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I just want to know more about Kirk's clothes. Does he wear them all the time? Does he ever wear colors other than yellow? Yellow looks good on him.

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His clothes are from a standardized military uniform. Although (if modern militaries can be used for extrapolation) service-members have a small degree of discretion as to which uniforms they wear while on vacation, there is generally a specific uniform designated for each type of occasion. –  Matt Mar 10 '14 at 18:38

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James Tiberius Kirk has had a wide variety of uniforms over the years.

Classic Uniform Kirk as seen in many TOS episodes:

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Green Tunic Kirk as seen in "Trouble With Tribbles"

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Dress Uniform Kirk from "Journey to Babel"

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Turtle-neck Kirk from "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (h/t to O.R. Mapper for reminding me)

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Evil Kirk worn in "Mirror, Mirror"

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Open Blazer Kirk from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

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Cold Weather Kirk from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

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White Tunic Kirk from Star Trek: The Motion Picture

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Shapless Ugly Brown Jacket Kirk from Star Trek: The Motion Picture

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Admiral "Two-tone" Kirk from Star Trek: The Motion Picture

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Odd Wifebeater Kirk from Star Trek: Generations

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Large black V-neck Kirk from Star Trek: The Animated Series (possibly a redux of his uniform from TOS)

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And of course, ladies' favourite - Shirtless Kirk...

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You can find more information here.

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LOL @ Wifebeater Kirk –  System Down Dec 29 '13 at 20:57
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+1 For "Odd Wifebeater Kirk". If I could I'd give another +1 for Shirtless Kirk too - although I'm not sure shirtless is a colour of shirt. –  Lego Stormtroopr Mar 10 '14 at 22:56
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NICE JOB! Though you did miss Space-Suit Kirk as seen in "Web of the Tholians" but that's understandable as it's not as sexy a look as Shirtless Kirk =] –  22nd Century Fza Mar 11 '14 at 3:30
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@Monty129 - I'd love a uniform that shows off the big guns. –  Richard Jun 6 at 9:15
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I agree with @BenMiller in that they're the same costume, and the apparent difference in colour is just due to lighting. The timing of the scene corroborates that: "Admiral Kirk" is Kirk standing in the inspection pod gazing at the refit Enterprise. After Scott and Kirk end their space-side tour, the pod docks with the Enterprise, and Scott and Kirk leave the pod to step into a corridor where they meet Decker. This is what is shown in the "Two-Tone Kirk" image. There is simply no time (nor reason) for Kirk to switch uniforms in between. –  O. R. Mapper Jun 9 at 12:49

In the TOS-era, the Captain's tunic was actually green, with yellow marks near the wrists - this is a wraparound tunic:

Kirk in captain's green wraparound tunic

In that time period, gold was for command, blue for sciences and medical, red for security and operations, and grey for cadets.

Here's Kirk in a standard style green tunic:

Kirk in standard green uniform

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+1 for the Bashir and O'Brien cameo :) –  bitmask Dec 30 '13 at 14:50
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That second photo is from the second pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before". That particular shirt was not seen in the rest of the series; the collar and braid were redesigned. –  Keith Thompson Jul 15 '14 at 16:24

I read, in one of the first Star Trek fan books back in the early 70s, that ALL of Kirk's tunics were Command Gold, but that a film processing error turned his Gold tunic Green in several episodes.

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You should provide some evidence of this. –  Moogle Mar 10 '14 at 16:08
    
The green uniform was his "standard" uniform. As you can see from the pic above where some staff are wearing yellow uniforms alongside him; i.stack.imgur.com/PutuZ.jpg –  Richard Mar 10 '14 at 17:13
    
this sounds like the "why is Data that colour" answer to me –  Kate Gregory Apr 8 '14 at 14:53
    
I will have to check for references later, but wasn't it just the other way round? All uniforms being actually greenish, but appearing golden under studio lighting conditions, except for Kirk's non-standard tunic, which was made of a different material and thus retained its actual greenish hue when seen on tv? –  O. R. Mapper Jun 9 at 12:51

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