"Maybe it's a little too early to know if this is gonna workAfter sex (the morning after or right after), a woman comes out of the bedroom wearing nothing but a large shirt or pajama top belonging to her male partner. Presumably, this is used as a clean indicator of an omitted sex scene because she must have removed her own clothes in order to get into his. She might even wear it before sex, as a way of showing that she's comfortable around him. Obviously, the trope only works if the woman is smaller than her boyfriend (or if he likes baggy clothes). It helps that this is common in real life. Easily combined with a Shirtless Scene for the man. The male version, a man wearing a wet T-shirt or frilly robe, is much rarer but not nonexistent, and inevitably is played for comedy or embarrassment (or both). Sometimes wearing his lover's pants is used as a more direct equivalent. A Sub-Trope of Clothing Switch, Her Boyfriend's Jacket and Sex Dressed. For the less modest version, see Slip into Something More Comfortable.
But all I know is you're sure lookin' good in my shirt"
But all I know is you're sure lookin' good in my shirt"
— Keith Urban, "You Look Good in My Shirt"
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- Done, deliberately, for a 2008 Moss Bros. UK ad for men's shirts around Valentine's Day.
- A series of Van Heusen shirt commercials from the late 1980s emphasized this trope.
Anime and Manga
- FLCL - played with - Ninamori's just staying over at Naota's for perfectly innocent reasons, right? Plus, she points out he's small, so his pajamas don't actually fit her. So this cute girl is in his bedroom, in tight clothing, and starts hitting on him in a way as weird as this example of this trope.
- An odd example (but definitely played for Fanservice) is in Mai-HiME, where Mai, during her Heroic B.S.O.D. ends up in Reito's house wearing his shirt.
- In Witchblade, Masane Amaha plays this trope straight after a fade out sex scene.
- Subverted in Ikki Tousen Dragon Destiny. Yes, in this particular scene Kaku Bunwa is naked except for her boyfriend Kakuka's shirt. Yes, it's raining so it sticks to her curvy body. And yup, they just had sex... But no, this is not as fanservicy as it sounds, as it happens right when she finds Kakuka bleeding to death in the streets, after his doomed fight with Bashoku.
- Ranma ½: After finding Ranma and Akane alone together in a rather... secluded... spot out in the woods, Ryoga thinks that Ranma raped her when he sees her wearing Ranma's shirt with tears in her eyes. Subverted in that they never actually had sex. She burned off her shirt (long story), he gave her his shirt and they had an argument (as usual).
- In Axis Powers Hetalia, the author once drew England with America's bomber jacket. Fangirls from all around gush in joy.
- A somewhat more subtle and platonic version occurs when Lichtenstein gives Switzerland a set of pajamas as a present, only to realize she gave him her own by mistake. He ends up keeping them anyway. The next comic shows Lichtenstein climbing into bed, wearing pajamas that are much less fancy than the ones Switzerland got and which look a little too big for her...
- In the Sailor Moon manga, we see Usagi in her own dress, but with one of Mamoru's shirts around her shoulders. It's never stated that they have slept together, but many fans see this as an indicative that they did. (The fact that Usagi's missing the shirt she had worn under her dress doesn't help.) And yes, Sailor Moon Crystal kept that scene.
- Ayase from Midori Days manga shows up in front of Seiji for in-universe Fanservice in an attempt to woo him. It doesn't work.
- Invoked by Kisaragi-sensei on this page of Umi no Misaki, though it has no effect on Nagi.
- In Mysterious Girlfriend X, Tsubaki develops Cargo Envy for a shirt he left with Urabe, who started wearing it as pajamas.
- Invoked by Momo in To Love-Ru Darkness. While Yui is taking a shower in Rito's house, Momo switches the spare track suit Rito left for Yui with one of Rito's shirts. Like most of her attempts to make Rito less chaste, it fails. In a twist, Yui takes the initiative and tries to seduce Rito.
- In Last Exile, when Claus and Tatiana are rescued after being stranded a couple of days, she is wearing his jumpsuit. Lavie assumes the worst and goes into a Heroic B.S.O.D., though it's unclear if they really did anything, and Claus's completely innocent demeanor suggests they didn't.
- In Kare Kano, Yukino is seen wearing Arima's school jacket over her disheveled clothes after their... very sketchy sex scene in a corner of the school library.
- Kujou from Last Game stays over at Yanagi's place for the night, but only as a friend (much to Yanagi's dismay). However, she does borrow a set of his pajamas, and Yanagi's sister visits the next morning and assumes that she's intruding on a private morning.
- In an issue of Teen Titans, Wonder Girl walks around in Superboy's t-shirt the morning after he takes her virginity.
- Also Titans-related, one of the first indicators that Nightwing and Starfire were intimate was a scene where he was wearing pajama pants while she wore the shirt. Word of God from Marv Wolfman stated that was so they could depict Kory and Dick as having a sexual relationship and still get it past The Comics Code.
