Created By: pikapika217 on August 17, 2010 Last Edited By: ryanasaurus0077 on June 4, 2014
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Girly Skirt Twirl

Character twirls skirt for pretties.

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Seen It a Million Times, Needs More Examples, May Need A Better Title.
"Have you ever seen such a beautiful dress?"

Firo: Why'd you spin around?
Claudia: Because I wanted to twirl my dress!

It's that skirt twirl that female characters do, usually Disney Princesses, when they wear a full skirt or are in a dress with a full skirt.

Usually, it's done to emphasize either how lovely the item is and/or how much the wearer loves it. Either that or it is done to denote the youthful, cheerful girliness of the character herself or otherwise give off that impression. Sometimes done with wedding and/or prom dresses.

A Tomboy with a Girly Streak will likely do this when she has a pretty dress.

Related to Everything's Better with Spinning. Compare Cape Swish and Every Proper Lady Should Curtsy.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Sister Princess. When the sisters play 'bridal dress up' for pretend weddings with the protagonist, some of them do this. All fun and games.
  • In Slayers, when Lina has a 'princess fantasy' early in the first season, it involves a pimped out dress and this trope. The girliness is likely to contrast what she she's usually like.

Film - Animated

Film - Live Action
  • In the "Somewhere That's Green" song in Little Shop of Horrors, Audrey spins around her dream house after dusting it (since a life of a housewife is still much better than the life she's currently living).
  • Taken Up to Eleven in Disney's Mary Poppins. During the dance scene on the roof, the title character twirls so hard she goes flying for a few seconds (although the flying bit isn't focused on the skirt, because it's part of the choreography).
  • In a male example that's played unusually straight, T.E. Lawrence does this in Lawrence of Arabia after he is given Arab-style robes to replace his British Army khakis.
  • Thistlewit does this in Maleficent upon changing into her peasant woman form.
  • Seen in the "Put on Your Sunday Clothes" scene in Hello, Dolly!, as the girl with Dolly shows off her nice dress.

Literature
  • Claudia Walken from the Baccano! Light Novel greets Firo this way.
  • When the District 12 team of The Hunger Games watches the replay of the interviews in the sitting room, Katniss thinks that she seems frilly and shallow, twirling and giggling in her sparkling dress, although the others assure her that she is charming.

Live-Action TV
  • In The John Larroquette Show, the normally tough cop is a bridesmaid for a Cinderella themed wedding, and twirls around the room in her dress, accidentally tripping over a chair.

Video Games
  • In BioShock Infinite, Elizabeth does this when dancing on the beach. That entire sequence's purpose is to demonstrate her innocence and childlike attitude after spending most of her life locked in a tower.

Western Animation
  • In an episode of Rugrats, Phil and Chuckie decide to wear dresses and naively perform these for fun.
  • In "Monty Can't Buy Me Love" from The Simpsons, Homer does this while wearing a kilt, revealing that he's not wearing underwear.
Community Feedback Replies: 81
  • August 4, 2010
    Sackett
    Skirt Twirl? since it tend to focus on the skirt...
  • August 4, 2010
    BNS
    Total truth in television when applied to "how much the wearer loves it." Some skirts just look AWESOME when they twirl and it's really fun to do.
  • August 4, 2010
    Canidaemon
    I like Girly Twirl as the title.
  • August 4, 2010
    Pickly
    The Female Dervish dance in Guild Wars.

    (not sure if this exactly fits. It is spinning aroubnd in a skirt like thing, though it doesn't really have the "girly" elements mentioned in the description.)
  • August 4, 2010
    DragonQuestZ
    Or Dress Twirl, since it's almost always done with a dress (save for parodies of course).

    Also, that first picture is basically what's on Everythings Better With Sparkles. But it's also a good representation of the trope. So I'll put up a replacement picture, and you can have that picture for this trope.
  • August 4, 2010
    pokedude10
    Here. I already have a replacement for that trope, so you can use it for this now.

    Caption" "Have you ever seen such a beautiful dress?"
  • August 4, 2010
    Ronka87
    We need this trope. I see this all the time.

