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Amidala, a beautiful clotheshorse
, even in extreme conditions.
A character known for style is getting into a situation that requires some protection, but protective gear in Real Life
just isn't fashionable. And sometimes the writers are aware that the character has to wear some kind of protective clothing, so they go with Stylish Protection Gear
The actual situation requiring protection doesn't matter. It could be extreme cold, extreme heat, or wading through toxic chemicals. What matters is that the protective gear looks like plausible protection, but still nice to look at.
It can overlap with Impossibly Cool Clothes
, depending on how convincing the outfit is at looking like it protects. More often, this overlaps with Impractically Fancy Outfit
, but not always.
of Costume Porn
to Gas Mask, Longcoat
Compare Bling of War
, Pimped-Out Dress
, Happy Holidays Dress
, Scary Impractical Armor
, Environment-Specific Action Figure
(this trope applied to toys for the purpose of having more variants to sell), An Ice Suit
, Pimped Out Cape
, Battle Ballgown
, Kicking Ass in All Her Finery
, Exposed to the Elements
, Chainmail Bikini
Film - Animated
- Nite-Owl's fluffy owl-suit from Watchmen. Yeah, it looks like it could work, but it's clearly there mainly for thematic reasons.
- Also, we can see a few other specialised owl-suits in the Owl-Ship for diving, protection from radiation and the like, in the style of action figures like the Batman toys mentioned below.
- In the Captain America comics, there was one story where Cap and his then girlfriend/partner Diamondback had to go scuba diving. Diamondback somehow obtained mauve flippers that exactly matched her costume.
Film - Live Action
- In Frozen, Elsa accidentally puts her kingdom in an Endless Winter, and her sister Anna goes to find her. Anna then has to ditch her summer clothes for winter gear. The only winter clothes a store has not only conveniently fit her, but are quite nice looking.
- Batman Forever features an experimental "fireproof" batsuit.
- The latest Star Trek has the cold weather gear.
- Used as a joke in Zoolander. When male model Derek Zoolander moves back to coal mining country to reconnect with his family, he goes to work in the coal mines wearing specially-tailored, color-coordinated work clothes and a shiny new helmet.
- Ham from the Doc Savage novels was quite the fashion plate. Although never inappropriate for the environment he was going into, his adventuring gear was usually tailored.
- Harry Dresden's duster looks stylish and awesome as hell....and it's got enough protection spells woven on it to outclass Type IV ballistic plates.
- It is also enchanted to be fire-proof and acid-proof. Harry cleans it by throwing it into the fireplace. The one thing it isn't is suitable for a Chicago summer.
- This may also be a Shout-Out to the Charlemagne who allegedly had a tablecloth he was cleaning by throwing it info fire to amuse his guests (or to intimidate more superstitious ones). It is assumed that it was made of asbestos (asbestos cloths was known by ancient Greeks). Which brings Unfortunate Implications.
- The Hunger Games has the Mockingjay outfit for Katniss, designed by Cinna before his death for Katniss to use as the face of the resistance. It was quite effective, able to stop a bullet fired at close range as well as having a small pocket for the nightlock pill, even accessible while bound.
- Lamp Shaded in The Mighty Boosh several times. In the episode "Tundra", Howard Moon turns up in the kind of thick furs you'd expect someone to wear in the arctic- and Vince Nior wears a red jumpsuit ("the human coke-can").
- In Pixelface, Alexia has an aerobics outfit that exactly matches her normal Spy Catsuit.
- Inverted for Ashley in Resident Evil 4. Her normal and other alternate costume wouldn't look out of place on a fashion runway, but the only costume that stops enemies from dragging her away or attacking her is an unsexy suit of armor.
- Nuclear Winter and his army of ladies from Freedom Force.
- Snake's Sneaking Suit in Metal Gear Solid is ostensibly designed to keep him warm in Alaska while allowing him full freedom of movement.
- According to the artbook for Gears of War 3, Prescott's armor was designed to look like something a politician would wear on a tour of a war zone, compared to the more utilarian gear of his, um, Gears.
- the page picture comes from Star Wars: Clone Wars. Amidala's suit does seem like it could work on an ice planet, but what makes it this trope is the short, but voluminous fur-trimmed Pimped Out Cape, with the two furry puff balls (an accessory that is strictly for fashion, not utility).
- The Batman does this on occasion. In Mr. Freeze's debut episode, Batman breaks out a white and blue thermally protected suit.
- Goldie Gold and Action Jack, Goldie's ermine trimmed parka for going out in the cold.
- In the Teen Titans episode "Snowblind", and others where it's cold, Raven wears a fur-trimmed cape and tights. See here◊, here◊, here◊, and here◊.
- As said pictures demonstrate, Robin and Beast Boy also swap out for a more winterized version of their usual outfits, albeit more subtly. As for Cyborg, "stylish" depends on what you think of him looking like an angry Michelin Man.
- Notably, Starfire averts this with the justification that her kind is far more tolerant to extreme cold.
- The Secret Saturdays have matching arctic survival outfits. What really cements their spot in this trope, however, is that this includes one for their pet Komodo dragon. With a furry bobble on the tail.
- The fur-trimmed, but still pretty, outfits worn in the mountains in Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders.
- In Conan The Adventurer, the entire cast got special outfits when they traveled north or into the mountains.
- The Perils of Penelope Pitstop gives the heroine this whenever she needs it.
- The team in Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures gets cool-looking stuff like swim gear and parkas. Notably, Jessie gets the pink colored outfits.
- The Team's polar stealth outfits in Young Justice. While Robin, Artemis and Zatanna are bundled up, the rest of the team just have recolored outfits.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Rarity often eschews drab camouflage for more scintillating colors.
- Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: In "The Midnight Zone", Mystery, Inc. don scuba gear that closely matches their usual outfits, even down to the neckwear with Velma's suit having a turtleneck and Fred's an ascot.
- In Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword, Mystery, Inc. don karate uniforms with trim that matches the colours of their usual outfits. Plus they have one that fits the dog.
- The US Army is trying for this with their new protective goggles, designed by Oakley, so soldiers will actually wear them, rather than leaving them on their helmets like they did with the (very ugly) previous models.
- Technically the ones strapped to the helmet are unwearable because they're strapped to the helmet. It warps the frames so they fit the helmet rather than the soldier's face.
- This is actually quite common in modern personal protective equipment. Safety lenses designed to look like fashionable sunglasses are just as easy to find in stores now as the garden-variety tinted ones are.
- Similarly, Aviator Shades are so called because Ray-Ban designed them specifically with pilots in mind (the very large lenses are designed to block sunlight from all angles). Their popularity in the civilian world was partly driven by their use by American military pilots (and by General Douglas MacArthur). In fact, it can be said that this trope is a major reason that Cool Shades is a trope to begin with.
- This trope is clearly kept in mind for how quite a bit of motorcycle rider gear is designed and marketed, as most people would rather buy cool protective gear than boring protective gear. Whether it's a badass leather jacket or a striking black-and-neon high-visibility jacket with abrasion-resistant armor inserts, they're always designed to be as awesome-looking as possible.