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So, you have a female character, and you want her to appear [[ProperLady prim and proper]], while still being feminine and fitting in with all of your other female characters. It would usually (with few exceptions) be improper for her to wear pants, but it would be difficult to have her fit in full dresses when all of your other female characters are wearing short, suggestive skirts.

The solution is simple - have her wear thick, opaque tights with a skirt. The skirt allows her to fit in with her fellow girls, but the tights ensure that she remains proper and well-covered. It retains that feminine quality, yet prevents the lady from in any way seeming risque.

This style of dress is particularly common in {{Anime}} with TheOjou and YamatoNadeshiko. Compare with SkirtOverSlacks, which occurs when pants of some description are added to an already modest skirt in order to convey shyness or {{tomboy}}ishness, and with ModestyShorts, which ensures modesty for the ActionGirl who wears a microskirt. Contrasts with ZettaiRyouiki, which are usually employed to instead enhance the fanservice of the outfit, highlighting [[TheIngenue innocent]], budding sexuality; and with TightsUnderShorts, which incorporates something more boyish than a skirt but is nevertheless used more frequently on girls than on boys.

Note that when it comes to children, and especially school uniforms (except where SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack), this is so standard that no examples need to be given.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Belarus from ''WebComic/AxisPowersHetalia'' wears this whether she's in an ElegantGothicLolita outfit, in [[{{Joshikousei}} uniform garb]] or cosplaying as [[AliceAllusion Alice]] in Manga/{{Hetaween 2011}}.
* Shouko Kirishima, from ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts''. [[DudeLooksLikeALady Hideyoshi Kinoshita]] also does this sometimes, including with a pink maid dress.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'': [[TheBaroness Balalaika]] wears black tights under a long business skirt.
* In ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'', Tomoyo Daidouji has been known to wear this at times, and she also incorporates this style into some of her friend Sakura's [=CardCaptor=] costumes.
* ''LightNovel/DateALive'': Kurumi has tights with her school uniform, but the properness she presents is only a fašade.
* Namie Yagiri (TheOjou) wears a miniskirt with tights in the anime version of ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}''. However, this trope is averted in the original LightNovel, where she wears type A ZettaiRyouiki, as well as in the manga where she's totally bare-legged.
* ''{{Manga/Hanayamata}}'': Hana stands out for being outgoing, and she's shorter than her friends. Of the five girls, only she wears tights with school uniform and with her dancing kimono.
* Yui from ''Manga/KOn'' wears this with her skirt. She is sometimes seen with {{Zettai Ryouiki}} in the early manga and has worn regular socks in summer.
* ''Manga/MakenKi'': {{Subverted}} in Haruko's case. While she wears brown nylons with her school uniform, [[http://readpanda.net/Maken-ki/19/16/ they're semi-transparent]], so you can still see what kind of panties she's wearing underneath. And, ''[[{{ecchi}} in this series]]'', you'll be seeing them a lot.
* Worn by Miyuki in ''Manga/LuckyStar'', particularly with her school uniform.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** Some of the female Bureau mages wear tights with their uniforms, such as Shamal, who typically wears dresses or long skirts while off duty.
** Victoria Dahlgrun of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' has this as part of her Barrier Jacket, as befitting an {{Ojou}} such as her.
** Suzuka's battle outfit in ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaInnocent'' is a coat and long dress worn over proper tights, [[RedOniBlueOni in contrast]] to [[MiniDressOfPower Alisa's]] [[ModestyShorts outfit]].
* Umi from ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' as she's TheOjou and comes from a high-class school.
* Mariya Shidou from ''Manga/MariaHolic'' wears black tights with his (yes, ''[[VillainousCrossdresser his]]'') uniform and portrays himself publicly as one of the nicer girls. However, when he and Kanako are alone together, his sadistic side rears its ugly head.
* ''Manga/OniichanNoKotoNankaZenzenSukiJanainDakaraNe'' has Kondou and it become Shuusuke's primary fetish.
* ''Franchise/PrettyCure'':
