Sometimes you don't have the proper materials on hand to make yourself clothes, so you have to use other things ...

A SuperTrope to:
* BankruptcyBarrel: Have no money, find an unused barrel and some suspenders (at least back in the days when those were common and cheap).
* CheapCostume: When your [[SuperheroesWearTights superhero tights]] needs a fast and low-cost substitute.
* CurtainClothing: When curtains and dresses are made with linen, why not use one for the other?
* EggshellClothing: Why fully hatch, when your shell makes a perfectly good outfit.
* GardenGarment: Lots of clothing are made with plants, but here you don't bother with any sort of processing.
* HandOrObjectUnderwear: If you want to be modest, and your don't have any proper coverings, you do what you can.
* ImprovisedArmour: If it blocks even a little of a weapon, that can still turn the tide of battle.
* LiveMinkCoat: If you have some furry friend(s) willing to wrap around you like [[PrettyInMink a fur garment]].
* ModestyBedsheet: If you're naked in bed, why not use those as a cover until you get clothes on?
* NemeanSkinning: You kill it, you wear it.
* SeashellBra: Because bivalves and brassier start with the same letter.
* UnplannedCrossdressing: When you have no clothing to fit your gender, or unisex clothing.

Compare RummageSaleReject, ClothingDamage.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In an early episode of ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', Anthy's dress is destroyed by the AlphaBitch in the middle of a school ball. Utena then improvises an improbably sexy dress out of a tablecloth for her and [[LesYay invites her to a dance]].
* In the final episode of ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', when Rain emerges (naked) from a silvery case of GoGoEnslavement, Domon Kasshu (having apparently studied under Utena) improvises an improbably sexy dress out of his [[LadyInRed bright-red]] [[BadassCape cape]].
* The ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' opponent [[EmbarrassingFirstName Pantyhose Taro]], despite his hatred for his own name (or perhaps as ironic payback) tends to transform his Jusenkyo-cursed enemies into their weaker animal forms and wrap them in pantyhose. In the case of Shampoo, he wrapped her in so much hose she was basically just a kitty head popping out of a huge ball of polyester. When Akane transformed her back, the pantyhose coincidentally stretched itself over her naked human body into a very convenient bikini shape.
* [[BigBad Kishin Asura]] from ''Manga/SoulEater'' after his [[NakedOnRevival revival]] creates clothes out of ''his own stretched skin''.
* In one arc of ''Manga/OnePiece'' Nami's blouse and skirt are damaged in a fire after she and Luffy are freed from a book, she uses an unconscious henchman's overalls to cover herself.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* At one point in the ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'', Janet "ComicBook/TheWasp" Pym is caught without a costume, and wearing a non-shrinking dress, so takes a moment to fashion a restaurant napkin into a dress.
* Whenever ComicBook/SpiderMan has ClothingDamage, he can usually make up for it using his webs. In more extreme cases, losing his mask forces him to take up the mantle of "[[ The Bombastic Bag-Man]];" at least once this also involved a borrowed ComicBook/FantasticFour outfit.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Disney/ChickenLittle makes pants out of his homework.
* The costume Sulley and Mike use to disguise Boo in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' appears to be made of chair fabric and desk lamps.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Help}}'', after Paul accidentally gets shrunk, he improvises a wrap out of a discarded Wrigley's gum wrapper.
* In ''Film/TolableDavid'', David's dog [[GoneSwimmingClothesStolen runs away with his pants]] while David is skinny-dipping. David has to put on a barrel.

* Three guesses how this trope figures into ''Literature/ThePaperBagPrincess'', but the first two don't count.
* Early in ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove'', Ira orders that female medical staff attending Lazarus Long dress as attractively as possible. Ishtar is the antithesis of Clothes Horse; Galahad ends up improvising a dress for her from a couch cover.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'': Adam has made some [[DuctTapeForEverything duct tape]] hats in some of the Duct Tape Specials.
** During their "survive on a desert island" special, both Adam and Jamie made duct tape sandals.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}} manages to make an [[ImprovisedUmbrella improvised raincoat]] out of a garbage bag.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Possibly the UrExample is Adam and Eve in Literature/TheBible, who improvise the first clothes ever out of leaves after eating from the Tree of Knowledge and realizing their nudity.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'': the eponymous character uses her own hair as clothing. Not that you'd be able to tell (at least until she repurposes it [[MegatonPunch for]] [[GiantFootOfStomping other]] [[SummonMagic uses]]), since she's a witch and is thus able to turn it into a leather catsuit.
* In the opening of ''Chuck Rock'', Chuck's LoinCloth is in the wash, so he puts on some leaves instead.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In the ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' atory-arc 'Emergency Pants'', a swarm of cloth-eating super-moths force MadScientist Riff to improvise some pants out of his newest invention, the Chick Magnet (It attracts baby chickens). The result is a very fuzzy, very yellow, very loud pair of boxer-shorts. Meanwhile, Torg has to make do with some newspapers.
* Some of the Exiles in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', after pivotal moments in their backstories. WV wears a ghost-patterned blanket [[spoiler:after inadvertently leading an army to its doom]], AR wraps himself in yellow Caution tape [[spoiler:upon being stranded on Earth when upholding the law]], and PM has a faded Prospitian flag [[spoiler:after Prospit is destroyed and the monarchs in hiding]].
* Gayle from ''Webcomic/WorkSucks'' lost his pants in a pool of quicksand only for a new friend, Socks, to quickly sew him up a pair. However, [[spoiler:it later turns out the pants were made from a piece of Socks' friend, Poly.]]
* ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'': Lucas Greyfort, once finding himself unfortunately naked while traipsing in the woods, notices that one of his monstrous companions is a cloaker (a ''D&D'' monster looking like a floating cloak) and [[ decides to use him as an improvised cape]]. When said cloaker is asked why he didn't eat the human when he had the chance...
-->'''Cuddle:''' Meh, he tastes like stupid.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'': Ariel's first dress is an old sail strategically tied up with rope.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** A few times with Homer:
--->'''Belle:''' Your son was trespassing on my property and destroyed a very valuable stone gargoyle and... are you wearing a grocery bag?\\
'''Homer:''' I have misplaced my pants.
** In another episode he fashions a swimsuit out of a welcome mat after forgetting his trunks.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', Mr. Krabs admits that when he was younger, his mother fashioned his clothes out of paper bags.
* The [[WesternAnimation/IceAge Scrat]] short ''Gone Nutty'' ends with Scrat's acorn crumbling to ashes after hitting the ground and causing the Earth's continents to break up and move to their current positions, causing Scrat to gasp in shock and wear the top half (which did not disintegrate) on his head as if it were a beret.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, before she started her career as a couturier, once made a dress for a party consisting of only fabric and a pin.