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Old April 17, 2018, 09:17 AM   #1
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Shirts for concealed carry

Hello ladies and gents,
I am on a quest for the perfect shirt to meet the following criteria.
- Button down, preferably short sleeve but not mandatory
- Looks good untucked.
- Not tactical looking. We've all been/seen that guy, and we all know he's carrying or wants to be. It's called concealed carry for a reason
- Long enough to aid in concealment.
- I am a big guy, 6'4" 275lbs. XXL, tall is usually best.
- I usually carry IWB at 3:30, but sometimes I'll carry OWB, so some extra room in the shirt helps a lot.
- I am a younger guy with a younger family, my budget is tied up in more important places, so lower price is good.

I have tried:
- Columbia PFG. These are nice, but they are very fisherman/Steve Irwin/Safari looking, not quite appropriate for work for me.
- 5.11 Taclite Pro Tall. Almost perfect aside from cost. Fairly tactical looking.
- Blackhawk Long Sleeve Lightweight Tactical Shirt. Not lightweight, I'd even call it heavy fabric. I look like a cop when I wear it, that's a con for my purposes.

So have any of you found a go to shirt that suits your needs and may fill mine?
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Old April 17, 2018, 09:41 AM   #2
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Quite honesty a lot of men's shirts now are designed to be worn untucked, so spend an afternoon at the mall and see what might work for you. Also, I have had good luck with the Carhartt short sleeve button down work shirts. Anyway, there are a lot of options outside of the traditional tactical/sporting goods retailers that should work.
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Old April 17, 2018, 03:46 PM   #3
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Old April 17, 2018, 03:48 PM   #4
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Go Polynesian my friend,,,

Hawaiian shirts work perfectly for me.

I do try and buy the "tall" size though,,,
That extra 2-3 inches of length helps conceal the gun.


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Old April 17, 2018, 04:44 PM   #5
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Look at nice dress shirts with a Tattersall plaid pattern; that really helps hide any "printing" possibilities.

They come in a wide variety of plaid color combinations and work great with blue jeans to khaki/Dockers
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Old April 17, 2018, 05:29 PM   #6
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Generally I like un-quilted sweat shirts. Used to cut the arms off in spring and they still hide the gun. I carry OWB but make the belt go over the outside of the holster. Pulls the pistol in really well. Got the idea for a girl that posted it some where. Might have been here, don't remember.
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Old April 17, 2018, 05:29 PM   #7
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Wear woven , not knitted fabric. Bright colors and design , this is like disruptive camo.
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Old April 18, 2018, 03:07 AM   #8
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Any loose fitting shirt with a pattern works well for me. You don't need any specific CCW type clothing.
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Old April 18, 2018, 08:27 AM   #9
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Thanks guys, good advice as always. I ordered a few things, we'll see how they work out.

Like you said, no CCW specific clothing needed, I think that is mostly marketing to take advantage of people like us... but some shirts work better than others, for sure.
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Old April 18, 2018, 12:06 PM   #10
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Not a button down, but I like Under Armor polo shirts. Material is heavy enough that nothing prints. Its that breathable fabric, keeps cool in the heat.
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Old April 20, 2018, 10:32 PM   #11
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A Hawaiian shirt works well.
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Old April 20, 2018, 11:07 PM   #12
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LL Bean casual button down canvas shirts. Short or long sleeve.

I have several of these and they work very well.
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Old April 21, 2018, 07:58 AM   #13
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Are you IWB or OWB? I have tried Carhartt but all their products seem to shrink a lot after washing. I had to get at least one size larger, sometimes two and go to a tall. Their products last but just shrink. For OWB I like the untucked Hawaiian shirts but for IWB at work I prefer tucked in thicker Polos.
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Old April 21, 2018, 09:14 AM   #14
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+1 for Duluth Trading Co.

They should be able to fit your criteria.
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