- The same happened in the (also Code-approved) Uncanny X-Men #171 on the morning after Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor had sex for the first time.
- In one Batman comic Silver St. Cloud walks around the Batcave wearing (apparently) nothing but an extremely oversized shirt, which of course had the bat emblem on it.
- Green Lantern lampshaded this when Donna Troy walks into a nude painting session between Kyle Rayner and his neighbor Allison. Allison, quickly sensing what would happen, says goodbye and leaves the apartment, but not before wearing Kyle's shirt. Donna Troy immediately uses this as part of her argument that something happened. (Nothing happened, actually, since Kyle really was an artist.)
- Kyle got involved with this again the first time he was dating Jen. After a round of sex, she comes over wearing his shirt (though with pants as well, unlike other examples of this) to wish him luck as he goes out on patrol. He actually asks her what's up with women wearing a boyfriend's shirt, if it's some kind of "marking territory" thing, to which she responds "something like that".
- Happened in V3 Legion of Super-Heroes when Dream Girl was wearing Star Boy's Star-Spangled Spandex.
- This◊ Amazing Spider-Man cover with Black Cat.
- Atom Eve ends up wearing a shirt after some time with Invincible. Curiously enough, he was wearing his superhero costume beforehand, so it seems a lot like she created it with her powers specifically for that scene.
- When Aquaman and Dolphin got it on, Dolphin started wearing Aquaman's gold scaled shirt as a mini-dress. It looked a lot better on her than it ever did on him.
- In Circles, after their first time having sex, Taye walks out of the bedroom wearing only one of Marty's shirts.
- There is a Star Wars fic about Mara pretending to be Luke's girlfriend to keep away a Fangirl. Well, the moment they sense that fan approaching their quarters, Mara says "Take off your tunic and give it to me." Then she shows up in front of them wearing nothing but that tunic ...The charade became reality the next day.
- There is a variation in a Teen Titans fic where Beast Boy and Raven have a date and the next morning Beastboy shows up at breakfast... With Raven's blanketnote . A later chapter contains a more conventional example with Robin and Star.
- In the Avatar: The Last Airbender fanfic Iris, Mai comes out of Zuko's room wearing his pajamas.
- Inverted in the Tin Man fantic "The Promise of Touch" where DG asks for one of Cain's shirts to sleep in. It's actually part of her scheme to seduce him - and it works.
- Toyed with in the Beyond Good & Evil fanfic "All Too Human." Hub saves a random woman from a mugger because that's the kind of person he is, and he gives her a shirt of his to wear because her clothes got torn and damp during the mugging. When Jade sees said woman in his shirt, though, she immediately jumps to conclusions.
- In a Phineas and Ferb fanfiction When Lawrence and Linda was still dating, and Linda's kids were still a baby and a toddler, Linda and Lawrence slept together and Linda woke up in Lawrence's shirt.
- Mentioned (and, from an in-universe point of view, subverted) in this Homestuck fanfic. John and Karkat have, in fact, switched bodies, and it only looks like they've switched clothes because they're still wearing their original outfits.
- In Dauntless this is one of the tricks C.C. uses both to get on Lelouch's nerves and convince his servants she's actually his mistress.
- While not played up for the sexy, the Emergency! fic "Vectors" has Brice's girlfriend letting arriving paramedics in while wearing his shirt and sweats, after he wakes up feverish and very ill. She is a little embarrased, as is he, when he's lucid, at knowing the rest of the paramedics, including Gage and Desoto, are now gossiping about the "walking rulebook" having a girlfriend.
- A handful of Law & Order: UK fanfics based around a relationship between Matt Devlin and Alesha Phillips reveals that she has a penchant for wearing his shirts and that he loves it when she does. To the point that when she buys him several, he teasingly suggests that this is really a gift for her, then seriously asks her to, "try this one on. Now"
- A separate fic has her doing this out of necessity, after their, ahem, exertions from the night before leave her shirt too rumpled to be wearable.
- In the One Piece Gender Bender fic Mellorine Mellorine, Usopp tries to cover up his new figure by wearing one of Sanji's shirts, since it has a high collar and will be much baggier on him. Unfortunately, he unintentionally invokes this reaction for Sanji, who swoons upon seeing the sniper in his favorite blue shirt.
- While no sex was involved, in the Kim Possible fic Four Friends, Kim was wearing Josh's painter's shirt and Tara was wearing Ron's usual red shirt.
- In the movie version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Trillian is seen aboard the Heart of Gold wearing a shirt with three sleeves. Who might that belong to?
- In the Aaron Sorkin-written The American President, President Shepherd begins to outline his plan to slow down his burgeoning relationship with lobbyist Sydney until she's comfortable...just as she enters wearing one of his dress shirts, which clears up the issue remarkably well.
President Andrew Shepherd: ...Perhaps I didn't properly explain the fundamentals of the slowdown plan.
Sydney Ellen Wade: [feeling the bed] No, you explained it great.
