A few years ago, I started to notice people were half-tucking their shirts more and more. I’ll be honest: At first, it seemed a little weird to me to just tuck the very front of your shirt into your jeans, and leave the rest hanging out. But now, several years later, it’s really the only way I wear my tops. With all the oversized tops out there, the half-tuck (also sometimes called the French tuck, if you’re a Queer Eye fan), is an easy way to keep your outfit looking polished and flattering without letting those tops overwhelm your figure. It’s a simple, quick-fix, and can make a huge difference.
If you’re a total newbie to the half-tuck, have no fear — allow me to take you through a step-by-step tutorial for creating the perfect half-tuck. (Trust me, you’ll never go back.)
For starters, pull your sweater tight and flat at the hem with your hands. Barely tuck it in to the top of your jeans, making sure the fabric is completely flat, and the top only gets tucked about an inch under the waistband. Blouse your top gently to make the top billowy and loose. This will achieve the easy, carefree look. Now your waistband is visible, which gives your figure structure and keeps the oversized top from overwhelming your body.
And now, for a few examples of the difference it makes!
1. Super-Oversized Sweater
Sweaters that are hip-length are perfect for the half-tuck. If you get much longer than this, your waistband is drastically higher than the hem of your top so a half-tuck might look weird, but hip-length works.
Blouses are great for half-tucking too, since they are often thin and can easily fall flat without a little bit of dimension-adding help. Again, the half-tuck opens up the full line of my leg and makes a straight-hemmed blouse a little more visually interesting.
T-shirts are great for half-tucking too, as long as they’re slightly oversized. A fitted t-shirt doesn’t achieve the same look. The before picture looks good, I think, but the after picture has a whole different feel after the half tuck is added. It feels a little looser and relaxed, and makes your outfit say something, rather than just being blah.
4. Button Down Shirt
Button downs are definitely half tuck-eligible. There are two ways you can do it, both of which I do all the time: The first (in the middle) is the full half-tuck, and the second (on the right) is a half half-tuck. (I’m just making up these terms as I go along … they sound good, right?) The full half-tuck is more of a structured look, again opening up the line of the leg and avoiding the body being cut in half at the widest part of your body (like in the before picture). The half half-tuck is more of a loose and undone look, and makes a totally different statement. It also opens up the line of the leg and doesn’t cut the body in half, but achieves it in a slightly messier way.
And there you have it. You are now a total master at the half-tuck! Now get out there and make the world your runway.