raptor wrote:I would suggest Mall Ninja attire is more of a liability in any situation. Personally I will strive for invisibility (not literally obviously) but will settle for obscurity. I would not want to call excessive attention attention to myself so that I can go unnoticed doing whatever it is I have to do.
yep, I'm with you on that. sorry, I don't think I made it clear that my previous post was agreeing with you and adding on to the idea.
I sometimes worry that my preferred bugout wear might look a little too G.I. Jane: cargo pants and men's A shirts, usually in tans or greens. It's just comfortable and practical and what I'd wear camping anyway. And while I'd hardly be confused with someone in the military by anyone with 2 brain cells left, I do wonder if it might look to aggressive or poseur-ish.
I have to say the idea of being unnoticed is something I even used to strive for when I lived in the city. Coming and going from a club at 4am, by myself, in an abandoned part of town was not the time for me to be prancing around in my club clothes announcing "HEY, SINGLE FEMALE WALKING ALONE AND UNARMED WITH NO ONE ELSE IN SIGHT!"
I used to wear baggy track pants and big hoodie over my club wear, then shed them once I got inside and check them at the coat check. If I found myself walking home alone late after being out with friends I'd turn my bright red fuzzy vest inside out so the black lining was showing and put the hood up for the same reason. If I was riding the subway at 2am I sat wide legged and leaned back casually.
I think the balance is to attempt to be inconspicuous without looking like you're trying to hide. The latter can be a signal to some that you're vulnerable or weak, looking like you're afraid of being picked out instead.