- In the film of Barefoot in the Park, newlywed Corie (Jane Fonda, pictured above), after spending an uninterrupted six days in a suite in the Plaza Hotel, emerges wearing only her husband's pajama top.
- Spoofed in Scary Movie. Ray liked seeing Brenda in his football jersey and had her put on his pads and helmet (to her mild confusion) before having sex with her. But then again, this is Ray we're talking about.
- In Hot Shots! Ramada uses this trope to seduce Charlie Sheen's character, coming out of the shower with wet hair wearing a man's shirt:
Topper Harley: So... I guess you've been with a man before...Ramada Thompson: I'm a virgin. I'm just not very good at it.
- Taken ridiculously in Hot Shots! Part Deux: Charlie Sheen wakes up and puts on his lover's dress, then goes to the mirror and starts brushing his long hair. And at this point he was pretty buff too...
- Played for laughs in The Naked Gun.
- High School Musical 2 has a scene after an innuendo-filled baseball game where Chad and Ryan have unexplainedly switched shirts...
- In the movie Charlie Bartlett, Susan wears Charlie's shirt after they sleep together, while he puts his jacket and boxers back on.
- The male version is apparent in Kindergarten Cop. When Kimble walks in on Phoebe and her fiancée, thinking she's being attacked, the fiancée retreats to the bathroom and comes out wearing her robe, seeming to be completely un-self-conscious—which of course makes Phoebe's eyes mist over and her to moan "I love you." (It might also have to do with Phoebe being a slender Big Eater and her fiancee being a chef and eating in bed.)
- Subverted in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Willie wears Indiana's tuxedo after they escape from the nightclub, but it's not post-coital, it's because she has nothing else to wear. It still looks good on her though.
- In Iron Man, Christine Everhart wanders around Tony's house the morning after, nosing around like the reporter she is. Justified in that she probably would have put her own clothes on if they were available; they were out being pressed and dry-cleaned.
- Superman II has Lois do this with Superman's "S" shirt of all things.
- Used to show Coitus Uninterruptus in Real Genius. "So...you'll hammer later?"
- In On Her Majesty's Secret Service, James Bond puts on Tracy's robe after he wakes up and she is gone. Also played straight in many other Bond films.
- Sylvia Trench in Dr. No gets bonus points for stripping down to nothing but Bond's shirt even before he enters the room.
- In Date Night, Holbrooke's girlfriend is seen wearing his shirt.
- In Shelter, Shaun is seen wearing a beige t-shirt with some kind if pattern on it. Later, Shaun and Zach are in Shaun's bed together when Gabe (who is Shaun's brother and Zach's best friend) suddenly shows up at the house. Zach, in his hurry to get dressed and sneak out before Gabe sees him, accidentally puts on that beige t-shirt of Shaun's. He goes directly to work, and then Gabe shows up there as well and mentions in passing that he likes his shirt. Apparently, it isn't until then that Zach actually realises that he's wearing Shaun's shirt, because the look on his face as he looks down on it is priceless.
- In Weird Science, Wyatt absentmindedly puts on a pair of Lisa's panties after they spend the night together. Chet doesn't react well, though to be fair, he never really does.
- 48 Hrs.: Happens in the beginning with Jack Cates and Elane Marshall who is wearing Jack's blue shirt.
- Used in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) despite a very unambiguous sex scene, if only so Angelina Jolie will have something to wear in the upcoming action scene.
- Occurs in The Wedding Singer, prompting Drew Barrymore's character to rush away to marry Glenn.
- Two characters in the early part of Loose Screws literally switch shirts. The guy says "Wanna trade?" and the girl says "Sure".
- Transformers: Dark of the Moon introduces Rosie Huntington Whiteley as Carly Spencer in this manner.
- In Lone Star State of Mind, Baby is shown wearing Earl's football jersey.
- Mentioned in Ghostbusters II when Dana and baby Oscar crash at Venkman's place and Oscar suddenly needs a new diaper, and Venkman improvises with a sweatshirt:
"Now I got this from a girl, who got this from Joe Willie Namath. We don't know how, we don't want to know how. But please, don't hose it down/give it your personal rinse."
- After the Action Prologue of Guardians of the Galaxy, Quill discovers he's left his Girl of the Week on his spaceship, a Fuchsia Skinned Alien Babe wearing the T-shirt Quill had on when he was abducted from Earth as a child.
- In Eddie and the Cruisers 2: Eddie Lives, Diane gets up to go find Eddie brooding by a window, and she's wearing a white men's dress shirt and nothing else. Which would be sexy, except Eddie was wearing a blue shirt the night before.
- In La fille de Trieste, Ornella Muti pulls this on the comic artist Dino. She has to, since her pretext for coming was to return his blanket, and she's wearing only the blanket.
- In A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), after having sex with Ned, Tina ventures outside to investigate a strange noise wearing only a button down shirt.
- Referenced in Lois McMaster Bujold's Brothers in Arms: Miles immediately thinks of this trope after he and Elli nearly don each other's t-shirts. Subverted because Miles is so diminutive they wear the same size.
