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work clothes with cop belt?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by dutchguy, Jun 20, 2006.

  1. dutchguy

    dutchguy Active Member

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    I posted some messages earlier. I am a big fan of wearing a wide heavy belt with my outfit. Since I am an IT technician I am always carrying some tools with me (flashlight, multitool, knife etc). I have a police belt with some pouches for this stuff that I like to wear for work. Practical, because I don't have to put all stuff in my pockets anymore plus I personally like the look of those belts. I am wearing this belt over a smaller underbelt to which it is attached with some snaps, exactly like the cops wear it.

    Some people may think this is crazy, but I would like to hear what you think about this. Is it OK to wear this belt with my outfit? Does it look ok, or does it look very odd?
    Yes, a lot of people ask me if I am a cop.......
    However if the cops wear this type of belt for a purpose, why can't I?
    I attached some pictures, the pants are regular levi's
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  2. Goblin

    Goblin Senior member

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    I put myself through law school working as a graduate assistant in my university's IT department, and I can honestly say I never saw anyone dressed even remotely like that. IT departments being what they are, you can probably get away with nearly anything. "Can" and "should" are two different things. [​IMG]

    I think it looks so odd to me because you're wearing it with a double-pocket, short-sleeved button down. I also worked as a security guard. [​IMG] So that's the image that springs to mind for me.

    But if you like the belt, and it's functional, that's pretty much the bottom line. Many sacrifices can be made in the name of personal taste and functionality.
     
  3. dutchguy

    dutchguy Active Member

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    I agree it does look like a security guard, that's also the remark I get from many people. However I really like such a big belt, to me they look pretty cool. Maybe because I always wanted to be a cop when I was a child....
    Besides that I like the practical part that I can put all kinds of working tools on it.
    Any suggestions for a matching shirt I could wear with this belt, that doens't look to striking? Personally I think that a dress style shirt looks very odd with such a big belt. I am not a dress style type of guy. I prefer army style shirts (with fronts pockets and shoulder epaulets) or plain shirts.
    I think clothing represents who you are and it is important to feel well about that you are wearing. On the other hand you want something that looks OK to people around you and is 'accepted' by people you deal with.
    Hope to hear some more opinions abou this.
     
  4. stach

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    Is a t-shirt with a vest acceptable at your place of work?
     
  5. Bradford

    Bradford Senior member

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    Gordon - is that you?

    You remind me of my crazy college roommate who became the head RA in the dorm and would put on military camo gear to make his rounds [​IMG]


    As to the outfit, I agree you do look like a security guard... I mean if you like it, fine, but how about a t-shirt or even a golf shirt?

    Personally, I would just wear cargo pants and stick my flashlight and multi-tool in those pockets.

    Or maybe try a safari vest...
     
  6. dutchguy

    dutchguy Active Member

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    I currently work as a freelancer for different companies, so nobody tells me what to wear, no dress code. I personally like plain/military style shirts. The light blue color though in combination with this belt is pretty much associated with security/police. I am not sure if this is 'acceptable' or not?
    Personally I would like to keep wearing my style including the police belt, since I really like this belt. I am wondering if a different shirt might work better?
    I still need to look somehow professional when I visit a customer to perform a job. Any suggesions are welcome.
     
  7. stach

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    I think you should put a plain cotton vest over the shirt. The vest should cover about half of your equipment belt. I know the Dutch are kinky but the belt looks a little weird imo.
     
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    Gordon - is that you?

    You remind me of my crazy college roommate who became the head RA in the dorm and would put on military camo gear to make his rounds [​IMG]


    As to the outfit, I agree you do look like a security guard... I mean if you like it, fine, but how about a t-shirt or even a golf shirt?

    Personally, I would just wear cargo pants and stick my flashlight and multi-tool in those pockets.

    Or maybe try a safari vest...


    I second the safari or other high capacity, multi-pocketed vest, those look cool in the right context (think photographer)
     
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    I think this looks silly, to be blunt. However, as I said in the other thread (IIRC), if you like it and it is useful, then wear it.
     
  10. dutchguy

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    Thanks a lot for all your suggestions, appreciate that.
    The idea of wearing a safari style vest sounds good. This would fit my style, since I am more this outdoor type of person. This would cover part of my equipment belt, so that I am not directly associated with a cop. I believe I still have a tan color safari vest somewhere. Not sure yet which shirt I should wear underneath.
     
  11. stach

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    I think the shirt in the photo would be good with the vest.
     
