Does this gun make me look fat? Firearms spur fashion niche

A trivializing headline for a real issue.

I work gun shows every weekend which gives me the luxury of wearing blue jeans most of the time.

No problem?  Right?

Wrong.  I carry knives every where and the pockets of women’s jeans are smaller than the pockets of guy’s jeans.  That alone limits the knives I can easily pocket.  Or an extra magazine.  On top of that manufacturers have seen fit to add spandex to everything.

It has become nearly impossible to find pants I can slip my Kahr and pocket holster into.

Okay…  Inside the waist band.  Never mind how we have to drop our jeans to pee, that same spandex makes jeans a poor place to clip an inside the waist band and most belt loops are too small to accommodate a real belt.

It is almost as though women’s clothing manufacturers do everything in their power to keep women helpless.

From CNS News:  http://cnsnews.com/news/article/women-buying-firearms-creates-concealed-carry-fashion-market

By Lisa Marie Pane
September 8, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) — Does this gun make me look fat?

For decades, women have had few choices when it comes to the clothing they can wear to hide that they’re carrying a firearm. They could wear baggy T-shirts or coats, or put it in a purse and hope it didn’t get swiped or that they didn’t have trouble getting it out in an emergency.

Enter holsters, corsets, camisoles and other clothing designed to be flattering, feminine — and functional — for the pistol-packin’ mama crowd.

“I don’t want to dress in tactical gear and camo all the time. I love tactical clothing for the range. It’s comfortable. I don’t want to ruin my everyday clothing,” said Marilyn Smolenski, who in 2012 created Nickel and Lace, a company that caters to women who want to carry a firearm concealed but don’t want to trade in their femininity. “But I don’t want to wear it to the grocery store.”

Smolenski started her company right around the time when Chicago city laws changed and she could again legally carry a firearm. When that happened, she struggled to find something that didn’t make her look frumpy and didn’t broadcast that she was packing heat. Most of the clothing was geared to men — coats with hidden pockets, or holsters that tuck neatly inside a waistband. But until the last few years, those weren’t always great options for women who don’t wear belts as frequently and are more likely than men to wear form-fitting clothing, making it difficult to hide the fact they’re carrying a firearm.

“When you put a man’s holster on a woman’s body it sticks out. It doesn’t hug the body,” said Carrie Lightfoot, founder and owner of The Well Armed Woman in Scottsdale, Arizona, which does everything from providing firearms instruction to women to selling a variety of concealed carry clothing. One of her company’s first missions was to design and produce a holster that recognized the differences in body types and clothing styles between men and women.

Women’s waists tend to be shorter, providing less room to withdraw a gun from a holster. Hips and chests can get in the way too, she said.

Lightfoot and Smolenski said that some manufacturers tended to “shrink it and pink it” — thinking that taking gear produced for men and making it smaller and brightly colored would satisfy female customers. They and their counterparts emphasize they are driven first by function and safety before aesthetics come into the equation.

Continue reading at:  http://cnsnews.com/news/article/women-buying-firearms-creates-concealed-carry-fashion-market

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