togas. They were restricting, hot in the Italian sun, and the wearers had to constantly hold them up with one hand. The Senate eventually had to pass a law making it illegal for citizens ''not'' to wear them in the Forum, because they helped to stop assassination attempts.
** The need to constantly hold them up is a matter of them being wrapped in a bad way. The wrapping styles used earlier in the Roman period were generally more practical than those used later, and some even provided a convenient loop that could be pulled up over the head to help keep the rain off. Some of the later ones get quite silly. The dominant clothing of the following period (tunics and dresses) can be plausibly seen as the direct descendant of Roman underwear.

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* Togas. They were restricting, hot in the Italian sun, and the wearers had to constantly hold them up with one hand. The Senate eventually had to pass a law making it illegal for citizens ''not'' to wear them in the Forum, because they helped to stop assassination attempts.
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attempts. The need to constantly hold them up is a matter of them being wrapped in a bad way. The wrapping styles used earlier in the Roman period were generally more practical than those used later, and some even provided a convenient loop that could be pulled up over the head to help keep the rain off. Some of the later ones get quite silly. The dominant clothing of the following period (tunics and dresses) can be plausibly seen as the direct descendant of Roman underwear.



* The fashion sensibilities {{Goth}}, CyberPunk and SteamPunk subcultures (and various overlaps like Cyber Goths) can come off this way, sometimes reaching the point where the wearer no longer looks human. They are also ''very'' heavy on the AwesomeButImpractical side.
** The combinations of various artifacts of clothing can be a problem even for some of the simpler outfits; leading to an oft-repeated adage in the {{Goth}} scene: "Shoes first, ''then'' corset."
* After creating plenty of those outfits for ''TheAdventuresOfPriscillaQueenOfTheDesert'', Lizzy Gardiner won an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Costume Design in a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Express_Gold_card_dress_of_Lizzy_Gardiner glorious example]].
* In Japan, wearing old-fashioned Japanese clothes (kimono, yukata, etc) is considered classy, like wearing a tailored suit or a tuxedo in Western nations. However, very few people wear them day-to-day, because kimono traditionally had to be unstitched, then washed, then sewn back together again ''every time they needed cleaning''.

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* The fashion sensibilities {{Goth}}, CyberPunk and SteamPunk subcultures (and various overlaps like Cyber Goths) can come off this way, sometimes reaching the point where the wearer no longer looks human. They are also ''very'' heavy on the AwesomeButImpractical side.
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side. The combinations of various artifacts of clothing can be a problem even for some of the simpler outfits; leading to an oft-repeated adage in the {{Goth}} scene: "Shoes first, ''then'' corset."
* After creating plenty of those outfits for ''TheAdventuresOfPriscillaQueenOfTheDesert'', ''Film/TheAdventuresOfPriscillaQueenOfTheDesert'', Lizzy Gardiner won an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Costume Design in a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Express_Gold_card_dress_of_Lizzy_Gardiner glorious example]].
* In Japan, UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}, wearing old-fashioned Japanese clothes (kimono, yukata, etc) is considered classy, like wearing a tailored suit or a tuxedo in Western nations. However, very few people wear them day-to-day, because a kimono traditionally had to be unstitched, then washed, then sewn back together again ''every time they needed cleaning''.



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18th Aug '15 1:59:35 PM Prfnoff
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** Also, Hooded Justice who wears a noose around his neck. It looks cool but can easily be used against him, such as in issue #6 of ''BeforeWatchmen - Minutemen'' when [[spoiler: Hollis grabs onto it and breaks HJ's neck]]. It's even {{Lampshaded}}:

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** Also, Hooded Justice who wears a noose around his neck. It looks cool but can easily be used against him, such as in issue #6 of ''BeforeWatchmen ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen - Minutemen'' when [[spoiler: Hollis grabs onto it and breaks HJ's neck]]. It's even {{Lampshaded}}:
30th Jun '15 5:39:05 AM Arcorann
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** ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' includes Merida's turquoise dress that she [[ForcedIntoTheirSundayBest is forced into]], which would be lovely if it weren't comfortable for her... In the ending, she wears a practical ''and'' elegant dress.

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** ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' includes Merida's turquoise dress that she [[ForcedIntoTheirSundayBest is forced into]], which would be lovely if it weren't comfortable highly uncomfortable for her... In the ending, she wears a practical ''and'' elegant dress.
23rd Jun '15 1:23:09 AM CLT009
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* ''Film/{{Rebecca}}'' hung a lampshade on this trope. The heroine, having just married [[TroubledButCute former widower]] [[IdleRich Maxim]], is desperate to prove herself a ProperLady (and not an InadequateInheritor to the titular [[PosthumousCharacter Rebecca]]). Hoping to [[ErmineCapeEffect appear elegant and tasteful]], she buys a [[PimpedOutDress fancy party dress]] from a fashion magazine... but quickly learns that it's completely out of place for a quiet evening at home, BigFancyHouse and FictionFiveHundred-status be damned.
19th Jun '15 1:11:50 PM Prfnoff
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* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''FeyWinds'', when the characters, unexpectedly thrust into battle when all dressed up, promptly [[{{Stripperiffic}} dress down]].

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* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''FeyWinds'', ''Webcomic/FeyWinds'', when the characters, unexpectedly thrust into battle when all dressed up, promptly [[{{Stripperiffic}} dress down]].



* In ''KappaMikey'', Mikey and Lilly go overboard with all kinds of crazy clothing designs when trying to get their ideas bought by a well-known clothing designer. This included a cement dress and clothing made of garbage and food.

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* In ''KappaMikey'', ''WesternAnimation/KappaMikey'', Mikey and Lilly go overboard with all kinds of crazy clothing designs when trying to get their ideas bought by a well-known clothing designer. This included a cement dress and clothing made of garbage and food.
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Often overlaps with GorgeousPeriodDress. Is often a feature of the patrons of the CoolestClubEver. Is practically the uniform for a [[PrincessClassic classical princess]].

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Often overlaps with GorgeousPeriodDress. Is often a feature of the patrons of the CoolestClubEver. Is practically the uniform for a [[PrincessClassic classical princess]].
princess]].

Often overlaps with GorgeousPeriodDress and ImpossiblyCoolClothes.
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