- In one Doctor Who Eighth Doctor Adventures book, we meet an attractive blond girl who's wearing "a baggy white shirt and a tapestry waistcoat", clothes obviously belonging to the Doctor, with her jeans. Another character assumes, for other reasons, that she's the Doctor's girlfriend. Turns out she's his adopted daughter.
- Used in the first book in the Darkest Powers series. When Chloe tries to trick one of the doctors into thinking that she and Derek were having sex instead of trying to escape, she puts on one of his shoes.
- In Doctrine of Labyrinths, Felix covers up in Isaac's nightshirt when Mehitabel surprises them together.
- In The Three Musketeers, D'Artagnan seduces Milady's servant, Kitty, pulls a Bed Trick on Milady, and then seduces Milady as himself (all within the span of 2 weeks, mind you). He confesses the Bed Trick while still naked in Milady's bed, and gets chased out through Kitty's rooms. Since he obviously can't escape Milady's wrath naked, Kitty gives him her dress. This immediately becomes hilarious when he runs to Athos' house, barges in, and gets mistaken for an especially aggressive prostitute!
- The War Against the Chtorr. McCarthy wakes up the next morning after a Slap-Slap-Kiss argument with Liz Tirelli in her bed wearing her dress. The waiter who brings them breakfast in bed informs him he's wearing it the wrong way round.
- Mack's Girl of the Week in The Executioner novel Dixie Convoy does this; lounging around the war Wagon in one of Mack's shirts.
- Kate Shugak: Stumbling out of bed after a marathon love making session with Jim in Less Than a Treason, Kate pulls on the first item of clothing she finds, which happens to be Jim's shirt. Due to the difference in their heights, it comes down to her knees.
Live Action TV
- In the season 1 finale of Riverdale, Veronica wakes up wearing Archie's shirt the morning after their first night together.
- In the Sherlock episode His Last Vow, Janine comes out of Sherlock's bedroom wearing one of his shirts and giving every indication that they've been regularly shagging. They haven't. Janine just wants people to think they are because she wants to sell a sexy story to the newspapers, and Sherlock has no problem with her posturing because he wants to keep up the impression that he's dating her out of genuine interest and not because she's valuable to him for a case.
- On Sports Night:
- Natalie uses wearing Jeremy's white dress shirt as a trump card. Jeremy and Casey both admit that this is utterly impossible to resist.
- The fact that Casey left a shirt of his after spending the night with Sally and later notices Gordon is wearing, is used as The Reveal that Gordon is cheating on Dana.
- When Lorelai and Luke finally start dating on Gilmore Girls they decide to keep it under wraps so that their town full of nosy neighbors won't overwhelm them while they try to figure out their feelings for each other. This plan doesn't last past the morning after their first sleepover, when she wanders downstairs into the (crowded) diner in Luke's shirt (having assumed that since he was asleep upstairs, it wouldn't be open).
- Done in Farscape's "A Human Reaction" after Aeryn and Crichton have a one night stand while escaping from IASA.note It quickly gets subverted in that rather than being portrayed as sexy, Aeryn was a disheveled and mismatched mess since she's unaccustomed to earth fashions, and intended to actually leave the house where they holed up. Crichton quickly tells her she can't go out dressed that way and has her change. Into a rather sexy sundress.
- Also weirdly inverted in "Rhapsody In Blue", when she's wearing a pair of his underwear, despite the fact that they weren't even sleeping in the same room. Apparently, badass alien Action Girls find men's boxers quite comfy.
- When Crichton objects, Aeryn replies that the underwear is not his, they belong to someone called "Calvin Klein".
- Also weirdly inverted in "Rhapsody In Blue", when she's wearing a pair of his underwear, despite the fact that they weren't even sleeping in the same room. Apparently, badass alien Action Girls find men's boxers quite comfy.
- Kitty Walker in Brothers and Sisters seems to like wearing male shirts.
- Used deliberately and with deception intended by Johnny and Bailey in WKRP in Cincinnati, where she wears a shirt of Johnny's. They hadn't really slept together; they were playing with the rest of the WKRP staff.
- Played with in an episode of How I Met Your Mother when Robin buys a bikini t-shirt that really turns Ted on. At the end of the episode he comes out of his bedroom wearing it.
Lily: Is Robin in there?Marshall: God, I hope so.
- An episode of Friends had the male version, with Ross and Richard wearing their girlfriends' robes.
- Ursula greeting Phoebe at Joey's apartment wearing only a dress shirt as an indication they had (or were about to have) sex also occurred in an earlier episode.
- In one episode of Strangers with Candy, Chuck and Geoffrey go into the boys' bathroom to investigate some graffiti that's been sprayed on one of the stalls. They come out, some time later, hair mussed up and wearing each other's shirts, having reached no conclusion about the graffiti.
