To Tuck or Not to Tuck

….that is the question.

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This might not seem like a major fashion dilemma, but you might be surprised to find out how many men struggle with this question sometimes not leaving the house for hours wondering whether or not they should tuck in their shirt.


Well, this might be a bit of an exaggeration but what is even more problematic is the amount of men that leave their houses with an untucked shirt that should be tucked in or a tucked in shirt that should be untucked.


Well men, fear no more.


This article will provide you with all the answers you will ever need about tucked and untucked looks ensuring you will always be the height of fashion.


Which Shirts Should I Tuck or Untuck?


To start, here are some popular shirt looks as well as some general guidelines on whether they should be tucked in or not.






  • Undershirts: Undershirts should always be tucked in, especially if they are going to stick out beneath other clothing layers. To be safe, tuck them into your underwear.
  • Polo Shirts: Polo shirts should usually be worn tucked in and tucking them will provide a dressier look. However, variations such as rugby shirts are almost always untucked.
  • Turtlenecks: These will usually be untucked unless they are being worn beneath a blazer.
  • Hawaiian Shirts: These should never be tucked in. That’s just dorky!
  • T-Shirts: T-shirts may be tucked in if you’re going for a specific fashion statement but, in general, they are best untucked.


How to Tuck



When tucking your shirt, you always want to produce a clean line. That means you do not want the shirt ‘muffin-topping’ over the waist of your pants. You also want the line of your shirt to match up with your pants…so, if you are wearing a collared button front, you want your shirt buttons to match up with your pants’ buttons.


There are several ways you can tuck in your shirt. Here are a few to choose from.


Trouser Tuck


This is the easiest and most common of all tucks and it requires the shirt to be tucked into the trousers but not the underwear.


To perform the tuck, men put on their underwear, then their shirt and finally, they just slip their trousers over their shirt.


The tuck is easy and effective but it will only really work with tight fitting shirts.


Military Tuck


Based on its name, it should come as no surprise that this is the method used by men in the military. It produces a nice even tuck with two pleats and each side of the shirt.


To accomplish this tuck, after buttoning your shirt, take any excess fabric at either side. Tuck it down tight and fold it back to your rear end.


Next quickly put your pants over the shirt to hold it in place. Depending on the fit, the creases will appear somewhere between the back of your hips and the back of your armpits.




Underwear Tuck


We don’t recommend tucking your shirt into your underwear, however, if you tuck your undershirt into your underwear, you may be amazed to find out how well this works to keep your other clothing in a smooth line.


Shirt Stays


When we think of the terms ‘shirt stays’, we often think of tabs put in the shirt collar to keep the collar in place. However, there is another type of shirt stay that is kind of like a garter with a clip at both ends.


One clip of the garter is attached to the tail of the shirt while the other is attached to top of the sock. (One stay is worn on each side).


Then you pull your pants over the socks, garter and shirt and, no way is your shirt going anywhere!


Tucks to Beware Of


Now that you know how to tuck, here are some pointers on how not to tuck.


  • Half-Tucked: Some men only tuck in the front of their shirts or one side of their shirts. This is meant to produce a sexy and slightly disheveled look but it’s really just a fashion fail.
  • Tucked Then Untucked: If you are going to tuck your shirt in, make sure you are prepared to keep it tucked in all day. Once you tuck your shirt in, the bottom becomes wrinkled. If you untuck it, it will still be wrinkled at the bottom, only now, people will see it!
  • Tuck in, No Belt: When you tuck in your shirt, it exposes your belt buckles producing a look that is a bit lacking unless you add a belt.


Now that you know everything you ever wanted to know about tucked and untucked looks, which will you be going for to keep your outfits looking their best?


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