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October 17, 2005, 02:30 PM
of being a "mall ninja" or something of that nature?

I've been considering getting a pair of black DBU's for wearing to the range, but also to work. We have to dress "business casual" and I usually wear "regular" black dress pants (like khaki's) to work. They're all too old and big on me now (lost weight). I thought getting a pair of black BDU's would be a versatile idea, both for the range (carrying mags, etc. - I don't have a range bag yet) AND going to work (just a desk job). I've heard that those BDU pants are very comfortable. Would a pair of black BDU's w/ some comfy black loafers, and a nice polo shirt (w/ buttons at neck) give me mall ninja or gun store commando status for when I'm at work? I don't WANT to do that, but was just considering spending my money on a pair of pants that can serve more than one function. And no, I won't be wearing any armed service T-shirts w/ my pants. :D

Any ideas out there? Anyone else wear BDU's to an office job? Ever hear comments, or think your bosses wouldn't approve of such attire? Thanks for your input.

October 17, 2005, 03:25 PM
I personally dont wear any bdu's, but if I did I wouldnt give a flying [email protected]#$ what anyone thought. If they are comfortable and work for ya, go for it.

October 17, 2005, 04:23 PM
A uniform does not a mall nija make... Mostly it's lack of abililty and an attitude set to make up the difference.

BDUs are all that, wear 'em and feel camoflauged - some folks will think you're a mall ninja and only you'll know the truth. :p

October 17, 2005, 04:54 PM
I too am in a business casual environment, sorta, though I am almost expected to wear BDUs. Because I guess cargo pants are in style, well selected and maintained BDUs can darn near fit in.

"Well selected" means that you avoid the 100% cotton and ripstop ones as they fade most dramatically, which is unfortunate because they seem more comfy than the poly cotton blends.

The there are the 5.11s that are almost mandatory in the LE field, though I'm not sure they do anything better than plain BDUs, especially at the price.

Three pants that I think may be out of production that never got the attention they deserved from the gun-fighting crowd are the Dockers Mobile Pants, the Dockers utility pants with cargo pockets, and the Carhartt Tool Pants. If you find any of these they are worth checking out. The Carhartts are probably pushinng it for business casual, but they are super range pants.

October 17, 2005, 05:03 PM
Sitting here in a pair of well faded Black BDU's. Then again I'm a server jockey & developer herder by trade. I don't feel out of place in my BDU's in the server room or a meeting room with other geeks.

They are comfy and I can fit a few tools I regularly use in the pockets (Ethernet checker, screwdriver, etc.)

October 17, 2005, 09:28 PM
I have. BDUs (and other cargo-type pants) IMO are some of the most confortable pants I've ever worn. The side pockets are great as I put my wallet and phone there (one each side). Much more comfortable to sit.

October 18, 2005, 03:21 PM
BDUs are not "business casual" nor are cargo pants. If your employer has a dress code that they enforce then look around you, especially at the next level up in the food chain, to see whats expected. If you don't see some sort of cargo pants then you shouldn't consider BDUs to be acceptable either.

In my business we've got field work and office work. Some field clothes are seen around the office, but the senior folks are seen in "Dockers" and polo shirts more than suites and ties.

Leave the play clothes for play time if you think your job warrants a different wardrobe.

October 18, 2005, 04:15 PM
+1 for looking carefully what the next level up is wearing. Unless you are happy staying in your current job with your current level of work, responsibilities and rewards, then you DO have to give a flying ---- about what you wear! If you are happy with your current place, then do whatever rocks your boat. If your boss is seen as successful by his peers and managers and he wears BDUs then you have a green light ... otherwise, careers are hard enough without putting unnecessary barriers in the way.


October 18, 2005, 06:14 PM
I wear the non camo versions everywhere. Try 511 tactical, some great pants indeed. Lots of pockets and you can easily rig them up for whatever you want.

Camo though.. no. Why? I have the stuff but that's only because i think the urban pattern looks awesome.