- It was also done much more subtly in other episodes. Like, in one episode Geoffrey would be seen wearing a blue blouse with black stripes, then in a later episode Chuck was seen wearing it. This happened again with a different shirt in some other episodes.
- In an episode of Frasier, Frasier is shocked to find his mentor in Roz's apartment, wearing her pink robe. For the rest of the episode, whenever he talks to the guy, he sees him in the robe.
- Played with in Scrubs: JD comes home to find Keith and Elliot in bathrobes. Keith is in the frilly pink one, to which JD gives a shocked "Why are you wearing my bathrobe?"
- A NewsRadio episode has Lisa wearing one of Dave's shirts to work. After they get in a fight, she angrily strips it off and gives it back to him, then stalks out of the office in her bra (walking past Bill, who she preemptively slaps before he has a chance to comment).
- Subverted on The Drew Carey Show, where he's seen wearing the bathrobe of his (much-older) girlfriend. Her adult son meets him this way and freaks out and punches him, thinking he's some kind of pervert.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Early in the fourth season, Buffy goes to Giles' apartment, only to be greeted by Olivia, an friend of his from England, clothed exactly as this trope might suggest.
- When Xander casts a love spell that goes wrong, he escapes a horde of lovestruck women, shutting himself in his bedroom - where he finds a lovestruck Willow wearing one of his shirts.
- In "Tabula Rasa" Xander lends Willow his shirt because it's cold, leading to comical misunderstandings when a Magic Misfire wipes their memories. They assume they must be boyfriend/girlfriend because of this trope (Willow is gay by this point in the series).
- Also in the fourth season, Oz realises his ex has moved on when he sees that her "close friend" Tara is wearing her sweater. The trope is played straight earlier in the episode when Buffy is wearing Riley Finn's shirt the morning after (which incidentally is also used to solve the Modesty Bedsheet problem).
- When Faith steals Buffy's body and sleeps with her boyfriend Riley, she also nicks one of his shirts the morning after.
- Dollhouse: The scene in which this happens involves Mellie getting assaulted by Sierra's handler, and something about flowers in a vase.
- In Grounded for Life, Eddie is shown to reverse the roles, putting on the female's shirt/blouse the morning after. In one episode, when Eddie goes off with another girlfriend for the night, it's even said "You know, he'll really look good in that blouse."
- Invoked in 30 Rock when James Franco has a fake romance with Jenna so he can hide the fact that he's in love with a body pillow named Kimiko.
- Played with on Getting Personal, after Milo is in a marathon sex session with Robyn's roommate, trying to get her to orgasm. At one point, she comes out wearing his shirt, looking sexy as per usual. Milo leaves the room a few seconds later, wearing boxers and the roommate's negligee.
- Shown in The X-Files episode "Never Again", in which Scully wakes up in a man's shirt after going home with a man she met in a bar. Whether or not anything nefarious went on was unclear.
- Parodied/referenced/somethinged in Community during Troy and Abed's "supercool elevator" mime act.
- Played with in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Looking for par'Mach in All the Wrong Places": After Worf and Jadzia have sex for the first time Jadzia enters Dr. Bashir's office wearing Worf's baldric.
- In the Bizarro Episode / All Just a Dream / And Now For Something Completely Different / Elseworld fourth season finale of Bones, in which Brennan and Booth were married (cue the Squee!), they answer the door in each others' robes (after having had sex. Onscreen. Fanservice much?). It was very cute.
- In All in the Family, Mike and Gloria are shown sharing a pair of pajamas.
- In Smallville, Lois is shown waking up one morning and wandering around Oliver Queen's penthouse wearing only his shirt.
- Several girls end up wearing Clark's football jersey.
- Subverted sometimes. The first meeting of Lois and Clark ends up with Lois wearing Clark's shirt, because it is the only clean one. Martha found them and assumed they did something naughty.
- Also that time when Chloe tries to seduce Clark while somehow wearing his football jersey.
- A very brief version happens in Eureka after Carter and Allison first sleep together — she gets out of bed wearing the top half of his sheriff's uniform.
- Jeannie wears Tony's shirt in the pilot episode of I Dream of Jeannie.
- However, this was not implying that "anything happened": it occurred before Tony even knew Jeannie had returned with him from the desert island. While he was out of the house, Jeannie used his shower, and found his shirt to put on afterward. But try telling that to Tony's fiancée!
- An early M*A*S*H episode has Margaret, after a sneaky get-together with Frank, discover she's wearing Frank's shirt.
- Due South: Victoria tries on Fraser's uniform jacket.
- The Professionals: In "Old Dog with New Tricks," Doyle stops by Bodie's flat and the door is answered by
BettyClaire, who is wearing Bodie's shirt and nothing else.
- Used in White Collar, in the Season 3 episode "Scott Free." Although viewers know that Neal and Sara were already sleeping together, nobody's complaining - especially since Neal's shirt shows off Sara's legs.
