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I recently told paian that I was thinking about doing a 'Daniel Jackson fashion through the ages' post.  She might have thought I was kidding -- I very well may have, in her place, because honestly, what sane, rational person would want to gaze overlong upon some of the really terrible outfits forced upon the otherwise yummy Michael Shanks by the costume department?

But alas, no, I was serious.  In the interest of recording our hero's intrepid journey from disaster to delicious, and because time warps are always fun, I present to you, Jacksonian Fashion: a visual history of the good, the bad, and the plaid.

Before we begin, a note on what I did and did not include: I've only chosen screencaps of outfits that Daniel picked himself, and that were not default choices for lack of other options, or in some way a 'costume' (1969 and Seth, I'm looking at you.)  Certain episodes are questionable for whatever reason (usually, it is because it's debatable whether or not Daniel picked the outfit or it was projected onto him).  I've marked these with an asterisk after the title.

Updated!  On March 6 to include 'Bane.' 

Also, obviously, as a warning -- these posts are image heavy.

All that said, join me, dear readers, as we go back, back, waaaaaaaay back...

The Torment of Tantalus
Daniel sets a strong precedent, early, for some really unattractive checked-shirt-blazer-chino combinations that will continue well into the fourth season.  Why?  It is a mystery.  Catherine seems almost as amused as I am.

Two things: one, I've discovered that the fanon trope of Daniel always wearing clothes that are too big appears to not be entirely without merit.  That is a lot of shirt, dear readers.  Two, Daniel appears to be accessorizing with a mic pack (check the belt).  Nice work, sound crew.

Although we can't hold Daniel directly responsible for Machello putting together this outfit, I can only presume that these clothes were retrieved from Daniel's locker.

Why look, everyone, it's Beachcomber Jackson!  He comes equipped with fluffy, windswept hair, glasses perched casually atop his head, the Sunday afternoon t-shirt, the 'Torment of Tantalus' check left rakishly undone...it's a shame he's not wet, to complete the look.

Oh!  Thanks, Teal'c!

Fair Game
And a million fics referencing Daniel wearing tweed were born.  I have to admit, this outfit is not nearly so bad as I remember it being.  Which is not to say that Daniel could not afford to invest in something a little nicer with which to meet the universe.

Forever in a Day 
Aah, the Sweater of Enlightenment, back when it was the Sweater of Mourning.  You know he's still a lower being, dear readers, because of the t-shirt.

Forever in a Day 
Still, with the vaguely baggy clothes.  Not a bad outfit, all things considering, but it pales in comparison to Kasuf's sweet flight suit.

Forever in a Day 
Not only cute, but possibly the same shirt we saw in 'Singularity'.  As you will begin to notice, Daniel more than anyone seems to have a set wardrobe that he cycles through the seasons, and so I would be not at all surprised to discover that shirt is the exact same that we saw previously.


This is not the same shirt as we saw in 'Holiday,' although, as jessm78 points out, it is the same one that first introduced us to the concept of Daniel in street clothes, from 'The Torment of Tantalus,' and 'Bane,' as you recall, which leads me to believe that Daniel is inordinately fond of blue checks, particularly these blue checks.  Solids, Daniel.  Go solids. 

That said, this is definitely the hottest of all possible ways for this shirt to be worn.  Nicely played, Dr. Jackson.

Edited to add: surrealphantast has pointed out that this shirt could easily double as a tablecloth, and she is absolutely right.  Tsk, tsk, Daniel.

Shades of Grey 
Daniel is astounded as I am to discover that it's true, he really does only own one suit that he should stop wearing to every important function, please.

Shades of Grey 
I chose this shot, dear readers, not because of the immediately apparent benefits offered by this angle, but because it was the clearest full-body view I could find.  I was concerned, you see, that you would not believe me when I reported that Daniel was, in fact, apparently wearing black velvet pants to Jack's house in this episode.  Not only that, oh no, but black velvet pants with a brown belt.  "No foundation indeed," Jack thought to himself.  "Black and brown together?  Daniel, I've never known you at all."

Absolute Power *
To make amends for forcing such an appalling show of color coordination in the previous example, I offer this consolation -- for your viewing pleasure, the Clinging Pants of Evil.  No, you can't see what the front of this outfit looks like, but, really...who cares?

I will add that it is possible Shifu picked out this outfit, not Daniel, as there's really no way of knowing how in control Daniel was during the dream.  If it was Shifu, I have to commend him on his excellent taste.

