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The `military tuck'

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mike1, Jul 6, 2009.

  1. mike1

    mike1 New Member

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    Dear All,

    Can someone please post detailed and clear photos/illustrations showing how to do a proper `military tuck' step-by-step (tucking a shirt into the pants to have a smooth front and back with a custom-like fit on the sides)?.

    Thanks,
    Mike.
     


  2. Wes Bourne

    Wes Bourne Senior member

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    Google and youtube are your friends.
     


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    cipofan Well-Known Member

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    Back in the Marines when we would wear class A's we would use garters that connected from the top of our socks to the tails of our blouse and we would fold the end of the tails to form a pleat which looked great when tucked in. Also when one stood up the blouse would snap back straiight and wrinkle free, as well as preventing any blousing or bunching up of fabric above the waistline. Easy invention and worked amazingly well
     


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    JSC437 Senior member

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    My dad is a retired marine and does this tuck.

    What he does... is lean his back up against the wall to make the back of the shirt flush against the back. Then he kind of folds the sides of the shirt into his pants making a pleat. He makes the folds from back to front.

    The key is to lean your back up against the wall... the rest is self explanatory.
     


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    laughwithm3 Senior member

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    I think that was more a product of his over-sized shirt though. Probably would've worked if the shirt fit better.
     


  8. mike1

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    Hi All,

    I've seen the myspace video - it's OK but does not appear too professional.

    I'm after a method which does not require shirt stays of garters, just folding the fabric. A problem I have if getting the pants on without the pleats/folds loosening. If someone has clear atep-by-step photos/illustrations that'll be good.

    Cheers,
    Mike.
     


  9. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    I tried this before. I couldn't get it to work. I think you need a sufficiently large shirt and a high enough trouser waist to get the folds to stay put.
     


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    I tried this before. I couldn't get it to work. I think you need a sufficiently large shirt and a high enough trouser waist to get the folds to stay put.

    If you really want the front of your shirt to be taut, you can button your pants with your shirt tucked and then reach in through the front zipper to pull down at the shirt ends.
     


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    All this effort to wear an ill fitting shirt...
     


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    If you really want the front of your shirt to be taut, you can button your pants with your shirt tucked and then reach in through the front zipper to pull down at the shirt ends.

    Yep! This is the key to a good tuck. Pull it down through the fly and you can get a great, slim tuck.

    Mike
     


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