Created By: MorwenEdhelwen on July 4, 2012 Last Edited By: Arivne on March 7, 2016

Trying On Parents' Clothes

Kid experiments with parent\'s clothing.

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A little kid (usually 3-8 years old, but can be slightly older and usually Always Female tries on the parent's (usually the mother's) clothes or makeup i.e. putting on lipstick, mascara, eyeshadow or formal clothes.


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  • July 4, 2012
    MorwenEdhelwen
    ETA: Should be "Tomboy."
  • July 4, 2012
    MorwenEdhelwen
    Does anyone have any examples?
  • July 4, 2012
    animeg3282
    In Are You My Mother by Alison Bechdel , an 8 year old Alison puts on her mom's blush to get a photo retouch like effect she likes. She overhears her mother telling a relative that she's starting to experiment with her makeup. Alison feels taht she is being boxed into 'girlishness' by this.
  • July 4, 2012
    surgoshan
    Perhaps Playing Grownup

    • In her back story, Margo of Time Scout played with her mother's makeup and spilled a bottle of nail polish. Her alcoholic father gave her quite the beating for it.
  • July 4, 2012
    KTera
    • In The Binding Of Isaac, Mom's Heels, Lipstick, and Underwear are all powerups and are displayed on your character after being picked up. Mom's Bra is a usable item.
  • July 4, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • The Simpsons: Bart & Milhouse play dress up in Marge's clothes - including wigs which we've never seen her wear.
    • In an episode of Family Guy Stewie catches Brian (the male family dog) dressing up in Lois' clothes and playing pretend.
  • July 4, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
  • July 4, 2012
    SKJAM
    • The Beano: This happens fairly often. One specific example, in the Beano 2012 Annual "Ivy the Terrible" story, Ivy is bored with being a kid, so puts on her mother's clothing and changes her hairstyle to play grownup. It turns out Mum just so happens to own an adult-sized version of Ivy's Limited Wardrobe, so they play with role reversal.
  • July 4, 2012
    MorwenEdhelwen
    surgoshan, "Playing Grownup" sounds OK, but is a bit ambiguous- it could refer to a kid pretending to be a grownup as well as dressing up in adult clothes. Anyone have other title suggestions?
  • July 5, 2012
    MorwenEdhelwen
    YKTTW Bump. There must be more examples. Does anyone have any?
  • August 9, 2015
    XFllo
    le bump
  • August 9, 2015
    shimaspawn
    I think taking this off the Always Female list might help. We already have a male example. There might be more. It's unwise to limit a trope before you even get examples.
  • August 9, 2015
    justanotherrandomlurker
    Western Animation
    • Cow And Chicken. In "Halloween With Dead Ghost Coast to Coast," Chicken doesn't know what to dress up as for Halloween until Red Guy (as Space Ghost Expy Dead Ghost) suggests he dress as a human being. Cow decides to dress as a human being too, so they dress up in their parents' clothes; unfortunately, they are mistaken for a grown man and woman at every house they trick-or-treat at, and are met with disapproving remarks (and no candy).
  • August 11, 2015
    69BookWorM69
    Closest thing I can think of offhand is the Belgian movie Ma Vie En Rose. I think Ludovic actually dresses in clothing belonging to a deceased sister and mother's makeup (shoes?). Not sure if that fits, and haven't seen it in a long time.
  • August 12, 2015
    Omeganian
    Yeralash has a sketch where a mom leaves her little daughter alone with her makeup. It ends with two tough burglars entering the flat and running away in fear.
  • August 13, 2015
    Arivne
    • Laconic: capitalized "kid" and added a period at the end of the sentence.
    • Corrected spelling (ie -> i.e.).
    • Examples section
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      • Added asterisks at the beginning of examples to indent them.
      • Namespaced work names.
  • August 13, 2015
    rcmerod52
    • The plot of The Grim Adventures of the Kids Next Door kicks off because Billy tried out his dad's lucky pants, getting Grim's scythe stuck on them as a result.
  • August 15, 2015
    AgProv
    Webcomics

    Pre Teena:
    • Eleven year old Teena, bored during a long school recess, tries this with her mother's lingerie and is seen singing the theme songs from Cabaret. when she forgets she's wearing Mom's special scanties, she strolls downstairs and asks what's for tea. Tess, her mother, is horrified and demands she gets into her own clothes this instant...mom is horrified, Dad is amused. When Tess yells at Teena to "TAKE IT OFF!" he looks at her(Tess) and says "you know, that gives me an idea..." speculatively.
  • October 30, 2015
    AgProv
    @SKJAM, who said, far too many ^'s above: The Beano: This happens fairly often. One specific example, in the Beano 2012 Annual "Ivy the Terrible" story, Ivy is bored with being a kid, so puts on her mother's clothing and changes her hairstyle to play grownup. It turns out Mum just so happens to own an adult-sized version of Ivy's Limited Wardrobe, so they play with role reversal.

    • This fits with a recent theme in The Beano, might be Ret Con, might be establishing series continuity. Dennis The Menace has been around for over sixty years now. To get around the character being so old in real terms but yet only ten or eleven In Universe, the Beano editors decided to make the Menace a dynasty. They have refrained from hitting the Reset Button and have introduced the idea that the Menace of forty years ago is now, more or less, an adult man who has grown up, married, and had a son... who has inherited the mantle and is today's Menace. His father now, as often as not, looks wistfully at his son's antics, and remembers a time when... To make this work, other characters in the Menace universe are now the sons and daughters of adults who, in their time, were Walter the Softy, Beryl The Peryl, et c. "Gnasher" is now a recognised dog breed - in an early story, his Distaff Counterpart was introduced and they had puppies who were just like dad. It could be the reason why Ivy's mother has the clothes in her wardrobe (like Dennis's dad) is that in her childhood she was Ivy The Terrible. And so on.
  • October 30, 2015
    NoirGrimoir
    Because of enforced gender roles, parents in media tend to find it alarming when male children do this with their mother's clothing. Sometimes it's considered a first clue that the child in question might be homosexual or transgender.
  • October 30, 2015
    randomsurfer
    Soap: The first time we see Jodie, Mary's gay son, he's wearing her dress and a wig. When she walks in on him at first she's horrified, but gets distracted - "oh, you wear that with a belt, I never thought of that!"
  • October 30, 2015
    TonyG
    ^^On that note, the Simpsons example is from the episode "Homer's Phobia", in which Homer fears that Bart could turn out gay. Here's another Simpsons example:
    • On another Simpsons episode, Milhouse gets his head shaved and finds that he can pass for his own father by wearing one of his suits with paint cans tied to his feet. His voice even sounds like his father's when the tie is tight enough.
  • October 30, 2015
    DAN004
    I don't think anyone manages this.
  • October 30, 2015
    NateTheGreat
    Calvin (of Calvin And Hobbes) once slicked back his hair and borrowed his father's glasses in order to impersonate him. Read here.
  • December 13, 2015
    Pichu-kun
    • Jamal from Empire tried on his mother's clothes at a family gathering as a child. His Abusive Dad beat him because of it.
  • December 13, 2015
    LadyEvil
    The opening sequence of Rugrats showed Angelica dressed in her mother's clothes.
  • March 7, 2016
    Pichu-kun
  • March 7, 2016
    DAN004
    ^ yup

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