- Fairly Legal has Kate walking out to the kitchen with Justin's shirt on, and he asks her for it so he can wear it to work. So she takes it off
- Game of Thrones has a scene where Shae, the Camp Follower Tyrion hires, can be seen wearing his over-shirt over her dress. Since he is a dwarf, it isn't too large on her and actually fits her pretty well.
- In the first episode of Haven, Duke rescues an unconscious Audrey from the water. He removes her wet clothes so he can launder them and puts her to bed. When she wakes up, the only clothing available is a shirt, obviously for his perverted enjoyment. She angrily pulls a gun on him.
- In Gossip Girl, Serena wears Nate's shirt during a scene where she enters his kitchen after clearly spending the night. They then have an unambiguous love scene right there in the kitchen, after which, she is still wearing the shirt and he is still fully clothed.
- Beckett's first appearance in season five is in Castle's shirt.
Adrian Monk: Which one?Judge Lawrence Barr: "Which one?"Adrian Monk: The shirt you're wearing, or the shirt that your stenographer is wearing? [The judge looks flustered] That's your shirt, too, isn't it?Judge Lawrence Barr: Uhh...Adrian Monk: You cut yourself shaving - there's a little drop of blood on her collar. [The embarrassed stenographer is looking down at her collar and sees the blood drop]Judge Lawrence Barr: What are you implying?Adrian Monk: You were having a sex affair with her on that couch. The cushions are backwards and one of her earrings fell off. So, it’s right here. Under here.[Monk walks over to the couch, leans down, picks up an earring off the floor with his tweezers, and sets it down on the table]Adrian Monk: She must have torn her blouse. I can see it sticking out of her briefcase. Your honor?
- In "Mr. Monk and the Panic Room," Monk suspects that Chloe Blackburn, widow of murdered records producer Ian Blackburn, is having an affair with someone after he notices an open bottle of wine in the dining room at her house, and Sharona points out to her that she's wearing a man's shirt.
- A better example is in "Mr. Monk and the Leper," when Monk is at a probate hearing for Derek Bronson on behalf of Mandy Bronson. The lawyers for Derek's nephews point out that Monk cannot be called on as totally reliable given that he only met Derek in a dimly lit bar and parking garage. Mandy's lawyers defend that Monk is the best detective in the city and his powers of deduction are legendary. The judge (who, by the way, is played by MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell) is skeptical that Monk indeed does have a good memory. He asks Monk to stand up, turn away from him, and then asks him to describe his shirt:
- Near the beginning of the Burn Notice episode "Unchained," Fiona walks down the stairs of Michael's and her loft in a man's shirt (most likely Michael's) and flip-flops.
- G-rated variation in Boy Meets World: After a game of Seven Minutes in Heaven, Shawn emerges from the closet wearing a different shirt than the one he went in with. While Cory and Topanga are discussing how to look like they made out without doing it, he suggests they both change their shirts.
- Subverted in McCallum when the title character wakes up to find his Girl of the Week has slipped out after stealing his brand new shirt and leaving a (low) score of his bedroom performance. His colleague explains that wearing male clothing is simply fashionable for women at the time.
- Hustle: In "As Good as it Gets", the crew is stunned when a girl they have never seen before wanders out of Sean's bedroom wearing Sean's shirt into the kitchen were they are having breakfast.
- In Arrested Development, after G.O.B. sleeps with Ann Veal for the first time, she cooks him breakfast in his dress shirt — and he wears her nightgown.
- The Golden Girls : In multiple episodes, Dorothy's ex-husband Stan steals her bathrobe after sex (though not always with her).
- CSI: NY: Angell had Flack's shirt on once, and in another ep, Danny's shirt was on Rikki Sandoval, his friend and the mother of a boy shot while with Danny. (Yes, before he married Lindsay.)
- Rizzoli & Isles: The morning after Rizzoli and Casey are reunited in "Partners in Crime", Rizzoli comes out to breakfast wearing nothing but a white business shirt and panties.
- Subverted on All My Children when Gloria escorts her drunken friend Tad home. She simply puts on one of his nightshirts because there isn't anything else for her to sleep in. But sure enough, this and the early-morning hour makes his crush assume the worst when she stops by the next day.
- Also on Port Charles, when a woman goes to a man's apartment for dinner and needs to change into his shirt because she's spilled something on her outfit. Sure enough, his crush shows up, ready to finally declare her feelings, only to assume that the two are either pre or post-coital.
- On One Life to Live, after Luna tracks her husband Max and his mistress Blair down to their Atlantic City hotel room and finds his discarded shirt (Max is taking a post-coital shower). Blair tries to play a version of this trope by claiming that Max isn't there, that she simply bought her own version of the shirt after seeing Max wear one like it, "Don't you ever wear men's shirts?", but Luna isn't fooled after getting a whiff of Max's cologne on the shirt in question.
- Similarly on Suddenly Susan, when she stops by her boyfriend's house one morning. She isn't pleased to hear his ex-wife call out ot him, and is further displeased when the woman emerges from his bedroom wearing his shirt.
