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TertiarySexualCharacteristics occurs when stereotypical female elements are added to a character to demonstrate she is a woman. If you have a [[PacMan yellow circle]], and you stick a bow on it, you instantly recognize the circle is a girl.

StockCostumeTraits is that concept, except as related to characteristics or professions rather than gender. You add some costume element onto a character, and that is the visual signal they have adopted that characteristic. For example, if the circle has a pipe and deerstalker hat, we know the circle is a [[SherlockHolmes detective]]; if it wears a monocle and top hat, we understand that yellow circle belongs to [[HighClassGlass high society]].

Most of these are {{Dead Horse Trope}}s by now. Closely related to HollywoodDressCode, but approached from a different perspective. See ClothesMakeTheLegend for a similar idea, but related to one specific character.

Compare ExpositoryHairstyles, when a character's hair is used to indicate personality, background, or other traits. See also UsefulNotes/HatShop, which analyzes the connotations of headgear.
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!!Tropes with their own pages:

[[index]]
* '''Burglar''': BlatantBurglar -- Black and white striped shirt and domino mask or ski mask.
* '''Doctor''': DressedToHeal -- [[LabcoatOfScienceAndMedicine White lab coat]], head mirror, stethoscope.
* '''Explorer''': ExplorerOutfit -- Pith helmet and khakis.
* '''Extreme Poverty''': BankruptcyBarrel -- Naked, except for a barrel.
* '''Formal Tough Guy (Bodyguard/Professional Assassins)''': BadassInANiceSuit -- Tux or business suit (often with sunglasses).
* '''Flapper''': TheFlapper -- Loose, low-waist knee-length dress, [[TwentiesBobHaircut bobbed hair]], [[NiceHat cloche hats]] (casual wear) or decorated headbands (formal wear). Style is mostly ArtDeco.
* '''French Maid''': FrenchMaidOutfit -- Black dress with lacy white trim.
* '''Ghost''': BedsheetGhost -- Plain white ghost.
* '''Pimp''': PimpDuds -- Ridiculously oversized hat and bulky fur coat or brightly colored suit.
* '''Pirate''': DressedToPlunder -- Some combination of eyepatches, {{Hook Hand}}s, peg-legs, tricorner hats, breeches, bandanas, and a PirateParrot.
* '''Rich/High Society''': (male) HighClassGlass -- Top hat, monocle, tuxedo; (female) -- a PimpedOutDress
* '''Viking''': HornyVikings -- Horned helm and beard. Even though they never had horns on thier helmets.
* '''Wizard''': RobeAndWizardHat -- Robe and a wizard hat. Naturally.
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!!Other examples:

