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->'''Frank:''' I can knit a sweater!
->'''Annie:''' I can fill it better!
-->-- "Anything You Can Do", ''Theatre/AnnieGetYourGun''

Tight sweaters are often worn by ladies as a form of {{Fanservice}}.

A lot of the appeal is that they ''just'' [[FormFittingWardrobe outline the figure]] (why "sweater puppies" is a nickname for a shapely chest) while barely actually showing anything. That makes wearing a tight sweater some of the most tasteful and acceptable fanservice and FetishFuel around (not to mention one of the few of the latter [[InUniverse actually acknowledged in mainstream fiction]]). In the days of UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode, once those sweaters caught on, they were almost up there with the heart-shaped neckline as a way of GettingCrapPastTheRadar. Actresses who embraced this look were known as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweater_girl sweater girls]], hence the trope name. This especially became a common form of fanservice for actresses who were playing wholesome, innocent characters that wouldn't be expected to wear revealing outfits.

Not that a sweater can ''never'' be tacky. It's just if ladies want to look sexy, and the choice is between a halter top or an angora sweater, the latter is far less likely to have the wearer say, "Just because I'm wearing these clothes doesn't make me a prostitute!" It's more the "I'm way out of your league" kind of sexy. Particularly fuzzy sweaters can emphasize this by subtly echoing [[PrettyInMink the glamour of a fur coat]].

A special note as there are cultural differences: in Asian countries, school girls (and even boys) wear a sweater to cover up their developing figure, especially when they are growing to be more mature and starting to show differences in their bodies. So it is not uncommon to see school girls and boys wear sweaters when it is 30 degrees Celsius or higher. This has nothing to do with sexiness, and the wearers actually want the opposite. It is the authors that draw them to be much more revealing (as fanservice, obviously), but the hidden meaning is still cultural. Most of the Anime and Manga examples are actually girls that are more introverted, traditional and shy. However, it's not unknown for young Muslim women from liberal backgrounds, in both Asia and the West, to wear sweaters in the Western sense, as it is quite alluring while conforming to the letter of Islamic dress requirements by not showing any skin between the neck and wrists.

Also commonly worn by the SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl.

Compare FurBikini, HappyHolidaysDress, SexySantaDress, HomemadeSweaterFromHell, FormFittingWardrobe.





* Used quite often in ads, as a milder form of SexSells.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Hitomi is one according to her younger sister Ai in ''Manga/CatsEye'' where she Ai herself fears she wouldn't be able to pull it off as well as her sister. The plot then goes to finding her a perfect sweater.
* Shizuna-sensei of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' is often shown with one, which really accentuates her ''ahem'' maternal figure.
* [[OlderAlterEgo Adult form]] Vivio's casual outfit in ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid''. Is she showing off to [[HasTwoMommies her mamas]]?
** In ''A's: The Battle of Aces'' Reinforce (I/Eins) takes to this fashion, as can be seen [[http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y191/Liinna/Nanoha/Hayate/1264208642230.png here]] (no, not the LethalChef with the [[IncendiaryExponent flaming dish]]). It's less... perky than her usual outfit.
* In ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', this is one of the fashion styles that Miu frequently sports when being in public. (The other two are her school outfit and her training suit.) Of course, the FormFittingWardrobe rule applies here as well.
* Motoko from ''Manga/{{Change 123}}''. Once it got her into trouble when she (as her {{Bokukko}} SplitPersonality Hibiki) got its thread hooked up on a fence when [[OutsideRide jumping onto the top of a truck]]. The consequence was that all her sweater got torn away, which was only one in the series of {{clothing damage}}s she had in that chapter.
* The girls of ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', frequently, due to it [[ItsAlwaysSpring being set during winter.]]
* Safu in ''LightNovel/{{No6}}''.
* Rinko Iori in Anime/GundamBuildFighters.
* Ami's school uniform in ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'' had a sweater added to it.
* After being transferred to snowy Lyrias in ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' Shirayuki wears a number of sweaters that look quite good on her.