- The Glades:
- In the opening of "Marriage Is Murder", two lovers are meeting in a motel room. The woman slips on the man's shirt when she goes out to the vending machine, where she stumbles across the Body of the Week.
- After Jim and Callie spend the night together in "Breaking 80", Callie comes out to breakfast wearing Jim's shirt.
- Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: In "Murder and the Maiden", Phryne arrives at the scene of the disturbance at the base perimeter wearing Group Captain Compton's leather flight coat and apparently nothing else.
- Beverly Hills, 90210. Brandon's ex-girlfriend Emily manages to get him to let him crash at his house after claiming (possibly falsely, it's never established for certain) to be afraid of someone who's harassing her. The next morning, she comes down to breakfast wearing his prized Minnesota Twins T-shirt, clearly wanting to invoke this trope to give everyone the impression that they slept together. . .and Brandon is ticked off, as this is yet another instance of her refusing to accept that he doesn't want to go out with her anymore.
- Spoofed in Get Smart. Max is assigned to guard a beauty queen. After he stashes her in his apartment, she helps herself to his pajama top.
Trish: Shirts in one drawer and socks in another drawer, Classified Information in another drawer... I couldn't get the top drawer open though.Max: I always keep that drawer locked.Trish: Why, what's in it?Max: (checking out her legs) Pajama bottoms.
- There was an ad poster◊ for Lois & Clark that featured Lois wearing Clark's cape, and apparently nothing else.
- NCIS: New Orleans: The opening of the second-season finale confirms that Brody has spent the night with the agent she's been flirting with for the past several episodes when she joins him on his balcony wearing his white dress shirt.
- On iZombie, Liv brings her ex-fiancé Major coffee one morning and his current girlfriend emerges in a baggy University of Washington t-shirt. In the course of the ensuing awkward conversation, the girlfriend mentions that she went to Stanford.
- Daredevil (2015): As Matt shows Karen Page into his apartment, she asks him if he has a shirt she can borrow since the t-shirt and clothes she borrowed from Foggy got wet while they were walking over from the office. Matt laughs, saying "Well don't tell Foggy. Let me grab something for you." He quickly disappears into his bedroom to grab her one of his dress shirts. The audience then gets treated to a moment [[MsFanservice of topless Deborah Ann Woll as Karen pulls off her T-shirt and begins buttoning Matt's shirt. With his heightened senses, it's pretty clear Matt can tell Karen is shirtless and is thinking, "Oh great, Karen's totally naked right now, isn’t she? Don't get sexual urges, Matthew..." Matt and Karen then proceed to sit down on the couch and have a very intimate conversation about Matt's blindness.
- Motive: In "Pushover", a waitress seduces a customs officer as part of a scheme. The morning after, she is wearing his uniform shirt and nothing else as she delivers him breakfast in bed.
- A lesbian variation appears in Supergirl; in the opening for "Supergirl Lives", Maggie Sawyer is wearing Alex Danvers' t-shirt the morning after their first night together.
- Another on ER after the first night Kerry Weaver spends with her new girlfriend.
- Keith Urban's song "You Look Good In My Shirt". ...Yeah.
- Timbaland also invokes this in his duet with Nelly Furtado, "Promiscuous Girl," where he says, "I can see you with my t-shirt on..."
- The They Might Be Giants song "Another First Kiss" contains the opening lines:
I'm asleep, but she's talking to meShe's walking 'round wearing all of my clothesAs she runs out of things to sayAnd grabs my coat to walk away
- Aaron Lines' "You Can't Hide Beautiful": "Then she falls asleep with just my T-shirt on / But even when her hair's messed up and her makeup's gone / You can't hide beautiful…"
- Thomas Rhett, "T-Shirt" ("I ain't ever seen anything like your dress, my floor, the way you wore my T-Shirt").
- DNCE, "Toothbrush": "When you're standing there in your underwear / and my T-shirt from the night before..."
- The final scene of the musical The Pajama Game combines this with a Shirtless Scene, as Babe and the superintendent enter sharing a single set of pajamas:
Married life is twice the fun
Two can sleep as cheap as one
- In Miss Saigon during the song "I Still Believe", Chris's wife Ellen is sometimes dressed in his shirt as she watches him sleep.
- In some productions, Kim can be seen wearing Chris's shirt after they sleep together the first time during the "This Money's Yours/Sun and Moon" number.
- In the Heights shows Benny standing on his fire escape in the middle of the night. Nina comes out to join him, wearing his T-shirt. At the realization of what's happened between them, the audience often applauds loudly and for a very long time—at the performance I saw, the actors even had to start their dialogue over.
- In Spring Awakening, Ilse's last scene with Moritz has her wearing nothing but a huge shirt.
- In Catherine the titular character is always wearing an oversized t-shirt the morning after Vincent's nightmare adventures. This serves to further confuse him as to whether or not they actually had sex the night before.
- Xenosaga episode 3 gives us Shion in Kevin's shirt in a flashback. It's also an unlockable outfit.
