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Some basic ideas on how to limit it, requiring more or less adaption of the magic system: Bodybatteries The magic item itself is incomplete; it's only the effect but has no internal power source. Instead, the items work by tapping into the body's natural energy/mana and powering themselves from it. Wearing too many magic items will introduce fatigue, ...


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The red suits are optional, worn by crew members who find a post-scarcity life too boring and risk-free for their liking. As a group they see themselves as the elite, willing to sacrifice themselves for the greater good, when nobody else is willing to take up the mantle and don the red. Such a worldview is intolerable to the C.A.S.T principles of equality, ...


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Cryo sleep is a medical procedure. Most full-body medical procedures are performed on nude subjects, even today. Reasons are numerous: In case of emergency, you need ready access to various parts of human body, and you need it now. It's easier to control bedsores without clothing. For long procedures, you need catheters in urethra, anus etc, so not much ...


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Zippers! Zippers have not yet been invented. Do keep that in mind. If there are any obvious zippers, this will be a source of wonderment. People were a lot more sharp eyed than you think back then, so they aren't going to miss that. Hoodies come in many different styles--some have zippers in the front, some are pullovers. The ones on pants might not be ...


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This is going purely on personal experience - but, yes. I’m an acrobat and have done acrobatics in a variety of ridiculous items of clothing (dresses, onesies, you name it). However, having the freedom to move one’s legs makes things infinitely easier, so I would suggest: Tying the skirts in a knot above knee-height Having a slit down the side of one leg to ...


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Control the Supply The citizens of your dystopia work in a government-controlled factory. They shop in a government-controlled shop with government-controlled prices. What does the shop have in stock? The products of more government-controlled factories, of course. It is not illegal to wear non-standard clothes. It is illegal to buy or sell them (that ...


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Men in that era wore similar clothes. Have your women do what the men did. Girding Loins


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Everyone else is speculating when there are proper reality check examples. Flight suits that allow for free movement of wings, legs and tail are a thing. Some also contain diapers, so that your bird won't poop on people's heads. These things are even fashionable. Someone even managed to bedazzle their pigeon. Your flying people could wear such harnesses.


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The cooling rate, especially around the freezing point of water, needs to be controlled carefully in order to not cause damaging crystal growth. Wearing clothing makes the rate of cooling more unpredictable, so it introduces more risk. If any clothing is used, it will be special outfits whose isolation properties are well known and thoroughly tested.


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Reason number one: it removes people's individuality. Reason number two: the act of controlling a citizen's personal life makes the government feel omnipresent and all-seeing. Reason number three: it prevents a rebellion from being able to wear a recognizable uniform. Reason number four: the government could plant tracking devices in the uniforms.


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If the creature needs its ears to function well in battle, or for ritual or cosmetic show offs, you need holes. Helmets for military dogs have them: Otherwise, do fold their ears:


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They want people to strive for a better position and sort the weaklings out By making the lower ranks wear red they incentivise people to get better. After all everyone knows that Redshirts die more often than others. If you are a Redshirt you are seen as expendable and you don't want to be expendable. So you better get moving and try to climb up the ...


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Their reaction strongly depends on how you behave and act. If you are smart enough they may help you and spare your lives. Your clothes would look odd even in the 50s of the previous century. If you are creating a time machine I hope you are clever enough to realize that. Else face the consequences described in others' answers. Your wisest action plan may ...


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Japanese martial arts often use a Hakama to obscure the movements of the feet and legs, preventing an opponent from understanding the nature of the offensive/defensive moves based on the posture of the legs and feet. Knowing which leg is forward or which foot is carrying the weight would be a great advantage in planning the countermove or defence for a ...


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When graduating college with her fashion design degree, my sister told me she had found one constant in fashion: across every culture, every time, fashion is painful. The nature of the pain varies. Sometimes physical pain: bare legs in Russian winters, corseted busts (men and women at different times/places), tiny shoes, tight jeans, tattoos, piercings, etc. ...


