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1[[quoteright:350: [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure]]]]²[[caption-width-right:350:[[KickingAssInAllHerFinery Nothing says]] "LetsGetDangerous" like a nice [[PimpedOutDress frilly frock]], [[GirlyBruiser are we right, girls]]?]]²²No MagicalGirl can be complete without a spiffy costume, decked out with frills and bling. While there are a huge variety of styles when it comes to such costumes, the pervading theme seems to be colorful, very girly, highly unlikely fighting gear meant to appeal to RuleOfCool, RuleOfCute, or RuleOfGlamorous and whose impracticality never seems to get in the way of their ability to take out the bad guys. ImpossiblyCoolClothes is definitely in effect here. Usually SuspensionOfDisbelief is required to believe such a costume is ideal for fighting, though occasionally there will be a {{Handwave}} in the form of an explicit mention that the protection of the outfit is magical. Another possible reason for having these outfits (on the animators' part, at least) instead of the more traditional superhero bodysuit, is that it's a lot harder to have a [[TransformationSequence flashy, step-by-step transformation sequence]] with a traditional superhero outfit.²²While every MagicalGirl has her own unique costume, there are definitely some very common elements that pop up within the genre and which, when combined, become the iconic MagicalGirl costume. The most common traits include:²²* A frilly skirt or dress. An overwhelming majority of the time this is a short dress, almost never below the knee. "Frilly" can mean pleats that echo the schoolgirl SailorFuku, large ballerina tutu ruffles, flowery fairy-style skirts, airy poofy skirts...and so on. More rare is a tight miniskirt or short shorts.²* A distinctive, bright color scheme. Pinks and other pastels feature heavily but by no means have a monopoly. The DarkMagicalGirl gets lots of black added to the palette. A team of magical girls will usually be ColorCodedForYourConvenience.²* Ribbons. It could be a GiantWaistRibbon, it could be a prominent bow on the chest, it could be hair ribbons (see further down), it could be other ribbons that look cool when the girl is twirling in her TransformationSequence.²* Accessories and jewelry in an assortment of recurring motifs: hearts, stars, flowers, butterflies (especially ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth and as symbols of metamorphosis that fit well with growing girls) [[PowerGivesYouWings wings]] and gems.²* A signature accessory, rod, wand or weapon decked in the same motifs.²* A TransformationTrinket, which may be the same item as above. It too may transform and integrate itself into the costume.²²The more variable traits, trope-ified:²[[index]]²!!Whole Outfit Tropes²* BattleBallgown²* BareYourMidriff - A trait that is becoming more popular recently, mainly for older characters.²* FairytaleWeddingDress²* FrillyUpgrade - CostumeEvolution means the outfits get more frilly as the show goes on²* GoodColorsEvilColors - Pink is the team leader with Red usually being TheLancer, all black usually means DarkMagicalGirl.²* KickingAssInAllHerFinery - Frilly dresses don't slow down the action²* LeotardOfPower - Almost never alone, usually combined with the skirt.²* MinidressOfPower - A typical form for these outfits is a short dress.²* ModestyShorts²* SailorFuku - ''Manga/CodenameWaSailorV'' and ''Manga/SailorMoon'' are the first and most obvious examples but as iconic as they are on Japanese schoolgirls, echos of them appear in other designs.²* WhoWearsShortShorts²²!!Decoration Tropes²%% * ChestBrooch (placeholder for trope. Uncomment when launched.) - often doubling as a PowerCrystal.²%% * FlowyRibbons (placeholder for trope. Uncomment when launched.)²* GiantPoofySleeves²* GiantWaistRibbon²* [[WingedTropes Wings]]- especially for the leader of a MagicalGirl team, with occasional PowerGivesYouWings with a FrillyUpgrade²²!!Foot Gear Tropes²* CombatStilettos²* ZettaiRyouiki²²!!Accessory tropes²* CoolCrown - A princess tiara or some form of circlet, specially if the MagicalGirl has a princess origin story.²* Some form of [[BadassCape short cape]].²* HighClassGloves - Even if the characters aren't high class, their outfit is often meant to evoke that image.²* PowerCrystal²* RequisiteRoyalRegalia²²!!Hair And Eye Tropes²* CurtainsMatchTheWindow²* ElementalEyeColors²* GirlishPigtails²* OdangoHair²* OjouRinglets²* TomboyishPonytail²* PowerMakesYourHairGrow²* MegaTwintails²* YouGottaHaveBlueHair²[[/index]]²²Other elements may include items from the CuteWitch motif (which at one point was what MagicalGirl meant), i.e. a [[RobeAndWizardHat witch hat]], and echoes of armor, like shoulder pads, arm bracers and such, though rarely actual armor. Magical girls who go through a [[MidSeasonUpgrade mid-season]], [[SoLastSeason new season]] or [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands plot-related]] power upgrade will often get a FrillyUpgrade for their costume to match.