DT Guy
October 18, 2005, 10:10 PM
The only thing I EVER wear is khaki or navy proppers-the poly/cotton kind.

Don't look too 'Tactikle' and wear like iron, plus they adjust for 'before or after pizza' sized me.



October 18, 2005, 10:22 PM
I wear BDU's all the time, pretty much literally. I have Black, Tan, Navy, a few pairs of Woodland camo and just ordered some in urban camo and Midnight camo. They are some of the longest lasting clothes i own and i dont give a damn what anybody thinks about it. But i agree with the above about makeing sure cargo's are acceptable for work.

October 24, 2005, 08:07 AM
I agree that you should strive to match what the bosses wear, and not worry about if you can wear them at the range. Professionalism is important, and appearances do matter. If your boss and his boss are sporting slacks and three-button polos, do likewise.

FWIW, Cabelas offers a wide selection of business-causal trousers that are very durable and look good. Lately, they're my one-stop shopping center.

BDU's will never look like anything except what they are.

October 27, 2005, 09:17 PM
I have a one pair of BDU pants and a shirt. IT is the most comfortable clothes I own. I use them for hunting, firehouse/EMS stuff and even just to laze around. They were built for versitility and they do the job great! Anyone who calls you a mall ninja has a very small ---- and just needs to express his need for power. As far as work goes, yeah watch it. People don't seem to understand that companies may have casual or no dress code, but a well dress employee rarely gets fired and rarely remains just an employee for long.

P.S. yeah mine are jungle camo, but I want a few pairs of each!

October 29, 2005, 01:34 PM
"Business casual" is a relative term. Where I work, it means no coat or tie and a shirt color other than white.

October 30, 2005, 08:02 AM
One can never be over-dressed, but one can most certainly be under-dressed, ay?

Save the BDU's (why are clothes alphabetized?) for the range.

October 30, 2005, 10:37 AM
I work for the Sheriff's Dept and our class B uniform for special assignments is a Polo shirt with our embroidered badge logo and 511 pants, all regular shift duty and court we wear a class A uniform.

I like the 511 pants, they wear good and are very comfortable. They also look better than BDUs IMHO, just enough to lend a little professionalism to casual dress.

October 31, 2005, 10:08 PM
Ithink it was mentioned by Stevewiz and I'll second it. The 5.11 tactical pants are a good choice. They are not exactly the "Battle Dress" as typical BDU's are but very functional none the less, can be rigged up for many options and fit a little better into the normal street wear category. those and your typical polo or button shirt make for what I think you are intending to achieve.

October 31, 2005, 11:54 PM
Can't wear cammo scrubs but I do wear desert cammo lead in the Cath-Lab. Does that make me a hospital ninja?:confused:

November 1, 2005, 06:52 AM
If you like it wear it, so long as you know your not a mall ninja A£$%%^h$le it doesnt matter what the passers by think. I'm a big believer that A***les look like what they are, because of what they are, not just by wearing a pair of pants.

November 1, 2005, 07:20 AM
I cut the legs off of my issued DCUs and wear them as shorts. The wife hates it but they were free and make comfortable shorts. Does this make me a tacky Mall Ninja?


November 1, 2005, 09:18 PM
Well, thanks to my fiancee, I'm the proud owner of 2 pairs of Rothco Ultra Force BDU pants ("official EMT trouser"), bought at the local farmer's market at an Army-Navy type of store. I got the all-black version (no camo for me). 8 pockets (hip, butt, thigh, ankle). Machine wash and dry. Drawstring leg. 65% polyester + 35% cotton. They fit well, and are quite comfortable.

Im going to wear them to work this Friday, when it's a bit more "casual." People wear jeans, so BDU's should be ok I would think. I'm gonna talk to my supervisor, to see what the VP might think, about BDU's on other days. I'm hoping the President/Owner won't care, since he has an impressive gun collection at his house. He has a few "coffee table glass cases" with about 8 handguns each. Historic firearms. Drooooool. We'll see what happens.

