C.E. Evans wrote:
The original TOS uniforms were great for 1960's television, but were too garish and dated-looking by the time TMP was made--they would have to been modified with darker colors and overall remade in a more flattering contemporary style like they were in Star Trek XI.
But I think the uniforms really needed to change in TMP to signify that some time had passed since Kirk's 5-year mission, IMO.
And, in that vein, the uniforms in Star Trek
(2009) aren't exactly TOS uniforms either. In certain senses, e.g. color scheme, they are closer to the TOS uniforms than the TMP ones, but in others, e.g. rank braids, the TMP ones are closer. One could argue that both nuTrek and TMP uniforms are overall closer to TOS uniforms than the TWOK ones.
I agree. The Star Trek XI uniforms are similar
to the ones in TOS, but they're not identical. They even undergo a slight modification in Star Trek XII--gone are the dark brownish-grey leather biker pants in lieu of more comfortable dark grey pants.
The TWOK uniforms do represent a major departure from both the TOS and TMP uniforms, but if you ever looked closely at the TWOK rank pin chart, you can see a vague correlation with the TOS rank stripes in the number of bars some of the pins have (captains have three bars, commanders have two bars, and lieutenants have one bar).