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[[caption-width-right:315:You using [[DuctTapeForEverything duct tape]] to hold that up?]]

->''"Ah! How am I supposed to keep this thing on?!"''
-->-- '''Webcomic/VanVonHunter's sidekick''' [[http://www.vanvonhunter.com/vvh75.html dressing up as Lulu]].

An off-the-shoulder neckline that is so darn far off those shoulders that the wearer seems to be one deep breath away from a WardrobeMalfunction (which almost never actually happens).

The actual outfit is not important for this trope. It could be a bathing suit, a SpyCatsuit, a MiniDressOfPower, a LeotardOfPower, a SexySantaDress, or even a PimpedOutDress, FairytaleWeddingDress, or HappyHolidaysDress. All that matters is that its neckline seems to be held up by magic (or duct tape). This trope can even overlap with VictoriasSecretCompartment, though that will strain the viewers' WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief even further than it strains the fabric.

This trope lends itself best to still images or animation, but it can be done in live action. In RealLife, sleeveless bodices with gravity-defying decolletage are held in place by transparent straps or hidden adhesive. Another method is to make the top itself rigid and corsetlike (strips of plastic or metal are sewn into the seams to hold the shape, called "boning" -- a term left over from when corsets and hoop skirts were made with whalebone -- and yes, [[HehHehYouSaidX all the jokes have already been made]]).

A SisterTrope to AbsoluteCleavage, {{Sideboob}}, {{Underboobs}}, and CleavageWindow.

