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Just one of the ways her cape is pimped out.
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Any part of an outfit that floats independently from the rest of the clothing. Done almost entirely for Rule of Cool, as there is little practical purpose for this.

Sometimes this is justified by magic or Applied Phlebotinum, but even when it's not, this trope usually appears in fantastic or futuristic settings.

In Far East Asian mythology (China, Japan, Korea) one trait the gods have, which is mostly associated with female gods, is the ability to defy gravity. This is reflected in art, where you'll see the gods have flowing hair and stoles (called tenne) that float in the air.

A Holy Halo counts as this, when depicted as a floating circlet.

Compare Impossibly Cool Clothes (which can even overlap with this).

Not to be confused with clothing that gives the wearer anti-gravity abilities.


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Anime and Manga

  • When Rachel first shows her face in public in Glass Fleet, she wears a thick fur wrap that hovers over her shoulders.

Literature

Tabletop Games

Video Games

  • In BlazBlue, Amane's Scarf Of Asskicking floats above his head when he isn't using it to smack and drill opponents.
  • In Devil Survivor, Amane's clothes float when she's possessed by Remiel.
  • Some of the capes worn by the generals in Dragon Force. Including Tieris, pictured above.
  • In Evolve, you can select a player icon from a predetermined list. Players who have mastered a monster's abilities can add a floating crown to the icon representing that monster.
  • The Didact's armor in Halo 4 features levitating pieces, a design trait Forerunners are very fond of.
  • Kantai Collection has Destroyers Murakumo, Hatsuharu and Nenohi, along with Light Cruisers Tenryuu and Tastuta having futuristic pieces of gear floating around them. Granted, they were all designed by the same artist.
  • League of Legends has a few champions with weird floating neckpieces. One of them is a telekinetic so it makes sense. The other not so much.
  • The divine stole mentioned in the description (called a hagoromo in Japanese) shows up a few times in Touhou. Oddly, never with actual gods.
  • Warcraft
    • Magical vests (and chains) worn by Kel'thuzad
    • Kael'thas has three green orbs floating around him called Verdant Spheres and World of Warcraft players can loot one for themselves after beating him.
    • As well as some of the armor pieces characters can wear in World of Warcraft. One example is the Poison Protocol Pauldrons, which seem to be three straps of leather surrounding an orb of blue fire on either shoulder. When looked at on the character, they don't actually touch the chest at all.

Web Comics

  • Marcus from Hell(p) wears a beanie with a pompom on a string that floats like it's made of helium, giving him a bit of an Idiot Hair look.

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