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Where would you wear a Star Trek costume?

Check out these Star Trek costumes and t-shirts and Spock ears and wig, and let us know where you would and would not wear them.

Geekend contributor Wally Bahny created a gallery of some of the Star Trek costumes, Spock ears and wig, and t-shirts that are available in The Official Star Trek Store. These are the items featured in this Star Trek gift gallery:

Would you wear (or have you worn) a Star Trek costume in public other than to a costume party or a geeky convention? In Jay Garmon's post about when Trekkers jumped the shark, he presented the example of the juror who wore her NextGen uniform to the Whitewater trial as exhibit A in his argument. Jay wrote: "She seemed honestly baffled by the problem, as if her faux getup from an academy that doesn't exist should have equal standing with any other military uniform." If you have worn your Star Trek uniform to, say, the office or the grocery, what response did you get?

If you've ever worn a Star Trek t-shirt in public, did people ask you questions about it, or did they just flash you the Vulcan greeting?

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24 comments
Joaquim Amado Lopes
Joaquim Amado Lopes

I could wear a Star Trek costume to a costume party but not to a geeky convention. Besides that, the only place/occasion that comes to mind is the set of a Star Trek movie, as an actor/extra. About that juror who wore the NextGen uniforme to the trial, someone should tell her that the ideals one believes in are supposed to reflect on one's conduct, not one's clothes.

oldbaritone
oldbaritone

I'll give them to my enemies and let the Star Trek norm take its course.

mandrake64
mandrake64

As I ride a motorcycle to work and appear like an oversized Michelin Man in my wet weather gear, turning up in a Star Fleet uniform probably wouldn't raise too many eyebrows. Interesting. The pointy ears however, may be classified as a safety hazard, so they would have to stay tucked away in my phaser holster until I got left the neutral zone of company property.

DHOLYER
DHOLYER

To be a smart ass, who says they are costumes, make be they are professional work uniforms. Who knows Star Fleet may be another government secret, just like the "We have contact with the UFO people. Maybe Area 51 is actually a Star base run by the Federation. And just like they have done in Series episodes, Holo-emitters make the Star ship shuttles look like UFO ships. In reality, unless I just moved to Geek-ville, or worked for Paramount when they start making a new series in the not so distant future. It would be a Star Trek Convention, or a Star Trek party, and then on Halloween (but I'm to old for that unless I had kids. And then they are to old for that so it would be escorting grand kids. And it would be nice to have a working Phaser or even one with a Blue LED Laser Diode, and a built in TASER so I could stun someone, like those that hand out very little candy.

Gis Bun
Gis Bun

At work.... If I was working. :-)

jck
jck

Jeri Ryan's house... "ASSIMILATE ME!!!" ]:)

CLewisJr
CLewisJr

Wore the ST III Starfleet costume to work. While walking the streets between buildings, I got mistaken for a leader in the Masons, twice!

Ed Woychowsky
Ed Woychowsky

I've worn one to work on Halloween, to lunch, to the mall and to dinner. When asked where I got the costume, clasping my hands behind my back I queried, "What costume?"

LadyDiTech
LadyDiTech

I have been to a few Trek conventions (once in 1977 and several in the 1990's) but have never had the desire to dress up there. Back in the early 90's, I did wear several different Star Trek TNG and DS9 uniforms (fully decked out with phaser, tricorder and insignia) on Halloween at work (each dept had their own costume contest) and later in the evening for the trick and treat kids who showed up at my door! Some of the children recognized the uniform but it was mostly the adults who accompanied their children to my door that got a kick out of it.

DHOLYER
DHOLYER

Back in 1968 as I went to grade school, it was the first year a black student was going to ever attend. We all had to write a page or two on how it made us feel, So I wrote a short answer that they kept rejecting because it did not express my feelings. I said if you had a white ford and a black ford of the same type. And the engine blew in the white but it was the one I used. So I'd swap the engines. If you could do the same with a persons heart. What make a black person different from a white, it's only the color of the paint job or skin color. I was one of the five who read their papers at the end of the day. The Principal gave me a gold star as the best because it was short and direct and also true. In the arguing over letting me turn in my paper I herd a teacher say 'All were looking for is the KKK type kids, not the size of the essays'.

DHOLYER
DHOLYER

You could always use the same excuse Capt. Kirk gave the 1930 cop for Spock's ears in the episode titles The City on the Edge of Forever. In case your memory has a hard time recalling it, it was, as a child his head got caught in a micanical rice picker, and that is why his ears are like that. Then if they come back with but you were not like that. Just answer back that was another day in history and in another dimension. You need to go ask your boss about when will that pay raise you gave me last week will arrive? (i.e. redirect their attention to some thing else so they forget about the ears. This is a common political tool used every day by the Government.

