I used to work as a buyer (for two different department stores). After several years of this, I ended up leaving the industry. There were multiple reasons, but one of them was that my job actually consisted of trying to get people to purchase things they really didn't need.
That's what fashion's about, convincing people that the newest and hottest thing is a must.
When in reality we could all just wear blue jumpsuits, like I carried for the 'older gentlemen'. They cover the important stuff, they protect from sunburn, and they are efficient.
OK, they're not necessarily flattering. But if we're talking about what we need, the blue jumpsuit is pretty much it. In fact, we could probably own maybe....four each, and have enough.
I used to have a teacher friend who wore khaki pants and a blue shirt to school every day. He never had to decide what to wear, and he would purchase them en mass whenever he caught them on clearance. (Yay, Harold!) I admired this so much that I went to JCP, found black pants on clearance, and bought several, thereby eliminating the decision every day of how to cover my legs for work.
Alas, the bulk of humans don't want to look like everyone else. Come to think of it, neither do I. But uniforms should be untilitarian before 'fashionable.'
Where am I going with this?
OK, in the history of SF movies and TV, there have been some absolutely ridiculous garments proposed. Garments that are neither efficient, nor protective. UFO comes to mind.
I am NOT going to burn your eyes by posting a pic of Sean Connery in Zardoz. If you want to throw up in your throat, Google it yourself.
So is it possible that people would wear uniforms/costumes this ridiculous? Yes.
But I do wish constume designers would stop putting people of either gender in weirdly 'sexy' garb when they're supposedly off saving the world. Saving the world is tough, and requires serious clothes.
I mentioned elsewhere today how excited I was in Junior High when the original Battlestar Galactica put women in uniforms* and flight suits rather than miniskirts!!! Not because I was offended by the previous outfits, per se, but because they were nonsensical--honestly for both genders--and I hate it when my spec-fic gets nonsensical....
*I know, they were waaaay more form-fitting than the men's uniforms, but they were pants which I could actually envision myself wearing. No way I could imaging staying on the bridge in a miniskirt with my chunky thighs!
Blue JumpSuit theory
March 27th, 2012