Tucking in Your Shirt – How to Do it Right!

Written by Rebecca | 10/05/2017



How To


After you’ve picked out your best shirt you need to know how to wear it. Tucking in your shirt may seem a simple task and you may wonder if there even is a correct way to do it. The reality is that many people do not do it properly and leave the house having not looking their best.

It’s important to have tucked in your shirt correctly with a tight tuck and minimum billows over the waistline so not to look scruffy. If you wear a shirt for work, which many people do, you want to appear professional to impress customers, colleagues and anyone else you meet throughout the day.

According to a survey conducted by Fruit of the Loom it concluded that tucking in your shirt benefits your quality of life and career. It reported that tuckers are 22% more likely to say they’re optimistic about the future and have a 19% higher income than those who don’t tuck.

So if you want that higher salary or a more optimistic outlook on life then follow these simple guides to get the correct tuck to start you on that path.

The Basic Trouser Tuck

The most common and easy way to tuck, it works well with a well fitted shirt but terrible with anything else. Simply place your shirtail inside the trousers but above underpants then the shirt is shoved straight down all the way around the waist.

Another way is to button up your shirt first then pull your trousers up over the shirt and button them up. This pins your shirt underneath your trousers with minimal effort on your part.

To achieve a more casual look for a social event then follow the same approach but slowly untuck it until about an inch of cloth is available and fold that carefully over your belt to leave an even overhang.

The Underwear Tuck

Despite the name this has nothing to do with tucking your shirt inside your underpants. It is a simple layer-on-layer system involving an undershirt, underwear, shirt and trousers in that order. To achieve a better tuck, tuck your undershirt into your underwear then tuck your shirt into your trousers. Makes your shirt more likely to stay tucked in.

As the name suggests this is the technique used by many armed forces around the world. It is an efficient method used to hide away excess fabric in army uniforms let alone a loose fitting shirt.

It’s a more complicated tucking in routine that creates a pair of folded pleats, which are then pinned flat by the waist. Just follow the instructions below and don’t be too discouraged if this one takes you a few tries.

  1. Have your trousers on, but unbuttoned. You’ll need to close them up quickly over the shirt once you’re done with folding.
  2. Pinch each of the shirt’s side seams between a thumb and a forefinger. Pull down to tug all the fabric tightly.
  3. Fold the seams backward toward your rear end, creating a pleat that folds over any loose fabric in the sides. Use enough pressure to pull the shirtfront smooth and tight across the front of your chest.
  4. Button up your trousers and belt them to hold the pleats flat against your body. Depending on how much excess fabric the shirt had, the folds should sit somewhere behind your hips, underneath the back of your armpits.
Shirt stays

This is the most elaborate form of tucking in and refers to a specialised sort of garter. The garters are elasticised with clips at the end. The garters clip to the tip of your socks and to the tips of your shirt tails helping to hold it in place. Adjust the buckles on the garters until the shirt is straight and you no longer feel stiff or rigid.

It may take a few minutes to get used to but it does bring a tidy look. This a method which is more appropriate for special occasions such as weddings and themed events.

 Written by Alex Ferguson

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