5 Different Ways To Tuck In Your Clothes Like A Fashion Pro

Turn your basic clothes into high fashion statement pieces with these tips.

Reviewed by Paola Farina, Personal Stylist Paola Farina Paola FarinaPersonal Stylist linkedin_iconinsta_icon
Written by , MSc Pratima Ati MSc linkedin_icon
Edited by , MA (English) Asmita De MA (English) linkedin_icon Experience: 3 years
Fact-checked by , MA (Journalism & Mass Communication), Certified Style & Image Consultant Srijani Roy Chowdhury MA (Journalism & Mass Communication), Certified Style & Image Consultant linkedin_icon Experience: 3 years
Last Updated on

Although tucking in a shirt usually means inserting the bottom ends of a shirt into the bottom wear clothing, the idea has encountered significant changes. While it is important to ace the technique of doing the usual tucking in for your work purpose, it is also essential to learn how to tuck in a shirt in a way that gives out those street-style vibes too. With umpteen grooming options available, you do not want to look the same every day. Even the most basic dress shirt can be transformed into something so red carpet-ish. and can even enhance the look of your boring bottoms. Proper tucking can also make your high-waisted bottom appear more stylish instead of staying hidden. But don’t worry when we are here. Today, in this article, we will provide everything you need to know about tucking in a shirt in different styles. All you need to do is scroll down and give this piece a read. So, without further ado, let us go ahead and get started with some basic rules of tucking. Come on!

protip_icon Ace The Look
  • Layering: Add a layer such as a jacket or oversized-shirt for adding depth to your front tuck and for a more relaxed vibe.
  • Hacks For No Lines: To avoid seeing lines while tucking clothes in tight-fitted skirts or pants, either tuck the fabric under your bra or use the hair-tie method to create a seamless faux-tuck look.
  • Alignment Check: When half-tucking a buttoned shirt, make sure the tucked part is in alignment with the fly of your jeans or further towards the untucked part. This will prevent showing your belly.
  • Accessorization: Wear a statement belt when going with a full tuck to look more put-together.

How To Tuck In A Shirt In 5 Different Ways

1. Full Tuck

How to tuck in a shirt with a full tuck
Image: StyleCraze Design Team

It’s been a while since we have been sporting oversized shirts and T-shirts. But, sometimes, it can look like it’s consuming you and that you got lost somewhere in your outfit. This is especially true if you are petite. Not that any of this stops us from rocking this look, but there are ways to make your formal wear look better – for example, by doing the full tuck.

How To Do It

Step 1 – Start by tucking in the button-up shirt from the front. Work your way towards the back.

Step 2 – Tuck it as deep into your trousers as you can so that it looks neat and taut.

Step 3 – Zip up your trousers, and pull out your shirt a little, like you are un-doing the tuck.

Step 4 – Style it by carrying a chunky sweater over your shoulders.

It brings a bit of the shirt out, making it look natural and tidy.

protip_icon Quick Tip
While tucking your shirt fully gives you a sophisticated look, you must be careful to avoid any bulky bulges or bumps that can ruin the whole appearance.

2. Front Or The Mullet Tuck

How to tuck in a shirt with a mullet tuck
Image: StyleCraze Design Team

Full tuck might not be everyone’s cup of tea, and I get it. Hang in there, front tuck comes to your rescue and makes you look street smart but not to the point where it starts looking shoddy.

So, avoid it if an extreme shirttail shows at the back and try a different tucking style such as a full tuck that is casually pulled out.

It takes all of 30 seconds to do this right, I mean, to perfect the not-so-perfect-looking front tuck (see, what I did there?)

How To Do It

Step 1 – Start by tucking the front part of your T-shirt or shirt into the trousers or skirt.

Step 2 – Leave the back portion of your shirt untucked and loose.

Step 3 – If you are wearing slacks or tights, you can tuck into them, so the half tuck stays in place.

Jill, a fashion blogger shared her personal experience and advice on how she likes to style her shirt in her blog. She states, “I probably tuck my top in front more than any other way. It’s quick and simple and I only tuck about 30% of the front of the shirt so you get a little high/low look with the hem (i).”

3. Half Or One-Sided Tuck

How to tuck in a shirt with a one-sided tuck
Image: Instagram @empower_your_style

If these were not fun enough, here’s something that might excite you, one because it’s effortless, and two, because it will set you apart from others. Be it for any formal occasion or casual one, it just gives you a fresh look and helps you style the same top or shirt differently. This casual shirt style looks undone yet chic and uptown. It looks great on any formal shirt that is relatively smaller or a long-sleeved button-up shirt.