Press onward, dear readers, to part two, wherein Daniel is the hottest hot to ever hit Chicago, or part three, where the men are men and the shirts are alarmingly similar, or part four, where the interpersonal relationships on SG-1 take a strange turn, or part five: leather, leather for everyone!  Also available: In Jacksonian Fashion -- Daniel Undercover! (the Director's Cut)  Whoo! 

Screencaps from the consistently awesome Stargate Caps, with gratitude.


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Mar. 4th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
*snort* Classic!!

And what about headwear? He sports an awful lot of different hats as well.

Also, I sort of liked the checked shirt in Foothold, if only because when he took the shades off in the sun it was a beautiful compliment to his eyes.
Mar. 4th, 2007 10:50 pm (UTC)
Ooh, good call - I may have to do a Very Special Headwear Edition once I get all the clothes out of the way.

Of the checked shirt collection, 'Foothold' definitely reigns supreme as the winner. Way better than some of the earlier offerings, for one thing, and like you mentioned, great color. But still! The checks! ; )
(no subject) - surreallis - Mar. 4th, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Mar. 4th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
*giggles* This is great. I have a fondness for early Daniel in the blue checked shirts, though. It's my dork!kink coming out, I guess. ;)
Mar. 4th, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
Hee! I actually make a lot of fun, but dork!Daniel has a very special place in my heart. Although if I never see the Torment of Tantalus outfit again...
Mar. 4th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
Seriously, the man looks good in everything, whereas a lesser mortal would be shunned in some of these wardrobe choices.

Amendment: everything except the glasses from 2010.
Mar. 4th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
No kidding on both counts. I decided not to count 2010 since it's way out of the timeline and not fashion-plotable, and I'm so glad, because, oh...the glasses. No. No, Daniel.
Mar. 4th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
Hysterical. The one from Singularity is prime example of why pleats are bad. Come to think of it, Teal'c is always the most dapperly dressed. Me thinks someone subscribes to GQ.
Mar. 4th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
In the early seasons, no kidding. I personally think Daniel starts to overtake him after S8-ish, and we'll be getting there in later installments, but in the olden days...definitely Sam is picking up some men's magazines for Teal'c. Look at him in the fedora! Bwaha.
Mar. 5th, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
I kindof really love you for doing this!

Also, I don't know if it's a sign that I've spent too much of my life surrounded by academia or a sign of how fashion-dumb I am, but I kindof like the checkered shirts and the tweed. It's very *him*

And I always thought those "Shades of Grey" pants were navy blue courduroys. Huh.

And Daniel's not the only character they often put in baggy clothes - Jack's civvies are usually very baggy too (and he usually has the cuffs of his pants rolled up which I think is ridiculous because, dude, the man is so very not short)
Mar. 5th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
I'm having way too much fun doing this, I'll tell you that.

I'm being a little snarkier than is maybe entirely genuine to poor Daniel, because the big jackets/blazers, or the checked shirt, I actually am a little fond of (and the Fair Game suit...it makes me smile.) What gets me are the unholy checked/baggy tee shirt-duffle coat-baggy pants trifectas of evil. Daniel! Pick one.

I've noticed cycling through these that Jack also tends to dress loosely. Daniel does start to buy clothes that fit over the years, though. That or the Shanks-Wardrobe Battle of the Ages was eventually resolved. ; )
Mar. 5th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
heeee! just what i needed after this long day.

and this sent me over the edge: "Clinging Pants of Evil". clearly we all owe shiftu a lot. a lot i say.
Mar. 6th, 2007 06:26 am (UTC)
A lot.

Hmm. Moscow for the Clinging Pants of Evil...I say it's a fair trade. Maybe that's just me...
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Mar. 6th, 2007 03:31 am (UTC)
Aah, the Sweater of Enlightenment, back when it was the Sweater of Mourning.is the Sweater of Inside Daniel's Head, as he hallucinated all the events of FiaD. I don't think we've ever seen it in "real life."

but it pales in comparison to Kasuf's sweet flight suit

*wheeze* *choke* Oh god... poor Kasuf! You kinky wench. ;-)

the Clinging Pants of Evil

Mmmm... Clinging Pants of Evil... *Jack drops flower* Yowza! Somehow obviously Daniel managed to avoid the Tackiness of Gold Lamé Evil of the goa'uld, and go directly to the Hotness of Earth Evil later evidenced by Ba'al in Armani.

And, honestly, the oversizing of Daniel's outfits never really struck me. I was always too busy being upset by the outrageous bagginess of Jack's outfits, which made me cry. A pox upon the oversized jeans fad! *weeps*
Mar. 6th, 2007 06:25 am (UTC)
the Sweater of Inside Daniel's Head

Absolutely true. Which does call for one to mentally reconsider any fics written in response to the infamous 'go to your happy place' comment of Enemy Mine. Especially the porns. Mmmm..sweater lovin'.

