There was a time when we thought women had to sacrifice their style when embracing the concealed carry lifestyle.
But fortunately, we now know that’s not the case. A number of new products and styles are available, which allow you to carry a concealed firearm with ease, and still look stylish while doing so.
Here are a few hacks to help you master your concealed-carry wardrobe.
Beware of Static Cling
Static cling is annoying even in the best of times, but when combined with concealed carry, it’s especially inconvenient.
To solve this problem, try sticking some metal safety pins on your holster or on a tank top under your shirt. These will conduct electricity away from your clothing, reducing cling.
It can also be helpful to stick some safety pins on your clothing before putting it in the dryer. This is a hack which is inexpensive, and works even if you’re not carrying a weapon.
Pay Attention to the Type and Weight of Fabric
Concealed carry will make you look at the fabric of your clothing in a whole new way.
In general, natural fibers work best, because they are light and breathable while at the same time holding enough structure to support your holster.
Cotton and linen are both great choices, because they are easy to care for and are comfortable to wear even in the summer months. Silk can work too, as it’s a luxurious fabric which can distract from printing.
Use Patterns and Prints
If you’ve never cared much for prints and patterns in the past, it might be time to rethink that. Fabrics patterned in florals, plaid, animal print, or stripes are an effective way to distract the eye from any printing.
In general, darker colors work best for this purpose; but it’s not always easy to predict. It’s important to try different patterns to see what works best.
Choose the Right Firearm
There’s a lot that you need to consider in the selection of a firearm. You want something that you feel comfortable wearing as well as shooting.
Some larger firearms may look and feel like too much, especially if you are petite or curvy. Try out many different firearms until you discover the one that works best for you.
It’s important not only to practice shooting it, but to practice concealing and drawing as well. Test it to see how it feels in your hands and what the recoil is like.
Wear Structured Clothing
The stiff fabric of a blazer or a collared dress shirt made of poplin is ideal for stylish concealment of a firearm.
Another bonus: a nice structured jacket or blazer is the easiest way to take any outfit up a few notches, making even a simple T-shirt and pair of jeans look elegant.
Add a matching scarf with an attractive pattern to distract and to complete the look. Keep these clothing items looking sharp by regularly spraying them with a static guard before ironing.
By following these tips, you’ll soon be able to carry your firearms with comfort, confidence and style.
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