    (By the by, a major reason girls do this is so they can show off how they look from all angles, especially if they're in a store or post makeover. Although sometimes, it's just because skirts and dresses are fun to twirl.)
  • August 4, 2010
    Arutema
    Rachel's Forward+C attacks in BlazBlue. Behold the skirt twirl of pain!
  • August 5, 2010
    DragonQuestZ
    Many Real Life dances involve the ladies doing skirt twirls.
  • August 6, 2010
    Idraena
    Truth In Television; with older girls, it's usually to show off how they look from all angles. With little girls, it's usually to show off how the skirt looks, or because it's fun. (With little girls, the twirliness of skirts is a major factor in their awesomeness. So there's often some "Look at how awesome my skirt is!" *does a twirl* moments.)
  • August 7, 2010
    DragonQuestZ
    Bump, and again, the picture I posted is free to use for this trope.
  • August 7, 2010
    whereismytea
    It's still totally fun and awesome for older girls. Just saying.
  • August 17, 2010
    Unknown Troper
  • August 18, 2010
    RedWren
    I'd go with Girly Twirl. Even in parodies, it tends to be a joke about how the character is particularly feminine/effeminate/failing at being so. And it rhymes.
  • August 18, 2010
    DragonQuestZ
    ^It doesn't rhyme. That would be "girly twirly", which isn't the phrase.
  • August 19, 2010
    RedWren
    ^ Assonance, I'm sorry. Rhyme but for a syllable.
  • September 11, 2010
    DragonQuestZ
    Do we have enough examples to launch?
  • September 11, 2010
    Generality
    Related to Cape Swish.
  • September 18, 2010
    DragonQuestZ
    Is this Up For Grabs, or does the OP want to launch this?
  • September 20, 2010
    DragonQuestZ
    Sigh. If someone doesn't launch this, or at least reply, by tonight, I'll launch this.
  • September 20, 2010
    ElementX
    ^ We don't really have many examples though do we?
  • September 20, 2010
    DragonQuestZ
    Oh, forgot that. We really should get some more.
  • October 2, 2010
    pikapika217
    this can be upforgrabs,, if people are still interested. I know this is a good trope but can't seem to get the examples or momentum to launch it properly. I know this exists and I want it to be launched but this may be beyond my scope :/
  • March 22, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Done in the "Somewhere That's Green" song in Little Shop Of Horrors.
  • March 22, 2011
    Terabiel
    done at least twice in the Hunger Games, by Katniss, during her two interviews with the host of the games.
  • May 23, 2011
    peccantis
    Hijacking to incubate further. Needs more examples badly. Please elaborate with motives/subtext behind the twirling for each example because merely twirling isn't this trope.
  • May 23, 2011
    UntunedStrings
    Claudia Walken from the Baccano Light Novel greets Firo this way.
    Firo: Why'd you spin around?
    Claudia: Because I wanted to twirl my dress!
  • August 21, 2011
    peccantis
    More examples?
  • August 21, 2011
    Bisected8
    • In an episode of Rugrats, Phil and Chuckie decide to wear dresses and naively perform these for fun.
  • December 15, 2011
    Oreochan
    Bump.
  • December 15, 2011
    NESBoy
    In "Monty Can't Buy Me Love" from The Simpsons, Homer does this while wearing a kilt, revealing that he's not wearing underwear.
  • July 23, 2012
    ChaoticNovelist
    Bumb. Nine total examples but two lack context, one says 'not feminine' and a third says a guy does it with a kilt, thus a total of six. I'll add two for eight.

    Slayers When Lina has a 'princess fantasy' early in the first season, it involves a pimped out dress and this trope. The girliness is likely to contrast what she she's usually like.

    Sister Princess: When the sisters play 'bridal dress up' for pretend weddings with the protagonist, some of them do this. All fun and games.
  • July 23, 2012
    JonnyB
    Sometimes the girl will hold the unworn dress to herself and then spin about.

    I'm pretty sure Kaylee does a spin in her dress in the Firefly episode, "Shindig".
  • July 24, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    I think the title should be either Girlie Skirt Twirl or Girlie Dress Twirl, as they are other possible things to twirl in a girly manner, like their hair.
  • September 9, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    Bumping this. Heck, if it's up for grabs, I'll launch this.
  • April 19, 2013
    Noah1
  • April 19, 2013
    lexicon
    The Hunger Games examples doesn't say anything about her girlyness.

    • When the District 12 team of The Hunger Games watches the replay of the interviews in the sitting room, Katniss thinks that she seems frilly and shallow, twirling and giggling in her sparkling dress, although the others assure her that she is charming.

    Kaylee loves her girly dress in "Shindig" but I don't think she ever twirls in it or spins while holding it. The only time we see her touch it is when she wears it at the fancy party.
  • April 19, 2013
    Koveras
    • In Bio Shock Infinite, Elizabeth does this when dancing on the beach. That entire sequence's purpose is to demonstrate her innocence and childlike attitude after spending most of her life locked in a tower.
  • July 4, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    "Slayers When Lina has a 'princess fantasy' early in the first season, it involves a pimped out dress and this trope. The girliness is likely to contrast what she she's usually like."

    Or to show she is a Tomboy With A Girly Streak.

    Also, in The John Larroquette Show, the normally tough cop is a bridesmaid for a Cinderella themed wedding, and twirls around the room in her dress, accidentally tripping over a chair.
  • July 5, 2013
    DAN004
    Seconding Girly Skirt Twirl.
  • July 5, 2013
    KingZeal
    Yet another subtrope of Women Are Delicate.
  • July 5, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    This is a Sub Trope of Everythings Better With Spinning, not a sister trope.
  • July 12, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    Bumping, since I think this just needs a couple examples to be ready to launch.
  • July 13, 2013
    xanderiskander
    Girly Twirl is a perfectly good title. It sounds good and the description already explains the part about dresses/skirts being involved just fine.

    I think this has been done with long jackets too, can't think of the name of a work that uses it that way off the top of my head though.

