Tucked, Half-tucked or Untucked?
Guide to Shirt-Tucking: Should I tuck, half-tuck or untuck my shirt? How to wear untucked shirts while looking smart.
That’s the question I find myself asking most every time I put on a casual shirt.
When the shirt isn’t part of a suited look, I really love how the untucked look conveys effortlessness and casualness. But despite my wish to dress effortlessly chic with an untucked shirt, sometimes I’d find myself looking like a) a girl trying to pull off the oversized-boyfriend-shirt look (petite/short men are very prone to this aha), or b) a young man who seems to have an abnormally long torso, or c) a school boy who desperately needs a belt.
I wanted to wear my shirt untucked, but I want to look smart and chic at the same time.
I thought I found the solution when I saw Mr Beckham’s half-tucked. But there’s a fine line between “yay” or “nay” when your surname isn’t Beckham – it just doesn’t work for me (I tried). Be it side-untucked or back-untucked, I guess I’ll just leave it to the ladies.
That brought me back to the opening question today. Would you rather tuck-in, half-tuck or completely untuck your casual shirt?
After going through a considerably long time of trial-and-error, I’ve come to a conclusion:
- When the length of the shirt isn’t perfect, do not go untucked.
- I think I look funny, messy and undecided in half-tucked, so I’ll never go there again.
And then the next question – how to look smart when it’s untucked?
It turns out there’s a fairly simple guideline: it’s all about the perfect length and the perfect width/fit.
A perfect length means the shirt tail should fall within the area framed by the 2 white dashed lines in the image below:
As general rule of thumb:
- The shirt is too long to be worn untucked when the shirt fully covers your bottom,
- The shirt is too short to be worn untucked when the shirt tail is above the mid of your bottom.
In terms of width and fit, a slim fit shirt looks better than a normal fit when untucked, as normal fit shirt tends to look like a poncho when the wind blows (ok kidding, but really).
Having said all that, it still boils down to your personal taste and preference when wearing a casual shirt. So do you love to wear your shirt tucked/untucked/half-tucked?