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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.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Kuroyukihime from ''LightNovel/AccelWorld''.
* Belarus from ''WebComic/AxisPowersHetalia'' wears this whether she's in an ElegantGothicLolita outfit, in [[{{Joshikousei}} uniform garb]] or cosplaying as [[AliceAllusion Alice]] in {{Hetaween 2011}}.
* Shouko Kirishima, from ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts''. [[DudeLooksLikeALady Hideyoshi Kinoshita]] also does this sometimes, including with a pink maid dress.
* Sen Yarizui in ''LightNovel/BenTo'' sports this fashion, likely to preserve her modesty as she [[KickChick kicks the snot out of her opponents]] during the [[MundaneMadeAwesome battles for half-priced bento]].
* Worn by Mirai Kuriyama in ''LightNovel/BeyondTheBoundary''.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'':
** [[DarkActionGirl Revy]] wears this in the Japan arc in ''Manga/BlackLagoon''; perfectly understandable, since her normal {{Stripperiffic}} clothes wouldn't work well in a Japanese winter.
** [[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.
* The female pilots wear the leotard variation with their combat attire in ''Anime/{{Dangaioh}}''.
* ''LightNovel/DateALive'':
** Kurumi has tights with her school uniform, but the properness she presents is only a fašade.
** Miku Izayoi's Astral Dress incorporates this.
* Android 18 from ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.
* 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.
* Mikuru Asahina wears this during the winter months in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' (as seen in ''Disappearance'' with her school uniform), as does Yuki Nagato in the spinoff series ''The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan''.
* ''{{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.
* Rei Miyamoto from ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'' appears to be wearing this briefly in episode 3, no thanks to a minor visual ContinuitySnarl. She actually wears ZettaiRyouiki.
* 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.
* 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.
* Masako Natsume from ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum''.
* ''Manga/OniichanNoKotoNankaZenzenSukiJanainDakaraNe'' has Kondou and it become Shuusuke's primary fetish.
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' and the video games from which it's adapted, Serena sometimes wears this.
* ''Franchise/PrettyCure'':
** Komachi Akimoto from ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5''.
** Miki Aono (with her school uniform) and Setsuna Higashi (with her casual clothes) from ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure''.
** Alice Yotsuba from ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure''.
** Minami Kaido from ''Anime/GoPrincessPrettyCure'', at least with her school uniform. Also briefly worn by Kirara Amanogawa in one shot in episode 8 due to a brief visual continuity snarl.
* 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.
* Sakuya's winter uniform in ''Anime/TenchiInTokyo'' includes black tights.
** Also Matori, Yugi's henchwoman.
* 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.
* Hanako Tanaka from ''Manga/{{Zetman}}''.
* 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.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Mitsuuru Takahashi from ''FanFic/PrettyCureHeavyMetal'' is a rare male example at times. Sakura Cobain also wears white tights under her school uniform during the colder months (of course, since this is Isuten Junior High we're talking about, the same outfit also includes a black leather jacket, possibly the only way to make tights look any cooler--other than [[TightsUnderShorts using shorts instead]], of course).
* Another male example is Haru Nagato, the male maiden from the upcoming ''FanFic/PrettyCureStrangeHappenings''. Yumi's thigh-high red stockings go so high they barely rise above the lower edge of her uniform's crinoline skirt, leading some to mistake what she's wearing for tights. Also, every Cure that doesn't wear TightsUnderShorts wears this in Cure form, and Cure Necro herself sports [[TightsUnderShorts Tights Under]] ModestyShorts.
* Super Cure Romance from ''FanFic/PrettyCureHollywoodStars'' would be another male example, but in Cure and Super Cure form is [[SuperGenderBender actually biologically female]].
* Both Meran and Korii in ''FanFic/ShiningPrettyCure''. The former is a rare male example, and both do this with tunics.
* While Ichiban High School enforces this in ''FanFic/FutariWaPrettyCureDragon'', one of its students, Ryan Lee, is notable as a male example; another student, Susan Chan, also wears this as Cure Fortune. Yet another student averts and defies this trope, instead going for ModestyShorts.

[[folder:Films - Animated]]
* Jenny Foxworth in ''Disney/OliverAndCompany''.
* Also Penny, of whom she's an {{Expy}}, in ''Disney/TheRescuers''.

* 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.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' - Willow, particularly in Season 3. Still cute and geeky, but a step up stylewise from earlier years.
* Kat and Tanya from ''Series/PowerRangersZeo''. A nice contrast compared to the other [[ActionGirl Action Girls]] in the franchise.
* One of Joan Watson's wardrobe staples in ''Series/{{Elementary}}''. Joan is, at the very least, much more proper than her Sherlock, as well as having too much sense to run bare-legged around New York City in cold weather.
* Annie Edison from ''Series/{{Community}}'' , especially in Season 2.

* Wednesday in ''Theatre/TheAddamsFamily''. Used in her other incarnations (TV, film, and comic strip), but more noticeable in the musical because the character, now 18, [[DangerouslyShortSkirt doesn't seem to have bought a new dress in the last 10 years.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The soldier-like Wei▀ wears this outfit in ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart 3''.
** Saki, the deuteragonist, wears this with her main outfit.
* 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 ThighHighBoots, 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]]).
* Athena Asamiya wears this in her outfit for ''Videogame/TheKingOfFighters 97''.
* Yukiko Amagi from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' (pictured above) is the poster child for this.
* Also worn by Fuuka in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''.
* 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/StreetFighter's own Chun-Li wears them with her trademark {{Qipao}}.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'': Princess Natalia Luzu-Kimalsca Lanvaldear wears white tights under her short aquamarine dress when you first meet her.
* Jin Kisaragi from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' is one particular male example. Although what he wears isn't a skirt, he still counts as an example.
* Elhaym "Elly" Van Houten from ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' wears them as part of her Gebler uniform.
* Hitomi Tono from ''SoulHackers''.
* Fina, the MysteriousWaif from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'', wears white tights as part of her outfit.
* Maria Traydor from ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'' wears black tights as part of her outfit.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Rare male example: Jun Watarase from ''VisualNovel/{{Happiness}}'', particularly with his SailorFuku.
* Satoko in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''.
* Athena Cykes from ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' wears this as her default outfit, although she's much more tomboyish than most examples.
* Peko Pekoyama from ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2''.
* Hanako Ikezawa from ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''. Super justified in her case, since she's CoveredInScars.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Two {{Action Girl}}s from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', Yuri Zahard and Yeon Yihwa.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Daphne Blake's regular outfit from the various incarnations of ''ScoobyDoo'' incorporates this. Of course, then it gets played for FanService in the LiveActionAdaptation.
* Gwen Tennyson in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' and ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien''
* Both of Ahsoka Tano's regular outfits in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''.
* ThePowerpuffGirls.
* Jessie Bannon in the first season of ''[[WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures]]'', before switching to TightsUnderShorts in season two.
* Agent Penny from ''WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel''.

* TruthInTelevision; it's pretty much standard clothing for girls and is especially common among schoolgirls (especially those who wear uniforms) and some classes of athletes in RealLife. Although in recent years (with the exception of uniforms) [[SkirtOverSlacks leggings have become more popular]], although usually with the same effect.