Denim Tips: 3 Tucking Techniques To Try

For a sort of scary amount of years, I was obsessed with wearing white tank tops under every shirt. Always and everyday, pulled down inches below the waist of my jeans, so it showed. Am I alone in this? Was it just a Seattle thing? Those were strange times.

Anyway, finally something changed, I think it must have been towards the end of college (2008), and I ditched the tank tops and started showing the waist of my jeans. I came back around to the tuck. These days I’m rarely not tucking my shirt into something – whether it’s boyfriend jeans, a bubble skirt or denim shorts. I’m not alone in this, and it seems we’ve all started to play around with different methods of showcasing our waists, belts and pockets.

As you may or may not know, there are at least three ways to tuck your shirt in. Behold my brief description of each below, and because it’s Tuesday and I’m feeling jazzy, each of the tucking techniques will be named after a song:

1. All The Way: The classic full tuck is great with high-waisted denim and gives any shirt and jeans combo instant polish. I especially love a full tuck with flares or trouser jeans and heels, and it’s a great way to show off a cool belt and define your waist.

2. Just Frontin‘: The front-only tuck works well for shirts with good drape, like silk blouses and slouchy t-shirts. I usually reserve this tuck for a more casual look with boyfriend jeans or low-slung skinnies. (See Alicia, here, for additional inspiration)

3. Meet Me Halfway: This tuck can be sort of hard to master, but it’s become a trademark of bloggers (like Blair) and the fashionable set. (See Ann’s post from October.) To get it just right, you’ll have to mess around with the tails of your shirt a bit, and be sure to leave the last button undone so the tucked in half lays more flat.

Are you big on the tuck? How do you like to rock it? Do you have a go-to technique, or perhaps one I didn’t mention here? Do share, won’t you?



  1. March 6, 2012 / 1:10 pm

    I am currently in a tank-under-everything phase, but I like the “Just Frontin'” tuck –it’s a good transition step for me before “All the Way” 🙂

  2. March 6, 2012 / 1:26 pm

    I think we were all wearing tanks under everything because jeans were so low-waisted for a while there. 🙂 And I love the half-tuck, it perfectly disguises the fact that I don’t have much of a waist while showing off the good parts.

  3. March 6, 2012 / 11:53 pm

    I cannot get the half-tuck look to work. No matter how I try. Oh, and it was not just Seattle. People in Utah are still doing it. Lots of people.

  4. A Reader
    March 7, 2012 / 10:12 am

    That half-tuck thing just says “walk of shame” to me. No can do.

  5. Okay
    March 10, 2012 / 9:17 pm

    That half tuck is henious

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