When all else fails just throw on another layer. I believe that’s the unofficial motto of carrying concealed. As many of us have transitioned to Fall and some even to Winter weather, something you will hear throughout the concealed carry community is something about how they love this season because of the extra layers. I’m guilty of saying it too. But just because it’s colder doesn’t mean we have to toss out our style. Am I right, ladies? There’s a reason our closets change seasons as well. While those extra layers are definitely an added benefit to concealing your firearm you also run the risk of adding extra bulk; and you know we can’t have any of that. That’s why I love to have cardigans on hand; well that and the fact that I’m always cold. I think I mention how cold I am in every post. In fact, as I write this I’m currently wearing a cardigan, scarf, and a poncho…and I’m inside. I literally live in cardigans all year round and this “look” has sort of been my uniform as of late…grabbing whatever cardigan I’m loving at the moment and throwing it on.
Yes, it totally helps to conceal especially if you wanted to carry something bigger and you could also carry outside-the-waistband using the cardigan as your cover garment. So in the case of the cardigan, the adage of throwing on another layer does hold true. However, there is an important note to takeaway for carrying during this colder months and that’s making sure you are practicing your dry draws. I can’t say that enough - layers or not. Sometimes just the additional of a simple cardigan could cause some obstacles that you weren’t aware of. Now, if you went and added a vest or something more, that’s additional layers you’ll need to clear in order to draw your weapon. So that’s something to think about and also practice. What’s the point of adding extra layers to conceal your firearm if you can’t get to it quickly and efficiently?