Do you wear too much "Military" type clothing?

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    Do you wear too much "Military" type clothing?

    My wife recently told me that she would like to see me get a new winter coat, one that looks more civilian than what I normally wear. What I normally wear is an old M-59 or something very similar, and when it gets really cold, I have a very warm Air Force Arctic survival parka that goes just below the knees and is olive drab that I love. She also told me she has seen people give me odd looks that she believes were due to this parka. She says I may look a bit terrorist-like to some people in it. I had not thought about it before but I can see it now that I really look at it.

    But, she made me think (she's good at that) that for the winter, when I typically do conceal carry (I open carry most of the time in the summer) that maybe I would blend in better with a coat that looks more civilian in nature.

    Anyone else ever think about this kind of thing? Does wearing something Military in origin make one a more likely target in the even that some kind of terrorist incident were to happen where you are?

    It's something I had not considered until now.
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    Yes, it does. And it makes people think you're creepy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superman View Post
    Yes, it does. And it makes people think you're creepy.

    I feel bad about myself now.....
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    Nope...I wear little military-type clothing outside of when I'm on military duty.
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    I have been told that my de-badged leather flight jacket makes me look like I'm carrying.

    But that may be because I am
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    Quote Originally Posted by TN_Mike View Post
    I feel bad about myself now.....
    Eh, it's ok. A little creepy keeps the bad guys on alert.
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    The idea is to 'get below the radar'. As good as that GI/camo stuff is [at keeping you warm], people notice. However, one of my favorite winter coats is my Navy peacoat; SWMBO loves it AND it conceals anything.

    Whenever SWMBO offers fashion advice, I 'listen up'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenInColo View Post
    The idea is to 'get below the radar'. As good as that GI/camo stuff is [at keeping you warm], people notice. However, one of my favorite winter coats is my Navy peacoat; SWMBO loves it AND it conceals anything.

    Whenever SWMBO offers fashion advice, I 'listen up'.
    SWMBO?? Please explain this acronym.

    As for the Peacoat, I will agree wit that 100%. In fact, i do not wear one because they are too warm even when it is extremely cold outside. I spent 8 years in the Navy, stood watch on the Quarter Deck in Norfolk in January....the Peacoat is an amazing thing. It's the only time I have sweated while outside in January in Norfolk.
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    I wear my bdu pants all the time and i have a friend who works on the AF base here in vegas who got me about a dozen jackets, so i wear those too. I think its pretty common around here with the AF base in town, so people don't think much of it.

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    When I was younger I often got the "are you a Cop" look ,
    because of my dress and physical appearance ( matched the local
    cop in civvies profile)

    Nowadays I am your average neatly dressed older guy with a Gut.

    If you really want to blend , in try this look....



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    Alot of it depends on your location. The two leading stores in my town are Walmart and a surplus/gun store. Needless to say, "military" clothing does not get any odd looks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TN_Mike View Post
    SWMBO?? Please explain this acronym.
    She Who Must Be Obayed

    As a former Norfolk sailor think : COMWIFLANT

    As for my dress, I'm active duty Navy and I've kinda 'gotten away' from wearing as much of the 'military stuff' as I used to. I tend to keep it simple and warm.......but, I've got a couple-few M-59's and such that get worn when the urge (read: noreaster) strikes.
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    I used to wear jeans a lot, as I've gotten older I've switched to cargo pants because they are more roomy. At WM, I buy camo and khaki cargo pants. I'm a farmer and I wear the camo pants when I'm working, and that's almost everyday.

    No one around here gives me a second-glance. If my camo pants are new I sometimes wear them elsewhere as normal pants, no one thinks anything about it around here.

    We have two military bases nearby and lot's of hunters. BTW I don't try to dress "military", I like the camo because dirt, grease and cow poop blends in the camo and doesn't show up so easily. it's TRUE.
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    I probably wear too much military-type clothing, but that's due to my job. It signifies when I'm not carrying. The only thing I wear off duty is an old field jacket. The only time I really wear that is when I go to my folk's farm to work.

    I find it interesting that this thread is moving differently than the last thread on the same subject. Last time, a descent number of forum members associated camo and military clothing with being the sub-human "missing link" that evolutionists are searching for.

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    I wear absolutely no military stuff. Was in for 9 years, but I am a public school teacher - and need to stay below the radar for the parent's sake.

    Even when I am not teaching I don't wear it - don't want to creep out the sheep too badly, ya know?
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