This article originally appeared on Crossbreed Holster’s blog in June 2020.

It used to be – in the old days, before this article – that everyone assumed belly band holsters were for skinny people only. Typically featured on fit women in the gym or setting out to run errands in their Lululemon pants leggings, these holsters work for more than just the stereotypical belly band user!

WHAT ARE BELLY BAND HOLSTERS?

If you’re not familiar with them, modular belly band holsters allow you to carry concealed without a gun belt. Actually, you can even use them without wearing pants at all, but I digress. The ultimate belly band holster system is comprised of a wide, heavy-duty elastic band (thus the name – clever, no?) worn around your midsection and incorporates a modular holster (attached with Velcro hook and loop) then pulls it all together by overlapping the end of the band which is further secured with more hook and loop. No belt or belt loops needed plus the added benefit of the security a traditional hybrid holster provides with hard trigger cover? Yes, please!
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WHERE TO WEAR

Belly bands work great for situations where a belt just isn’t practical such as working out, jogging, climbing on monkey bars, or anytime you’re wearing athletic shorts or leggings. You can even use a belly band (and I speak from experience here) if you want to lounge around or comfortably work from home. Just wrap the belly band around your middle under your PJs or sweats or bathrobe, no judgment here, and go about your business or binge-watching – your call.

Another advantage of a belly band is that it’s elastic, so it will also expand with you as you eat more during the day. (come on, you know you were thinking it)
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Even if you could wear a belt, some folks just like how comfortable belly band holsters are. The soft, stretchy belt is custom fit to your middle and won’t shift around unless you want it to.

Which brings me to the main point of this article. (About time, right?)

WHO CAN WEAR THEM?

As shapely as wearing a belly band can be – it is flattering, after all – you don’t have to be a fitness model to wear one effectively. Take it from a guy who is 6 feet tall, 245 pounds, and a bit pudgy around the middle – a stunning specimen of a rockin’ dad bod, if I do say so myself. I’m the kinda guy who has a hard time appendix carrying because my gut gets in the way. You won’t see me on the cover of GQ or Men’s Fitness magazine but I can (and do) wear a belly band.
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One reason is that a belly band can be worn like any other holster, whether in the aforementioned appendix position or strongside 4 o’clock, my preferred spot, and everywhere in between. It’s ridiculously customizable, to the point where you can adjust it to fit anywhere around your torso because it’s not bound by traditional belts, belt loops, and waistlines.

HOW TO DRESS FOR BELLY BAND SUCCESS

As for dressing around it, simply treat belly band holsters like any other IWB option: throw on a shirt in any size other than schmedium and you’re done! Even if you’re wearing pants (you know, when you finally get to go out again), the belly band can still be a great option, especially if you’re used to it from wearing it so often.

Need to carry a spare magazine and other items but don’t have any pants pockets to shove them into? CrossBreed’s modular belly band also has additional space to affix a modular mag carrier as well as a deep horizontal pocket with Velcro closure for other items like your house key, driver’s license, concealed carry permit, and credit cards.

WHAT SAY YOU, DUDES?

So for the big guys in the audience, don’t feel like you’re not able to wear this particular type of concealed carry holster. During this lockdown, I started taking a 3-mile walk every morning wearing my CrossBreed Belly Band under my shirt and I can tell you from personal experience, it definitely works.

Interested in the ultimate mode of deep concealment comfort carry for your next workout or day in? Try it for yourself – you’ll be amazed at how comfortable and safe it is! Along with the superior safety aspect of this thoughtfully designed Belly Band Holster, their Two-Week, Try it Guarantee and legendary Lifetime Warranty makes choosing this holster the easiest workout ever!