Maybe it's a little too early to know if this is gonna work
But all I know is you're sure lookin' good in my shirt
After 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.
of Clothing Switch
and Sex Dressed
. For the less modest version, see Slip into Something More Comfortable
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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.
- In the manga version, Haruko decides to toy with Naota's hormones by having a sleepover in Naota's room with Mamimi (dressed in a Sexy Santa Dress) and Ninamori, who employs this trope (with Tasuku's shirt) and calls the other two amateurs.
- An odd example (but definitely played for Fanservice) is in Mai Hime, where Mai, during her Heroic BSOD 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The first time we see the main character of Maicchingu Machiko Sensei, she's sporting this style. Subverted in that it is neither the morning after or the night before. She had simply been changing clothes and was interrupted.
- Subverted in Fruits Basket: Tohru ends up wearing one of Yuki's shirts early in the series after her own clothes are soiled in a landslide. However, there is nothing sexual in the action, and in the end of the series, they both end up with other charas: Tohru marries Yuki's cousin and rival Kyo, while Yuki gets together with his fellow council member Machi.
- They're not in a sexual relationship, but in episode 18 of A Certain Magical Index, Touma enters his room and finds a sleeping Index wearing nothing but one of his shirts. The sight of her makes his nosebleed worse.
- 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.
- Subverted in DNA². When Junta wakes up at morning, he finds Karin sleeping on a futon wearing one of his shirts and her panties... but since Junta is literally allergic to girls, there is NO way something could've happened. Karin was wearing his shirt just because Junta's mother Chiyo put it on her when she was passed out.
- 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 BSOD, 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.
- 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 comic Silver McCloud 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 look 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.
- Referenced and subverted in Lois McMaster Bujold's Brothers in Arms: Referenced when 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.
- Played for Laughs in War Junkie by Jon Steele. "Do you know how much this relationship has cost me in clothes alone?"
Live Action TV
- On Sports Night, Natalie uses wearing Jeremy's white dress shirt as a trump card. Also, 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 sleep over, when she wanders down stairs 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". Quickly subverted when the man tells her she has to dress as a woman since that's the last thing someone would expect from a Bad Ass Action Girl.
- 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 Bad Ass 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".
- 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.
- 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.
- When Faith steals Buffy's body and sleeps with 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 Nagiko.
- 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
Betty Claire, 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.
- 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. To verify that Monk indeed does have a good memory, the judge asks Monk to stand up, turn away from him, and then describe his 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? 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.
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.
[He walks over to the couch, leans down, and picks up the earring in question with his tweezers, then sets it down on the table]
Adrian Monk: She must have torn her blouse. I can see it sticking out of her briefcase.
- 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 score of his bedroom performance (he didn't rate very high).
- 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 into the kitchen were they are having breakfast wearing Sean's shirt.
- 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).
- 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..."
- 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…"
- 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.
- 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.
- Subverted in an early MegaTokyo, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A more subtle, male version happened in Shortpacked! here, Ethan wearing Mike's old shirt from another webcomic.
- 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 Rule of Funny.
- Happens in this Ménage à 3. Though one wonders how Zii's shirt can still fit.
- In Narbonic, Helen is wearing Dave's signature flannel in this strip, right after they have sex for the first time.
- Appears in this xkcd comic, among other things.
- Andrea Beaumont in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.
- Deputy Director Bullock in American Dad! as an example of the male variant on this trope after he gets it on with Haley. Yeah, creepy.
- 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.
- 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.
- Renee 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.