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Tucked vs. untucked

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by esquire., Mar 21, 2004.

  1. esquire.

    esquire. Senior member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Does anyone understand what the rules are for tucking vs. untucking your shirts. For work, I make sure they are tucked. But, outside, I don't care and if its untucked, I let it be.
  2. NavyStyles

    NavyStyles Senior member

    Mar 2, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    The general rule of thumb I tend to follow depends on the length and style of the shirt. If the shirt is a shorter t-shirt, I'm fine with leaving it untucked. If it's a tad longer, I'll tuck it in and pull the bottom out a little bit so it doesn't look nit-picky. Basically, I try to make sure my belt shows (at least, partially). As far as Oxfords, I usually tuck them in, but - more recently - I've let them loose.
  3. unappliedscience

    unappliedscience Member

    Jan 19, 2004
    How I think is that those so-called 'rules' are only for professional environments. In a way when you dress for work you're not really dressing for yourself but for others and to project that 'professional' image. So of course for work you should tuck in. But when in casual environment, who cares what the 'rules' are as long as you think it looks good.

    Having said that, I tend to tuck in shirts if they are slim. Who wants a huge bulge around the waist? Also get an interesting belt if you want to show off your fashion sense. =)
  4. montecristo#4

    montecristo#4 Senior member

    Jan 7, 2004
    Reagan Country (Massachusetts)
    Generally I find myself leaving the shirt untucked if I am casual, especially with jeans.

    The real question is, if I'm going for the jeans-and-blazer look, do I still keep the shirt untucked? It looks better tucked in if you have the blazer on, but once you removce the blazer, I find a shirt tucked into jeans looks a bit goofy--especially in warm weather.

  5. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

    Mar 3, 2004
    I actually think the blazer w/ untuck is kind of a cool contrast. I think that with the shirt tucked in looks even goofier -- because then it no longer looks like a "stylish but thrown together" look. It's sort of like having the intentionally messy haircut with a perfect part.
  6. regularjoe

    regularjoe Senior member

    Feb 2, 2004
    I think it also depends on the length of the shirt. If it's too long, you end up "cutting off your legs" making you look shorter.
  7. DandySF

    DandySF Senior member

    Sep 24, 2003
    San Francisco
    Not just any old shirt can be worn untucked. Shirts with long tails look especially sloppy when untucked. Better to choose a shirt that fits close to the body and has a squared bottom. On a recent trip to Los Angeles it seemed that nobody tucked in their shirts, at least at a pack-em-in party at the Chateau Marmont. I felt completely Victorian with my tucked Thomas Pink shirt.
  8. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

    Mar 8, 2002
    Moscow, Idaho
    I hardly ever tuck in my shirt unless I am wearing a suit. I usually choose my shirts to be slim with relatively short shirt tails, which I think looks best. Come to think of it, a slim shirt nearly always looks better than a blousy one. I also find that untucked shirttails look better than a squared bottom, generally. Occasionally, I'll tuck in my shirt if I have on a pair of slim, flatfront pants and a cool belt, to show it off. I have never tucked a shirt into jeans. But then again, I am not German, nor have I ever been a fan of Nascar.
  9. esvoboda

    esvoboda Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2004
    I go untucked with jeans and tucked with everything else except that if I find myself wearing a polo shirt with khakis, I go untucked to try to play down the clichÃ[​IMG] nerd look.

  10. Urbane

    Urbane Member

    Jan 16, 2004
    I think the answer to this one depends on body type. While I consider t-shirt always look better untucked, with dress shirts I am not so sure. As someone mentioned, an untucked shirt can make your legs look shorter. If you are longer in the upper body than in the legs, I would suggest that you avoid the untucked look. As for RL Polo shirts, I find that the tails of these can be very long - and they can look a little odd untucked. The opposite applies to Lacoste. Once again, no hard and fast rules - it depends on the shirt, and your body type. As for a blazer and an untucked shirt, my answer to that would be "no".

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