DHOLYER
DHOLYER

So you are volunteering to join the Borg, Does that mean you know how to find them. There is a few hazards with this selection. First you could no longer drool over Jeri Ryan. And secondly, even thoe you could survive space with no space suit, you would no longer have a concept of freedom or emotions of joy. You may have them still but your brain will be told to ignore them. How about this, take a trial test period as a borg, just become one of the ruling politicians in DC today.

locum
locum

A few weeks ago, a colleague and I were talking about the geekiest things we could think of and how to mash them up for a movie. Apparently he's heard of Trekkies going to the Renaissance Faire all dressed up as if they were on an away mission. All the while commenting on what they were seeing and experiencing, getting tricorder readings, looking at a pickle on a stick with a Vulcan eyebrow and saying, "highly illogical." I don't know if this is true or some urban legend, but I think the Renaissance Faire or Civil War reenactment or a Battle of Hastings reenactment would be the best places for a Star Trek costume. Worst place, the Star Wars Celebration. That away team would have to fight through a hundred drunken Darth Vaders hell bent on kicking their ass. Now, I would pay to see that last one.

jeff.friend
jeff.friend

Being a member of the federation I wear my uniform everywhere. Is regulation!

michaellashinsky
michaellashinsky

I would wear a Star Trek t-shirt in public, but not a uniform. The former is nerdy, the second is needing of a life! (I would if I had a reason to, but the original question states not to a party or convention, so there aren't many plausible reasons left. ie: Bets, dares, to scare normal women away...)

LouCed
LouCed

at the NBC store (red t-shirt with original patch). Wear it everywere.

MrsGeezer
MrsGeezer

as a person built for comfort, not for speed, I made my own science team TNG costume. I wore it to two conventions and I have worn it at Hallowe'en and theme parties.

DHOLYER
DHOLYER

I got in to a book reading habit, and read all 217 auto biography's they had on our founding fathers. What are the odds any grade school student today could find that many books that were not meant to degrade the values of the founders of our nation of America in today's Politically Correct schools. Today they would need that many on the founding fathers of most every nation on planet earth. P.S. that was 4th grade in 1968-69. The next year I wanted to go to the moon because we just bet Russia there.

JamesRL
JamesRL

Fanboys is a road movie where some kids decide to break into Skywalker ranch and see "Phantom Menace" before it opens. They go to Vegas to meet a contact who has information to help them break in, and they have to meet their contact at a Star Trek convention. Usual hilarity ensues.

DHOLYER
DHOLYER

The first time travel aspect would be going back from the 23rd and 24th century's to the 21st century. The second would be going from the 21 century to the 12th to 16th century's. And if you really want to make it modern, film it in 3D with one of the new 3D camcorders. Wonder how much the Illinois Renaissance Faire is like the month long Colorado one they have each year between Parker and Castle Rock just off I-25. I've been hearing about them or the local one since 1973, just after I moved to South West Denver by Red Rocks. That place would fit in perfectly. It's natural, mostly rock and cement with wood outdoor bench's for seating. And natural sound amplification and presentation. And may have been used by the natives back in the mid-eval times.

DHOLYER
DHOLYER

So since you wear the Uniform 24/7 have you noticed as you have to use Aircraft to travel places they strip search you much more than before as you board Airplanes. Or did you smuggle a portable transporter with you so you can beam places instantly. I would say for free but I bet you have to pay big utility bills for the energy needed. Then again if you had that technology you could become like Garth and make yourself the richest ruler of the world. (do not remember episode name but it was the one with the Mental farm and Bat Girl as his G/F until he blows her up.

DHOLYER
DHOLYER

Last night I saw a promo ad on Showtime for the Latest Fanboys Movie appearing in September in 1080i HD. The film clips showed mostly light sabers and crashing a Star Trek Convention. Never bought the DVD but now I'll burn a copy to DVD, so my brothers son can have a copy. To show how small his Sci-Fi world is, he says Sci-Fi was created by (The Sith lord) Lucas, and has no idea who the Great Bird of the Galaxy is (if you don't know think NCC-1701). And asked what 1984 is, he said that is when students over through the teachers so they would not have to read a book (cover to cover) a day. If you want to go into the Twilight Zone just ask his views on Politics and Government. He is in 5th grade as we go through the first decade of the 21st century. If you wonder why I do not just give numbers instead of word problems, it is to make you think so those unused brain cells do not die from the lack of use. I mean the ones the drugs have not killed all ready.

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