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Discussion in 'EDC Clothing' started by Cages2Clouds, Jun 30, 2016.
That's hilarious. What's even funnier, and I have a hard time not "grinning like horse eatin briers", is seeing that in an airport.
Thanks all. This thread has made me laugh out loud!!
This also touches one of those occasions Europe and pretty much the rest of the World has an upper hand. State-side you can don a pair of $10 used ACU UCPs you picked at your local mil-surp store and almost instantly be labeled by a majority of city dwellers and passers-by as a combat wannabe, mall ninja, Walter Mitty or even worse - a redneck.
Walk the streets of Europe in a pair, roll up the cuffs to show your latest 6" black Timberland boots and - wow, an instant fashion statement - you get the looks for sure and this time they're mostly positive.
It happened to me however - I wore a pair of my camo cargo combats with a Napapijri hoodie and my black Timberlands in both Berlin and Budapest last year and got approached by many asking me where did I get them from and if I'd be willing to sell them.
Over in the States it didn't even slip my mind to wear this combo, I only wore the combat pants while trekking and hiking outdoors.
In US, it's got to do a lot with omni-presence and availability, perception of a uniform in general, and the fact these are actually pieces of a uniform worn by active US military forces - a very sensitive topic of recent years.
I don't know, I think when it comes to pants, pretty much only khakis should ever be in that color. I have tan jeans, but they're a little darker and have that denim texture, you know? Makes it look a lot less tacticool. Personally, I don't care for 5.11 style pants. I hate vertical-cut pockets—can't use a suspension clip for my keys
As for the shoes, you could make those work but all-black isn't the best look unless you're wearing actual boots. I probably wouldn't pair them with the pants.
I think the khaki color has a lot to do with the look. That's the color (or very similar) contractors are wearing, as seen in the 5.11 tuxedo. I think you can tone the mall ninja vibe down if you either went with hikers with the khaki pants or jeans with the black Magnums
Lol...yeah, some gems in this thread, for sure. But we didn't even address those furry jackets yet...
*Apologies in advance to MinistryOfTruth
What mall ninjas see when they put on a Shag Master Hoodie:
What everyone else sees...
Thankfully, the Tactical Hipster hasn't caught on....yet!
I wear those pants with boots when I work outdoor and in rough condition. I find them comfortable while traveling also. As of going to the mall or other public place, I thought it would draw unwanted attention. I wondered what someone in law enforcement would think. Do they assume I'm one of them? Do they look for possible conceal violation? I prefer to blend in and not stick out like a sore thump in any situation.
Dying of laughter right now...
I don't think those furry jackets are necessarily tacticool, useless emblazoned with skull patches. Patagonia has been making furry synchilla jackets for years. Just stay away from a "furry" convention.
There definitely seems to be a difference between US and Europe here, I've worn 5.11 and similar pants on and off for years and it's simply not a problem. There's plenty of cargo pants (and shorts) on men and women of different ages and walks of life and not once have I heard (or got) a comment on me or others wearing them.
My mother warned me about mixing khaki pants and black shoes. Fashion faux pas level 10.
Yup! Desert colored boots are more tacticool. LOL!
I might look like a depressed moss-person wearing it but even this guy knows that
I'm not old enough to remember the attire of our former troops that returned from the 2nd great war; however, I do remember those returning from the Korean Conflict. Men's clothing fashion back then centered on the traditional two-button suit or sport coats and tailored slacks for those that had the wherewithal to afford them. Blue-collar attire encompassed the pleated trouser, a less-structured button-down solid-colored shirt, and the waist-length coat. Those found to have worn green military-style garments as defacto civilian work wear did so while in occupations in automobile service, food service, and various and sundry other professions that did not require any established or implied dress code. VERY few, if any, particularly in urbanized residential areas, braved undermining cold-war Eisenhower-esque societal sensibilities that by and large precluded reminders of wartime that this country had so embarked to forget.
The next decade was more about counter-culture & the undermining of those same morays so vigorously buttressed in the 1950s. The mid though the late 1960s was more about objecting to this country's military involvement in certain areas of the world as illustrated in the army-navy surplus attire often embellished with symbolism fraught with non-GI-issue colors and symbolism in diametrical opposition to military standards.
As the 1970s emerged, the army field jacket began to appear on those retuning from Southeast Asia outside of military installations & mixed with civilian attire. The Hollywood feature film "The Deer Hunter" somehow made that garment acceptable in the general public. Soon after, Sylvester Stallone's John Rambo wore that same jacket as a down & out vet; but it was not yet haute couture.
It wasn't until the late 80s that garment makers began their trial foray into this product group that most big-label brands by & large still considered a fashion faux pas. It took much-ballyhooed Hollywood major feature film offerings capitalizing on the popularity of SEAL this, special forces that to launch the juggernaut that constitute the underpinnings of this fashion trend.
The "mall ninja" phenomenon culminated from the popular media; most-especially from the imagery of heavily-embelished heroism depicted in celluloid wherein the stoic protagonist enlists, among several other things, the advancements in modern conventional weaponry. A defacto by-product is the attire that evolved into a stylized caricature with roots in the pragmatism of battlefield requirements. It is now a fashion category appealing largely to a market segment populated by those enthralled with the style of the military but not the very substance of wartime that most actual vets would really rather not remember.
The ubiquitous "mall ninja". We don't have shopping malls in Australia. We call them shopping centers. Although we did have something similar to a "mall ninja" tramping through the Australian Outback hunting with a handgun and a camera crew to record it for posterity. That Thompson guy from CSI.
So, Aussies have Centre Ninjas? They must have a Ninja Center, unseen, but heavily armed.
If you have to ask, you probably already know the answer...
Looks like the uniform I'm issued at work.
I've been known to wear the pants around with an untucked t-shirt and a pair of black and white checkered vans. That combo is known as super-tactical-skater-hater-stealth.
That said, I like wearing khakis and have a few pairs of Hagar pants that I wear with various shoes and button ups (long and short sleeved) when not at work.
As to my observation, people with cotton-style pants and unicolored "walking shoes" (somewhere between running and outdoor shoes) are really common sight in the US. It guess it really depends where you live. If you overdo it you end up looking dorky to most people.
(No more bum bag and hiking cargo pants, I quit fighting my GF on that one )