* The girls of Franchise/ArchieComics are prone to wearing the occasional tight sweater, especially Veronica.
* ComicBook/PowerGirl, [[MostCommonSuperPower although it's not like she can help it.]]

* At the end of ''Film/{{Tron}}'', Lora wore a white angora sweater, seen in the picture above.
* In ''Film/LordLoveADuck'', Barbara Ann (Tuesday Weld) wants sweaters so that she'll fit in with the 'in' crowd, and goes shopping for them with her father. The scene with her trying on the sweaters in front of him is rather disturbing.
* Kristen Bell's character in ''Film/{{Fanboys}}'' refers to her breasts as "Sweater yams".
* As Corey in ''Film/EmpireRecords'', Creator/LivTyler wears a tight blue cropped sweater, which is featured [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e0/Empire_Records_poster.jpg prominently]] on the poster.
* Denise (Denise Darcel), the Frenchwoman whom the men of the 327th bivouac with in ''Film/{{Battleground}}'', puts some strain on her sweaters. This is played for a gag when Denise is busily slicing a loaf of bread for the men, knife repeatedly coming close to her prominent bosom, while Pfc. Holley winces nervously.
* Creator/LanaTurner in a bunch of movies starting with her film debut ''They Won't Forget''. She was even ''called'' the Sweater Girl, which makes her the {{Trope Namer|s}}.
* In ''Film/WalkTheLine'', Music/JohnnyCash is quickly seduced backstage by a Sweater Girl Groupie.
* Creator/ReeseWitherspoon
** Jennifer of ''Film/{{Pleasantville}}'' once she gets TrappedInTVLand as "MarySue". She even comments on the effect of one such sweater in one scene.
** Tracy Flick in ''Film/{{Election}}''.
* Creator/EdWood pulls off a WholesomeCrossdresser version in his film ''Film/GlenOrGlenda'', which is cheerfully reprised by Creator/JohnnyDepp in the {{Biopic}} ''Film/EdWood''.
* One of the first uses of the new powers gained in ''Film/{{Zapped}}'' was to make a girl's pink sweater pop open to reveal her (also pink) bra underneath.
* Susan Abbott wears a purple fuzzy sweater in ''Film/AnchorsAweigh''.
* Angie Dickinson wears the standard tight sweater with pointy bra in SexComedy (and very BlackComedy) ''Film/PrettyMaidsAllInARow''. The sexually frustrated student who's the protagonist of the movie can't stop staring at her breasts. She manages to accidentally hit him in the face with her breasts not once, but twice.
* Creator/SonjaHenie was one of the earliest in her films.
* Creator/JanetLeigh was dressed this way in several films, including ''Film/HolidayAffair'', ''Film/TouchOfEvil'', and ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate''. A biography of her ''Holiday Affair'' co-star Robert Mitchum [[http://www.outofthepastblog.com/2010/12/there-is-reason-why-janet-leighs.html revealed]] that ''Holiday Affair'' producer Howard Hughes, who was notorious for his [[BuxomIsBetter obsession with breasts]] and his predatory habits with young starlets, forced Leigh to wear an absurdly tight sweater after she rejected his advances.
* Creator/KimNovak was often dressed this way in the 1950s.
** When playing Judy Norton, Novak has the tight sweater when she meets [[Creator/JimmyStewart James Stewart]] in ''Film/{{Vertigo}}''. This serves to contrast Judy's earthy sexuality with Madeline Elster (also played by Novak), the icy blonde that Stewart became obsessed with before her death.
** In ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenArm'', evidently the tight sweater wasn't fanservice enough, so in one scene Novak's character has three of the five buttons of the sweater undone.
* ''Film/TheBarefootContessa'': Vincenzo is instantly enchanted with Maria after seeing her perform a flamenco dance with Gypsy peasants, while clad in a very very tight yellow sweater.
* ''Film/Grease2'' features Paulette, who goes in for tight sweaters under her Pink Ladies jacket. Said jacket is usually worn open and folded back to reveal the sweater and the contents of the pointy bra worn beneath it. Paulette's sister tries more than once to moderate this display by flipping the jacket forwards, but Paulette immediately folds the flaps back again.