November 1, 2005, 10:13 PM
Wow why so angry Foxman? They are jokes.:confused: (well I do wear cammo lead.)
Don't see why the need for profanity.
By the way what do these stand for?


November 2, 2005, 07:48 PM
yeah, you will look like a mall ninja or some kind of wannabe. personally, I dont want anyone at work to even suspect I like/ have/ use guns.

November 4, 2005, 06:19 AM
Except for my purple Caspian shirt with the big pink 1911 both front and back........

November 6, 2005, 04:32 AM
Shot 24, not angry just fed up with people being categorised by choosing to wear what are good long lasting clothes and the sight of cammo gear sends some members of the public crazy ringing police etc, we are getting into a ever dafter society ,where freedom is being eroded daily, particularly for shooters/ hunters.
The grafics and abbreviations stand for what another member of these forums, very poetically called a "hinderpipe" I must bow to his superior grammatical invention!!

November 7, 2005, 02:41 PM
my rule is to wear only one tactical piece of clothing, BDU pants with regular t shirt, bdu brown shirt with jeans, skater pants with 5.11 vest. underwear with combat boots. etc. :) that way I do not get accused of trying to be a mall ninja so as as not to offend real mall ninjas out there.

To a degree I think people make a big deal about clothing, as long as you do not exhibit "blackwater fever" you are okay. When I wear my 5.11 vest, the comment I usually get is if I caught any fish that day (and most of them are serious).

November 18, 2005, 11:59 AM
Update: Well, I finally got around to wearing my black BDU pants to work today. My boss sort of looked at me, then walked away. I'm hoping it was just because they're a new look for me. I DID used to wear regular black slacks and loafers. It's not that much different.

I must say, these are VERY comfortable pants, even though they're a little big (due to the sizing method they use). I also wore a dark gray (w/ thin black stripes) polo shirt, and my Brahma black/brown work boots. so, you can't accuse me of being too "tactical" at work, or an office ninja, or whatever. ;) I think it works for casual professional. Especially since I've noticed that jeans have become acceptable everyday dress now. I think I'm in the clear.

November 22, 2005, 04:22 PM
If your boss decides he doesn't care for the BDUs but khakis and jeans are OK, you can usually get away with a nicer-looking cargo or hiking pant. I have two pair of Royal Robbins trail pants, one black and one khaki, that are my all-time favorites. They fit nicely, look good with a polo shirt, and will take any and all abuse. Plus, since I wear scrubs at work, I can wear them to and from the hospital with nobody complaining.

Shot24: I have seen camo scrubs in our OR once or twice, and a whole lot of camo scrub hats. Then again, just about everyone in health care up here is either armed forces reserves, armed forces retired or a serious survival enthusiast, so nobody much minds the MASH unit ambiance. In fact I think most of them find it nostalgic. :p

November 22, 2005, 10:54 PM
Agreed Psioris. I sometimes miss the Army.

God did I just say that?:eek:

November 23, 2005, 06:06 PM
Woolrich will be introducing a new line of clothing at SHOT show call the Elite Series (http://www.backyardoutfitter.com). Pants and shirts together would be nice business casual for work and, with Woolrich's experience in outdoor clothing, the range.

Jamie Young
November 23, 2005, 06:14 PM
Woolrich will be introducing a new line of clothing at SHOT show call the Elite Series. Pants and shirts together look like they would be nice business casual for work and, with Woolrich's experience in outdoor clothing, the range.

Schmit!! Get out of my territory... He's mine!!

dave_in_delaware If you want can come to W&W this Saturday I can bring all of the Woolrich Elite Series proto-types. You may want to hold out for a few months and get EXACTLY what you want....Something from the Woolrich Elite Series.:D

November 26, 2005, 03:20 PM
My wife dresses me :barf:

November 26, 2005, 04:41 PM
Dude, U R going to have to get at least two pairs of pants. One for school and one for play. Didn't anyone ever tell U not to wear your school clothes for play? Come home from school, change your clothes and then go out and play. Black loafers and BDU's do not go together. Wear your black BDU's to the range with your black low cut Atama boots. That will look cool.