No, you didn’t read the title wrong, I’m actually going to attempt to blow your mind by teaching you a thing or two about tucking shirts (I say shirts but what I really mean is shirts, t-shirts, sweaters, camisoles … basically, if you wear it on your upper body and it ends at your butt, there’s a good chance it could be “tucked” in some way).

I’m about to say something that might catch you completely off guard – I’ve had a lot of women tell me that shirts aren’t their thing! No matter what they do, they can’t seem to pull one off and feel frumpy when they wear one (I’m guessing they haven’t read this post). Well, like I said, here’s the bit that’s going to blow your mind and it’s as simple as 1,2,3. Here’s how it’s done …

The T-Shirt Tuck

Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever worn a t-shirt that hasn’t been tucked. Whether you prefer yours tucked loosely into a side pocket or waistband, this little trick has magic powers that will lift any outfit. A word of warning though – don’t be tempted to dive too deep with your tuck, you could create a pulling effect across the tummy area and that my friend, looks good on nobody. The more fabric that casually drapes across your hip, the better. Don’t over-think it!

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t-shirt, tuck, styling, personal style
The Shirt Tuck

Now here comes the tricky part – the shirt tuck! Just kidding – the trickiest part is trying to decide which look you want – a more classic or creative vibe?

  • For our classic beauties – you’ll want to do the full-tuck. Tuck your shirt completely, but loose enough so that it doesn’t create bulges.
  • If you’ve just stepped out of the shower and you’re feeling all Beyonce (kudos to you!) then look for pants with a lower-rise to pull off the half-tuck. Button your shirt in line with your waistband (stop where the buttons meet your waistband) and loosely tuck one side, letting the other side hang out.

Personally, I like to wear pants with a slightly higher waistband (remember I’ve had 2 kids) and through a lot of trial and error have found that tucking one-side into a side pocket looks best on my shape – go on, try it – I dare you!

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shirt, shirting, tuck, styling, personal style
 
The Knit Tuck

As with everything fashion related, there are no rules, especially when it comes to tucking in a knit (just helpful, friendly advice from people who think they know a thing or two about style). Play, experiment, turn your bedroom into a catwalk and work out which tuck suits you and highlights your best features. If you really want my advice (which you do because you’re reading this) then I’ve found that chunky knits look great tucked into slouchy trousers or stiff, structured skirts. Fine knits tend to look better tucked into midi-skirts, tailored trousers or anything that shows a bit off leg – tuck the knit completely and let it drape over your waistband.

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knitwear, knit, tuck, styling, personal style

I’m going to leave you with this – whichever tuck you choose, the key to nailing this look, is to make it look effortless and don’t forget about your sleeves.  Did you know that full length sleeves can draw our eyes to the hips, bottom & thighs? If you’re not so keen on highlighting this area, roll your sleeves to a more flattering length (usually the lower waist), I promise you’ll notice a difference.

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