* '''AmateurSleuth''': A pipe and a deerstalker hat; [[SherlockHomage thank]] SherlockHolmes, who wore it very few times so this fits the 'amateur' part.
* '''Artist''': Beret
* '''Astronaut''': Puffy white moon-landing style spacesuit. Possibly blue shuttle-style jumpsuit with patches in a more realistic work.
* '''Beatnik''': Black turtleneck, CoolShades, beret, goatee.
* '''Bodyguard, CIA, or government agent''': Sunglasses, [[LadyInAPowerSuit a black suit]] [[BadassInANiceSuit and tie]], possibly an earpiece.
* '''Biker''': Spiky helmet, leather jacket, leather or denim pants, spiky combat boots, tattoos, sunglasses and facial hair.
* '''Butler''': Men's formal daywear, generally a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morning_dress morning suit]].
* '''[[CrappyCarnival Carny]]''': Vertical-striped shirt, bow tie, straw boater hat, often a cane. Also works for snake-oil salesmen, barbershop quartets, various vaudeville performers.
* '''Court Jester''': Multicolored outfit, with a multi-pointed [[HappyHarlequinHat jester hat]] with bells on the ends.
* '''Clown''': Puffy one-piece jumpsuit with pompon buttons, oversized shoes, cone-shaped hat, and a big red nose.
* '''Cult Leader/Member''': Traditionally, the dark or earth-toned robes of a monk or necromancer, with or without a hood, especially for "evil" cults. More modern cults will often feature some kind of New Age/Oriental style (saffron robe with Hare Krishna topknot, Nehru jacket) or just [[LooksLikeJesus a white "Jesus" robe]]. Scientologists will usually appear in plain suits or "customer service" uniforms.
* '''DiscoDan''': Dapper suit, usually mostly in white. (This was being parodied as early as 1980, in ''Film/{{Airplane}}'')
* '''Disc Jockey (DJ)''': A pair of headphones and the optional CoolShades.
* '''Farmer''': OverallsAndGingham.
* '''Fairy Tale Princess''': [[ErmineCapeEffect Large poofy gown]] of [[PrincessesPreferPink pink]], [[TrueBlueFemininity blue]], or [[GracefulLadiesLikePurple purple]] and [[CoolCrown a sparkly tiara.]]
* '''Firefighter''': Black or brown heavy coat and pants, called turnouts,with yellow stripes on the arms and back of the coat and ankles of the pants, heavy black boots and helmet. The helmet is leather in older works, fire-resistant synthetics in newer ones. It has a number on the front to identify the fire station, and a overhang from the back, meant to keep water from going down the firefighter's back. For some reason, they often have the helmet on in some works even when they don't need it.
* '''Gangster''': (old style) Fedora and zoot suits; (new style) Hoodies, and saggy jeans. In many cases, a chromatically inverted suit (white coat, black shirt, white tie) will suffice.
* '''HardboiledDetective''': A fedora and BadassLongcoat; in FilmNoir, they're usually wearing a tie, a white button-up shirt with the sleeves rolled up, and suspenders.
* '''HeavyMetal Rocker''': Hair almost always long, and usually feathered. Sometimes garish face-paint, as well as jungle animal prints on T-shirts or spandex. "Goth" or "barbarian" look (all-black, SpikesOfVillainy) for extreme metal.
* '''Hippie''': Tie-dyed clothing and headband (though actual hippie clothing was usually less garish than this). Long hair. Beard on the men.
* '''Janitor''': A jumpsuit or boilersuit.
** In Germany, it's ''always'' a dark-coloured, knee-length coat.
* '''Judge''': Black robe and gavel. Powdered wig optional.
* '''Knight''': Suit of [[KnightInShiningArmor full plate armor]], visored helmet with or without tassel on top.
* '''Leprechaun''': Bright green clothing, usually appearing to be from the late 18th or early 19th centuries.
* '''MadScientist''': White lab coat; goggles and EinsteinHair optional.
* '''Magician''': White tie and tails or tuxedo, often with a cape, white gloves, a slick handlebar mustache or an imperial beard, a white-tipped baton, and a black top hat with a bunny in it. Often there will be star and/or moon designs incorporated.
* '''Maid''': [[{{Meido}} Stereotypical maid uniform]]; FrenchMaid-style optional.
* '''Martial Artist''': White top and pants with a black belt; footwear optional.
* '''Mayor''': Often a beauty pageant sash with [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "MAYOR"]] printed on it. In pre-1970s depictions, also often a top hat for some reason. In the UK, a gold chain and possibly a tricorn hat, even in the present day. (More realistic depictions only have the hat on ceremonial occasions.)
* '''Medieval Executioner''': [[InTheHood Dons a black hood]] that covers the head partially or whole. Wields either an axe, sword or a noose.
* '''Mime''': Striped shirt, white face with heavy rouge, beret.
* '''{{Ninja}}''': Black kabuki stagehand outfit (which they never wore) with face-concealing mask and/or headband. Or regular stuff. they're not meant to know you are a ninja.
* '''Nurse:''' White dress and nurse hat with a [[UsefulNotes/TheRedCross red cross]] on it.
* '''Pilot''': Goggles over a leather cap, generally with a scarf and a leather bomber jacket.
* '''Policeman''' (the ThemeParkVersion): Laughably outdated "bobby"-style uniform, complete with cylindrical blue hat. Often will have a "Prussian"-style mustache, too.
* '''Prisoner''': Varies by era. For the mid-19th century through the 1920s, it's a black-and-white, horizontally striped jumpsuit and often a matching flat cap (sometimes also on modern prisoners, either for humiliation purposes or for comedy). For the 1930s through the 1960s, a light blue corduroy shirt, white undershirt, dark blue or black slacks, and a baseball-style cap. For any time from the 1970s to today, a loose-fitting jumpsuit in bright orange. ''Political'' prisoners will either still be in (usually ragged) military uniform or will be dressed as peasants.
* '''ProfessionalWrestling''': ''Lucha libre''-style mask, colorful cape and tights, and UnderwearOfPower. (Never mind that, except for the underwear, most American wrestlers don't dress like this.)
* '''Punk / Emo''': Dyed (usually black) messy hair, black printed t-shirts, body piercings, tattoos.
* '''Redneck/Southerner''': Varies by time period and social status. The basic "poor farmer" look (at its extreme without a shirt and only one strap on the overalls) works well for any period prior to the mid-20th century. The CorruptHick version will usually be in a white or light-colored suit with the shirtsleeves rolled up, white Panama or straw hat, and a cigar. For examples from the 1970s and later, a baseball cap, jeans, and a hunting jacket will do; handlebar mustache and sideburns optional. A more mysterious or savage example can be established with a [[SackheadSlasher simple sack or bag over the head]].
* '''Reporter''': A button-down with sleeves rolled up, tie at half-mast, and fedora with a card stuck in the band that says "media" or "press"; cigar optional.
* '''Spy''': Fedora, BadassLongcoat, and sunglasses, although that's a DeadHorseTrope by now. SpyCatsuit is more modern. James Bond-esque spies prefer a TuxedoAndMartini.
* '''Soldier''': [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M81_Woodland Woodland camouflage patterned]] [=BDUs=], black or brown combat boots, metal WWII style combat helmet. May have a [[BadassBandolier bandolier]] with grenades or cartridges draped across their chest or shoulder.
* '''{{Superhero}}''': The stereotype is a cape [[note]]So much so we named the trope about a stereotypical superhero "TheCape"[[/note]], spandex, and underwear on the outside. May have a [[HeroicBuild good physique]].
* '''Surfer''': Long blond hair, tanned skin, CoolShades, lotioned nose, cowrie-shell necklace, and baggy shorts.
* '''Teacher''' (male): Tweedy jacket with patches on elbows, glasses.
* '''Teacher/Librarian''' (female): Severe long dark dress, hair in tight bun, glasses.
* '''Televangelist''': Ice-cream suit.
* '''{{Transvestite}}''': Fishnets, high heels, corset (Optional), a noticeable amount of make up, jewelry of some sort (usually a necklace or earrings) and often (but not always), a dress.
* '''ValleyGirl''': Garishly colorful clothing, often vaguely "punk" in appearance. "Authentic" 1980s examples will also have [[EightiesHair "poodle" hair]], leg warmers, maybe one bra strap visible.
* '''Venetian gondola drivers''': A flat straw hat and striped shirt.
* '''Witch''': Pointy black hat, black dress, warts. Green skin optional.
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