A Dress uniform is a variant of the standard Starfleet uniforms worn for special occasions, such as weddings, courts martial, funerals, and greeting of ambassadorial delegations.

Captain James T. Kirk, Commander Spock, and Doctor Leonard McCoy wore dress uniforms when welcoming Vulcan ambassador Sarek and other delegates aboard the USS Enterprise in 2268. Dr. McCoy would complain about the fitness of these uniforms, stating that he felt like his neck was "in a sling". (TOS: "Journey to Babel")

Kirk and crew wore dress uniforms again the following year to greet an individual who claimed to be former Earth President Abraham Lincoln. (TOS: "The Savage Curtain")

In 2365, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and members of his senior staff of the USS Enterprise-D wore dress uniforms to greet Antedean delegates, and later Betazoid ambassador Lwaxana Troi. (TNG: "Manhunt")

In early 2369 the Deep Space 9 senior officers wore their dress uniforms when making first contact with the Wadi. Julian Bashir was unable to find his. (DS9: "Move Along Home")

The crew of Deep Space 9 also wore their dress uniforms on other special occasions such as Benjamin Sisko's promotion to captain in 2371 and a welcoming party for members of the Trill Science Ministry in 2372. (DS9: "The Adversary", "Rejoined")

The crew of the USS Voyager, after having become lost in the Delta Quadrant, remained in 2360s style fatigue uniforms right through the 2370s. This was also reflected in their style of dress uniform, seen in 2376. (VOY: "One Small Step")

In the mid-2370s, Starfleet introduced a new dress uniform. (Star Trek: Insurrection, DS9: "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges")

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