If high school proms are any guide, males are generally immune to clothing envy. I know I’m making gender-based generalizations here, but nobody ever saw two jocks throwing down in front of the punch bowl while yelling “I picked that tux first, you b*tch!” Having said that, I will now confess to some clothing envy myself because a Toronto custom tailor can build you a carbon nanotube business suit with Level III-A protection that’s almost indistinguishable from a typical wool suit . . .
Oil executives wear them in the Middle East, our Presidents are rumored to wear them on Inauguration Day, and you can have one too if you’ve got $20,000 and a lot of patience. (If only Ambassador Christopher Stevens had had one in Benghazi…) Each Garrison Bespoke bulletproof suit is handmade of a proprietary armor-grade carbon nanotube fabric (similar to Rynohide) and offers approximately Level III-A protection against pistol calibers and fragmentation.
The next-generation fibers give these suits approximately one-half the weight of a similar suit with a level of protection from Kevlar or Spectra.
Carbon nanotubes are believed to be The Next Big Thing in armor development, with significantly higher hardness and blunt-trauma resistance than Kevlar or Spectra fibers and with vastly higher shatter resistance than ceramics. Other carbon-nanotube soft body armor in development has demonstrated the ability to completely block (and bounce away) all common pistol calibers from all ranges and at all angles of incidence.
You don’t need to spend $20K to be a bulletproof fashion plate, but other boardroom-friendly body armor is much bulkier and heavier. This Level III-A sportcoat is made of current Kevlar or Spectra fibers, for instance. It costs ‘only’ $800 and up, but it weighs nearly seven pounds just for the jacket. It might not be immediately noticeable at a distance, but it’s definitely hot and heavy. And not in a good way.
OTOH, you won’t have to wait months or years to have it delivered…