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So, you have a female character, and you want her to appear [[ProperLady 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 TheOjou and YamatoNadeshiko. Compare with SkirtOverSlacks, which occurs when pants of some description are added to an already modest skirt in order to convey shyness or {{tomboy}}ishness, and with ModestyShorts, which ensures modesty for the ActionGirl who wears a [[DangerouslyShortSkirt microskirt]] in action scenes. Contrasts with ZettaiRyouiki, which are usually employed to instead enhance the fanservice of the outfit, highlighting [[TheIngenue innocent]], budding sexuality; and with TightsUnderShorts, 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 SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack), this is so standard that no examples need to be given.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Belarus from ''WebComic/AxisPowersHetalia'' wears this whether she's in an ElegantGothicLolita outfit, in [[{{Joshikousei}} uniform garb]] or cosplaying as [[AliceAllusion Alice]] in Manga/{{Hetaween 2011}}.
* ''LightNovel/DateALive'': Kurumi has tights with her school uniform, but the properness she presents is only a façade.
* Utaha Kasumigaoka of ''LightNovel/HowToRaiseABoringGirlfriend'' wears tights with most of her outfits, is the top student of her class, and doesn't get into trouble.
* Umi from ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' as she's TheOjou and comes from a high-class school.
* Homura Akemi wears this with her outfits, including her MagicalGirl uniform (which, to top it off, adds [[CombatStilettos high-heeled boots]] incorporated into the tights), in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', except in her flashbacks in episode 10. Mami Tomoe also wears this in her normal attire.
* Subverted in a sense by ''Anime/StrikeWitches'', since none of the girls wears a skirt...or pants, for that matter, but prim and proper Gallian noblewoman Perrine and Orussian moe Sanya wears tights.
* Sayumi Takanashi from ''LightNovel/WhenSupernaturalBattlesBecameCommonplace'' wears tights with her school uniform, was a perfectionist in middle school, and comes from a well-off family.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Samantha (the Victorian Era...oops, TheEdwardianEra girl) from the Franchise/{{American Girl|s Collection}} 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 ''Literature/ThePrincessDiaries'', 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.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', Karis wears a minidress with tights, and for a rare male example (!) Rief wears what are either leggings or tights with his tunic ([[DudeLooksLikeALady which didn't help the gender confusion any]]).
* In ''VideoGame/MegaTagmensionBlancPlusNeptuneVsZombies'', Vert wears tights with her school uniform and she's the most outwardly refined character in the game.
* Yukiko Amagi from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' (pictured above) wears pantyhose with her school uniform. She's comes from a wealthy family and tries to carry herself in an elegant manner
* Yurika Kirishima, the resident {{Ojou}} of ''[[VideoGame/RivalSchools 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.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'': Princess Natalia Luzu-Kimalsca Lanvaldear wears white tights under her short aquamarine dress when you first meet her.
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[[folder:WebComics]]
* The magical girl webcomic ''Webcomic/SleeplessDomain'' combines and contrasts this trope with ZettaiRyouiki to signal the five main characters' defining personality traits. CoolBigSis Sylvia, {{Tsundere}} Sally and {{Ojou}} Tessa wear ZettaiRyouiki grades A, B, and C respectively while {{Tomboy}} Gwen wears 3/4 height gym socks. Team peacemaker and ShrinkingViolet Undine, on the other hand, is always depicted wearing Proper Tights With A Skirt, be it with her school uniform, her civilian clothes, or at [[spoiler: Sylvia, Sally, and Gwen's funeral.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Daphne Blake's regular outfit from the various incarnations of ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' is a purple mini-dress with pink tights. She comes from a very rich family.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Asami Sato's standard non-combat outfit both pre- and post-TimeSkip features a skirt with opaque tights - she's the resident SpoiledSweet dark haired girl.
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