²²A SubTrope of both PimpedOutDress and ImpossiblyCoolClothes.²²This trope applies to '''{{Magical Girl}}s only''' for anything else, please consult CostumeTropes.²----²!!Examples²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Anime & Manga]]²* ''Anime/PrettyCure'':²** ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'':²*** [[ Cure Black]] her BareYourMidriff caused quite a stir amoung MoralGuardians as a result [[ it is covered up in Season 2]]. She is the only one in the entire 8 seasons to not get hair decs.²*** In the first movie her outfit gets a golden color, and her earrings and other small hearts on her clothes become diamonds.²*** In the second movie [[ Her outfit]] takes on a Feather Motif. In ''Anime/PrettyCureAllStars DX 2'' her Cure Rainbow Black form resembles this but without the FeatherMotif.²*** [[ Cure White]] She only gets a minor FrillyUpgrade for season 2 same golden upgrade for movie 1 and [[ movie 2 upgrade]] Cure Rainbow White in ''Anime/PrettyCureAllStars DX 2'' uses the same outfit but with [[PowerGivesYouWings Wings]]²*** [[ Shiny Luminous]][[]] While not an Official Cure her outfits are certainly treated as such and follow the same upgrade line as Cure White²** ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar'' Unique in that there is no real MidSeasonUpgrade the costume change is a complete form change with just different powers.²*** [[ Cure Bloom]]/[[ Cure Bright]]²*** [[ Cure Egret]]/[[ Cure Windy]]²*** DarkMagicalGirl duo borrow powers to become the new [[ Cure Bright]] and [[ Cure Windy]] they get almost no frills.²** ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'': A butterfly motif dominates the costumes. All pretty much follow the same design just PaletteSwap gaining jackets in season 2 and a few frills for the first movie with [[PowerGivesYouWings Butterfly wings]] the only unique one is Shining Cure Dream from the second movie.²*** [[ Cure Dream]] [[ Season 2 upgrade]],[[ Shining Cure Dream]]²*** [[ Cure Rouge]] [[ Season 2]]²*** [[ Cure Lemonade]] [[ Season 2]]²*** [[ Cure Mint]] [[ Season 2]]²*** [[ Cure Aqua]] [[ Season 2]]²*** [[ Dark Pretty Cure 5]] total copies of the originals but since they are evil they are completely lacking in frills.²*** [[ Milky Rose]]²** ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'':²*** [[ Cure Peach]] [[ Angel Peach]]²*** [[ Cure Berry]] [[ Angel Berry]]²*** [[ Cure Pine]] [[ Angel Pine]]²*** [[ Cure Passion]] [[ Angel Passion]] and before as a [[ as a Dark Magical Girl]] completely lacking in frills.²** ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' FlowerMotif is the king here. When they gain their super forms their skirts bloom.²*** [[ Cure Blossom]] [[ Super Cure Blossom]]²*** [[ Cure Marine]] [[ Super Cure Marine]]²*** [[ Cure Sunshine]] [[ Super Cure Sunshine]]²*** [[ Cure Moonlight]] [[ Super Cure Moonlight]] is unique in that she is from the previous generation of cures, her outfit is quite different than the others she does not use a mini skirt but a cut open dress, and uses two color motifs instead of the usual one, purple and silver. Her FashionableAsymmetry matches up with [[ Dark Pretty Cure]] [[spoiler: hinting at their connection at they are two halves of the moon and other things.]]²*** [[ Cure Flower]]²*** [[ Dark Cure]]²** ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'' Music is the theme here.²*** [[ Cure Melody]]²*** [[ Cure Rhythm]]²*** [[ Cure Muse]] playing the DarkIsNotEvil MysteriousProtector she gets next to no frills [[spoiler: however its going to come off [[ with lots of frills]] once she truly becomes a good girl]].²*** [[ Cure Beat]] gets frills when she does a HeelFaceTurn. Watch it! Don't ruffle her costume or hair: they play guitar riffs when touched.²** The girls of ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' all share a {{Feather Motif}}s with lots of little variations to their outfits like everyone has a half skirt tied on their back in a different shape, different shaped ChestBow the {{Tomboy}}ish Cure Sunny and Cure March are lacking in the frills a bit on their skirt and shoulders for easier action and Cure Sunny is the only one to wear ZettaiRyouiki.²** Cure Soleil from ''Anime/StarTwinklePrettyCure'' also fits this trope with her dress resembling a Rumba Dress (which is fitting for her since she is half Mexican).²* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei's'' MagicalGirl Spoof [[ Model Warrior Lily Cure]] plays it as straight as can be however for once the one in pink is not the leader.