If excitement and adventure is what your looking for you need to dress for the life you want. The clothes you wear could mean the difference between escaping danger or tripping and becoming zombie chow. (just as an example) It is important to develop your own style. You need to be comfortable, but also functional as well as looking cool. Consider the climate and environment you will be going to. You don’t want to wear something that is going to heat you up like a crisp piece of bacon, or leave you freezing like a popsicle. Only you can know what you like. Take a look at those you look up to for ideas. Someone else’s style may inspire you, but should not impose their desires over your own. Don’t try to look exactly like anyone else. Be yourself. Anthony from Anthony’s audio Journal has taken to wearing a hiking kilt. He seems to really like it.
Starting at the beginning. The underwear. It is not a rule, but if you want to look good, they all should match. For men you are wearing socks, underwear, and under shirt. For women panties, and bra.
Going commando is not a good option. You don’t want things rubbing around for very long and it is not sanitary. I tried it once and it was not comfortable at all and my best friend told me that she has gone without a bra and it was the most uncomfortable thing ever. In the event of an emergency you don’t want to be caught with your pants down, especially if you are not wearing underwear, and you don’t want your dangly bit above or below bobbing around.
Socks if not matching an unusual color should be white, grey, or black. These colors go with anything. For women however other colors can be gotten away with. Guys should only go with fun socks if they want people to see them as eccentric. I wear white socks most of the time. I prefer crew cut. I hate the ankle length. It keeps my shoes from rubbing directly against my legs. Especially when I wear my work boots. I find that it keeps ticks from getting down on my feet. Pictured here Received in my Cairn subscription box. Injinji mid weight mini- crew toe socks. These socks are designed to tackle dirt paths or rocky trails. Breath well, and dry fast. actually a little thin for my taste. They are suppose to help prevent blisters and the individual toes keep them from rubbing together and support each toe. Some people like the ankle cut, but i do not. i ended up wearing regular socks over them. They were extra cushion and i like them. Going to use them for exercising, hiking and the dreaded fresh season.
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Dark colored underwear hide stains better than white or bright colors. Boxers give you a more lose fit than briefs, however briefs hold things in place better for running or more active people. There is also a hybrid boxer briefs. It is a little looser than briefs but snugger than plain boxers. The plus side of boxer shorts is that they look like shorts and are less embarrassing to be caught in unless they are the kind with the gaping hole in the front. One guy said they couldn’t stand boxer briefs because of the fly and they loose their junk in the jungle. I am not sure how you loose your junk. I have never had this problem and I always know where mine is, but I don’t judge.
As for a bra. I have never wore one, but my friend Silver said she could never stand to go without one. There are a few uses for on other than it’s initial use. If cut in half it can be used to cover you nose and mouth. The elastic can be used for something and if you have the under wire kind the wire can be useful. I heard of one woman who had a goat that could not walk because of a problem with it’s back legs and she cut little hole in an old bra and rigged up a cart like contraption that held it up and took the weight of the goats legs and eventually nursed it back to health.
An undershirt is the last to be mentioned and is usually underrated. It helps to prevent sweat from staining your shirt. Usually worn with dress clothes. There is something classy with having a white undershirt showing at the front collar. It is an extra layer of warmth if you plan to be an area with low temperatures. Or if you are in an area with higher temperatures you can strip down to it if you don’t want to be completely bare chested.
For the mid layer (over the base layer and under the outer layer) it is more important to consider your appearance. Big clothes make your bodies look shapeless and don’t really hide your weight. This is the appearance people are going to react to. The image you want to project to people. It has to be what you like and how you want people to see you. Professional or carefree. This is going to everyone’s first impression of you. If you plan to be very active, loose clothing is important. You don’t want to wear anything to restricting. But you also don’t want to wear anything too baggy. Such as sagging. If you are going to be in a potentially dangerous situation or one in which you may need to run or help someone you don’t want to trip over your own pants, or have extra clothing getting in the way and you sure don’t want it to get caught on anything like a machine or car door and get pulled to your death.
Something else to consider is environmental. What is the climate going to be like. Dark colors absorb heat making you hotter and white and like colors reflect more heat keeping you cooler.
