Shooting clothing

We advise you on what to wear shooting. (Photo courtesy Campbells of Beauly)

Getting your shooting clothing right isn’t just a case of looking the part. You also want to make sure that you’re protected against the elements – staying warm and dry in winter and cool in summer.

In the first instance ask your host what the dress code is likely to be. If it’s a driven day then a tie is expected. If it’s an informal walked-up day then matters are likely to be different.

Walker & Hawes tweed cap

Should you wear a tweed cap?

Different clothes for different disciplines

Shooting etiquette demands different clothing for different disciplines. If you’re at a formal shoot then it’s going to be tweeds, or moleskins for less formal. If you’re stalking you might want to look at camouflage and your clothing will certainly need to be quiet and not ‘rustle’. What should you wear clayshooting? If it’s summer, maybe just a light gilet. But a cap is still important.

clay pigeon shooting clothing

Clayshooting vest by Musto £95

What’s best to wear on your feet and should you wear a cap? Read on and find out the answers.

Here’s the information you need on choosing the right kit for shooting.

What to wear shooting | What to wear clayshooting | Best gilets and waistcoats | Best shooting coats and jackets | Best shooting breeks and trousers | Best shooting footwear | Best shooting socks | Best shooting shirts | Best shooting gloves | Best camouflage clothing for shooting 

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The best waterproof shooting jackets

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best hunting trousers

Best hunting trousers: tried and tested in the field

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shooting smocks

Best shooting smocks

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Waterproof shooting boots

Waterproof shooting boots – we put some pairs to the test

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Wearing plus-fours for shooting

Why plus-fours add that little extra to shooting attire

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tweed shooting coats

Ten of the best tweed shooting coats

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gaiters for shooting

The best gaiters for walked-up shooting

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How LOUD should your shooting tweeds be?

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Testing shooting jackets

Testing, testing shooting jackets

Testing shooting jackets The four shooting coats 
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