->''Our old uniforms, from our days of glory. I was saving them, so that we could wear them in death. And so we shall!''
-->-- ''Film/TheManInTheIronMask''

A character wears a uniform indicating membership to a specific group or organization, despite no longer being a part of that group. Often occurs with ex-soldiers who later go freelance. This is generally used to indicate loyalty, especially if the group fell out of favor with the general population or [[DefectorFromDecadence the character left when the group changed its ideals]]. In a more negative interpretation, the character is simply unable to let go of the past (either as a DiscoDan or living in the GloryDays).

In videogames or serial works, this can sometimes be done just because LimitedWardrobe is in effect; the designers may not want to come up with a new design (or replace an iconic one), even if their situation changes. Naturally this can overlap with other, in-character reasons.

Compare TransferStudentUniforms, FrozenFashionSense.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Goku, Krillin, and Yamcha in ''Franchise/DragonBall'' all still wear the Turtle School uniform out of respect for Master Roshi, despite far, ''far'' surpassing him. Roshi's rival Crane doesn't get this and accuses them of being his puppets.
* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', Batou's combat knife [[spoiler: and his eye implants]] mark him out as a former ranger. This comes in handy when [[spoiler: the BigBad sends some after him, and he simply [[TakeAThirdOption shows them his face]] so they decide to trust him]].
* Isaac [=McDougal=] in ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'' is still wearing his Amestrian Army uniform. Given that most of his issues stem from what he did in Ishbal under Amestrian orders [[spoiler:and from discovering that Amestris's problems [[AncientConspiracy go far deeper than mere bloodlust on the part of the leadership]]]], this is understandable. He repeatedly tries to get other soldiers--Kimblee, Roy, Armstrong--onto his side as well.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'': The main cast members continue wearing their old uniforms (Earth Alliance for the Archangel's crew, ZAFT colours for the Eternal's, Athrun and Dearka) after they side with Lacus and the Three Ships Alliance, since they aren't part of their old formal military forces anymore. In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', the Archangel's crew switch to ORB uniforms, but Terminal's engineers and pilots (primarily made up of defectors from the [=PLANT=]s) still wear ZAFT Uniforms.
** Meaningfully subverted with Athrun in ''Destiny''. In ''SEED'' he still wore his ZAFT uniform and flight suit showing that deep down, he still believed in ZAFT despite the path they had took. After another stint with ZAFT in which case they again screwed him over and tried to eliminate him for not following the chairman's radical plan (in SEED it was his father who wanted to kill every Natural, in Destiny it's Durandal who wants to forcibly take control of the Earth sphere entirely) he returns to Orb and hangs up his ZAFT coat for good, donning an Orb uniform and flight suit and showing that after 2 strikes ZAFT is dead to him.
** In SEED, Mu calls Athrun out on this. Interestingly, Athrun isn't wearing a ZAFT uniform at the time. Mu however, is wearing an Earth Alliance uniform.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Konan still wears the cloak even after defecting the Akatsuki. Lampshaded by [[spoiler: Tobi/Obito]], though she is quick to remark that it's rather the other way around, as she is the sole original Akatsuki member left.
* The Seven Ghosts in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' donned black skintight attires instead of their old, fancier Claymore uniforms after deserting from the Organization. However, before the battle against [[spoiler:Priscilla and Cassandra]] in Rabona, they once again put on their old gear. Helen even lampshades the nostalgic feeling that overcomes them at that moment. This gesture becomes even more interesting if you consider that [[spoiler:the Organization no longer exists at that point, toppled by none other than the Ghosts themselves]].
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', Zechs Marquise continues to wear his [=OZ=] uniform, with a red military dinner jacket, white pants, and black boots, ''long'' after he leaves/is forcibly ejected from the organization, partially representing his love/hate relationship with [[VitriolicBestBuds Vitriolic Best Bud]] Trieze Khushrunada and partially being unable to reconcile his own morals with those of Trieze and his faction. He only leaves it behind when he finally takes over as the White Fang leader and finds an organization he can mold to his own ideals.
* In ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', the Imperial admiral Willibald Joachim von Merkatz and his adjutant Bernhard von Schneider continue to wear their Goldenbaum era uniforms even after [[spoiler: their defection to the Free Planets Alliance following the defeat of the Lippstadt Alliance in the Imperial Civil War]].
* In ''Anime/{{Scryed}}'', Ryuho embodies this trope perfectly. He wears his second HOLY uniform for the latter quarter of the series; years and years in the anime time, despite having denounced the entire HOLY organization. Ryuho and other characters state the uniform ''itself'' visualizes his ideals even though HOLY doesn't.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/JonahHex still wears a Confederate uniform, even though the Civil War is over and his side lost.
* In ''Comicbook/XMen'', Nightcrawler wears his circus costume for years after joining the X-Men. His later costumes still take influence from the design.
* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'s classic yellow costume is a holdover from his days in Department H.
* In many continuities, [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]]'s Robin costume is based off of (or just plain ''is'') the costume he wore when performing with Haly's Circus.
* Comicbook/RedSkull's costume is generally depicted as having heavy SS influences long after the Red Skull abandoned the Nazi party in favor of HYDRA.

