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 

tweed shooting coats

Eight of the best tweed shooting coats

A comfortable, breathable, stylish shooting coat is a key part of shooting clothing. Here is a useful selection. Top tips for buying tweed shooting coats Tweed is naturally water repellent due to its lanolin content and it is also hard wearing. A good quality tweed shooting coat will last you…

gaiters for shooting

The best gaiters for walked-up shooting

Gaiters for shooting are essential, particularly if you’re walked-up shooting on moorland. Why gaiters for shooting are key shooting kit Wear gaiters with your breeks and shooting socks to protect your legs from ticks, as well as mud, scratches from rough heather and brambles. You’ll also be able to stride…

shooting smocks

15 of the best smocks for shooting and stalking

Smocks for shooting should be tough, resistant to thorns and brambles and pack away to almost nothing. They need to be breathable, lightweight, windproof and waterproof of course. In addition they should be comfortable to wear, easy to put on and take off, with room to put on layers underneath.…

stalking footwear

15 of the best boots for shooting

If you’re in the market for new boots for shooting this season then cast your eye down this list. We’ve picked out boots in various price ranges, from £125 to £329. Buy the best that your budget will stretch to and do the cost-per-wear analysis. If you’re going to wear…

grouse shooting

How LOUD should your shooting tweeds be?

Shooting tweeds should shout for joy, says Ben Samuelson There are a few fibs that we allow ourselves in shooting. The first is that we need big 4x4s. I spent many years driving to shoots in a TVR that only ever went off-road when I slid into a ditch. We…

Testing shooting jackets

Testing, testing shooting jackets

Testing shooting jackets The four shooting coats 
I was sent to trial are all so totally different from one another that to judge them in comparison is unfair and ultimately pointless. Therefore, when I was set the task of testing shooting jackets, I shifted my mindset to the one with…

Country tweed

Why tweed is the original performance clothing

Ten years ago, I was invited by a Scandinavian clothing brand to cover the launch of a new range of shooting clothing. The grand unveiling would take place at a sporting lodge in Sweden, and there would be an opportunity to trial the clothing during a day’s driven wild boar…

women's shooting clothing

Finally some shooting clothing for women that’s fit for purpose

As any female involved in fieldsports will know, buying women’s shooting clothing can be a bit of a nightmare. In decades past, I joined my first beating line and was clad in a wax jacket and trousers that disintegrated within a day. Many manufacturers overlooked us and in very recent —more…

best wellies for the field

11 of the best wellies for the field

It’s been raining a lot the last few months, so a sturdy pair of rubber boots which keep the water out are an essential part of an outdoor wardrobe. We looked into the subject and found some pairs which will last the course. You might find cheaper but these have…

waterproof shooting jackets

Six of the best waterproof shooting jackets

The warmest days of the year are now behind us. When you’re heading out into the field you’re going to need something that protects you from the wet weather and the chill in the air. If it’s pouring out then any of these coats below will keep you dry.  Tweed might…