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    Don't wear light blue shirts, and you'll look less like the po po. The image we've ALL be branded with is blue + big belt = cop/security. Wear whatever you want, just not blue if you want to avoid the look. Personally, I'd be wearing vendorwear if you've got it, or just nice plain t's....If you want to go more formal, the belt will be out of place. The belt's not formal, use the freedom it allows. --Wade Edit/PS; When I was a hands on techy, I carried a bag with all my tools [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks a lot for all your suggestions, appreciate that.
    The idea of wearing a safari style vest sounds good. This would fit my style, since I am more this outdoor type of person. This would cover part of my equipment belt, so that I am not directly associated with a cop. I believe I still have a tan color safari vest somewhere. Not sure yet which shirt I should wear underneath.


    Ummm - I was actually thinking that you might use the vest to replace the equipment belt. The more I think about, the more I find the belt to be really geeky.
     
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    Ummm - I was actually thinking that you might use the vest to replace the equipment belt. The more I think about, the more I find the belt to be really geeky.

    I completely agree. Those belts are designed for police/military exclusively. If you wanted to wear the large belt like you have without the different holsters, that would look better. But then you'd have to wear pants that have large enough loops to hold the belt. Those belts are heavy and are very thick, and will beat the crap out of pants that don't have large enough belt loops.
     
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    Equipment belts are not made to be threaded into loops, because then you would have to thread the pouches onto the belt each time you put the belt into pants. Cops usually wear a leather barracks belt to hold up their pants.
     
  16. dutchguy

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    Thanks for all your comments and suggestions. Ok sometimes I wear a military or police belt within my belt loops, however if you want to put any pouches on your belt this would be very impractical.
    The cops wear their belts over a regular pants belt, so that all the stuff on the belt is easily reachable and you don't have to remove all the pouches when you change pants.
    I copied this idea from the cops: I like it when I have some of my tools such as a flashlight and a multitool readily available. I used to put some stuff in my pockets, my pockets were overfilled and I would loose quite a few items this way. I do carry a toolbag, but not every minute of the day. So for me this is a perfect solution to carry some basic items. Additionally I do like the look of a police belt, but this might sound odd to some other people. However combining such a belt with the rest of my clothes seems to be difficult:
    Personally I like plain coloured military style shirts, I am more kind of an outdoor person and don't walk around in formal clothes to often. However if I wear a blue shirt in combination with this belt, yes I am associated with a cop or security guy, not sure if this is acceptable or not. Maybe a different color shirt works better? I have some military style shirts in white, tan and lightgreen.
    Wearing this belt in combination with polo's or branded shirts also looks odd to me. I think the belt would look out of proportion this way and simply doesn't match with that combination. Yes, they were designed for military and police, even as dress belts, for plain colour uniforms. I also tend to wear a shirt that matches my belt and that fits the combination, probably a more military/outdoor look. However I am not a cop (used to be one in the past)nor a military officer, so it needs to be something that is accepted as casual and doesn't stun people or scare them away.
    I simply do appreciate the practical comfort and look of this belt so would like to wear it for work, as far as appropriate.
     
  17. mrchapel

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    Yes, I am aware. In my profession in law enforcement, I am well aware. However, I have seen people wear the Sam Browne belts (the large belt that snaps onto the smaller belt and holds the equipment holsters) with a military jacket, jeans, and some Chelsea boots. Not my favorite look; in fact I think it looks ridiculous, but I get the feeling from the OP that he isn't likely to detract from wearing large belts.
     
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    No offense, but to me this is a bit like asking how to integrate a fireman's hat into one's daily wardrobe. There are things one could do to make a fireman's hat look marginally more appropriate, but the fact remains that it's going to look a bit bizarre unless you're a fireman.
     
  19. dutchguy

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    So why do you think it looks odd or silly? Because is out of proportion / too big or because it is associated with a police officer?
    Talking about wide belts, in ancient times men were also wearing big belts.
    Nowadays you also see at lot of women wearing 3 inch wide belts, where most of the time those have no function at all, not even to hold up pants.

    Combining certain parts of military gear with civilian clothes seems to be acceptable nowadays. A lot of guys wear for example military pants or military boots for work or outdoor, at least here in the Netherlands. So where is the limit what is acceptable or not??

    As far as wearing a police belt with civies, this seems to be more eccentric.
    I like the functionality and the look of the belt, it looks different than what the mass wears and what you can buy in every retail store. Recently a police friend advised me that a police belt with civies would not look appropriate. When I asked him about the belt he wore, he said he really liked the look of the wide belt with his uniform and wouldnt wear a different one, but that it is something preserved for police officers. Some other people though also think it is quite a good solution and no problem.
    Personally I like to combine civilian clothes with some military components, this i my style, and distinguishes me probably from the majority.
    Although I am probably not going to be detracted of wearing a sam browne belt, I really appreciate all your input in this discussion!
     
  20. stach

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    So let's close this topic. [​IMG]
     

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