How to Tuck in a Dress Shirt (4 Ways)

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How to Tuck in a Dress Shirt

Here I’m going to be talking about how to tuck in a dress shirt.

Take a look around and see how many guys are tucking their shirts in incorrectly.

When you see these people with this large muffin top, basically the stuff that’s coming, you can see and tell this.

All of these guys who tuck their shirts in 12 to 24 times per day.

Guys who think it’s cool wear a half-tuck or a shirt that’s supposed to be tucked in but isn’t.

Hopefully, the strategies I’ll discuss here will offer you some ideas and you’ll be able to figure out how to properly tuck your shirt in so that you don’t have to worry about it.

When giving a presentation or speaking in front of a group of people, the last thing you want to be concerned about is your appearance.

I have a few tricks under my sleeve, and perhaps you’ll be able to pick them up and run with them.

The Right Fit

To begin, let’s talk about what makes a shirt a good candidate for tucking in, specifically what makes a shirt easy to tuck in.

The first step is to ensure that your clothing fits properly.

I’ve talked about it a lot, and I’ve stressed the significance of fit, yet a lot of guys are tucking in shirts that have 10 to 14 inches of surplus material around the waist and chest.

If you have that much material in one area, you’ve gone overboard!

I believe that 6 inches is excessive, especially if you are a fit man.

If you can get a dress shirt custom made, you should choose the one that fits you the best. Otherwise, take it to a tailor for a fitting.

Have those shirts darted and brought in so that they fit you better in the middle.

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Long Enough Shirt

Another thing to consider is whether or not the shirt is long enough.

At least three inches below the belt line, the shirt should be worn. If it doesn’t go that low, it’ll start to rise and become untucked throughout the day.

Generally speaking, the longer a shirt is, the better your chances are.

This is difficult to come by on low-cost shirts. They frequently shorten them in order to save money on materials.

When I get custom shirts, I usually request that they be made a little longer, because you can always shorten a shirt but not lengthen it.

Gig Line

Another thing to keep an eye out for is paying attention to the gig line when tucking in a shirt.

The gig line is an imaginary line that runs down the shirt’s placket, aligns with the belt buckle, and then lines with the trouser’s front seam.

So check to see whether you have that gig line, if the shirt fits you in the torso area, and if it’s long enough.

If you can master those three things, the rest will be a breeze.

How to Tuck in a Dress Shirt

4 Ways of Tucking In Your Shirt

There are four different ways to tuck your shirt in.

Simple Tuck

The first option is to simply tuck it in. This is exactly what the majority of us have been doing.

We simply tuck it in and don’t think about it. Some guys like it, but I know a lot of you are having trouble keeping your shirts tucked in throughout the day.

So, what can you do to improve it, and what can you do to get rid of superfluous stuff, if you have any?

The military tuck is the second approach I recommend.

Military Tuck

The military tuck differs in that you reach around the sides, possibly a little further towards the back, insert your thumbs into the shirt, and tuck away, tucking in the excess fabric before tucking it down.

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This method requires some practice, but it can be learned quickly.

The great advantage of this is that if you do it well, if you use a belt that genuinely cinches you in, and if you have a solid build, it may disguise a lot of the surplus material.

It appears to be rather excellent to me. It’s a fantastic technique, especially when used with the following method, the underwear tuck.

Underwear Tuck

Many of you are probably wondering why I don’t tuck my dress shirts into my underwear.

That’s not what I’m suggesting, though it would help keep your dress shirt tucked in a little better in a hurry.

However, if you’re wearing an undershirt, make sure it’s tucked into your underwear; then, your dress shirt goes over your underwear, and you may wear your pants over that.

You’ll ensure that your undershirt stays tucked for longer by doing that, by having that little bit of separation, by keeping your undershirt tucked in that place apart from your dress shirt.

RibbedTee is a really clever firm that offers a unique pair of underwear with a small amount of adhesive on the outsides, similar to a rubber piece on the exterior of the underwear, that helps keep your shirt tucked in.

I think it’s a great concept.

Shirt Stays

This is the last and most important method that I employ anytime I’m giving a presentation.

Shirt stays are something I utilize.

There are a number of companies who provide these.

Shirt stays are used to secure your shirt to your socks.

These are quite effective. When your shirt starts to pull away from your trousers, they perform a fantastic job of restraining it.

When to Tuck Your Shirt?

Many people worry whether they should tuck their shirt in or leave it untucked.

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It all depends on the shirt you’re wearing. There are basically two types of shirts: casual and dress shirts.

Let’s have a peek at the casual.

Casual shirts are frequently worn without a tie and don’t need to be tucked in. You’d be wearing a casual shirt because they’re cut an inch shorter than a dress shirt and fall mid crotch.

Then there are dress shirts.

These shirts have a more rigid collar and, in most cases, collar stays.

With my formal shirts, I usually wear a tie. These are far too long to be left on top.

The vents are cut lower in the casual shirts so don’t even think about trying.

I know I mentioned there are two categories, but every now and then you’ll get a shirt that falls somewhere in the middle.

It’s neither too formal nor too informal. So, how do you know whether to tuck or untuck your shirt?

Look at the front and back of the shirt to see where the tails terminate.

If the tail of your shirt reaches the palm of your hand, you must tuck it in.

If the tail of your shirt is above your wrist keep it on top.

If you follow these simple rules, you’ll be fine.

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  • Christopher

    Christopher has 9+ years of experience as a creative fashion designer who stays current with the latest trends.

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