* In ''Literature/AreYouThereGodItsMeMargaret'' by Creator/JudyBlume, Laura Danker, the most physically mature girl in Margaret's class, wears a sweater and gets harassed. Freddie Barnett a.k.a. the Lobster asks Margaret why ''she'' doesn't look like that in a sweater, which Margaret does not think is funny.
* Neighbor girl Lisa Hoober in ''Literature/ThenAgainMaybeIWont'', Creator/JudyBlume's subsequent novel.
* In Creator/WilliamGoldman's ''Magic'', the narrator flashbacks about seeing his love interest in a sweater and being aroused for the first time in his life.
* The original book ''Theatre/HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying'' reads:
-->"It must be remembered that the well-bred girl is always fully clothed in the office. The broken shoulder strap, the [[ShesGotLegs deeply split skirt]], and the [[BareYourMidriff bare midriff]] are ''de trop'' in most businesses. The bright girl soon learns that these devices are not only in bad taste, but are not necessary.
-->"It is not skin area but ''contour'' that counts.
-->"A few simple experiments with sweaters, jerseys, and a slightly smaller dress size will bring pleasing and surprising results. One young lady who made a careful study of contour planning found that results were little short of breath-taking."
* The seventh book in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' introduces Sheila, [[HotLibrarian an assistant at an antique book store]], and one of the first things [[OccultDetective Harry Dresden]] notices is how well she fills out a sweater. [[spoiler:Though it probably helped that she was a [[YourMindMakesItReal construct]] built by a fallen angel [[EnemyWithin Lasciel]] who chose a form that Harry would find [[DamselInDistress ultimately appealing]].]]
* In Piers Anthony Mode Series Colleen uses a too small sweater to convince the 'mob boss' to give her an appointment to make a deal.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Season 3 Willow Rosenberg.
--> '''Vamp Willow (looking Willow over)''': Well, look at me. I'm all fuzzy.
* Midge Pinciotti of ''Series/That70sShow'' is introduced to us in the first episode through the [[MaleGaze eyes of Eric]] clad in a sweater and quite... [[{{Gainaxing}} jiggly]].
** In a later episode, when Midge left Bob, [[BuxomIsBetter the boys lament over losing "her sweet uptown rack]]".
--> '''Fez''': Oh, good God, man, what a marvelous set of kittens. Remember that sweater?
--> '''Kelso''': Oh. Remember the other sweater?
--> '''Eric''': Yeah. Remember that time she ran up to us in a sweater?
--> '''Hyde''': Remember the week she took up jump rope? In a sweater?
--> This is followed by a montage of said sweaters.
*** Later in the same episode, after deciding they want to want to chase older women, Fez and Kelso decide that [[spoiler:Kitty is hot]] and maybe they should buy her a sweater.
* Jennifer Marlowe of ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'' wore a few sweaters, including a pink sweater dress.
* Joanna Loudon in ''Series/{{Newhart}}'' (played by Mary Frann) wore sweaters all the time, to the point where in the AllJustADream finale, Bob tells Emily she should wear more sweaters.
* Sara Rush (played by Lydia Cornell) in ''Series/TooCloseForComfort'' was the mistress of the tight sweater.
