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Concealed Carry Clothing

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by Jade Falcon, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. Jade Falcon

    Jade Falcon WTF EREN?!

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    Hi folks,

    I'm short on clothing, and I figured I want to try my hand at some of the clothing out there specifically designed for daily casual concealed carry.

    I'm looking for botton-down shirts that will go good with jeans and khackis. I've already got enough pants/jeans/shorts, so I'm mainly looking for shirts. I'm open to all types, not just botton-down.

    I'm 5'6" tall, 200 lbs., and my daily carry is a G22 in a OWB holster from Tagua Gunleather. I also carry a light, pepperspray, and my cellphone on my belt, so I need shirts that are WIDE; not so much long.

    Thanks for all of your help!

    EDIT: I would prefer not to look like I just came from a BlackWater Campaign, nor am I going to a Shooting School anytime soon, so no tactical-wear please, if possible.
     
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  2. sa227driver

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    I get the Target brand sport wear polos. The ones that have a "G" for the logo. They cost about $10 and come in multiple solid colors. I buy them one size bigger and they conceal my IWB carry gun very well.

    I also alternate with the 5.11 'Covert Casual' button down shirts and Bass Pro's 'Red Head' branded button down shirts. Both are wider in the sides and I think would accommodate what you're trying to do.
     


  3. robhic

    robhic WOLVERINE!!!! Platinum Member

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    Check out Duluth Trading Co. They have an ad on this site and must be a sponsor. The shirts are the main thing. Extra long for covering "plumber's crack" (their words...) but the longer tails of button down and T-shirts lend themselves to CC also.
     
  4. eaglefrq

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  5. Arc Angel

    Arc Angel Deus Vult!

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    All I do is purchase better-than-average quality shirts, usually in one size too large, and leave them unbloused at the waist. Colorful patterned shirts seem to work unusually well. I do the same thing with my jackets; they're mostly one size too large.

    In my opinion the best way to conceal a pistol is to simply smile a lot and pretend that you're unarmed! In and of itself, a helpful, somewhat expressive, and easy-going attitude is generally disarming and easy for the other guy to dismiss as non-threatening. (Which is good!) :supergrin:
     
  6. JAS104

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    +1 on Duluth Trading Co.

    Ive got a couple shirts and 2 pairs of jeans from them. Tough stuff. A little warm during the summer months but its real good quality. Ive got one of their Tshirts and when i carry OWB (which i rarely do but still) it disappears.
    hope that helps :)
     
  7. Short Cut

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    Fortunately button down shirts untucked is really common in my area. The trickiest part for me is finding shirts that are flat on the bottom, like a hawaiian shirt. I've had a few "tall" sizes with longer tails in the front and back than the sides and had them tailored to a flat bottom. Just another option.
     
  8. Short Cut

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    They make Carhartt shirts look reasonably priced. :wow:
     
  9. They also outlast anything I've ever used.
    I crawl through attics and under trailers for a living. All day every day.
    Never used any other brand that can take the beating.
    I'd simply rather pay a few bucks more up front than keep nickle and diming myself and never being happy with the product.
    Their flex firehouse workpants are the absolute cat's pajamas for work and for everyday carry.
    We all have our price points. I like the quality and toughness of the DTC product.
    ymmv

    dan
     
  10. Short Cut

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    Thanks for the follow up, Dan. More expensive for something that holds up well ain't so bad and its really nice to have a first hand review of something before buying. :patriot:
     
  11. 'Cut,
    money is really tight around here, just like everywhere else.
    I tried the Wrangler cargo pants route at $17 or $18 a hit. Three pairs and I can stain 'em and tear 'em in the first few days.
    Bit the bullet and purchased a pair of the DTC Ultimate Work Pants. I can literally wear these things for six work days, and they look like I just pulled them outta the closet by the last day. Unreal tough and stain resistant. Little hot for Florida attics, but its worth the trade.
    Based on that, I grabbed a pair of the flex firehose workpants for knocking around and casual wear. Not tactical looking, but got more pockets than I got stuff to put in 'em. And with just a touch of the stretch material (something like a 1% spandex weave), carring aiwb is cake. I'm gonna get a pair or two for the summer wear since they are lighter than the Ultimates.
    Like I said, we all need to evaluate our price points and a products worth. If I could get by with the cheaper route, I would. But in the long run, at least in this case, "buy once, cry once" is the order of the day.
    Hope this helps.

    dan
     
  12. To the op regarding 'wide not long'.
    The DTC shirts have what they call "trademan's cut".
    Pretty much a block cut from pits to tail. Not a tailored, or v-cut. The shirts won't show off your athletic build, but will keep owb gear covered well.

    dan
     
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  16. Short Cut

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    Do a search for "camp"shirts. They are the short sleeve button down shirts designed to be left untucked. My summer attire.

    Good luck
     
  19. Jade Falcon

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    Thanks everyone for the replies and suggestions! I'll check out Duluth.