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This is a matter of perception bias from an outside observer. While it appears to us that wearing red causes people to die, it's quite the opposite that's true. The Conjoined Alliance of Space Travellers undertakes comprehensive aptitude testing of all incoming crew members. From the results of this testing people who are likely to walk across uncleared ...


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Historically, tabards and painted shields were used display a Coat of Arms. If you want knights from the same area (but of different houses) to show some similarity, then you can make some armaments/adornments specific to certain regions. These could include: Helmet designs Plumes or crests of coloured animal hair Shield shape, e.g. circular, rectangle, ...


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You and your male friend are wearing clothing that will be seen as extremely exotic, but not a problem in and of itself. They're obviously a variation on the "pants and a shirt" that's been acceptable male attire for centuries, but different enough from everything they've seen that you don't fall into any obvious social group (though you're clearly not ...


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$\tiny{\text{Since this is a "magic" question, we are only looking for explanations which don't break people's suspension of disbelief}}$ The Magic Relies On Self-Image This magic works by the caster transforming their self-image into whatever animal. So they need to think of themselves as whatever they're changing into. Via their mental image of ...


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Sumptuary laws gone mad In brief, sumptuary laws are laws regulating displays of wealth - chiefly they're thought of in terms of clothing, although there were ones dealing with other luxuries. Sumptuary laws were a popular solution for Renaissance nobility who were faced with a problem: the middle class, especially merchants, were starting to make as much ...


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Knights did not walk around in armor. Armor was worn in battle, or at tournaments, or, occasionally, at social events. (Quite similar with modern soldiers; they don't wear body armor when they don't have to. Armor is not confortable at all.) The identity and provenance of the knight was advertised by means of heraldry. Specifically, the knights wore: A ...


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Pragmatic concerns of clothing aren't restricted to warmth. The idea of wearing smaller/more revealing clothing in warmer climes is a modern and impractical one. Anywhere that is hot and sunny requires people to protect themselves from the sun, which is best accomplished by wearing garments that are long, loose, breathable and light-colored, so as to reflect ...


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As itchy as it is, wool comes immediately to mind. The providers of wool can serve as sources of milk/cheese, meat, fiber, a great skin conditioner (lanolin), leather, fat for soap, and fertilizer, all good things increasing the odds of long-term survival. In such ships, processing of wool may well make it more comfortable; it is warm even when wet, ...


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A better route would be to avoid the Puritans if at all possible and seek out the Native Americans instead (in this place and era, perhaps the Narragansett Tribe). Although by this point the Aboriginals would have little reason to trust the white man, coming as a small, unarmed group in obvious distress will make them much less wary, and in general, unless ...


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Velcro Velcro is easy to use insofar as you an put the 'fluffy' side of the velcro on almost any surface, and then just adhere the 'hook' side of the velcro to the underside of your shoes. Let's say you're on a ladder. Your hands can still grip the rungs covered in the fluffy part, but your shoes adhere to it, making purchase easier. Ideally, you'd also ...


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Thinner robes? Seriously the broad brimmed hat is great for sunny weather or wet. If the robes are heavy wool they'll be almost water proof and plenty warm, thinner wool for cool spring and autumn weather and linsey-woolsey, a, usually, 50-50 blend of wool and the flax fibre used to make linen for the summer months in cooler climates, cotton, linen or silk ...


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Take a look at swimming costumes over time. The thing about microgravity is that it's relative pull by comparison to the atmosphere would be similar to that which we currently experience diving - that is to say that water is quite dense, and we float in it because the pull of gravity affects the water more than us because its denser. We compensate for that ...


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In a highly climate controlled environment like a space ship, other than for utility purposes (pockets) and nudity taboos, there's no real need for clothing. The carefully controlled environment of the spaceship will eliminate the need to wear clothing to regulate temperature and for protection. So reprogram your generation ship crew and colonists to ...


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Red shirts reduce casualties for non-red shirts Perhaps red is the universal "kill me" color. Maybe the red dye is a space mutant pheromone. Perhaps the material is a magnet for phaser beams. Not only does the red clothing increase chance of death on an individual basis, when put into a group of people wearing different colors, the red shirt is almost ...


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