    @Dragon Quest Z: This trope probably won't thrive if we just send it off with four examples. I think this is one of those tropes that people have a hard time thinking of examples for. Which is evident since it's only found 2 applicable examples in the 4 years it's been in YKTTW. What's the rush for?
  • July 13, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Thirding Girly Skirt Twirl. The first thing that came to my mind when I read the title was that this is related to hair, not clothing.
  • July 13, 2013
    lexicon
    I added the only other examples I found with good context.
  • July 13, 2013
    XFllo
    Once you do Rolling Updates (mainly copy good examples from the discussion to the example list), I'll add my hat (would-be the magical fifth).

    I agree that this is a good trope. Another index could be Costume Tropes.
  • July 13, 2013
    lexicon
    I don't know what other updates there are to do. None of the other examples seem to say how she's being girly.
  • July 13, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    Added a few more, and added context to those without it. But this trope states that it can work with just twirling the dress around to show it off. It's more about the move than the personality of the wearer (as this could go in Stock Poses as well).

    Although I considered Sleeping Beauty as an example, but she does that as part of her dancing (alone or with Phillip) instead of to show off a dress and/or how pretty she looks in it.

    Also, anyone else support Girly Skirt Twirl?
  • July 13, 2013
    m8e
    This might also be a way to be Deliberately Cute.
  • July 13, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ I don't think so. This is more being feminine than cute, as well as being a form of Costume Porn.
  • July 14, 2013
    m8e
    ^same difference when it comes to small girls.
  • July 14, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ This trope isn't about just them though. With older women, it's about femininity.
  • July 14, 2013
    Chabal2
    Dragon Quest VI: Some characters can do this via the Lucky Dip move, twirling their skirts to distract an enemy. If it works, the enemy gets pummeled.
  • July 14, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    • In Sailor Moon, the girls are occasionally prone to doing this when they wear pretty dresses.
  • October 25, 2013
    DAN004
    Girly Skirt Twirl or no hat from me. :/
  • October 25, 2013
    Arivne
    Since this is specifically about skirt/dress twirls, "skirt" or "dress" should be in the name.
  • April 24, 2014
    ryanasaurus0077
    Come on! When will a name be decided upon? DAN 004 is already holding out for one, and he has been for six months!

    Obviously, this has been at a standstill for a very long time. I'm fine with any name, but I won't give it a fifth hat until the name, whatever it ends up being, is finalized.

    Calling for a crowner for this one.
  • April 24, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ Up. For. Grabs.

    So who wanna grab this?
  • April 24, 2014
    ryanasaurus0077
    I'd like to, if no one else will. And who'll make the title crowner?
  • April 24, 2014
    PhoenixMartinez
    Moved the hunger games one from movies to literature, as it was in the book before the movie.
  • April 24, 2014
    DAN004
    This thing ain't my thing so I don't wanna grab it. :P
  • April 24, 2014
    Omrega
    In Finding Nemo, the jellyfish girl twirls her tentacles in a way similar to a skirt.
  • May 27, 2014
    Omrega
    Is anyone grabbing this?
  • May 27, 2014
    Snicka
    ^^ She was an octopus, but otherwise, yes.
  • May 28, 2014
    ryanasaurus0077
    ^^ Like I said earlier, I was thinking of doing so if no one else was going to.
  • May 28, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ add "skirt" to the title plz.
  • May 28, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    For fuck sake, how long has this one been lying here already? Changed the title so we can maybe finally get somewhere with this.
  • May 28, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ f yeah.
  • May 28, 2014
    notthegrouch
    Very non-context, I know, But I'm pretty sure the cheerleaders from Glee can be seen doing this at least once, for Fan Service, since the skirts are short.
  • May 29, 2014
    ryanasaurus0077
    Now that this has got five hats, there's just one more problem: who's going to be the one to launch it?
  • May 29, 2014
    Arivne
    • Added blank line(s) for readability.
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  • May 29, 2014
    Alucard
  • May 29, 2014
    notthegrouch
    There's a skirt twirl Up To Eleven in Disney's Mary Poppins. during the dance scene on the roof, she twirls so hard she goes flying for a few seconds (although the flying bit isn't focused on the skirt, because it's part of the choreography).
  • May 29, 2014
    ryanasaurus0077
    I guess I'll launch it, then, if nobody else will and nobody else has any problems with it.
  • May 29, 2014
    gallium
    Film

    • T.E. Lawrence, a man, does this in Lawrence Of Arabia after he is given Arab-style robes to replace his British Army khakis.
  • June 3, 2014
    ryanasaurus0077
    Last call before I launch it! If nobody will, and if nobody has any problems, then I'll launch it tomorrow.
  • June 3, 2014
    Tallens
    • Seen in the "Put on Your Sunday Clothes" scene in Hello Dolly, as the girl with Dolly shows off her nice dress.
  • June 4, 2014
    DAN004
    Launch plz.
  • June 4, 2014
    gallium
  • June 4, 2014
    ryanasaurus0077
    As a matter of fact, I was just about to.
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