* Film/ForrestGump meets some anti-Vietnam activists who mostly wear their old uniforms, but made into {{Non Uniform Uniform}}s. Forrest, by contrast, wears his full US Army service dress uniform.
* ''Film/ImGonnaGitYouSucka''. After getting out of the Army, Jack Spade continues to wear his uniform even while engaging in vigilante justice against Mr. Big.
* At the climax of ''Film/TheManInTheIronMask'', the musketeers don their old uniforms to demonstrate loyalty to a higher, older, and more principled calling [[spoiler: as they rise in rebellion to depose the king and replace him with his twin brother]]. Unlike most Three Musketeers films, their uniforms are black, while the current Musketeer uniform is the more common blue.
* In ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate'', according to people working on the film, Torgo's outfit was supposed to look like a Confederate army uniform. It, uh, didn't, at all, but that was the intention.
* In ''Film/TheSearchers'', Creator/JohnWayne's character Ethan Edwards is first seen wearing a Confederate Army jacket years after the war ended.
* Max Rockatansky from ''Film/MadMax'' dons his all leather police uniform during all 3 films, for decades at a time thereafter, despite having gone AWOL from the force at the end of the very first film. By the end of the third film, the whole uniform is in tatters, heavily customized due to his new life scavenging the Wastelands, and barely recognizable of its past glory.
* ''Film/TheSaddestMusicInTheWorld'' is set during the time of TheGreatDepression but Fyodor still wears his uniform from UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
* ''Film/RogueOne'': Bodhi Rook still wears his Imperial flight suit after defecting from the Empire, mainly because he hasn't had the opportunity to get new clothes yet. He continues to wear this even once he gets to the Rebel base on Yavin IV.
* ''Film/TheHatefulEight'': Major Marquis Warren of the Union army and General Sanford Smithers of the Confederate army both continue to wear their colors after the war had ended. They find out they fought on opposite sides of the same battle. Naturally they don't get along too well.

* In ''{{Sharpe}}'s Waterloo'', Sharpe wears his usual uniform despite being repeatedly ordered to change into a newer one. Carried over in the TV adaptation.
** To be precise, Sharpe wears the green uniform marking him as an member of a British rifle regiment -- an elite skirmisher -- when, as a member of the Prince of Orange's staff, he should be in Dutch uniform.
* In ''Arena'' (a ''Literature/MagicTheGathering'' novel by Creator/WilliamRForstchen), the protagonist dresses up in the garb of the long destroyed Fifth-House in the Four House Annual Battle Tournament.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' Mance Rayder, the king of the tribes beyond the Wall was once one of the Night's Watch. His life was once saved by a wildling woman who mended his torn cloak with swatches of red silk; the most precious item she owned. When his superiors insisted that his cloak be replaced because of the patches and stitches' non-regulation color, he deserted. Beyond the Wall, he wears the cloak in memory.
* In an early scene in ''The Napoleon of Notting Hill'' by Creator/GKChesterton, the deposed president of Nicaragua goes to some trouble to wear the colours of his now-conquered country.
* In the ''Literature/XWingSeries'', Corran Horn's X-wing, flight suit and astromech droid still bear the green, black and grey colors of the [[SpacePolice Corellian Security Force]], since technically they all belong to him personally following his defection to the New Republic. This is also a double example, since Corran is commemorating his homeworld's security force as it was, before being turned into the "[[StateSec Public Safety Service]]" which wore black uniforms styled after those that Imperial Stormtrooper officers wore when not in armour.
** Also played with, in that Rogue Squadron adopts a formal uniform based on Corran's uniform in his memory [[ItMakesSenseInContext after the first or second time they mistakenly thought he had died.]]
** Later in the series, one sign that Wraith Squadron pilot Myn Donos is getting over a HeroicBSOD is when he starts wearing his Corellian Bloodstripe again, colored piping down the legs of his trousers that the Corellian military awards for feats of heroism.
* After their liberation on Hades in ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington Echos of Honor]]'', most of the military prisoners have their uniforms recreated, including those from nations that were conquered decades ago, making them effectively [[CustomUniform unique]].
* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', Commander Samuel Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch has [[TurnInYourBadge turned in his badge]] a couple times, usually on principle after refusing to obey a command he feels is repugnant. At no point does it occur to him that this is any reason to stop wearing battered Watch-issue chainmail, breastplate, and helmet. (It also doesn't occur to him that there's any reason to stop investigating crimes and arresting people.)