** Miki Aono (with her school uniform) and Setsuna Higashi (with her casual clothes) from ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure''.
** SpoiledSweet Alice Yotsuba from ''Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure'', particularly with her casual clothes.
** Minami Kaido from ''Anime/GoPrincessPrettyCure'', at least with her school uniform.
* Homura Akemi wears this with her outfits, including her MagicalGirl uniform (which, to top it off, adds [[CombatStilettos high-heeled boots]] incorporated into the tights), in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', except in her flashbacks in episode 10. Mami Tomoe also wears this in her normal attire.
* In episode 9 of ''Manga/RinNe'', Rinne Rokudo wears this when he's dressed as a {{Meido}}.
* Worn by Naru Osaka with her casual clothes in ''Franchise/SailorMoon''. Also part of Hotaru Tomoe's wardrobe.
* Sarah Adiemus from ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' is the only girl in the series who wears tights with her school skirt.
* Subverted in a sense by ''Anime/StrikeWitches'', since none of the girls wears a skirt...or pants, for that matter, but prim and proper Gallian noblewoman Perrine and Orussian moe Sanya wears tights.
* G3 from ''Manga/{{Upotte}}'' wears black tights under her school uniform's skirt. Most of her younger sisters (eg. Anyone based on a a [=G3=]-derivative) follow suit.
* Sayumi Takanashi from ''LightNovel/WhenSupernaturalBattlesBecameCommonplace'' wears tights with her school uniform, was a perfectionist in middle school, and comes from a well-off family.
* Utaha Kasumigaoka of ''LightNovel/SaenaiHeroineNoSodatekata'' wears tights with most of her outfits, is the top student of her class, and doesn't get into trouble.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Samantha (the Victorian Era...oops, TheEdwardianEra girl) from the Franchise/{{American Girl|s Collection}} franchise wears this. She expresses dislike for it, especially as her grandmother insists on her wearing long underwear underneath them from September to June (in an attempt to prevent tuberculosis).
* In the first book of ''Literature/ThePrincessDiaries'', Mia's grandmother tries to get her to wear these as part of her princess makeover. It ultimately fails because Mia doesn't like wearing tights and doesn't choose the "right" style.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Ingrid from ''VideoGame/CapcomFightingEvolution'' and the PSP version of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha 3'' is outfitted in a similar getup to Yurika, albeit with brown pantyhose instead.
* Princess Alena in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV''. (Although it's less a skirt and more of a tunic.)
* All of the pegasus-riding units in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]'' have tights under the traditional boots, and Tanith did so in ''Path of Radiance'' as well. Syrene from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones Sacred Stones]]'' also wears these in her official artwork.
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', Karis wears a minidress with tights, and for a rare male example (!) Rief wears what are either leggings or tights with his tunic ([[DudeLooksLikeALady which didn't help the gender confusion any]]).
* Yukiko Amagi from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' (pictured above) is the poster child for this.
* Yurika Kirishima, the resident {{Ojou}} of ''[[VideoGame/RivalSchools Project Justice]]'', wears white pantyhose with her dress.
** The Pacific High School female uniform, which Tiffany Lords wears as her alternate costume in ''Rival Schools: United By Fate'', has dark hose with a miniskirt.
** Justice High School Nurse, Kyoko Minazuki, also sports this look. She is also somewhat an {{Ojou}}, albeit an older one.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'': Princess Natalia Luzu-Kimalsca Lanvaldear wears white tights under her short aquamarine dress when you first meet her.
* Fina, the MysteriousWaif from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'', wears white tights as part of her outfit.
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[[folder:WebComics]]
* The magical girl webcomic ''Webcomic/SleeplessDomain'' combines and contrasts this trope with ZettaiRyouiki to signal the five main characters' defining personality traits. CoolBigSis Sylvia, {{Tsundere}} Sally and {{Ojou}} Tessa wear ZettaiRyouiki grades A, B, and C respectively while {{Tomboy}} Gwen wears 3/4 height gym socks. Team peacemaker and ShrinkingViolet Undine, on the other hand, is always depicted wearing Proper Tights With A Skirt, be it with her school uniform, her civilian clothes, or at [[spoiler: Sylvia, Sally, and Gwen's funeral.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Daphne Blake's regular outfit from the various incarnations of ''ScoobyDoo'' is a purple mini-dress with pink tights. She comes from a very rich family.
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