* In ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'', Oswald's mom (played by [[http://www.strangecosmos.com/images/content/139421.jpg Adrienne Barbeau]]) remembers how when she used to hug other boys, they tended to breathe faster. Drew admits it was her tight angora sweater, with the plunging neckline.
* ''Series/{{Millennium}}''. A female friend of Katherine Black mentions that she was the "favourite student" of (male lecturer at college). Katherine replies: "I wore tight sweaters."
* Christina Hendricks' character Joan Holloway on ''Series/MadMen'' deploys sweaters coupled with a variety of form-fitting but tasteful business skirts to [[MsFanservice devastating effect.]]
** Once she tells a cleavage-flaunting new secretary to button up, saying that less is more if you know what you're doing. Said secretary ends up getting company partner Roger Sterling, Joan's former lover, to leave his wife for her, which says something about Roger's tastes.
* Rachel Berry (played by Lea Michele) tends to wear these a lot on ''Series/{{Glee}}''. The show even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it.
-->'''Jacob''': Get those sweater puppies out of their cashmere cage!
* The girls of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' like wearing sweaters. In one episode, Phoebe wore a white sweater with [[PrettyInMink fur-trimmed sleeves]].
* Jack was often distracted by sweater girls on ''Series/ThreesCompany'', resulting in {{Freudian Slip}}s on several occasions: "You need to separate the yolk from the sweater." "I just came to button up my coffee."
* ''{{Spooks}}'': In "Spiders", Zoe needs to get close to a particular target.
-->Tom: The kids' lives are in danger. (beat) So, wear a tight sweater tomorrow.
-->Zoe: What?
-->Tom: I've been watching him all day. He obviously fancies you. We need to build up on that connection.
-->Zoe: (sarcastically) Any particular sweater in mind?
-->Tom AND Danny, simultaneously: The blue one.
* In an episode of ''Series/HappyDays'' Richie, Potsie, and Ralph break into another student's college dorm to get back an incriminating photo he took of Richie; they discover a [[UsefulNotes/{{Nudism}} nudist camp]] magazine and get DistractedByTheSexy.
-->'''Potsie''': "Wow. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint How'd you like to see a sweater on that!]]"
* Annie in ''Series/{{Community}}'' has a wardrobe that appears to mostly consist of cardigans.
* Donna and Adrienne in ''Series/NYPDBlue'' often wear tight sweaters. Diane usually wears skin-tight T-shirts for the same effect.
* One episode of ''Series/GrowingPains'' had teenage [[AllMenArePerverts horndog]] Ben excited for his class field trip to the planetarium, which he intended to spend "picking fuzzballs off of Sasha Sorecki's sweater."
* Inverted on ''Series/WillAndGrace'': Will's been deceived into thinking he's going to be a Barney's model, and explains to Jack's boss that his broad shoulders and slim waist (IIRC) are perfect for sweater modeling.
* One of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'''s girlfriends was said to really fill out a mohair sweater in high school (specifically, he said the sweater in question was tighter on her than the goat.)
* Nikki Faber and Stacy Paterno of ''Series/SpinCity'' both favor sweaters.
* Kris Munroe on ''Series/CharliesAngels'' wears sweaters from time to time.
* In ''Series/{{Healer}}'' Young Shin wears a number of very flattering sweaters and Jung Hoo pulls off a gender inverted version when he wears sweaters tight enough to show off his build.

