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Pimped-Out Dress
And we see the best accessory is attitude.

Etoile: I have to get fitted for my custom dress... It cost me 1 million Inotium, you know.

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In a nutshell, a dress made with a whole bunch of fancy trimmings, and/or materials, just to make it look pretty.

This has long been Truth in Television. Wearing such a dress in Real Life serves two simultaneous purposes.
  1. To clearly show the wealth and/or social status of the lady wearing it.
  2. To make the lady wearing it look good.

In fiction, there are also two simultaneous purposes.
  1. To clearly show the wealth/social status of the lady wearing it, or to show that She Cleans Up Nicely (especially with Princess for a Day).
  2. So that the artist or costumer can show off.

Now the exact form of the dress doesn't matter. It can apply to grand, sweeping gowns, or mini dresses. What matters is the heavy use of fancy materials or decorations (which can be expensive, even today).

Some of the most common gown pimping options include:

Now there is no real objective line between this and a regular evening dress, so it's more a manner of how obvious it is the dress is pimped out. Say a lady has an evening dress with a fancy design embroidered onto a small part of the skirt. Fancy and stylish, but it's not that obvious, even when you see the skirt. So it wouldn't be this kind of dress. If most or all of the dress was instead almost covered in embroidered designs, it would be this trope.

Sometimes a character with a Clothes Make the Legend dress uses this trope to make her dress fancier, while still keeping its iconic look.

This trope might apply to guy's clothes (as in they aren't crossdressing), but in fiction, this type of outfit is reserved for either known historical uses, based off those uses, or else characters who are outright fops.

This will show up more often when combined with Princesses, especially Princess Classic. In any setting where elves are present, and clothes are described, about every other outfit is likely to be given loads of details. Pretty much all clothes female dark elves wear when not Badass in a Nice Suit. There are also quite a few games on the web which involve using sprites to make Virtual Paper Dolls, which allow mixing and matching to make pimped out dresses.

Real Life Fashion designers still love to make these, whether they are the impractical dresses on runways, or the slightly more practical dresses on red carpet events.

A Sub-Trope of Costume Porn and Impractically Fancy Outfit.

A Super Trope to:

There are a lot of Sister Tropes, as this can overlap with them all:

Compare Pimped-Out Car.

Compare / Contrast Simple Yet Opulent.

Contrast Modest Royalty, Real Women Don't Wear Dresses.

Examples:


Pimped Out CapeOpulent OutfitsPretty in Mink
Older Alter EgoMagical Girl TropesPlot Coupon
Parasol of PrettinessThe Beautiful TropesPretty Boy
Parachute PetticoatDresses, Gowns and SkirtsProper Tights with a Skirt
Nice HatThe Edwardian EraProper Lady
Ojou RingletsPrincess TropesPrincess for a Day
Pimped Out CapeLuxury TropesPooled Funds
Our Gryphons Are DifferentImageSource/InternetPlaying Both Sides
Petite PrideThe Roaring TwentiesPretty in Mink
Peek-a-BangsThe FortiesRoswell That Ends Well
Opera GlovesThe FiftiesPretty in Mink
Pimped Out CapeCostume TropesPlague Doctor

alternative title(s): Fancy Gown; Opulent Dress
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