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This may or may not qualify as a traditional women’s tactical shirt, but that’s how it’s labeled and who are we to argue? In any case, the term Self Rescuing Princess, matched with a properly pretty-lady-regal ballistic helmet on the front is plenty tactical for us. This shirt, the Southernly Zen Tactical Princess shirt, is for those badass lady types who prefer a ballistic helmet and NVGs to a crown and glass slippers.

women's tactical t-shirt: Self-rescuing princess


Would Cara Dune, Evelyn Salt,  Andromache of Scythia, Sarah Connor, or Ms. Perkins wear a tactical princess shirt? What about Ani Bezzerides or Jenette Vasquez? We have no idea. We’d like to think so, and we’re certain they’d approve of the concept, but they might want one of the other variants (see below)/



Self-Rescuing Princess Shirt Options

• Self-Rescuing Princess, Tactical Princess Shirt

• Self-Rescuing Princess, No Knights Needed

• Self-Rescuing Princess, Cowgirl Shirt

This is the first shirt style with this design put out by Southernly Zen. It has a fully-equipped helmet (hard to tell if it’s Kevlar or bump), a tiara atop that, and a rifle ready to snatch up and roll out.


It’s printed on a Bella Canvas 6400 Women’s Jersey Short Sleeve. If we’re deciphering social posts correctly, additional styles (athletic cut, moisture-wicking, and maybe hoodies) will be available soon. The different types of “lifestyle” shots we’re seeing are apparently just to gauge interest.

Features: Sideseamed. Slim fit. Shoulder taping. Longer body length.

This is how apparel manufacturer Bella Canvas describes the garment:

“Her go-to tee fits like a well-loved favorite, featuring a slim feminine fit, crew neck, short sleeves, and superior combed and ring-spun cotton that acts as the best blank canvas for printing. Offered in a variety of solid and heather CVC colors.”

  • 100% combed and ring-spun cotton
  • Athletic heather is 90% cotton, 10% polyester
  • Other heather colors are 52% cotton, 48% polyester
  • Fabric weight: 4.2 oz/y² (142 g/m²)
  • Pre-shrunk fabric
  • Designed specifically for strong women
  • Crewneck
  • Relaxed fit
  • Side-seamed


Find these and other designs at Southernly Zen.

Bud Boomer

Bud Boomer is a former American Sheriff from Niagara County who doesn't like Canadian beer but does enjoy wearing flannel. After many years in law enforcement, followed by a few rotations overseas as a contractor with Hacker Dynamics (on the same PSD team, he's proud to say, as Bert Gummer, Tom Evans, and Walter Langkowski). He was an avid outdoorsman at one time, and will still sleep on the ground if he has to, but nowadays would prefer to stick to day hikes and climbs and sleeping indoors where it's comfy and warm. He has been hopelessly lost in the Canaan Bog at least half a dozen times, but still enjoys practicing land nav there. Bud believes anyone who eats poutine râpée is either a commie or stupid.