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* In ''BandOfBrothers'', one german soldier who talks with Easy Company after V-E Day is a veteran of both World Wars One and Two. He very distinctively still wears his World War One uniform.
* The Independents, who lost to the Alliance in the Unification War in the series ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', were nicknamed '''Browncoats''' after the plain brown leather trench coats they wore as uniforms. After the war's end, clothiers made good money dyeing brown coats blue or gray to allow rebels to bury their pasts. Those that still 'wear the brown' -- like Captain Malcolm Reynolds and Zoë Alleyne -- are making a deliberate political statement. Even the fanbase [[FandomNickname calls itself "browncoats".]]
* ''Series/TheTribe'': After joining the Mallrats, Ebony still wore the red and black clothing associated with the Locos, her old tribe.
** Although as the Mall Rats all have their own individual clothing and face-paint styles anyway, Ebony wearing the Locos style stands out significantly less. While each of the other Tribes has a unique style of dress and face-paint markings that is worn by all members (of that tribe) as a uniform.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': [[InsistentTerminology Captain]] Jack Harkness and his [[BadassLongcoat WWII era trench coat]]. Over 1,000 years old, and he's still wearing that damn blue coat. That nobody touches. EVER. [[DisproportionateRetribution On penalty of death.]]
* After deserting the Peacekeepers at the end of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'''s first season, Crais continues to wear his captain's uniform throughout Season 2. By the third he has discontinued wearing it until his death in the penultimate episode of th eseason. When going to his Heroic Sacrifice he dons his captain's uniform once more.
* ''Series/SleepyHollow'''s Ichabod Crane, resurrected from the 18th century, continually wears his Revolutionary War uniform coat in the 21st century.
* On ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Caleb, a former priest, still wears his collar even though he's renounced God and serves the [[SatanicArchetype First Evil]] because "a man can't turn his back on where he comes from."
* Malcolm Merlyn from ''{{Series/Arrow}}'' wears his League of Assassins uniform in battle even after he left their organization.
* Jess Evans and several of his Confederate renegades in the ''Series/FrontierCircus'' episode "The Hunter and the Hunted". They are TheRemnant who were refused pardons after the war, and headed west where they became outlaws.

* Sports teams often times will bring out alternates based upon former teams in that city.
* There are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danbury_Whalers two minor league]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connecticut_Whale hockey teams]] that not only share the name, but also the green, white, and blue colors of the [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague Hartford Whalers.]]
* The [[UsefulNotes/{{Basketball}} Toronto Raptors]] have, on occassion, taken to wearing the old blue and white uniforms of the Toronto Huskies.
* When they first started playing, the [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Seattle Mariners]] wore blue and gold, just as the former Seattle Pilots did.
* Manchester United supporters have recently started taking to wearing green and yellow to games, the colours of the old Newton Heath club, in a protest against their ownerships.
* The [[UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball Australian Football League's]] Heritage Round is all about this, with teams wearing old versions of their club jumpers, or those of clubs they have some sort of connection to (for example, Fremantle wearing the South Fremantle or East Fremantle WAFL teams' jumpers). Also, fans of South Melbourne and Fitzroy may occasionally be seen wearing their clubs' jumpers at Sydney or Brisbane games (respectively), especially if they make a Grand Final.
* Factory-sponsored Ferraris in UsefulNotes/FormulaOne (and most other series they participate in) are the old Italian racing red. Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Chevrolet Corvette factory teams have raced in national colors (D=silver, USA=white/dark blue) in recent years as well, but that's sporadic while Ferrari has raced and used red continuously.
* Between 2012 and 2015, Cardiff City changed their colours from their normal blue and white to red and black. The change angered a lot of the Cardiff fans, who refused to wear the red kit.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Some examples concerning PoweredArmor from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** Space Marines who attain certain specialist ranks typically wear differently-colored armor from others in their chapter - [[TheEngineer Techmarines]] traditionally wear Martian red, [[MilitaryMage Librarians]] blue armor, [[CombatMedic Apothecaries]] white, and [[BadassPreacher Chaplains]] black. The extent of this recoloring varies from chapter to chapter, but one constant will be that at the very least, the specailist's left [[ShouldersOfDoom pauldron]] will keep the chapter's heraldry and coloration.
** Space Marines who join the TabletopGame/{{Deathwatch}} repaint their armor black to fit in with their temporary assignment in the organization, and will bear the Deathwatch symbol on their left shoulder, but will move their original chapter's color and symbol to their right shoulder, as a mark of respect (and to not offend their armor's machine-spirit). The exception are the [[BlackKnight Blackshields]], Deathwatch Marines who have chosen to completely sever themselves from their original chapter.
** The Dark Angels' contemporary color scheme is a very dark green, but some of the [[EvilCounterpart Fallen Angels]] that they hunt still wear the chapter's original black colors, as they're either unaware of the change, lack the resources to correct it, or see no reason to. The Dark Angels' 1st and 2nd companies, the Deathwing and Ravenwing, also kept the original black colors, though the Deathwing has recently changed to bone-white armor for ceremonial reasons.

