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Motherly Side Plait
Gentle mothers wear their plait over their shoulder

(permanent link) added: 2012-05-01 13:38:02 sponsor: Lyendith (last reply: 2012-10-07 02:08:09)

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Mostly an anime trope: one good way to show how sweet and caring a mother is, is to depict her with her hair tied in a loose plait and put on her shoulder. For some reason, this detail immediately tells the audience "hey, this mom has to be a nice and gentle person!".

This can be explained by the fact moms have less time to spend on their appearance. Since the makers of a show probably don't want to make their characters ugly, one way to demonstrate mom-hood is to give her a low-maintenance hairstyle. Housewives (most likely to be the mothers of young children) also need a hairstyle that's going to stay out of the way when they're doing housework and cleaning up. May or may not come with an apron to further emphasize.

A subtrope of Long Hair Is Feminine, and more generally Expository Hairstyle.

Contrast Braids of Action, Tomboyish Ponytail and Tomboyish Sidetails.


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