Compare MagicSkirt, OfCorsetsSexy, TheissTitillationTheory (it's sexy because it looks like it will fall to her waist at any second), ImpracticallyFancyOutfit, ImpossiblyCoolClothes, FormFittingWardrobe, CleavageWindow.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''RurouniKenshin'', Yumi's neckline was already pretty low to begin with, but it kept descending steadily until her kimono was more or less completely off the shoulders. [[WordOfGod Watsuki]] mentioned in a commentary that he heard from several cosplayers who remarked how impossible it was to maintain their modesty while dressed as her.
* Ogin of ''KyogokuNatsuhikoKosetsuHyakuMonogatari'', when not in disguise, exclusively wears a very low kimono.
** Made all the more impressive by Ogin moving around more than most examples of this trope: she frequently shows off her ability to run, crawl, drag people away and even swim without falling out.
* In ''XxxHOLiC'', anything and everything ever worn by Yuuko. Then again, [[AWizardDidIt A Witch Did It]].
* Prome O and Nilval Nephew of ''HeroicAge''. There are some shots where it seems BarbieDollAnatomy may be the only thing keeping Prome looking even remotely decent...
* [[SamuraiDeeperKyo Izumo no Okuni]]. Of course, given that she's also seen hovering in midair at times, she's probably levitating the kimono to hold it in place.
* [[http://onepiece.wikia.com/wiki/Belladonna Belladonna]], minor character in ''OnePiece''.
* Sumire from ''SakuraTaisen''.
* Lust from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has both this ''and'' AbsoluteCleavage.
** Possibly justified as the clothing being part of her Homonculus body (watch Sloth's clothes for reasoning).
* ''MacrossFrontier'''s [[IdolSinger Sheryl]] [[MsFanservice Nome]] is guilty of this in a few of her more elaborate pieces of wardrobe. Her outfit for Lion (the song) is particularly guilty. That said, it's completely justified - what she's ''actually'' wearing is a holographic bodysuit with [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes her more physics-defying outfits]] projected over the top.
* Of ''course'' ''{{Negima}}'' has this (un)covered. [[ColdSniper Mana]] [[spoiler:infiltrates the Governor's ball]] in a disguise that includes a strapless, backless ballgown/corset. [[http://manga.animea.net/mahou-sensei-negima-chapter-275-page-15.html She's still wearing it]] during her BigDamnHeroes moment.
** [[VictoriasSecretCompartment She keeps a .50 rifle in that dress, exactly where you expect]].
* ''[[Manga/BlackButler Black Butler II]]'': Ran Mao's outfit at the Trancy costume ball in episode 5.
* Mei Terumi, the Fifth Mizukage, in ''{{Naruto}}''
* Current time line Athena sports this in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler''.
* In ''MagicalPokaan'', the [[{{Stripperiffic}} belt Liru wears as a top]] combines this with underboobs.
* Ikaruga from ''Manga/FairyTail'' wears her kimono this way.
* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Alcyone/Alcion]] from ''MagicKnightRayearth'', specially in the anime. See [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_f0O9wZGKSF0/Sk9nVNCZZ8I/AAAAAAAAAwI/9_e3V_bagVI/s320/magic_knight_rayearth-cephiro-alcione03.jpg here]]
* Angel Mort's uniform in ''HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'', pretty similar to [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Lust]]'s dress.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' has [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20081204222326/digimon/images/8/8a/Lilithmon_Bo-1002_%28DM%29.jpg Lilithmon]]/[[DubNameChange Laylamon]], the series' embodiment of lust. Despite having that descriptor, her outfit isn't all that revealing and mostly resembles a more winged version of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Lulu's outfit]] pictured above as this page's trope image.
* [[spoiler:Fabia Crozelg's adult form]] in ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' is shown in Chapter 50 to have a barrier jacket whose top is worn this way. Considering how she's [[spoiler:a WickedWitch]], it probably is held in place by magic.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'', the Hellfire Club outfits include bustiers that are like this, worn by Emma Frost, Selene, and Phoenix (and Jean Grey, depending on continuity). Some got even more ridiculous recently, although that's supposedly just Emma playing mind tricks... even though it doesn't explain any other impossible comic heroine costume.
** [[ComicBook/NewMutants Surge]]'s costume also frequently involves tube tops that would require a substantial amount of double-sided tape to keep her contained.
* WonderWoman sometimes has this.
* In ''TheDemonMages'', Ari the Gorgon's dress is designed with this trope in mind. In most of her artwork outside of the comic, it also reveals a large scar on her left breast.
* [[http://www.indyplanet.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3429 Gemini Storm's]] artist posted the inks for one of the pages. How are her breasts [[http://hdub7.deviantart.com/art/Gemini-Storm-pag-11ink-127224376 staying there?]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* Jessica Rabbit from ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''. It's okay for her, firstly because she's an animated character, and secondly because she's not really meant to be all that realistic anyway.
* Belle's yellow ball gown in Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' looks this way in [[http://larryfire.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/beautybeastdancinglow.jpg some shots]], but higher up in others.
** Her recent "[[EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry Jeweled]] [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess]]" gown seems [[http://joechip.net/liana/uploads/disney-princess-jewels-snow-white-cinderella-belle-sleeping-beauty-kleenex.png like this]] [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/tina_als_girl/Wallpapers/AllSix_Jewel_Wallpaper_by_Joy_01.jpg as well]].
** Even in [[http://silverwingfox.deviantart.com/art/In-the-Black-for-the-Last-Time-215300222?q=gallery%3Asilverwingfox%2F8638920&qo=9 fanart]], Belle still gets this.
* [[Disney/TheHunchbackofNotreDame Esmeralda]] also has a very low neckline as well, not just with her main Gypsy dress, but also with her poledancing dress and her white dress as well.
* Meg's Masquerade dress and Christine's black dress in Joel Schumacher's ''Film/{{The Phantom of the Opera|2004}}''. Christine's neckline in the graveyard scene is highly [[TheyJustDidntCare anachronistic]], since it's a friggin' "mourning dress", which were at the time of the film's setting supposed to be modest.
* A lot of the women in HammerHorror films would wear outfits that would hover just at that right spot to expose enough flesh to interest any vampires/werewolves/monsters passing by.
* The dresses worn by Elizabeth and her WickedStepmother in ''Main/TheLegendOfTheTitanic''. Keep in mind that this is 1912, and that both of them are high society ladies.
* For a large portion of the second half of ''Jewel Robbery'' (1932), Baroness Teri von Horhenfels (Kay Francis) wears a gown which is backless, off the shoulders, and has a low front neckline. There are no visible means of support, yet the gown stays firmly in place. One possible answer is that the tops of the sleeves are tightly held to her upper arms, perhaps with elastic, and this is the support for the gown as a whole.
* Miss Scarlet's dress from ''Film/{{Clue}}'' looks like this.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the book ''Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris'' by Paul Gallico, this off the shoulder dress style is described as simulating the look of a naked woman under a sheet.
* Used in ''TheWheelOfTime'' when Nynaeve, Elayne, and their companions are traveling undercover as circus performers. [[{{Tsundere}} Nynaeve]] and Birgitte wear dresses with Impossibly Low Necklines for their act, in which Birgitte outlines Nynaeve against a wall with arrows from a hundred paces. PlayedForLaughs because of Nynaeve's frustration with being forced to wear something so immodest, while Birgitte is having a grand old time of it.
* In ''Jinx High'' by MercedesLackey, the villainess commissions a costume straight out of the American Revolutionary period for the school dance. The bodice is cut so low that one of her boyfriends has almost complete access to her boobs while she's wearing it (handy when you need to distract said boyfriend while the mind control spell takes effect).
* Parodied in Creator/PoulAnderson and GordonRDickson's ''Literature/{{Hoka}}'' series: "pirate wench" Anne Bonney has to have a low neckline, but Hoka females are quadrimammarian. Her dress has ''two'' bodices.
* "Stress Analysis of a Strapless Evening Gown", a parody of scientific papers, plays with this.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* During the production of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', costume designer [[TheissTitillationTheory William Ware Theiss]] was given explicit instructions by the network on how far he could go; one such instruction permitted costumes whose décolletage could expose ''anything'' all the way down to the top edge of the areola. Theiss, knowing a good thing when he saw it, followed those guidelines (ahem) explicitly.
* CynthiaWatros in a couple of later episodes of ''Series/{{Titus}}''.
* Some of the costumes on ''TheTudors''.
* ''GossipGirl'''s Serena van der Woodsen likes to dress like this.
* In an episode of ''Series/LivingSingle'', Regine tries to describe a new dress to her friends, but they know her too well:
--> '''Max''': Lemme guess, it's strapless...
--> '''Sinclaire''': ...backless...
--> '''Kadijah''': ...and hits the cleavage about ''here''. ''(puts her hand about two-thirds down her chest)''