* In Eric Overmyer's play ''Native Speech'', Vietnam vet Belly Up still wears his army jacket.
* [[PhonyVeteran Thenardier]] in the ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' musical wears a Napoleonic uniform at the start of the play as a remnant from his supposed days as a soldier (if by soldier you mean "guy who looted corpses on the battlefield").

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''Videogame/MassEffect2'', [[PlayerCharacter Commander Shepard]] wears armor embossed with the Alliance N7 logo (a military vocation code designating him/her a top-proficiency special forces soldier) despite (as Shepard personally admits) technically no longer being a member of the Alliance military.
** In the 3rd game, now back in the Alliance and having left Cerberus, Shepard can do the reverse and wear some of their Cerberus armor from the 2nd game.
** The Phoenix Vanguard and Adapt characters in multiplayer both wear their Cerberus armor after defecting to the Alliance. Possibly justified in that their laser whips appear to be built into them.
* Roland from ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' wears pieces of his Crimson Lance uniform. Although in his case it may be out of necessity rather than loyalty, since the armour helps when you're on EverythingIsTryingToKillYou: The Planet.
* Cloud from ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'' still wears his SOLDIER outfit. [[spoiler: We later find out that he was never a member of SOLDIER to begin with.]] Sephiroth also still wears his old SOLDIER uniform despite having a massive grudge against, among other things, his former employer.
* Chris Redfield does this in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica''. Oddly, while it's a uniform for his old, disbanded organization, it's a new design. [[AllThereInTheManual Supplemental materials]] explained that it was supposed to be the standardized S.T.A.R.S. uniform they would have adopted had the unit not been disbanded, and Chris took the only prototype with him when he left Raccoon City.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has the Death Knights who tend to keep their old gear they got while still aligned with the Lich King for a while, and with Transmogrification quite a few choose to make it their permanent look even at higher levels.
* In ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', neither Roxas nor Xion ditch their Organization XIII coats after they quit the Organization. Lea also continues to wear the coat in ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance Dream Drop Distance]]''.
* Enemy units that join you in ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' typically keep their original armor color. [[http://www.awkwardzombie.com/index.php?page=0&comic=072015 One strip]] of ''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie'' questions the wisdom of this.
* Can happen in ''Gothic 2'' if you continue to wear a uniform to an order you have outgrown. Others will comment about the uniform you are wearing being out of place.
* In ''Videogame/FinalFantasyXIII'', Lightning is still wearing her uniform. In this instance, it's more that she quit immediately before boarding the train in the opening and therefore didn't have time to change.
* In ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas'', Craig Boone and Manny Vargas still wear their 1st Recon berets despite having left the army a while ago (And why wouldn't they? It gives a fantastic bonus).
** Ranger Andy, who lives in the town of Novac along with Boone and Manny, was an NCR Ranger until an injury forced him to retire. He still wears his Ranger armor and hat, day in and day out; it's pretty clear that he hasn't let go of the past.
** Ulysses, in a sense. While he is ''far'' too young to remember the United Commonwealth of America, he still holds their ideals closer to his heart than any other loyalties, and wears "the Old World Flag on his back."
** Father Elijah, who still has the looks of (and attempts to compose himself like) a Brotherhood of Steel elder as he used to be, complete with robes and gauss rifle. By the time the Courier meets him in the Sierra Madre, he's too far gone to ever be reconciled with the Brotherhood.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', [[spoiler:the Vault Tec salesman you met in the game's prologue sequence will still be wearing that same suit 200 years later as a ghoul]].
* A subtle example in ''VideoGame/WingCommander IV: The Price of Freedom'': While the personnel of the Terran Confederation Navy and Space Forces wear spiffy new uniforms, the [[HomeGuard Border Worlds Militia]], [[spoiler: including our heroes after they defect from Confed]], wear the Confed uniforms from ''Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger''.
