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Proper Tights with a Skirt
Comfortable, flattering and won't run even after a long day of fighting monsters.

So, you have a female character, and you want her to appear 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 The Ojou and Yamato Nadeshiko. Compare with Skirt over Slacks, which occurs when pants of some description are added to an already modest skirt in order to convey shyness or tomboyishness, and with Modesty Shorts, which ensures modesty for the Action Girl who wears a microskirt. Contrasts with Zettai Ryouiki, which are usually employed to instead enhance the fanservice of the outfit, highlighting innocent, budding sexuality; and with Tights Under Shorts, 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 School Uniforms are the New Black), this is so standard that no examples need to be given.

Examples

Anime and Manga

Fan Fic
  • Mitsuuru Takahashi from Pretty Cure Heavy Metal 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 using shorts instead, of course).
  • Another male example is Haru Nagato, the male maiden from the upcoming Pretty Cure Strange Happenings. 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 Tights Under Shorts wears this in Cure form, and Cure Necro herself sports Tights Under Modesty Shorts.
  • Super Cure Romance from Pretty Cure Hollywood Stars would be another male example, but in Cure and Super Cure form is actually biologically female.
  • Both Meran and Korii in Shining Pretty Cure. The former is a rare male example, and both do this with tunics.
  • While Ichiban High School enforces this in Futari Wa Pretty Cure Dragon, 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 Modesty Shorts.

Film - Animation

Literature
  • Samantha (the Victorian Era...oops, The Edwardian Era girl) from the American Girl 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 The Princess Diaries, 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.

Live-Action Television
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Willow, particularly in Season 3. Still cute and geeky, but a step up stylewise from earlier years.
  • Kat and Tanya from Power Rangers Zeo. A nice contrast compared to the other Action Girls in the franchise.
  • One of Joan Watson's wardrobe staples in 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 Community , especially in Season 2

Theatre

Video Games
  • The soldier-like Weiß wears this outfit in Arcana Heart 3.
    • Saki, the deuteragonist, wears this with her main outfit.
  • Ingrid from Capcom Fighting Evolution and the PSP version of Street Fighter Alpha 3 is outfitted in a similar getup to Yurika, albeit with brown pantyhose instead.
  • Princess Alena in Dragon Quest IV. (Although it's less a skirt and more of a tunic.)
  • All of the pegasus-riding units in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn have tights under the traditional Thigh-High Boots, and Tanith did so in Path of Radiance as well. Syrene from Sacred Stones also wears these in her official artwork.
  • In Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, Karis wears a minidress with tights, and for a rare male example (!) Rief wears what are either leggings or tights with his tunic (which didn't help the gender confusion any).
  • Athena Asamiya wears this in her outfit for King of Fighters 97.
  • Yukiko Amagi from Persona 4 (pictured above) is the poster child for this.
  • Also worn by Fuuka in Persona 3.
  • Yurika Kirishima, the resident Ojou of 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.
  • Street Fighter's own Chun-Li wears them with her trademark Qipao.
  • Tales of the Abyss: Princess Natalia Luzu-Kimalsca Lanvaldear wears white tights under her short aquamarine dress when you first meet her.
  • Jin Kisaragi from 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 Xenogears wears them as part of her Gebler uniform.
  • Hitomi Tono from Soul Hackers.

Visual Novels

Western Animation

Real Life
  • Truth in Television; 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 Real Life. Although in recent years (with the exception of uniforms) leggings have become more popular, although usually with the same effect.


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alternative title(s): Tights With A Skirt; Tights With A Skirt Is Proper; It Is Proper To Wear Tights With A Skirt; Proper Tights With Skirt
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