Women Overly Concerned with Apparel

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Main Description

Men and women both take the time to find and wear clothing & accessories that fits an image they like in real life and on screen. However, on screen they often show women taking this to excess. It's stereotypical sexist humor that far more often women are overly concerned about their appearance while men are not. And when men are shown to be overly concerned about apparel, it's often played for laughs as unexpected and counter to the norm. And actors and actresses both spend a lot of time in hair, makeup & wardrobe preparing for scenes.

Conservative Trope Examples

  • Serving Sara (2002)
    Sara loses her pants in an airport luggage conveyor belt accident and looks to find a replacement pair going through the luggage. She instead comes out with an entirely new outfit which is much more revealing and the punchline in the next scene is that she had to rummage through 20+ bags strewn everywhere until she found something she liked.
    Staff Aside
    It's funny. Why is it funny? Because it is a stereotype that women are high maintenance when it comes to clothes. And so she couldn't just pick something quick and practical. She had to go through multiple suitcases until she found something that "fit."
  • Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)
    Connie responds with, "Did ya ever see a woman miss a shoe sale?" when detective Joe says, "Who the hell would wanna blow up a department store?"