Don't agree with that- admittedly you'd get a few strange looks if you tried wearing it in the UK but I always thought it was pretty practical.
The white socks and shoes are a bit 1940s, but the white shirt and shorts with deck shoes is a pretty goosd rig for bridge watchkeeping in the tropics- reflects the sun, pretty cool, etc.
Bush jackets are frankly a pain in the a**e, especially putting all the buttons on again every time they come back from the dhobi palace. When I went outside in 06 there was some chat about them bringing back the ice cream suit- did they ever get round to it?
Funnily enough we had a chat about this at work the other day. A couple of the lads swear blind that they're back. I left a ship last year and we had not gone back to them. I do think that they look better than the stupid Chris Biggins style bush jackets.
The only decent one is one we hardly ever wear - long trousers and short sleeved shirts. Whoever thought, a shirt with shorts and long white socks is anything other than an utterly ludicrous outfit ought to be shot.
I'm kind of with K_S on this, at sea the shorts and deck shoes combination is fine, but it does look ridiculous alongside with the long socks option.
My preference was for the tropical shirt and long trousers; practical (notwithstanding the white), smart and fairly relaxed. Bush jackets were 'kin insane, particularly the cardboard ones I got issued with originally. The newer ones were at least a bit more comfortable but still completely impractical.
The canvas, crepe soled shoes are crap but the doeskins are quite comfortable.
Well that's the SR/Officers 's ice creamsuits, and the 4 ringers/above bush jackets sorted then.
What about the Nos 6s - you know, the real sailor suits !!
Made of White duck, or canvas if you were in the mob between the war years, still itched like buggery - but fantastic pulling gear when abroad in foreign climes (No! not Singers or Honky Fid) ... :thumbright:
Anyone see the spiffing looking actors in Nos 6s (as was) in the recent BBC series 'Hustle' ? - looked like bags of pots that we used to store ship with !
I concur re teh white shorts and longs socks, however I did go to a cocktail party (in this century) in Bermuda, where nearly everyone, and I mean the civvies, was wearing shorts and long socks. Slightly bizzare, and I'm not sure if they were doing it to make us feel less embarrassed, but there we go.
And let - my arm hair isn't fire-proof, but I still wear red sea rig after 1800.... (but don't let the FOSTies know!).