Wearing military / tactical items

#16 Dec 9th, 2008, 06:47
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Even Lonely Planet warns about wearing "army or camouflage clothing" in India and my LP is from 2007...
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In concordance with Brisso, wearing army trousers there got me little more than some puzzled queries as to my military career (and so as such, another good conversation starter, or it'd more likely be simply ignored).

No problem I'd say, being a foreigner you're expected to be a little wacko anyway. As the others said, dressing up as if you're ready for action would probably be another thing, but then I don't get the feeling that's what OP meant anyway.

I should add those were perhaps more innocent times at least in the international scheme of things (not really or at all so in an Indian scheme of things though), and having grown a little older since I'd probably and naturally tend to blend in a little more. But a problem as such, no, would surprise me.
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I wore khaki shorts on one trip not so long ago - only real outcome was that it gave the touts an angle - "hey, soldier!" (better than "hello, sailor!" I guess)...

Folks were slightly bemused by the M-16 and RPGs I was carrying though ...
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LOL, indeed, Brisso.

For a classic take on that street dress, try Mik Ezdanitoff, Fashion Philosopher's Foreword to BILWET/Adilkno (The Foundation for the Advancement of Illegal Knowledge)'s Cracking the Movement: Squatting Beyond the Media.
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The Mods have changed your large pics into links - which are the preferred way of posting pics on a thread. And this Mod thinks your bag looks quite nice, I wouldn't mind one, myself. I don't see anything to worry about there!
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Is that what a special ops bag looks like?

I dont think anyone(other than special ops people) will recognise it as such. It looks like any other bag.

If the "tactical pants" are equally discrete then I dont see a problem.

Do you have a link for the tactical pants?
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re: Camouflage

I've seen more than a few Afghani's in Lajpat Nagar dressed in Army camouflage. And Mossy Oak Apparel seems to be everywhere these days. But it's all about location & demeanor isn't it. I mean it wouldn't exactly be the apparel of choice for standing, staring at the mezzanine level of a five star hotel .... but at the end of the day it's only just a clothing pattern - and might be perfect duds for a day's tour at a National Park, in the back of a Gypsy.
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Indeed. Come to think of it, wanting to visit the Mumbai Taj's recommended bookstore they wouldn't even let me in wearing my hippie but nonetheless very Indian leather slippers. Boohoo, and such (I remember the doorkeeper was otherwise most courteous and amicable about it, btw.)

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just say u was in nam . toten'nam. i have tactical pants y mollasers with a laarge crutch! i like cammo op n tactical monkey nuggets but unless you wanna take over macduglus i wouldnt be seen dead out of a central american nation, dont forget the fedora and tritium watch? sport!i was in the sas too mind manipulation crew!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by yourasian View Post just say u was in nam . toten'nam. i have tactical pants y mollasers with a laarge crutch! i like cammo op n tactical monkey nuggets but unless you wanna take over macduglus i wouldnt be seen dead out of a central american nation, dont forget the fedora and tritium watch? sport!i was in the sas too mind manipulation crew!
yea, and to make matter worst, my face is full of scars from operation Iraqi Freedom, and I have this gulf war sindrome because of inhaling too much depleted uranium = whenever any authority ask me any question I tend to say out loud my name,
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I wore U.S. military BDU trousers on two of our trips to India. No big deal at all.
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Your travel gear might not attract much attention, but "tactical pants" would definitely stand out. Only real soldiers and riot police wear such clothing in India. The "military" look isn't a fashion statement, although I once knew a Swiss woman who was so taken by the cut and styling of Indian police trousers (!) that she had a pair made up for herself!
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Yeah I've seen Indian guys in those cammy pants.
I'm not sure I'd be approaching any border area with a camoflage shoulder bag,
but fashion has no morals.
I suppose if they were teamed with an earth coloured top, the whole neo jungle story would work
Minimal accessories of course

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