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[[folder:Theater]]
* Magda in ''TanzDerVampire''. How is she supposed to scrub floors in that!?
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Lulu from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. She keeps up her dress with a heavily boned corset and belts on the upper arms. But it's basically the [[PrettyInMink fur trim]] that keeps her from total exposure.
* Amy in ''SoulCalibur IV'' also has a low neckline, with the fur trim being the only thing keeping the players from seeing everything.
* The "witch" costume set from ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' is obviously held up with [[strike:staples and glue]] a NAILGUN!, because there's nothing else to keep it on your character's body.
* Rouge from ''SonicTheHedgehog''. Might be justified by the fact a high neckline would be inconvenient for winged characters.
** And, to a lesser extent, Marine the Raccoon. Hers isn't played for fanservice though - she's only seven, so there's nothing to show off anyway.
* Morrigan from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' has such a low-cut outfit that, if she wasn't a HornyDevil, would be a walking wardrobe malfunction. Of course, she's not actually wearing ''clothes''...
* Hanne Lichthammer from ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersJericho'' wears an extremely [[FormFittingWardrobe tight-fitting]], S&M-style SS uniform that just ''barely'' manages to contain her assets. Considering her horrifically mutilated appearance, though, this is definitely an example of FanDisservice.
* Sumire Kanzaki from ''SakuraTaisen'', when wearing a kimono.
* Jessica from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' features a gravity-defying shirt.
* Several of [[BlackMagicianGirl The Sorceress']] outfits in ''[[{{VideoGame/Gauntlet}} Gauntlet: Dark Legacy]]'', but better displayed by the Blue Sorceress.
* Kaguya Nanbu from ''EndlessFrontier''. The only thing that prevents her [[GagBoobs breasts]] from popping out of her clothes is the will of the Almighty, especially during [[{{Gainaxing}} bouncing]].
* Rose's [[http://www.capcom.co.jp/blog/sf4/img_upload/0212rose.jpg alternate costume]] in ''Super StreetFighter IV'' features this.
** One of her ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Street Fighter Alpha 3]]'' winposes had her wearing a similar dress in pink.
* ''GuildWars'' starts off all female Elementalists in the Prophecies campaign in a shirt (though the application of that term is questionable) [[http://guildwars.wikia.com/wiki/Elementalist_Ascalon_armor/Female that can only be explained by magic]].
* The ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series has archers, and ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' has Rozalin.
* Kai and Nou in ''SamuraiWarriors''.
* Sona and Ahri in ''LeagueOfLegends''.
* A male example in [[IronButtMonkey Inspector Grosky]] from the ''ProfessorLayton'' prequels. [[http://images.wikia.com/layton/images/1/13/ClampGrosky.png Just look.]]
* Petra Johanna Lagerkvist from ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart''.
* Cerebella from ''{{Skullgirls}}''.
* When the Hero first meets Katrina in ''QuestForGloryIV'', she's dressed rather demurely, with a hood and cloak partly concealing her. Later on, she discards the cloak when she switches into full FemmeFatale mode. Compare [[http://www.fief.org/kathleen/qg4/katrina.jpg here]] and [[http://a4.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/61/590dd6676087147afb44682a8aed9086/l.jpg here]]. If the top wasn't a corset it would fall right down, and probably the only thing keeping her from popping out of the top of it is magic.
* The female protagonist of ''DragonsDogma'' sports one of these in the opening of the game, seemingly to give the titular dragon a straight path to her heart.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Missi in [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2009-12-30 this]] ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' strip. Oddly, in the first panel, there appear to be (extremely thin) straps, [[OffModel but in the second panel]], the trope applies. Not that there's much to fall out…
* Dixie's outfit in ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'' after she's become LawfulGood combines this with an AbsoluteCleavage. As she remarks, being übergood still gives you the [[EvilIsSexy fashion perks of evil]].
* It's justified in the 18th-century parts of ''Webcomic/TheDreamer'' due to it being in vogue.
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[[folder:WebOriginal]]
* In the WhateleyUniverse, one of the many problems with the new costume of [=THE CRIMSON COMET!!!=]. Granted, she just got the superpowers and the curves a couple weeks ago and she hasn't gotten over it yet.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* In ''TheSimpsons'', Marge Simpson's default green dress. Once even lampshaded by a prison warden.
-->'''Warden''': NOTHING IS KEEPING UP HER DRESS! ONLY HER MELONS!!!
** At least that makes logical sense - but Lisa also wears an off-the-shoulder dress with the same neckline, and there is definitely *nothing* to hold hers up except ArtisticLicensePhysics.
* [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Sneakily]] brought up in an episode of ''SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' where Clark and Lois are covering a FashionShow:
--> '''Lois''' ''(about Lana)'': "The only thing holding that dress up is ''faith!''"
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