²* [[ Ayumu]] (yes a guy....) and Haruna the {{Magical Girl}}s in ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'' with a theme of bows ''lots and lots of bows'' for their FrillyUpgrade they gain {{Heart Symbol}}s and as they put it "Were getting cuter!"²* In ''Manga/NegimaMagisterNegiMagi'' the MahouShoujo [[ShowWithinAShow Biblion]] series with a MagicalGirl duo Biblio Pink Tulip and Biblio Red Rose, the MagicalGirl costume is Standard SailorFuku with [[AnimalEaredHeadband Cat and Rabbit ears]] and tails respectively. First appears in an ImagineSpot with Nodoka and Yue, Makie and Ayaka wear the same outfit later on for the Cosplay and the fight in side the computer system.²** Chisame cosplays as "Rouland Rouge", who's supposed to be the DarkMagicalGirl of the series, her outfit is a Black SailorFuku with black cat ears, bat wings, and a devil's tail with ZettaiRyouiki. The character is supposed to be a very innocent "shy crybaby", supporting the personality of ZettaiRyouiki.²* The outfits in ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' have distinct military elements, but also have some more traditional elements in their design. For example, the main character Nanoha Takamachi wears a dress with GiantPoofySleeves. ²* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Madoka's magical girl outfit is closest to this. The other girls have elements in their outfits though.²* The title character of ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS'' wears a pink and white costume with an airy skirt while transformed into Nurse Angel.²* The [[GenderInvertedTrope Magical Boys]] of ''Anime/CuteHighEarthDefenseClubLove'' wear these when they transform into the Battle Lovers. The uniform includes a puffy-sleeved vest, a frilly shirt, a giant chest bow and a heart-shaped brooch, all in white and pastel colors. In contrast, the Dark Magical Boys of Caerula Adamas and the Vepper Twins wear prince-like black outfits.²** In the sequel, ''Anime/CuteHighEarthDefenseClubHappyKiss'', the Happy Knights wear hooded outfits with pantaloons, small chest bows, puffy sleeves, curly-toed boots and wrist-length gloves.²* While the Sailor Guardians of ''Manga/SailorMoon'' start out with basic {{Sailor Fuku}}s, they tend to get frillier as they gain more powers, particularly in Sailor Moon's case, who, by the time Stars rolls around, has three layers of frilly skirts, pearls and wings in her hair and on her gloves, and ''two'' sets of wings, one on her waist replacing her back bow, and another on her back. The live action adaptation also gives Sailor Moon a frillier upgrade for [[spoiler: her SuperpoweredEvilSide]] Princess Sailor Moon, which incorporates a lace underskirt, bigger bows, and a ''crown''.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Books]]²* ''ComicBook/WonderWomanAndTheStarRiders'': ComicBook/WonderWoman wears a tutu-like skirt with a lacy underskirt, star print tights, and a cape, vambraces, boots and top in magenta. Dolphine's got blue and teal tights, a skirt made of lace with a sparkly cape skirt in back, a crown-like hair piece, and a scalloped edged neck covering that looks like a tight-fitting gugel that's had the actual hood removed. Ice is essentially a palate swap of Dolphine with a different skirt and the neck covering transformed into the top of a cape. Star Lily is wearing a gigantic flower made of lace on her back, flower accents and a multi-layered skirt.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Tabletop Games]]²* Being a game about {{Magical Girl}}s, this commonly appears in ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful''. DownplayedTrope as Princesses can wear any outfit, so while common, this trope is not mandatory or universal.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Webcomics]]²* Spoofed by ''Webcomic/AgentsOfTheRealm'' - while the dresses are nice and appreciated, the first time the girls have to pursuit a monster on foot, they have to pause and disentangle the frills from the branches of the forest they are running through.²* ''Webcomic/ApricotCookies'': Starlet Pony's magical girl outfit is a large, fluffy dress with roses pinned in her hair.²* Played straight in ''Webcomic/LeifAndThorn'' - you can get a rough idea of a magical girl's power by [[ how fancy and bejeweled their outfit is]].²* Team Alchemical in ''Webcomic/SleeplessDomain'' plays this straight, with bows, hair decorations, and poofy skirts galore. The other magical girls in the series tend to have more practical outfits.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* The ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' - some of their fairy forms are very frilly.²[[/folder]]


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