Some men believe that tucking in a shirt is ridiculous and even more so wearing a belt with it. They probably rebel against the idea of tucking a shirt with or without a belt because of a childhood 'trauma' of having to tuck in their shirt when they attended private school as kids.
Not all of us share the burden of a private school upbringing. Therefore, it is less of a trauma and more of a question if any sartorial rule applies here. So, is it ok to tuck a shirt with or without a belt? This article seeks to answer this question.
WHAT IS THE RULE FOR TUCKING IN A SHIRT?
The short answer: there's none; as long as you don't look sloppy (unless that's what you're going for), tucking in a shirt with or without a belt all depends on your body type and what you prefer.
When we had to dress up and go into an office, 'casual' daily wear would be a suit with some leather sneakers or Chelsea shoes. No tie. For reference; a 5'9" and trim guy; the belt feels like a weird breaking point at the midsection. A look is way cleaner and streamlined without the belt.
However, tucking in a shirt with a belt doesn't look bad if you are tall or pack a bit of tummy. In this case, the belt adds to a complete look.
WHEN IS IT OK TO TUCK MY SHIRT?
Again, there's no rule to this. However, we can offer a couple of pointers, for starters: if your pants have belt loops, and you're tucking, a belt can complement your look. The belt offers some extra waist tension that helps to keep your shirt tucked in.
But, one sudden movement and your shirt tends to puff out. That's why wearing a concealed shirt stays belt is recommended. We mention how a shirt stays belt can keep your shirt tucked in, in this article here [Read More].
Also, we would not recommend tucking anything into 5- pocket pants. The slimmer hips of 5-pocket pants leads to weird proportions. You can try to do the "French tuck" thing, where the front of your shirt is tucked but the back isn't, and solve some of the proportion problems with 5-pockets, but that's a very young-dude look that requires a lot of fiddling to maintain.
Suit trousers, made from thin and drapey: wool, silk, and synthetic fabrics, should neatly hang from the waist, so a belt helps to cinch them in place and meets symmetrically with a necktie hanging down shirt.
A belt in pant loops stylistically pairs with an accompanying tie covering shirt buttons, so do all outfits lacking a necktie. For example: in his designer black mock turtlenecks or wearing the Ultrafine Merino T-Shirts, Steve Jobs still looked very acceptable absent a belt.
So, it's up to you - but please note: tuck nothing into cargo pants unless you're going for that "Ask me about the Bible verse painted on my AR-15" look.
We tend to support both decisions to tuck shirts into pants with or without a belt.
A tucked shirt without a belt generates a casual look, for its reputation of the expected norm and the frequency guys physically able to pull off the look opt for the same.
Are you of a height at only 5'8" and managing to maintain a 33" waistline, then you don't need a distracting horizontal line to bisect your body and make me look shorter.
While in the past wearing a suit sans belt tended to be frowned upon, but with suits now worn less often for work in business offices, the look has been promoted as snazzy and modeled enough as such that today consider it a sleek polished look acceptable for a night out at the theater, a party, etc.
So, nowadays you can skip the belt with suit trousers, just as people have done for years with blue jeans.
Jeans are crafted from thickly woven cotton denim, a fabric that keeps its shape and form worn around the hips, where pelvis bone anchors them in place. Figure by wearing a neat tucked-in shirt, either a button-down oxford cloth or sometimes a polo, it appears as if you accidentally forgot the belt.
But with a button-down shirt, tie, sportcoat, belts suffice for business or other dress-up occasions. So, tucking in a shirt with or without a belt - it's up to you to decide.