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She just "forgot" the rest of her clothes.
"But before I go, I want to show you my new blouse. (opens coat) Oops, I'm not wearing a blouse."
A woman (or occasionally a guy) is wearing a coat or similar covering, until she is talking to someone she wants to sleep with, or at least distract. Then she opens up and/or drops her covering to show that she's wearing nothing, or next to nothing, underneath. It doesn't matter what the cover is (a trenchcoat, a fur coat
, or even a cardigan
), or what is worn underneath (underwear, a swimsuit, or nothing at all), just so long as nothing else is being worn between them.
Now often this works, but just as often it can fall flat, especially
if it's a guy trying this.
Depending on the clothes, this can overlap with Of Corsets Sexy
, Diamonds in the Buff
, Naked in Mink
, Going Fur a Swim
, Sexy Discretion Shot
, Distracted by the Sexy
of Ready for Lovemaking
A Sister Trope
to Dress Hits Floor
(although they don't overlap).
Contrast Defeat by Modesty
, Modesty Towel
, Wardrobe Malfunction
Not to be confused with just lifting your shirt or blouse.
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- This early '90s commercial for Prince Matchabelli perfume. (NSFW)
- And another early '90s commercial, for the Israeli Castro clothing company.
Anime and Manga
- Evil Twin Madeline does this when seducing Harvey Dent, her sister's fiancee, in the story "Two of a Kind" in Batman: Black and White; removing her trenchcoat to reveal nothing but lingerie underneath.
- Omaha the Cat Dancer does this during her appearance in Munden's Bar Annual, opening her trenchcoat to reveal to the bar's patrons that she wasn't wearing anything under it.
- Mannequin has a scene during a montage where Emy does this.
- In the second Men In Black; the Big Bad (a Shapeshifter who's assumed the form of an underwear model) does this just before taking over MIB headquarters.
- Dr Chase Meridian in Batman Forever.
- Anne Hathaway's character in Love and Other Drugs tries to do this to Jake Gyllenhaal, but his brother happens to be sleeping on the couch.
- Sam's mistress in Ruthless People shows up to his office in nothing but a teddy and dark mink coat.
- The title character in Silkwood.
- Big Daddy has this trope in reverse: Kristy Swanson gets out of bed with Adam Sandler, takes off an oversized T-shirt she has been wearing as pajamas, flashes a blood-red bra both to Adam and to millions of appreciative moviegoers, and then pulls on a gray jacket. That's right, no blouse - just the bra and the jacket.
- In Victor/Victoria, after King has Squash put Norma on a train out of town in order to get her to leave them alone, she does this in anger to him, declaring "You ain't seen the last of me yet!" She's got panties and no bra under her coat.
- Hinted at, but averted, at the beginning of Stir Crazy. Gene Wilder's character, a house detective at a department store, accosts an attractive female customer (who also happens to be a prominent actress), telling her he knows that (a.) she's a shoplifter and (b.) she's got nothing on under her overcoat, both of which she angrily denies. One scene later we discover he's been fired, but we never do find out whether he was right.
- In Johnny Dangerously a tempting offer of a warm coat for cold winter nights is shown and then reveals a sparkly bikini for warm summer nights.
- Early in Scary Movie 3, when Cindy is complaining to the news editor about how people want the facts instead of gratuitous boobage, she suddenly opens her blouse to show her bra-endowed boobs. Everyone in the news room stops what they're doing to watch her. And she keeps ranting without changing the subject.
- In The Man With Two Brains, a prostitute reveals she has nothing but panties on under her coat.
- Invoked by Charly in The Long Kiss Goodnight. She flashes Mitch by opening her bathrobe to keep him distracted while she rips off his dressing.
- Robin Givens' character does this for Eddie Murphy's in Boomerang.
- Used for Fan Disservice at the end of Lolita (1997) where middle-aged pervert Clare Quilty is wearing a bathrobe with nothing underneath.
- The 1932 Thelma Todd/ZaSu Pitts comedy short Show Business has an unusual variation: Through various complications, Todd's character winds up at a railroad station wearing only an overcoat over a skimpy black slip. Then another woman at the station mistakenly accuses Todd of having stolen her coat, and summons a policeman who subsequently forces Todd to remove the coat in public.
- "Secretary" Ulla does this with her employer Max at one point in the original version of The Producers, shedding her long coat to reveal a bikini-like outfit: "We make love?" Max, stunned by some unrelated bad news, turns down the offer and absently tells her to "go to work". So she cheerfully turns on a record player and starts go-go dancing.
- Watchmen: While prowling the streets, Rorschach encounters a prostitute, who flashes him trying to seduce him for pay. He passes her by, and she hurls obscenities at him in anger.
- Dashti of Shannon Hale's Book of a Thousand Days does a variation on the distraction kind, the difference being that she's not trying to be kinky.
- In 1632, Gretchen almost does this with a bathrobe to Jeff Higgins, but decides to stop at the last moment. (It works anyway.)
- Not Now Darling, a farce by Ray Cooney and John Chapman involving shenanigans at an exclusive London fur store. A Running Gag involves a model in a fur coat who claims she's got nothing underneath. Whenever someone displays skepticism over this, she opens her coat so they can have an eyeful (she's always facing away from the audience of course).
- In Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic, male drow Wolf is shown to assure a female of his, hum, best intentions and relevant adequacy, in this way. He gets yet another promotion.
- This is how Seraphim takes out Asmodeus in Megatokyo.
- Subverted and Lampshaded by the homosexual swordsman Szark Sturz in this Dominic Deegan comic.
- In the first chapter of Sunstone, Lisa visits Allison's place for her second night with her wearing nothing but heels, stockings and a garterbelt under her coat, something she didn't really have the guts to do on the first night.
- Subverted in El Goonish Shive, Tedd eagerly invites Grace in upon discovering she is wearing nothing but a trench coat but is disappointed when she says the reason for doing so it isn't sexual. It is only much later that it is revealed that she thought that the sexual nature of it was just because it involved wearing only a trench coat as opposed to an association of nudity with sex (this was just to cover the plot hole created by her being aware of such innuendo when her personality later developed into being more innocent than Dan Shive had originally imagined it).
- A warped version on The Mask: The Animated Series episode "Flight as a Feather." When Cookie BaBoom (Mayor Tilton's ex-girlfriend — a strip — er "exotic dancer") gets stopped from rushing the City Hall stairs by Mayor Tilton's assistant, Smedley, Cookie flashes Smedley by opening her trenchcoat. One would expect Smedley to be distracted by her naked body. Turns out she's not naked — or rather, she wouldn't be naked until later — what she had hidden under the trenchcoat was two megatons worth of explosions strapped across her hips and breasts like a makeshift bikini]. And then the Mask gives her a Shameful Strip, leaving her naked and a failure.
- In the Tex Avery MGM cartoon, Who Killed Who?, the cop looks into a room with a flashlight. As a series of paintings seen from a left-to-right pan shot, a painting of a redhead lady in a coat is seen, holding it open to reveal a sexy yellow one-piece swimsuit. But when the flashlight goes back to it, the lady has her coat closed!