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Fashion Forward

Thanks to new designs, uniforms are much more comfortable and functional than the stiff garb of yesteryear.

January 01, 2005  |  by - Also by this author

As a law enforcement officer, you most likely spend your days on duty wearing a uniform. Wearing the same outfit every day means you never have to worry about what you wear to work. But it also means that because you live in your uniform while on duty it better be comfortable and durable.

New fabric blends and innovative styles that incorporate room for gear and ease of movement make working any detail a little less stressful, if not a walk in the park. Whether you have a place to stow your flashlight or if your pants will tear as you climb a fence while chasing a perp are not questions you want running through your head on the job. Finding the right uniform in the first place can eliminate these problems.


From a company known for clothing with abundant pockets, these uniforms don’t disappoint. Washable A/B Class uniforms from 5.11 Tactical come in Poly Wool or Poly Rayon and are available in a variety of colors. The shirts have strategically placed visible and hidden pockets to hold all your gear, bi-swing shoulders for easy movement, and sewn-in military creases. B Class pants have Velcro-close cargo pockets as well as two 8.5-inch-deep rear flashlight pockets.


In a 50/50 blend of Kermel Aramid and Lenzing rayon fabric, Blauer’s line of flame-retardant uniform shirts and trousers are comfortable yet professional. The twill shirt features a convertible sport collar and an extra long shirttail. Blauer’s side-pocket pants provide all-day comfort with a relaxed fit. Lintrak permanent creases and split-seam tailoring keep them neat, while six pockets allow ample room for gear. Both shirt and pants are available in black or dark navy.


Made of 65/30 poly cotton “Battle Rip” ripstop all-season fabric, BDUs from Propper are made for comfort and durability. The BDU two-pocket shirt features two bellows pockets with drain holes and a chest pencil pocket. Two-piece double-reinforced elbows withstand abuse. Propper’s BDU trouser continues the theme of comfort and durability with double-reinforced seat and knees and adjustable waist tabs with four bar tacks. Shirts and pants are available in 10 colors.

Red the Uniform Tailor

Uniquely RTUT stock items from Red the Uniform Tailor make uniform pieces that aren’t normally found in stock available to departments. The company’s BDU pants with adjustable waist are made of 65 percent polyester and 35 percent cotton and are available in stock with either gold or french blue stripes on navy. The matching BDU shirt is made of poly/cotton and is available in four colors. Both are washable.


Prestige Advance uniform shirts and trousers from Elbeco are made with material originally developed for the U.S. Navy. The fabric combines long-staple stretch wool for comfort with manmade fiber technology for strength and durability. The line of machine-washable garments includes uniform trousers and short- and long-sleeved shirts, all available in dark navy blue.

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