- Team Fortress 2 gives us the male version in the supplemental comic A Cold Day In Hell: After sleeping with Heavy's younger sister Zhanna, Soldier is seen at the dinner table in one of Zhanna's nightgowns.
- Explained (and then taken in a horribly wrong direction) in Casey and Andy ("They're usually nearby, they're roomy and comfortable, and there's something feral about the smell of your man"). Then Casey walks in and shows why this doesn't work the other way around.
- It's Walky! has another explanation. (And the same in color.)
- Subverted in an early strip, where Piro and Ping clearly didn't sleep together, but when Ping answers the door in a slightly-oversized men's shirt, Kimiko jumps to the wrong conclusion.
- Later, Kimiko comes home wearing Piro's shirt because Largo threw up over hers, which she uses to shock Erika.
- Also happens during strip 1337 (out of frame).
- Used in El Goonish Shive: Tedd and Grace leave to get some towels. They come back slightly later than they should have, wearing each other's shirts. Interestingly enough, they either don't seem to notice this or pretend they did not. Later, when Nanase receives a clothing-swapping spell (useful for disguise) her girlfriend Ellen immediately proposes that they use it for this trope, much to Nanase's embarrassment.note
- A more gender-appropriate inversion appears in Questionable Content, when Faye is convinced Marten and Dora have had sex because he's wearing her pants ... except that their implausible excuse turns out to be literally true.
- Played straight when Bubbles wears Faye's shirt after they first hook up.
- A more subtle, male version appears in Shortpacked! here, with Ethan wearing Mike's old shirt from another webcomic.
- A variation in College Roomies from Hell!!!, where Dave and Blue are interrupted whilst having sex, and get dressed so hastily they end up wearing each others' clothes for the Rule of Funny.
- A lesbian version appears in this Ménage à 3 strip, with some humor extracted from the different builds of the two women.
- In Narbonic, Helen wears Dave's signature flannel in this strip, right after they have sex for the first time.
- Sandra on the Rocks features a low-key lesbian version, when Alex finds his sister Lavali in the kitchen with another girl one morning, and Lavali claims that they had been up all night "working on a project". However, it promptly turns out that the other girl is wearing one of Lavali's shirts — probably Alex's first big clue about Lavali's orientation.
- Appears in this xkcd comic, among other things.
- Shows up in a comic from The Wretched Ones, where Charlie is seen wearing John's shirt after an obvious romp between the sheets.
- An amusing variation in Tales of MU: After spending the night with her boyfriend, Mackenzie, still naked, calls Law Agent Arthur Kent, expecting to get his "echo trap" (i.e., answering machine). When Kent answers and asks Mack whether she's aware that she's naked, her response is that she borrowed her girlfriend's shirt (her girlfriend, a nymph, is forbidden from wearing clothing). Kent's response: "You're witty for five in the morning. I don't do witty before six."
- In Sam & Mickey's The Barbie Cooking Show episode #1, after Barbie and Ken make out on the set, the last scene shows Barbie wearing Ken's cardigan, and Ken wearing Barbie's apron.
- Princess Bubblegum of Adventure Time wears a shirt of Marceline's that she gave her to bed.
- Princess Bubblegum wore a distinctive striped shirt throughout the "Stakes" miniseries that Marceline wears in later episodes.
- Andrea Beaumont in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.
- Deputy Director Bullock in American Dad! is an example of the male variant after he gets it on with Haley. Even worse, he was wearing her panties.
- In another episode, after Stan has spent a wild night in Vegas with Roger the alien, Roger wakes up wearing Stan's shirt.
- In Drawn Together, Captain Hero wears the top of his pajamas, and Xandir is seen wearing the trousers.
- Young Justice has Artemis wearing nothing but a red shirt for Wally on Valentine's Day, post-Time Skip.
- In G.I. Joe, Lifeline once saved the life of a rich girl named Brittany "Bree" Van Mark. After pursuing him, they end up together, and they spent the night at her father's cabin in Aspen, where she was sporting an over-sized shirt.
- Interestingly, in the DuckTales (1987) version of "Back to the Klondike," after Goldie moves in with Scrooge on his gold claim, she's always shown wearing one of his shirts.
- Apparently, this trope was the reason a famous Argentine actor broke up with his actress/singer girlfriend, after another famous singer showed a picture on TV of her wearing his shirt.
- On Russell Brand's old BBC radio show, Matt Morgan once joked that if Russell ever had sex with Noel Fielding and they got dressed in a hurry afterwards and wore each other's clothes, no one would even notice.
- Renée Zellweger was once photographed wearing an oversized man's shirt and very short shorts, which worked together to give this effect.
- Legend has it that Jefferson Davis (Confederate President during The American Civil War) accidentally put on his wife's overcoat when stepping outside to surrender to Union troops. YMMV on the sexy part here.
- Truth in Television—Queries about what items of clothing a man finds sexiest on a woman will inevitably have "my shirt" as one of the most frequent answers.