“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.” – Star Trek: The Original Series
As Trekkies all over the world celebrate 50 years of boldly going where no man has gone before, it’s perhaps fitting to create a warm, layered, and stylish look-book influenced by the 60’s chic of the original Starfleet crew uniforms.
The original costumes incorporated lots of TV friendly fabrics and designs and had a surprisingly basic silhouette at heart. The loose military vibe is easily forgotten when looking at the vibrant colours and textures of the costumes and the subtle insignia add great layers of detail in a time when it was easy to forget the little things.
This look is perhaps best described as taking the original feel of the costume, and recreating it with warmer textures, tougher fabrics, and broader brush strokes. The colours and shapes are there, but with a modern, slimmer twist and a more comfortable, layered aesthetic which is incredibly useful as the cooler months start to roll in.
Perhaps most incredibly, the jumper featured here is a fairly course wool offering from White Stuff – the colours available are pretty spot on featuring red (for engineering), blue (for science), and gold (for command) – all in pretty true to memory shades. The jumper features some really nice rolled hems and a pretty neat reverse stitch around the shoulders giving it a slightly slouchier feel than the original uniform.
As ever, White Stuff tends to be a bit more generous with sizing, so be sure to size down if you want a slimmer profile.
To be worn under the jumper, I’ve selected this cheap and cheerful charcoal grey roll neck jumper. This will help to keep you warm and comfortable while simultaneously referencing the original collars seen in the show. I selected charcoal grey as opposed to black in order to break up the top from the bottom, as otherwise it’s quite dark outfit with just one loud splash of colour. The jumper can be bought here.
The jeans featured here are a simple black pair with a slim fit by Topman. Alternatively, any slim black jeans would work, but I’d recommend wearing them rolled up to nearly the top of the boot in order to invoke that military shape.
Lastly, the boots are a fantastic pair of Grinders Wild One engineer style boots – tall boots for men are difficult to find and engineer boots are a cool, vintage, Rockabilly affectation that lends a rebellious edge to an otherwise pretty geeky idea! Grinders boots are hard-wearing and made to last so be confident that they’ll last for a whole five year mission.
So there we have it! What do you think? Would you wear something like this? Are you a Star Trek fan? Let us know in the comments!
Happy 50th Birthday, Star Trek!