I’ve had a lot of women tell me that shirts aren’t their thing. It doesn’t matter what they do, they just can’t pull one off. If you’re nodding your head at this, hang in there – there’s a few things you can do to make a shirt work for you. In #MYEPICSELF Fashion I talk about the huge difference that tucking a top can make to your overall look. Just to clarify too, when I say “top”, I mean t-shirts, shirts, sweaters, camisoles etc. If you wear it on your upper body and it ends at your butt, there’s a good chance that it can be “tucked” in some way.

Here’s a few good ones to have up your sleeve –

THE T-SHIRT TUCK

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 might create a pulling effect across the tummy area and that doesn’t look good. The more fabric that casually drapes across your hip, the better. Don’t over-think it!


THE SHIRT TUCK

The hardest part about the shirt tuck is trying to decide which look you want – a more classic or creative vibe?

  • For the classic beauties – you’ll want to do the full-tuck. Tuck your shirt completely, but loose enough so that it doesn’t create bulges (Below Middle).
  • If you’re feeling a little more daring, then wear a shirt with a pair of trousers or a skirt that has a lower-rise. This way you can create the half-tuck. Simply 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 (Below Right)


THE KNIT TUCK

For knitwear – play around & experiment to work out which tuck suits you and highlights your best features. Personally, I think chunky knits look great tucked into slouchy trousers and/ or stiff & structured skirts. Fine knits look best 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.

Whichever tuck you choose, the key to nailing this look, is to make it look effortless and you can do this by giving your sleeves some thought too! Full length sleeves can draw our eyes to the hips, bottom & thighs, so 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.

Inspiration Images via FASHIONED CHIC, BROOKE TESTONI, WE THE PEOPLE, VICTORIA TORNEGREN, THE UNDONE, SONG OF STYLE, VIVA LA LUXURY.

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