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->'''Etoile: '''I have to get fitted for my custom dress... It cost me 1 million Inotium, you know.
-->-- ''RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure''

''[[TropeCo/PimpedOutDress This item]] is available in the TropeCo/TropeCo catalog.''

In a nutshell, a dress made with a whole bunch of fancy trimmings, and/or materials, [[RuleOfGlamorous just to make it look pretty]].

This has long been TruthInTelevision. Wearing such a dress in RealLife serves two simultaneous purposes.
# To clearly show the [[RichPeople wealth]] and/or [[BlueBlood social status]] of the lady wearing it.
# To make the lady wearing it look good.

In fiction, there are also two simultaneous purposes.
# To clearly show the [[ConspicuousConsumption wealth/social status of the lady wearing it]], or to show that SheCleansUpNicely (especially with PrincessForADay).
# [[CostumePorn So that the artist or costumer can show off.]]
** Making the wearer look good is not always the point, sometimes [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes the dress is pimped out horribly to show the lady has no taste]], or to show she's too unattractive for even the dress to help.

Now the exact form of the dress doesn't matter. It can apply to grand, sweeping gowns, or mini dresses. What matters is the heavy use of fancy materials or decorations (which can be expensive, even today).

Some of the most common gown pimping options include:
* Many, many yards of cloth, including layers of skirts, capes, trains, and long hanging sleeves
* Puffs, including GiantPoofySleeves
* Slashes, Puffs pulled through slashes, and Goring (folds of fabric sewn in between slashes)
* Ribbons
** GiantWaistRibbon
* Frills, flounces, ruffles, and pleats
* Lace and gauze.
* Embroidery and Brocade
* Tassles or Fringes
* A corset or bustier (not [[OfCorsetsSexy visible]] though)
* Several layers of petticoats, sleeves, or other parts of the dress.
* A frame to hold the skirt in shape (most common were farthingales, panniers, crinolines, and bustles)
* A Reticella collar or lace ruff
* Bloomers worn underneath the dress (sometimes visible, sometimes not)
* Flowers (real or fake)
* [[EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry Jewelry]] ([[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles or anything that makes sparkles]])
** [[GemEncrusted Jewels sewn into the dress]]
** Pearls
* {{Gold|MakesEverythingShiny}} or Silver Lamé
* [[PrettyInMink Fur (trimming the dress, or even lining it for warmth)]]
** [[ItsFakeFurItsFine Fake fur, if that's preferred]]
* {{F|luffyFashionFeathers}}eathers
** [[PeacockGirl A peacock tail]]
* A large, fancy design or symbol, or [[SymbolMotifClothing lots of smaller symbols]]
* Gloves (long, especially OperaGloves, or short depending on the sleeve length and/or neckline). Usually white, but can be worn in colors to match or contrast with the dress.
* A matching Hand Muff, Cape, Stole, Hat and/or other accessories.
* [[HairDecorations Fancy Hair Decorations]]
* Veil (whether the large ones for weddings or the smaller ones attached to hats)
* Bouquet (for wedding dresses, and other occasions depending on the culture)
* [[ParasolOfPrettiness A parasol]] (depending on the period)
* If possible, incorporating some of the RequisiteRoyalRegalia (especially if the wearer is [[TheHighQueen a queen]] or [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses a princess]])

Now there is no real objective line between this and a regular evening dress, so it's more a manner of how obvious it is the dress is pimped out. Say a lady has an evening dress with a fancy design embroidered onto a small part of the skirt. Fancy and stylish, but it's not that obvious, even when you see the skirt. So it wouldn't be this kind of dress. If most or all of the dress was instead almost covered in embroidered designs, it would be this trope. Otherwise it counts as SimpleYetOpulent.

Sometimes a character with a ClothesMakeTheLegend dress uses this trope to make her dress fancier, while still keeping its iconic look.

This trope might apply to guy's clothes (as in they aren't crossdressing), but in fiction, this type of outfit is reserved for either known historical uses, based off those uses, or else characters who are outright fops.

This will show up more often when combined with [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princesses]], especially PrincessClassic. In any setting where elves are present, and clothes are described, about every other outfit is likely to be given loads of details. Pretty much ''all'' clothes female dark elves wear when not BadassInANiceSuit. There are also quite a few games on the web which involve using sprites to make {{Virtual Paper Doll}}s, which allow mixing and matching to make pimped out dresses.

RealLife Fashion designers still love to make these, whether they are the impractical dresses on runways, or the slightly more practical dresses on red carpet events.

A SubTrope of CostumePorn and ImpracticallyFancyOutfit.

A SuperTrope to:
* BattleBallgown
* FairytaleWeddingDress
* FrillsOfJustice
* HappyHolidaysDress
* SexySantaDress

There are a lot of {{Sister Trope}}s, as this can overlap with them all:
* BlingOfWar
* ElegantGothicLolita (required for the "elegant" part)
* ErmineCapeEffect
* TheFashionista
* FrillyUpgrade (pimping out a heroine's current outfit}
* GorgeousGarmentGeneration
* GorgeousPeriodDress
* GracefulLadiesLikePurple
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes
* KickingAssInAllHerFinery
* LimitedWardrobe
* LittleBlackDress
* MiniDressOfPower (often those dresses will still be pimped out)
* NiceHat
* NiceShoes
* PinkMeansFeminine
* PimpedOutCape
* PrincessesPreferPink
* SpikesOfVillainy (pimping out a villain's outfit)
* RummageSaleReject (in that these dresses can be very hard to {{Cosplay}})
* StylishProtectionGear
* TrueBlueFemininity
* UnlimitedWardrobe
* VirtualPaperDoll

Compare PimpedOutCar.

Contrast ModestRoyalty, RealWomenDontWearDresses.
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[[index]]
* PimpedOutDress/AnimeAndManga
* PimpedOutDress/ComicBooks
* PimpedOutDress/FanWorks
* PimpedOutDress/{{Film}}
* PimpedOutDress/{{Literature}}
* PimpedOutDress/LiveActionTV
* PimpedOutDress/{{Music}}
* PimpedOutDress/{{Theatre}}
* PimpedOutDress/{{Toys}}
* PimpedOutDress/VideoGames
* PimpedOutDress/VisualNovels
* PimpedOutDress/{{Webcomics}}
* PimpedOutDress/WebOriginal
* PimpedOutDress/WesternAnimation
* PimpedOutDress/RealLife
[[/index]]

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