When you leave your shirttails un-tucked and hanging down past your fly, what does this say about you? Does it say that you are stylish and laid back, or does it create a messy appearance?
Of course, whether or not you should leave your shirt un-tucked depends on the type of shirt and outfit you are wearing. But by far and large, when men are leaving their shirts un-tucked, it is at times when they should absolutely be tucking them in. The un-tucked shirttails look is often an attempt to look laid back or slightly casual, when in fact you would be much better off looking polished and more dressed up. Similarly, would you consider wearing a rumpled, wrinkly suit as a way of trying to appear more casual? Probably not. You should wear a suit in the manner it is intended to be worn– finely tailored and freshly steamed or pressed. Similarly, if you are wearing a button down dress shirt, you should tuck it in, in the way it is intended to be worn. You can instead rely on other accessories to appear more casual, if you wish.
Let’s take, for example, an average fall date outfit: A blue and white striped button down shirt with a navy cashmere pullover sweater and a pair of khaki chinos. If you leave the shirttails hanging out below the sweater, they interrupt the line of the outfit, creating a messy look around your waist. Now tuck the shirttails in. See how much better this looks? You now have a streamlined, uninterrupted line from your torso downward. Your legs look longer and you look more polished, all from simply correctly tucking in your shirt. If you want this outfit to appear more casual, add a fashion sneaker and a newsboy cap. If you want it to appear more dressy, add an oxford shoe and a tie.
The above instance is a case in which you should always, yes always, tuck in your shirt. Other cases would be when you are wearing a suit, and most certainly when deciding what to wear to an interview. Whereas an un-tucked shirt will billow around your midsection and make you look boxy, a tucked in one will help to define your waist and give you a more masculine shape.
Now, it is important to note that the rules above apply to men’s button down shirts. There are other types of shirts in your wardrobe that you should never tuck in. Shirts that you should leave un-tucked include:
These three types of shirts should never, no never, be tucked into your waistband. This should be easy to remember, as you will notice that a well fitted sweater or pullover does not hang down far past your waistline anyway, but hits just about right at your belt buckle. While you should not tuck in tee shirts, you should also take care to not purchase those that are overly baggy. Look for slightly fitted tee shirts that are not too boxy around your waist.
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