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Arcstrider wrote

My logic has always been that if I have the intent on buying something, even if it's a small thing, I relieve some of the anxiety and feel that I may appear less suspicious when I start heading for the checkouts with a handbasket. I always pick up one thing to buy for every two to three things I conceal.

I'd definitely like a post related to this but angled towards female identifying people! I'm definitely still working on my little 'technique' for concealing, and I think one of my biggest faults is relying on my hoodie sleeves to conceal small items while slipping them into my purse.

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sorrygrief OP wrote (edited )

Yeah, I would like to point out that I am a male passing white person so this may be easier for me than a POC or someone who looks different from me. I can't speak or give advice to that because I could never fully understand what it's like, as someone who's white. Same for someone "gendered female" by others. I think it goes without saying to dress as "normal" as possible and try to blend in. But hoodies are in fashion and I don't think too many people would think twice about a "female appearing" person wearing a hoodie. Winter's coming too. Also, leggings and tights can help with this too. You can even wear briefs over tights but I wouldn't wear panties/thongs/etc. because the crotch area is too small and stuff would fall down your pant leg.

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Arcstrider wrote

May I ask where you live? Here, it's about to get so hot and humid, like numbers from hell kind of stuff. Hoodies won't work for me much longer, unfortunately. I usually gear up in mono/neutral tones, no big flashy "look at me!" colors.

I live in the southeast of USA, so small talk and stuff is a lot more common. Acting as a normal chatty customer and asking about different products/items they have in their basket and making small-talk with associates and customers that are too close for comfort has saved my shit so many times over the past couple months.

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sorrygrief OP wrote

mid/southern USA in a larger city. try a baggy t-shirt. you could even wear an underarmour base layer shirt underneath the baggy t-shirt so you can stretch the underarmour shirt over your belt/stolen goods area to hold whatever you're lifting to your chest. then baggy shirt can flow more freely, instead of conforming to the shape of the good's you've pouched in your pants. the "Women's UA TAC HeatGear Compression T" looks like it would work great for this. i've gotten jeans and a lot of clothes like this. if the stuff sticks out of the front of your shirt too much, walk with a hunch bc leaning forward will loosen up the baggy shirt and allow it to drape more freely.

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