Tucked-In Vs Untucked Shirts For Men


    Gentlemen – this is men’s style 101.

    In this article, we teach you ‘how to tuck in a shirt?’ and we explain when you should keep your shirt tucked and when you should untuck it.

    You’ll learn:

    Should Men Wear Their Shirts Tucked Or Untucked?


    In about four out of five dressing situations, I recommend that a man tucks in his shirt.

    That sounds like a lot. But it’s based on the assumption that well-dressed men have many collared dress shirts in their wardrobe, which look better when tucked. Most good looks for guys involve at least one tucked layer.

    What about that other one time in five, though?

    It’s not “bad style” to wear an untucked shirt – so long as you do it correctly.

    Which Shirts Are Traditionally Worn Untucked?

    • T-shirts
    • Polo shirts
    • Rugby shirts
    • Henley shirts
    • Short-sleeved, button-fronted sport shirts (but check the hem)
    • Tank tops and other sleeveless shirts
    • Breton tops
    • Guayaberas
    • Hawaiian and other vacation shirts
    • Undershirts

    Which Shirts Are Traditionally Worn Tucked?

    • Dress shirts
    • Long-sleeved, button-fronted sport shirts
    • Flannel and chambray work shirts
    • Wool “lumberjack” shirts

    How To Wear Your Shirt Untucked

    Getting the right fit is essential for an untucked shirt.

    They have a looser look than a tucked-in shirt, for obvious reasons, but that doesn’t mean you want a looser fit.

    If anything, it makes a baggy fit harder to correct since you don’t have the option of stuffing extra cloth into the back of your pants and belting it tight (not an ideal solution, but at least a short-term fix for a badly-fitted dress shirt).

    These are the key points to keep in mind:

    Shirt Length

    infographic correct mens shirt length

    Length is the determining factor in whether you can wear a shirt untucked at all.

    As a basic rule of thumb, if it doesn’t fall to at least your belt, the shirt is too short. Move the wrong way, and it’s going to flash your belly at everyone.

    At the other extreme, something that covers your body down to your crotch is too long and can shorten your look.

    For most looks, shorter is ideal — down far enough to cover the belt and not much beyond that. Some shirts, like the guayabera, are meant to be a little longer and can come down a few inches below the belt.

    Shirt Waist and Chest

    Significantly fewer casual shirts taper at the waist (and all shirts meant to be worn untucked are casual, apart from the guayabera’s traditional role in South and Central American political and business dress).

    This means you want a close fit throughout the torso so that the shape of your body won’t drown in fabric.

    Finding the size that fits you closely will take some trial and error. Most brands have some difference in their sizes, meaning the small in one brand may be closer to a medium in another.

    Because the hem is untucked, you’ll get some billowing and breeziness even with a close fit, so err on the side of smaller when possible.

    Shirt Shoulders and Sleeve

    The seams of the sleeves should rest just below the curve of your shoulder. If they lay halfway down your bicep, then the sleeves are too long. If they are above the shoulders, the sleeves are too short.

    Wearing Tailed Shirts Untucked

    One last consideration: you will see men (particularly younger men) wearing dress shirts with tails in the front and back untucked from time to time.

    There is a deliberately sloppy edge to this look that some find appealing. The trick to pulling this off is to make sure the fit of your shirt is spot on, and you wear it with confidence.

    Never wear an untucked shirt to a formal event UNLESS it is a style designed to be versatile (the guayabera being an example). Formal equals tucked in, plain and simple.

    How Do You Properly Tuck In A Shirt?

    The Basic Tuck

    The basic is the first technique we all come to learn when we’re younger. You open your pants, put on your shirt, and tuck it in under your pants and then pull your pants up; zippers and button closed, tighten your belt for the final finish, and hope that your shirt won’t balloon out soon.

    The Underwear Tuck

    Infographic - How To Tuck In A Shirt

    For guys who wear an undershirt with their dress shirt, this method is handy. It is so simple and works all the time.

    Here’s How To Do It:

    1. All you need to do is to first tuck in your undershirt under your underwear
    2. Then tuck in your dress shirt between your trousers and underwear
    3. Put your belt on and adjust accordingly
    4. This technique uses friction to hold your shirt in place

    The Military Tuck

    Infographic - The Military Tuck infographic

    Tuck in your shirt under your pants, zippers closed but leave the button open. You need space to perform this maneuver.

    Spread your legs evenly enough to prevent the trouser from slipping down.

    Pinch any excess fabric from the side seams towards the back by using your thumb and index finger to form a neatly folded pleat at the side of the hips and in line with the armpits. Do this maneuver simultaneously on each side in one continuous motion.

    Close the button and even out any folds or creases.

    Buckle your belt for additional grip.

    Use Shirt Stays

    Infographic - Dress Shirt Stays

    Also known as shirt tail garters, men’s shirt stays are an innovative tool and what you will need when all things fail. Invented during the 19th century, the shirt stays use constant downward pressure to prevent the shirttail from billowing out.

    It’s an indispensable accessory to have because it holds your shirt in place no matter what you do. So if you’re running, reaching up, bending down, or dancing – it’s guaranteed to keep your shirt in place.

    Unlike other products that don’t hold out for long or fall out of place (magnet pins) or constrict breathing and circulation (tension belts), the shirt stays are comfortable to wear because the pressure applies only to the shirt sock.

    Shirt stays are so versatile that they are implemented by:

    • The military for their formal dress uniform.
    • Law enforcement officers for their field and dress uniforms.
    • Business leaders for their suit jackets.
    • Sports officials, especially in basketball and American football, with all the running and abrupt stops by professional ballroom dancers, especially when wearing their tuxedos.

    I’m sure you wonder how these guys keep their shirts tidy and tucked after all the day’s work. Now you know.

    As you can see, the applications are endless. If it involves tucking in your shirt and keeping it that way forever, having a shirt stay garter should be at the top of your bucket list.

    Now let’s say that you have bought one for yourself, how do you use it then? Just remember the following steps:

    1. Attach one clip to the front and rear shirttail.
    2. Anchor the clips to the fabric by pulling them down.
    3. Clamp the lower clip to the sock.
    4. Fasten the clip to the material by pulling it up.
    5. For best fit, adjust the slide bar.
    6. If attached correctly, it should look like a letter “Y.”
    7. For the other leg, repeat the steps.
    8. Put on your trousers and adjust the belt accordingly.

    For as long as the clips cling securely into your shirt and sock, it won’t come off. That’s what the pulling up and pulling down is for, to keep the shirt garter stay in place all day long.

    Looking for more inspiration on the topic of shirts? Click here to learn more about how to wear a shirt with jeans.


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