Firo: Why'd you spin around?
It's that dainty twirl that female characters do when they wear a full skirt or dress.
In general, it's done to emphasize either how lovely the item is and/or how much the wearer loves it. It also denotes the youthful, cheerful girlishness of the character herself, or otherwise give off that impression. It sometimes done with wedding and/or prom dresses.
A Tomboy with a Girly Streak
will likely do this when she has a pretty dress she wouldn't normally wear.
of Everything's Better with Spinning
. Compare Cape Swish
and Every Proper Lady Should Curtsy
Anime and Manga
Film - Animated
Film - Live Action
- Sister Princess. When the sisters play 'bridal dress up' for pretend weddings with the protagonist, some of them do this. All fun and games.
- In Slayers, when Lina has a 'princess fantasy' early in the first season, it involves a pimped out dress and this trope. The girliness is likely to contrast what she she's usually like.
- In Axis Powers Hetalia, Chibitalia twirls around after Hungary gives him (yes, him) one of her dresses to wear. Holy Roman Empire is enamoured.
- In the "Somewhere That's Green" song in Little Shop of Horrors, Audrey spins around her dream house after dusting it (since a life of a housewife is still much better than the life she's currently living).
- Taken Up to Eleven in Disney's Mary Poppins. During the dance scene on the roof, the title character twirls so hard she goes flying for a few seconds (although the flying bit isn't focused on the skirt, because it's part of the choreography).
- In a male example that's played unusually straight, T.E. Lawrence does this in Lawrence of Arabia after he is given Arab-style robes to replace his British Army khakis.
- Thistlewit does this in Maleficent upon changing into her peasant woman form.
- Seen in the "Put on Your Sunday Clothes" scene in Hello, Dolly!, as the girl with Dolly shows off her nice dress.
- Claudia Walken from the Baccano! Light Novel greets Firo this way.
- When the District 12 team of The Hunger Games watches the replay of the interviews in the sitting room, Katniss thinks that she seems frilly and shallow, twirling and giggling in her sparkling dress, although the others assure her that she is charming.
- In BioShock Infinite, Elizabeth does this when dancing on the beach. That entire sequence's purpose is to demonstrate her innocence and childlike attitude after spending most of her life locked in a tower.
- In an episode of Rugrats, Phil and Chuckie decide to wear dresses and naively perform these for fun.
- In "Monty Can't Buy Me Love" from The Simpsons, Homer does this while wearing a kilt, revealing that he's not wearing underwear.