* Country singer JeannieMack wore a white angora short-sleeved sweater in a performance of her song [[http://www.dailymotion.com/relevance/search/angora+sweater/video/xp9qz_jeannie-mack_fun "Dirty Dishes"]].
* Music/TheJGeilsBand classic, "Centerfold"
-->''Those soft and fuzzy sweaters''
-->''Too magical to touch''
-->''To see her in that negligee is really just too much.''
* The electro/pop duo Music/{{Moloko}}'s debut album is called ''Do You Like My Tight Sweater'' after a supposedly real-life pickup line used by singer Roisin Murphy.
* [[http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.rocknvswranch.com/more_images/dale_evans-sweater.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.rocknvswranch.com/rvswr_de-tribute.html&h=360&w=295&sz=21&tbnid=gVLAwQjULXdlMM:&tbnh=121&tbnw=99&prev=/images%3Fq%3D%2522dale%2Bevans%2522&zoom=1&q=%22dale+evans%22&usg=__fNAwuVIb5tuaNqf8a6Sliezq60k=&sa=X&ei=6GmGTaDmJuO90QG1-7nRCA&ved=0CCYQ9QEwAQ Dale Evans]] (third wife of Creator/RoyRogers and a singer/songwriter in her own right)

* ''Website/TheOnion'' had a headline in its faux-historical archive ''Our Dumb Century'' about the "Growing Bombshell gap between the US and Russia." The picture was Jayne Mansfield in a tight sweater.
* The rhyme many of us learn as tweens: "We must, we must, we must increase our bust. The bigger the better, the tighter the sweater, the boys depend on us!"
* The knitting book Big Girl Knits has sections on short-row shaping and how to wear a neckline, to enhance one's assets. A larger-busted woman should wear V-necks, because a higher neckline gives the impression of one large lump.
* Half of the reason why the [[CleavageWindow Keyhole Sweater]] and [[SexyBacklessOutfit Virgin-Killing/Virgin Killer Sweater]] got popular. The other half, well...

* The number "Anything You Can Do" from the musical ''Annie Get Your Gun:''
-->'''Frank''': I can knit a sweater.
-->'''Annie''': I can fill it better.
* One song in ''Film/TheFullMonty'' has the men objectifying women before realizing to their horror that they will soon be on the receiving end, and Jerry has this kind of girl in mind.
-->'''Jerry''': They gotta be C or D or better / they got to pose a threat to the sweater!
* [[Theatre/TheTwentyFifthAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee Marigold Coneybear]]
-->'''Chip''': Hey, Leaf, is that your sister in the fourth row wearing the fuzzy sweater?

* Judith Mossman in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''. ''Webcomic/{{Concerned}}'' pointed this out a [[http://hlcomic.com/index.php?date=2005-11-04 couple]] [[http://hlcomic.com/cast.html times]].
* Arcueid Brunestud from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', showing that vampires don't have to wear leather to be sexy. Hisui also fits the bill when she puts Arcueid's clothes in the sequel.
* Rider from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' in her 'civilian' guise. Combined with {{Meganekko}} for that extra little fetish twist, and the end result is just... wow.
** To say nothing of [[IconicOutfit Rin Tohsaka]].
* Angela Victoire Bledin from ''VisualNovel/PrincessWaltz'' wears this as part of her civilian attire.
* Naomi Hunter in the original ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' even had a fanservice photoshoot mode of her turtleneck, although [[BestKnownForTheFanservice ever since the fourth game, people associate her with]] AbsoluteCleavage.
* [[spoiler:Arcuied]] returns in ''VideoGame/FateExtra'' as a [[TheBerserker Berserker]], but still in this mode of dress (though a little stained and fraying at the edges). The overall effect is that of a suburban mother gone feral and eager to rip you apart with her bare hands.

* A couple of examples in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', the most notable being {{AxCrazy}} [[PirateGirl Pirate Queen]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040123#.Vu7mc-KLTIV Bangladesh DuPree]].
** [[DarkActionGirl Zola]] also has this in a [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100628#.Vu7n7eKLTIU sleeveless pink variant]].
* [[CuteMonsterGirl Galatea's]] Parisian striped sweater in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob.''
* Mora from Webcomic/LasLindas [[http://laslindas.katbox.net/index.php?strip_id=106 pulls this off occasionally.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Velma Dinkley in Franchise/ScoobyDoo, at least after her subtle redesign in ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' and the more recent animated features. This to the point she wears one over her dress to the prom in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated''.
* Mina in ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'' is always seen wearing her sweater.
* Dawn in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaRevengeOfTheIsland''
* Term of endearment: Bat-Bat calls WesternAnimation/MightyMouse "you old sweater girl" in the Bakshi episode "Bat With A Golden Tongue."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' has a male variant with Patrick "Crash" [=McCaren=] from Season 6. Both Lana and Ray, a straight woman and gay man, immediately fall for his good looks, including how his sweater accentuates his chest muscles.