My preferred shirt is a t-shirt. They are lightweight and breathe easy. Button down shirts are nice if you like that sort of thing. Buttons are easy to loose though. Plus I like to wear something with a saying or symbol on it. Long sleeve dress shirts are good if you want the elegant or business look. You should have at least one formal shirt for special occasions where it is appropriate to dress up. Weddings, funerals, formal parties. You never know when this is going to necessary. I recently was asked to be a friends best man at his wedding. I haven’t asked yet how formal it is going to be. I have a nice silky blue dress shirt I can wear with some black slacks and a tie. Add a black blazer or something and I am ready. If less formal I have a black dress t shirt that has a white shirt look with a tie on it and I can slip a black long sleeve shirt over it and you can’t even tell I am not dressed up. I fooled my family at a Christmas gathering once.
An over shirt is quite useful. It can be worn as a mid layer or used as an outer layer as cover for your arms in jungle conditions to protect from scratches, cuts and brush. For warmth in cold climates. You can tie it around your waist in warmer weather. It can be worn as a cape fashion and carrying collections of items on your back. It can be used as a rag for whipping or as a towel for drying. It can be worn on your head as a bandanna to shield your head and neck from the sun. Put the long flap over your head and fold the collar over and tie the arm sleeves in the back like a turban. Good for desert conditions. You can dip it in water as a wet rag. You can twist it up and snap at things with is as a weapon or wave it around to scare away wild animals. If it is a bright color you can use it for signaling. Or getting attention at a distance. You can use it as a small blanket, a pillow, or a blindfold. You can thread useful items in it like bits of wire or safety pins. I could have temporarily fixed mom’s glasses when the screw came out if i had had a small bit of wire, but i had the wrong over shirt on at the time. The wire was in the green one and i was wearing the blue. Use it for a sling for a hurt or broken are or to bandage a wound. Hold it over your head when it is raining or you can find one with a hood. It has a handy breast pocket. Hold it over your face as a face mask. If it is the kind with shoulder flaps it can be used to hold things like flashlights.
My brother and I were on our way back from somewhere at night when his car over heated. He popped the hood and had a jug of water, but the radiator was hot and he couldn’t get it open and had nothing to get the cap off with. I had on an overshirt and took it off and handed it to him to twist off the cap so he could add the water. I gave him a knowing look. Everyone always makes fun of the way I dress.
I like an overshirt with a hood that I can put up when it is raining.
Pants As for pants, I usually wear jeans. I don’t like anything else. I have a pair of cargo pants, but I don’t like the bagginess, but I do like the pockets for storage. I have found and like carpenter pants. It has a lot of pockets. It is kind of a hybrid of cargo and jeans. Denim is durable and breathes well. If you want a more business look you may want to go with slacks. I know a lot of people who wear shorts. I just hate shorts. It leaves my legs to exposed and I get a lot of scrapes and scratches.
Sweatpants are another issue. They have a bad reputation as being unclassy and of course they are. (Also have a reputation for showing off boners.) If you are comfortable with them then go for it. I use to wear them in high school, but quite when I started getting pantsed.
Coats. The outer layer. If you want something light weight you can go with a windbreaker. An over coat looks cool if you are into the dark brooding look made popular by the tv shows Angel and Constantine. One rule of thumb for a coat is that short people shouldn’t wear long coats and tall people shouldn’t wear very short ones. This is a visual effect that makes you look very short or very tall. Find something that is appropriate to your height.
Anthony’s podcast on jackets and outer layers
Anthony’s podcast on clothing and layering
These are going to be really important. You are going to be wearing them a lot. You need to consider if they will be comfy for long periods. Ladies. No high heels. If you can’t run in them don’t wear them. However I will say this about high heels. In the Buffy the vampire comics she does some serious damage with them and Elvira in the movie kicks the evil wizard in the head with one. Definitely cool.
Sneakers are good. I prefer boots. I have high tops to support my ankle and they come with water resistant and steel toes. Durable and a snake can’t bite through them. Can wade through shallow waters. They are good for rough terrain and rocky places. Another tip. Boot laces can be used for setting traps for small game and tieing off an umbilical cord.
