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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 19 December 2017 at 9:20am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I've tried Googling, but haven't found the answer. What is the purpose of Kirk's lime green shirt that he occasionally wore?

I know Starfleet officers have different kinds of uniforms for different occasions, e.g. ceremonial, missions, etc. 

Kirk often wore gold on the bridge, but did occasionally wear green. Is there a purpose or reason behind it? 

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One of those questions answered by production needs, not logic. A little variety. Personally, I didn't care for it. It seemed a bit to "fashiony" for a starship captain to have different shirts, except for specific purpose (like his dress tunic).
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I get the impression that they were going for less formal variants of the uniforms, but limited it to the Captain for budgetary reasons, or perhaps as a sign of RHIP. Another indicator of uniform variants would be the utility jumpsuits worn by enlisted crewmen and Sickbay patients.

Of course, by the time of THE MOTION PICTURE, we saw multiple uniform variants ("Class A" jumpsuits, "Class B" work jumpsuits, short-sleeve fatigues, long-sleeve fatigues, etc.) as emulation of the real-world U.S. Navy's uniform structure.


Personally, I also prefer Kirk in the standard duty tunic.
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Thanks for the answers, both.

I do like the movie era uniforms (II-VII), but they do look more suited to a formal dinner than practical field missions. 
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Doesn't it first appear in "The Enemy Within"? I believe it was created to help the viewers distinguish the two Kirks. Once it existed, any use of the alternate uniform was probably just due to Shatner's or the producers' preference.
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Doesn't it first appear in "The Enemy Within"? I believe it was created to help the viewers distinguish the two Kirks. Once it existed, any use of the alternate uniform was probably just due to Shatner's or the producers' preference.
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"Yes" to all of the above. The second season variant first appeared (minus the black v-neck trim) in "The Doomsday Machine", and the third season featured no wraparound tunics whatsoever.
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The green uniform was more flattering to Shatner's waistline, so he wears it a lot in the middle of the second season, when he was at his heaviest.
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I`m sure i read somewhere years ago that the original
uniforms shrank in the wash,and the budget wouldn`t
allow new ones?
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I`m sure i read somewhere years ago that the original uniforms shrank in the wash,and the budget wouldn`t allow new ones?

One of the things of which I have become aware, working on NEW VISIONS, is that Bill Theiss had a fondness for loose fitting uniforms. Early on, the shirts are downright baggy! And there are some shots of male crewmembers where their pants are so... voluminous, they look like they're wearing Depends!

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"I`m sure i read somewhere years ago that the original
uniforms shrank in the wash,and the budget wouldn`t
allow new ones?"
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Correct. The uniforms in Seasons 1 and 2 were made of velour, and they shrank a bit each time they were washed and dried. As one gets towards the end of each season, one can see the sleeves really creeping up the actors' arms. But the third season uniforms were made with different fabrics that would not shrink to address this issue.
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Thank`s Peter,i was sure i hadn`t imagined it!
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