How to “Front Tuck” Your Shirt

There’s not a week that goes by that I don’t get asked about how to front tuck your shirt, so I decided to update this old post… I originally wrote this five years ago!

Since then, the front tuck has become pretty common, but a lot of women tell me they can’t quite get it right. I hope this post is helpful!

A front tuck does two things: It helps define the waist, and it creates a more balanced outfit. (Read more about the Rule of Thirds for information on balance.)

Ideally, I prefer to wear a top that is the right length and shape without needing to tuck it in, like this floral top from Old Navy. (It’s from last year, so I can’t link it.)

That’s the cleanest look, and definitely the most classic, but with so many tops being long and boxy or just plain voluminous, the front tuck is sometimes necessary.

You may be wondering: Why not a full tuck?

That is certainly an option, but sometimes it doesn’t look right either.

Personally, I never do a full tuck because I’m short-waisted, and tucking my tops in at the back creates the dreaded “long butt” — never a good look. So, the front tuck it is!

How to Front Tuck Your Shirt

To achieve the front-tuck, you simply tuck the front portion of your top under the button of your pants or shorts, and let the sides fall over the waistband. Let it hang loose in the back. Adjust until you feel it looks right.

wearing: v-neck tee // similar Bermuda shorts

It really is that simple, but ladies struggle with this all the time.

I think part of the problem is, it’s a funny look from the side, and that’s just the way it is.

wearing: cap sleeve blouse

The other problem is some women try to make it look too perfect. The front tuck is intended to look a little undone, so don’t fuss with it too much. In fact, a lot of times I do the tuck a little off-center, just to make it look a little more carefree.

Drapey tops work best with the front tuck, but I front tuck everything from t-shirts to blouses and everything in between.

Here’s a drapey blouse, front tucked into my white jeans.

wearing: LOFT flutter sleeve blouse (old) // white jeans // wedge sandals

Here’s a t-shirt front tucked into a paper bag waist skirt.

wearing: crewneck tee // skirt (old)

And here’s a tee front tucked into jeans with a leather jacket on top.

jeans and a white t-shirt with a black leather jacket and fashion sneakers

jacket (old) // white tee // jeans // sneakers // necklace // belt

The one thing I struggle with is a sweater. Front tucking a sweater is tricky because of the extra bulk, but sometimes it’s the only way to get the proportions of the outfit right.

sweater // jeans // shoes // bag

The biggest question I get is what the front-tuck looks like from the back. You just let it hang in the back, and yes, it is a little weird from the side.

green top (old)

It feels a bit awkward at first, I won’t lie to you. But as with anything new, the more you do it, the more your eye adjusts to the new look.

The best thing about the front-tuck trend is, you don’t have to buy anything new. Just tuck your shirts in a new way, and you’ve updated your look!

What About Those With Extra Fluff?

When this topic comes up, I always have a few ladies ask for alternatives to the front tuck, and I get it. If you carry extra fluff in the middle, you may not want to draw attention to that area.

The alternative is to wear a top that is the right length and shape to work with your outfit without needing a tuck. In this case, I can tuck this top, but I don’t really have to.

It’s helpful to know the length of top that works best for you, so you can shop smart. Otherwise you’ll be doing a lot of ordering and returning. And of course, tailoring is always an option.

I hope that’s helpful!

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