One thing I can’t stand to wear are flip flop or sandals. I hate the openness and the thing that goes between your toes. My aunt wears these all the time. She rarely wears anything else. I just can’t see how anyone can move in those things. Of course Anthony loves his Luna sandals. He hike in them all the time. Maybe I should give them a chance, (but I doubt that will happen.)
Anthony’s Podcast on shoes part one
Anthony’s Podcast on shoes part two
Hats and Flare
Now for the flare. Everyone loves their personal effects. What kind of accessories do you like. Bandannas, jewelry, hats.
There are several types of hats to consider. In the south cowboy hats and caps are the most common. The cowboy hat has a wide brim and blocks the sun from most angles. The ball cap is the next best. It is the most common. My brother had a Wal-mart cap that he wore all the time. He and our cousin one fourth of July thought it would be fun to set fireworks off on it and blow it up and dye it with the smoke bombs. It was a tattered mess after words and he loved it. He wore it all the time everywhere. It definitely got a lot of attention and looks. When he and his friends went out they would take it and throw it in the trunk of the car and would not be seen in public with him. That is how it eventually got lost. After that he wore a cubs cap for a long time.
If that is not to your taste you can wear a dew rag, that has multiple purposes like a handkerchief. There is the outback hat that is similar to a cowboy hat, but is softer and more flexible. Some fold them and keep them in their pocket. They have a string that you can hang it around your neck.
There are other uses for a hat than just to wear it. You can use it to carry things like barriers if you want to gather them. If it’s waterproof you can carry water in it.
Anthony has something to say about hats and head covers
Belts and belt buckles. You should definitely have this in your style. It holds up your pants and prevents you from getting pants. I hated that happening to me at school. I’d be minding my own business only to end up standing there with my pants around my ankles. One more reason to wear clean underwear. A belt can be used for more than holding up your pants. It can help climb a tree or pole. It can be used to tie things together or make a splint. Tie it tight enough you can slow down bleeding from an injury. More importantly it keeps you from being pantsed. A belt buckle is a large piece of metal. It can help protect from injury at your midsection. It can make a statement if you get a funny one. If it is shiny and gold you can use it for bartering. It is also considered the modern day cod piece. It draws the individual’s eyes to the groin if you have something worth showing off.
A friend from work wears a belt and attached things to it. Lots of things like batman. Looks kind of dorky unless you are a cop or something. However you can carry a lot of things this way, but it will also slow you down. It is extra weight. Determine what is useful and what is dead weight. If you carry a bag then you don’t necessarily need to carry a lot of stuff on your body.
As for jewelry rings, necklaces, ear rings, bracelets. I typically wear a cross or my shield of faith necklace. It has scripture on it. The same with my ring I wear. If you are a Christian Adventurer you should incorporate a cross into your gear. A lot of miracles come about through symbols of one’s faith. I also have a paracord bracelet I wear. Paracord bracelets are a survival item. You can unravel them to use the sturdy cord for doing a lot of things.
If you are the formal type you can wear a tie. You can tie them around your head as a sweat band or tie off and injury. The idea is to be creative and not to let other’s opinions decide what you like. You never know what will be useful. You may even surprise yourself.
A friend of mine saw my handkerchief and was shocked. I always keep one in my back pocket. She said she didn’t think anyone carried them anymore except old people. I was a little insulted by that. There are a lot of uses for them other than blowing your nose on or whipping your forehead. You can cover your mouth with them to avoid breathing in poison, picking up something you don’t want to touch with your bare hands like collecting evidence. I cleaned off mom’s cup the other day when we got vanilla cream Dr. peppers. It spilled over the lid when she put the straw in and didn’t want it to run everywhere. It’s not just for old people.
For this lesson.
Plan out a basic outfit for average weather. An everyday sort of outfit that covers mild but not extreme weather that protects from the sun, but keeps you cool.
Upper body base layers:_____________________________________
Lower Body base layers:_____________________________________
Upper body mid layers:______________________________________
Lower body mid layers:______________________________________
Upper body Outer layers:_______________________________________
Lower body outer layers:_______________________________________
Print and Design your own t-shirt.
This is a print out of a Jesus paper toy you can color and dress up.