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I've been carrying a concealed handgun for over 5 years and intend to continue. As I start finally to prioritize my sex life, I have a question about style and concealed carry.
I'm in my late 40s and just starting to think about upgrading my style. Usually you'll see me wearing some thing like this (pics below):
* Aldo brown leather-canvas boots; these add strength and style to my look, and an inch to my height (I'm 5'9" in socks)
• straight-leg Wrangler jeans; i used to prefer Levi's 505s, but they've become too tight in the thigh from lifting.
• A lose-fitting shirt, short or long sleeve, untucked; this conceals the 9mm pistol on my belt (4 o'clock position, i.e. Just behind the right hip)
• A bracelet (usually leather or white metal) and a ring (silver, kind of biker-style, an eagle with a banner reading "freedom").
As I'm getting closer to 10% BF (hopefully just a few more weeks), I'd like to ditch the loose shirts and jeans and wear something that conforms to my body a little more.
But i haven't yet found a look i like that will also conceal the pistol.
As a guy in his late 40s, i think i should be aiming for a look that reflects strength, stability, experience, gravitas, while accenting a sense of adventure and self-determination (i.e., sharp and rugged, v.s. hip, cocky, trendy, carefree)
Anyway, regardless of age, does anyone here carry a gun, and what have you done to look sexy while carrying it?
Good news is there's a lot you can do to improve your look. Sure you have a loose fitting shirt, but even so it looks like you're considerably more than a few weeks away from 10% bodyfat. You're probably hovering around 20% right now, or more. It's okay, I did the same thing and then realized I had way farther to go than I thought.
Back when I was in EMS, my coworker's boyfriend worked for the sheriffs department and carried a gun most of the time. One sure fire way to look good with CC is to wear a blazer. That said, it doesn't look like that's your style. I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that you're in Texas with me.
Honestly it's gonna be next to impossible to have any kind of form fitting clothing with a concealed weapon. That is, if you actually want your firearm to be fully concealed. You'd pretty much have to wear a jacket or a looser shirt. I carry a knife, but there's no way I could keep a firearm on me without it being super obvious.
In hot weather, you're kinda stuck. Im not familiar with the laws on CC and where on your body you're allowed to keep it. The only way I can think is to have it on your ankle, but as I'm sure know that makes it significantly less accessible in any kind of emergency situation...
I think your priority should be on your physique, while looking for more in-style shirts that aren't that unappealing green color. If I'm wrong and you aren't actually in Texas or somewhere else with absurdly hot weather, you'd benefit enormously from getting a nice leather jacket. That would do the trick.
In terms of getting laid, especially with young, attractive women, you're gonna have to do a FULL style overhaul, including your pants. They're way too loose and you should go with either black jeans, or much lighter acid washed ones if you want a trendier look (will help with women).
Thanks for everything you guys. It's time for me to move on to bigger things!
Agreed on fixing physique first, I'm on that path and making measurable progress there (weight is dropping, lifts holding steady).
Yes, Texas, but north, so not as hot as Houston or Austin. Winter has more options for layers, obviously. Still, in summer, anything like a jacket is just ridiculous.
I can probably go for some kind of light-weight shirt as a top layer, unbuttoned over a well fitting t-shirt. If I can really get down to 10%, something like that could actually look good.
Also agree on the need for complete style overhaul, which means i may find more options for a concealing layer even in summer. Can't imagine trying to make a blazer work for me, but clearly i need to seriously rethink my style, so no need to exclude anything yet.
I know people who carry with slim fit shirts by keeping it on a calf holster. The extra second it takes to roll up your pant leg usually doesn't mean life or death these days. The wash on your jeans is super casual (very blue) and the more faded and less saturated they are, the more stylish and minimal
Try some black jeans on some minimal neutral jason statham swag. Plaids are very common/stereotypical down there and solids will help you stand out and let you wear them multiple times (people recognize patterns more than solids).
Plus try a leather band watch for casual classy. Match leather band to your boots/belt
I'm holding off buying new clothes until i get my BF% down.
In other news, here's a look I've tried now and then that conceals well and, i think, looks a little more stylish. Wore it last night to see a play, but feels a little too dressy for everyday. But then, maybe I'm wrong about that and could benefit from making my everyday a little dressier.
Hey for older guys I don't think you have to worry about being over dressed. I just turned 40 and since 35 I've been trying to always be dressed well at least when I'm approaching but also in general. When you're young you can get away with wearing hoodies, baseball hats, skate shoes, etc. and still look stylish and up to date. As you get older I think you just look ridiculous. As you get older if you don't dress well, you just look plain and boring. I think you look good in that vest. You'll get more and more used to wearing blazers. As stupid as it sounds my look is kinda business casual with some edge (motorcycle boots, rings, visible tattoos). But I actually like dressing well. The fucking heat is a problem though
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