Concealed Carry Apparel for Small Guys?

Hi Everyone. I’m a small guy at 5’9 135lb, and I have the hardest time finding tactical clothing that doesn’t make me look like a kid that raided my dad’s closet. Nearly all outdoor or tactical brands run big and tend to swallow me whole. Yes, I know some bagginess is the point…but I’d prefer “slightly baggy” to “homeless”.

Anyone know of good concealed carry apparel lines that run small? Or at least offer an XS? Thanks!

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Have you tried 5.11? They have some XS shirts on their site: https://www.511tactical.com/

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5’4" 150… heavier cotton Tshirts work for me. also (dawn beat me to it) 5.11 stuff
actually (IMO) run a little small. A large for me is kinda snug. Field and Stream (Dicks other company) shirts fit me pretty good.

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Welcome to the family and god bless you. What do you mean you are a small guy I’m 5’6 and I ain’t saying my weight. Try to make your firearm conform to your wardrobe. It’s more expensive the way you want to do it. Trust me I have tried different ways and it’s always worked better for me to just do it the way I’m saying. Try maybe a holster that will fit what you already have in your closet.

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Welcome to the community!

For conceal carry, I wear clothes that don’t scream, “TACTICAL!”

I could be seated with anti-2A folks and they wouldn’t have a clue that I’m packing.

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I’m 5’8 135. 5.11 gear is my pick for shorts/pants. For shirts, button up or polo but I haven’t a particular brand. I just try them on and decide but most have a pattern to break up any printing better. I have a couple of “Untuckit” shirts that work well.

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I’d second the “stay away from tactical” look. Be invisible😊

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Hawaiian shirts from Costco are inexpensive, Get one size larger.

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Good choice I have seen them at Costco and good for this weather. They conceal the firearm well also.

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I agree with comments above…

Less tactical looking is better

Heavy cotton is what you want. Material that “clings” to your body is usually not helpful, so you want materials that drape or fall easily. Patterns help hide the outline of the firearm. Everyone jokes about the Hawaiian shirt, but that is very nearly the perfect camouflage :slight_smile:

As @Johnnyq60 alluded to… you can fit your clothes around your CCW or you can fit your CCW around your clothes. You probably dont want to replace your entire wardrobe. I carry a G26 probably about 80% of the time and it conceals awesome, but there are some combinations of shirts/pants that it doesn’t hide great and for those times I wear a G43 instead.

Experiment a little bit with holster and belt placement as well. I am short 5’6" so wearing on my hip at 3o’clock made me look “wider” like a troll even if the firearm itself wasn’t printing. 4-5o’clock hid well, but printed every time I leaned over or sat down. I’ve settled on appendix carry, it conceals perfectly and is comfortable for all day use. Sometimes wearing your belt just a little higher or lower than typical helps a lot too. You need to find a carry setup that works with you and your clothes.

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@John292,

Just don’t be packing when you’re shopping at Costco.

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