How To Do It 

Step 1 – First, start by unbuttoning the last button.

Step 2 – Tuck one side of your shirt in (whichever side you prefer).

Step 3 – Bring up the other side of the shirt to your waistband and tuck it in loosely.

Step 4 – Tuck the remaining part of the shirt in till it is about half its circumference.

4. Navel Tuck

How to tuck in a shirt with a navel tuck
Image: Instagram @maudsyth

The styles just get better, easier, and smarter. They are perfect for tucking in a shirt made of lightweight cotton poplin cloth. You may also go for an oversized shirt made of linen fabric for a casual style. In case you haven’t noticed, all the tucks take less than a minute from start to finish because lazy geese like me always resort to such hacks. Anyway, if you want to show off a bit of your midriff or just look like an uptown girl, try the navel tuck.

How To Do It 

Step 1 – Grab the end of the centermost part of your top or shirt.

Step 2 – Tuck that into your trouser.

5. Low Tuck

How to tuck in a shirt with a low tuck
Image: Instagram @west2westport

Okay, let’s meet somewhere in the middle and try a tuck that makes you look super laid-back and cool. But, this is going to look the way it is supposed to (refer to picture) only with low-rise denim, low-cut and wrinkle-free linen trousers, or casual jeans. For upper wear, you can opt for different types of shirts and can transform even a badly fitted dress shirt to your body shape perfectly.

How To Do It 

Step 1 – Start by tucking the shirt in from the front.

Step 2 – Tuck it in all around.

Step 3 – Zip your pants up.

Step 4 – Pull out the tucked shirt a little, about an inch, from all the sides, except the navel portion, to make it look a bit undone and bulgy.

Step 5 – Do not make the tuck too tight or loose; plus, be careful with the bulge. It can add weight to your midriff. This type of shirt-tucking method is also called military tuck, which looks great with a button-down shirt. This cleaner shirt tuck is common with uniform shirts ideal for school uniforms or a formal event such as a job interview.

protip_icon Quick Tip
You can also try sports bra tuck by simply tucking the edge of the shirt and stuff in the base of your sports bra gently to get a cropped look.

These are the different ways to tuck in your clothes. But when should you tuck in? With which bottoms will the tuck-in style be more suitable? Read on to find out.

When To Tuck In A Shirt?

To create a balanced look, consider the style of your bottoms. Here are a few tips to help you decide if you should tuck in or not.

  • If the bottoms are flowy, tuck your top in to define your waist.
  • If they are fitted, experiment with a loose tuck or leave the top untucked.
  • For high-waisted bottoms, if the top is flowy or long, do a full tuck. Go for a half-tuck if it is a short top. If your top already sits nicely at the waist, you can keep it untucked.
  • When dealing with low to mid-rise bottoms, go for a half-tuck with long and loose tops, or leave your tops untucked.

Outfit Ideas

1. Front Tuck With A Full Denim Look

How to tuck in a shirt with a front tuck for a full denim look
Image: Instagram

Do you realize how all high-rise denim looks are usually with tucked-in tops? If you are conscious about going for an entirely tucked-in look, go for a front tuck-in style. It camouflages unflattering bulges and hides your broad hips (if you are worried about such stuff). The next time you try a monochrome look, go for a chambray work shirt, high-rise jeans, high-waisted skirts, high-waisted pants, denim, or pencil skirts, and try this popular method of front tuck.

2. Full Tuck With A Pencil Skirt

How to tuck in a shirt using a full tuck with a pencil skirt
Image: Instagram

Full-tuck is timeless and goes with just about every top. This body smooth tuck suits every body type if you can pull it off. Pencil or peplum skirts, high-rise denim, boyfriend jeans, etc. are some smart choices to incorporate into your casual dressing style. A sleek full tuck also looks super flattering with an A-line and poodle skirt. Ace the style by complementing it with a bulky sweater or a long jacket.

3. Low Tuck With Linen Trousers

How to tuck in a shirt using a low tuck with linen trousers
Image: Instagram @victoriabeckham

Victoria Beckham is known for setting fashion trends, and she is one of those fashionistas who are never over-the-top. She totally rocks this look. Cotton or linen trousers or low-rise sweatpants with an oversized T-shirt, sleeves folded, a messy bun, and aviators are just something I cannot get enough of. As a rule of thumb, use this effective method of tucking with a casual and short-sleeved shirt, a bulky shirt, or a clean polo shirt. Secure it with a loose tuck at the trouser’s waist, subtly hiding the pant buttons. For your footwear, you can swing both ways – either pumps or white converse shoes.

