by the TCKYOU staff
July 2021 - 5 minute read.
How to keep your shirt tucked in? Are you already wondering why the topic of tucking your shirt is worth your read? According to this GQ article - funny enough almost named after our brand, TCKYOU, this seems to be a very relevant question.
And yes, we get it - tucking your shirt in the morning is as essential of activity as brushing your teeth. So why do we need to talk about tucking your shirt?
However, besides having some proven hygienic benefits, brushing your teeth is also a smart thing to do if you don't want people to avoid you later in the day.
Well, the same goes for tucking your shirt.
Look, untucked shirts look sloppy and messy. For us men trying to get our professional look down at work or looking the part at a wedding, an untucked shirt is a nuisance that happens more than we would admit.
Either because we are in a rush or not using the proper shirt tucking technique and tools - which we both cover later in this article.
Regardless, a shirt that is neatly tucked in and kept tucked all day makes us look better, professional, and more decent. So we decided to take stock of the techniques and highlight a few that caught our eye.
Don't hesitate to chime in with a few of your own.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO KEEP YOUR SHIRT TUCKED?
A great shirt tuck gives your body a more slim appearance, keeps your shirt tucked in all day, and looks nice and crisp.
Of course, the easiest way to achieve such results is by wearing a shirt stay belt or y-shaped shirt stays, which we will discuss later in this article.
As far as we're concerned, a well-tucked shirt lines its shirt plackets up with the fly of your pants, and your belt buckle and the buttons of your pants should also be centered.
So, how to keep your shirt tucked in? Well, it all starts with a shirt that fits well to your body - which wears comfortably, even when it is untucked.
WHY DOES MY SHIRT NOT STAY TUCKED?
Mainly because your shirt doesn't have the right fit for you, there are a couple of things to look for when fitting a new shirt.
First of all, your shirt should not be too small. So, check the buttons on your shirt's sternum. Are they pulled too tight, exposing some of the belly skin beneath the shirt? Not good.
Tip: your shirt shouldn't wrinkle at the sternum into the letter 'X' shape.
Second, your shirt's hem should reach your butt. If it doesn't, the shirt won't stay tucked in, regardless of which of the techniques or tools mentioned in this article you use.
WHEN IS IT OK TO TUCK MY SHIRT?
It's not weird to tuck shirts that have a long hem that reaches your butt. These shirts are meant to be tucked. However, shirts with flat bottom hems are worn casually untucked.
Also, the latter won't stay tucked even if you try it because they lack the hem length to do so. No tucking technique or tool mentioned in this article will help you. Sorry.
Now got this out of the way, here are some techniques and tools that keep your shirt tucked in all day long:
TUCKING YOUR SHIRT, THE BASICS.
Here is how you do it. Start by putting your underwear on. Then, put your shirt on and button it down. Eventually, pull up your pants, zip or button it up, and pin your shirt neatly beneath it. That's it. Simple.
This technique works well with shirts that have the right fit. However, if you are reaching up for this or bending down during the day, you will feel your shirt eventually creep up. So, what to do?
THE MILITARY TUCK
This technique is popular among servicemen and women in the armed forces. Start by putting your shirt on and button it down. Then, pull your pants up but keep them unzipped or unbuttoned for now.
Now, pinch your shirt's side seam between your thumb and index finger. Next, fold the shirt's seam towards your rear end to create a crease that folds the excess fabric that blouses out on the sides.
Do this for both the left as the right side of your shirt simultaneously. Apply some pressure while doing so to pull your shirt straight and flat on the front of your body.
Finally, zip or button your pants up and belt them; this will hold the pleats firmly and flat against your body.
The military truck takes practice. It works best for stiff, smooth fabrics that can hold the crease well.
HOW DO COPS KEEP THEIR SHIRTS TUCKED? | Y-SHAPED SHIRT STAYS
Police and military officers, or in general - people in professions that are required to wear uniform shirts and are subjected to lots of movement throughout the day, choose a more robust yet proven tool for tucking their shirts: The Y-Shaped shirt stays.
They don't solely rely on a tucking technique because regardless of how well the method makes their shirt look, it is not a sure way to keep shirts tucked in all day. A Y-shaped shirt stay is.
The Y-Shaped Shirt stays are pretty straightforward. In essence, these are straps that are worn alongside your leg, concealed from sight in your pants.
These straps are kept in place by three sets of clips: one attached to the top of your socks, two to the bottom of your shirt's hem. It's the tension that these clips cause that keeps your shirts from coming untucked.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR SHIRT TUCKED IN? | USE A SHIRT STAYS BELT
When your profession requires you to wear shirts daily, and you want to keep time spent on your morning routine to a minimum, then the shirt stay belt is the easiest and most effective way to keep your shirt tucked in all day.
A shirt stays belt design enhances your aesthetic and professional appearance. As a belt, it's comfortable and easy for daily wear. All around the belt, numerous leather grips cause friction between both your pants and your shirt, preventing your shirt from coming untucked.
In addition, a button slot keeps your shirt tucked in and holds it down low and tight against your body. Best yet, it's worn inside your pants, concealed from sight.
The shirt stays belt is men's best-kept secret. Also, the best way to keep your shirt tucked in.
Now that we have mentioned some methods on how to keep your shirt tucked in. It's worth saying that tucking your shirt in is well worth your daily effort.
A well-tucked shirt does look more professional and helps you get that first impression just right.
So, follow this guide, try out some of the accessories in this article, and see which one works best to keep your shirt tucked in.
Of course, you can always get back to the basic tuck technique, but considering you've read this far, you've probably already tried that with mixed results, right?
Go out there and take pride in the way you look: sharply dressed and with your shirt tucked in!