Here I’m showing you how to master the half tuck look. When I wear t-shirts or blouses, my mind is battling: do I tuck my top half way in or leave it untucked? Wearing the half tuck look is more flattering in my opinion.
But pulling off the half tuck can be tricky. How far do you tuck in a shirt? Which shirts can be tucked in? How do you achieve a half tuck? How do I tell if I should not tuck in a shirt?
I have stood in front of the bathroom mirror many times at my church trying to get my half tuck just right. And with my own trial and errors, I can help you practice how to master the half tuck look.
Disclosure: I am just sharing with you what I have observed on other people. You are allowed to tweak my instructions in any way to fit your body style.
If you follow my two methods, you will learn how to achieve a half tuck look that is casual and flattering. You will master the half tuck look so that you can feel confident throughout your day and not have to check the windows of stores that you walk by to see if the half tuck still looks just right.
Two Methods to Mastering the Half Tuck Look:
First Method: Belt Loop Knuckle Method: Place your fingertips on the button and go out to your hand knuckles – the first belt loop. Draw up the fabric, tuck just that area in. Pull out the shirt enough so that it can drape. So you have a diagonal line right there at your tummy. We’re tricking the eye…just like the bathing suit companies do with diagonal lines. If a tummy isn’t your problem area, you may need to tuck it farther across from there.
2nd Method: Button Method: Tuck in your shirt only at your button. You’ll grab some fabric and tuck it just behind the button and drape it out a little. Here is this shirt fully tucked in.
I don’t tuck in my shirts all the way hardly ever because it cuts me right at my middle which isn’t flattering for some mathematical reason I’m sure. I need the top to elongate me.
It’s a thin 100% rayon material plaid from Target-I’ll link it below. I wanted to wear it with lower cut jeans and wanted the back to cover my booty. This rayon fabric is golden for mastering a half tuck because it’s made of out rayon. When I half tuck this plaid shirt, rayon disguises my problem area, helping me to feel more confident with it being half tucked in. This top puddles instead of poking out.
My 100% cotton gingham shirt pokes out when I tuck it in half way. With this top I use the Button Half Tuck Method; the only thing about 100% cotton is that it pokes out. Be Goldilocks when choosing your top. If you are not 100% confident in that fabric, don’t spend money on it.
Know what u want to look like-not dressy, approachable, sporty, classy, preppy, grunge/lady like, boho, or fancy. I prefer not fancy; if I wear heels of any kind, then I feel like I’m too dressed up. I used to feel that way about lipstick too.
This Mossimo Relaxed V-neck T-shirt, is amazing and does not cling,and it is a good one to explain the half tuck method. Again, it looks okay untucked, but using the belt loop half tuck method makes it a lot more flattering of a look. I tuck the t-shirt in at my belt loop and adjust it down on an angle. Sometimes I have to tuck it in all the way across if that looks better. But see how it does not cling? The Mossimo is loose enough and flowy. My Radiate Love graphic tee looks fine untucked, but when I half tuck it, my curves are more flattering.
Look at the length of your t-shirt: Do you have enough t-shirt fabric to pull out if you have tucked in the shirt? Enough of the t-shirt hangs below my low waisted waist band so that there is enough fabric to pull out and drape after I’ve tucked in the shirt.
Here is my Turkey Trot just as an example of how the half tuck makes the outfit look more pulled together. And the half tuck is more flattering than untucked. I have to add a belt with these jeans if my top is more fitted. The belt helps pull my tummy in, and holds in that little bit of material if that is all I have.
Size up: Try a size bigger with your tops. Play around with fabric. Find a blouse in 100 cotton, one with 100% polyester in it, one with rayon in it. These plaid ones are 100% polyester, they do not cling. They puddle when I use the half tuck method. This navy one is not as flattering as my other ones. Untucked, they’re not quite long enough or short enough to be flattering, so I half tucked them in for a more flattering look.
Mossimo and Turkey Trot are 60% cotton 40% polyester. Radiate is 55% cotton and 45% polyester.
Jeans or Trousers: Pick your two favorite pairs of jeans or shorts that you feel really comfortable and confident in. They do go hand in hand because if you’re not comfortable, it’s not really worth wearing or buying that piece of clothing. I think every woman should invest in a lower rise pair of jeans or trousers. They’re perfect for a half tuck. Some jeans say they’re mid rise and they end up inching down to a low rise fit though. If you are older and scared of skinny jeans, my mother in law has a pair of Chic Classic Collection Women’s Stretch Elastic Waist Pull-On Pant – elastic waist and tapered I would say; very flattering! I’ll link it below-you can get them on Amazon.
If you’re self conscious of your leg size, go with straight jeans or boyfriend jeans. They’re so flattering on full-legged women. And then wear a loosely fitted top or blouse that is tucked in all the way. You want to focus on bringing the eye up to your waist and upper body by skimming the legs to elongate them up. This burgundy t-shirt is more fitted so I wore a looser legged pair of jeans. Sonoma Everyday Tee Brand is 60% cotton and 40% polyester and they are fitted without being clingy. Here’s one from Target. See how it’s more fitted than the loose jeans? My skinny jeans do not look flattering because everything is tight except my problem are my tummy. But when I pair it with looser jeans, belt and half tuck in, look how much more put together it looks.
We want to be real, authentic women with our friends and our spouse and with ourselves. Let’s stop trying to be something we’re not. We know that God created us beautifully unique as we are without clothes. God also gave us a personality and creativity and I express my creativity and personality through clothing most days. But I know before I get dressed that I’m beautiful and enough just like I am regardless of the clothes I’m fixing to put on. So, part of getting dressed is being armored with truth in our minds about who we are and how worthy we are as is.
Now, when you are picking apart an outfit that you’ve put together, you can only critique the outfit, not you as a person.
First look at an outfit you. Investigate what it is that looks good? Is it that you can see your waist more? Your legs are more flattered in that outfit? Your shoulders look really feminine? Your collar bone looks great? Your neck?
Look at an outfit that has jeans or pants whichever you wear most often. Those pants will go with several shirts. You know if you want to look cute, you can always pair something with these jeans. Your go-to jeans. These darker wash jeans are called Miracle Body and are pretty high-you can see that the Radiate Love top looks fine untucked. But I think this top looks better half tucked into jeans with a lower rise.
I’m a fan of the half tuck on an angle.
Now, in order for a style technique to be practical, you need to know how to pull off a half tuck with your eyes closed. When you’re at the mall or church in the bathroom style, you don’t want to have to walk out and stand in front of the crowded mirror trying to get that half tuck just right.
So practice your half tuck while you’re at home. Untuck your shirt, go about for a few minutes. Go to a different mirror in your house and do the half tuck again. After probably 10 times, you’ll feel more natural.
Remember that we don’t want to make our lives all about “how do I look now,” and five minutes later, “how do i look now?” We are confident in our beauty on the inside; we’re armored mentally with truths about who we are and whose we are. We belong to the King of the universe. We are worth it, even if we wear a paper bag throughout the day.
So, getting dressed isn’t about proving our worth to someone else. It’s about quick, convenient, smart dressing with clothes we have in our closet or that we can buy…clothes that flatter our body shape and personality style.