*wheeze* *choke* Oh god... poor Kasuf! You kinky wench. ;-)

Alas, my secret inner yearnings, finally revealed to the world! }; )
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Mar. 6th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
This is great! Nice job of outlining some of Daniel's fashion mistakes through the years, heh. I did wonder if he only had one suit to wear to every occasion back then! lol

I thought the blue checkered shirt he wore in Foothold was the same one he wore in Torment of Tantalus (I have a soft spot for early Daniel, so I think it's kinda cute, lol). But I could be wrong... in any case, I'm loving this and now going on to the next installment! :)
Mar. 7th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
I had wondered the same thing about that shirt, actually! I hadn't been able to tell with the lighting difference, though, since all in three appearances of the shirt (it shows up in Bane as well), it looks like the blue is a different color. But I'm going with your theory that they're the same. Thanks!
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Mar. 6th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC)
Fashion sense
Love the Daniel fashion show. : ) You think that such a brilliant man would have a better fashion sense.

I am off to part two now. Thanks. : )
Mar. 6th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
I am so glad you noted the difference between the Sweater of Enlightenment and the Sweater of Mourning. *grins* This is a hoot.
Mar. 7th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
It's a subtle but critical difference. ; )
Mar. 6th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
This is awesome. And I totally knew you weren't kidding, I'm just awed that you pulled it together so fast. Love it!
Mar. 7th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, as you can probably guess, this project pretty much consumed my soul. And to think it stemmed from an actually fairly set of comments about Daniel and power and Sha're.

Yeah, I got a little off topic.
Mar. 7th, 2007 08:36 am (UTC)
Here via paian

Re the red Singularity/FIAD shirt: I'm fairly sure Jack turns up wearing that shirt in an ep somewhere along the line. Aww, how cute: first up, best dressed ;-)
Mar. 8th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
Re the red Singularity/FIAD shirt: I'm fairly sure Jack turns up wearing that shirt in an ep somewhere along the line.

Um...best thing I've ever read, ever? I have to see if I can find this. They share clothes! Too cute.
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Mar. 8th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
I said I'd go back and thoroughly comment when I had time, didn't I?

First of all, thank you for doing a canon vs. fanon post for me a million times better than I ever could! I can cross "Does early season Daniel always wear plaid" off my checklist now. :)

I've discovered that the fanon trope of Daniel always wearing clothes that are too big appears to not be entirely without merit.

I read somewhere or other - or maybe it was the commentary on the ep? - that they had to deliberately use big shouldered shirts in Moebius in an effort to hide the fact that AU geeky!Daniel was a lot more buff than he was supposed to be. I think that hiding him under too-big clothes in the first couple of seasons served the same purpose.

At least he wears his too-big shirts tucked in, though. Jack doesn't.

it's a shame he's not wet, to complete the look.

Oh! Thanks, Teal'c!

Really, your comments had me crying with laughter. It's not just the pretty - although believe me, that's fun too - but it's the snark. Can't gave SG-1 without snark!

How can the FIAD shirt be the same one as the Singularity shirt when it's as unreal as the Existential Sweater (tm)?

I'll give you the brown belt, but those pants look kinda like cordoruy to me. However that should be spelled.

Off to squee over part two again!

Mar. 8th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
Hey, no, now putting down of the total awesomeness of your canon vs. fanon style. You're the real news, and I'm like the Daily Show. ; )

How can the FIAD shirt be the same one as the Singularity shirt when it's as unreal as the Existential Sweater (tm)?

I've always thought -- and now I'm going to have to run back to your journal to see if this was discussed! -- that most of the 'environment' in FiaD had to have come from Daniel, since Sha're never saw any of it. So, my guess would be Daniel has (or had) that shirt and used it to fill in the blank himself. (And so, I also guess that he has or had that sweater, too.)

abyssinia4077 thought the pants were blue corduroys (your guess is as good as mine on the spelling), although they would have to be very, very dark. Honestly, I think all three options sound awful. Worst apparently serious outfit ever?
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Mar. 9th, 2007 03:26 am (UTC)
You are made of awesome! *heads over to part two*
Mar. 20th, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
These posts are the epitome of funny. Thank you for writing them! I wanted to let you know that I am pimping them over at my own journal.
Mar. 20th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the pimp, and I'm really glad you had fun reading! :)
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