4. Half Tuck With Denims

Half Tuck With Denims
Image: Shutterstock

When not walking on the ramp, Kendall Jenner is all about mommy or boyfriend jeans and tucked-in shirts. She is one Kardashian sister who is like any of us. Be it a grunge look with a T-shirt or a chic look with denim, cloth, a half-tuck is always a good idea. Avoid it if the shirt is too big because that can backfire, make you look bulgy, and ruin your casual outfit vibe. It would be a great idea to pair it with a polo shirt, rugby shirt, or a flannel shirt. The extra fabric of the untucked shirt looks super stylish with a classic pair of jean shorts.

5. Navel Tuck With Denim Shorts

How to tuck in a shirt using a navel tuck with denim shorts
Image: Instagram @jeanswest

You might be already doing this with your denim shorts; you just might not have realized it. We all love our hot pants, jeans, and denim shorts so much that it’s always nice to explore different ways of styling them. But, if you haven’t tried this yet, navel tuck should be your go-to style next time for any casual occasion. You can also create this advanced style of French tuck with an oversized poplin shirt or light shirts made of casual fabric and a pair of jean shorts, and finally aced with a classic leather belt tuck. Remember to not pull out too much of the shirttail or excess fabric on the sides of the tucked-in shirt, to avoid looking too bulky.

Infographic: 5 Cool Tucked-In Outfit Ideas To Try

A simple shirt tuck-in can make a huge difference to your outfit. Tucking it in the right way helps enhance the body shape, hide the belly, showcase accessories, and just look cool overall. You can go for different tuck-in styles, depending on your outfit, to complement and match your overall look. Take a look at the infographic below for the 5 coolest tucked-in outfit ideas to freshen up your look.

5 cool tucked in outfit ideas to try (infographic)

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

You probably didn’t realize the importance of knowing how to tuck a shirt. Done the right way, it ups your street fashion up by several notches. It can transform even a billowy unkempt-looking shirt and make it look stylish in a matter of minutes. If you have a baggy shirt, you can go for the classic full tuck. If the full tuck doesn’t sound appealing, you can go for the one-sided tuck for an effortless and chic look. Last, but not least, you can try a low tuck with low-rise sweatpants for a cool and laid-back look. Finally, personal stylist Paola Farina suggests, “If the art of tucking is something you can’t handle, buy a bodysuit. It looks great with little to no effort at all.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do people tuck in their shirts, and when did this fashion trend start?

People tuck their shirts in for a polished look, to highlight their waist or belt, or to ensure their shirt does not ride up. The practice of tucking shirts is as old as ancient Greece and Rome. It was a symbol of formal attire in those civilizations.

Can I tuck in a shirt if I have a fluffy belly?

Yes, make sure you tuck your shirt just below your navel and not below your belly. Doing the latter draws unflattering attention to your belly.

What types of shirts should be tucked in?

Dress shirts, button-up shirts, and shirts with a curved or long hemline should be tucked in. However, do keep the occasion and outfit when doing so.

How do I know if a shirt is the right length to be tucked in?

The length of the shirt to be tucked is determined by the shirt’s hemline. After putting on the shirt, if the hemline falls between the middle and bottom of the zipper, it is ideal for tucking in.

Can I tuck in a shirt without a belt?

Yes, you can tuck in a shirt without a belt for a casual look. However, a belt helps in keeping the shirt in place and prevents it from getting untucked throughout the day.

Should I tuck in a shirt when wearing a blazer or suit jacket?

Yes, tuck a shirt when wearing a blazer or suit jacket to create a polished look. You can pair your blazer or suit jacket with a button-up shirt and tie for a clean and formal look.

Key Takeaways

  • The mullet or front tuck is ideal for those who wish to look impeccable but with a touch of nonchalance.
  • The half tuck-in shirt exudes a fresh and effortless look, perfect for casual, fun days.
  • Opt for a navel tuck that portrays the ideal uptown girl look and allows you to flaunt your midriff just enough.
  • The low tuck look complements linen trousers in solid hues and offers a laid-back yet elegant appearance.
how to tuck in a shirt

Image: Stable Diffusion/StyleCraze Design Team

Banner Image Credits: Instagram

Upgrade your casual style by learning how to half-tuck your shirt in no time! Watch the complete video to add a playful flair to your outfits.

Personal Experience: Source

Paola Farina
Paola FarinaPersonal Stylist
Paola Farina is a personal and event stylist and a certified image consultant with 4 years of experience. She collaborates with individuals and companies. After graduating from classical studies, she won a scholarship from Image Fashion & Communication, the first Italian institute for training professional editors and stylists.

Read full bio of Paola Farina