Created By: shimaspawn on April 26, 2013 Last Edited By: shimaspawn on July 26, 2013

Accessorized Nudity

A character wears accessories without clothing.

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A character's sexuality is emphasized by them wearing only accessories without the appropriate garments. It is done not to hide nudity, but instead to highlight it. A character has to be fairly confident and unashamed of their body to pull this look off. As such it's generally worn by The Vamp, the Femme Fatale, and other characters that use their sexuality as a weapon.

Generally, all actual the naughty bits are hidden from the screen by things like Scenery Censors, conveniently placed accessories, Godiva Hair, or body positioning.

Almost always female as there are more acceptable female accessories, but males occasionally wear only a tie or only a hat.

Subtropes include Naked Apron, Diamonds in the Buff. May include a Feather Boa Constrictor. Naked in Mink is related.


Examples:

Film

Literature
  • In the Forgotten Realms novel Masquerade, there is a boot maker who crafts boots that are so beautifully made that a noble woman attended a party in a pair of his boots, and nothing else.
  • During one story in Time Enough for Love after a long week of travel Lazarus Long and his wife take an "air bath" to remove some of the stank, wearing nothing but hats, boots and weapons belts.
  • In the novel Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy Sayers, Lord Peter Whimsey attends a masquerade party at a drug house while in pursuit of a murderer. The description of the scene includes couples disappearing into curtained rooms, people being thrown into a pool and one room that features a dancer wearing just a top hat and monocle.
  • In The Dresden Files, Justine at one point wears a present-style bow and nothing else.

Visual Arts
  • In Lucas Cranach's "Cupid Complaining To Venus," Venus is depicted nude (not unusual for classical goddesses in Renaissance works), but wearing a necklace and a decidedly un-Classical Nice Hat.
  • Edouard Manet's frequent model Victorine Meurent was usually depicted wearing a black ribbon around her neck, and in many paintings nothing else.

Western Animation
  • On Family Guy a neighbour family are all nudists, which means (in story) that they never wear clothes. In one episode Peter & Lois run into them at a KISS concert, where they're wearing KISS make-up but otherwise are still nude. The male of the nudist couple carries a guitar which just happens to cover his naughty bits; she uses Godiva Hair.
Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • April 27, 2013
    foxley
    In the John Carter Of Mars novels, Martian women wear jewels and nothing else.
  • April 27, 2013
    shimaspawn
    ^ That's the subtrope Diamonds In The Buff. Subtrope examples belong on the subtropes.
  • April 27, 2013
    randomsurfer
    During one story in Time Enough For Love after a long week of travel Lazarus Long and his wife take an "air bath" to remove some of the stank, wearing nothing but hats, boots and weapons belts.
  • April 27, 2013
    Floria
    Visual Arts: In Lucas Cranach's "Cupid Complaining To Venus," Venus is depicted nude (not unusual for classical goddesses in Renaissance works), but wearing a necklace and a decidedly un-Classical Nice Hat.
  • April 27, 2013
    StarSword
    Visual Arts:
    • Edouard Manet's frequent model Victorine Meurent was usually depicted wearing a black ribbon around her neck, and in many paintings nothing else.
  • April 27, 2013
    DunDun
    Typo in the name.
  • April 27, 2013
    shimaspawn
    Fixed and updated.
  • April 28, 2013
    randomsurfer
    On Family Guy a neighbor family are all nudists, which means (in story) that they never wear clothes. In one episode Peter & Lois run into them at a KISS concert, where they're wearing KISS makup but otherwise are still nude. The male of the nudist couple carries a guitar which just happens to cover his naughy bits; she uses Godiva Hair.
  • April 28, 2013
    Stratadrake
  • April 29, 2013
    Madrugada
    I don't think Accessory Wearing Cartoon Animal is a subtrope, since the point of that trope is not to emphasize the character's sexuality, but to increase their anthropomorphism.

  • April 29, 2013
    Stratadrake
    Ah, right.
  • May 1, 2013
    maxwellsilver
    Jerry Seinfeld once did a bit on how having pockets would solve a lot of awkwardness when nude.

    I don't remember the exact quote, but it was in his opening comedy routine of one episode.
  • May 1, 2013
    shimaspawn
    Found it:

    People feel very uncomfortable when they are naked. I think this is because people like to adjust their clothes. They will be standing, adjusting and brushing off their shirt, adjusting their belt. This is why I like to wear a belt when I am naked. You know what I would like to have? Pockets with my belt.
  • May 1, 2013
    dspeyer
    In The Dresden Files, Justine at one point wears a present-style bow and nothing else. Though that particular outfit might be worth a subtrope of its own.

    Given the number of subtropes, this should probably be a trope with an index section.
  • May 2, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    Any time the Chain Mail Bikini is taken to its limit of leaving the breasts and groin completely exposed.
  • May 4, 2013
    SharleeD
    • In The Colour Of Magic, Liessa makes a pass at Hrun while wearing a fortune in jewelry and nothing else. The Discworld Companion Lampshades this, remarking that they don't make heroines like her anymore: these days, they make them wear more clothes.
  • May 5, 2013
    shimaspawn
    ^ That's the subtrope Diamonds In The Buff
  • May 9, 2013
    Raconteur
  • May 9, 2013
    maxwellsilver
    So, does the Jerry Seinfeld quote work?
  • May 9, 2013
    shimaspawn
    It doesn't really seem to fit the spirit of the trope.
  • May 11, 2013
    dvorak
    Web Comics
    • Suburban Jungle features an entirely clothing-optional society. One character wears a leather jacket and naught else.
  • May 13, 2013
    Melkior
    It seems to me that this trope could be expanded to include non-sexual nudity, particularly for a non-human character who has the accessories in order to make it clear that the character is a person and not a mere animal.

    A pet animal might commonly wear a collar, but would not normally wear a coin pouch, a weapon or a timepiece. Accessories of that kind would normally be a clear indication of "personhood" for the wearer, regardless of the character being otherwise nude. The character using the accessories for their intended purpose would be an even more decisive indicator that the character is a person and not an animal.

    Or would that be a different trope? I can make a ykttw for it if the trope doesn't already exist.
  • May 14, 2013
    Raconteur
    ^^Should definitely be its own trope in my humble opinion. You laid out the difference pretty clearly there. Not sure if a trope already exists for it but should be made.
  • May 15, 2013
    Melkior
    ^ YKTTW created for Accessories Denote the Person (in case anyone here is interested).

    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=j552xazjr9t42dcesuw6gv0i
  • July 25, 2013
    shimaspawn
    Yeah, that non-sexual bit seems like a completely different trope.
  • July 25, 2013
    DAN004
    Kinda still think Accessory Wearing Cartoon Animal works for a "compare". :P
  • July 26, 2013
    shimaspawn
    It's a compare, but it's not the same trope.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=p09dyp2g6sln9o7gs68ntdde