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Is it historically accurate to show this much leg? Rule of Sexy says it doesn't matter.

This is a skirt that wraps only partly around a lady's waist, thus making a crescent instead of a full circle.

While a regular skirt is designed to cover up the legs, and slit and wrap skirts cover the legs unless the lady moves right, this kind of skirt doesn't really cover the legs (unless you look at it from the right angle). The point is actually to frame and showcase the legs, while accentuating with the dramatic swoosh of a fine and lush skirt.

It should also be noted this trope could work with a simple dress or even a Pimped-Out Dress.

Florenz Ziegfeld is probably partially responsible for developing this style with his Ziegfeld Follies showgirls "glorifying the American girl" from the late 19th C and early 20th C.

The key to telling if a skirt like this is to look at the waist. The skirt has to wrap between 1/3 to 3/4 of the way around the waist to count. Anything less or more doesn't count (like Leia's slave girl outfit).


This can be done with Skirt over Slacks, as it's still showcasing the legs and the pants (although tights are preferred, but not necessary).

Usually a Sub-Trope of Impractically Fancy Outfit, and almost always a kind of Fanservice. Could also result from an Action Dress Rip if the "action dress" would normally have two skirts and the outer one looks like this. In more futuristic examples this can also serve as a distaff counterpart to the unbuttoning of a shirt or taking off a badass long coat because the underskirt is secured with buttons or ties that are easily undone. This is often used to reveal that the heroine or villainess is packing serious heat.

Compare Bare Your Midriff, She's Got Legs, Lady Legionnaire Wear. Contrast All-Encompassing Mantle.



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    Comic Books 

  • Satine's "Pink Diamonds" dress in Moulin Rouge! has a skirt of pink feathers.
  • Miss Kitty the Showgirl Mouse in The Great Mouse Detective wears one of these during the "Let Me Be Good to You" musical number... in an animated Disney movie, no less.
  • The Grand Councilwoman from Lilo & Stitch.
  • This trope is seen in the movie Jonah Hex. The character Tallulah 'Lilah' Black, played by Megan Fox, seems to only wear Showgirl Skirts. For the first part of the film, she wears a black version, and later switches to the white dress seen in the promotional poster. The outfit is also paired with stockings and heels, and fits the character's backstory as a member of the oldest profession.
  • Rosita's performance costume in Sing is a black sequined leotard with a matching ruffled showgirl skirt.

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    Video Games  
  • The fairy familiar in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
  • Many outfits in Ragnarok Online. In fact, a lot of MMORPGs seem to have this for some class outfits for ladies.
  • Everquest 2, while normally avoiding the women wear skimpy clothes cliche of MMORPGs, offers one of these skirts to female characters as a prestige item.
  • All over the place in the designs for Dissidia Final Fantasy — and they're all male, to boot: Warrior Of Light, The Emperor, Onion Knight, Squall Leonhart, Sephiroth, Kuja, and even Jecht. Most of them are at least wearing pants as well - unfortunately, that doesn't include Kuja.
  • Final Fantasy X-2 has the Gunner Class/Job/Dresssphere which features this. It's also Yuna's default outfit.
  • Vanille in Final Fantasy XIII wears a brown fur version. It's a hunting trophy.
  • Maria Traydor of Star Ocean: Till the End of Time wears one of these, although the effect is closer to a Badass Longcoat.
  • The RAcaseal class (android gunner girls) from Phantasy Star Online has one of these skirts, made from decoratively dangling metal plates. It's also cut in a way that combines this with Minidress of Power.
  • Most of the waist options for armor in Neverwinter Nights work out to these.
  • Dawn Star in Jade Empire has a perfectly sensible shirt...and then her clothing below the waist consists of underwear and four evenly spaced wide ribbons that flutter behind her when she is running.
  • Neo Metal Sonic wears one in Sonic Heroes, though it's probably meant to be a cape attached at the waist rather than the shoulders.
  • Saika Magoichi of Sengoku Basara 3, who wears trousers underneath, so it's probably just for dramatic effect.
  • Mesmers in Guild Wars are especially in love with this trope. Close to half of the female Mesmer armor sets consist of what would be an ankle-length, A-line dress or coat were it not cut to reveal a miniskirt beneath and show almost the entire leg. Elementalists and Necromancers also partake liberally of this trope (with Elementalist Elite Luxon armor being particularly notable).
  • Some of Cassandra's costumes in Soul Calibur have this.
  • Milly of Baten Kaitos Origins.
  • Judith of Tales of Vesperia.
  • The showgirl in Bloody Good Time wears a pink leotard with pink feathers as the skirt.
  • The Last Story has this as the skirt part in Skirt over Slacks on some of the armor sets.
  • Rosa in Death Smiles.
  • Ruby from Omega Five.
  • Eliza in Skullgirls.
  • In her true form, Midna from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess wears a dress that reveals her right leg.
    • In the spin-off Hyrule Warriors, Cia has a dress that does the opposite, revealing her left leg. She also wears leggings under the dress, but only on her right leg.
  • The female Kulve Taroth armor set from Monster Hunter: World is this. In fact, the whole armor set looks more like a fancy chainmail ballgown (albeit with horns).

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  • Bound Adventures: Princess Irina has an ermine-lined train she wears for official moments.
  • Girl Genius:
    • Agatha wears a clockwork themed dress with a long crescent skirt in the back and a short skirt for modesty in the front in the Cinderella filler story.
    • When Agatha shows up at Martellus' masquerade in Paris she's fashioned herself a sparkling white dress with a long skirt in back and a short draped panel in front that has actual glowing and shining elements she built herself since she had to steal everything she's wearing on her way there.

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  • Yang Xiao Long of RWBY wears one in the Volumes 1-3 with hot pants underneath.

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    Real Life 
  • Named for Vegas Showgirls, who often wear this skirt.
  • This picture of Marilyn Monroe. It's just not as obvious unless you can tear your eyes away from the Fur Bikini.
  • Child pageants will even have this, among other questionable costumes.
  • At least 2/3 of the female performers/background-singers at 2010's Eurovision Song Contest wore these.


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