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

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

By Pratima AtiPratima Ati  • 

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. 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. Come on!

How To Tuck In A Shirt In 5 Different Ways

1. Full Tuck

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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.

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

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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

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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. 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.

3. Half Or One-Sided Tuck

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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 formal or casual wear, it just gives you a fresh look and helps you style the same top or shirt differently. It looks undone yet chic and uptown. It looks great, especially with shirts that are relatively smaller.

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

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The styles just get better, easier, and smarter. 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

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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 or low-cut linen trousers.

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 a little 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.

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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.

Outfit Ideas

1. Front Tuck With A Full Denim Look

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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 high-rise jeans, denim, or pencil skirts, and try the front tuck.

2. Full Tuck With A Pencil Skirt

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Full-tuck is timeless and goes with just about every top. It 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.

3. Low Tuck With Linen Trousers

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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. 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. For your footwear, you can swing both ways – either pumps or white converse shoes.

4. Half Tuck With Denims

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, a half-tuck is always a good idea. Avoid it if the shirt is too big because that can backfire and make you look bulgy.

5. Navel Tuck With Denim Shorts

You might be already doing this with your denim shorts; you just might not have realized it. We all love our hot pants 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.

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)

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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 something simple into stylish in a matter of minutes. If you have an oversized t-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.

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.

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