The effortless tuck isn’t as effortless as it seems. Different types of shirts require different tucks, which definitely complicates things. Not to mention that each type of tuck has different levels of formality.
So, which type of tuck do you use, and when? This guide will go over all the ways to tuck in your shirt, and how to master them.
The full tuck is reserved for more formal occasions. Whether you need to dress up for a party, job interview, or for your workday, the full tuck is the way to go.
With a full tuck, the whole hem of your shirt gets tightly tucked in. This way, your shirt almost looks like it’s attached to your pants or skirt.
To pull this look off, you need a pair of high-waisted pants, a high-waisted skirt, or even paper bag waist pants. Avoid pairing this look with any pants that sit low on your waist, as it makes it harder for your shirt to stay tucked in, and it just doesn’t look as good.
Loose Full Tuck
The loose full tuck is the slightly less dressy version of the full tuck. You’ll want to wear this style with a pair of high-waisted pants or a high-waisted skirt. Unlike the regular full tuck, the loose full tuck only works with flowy blouses, rather than skin-tight shirts.
To get started, tightly tuck in your shirt the same way you would with a full tuck. When you’re done, lift your arms over your head to loosen the tuck. This gives you a clean, yet casual look that you don’t get with a tight tuck.
The front tuck is the most versatile tuck. From t-shirts to blouses, and even slim-fitting shirts, the front tuck can look great with just about any type of top. It’s especially helpful when you have an oversized shirt that makes you look boxy—a quick front tuck can instantly define your waist.
The only tops you should avoid with the front tuck are chunky sweaters and long tunics. These shirts will bunch up when tucked in, creating an unflattering lump of fabric.
You can do the front tuck with both mid-rise or high-rise jeans, pants, or skirts. Take the middle part of your shirt’s hem, and tightly tuck it into the front of your pants. From here, you’ll want to loosen the tuck a little, while the sides and back of your top stay untucked.
A half tuck gives off a carefree vibe that’s best for casual occasions. For this look, you’ll want to wear a button-down shirt or a loose blouse with high-rise pants, jeans, or a skirt.
If you’re wearing a button-down top, leave the bottom half of your shirt unbuttoned, and tuck only the button side of the shirt into the side of your pants. The half tuck is a little harder without a button-down shirt, but it’s still doable. Just loosely tuck one side of your top into your pants or skirt, and it’ll look just as great.
Switch Up Your Look: Try Tucking in Your Shirt
It takes a little practice to master the tuck. You might find yourself having to redo the tuck over and over again, but remember: your tuck doesn’t have to look perfect. The more you try the tucked-in style, the easier it’ll get.
Tackling the tuck is only one aspect of styling an outfit. If you really want to improve your style game, check out all of these fashionable ways that you can wear a white shirt.