The best part of “Time’s Arrow,” and to be honest the only part that really works for me, is the costuming.
Picard rocks this many layered look and I love that he’s dressed lower class than the rest of them. ‘Rough and tumble street Picard’ is a fun side to him – and it’s a through-line through these looks both in terms of purpose and aesthetic. Jean-Luc has a go-to concept of himself when he is both in action and in disguise.
As ‘Galen’ the archeologist turned criminal, Jean-Luc is dressed to match the rest of the mercenary crew, but even so he retains the plunging neckline and olive-brown coloring.
The crossed leathers with clasps that resemble skulls parrots a pirate look (pun intended).
The shirt Jean-Luc wears for his covert meeting with Ro Laren most likely comes from his personal collection – it certainly fits his casual greens aesthetic – but he is meant to be incognito so it’s listed here rather than among his ‘date wear’.
That said, I totally ship it and like to believe Picard was secretly signaling date-ready in his signature color.
Jean-Luc’s undercover overcoat in First Contact seems strangely large on him – strange because it was presumably replicated to fit.
And because the shirt and slacks hang as if tailored to Picard/Stewart (which I imagine they were).
Despite the wide variety of fashion era in these four looks, they each fit Jean-Luc’s preferred color scheme and well connected but street level hero aesthetic.