inkycompass asked: With your discussion about clothing and characters not wearing a lot of it--I was watching TNG last night and it struck me how many people call Picard when he is in the pajamas with the plunging-to-navel neckline and tiny shorts. The scenes never read as fanservicey to me (no lingering shots) but it does seem like kind of a deliberate wardrobe choice given what PJs on TNG usually look like (not sexytype). Maybe? I don't know.
That’s a good point, there is quite a bit of what I believe has been dubbed ‘Chesty Picard’ - I can’t think of any other male characters who were shown in their pajamas as often or whose pajamas were quite so… well, revealing. Does anyone else have any thoughts about this? I’m curious what we think…
This is a really interesing question. When you think of one of the first episodes, Riker is invited to join the matriach of a colony dominated by women and the clothes he has to wear mostly reveal his chest. They are considered sexy but also ridiculous/inappropriate by Tasha and Deanna. Considering this, I think the clothes were meant to be the mens version of “sexy clothing” without bordering the ridiculous or inappropriate. Considering how some of the female characters walk around it is a very obvious double standard.
If I would have to guess I would say that they didn’t want Picard to go to far into “wise old grandpa dude” territory to leave open the possibility to involve him romantically, but without putting into “okay definately weird”-territory. Looking at the clothes he frequently wears when on vacation, you also get the idea that a plunging neckline is something he is really fond of.
He also seems to enjoy not wearing long-sleeved clothes in his free time which seems kind of logical when you consider he grew up in a family of winegrowers and had to do help out when growing up.
I definitely think not wanting to make him a wise old grandpa figure must have played into it.
Also, I adore the idea of his clothing choices being influenced by his childhood! <3