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', [[spoiler: Big Smoke and Ryder still wear their [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience Grove Street Family greens]] long after betraying the gang to work with the purple-clad Ballas and yellow-clad Vagos]].
* Jin Kisaragi continues to wear his NOL Colonel uniform in ''VideoGame/BlazBlueChronophantasma'', despite having defected from that organization at the end of ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift''.
* In Creator/ElectronicArts's sports games, you can make teams take to the field in old uniforms, including those of the clubs' previous incarnations (e.g. The New Jersey Devils playing in the colors of the Colorado Rockies).
* Gaichû from ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns: Hong Kong'' still wears his Red Samurai armour, which makes sense since he's already on their 'kill' list anyway for being a ghoul and the armour is one of the best available in the Sixth World.
* The Sneaking Suit from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' and the prologue for ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'', ''Ground Zeroes'', feature the [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater FOX Unit]] logo on the shoulder, even though Big Boss had left the unit and the United States military years ago. In ''The Phantom Pain'' proper, the Sneaking Suit becomes a double example of this, as in addition to the FOX Unit logo on one shoulder, it also has the [[spoiler:MSF logo, even though in the aftermath of ''Ground Zeroes'' MSF's home base is destroyed and the force disbanded]]. The upgraded Sneaking Suits do not feature any old logos, notably.
* In ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'', players are not beholden to wear the current uniforms of the 25th Century Starfleet. When players begin, they can don the Starfleet uniforms of the franchise post-''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' and players can purchase uniforms from all other eras, thus it's not uncommon to see other player characters running around in the blue jumpsuits of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', the gold Command shirts of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', the turtlenecks of the post-''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' era and beyond.
* One pre-order bonus for ''VideoGame/{{XCOM 2}}'' was the option to field veterans from the original alien invasion, who can wear battered suits of the default kevlar armor from ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown''. Interestingly, another cosmetic item from the same bonus pack was the red-and-orange striped bandana worn by [[EvilCounterpart EXALT]] forces introduced in the ''XCOM: Enemy Within'' expansion, suggesting that some survivors from that organization [[EnemyMine teamed up with XCOM]] after the aliens [[VichyEarth took over the planet.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' has an [[BadassArmy Imperial Legion]] quest which tasks you with hunting down a DangerousDeserter who is now in the employ of a witch. Said deserter is still wearing his Legion armor when you find him.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', one of the armor sets Link can wear is the Soldier's armor, the same outfit worn by the army of the Kingdom of Hyrule that has been destroyed for a century. There's also Link's Champion's Tunic, one of a series of light blue NonUniformUniform pieces worn by him and the other Champions who were killed in the Great Calamity. The Champion's Tunic is a complex example in that while the Champions have been gone for a century, [[OldRetainer Impa]] and the other LongLived characters who remember them still think that the group still lives on to an extent so long as Link is around to finish their goal of defeating Calamity Ganon. [[spoiler:Zelda also ends up getting back her own Champion outfit in the GoldenEnding as she and Link work to rebuild Hyrule.]]

* ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire'' still wears the uniform of the company he did security for before he went freelance. It's apparently not a loyalty thing, though, because they parted on very bad terms. [[spoiler:Namely getting them all ''arrested''. In payback for trying to use him as a pawn in a scheme to capture a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien, at that]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', Sil'lice Val'Sharen keeps her armor from the Nidraa'chal War and [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=5867 brings it out]] when she fights Yaeminira despite officially being in exile (and presumed dead). There are also a few Sullisin'rune who [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=2829 wear the traditional armor and facepaint of their ancestors]] despite the fact that they were defeated in battle by the Sharen and officially became pacifists.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Beast Boy still wears the outfit of his old group, the Comicbook/DoomPatrol, except he ditched the mask after Raven called it dorky and pointed out he had no SecretIdentity to hide.
* Shego from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' still wears her Team Go uniform long after becoming a supervillain.
* Wonder Boy from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' still wears his old costume from when he was Captain Sunshine's sidekick. He has issues. And a lawsuit against him that details just how genuine a "Wonder Boy" he can or cannot be when appearing in public.
* ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'': Razer who still wears his Red Lantern Corps uniform even after joining Hal's group because it seems to appear automatically whenever he uses the ring he kept.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' combines this with SymbolMotifClothing. The Crystal Gems wear stars while Homeworld Gems wear diamonds, with the color of the diamond representing which one they work for. Some of the Crystal Gem's fusions, most notably Sardonyx and Rainbow Quartz, have a bit of the diamond insignia on them.
** Peridot, who joined at the end of Season 2, still has her diamond at the start of Season 4... because she can't shapeshift and hasn't needed to reform.
** Lapis, who has also defected from Homeworld, still has the blue diamond insignia on her clothes. Unlike Peridot, who can't change, she chooses not to at least in part because she hasn't joined on as an "official" Crystal Gem.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels''. When the main cast track down a group of aged clone troopers, the troopers are still wearing pieces of their old armor. Gregor is also wearing a tanktop with the emblem from the diner he worked at while he had amnesia.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The Vietnam War examples are TruthInTelevision for anything involving [[TheSixties Vietnam War Protestors]]: see ''Literature/BornOnTheFourthOfJuly''.
* In Russia, members of the Communist Party often wear old soviet military uniforms in protests and public events.
** Yevgeny Lukin frequently plays with this in his books, and eventually coined the term: a character "still faithful" to the dead state called himself a ''"necropatriot"''.
* Retired personnel from most branches of the armed forces are still entitled to wear their dress uniform on ceremonial occasions such as their wedding, the funeral of a fellow veteran or memorial services for Armistice Day or similar.
* When a store or restaurant chain with franchisees goes out of business, some former franchise owners will continue as independents under the old name and signage for years or even decades.
** The few franchised locations that were part of Blockbuster Video before it went belly-up in 2013 still fly their old colours, primarily because replacing them would be an unnecessary expense for a business on the way out.
** There is one [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Motors AMC]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collier_Motors dealership]] still around, despite the car company going out of business in 1988 and all of its franchise dealers becoming Chrysler-affiliated.
* "Wearing the old school tie".
** Or updated to today, any college alum who wears paraphernalia of his/her ''alma mater'', such as t-shirts, hats and the like, even if they haven't set foot on the campus in years.
* TruthInTelevision for United States UsefulNotes/WorldWarII veterans -- although regulations technically forbade demobilized soldiers to continue to wear their service uniforms after discharge, the fact that there just wasn't enough civilian clothes readily available for millions of returning troops forced the armed forces to allow continued use of uniforms until civilian clothes could be obtained. The discharged soldiers were asked to wear a special badge (colloquially called the "[[FanNickname ruptured duck]]") to let [=MPs=] and [=SPs=] know they were civilians and not AWOL.
* For much the same reason, though in a much grimmer vein, demobilized and released German troops also kept wearing their service uniforms for a time. As the FRG considered itself the legal successor to the German Reich (though technically, the ''Bundeswehr'' is not the successor to the ''Wehrmacht''), UsefulNotes/WorldWarII veterans are allowed to wear decorations earned in the conflict to this day -- though NoSwastikas is enforced and newly-minted replacements without Nazi symbols were issued to vets starting in 1957.
** Taken to an extreme by the military contingent of the war criminals at Nuremburg. Under international law, as [=POW=]s, they were entitled to wear their uniforms if they so chose. Some like Goering did for much of the trial. Civilian members of the [=NSDAP=] among the accused (such as Hess, Speer and Streicher), even though they had a paramilitary-style uniform, were, for obvious reasons, ''not'' allowed this, and were given business suits to wear if they had no suitable clothes at the time of capture.
* Ditto for Japanese troops as well -- as in Germany, there wasn't a lot for ''anyone'' to wear until the bombed out industrial plants could get back into operation and foreign aid from the Allies began to filter in.
* A few [=GameStop=] stores still bear the names of the many stores that [=GameStop=] bought out over the years, such as EB Games.

* Wrestler Wrestling/JohnCena wears clothes with the old [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] logo on it (without the F). Cena wasn't a wrestler in that era; [[PromotedFanboy that's when he was a kid]] ''watching'' the WWF.