I've seen this discussion on every gun forum on the internet multiple times.
There is a similar discussion on Glocktalk that's been active for 12 years
. Clearly, this is something that interests us as concealed carriers.
I've formed my own ideas. I love
Hawaiian shirts. I don't wear them because they're not common here and they draw attention. I try to avoid things that cause people to take a second look at me.
I avoid the overtly "Tactical" brands, especially 5.11. I've said this before but two security companies have issued me 5.11s as uniforms. CSPD wears them and the El Paso County Sheriff's detective unit wears them. There's a line in the discussion on Glocktalk that I think is really true.
"Cops and criminals notice people that dress like cops."
A criminal might not be able to tell you those are "5.11 Stryke pants." but I bet they can tell you that cops wear those.
Every time people start talking about the Tactical clothes or the 5.11s somebody says nobody notices it and every time I hear that I point out that some people do
notice it and usually the people that do
notice it are the very people that you do not
want to draw the attention of.
I also try not to make any major style changes in my wardrobe. If you start carrying a concealed handgun and you all of a sudden change your whole wardrobe someone is
going to notice and they're going to want to know why.
I try to blend into the crowd around me. I live in Colorado Springs and around here a lot of people dress like they do most of their shopping at REI
I went to church a few weeks back.wearing my old Vasque hiking boots, tan Wrangler cargo pants and an olive green Columbia hiking shirt.
I got out of my car and ran right into a guy who was wearing Salomon trail runners, tan cargo pants and the same color Columbia hiking shirt. His was short sleeved though.
Most of the time I look like a bean in a pile of beans.