Created By: DragonQuestZ on July 28, 2009
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Crescent Skirt

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Good thing that skirt covers the most important parts.

Or "Showgirl Skirt". Which do you prefer?

This is a skirt that wraps only partly around a lady's waist, like a crescent.

a lady's waist, thus making a crescent instead of a full circle.

While a regular skirt is to cover up the legs, and slit and wrap skirts are to cover the legs unless the lady moves right, this kind of skirt doesn't really cover the legs (unless you look at it from the right angle). It seems to be more of a way to frame the legs, to accentuate them.

The key to telling if a skirt like this is to look at the waist. The skirt has to wrap between 1/3 to 3/4 of the way around the waist to count. Anything less or more doesn't count (like Leia's slave girl outfit).

Usually a Sub-Trope of Impractically Fancy Outfit, and almost always a kind of Fanservice.
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • July 26, 2009
    SomeSortOfTroper
    Does it trope? No. It's a particular style of skirt is all.
  • July 26, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    "It seems to be more of a way to frame the legs, to accentuate them.

    That makes this almost always a kind of Fanservice."

    That's what makes it a trope.
  • July 26, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    And we have plenty of other Costume Tropes that cover particular styles.
  • July 26, 2009
    Yin
    Ken Akamatsu really likes this, going by the number of crescent skirts he throws into the costumes of the girls in Negi Magi.
  • July 26, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^You mean Mahou Sensei Negima, or something else?
  • July 27, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Another example would be the wedding dress in the music video for Guns & Roses' November Rain.
  • July 27, 2009
    blackcat
    To me this is a Las Vegas Showgirl Skirt. And the point is to frame and showcase the legs. Florenz Zeigfeld is probably partially responsible for developing this style with his Follies showgirls "glorifying the American girl" from the late 19th C and early 20th C. Edit: Whoops just spotted the reference to Zeigfeld in the OP. Sorry.
  • July 27, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    What about just shortening it to Showgirl Skirt?
  • July 27, 2009
    fhqwhgads
    Chii wears a dress that's cut at the length of a mini-skirt in front, and comes down to her knees in back. I'm not sure if that counts.
  • July 27, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ No, because you can see the skirt wrapping all the way around the waist. I'm fairly certain of all the outfits in that series (canon and Omake) there would be some that count though.

    That reminds me. Alcyone in Magic Knight Rayearth.
  • July 27, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    One of the outfits that Kylie Minogue wore in her "Showgirl" concert.

    Also, before I launch, which name do you prefer? "Crescent Skirt" or "Showgirl Skirt"?
  • July 27, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Gunner Yuna of Final Fantasy X-2 wore one of these in miniskirt form.
  • July 27, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ And the other gunner outfits.

  • July 28, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
  • February 3, 2012
    Zappedfan
    Does Mary Tyler Moore's ugly green dress count? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpE7ZiBCyd8
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