One of the most common style errors that many make daily is tucking or untucking a shirt on inappropriate occasions. We all wonder several times a week whether our shirts need to be tucked or untucked.

Here is a guide to help you learn when you should tuck in your shirt and when you shouldn’t. Read on!

Shirts Etiquettes

Here are shirts that should traditionally be worn untucked by men and women:

Here are shirts that should be tucked:

  • Formal dress shirt
  • Wool shirts
  • Flannel shirts

When to Wear Your Shirt Untucked

Shirts that are worn traditionally untucked must be relaxed fit than tucked-in shirts. However, they don’t have to be baggy either.

Here are some key points to keep in mind:

· The Length

Shirt length is the key factor for untucked shirts. As a general rule of thumb, make sure that the shirt you’re wearing falls to your belt. If it doesn’t, it’s probably too short.

You’d want to avoid the other extreme too. If the shirt’s length is long enough to cover down your body to your crotch, it’s too long.

· Chest and Waist

Casual shirts are worn untucked. Make sure the shirt doesn’t taper at the waist. Finding the right size can be a hassle, but finding the right fit is important.

· Sleeves and Shoulders

The seams must be exactly above your shoulder. If it rests halfway around your bicep, it means that the sleeves are too long.

How to Tuck In a Shirt Properly

Here are two common ways you can tuck in your shirt:

1. Basic Tuck

This is one of the most common techniques to tuck in a shirt. Follow these steps for a basic tuck:

  • Start tucking the shirt or t-shirt from the front and make your way around the back.
  • Smooth down any excess fabric that may be sticking out.
  • Make sure to push the shirt fabric far down to reduce bulk.
  • If the shirt is tucked tightly, gently raise your arms to untuck some fabric so you can move with ease.

2. Military Tuck

Follows these steps for a military-style shirt tuck-in:

  • Pull down your shirttail as far down as possible.
  • Unbutton your pants tuck in the fabric smoothly.
  • Gather the excess fabric of the shirt in your hand.
  • Pull the fabric away from your body using your index finger and thumb and fold it neatly at the side of your hips.
  • Close the button and smoothen all the creases.

Men's short sleeve t-shirt


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