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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Do or Don't: The half-tuck

J.Crew has such great prints and patterns right now...but the funny thing I keep noticing on the models (and girls on the street) is that they're half-tucking their shirts. Apparently it's a new thing! Effortlessly cool, strategically laid-back...Would you do it?

168 comments:

AVY said...

No, it just looks sloppy to me.

/ Avy
http://MyMotherFuckedMickJagger.blogspot.com



.Tinacious Me. said...

still seems odd to me even though it seems like everyone's wearing it that way!
xo, Tina
TINACIOUS.ME ~ TINACIOUS.ME

Daniella said...

I always do this! It makes it a little less fully "tucked in cowgirl", lol, and a little more casual!

Votre Amie said...

I really really dig it! Definitely a do!

http://iloveublank.blogspot.com/

Kate said...

I was a half tuck offender... until someone stopped me and told me I missed the back of my trousers.

Michelle Glauser said...

I've only ever seen this on models, and I always thought it was to show what it would look like tucked in or not tucked in. But I'll keep my eye out!

Anonymous said...

I think if I were to try it, I wouldn't make it so obvious; a little bunching and gathering to keep it from looking like...I don't know -- like a human ying-yang.

PoetessWug said...

It's a DON'T!!!

Shannon said...

Its highschool for me...

We all did this to avoid 'out of uniform' slips....you had to tuck in your shirt, and a half tuck was just rebel enough, but still worked


anyways...maybe everyone was doing it in the 90's

I like it...but I need to lose the last bit of my mummy tummy first (baby is only 5 months so I am still onside!)

Angharad said...

Definite do! David Beckham's been doing it for years so it must be cool, right? ;)

kLr said...

Absolutely not!

It looks as though they just woke up and didn't have a chance to pull themselves together.

Jenni Bailey said...

I kind of like it when just the front is tucked, revealing a cute belt. But not one side of an oxford.

Eleanor said...

I adore the way it looks on the models, but after trying it myself...I immediately untucked it. I haven't seen in on someone outside of a magazine pulling it off. If you can rock, then it's a definite do.
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Danie at Pasadya said...

Do! I used to think it looked weird, but it somehow grew on me.

Amy P said...

I do get the 'tousled' vibe, but I have a hunch it'll be one of those things we'll look back on and laugh about doing.
Like Michelle, I always thought they were demonstrating what it would look like tucked in or not too!

Kat said...

I do this when my button up shirt is a little too boxy or loose. Tucking it in a bit makes the shirt more feminine, since it seems a little bit more fitted. I think it looks better w/a belt than it does w/out one.

Kate said...

I love this look for both men and women, especially with shirts for men or jumpers for women. My brother has been doing the half tuck for years and now that it is so stylish, he keeps claiming telling us how fashionable he is!
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Melissa Blake said...

It's a don't for me, although maybe it depends on the shirt?

Jill said...

I was just thinking the other day how we all used to tuck the front of our (horrendously baggy) t-shirts into the front of our pants in the mid-90s.
The only time I do a bit of a half tuck is if I'm wearing a button up shirt that is a bit too long to show the belt and make the shirt seem a bit more fitted. But I tuck more that just the one side...I think that looks kinda odd.

macaca grava por cima said...

I've seen you doing it in the Austin vacations post (i'm I right?) and I wondered if it's a trendy thing to do... Never did it, because it never occured to me, and cause I guess Effortlessly cool, laid-back effect is lost when you do it on purpose... It's not natural... Most of all, I will not do it because every one does it nowadays, but because I like to see it in a certain ocasion, i guess...

On the other hand, these days I'm just loving the colorful spring pants with jean top look, half-tucked or not!!! ;-)

Mary said...

Personally, I think it looks contrived and like you're trying too hard.

Anna said...

I agree with Avy. A little too sloppy for me too :)

Abby J. said...

I've tried it, and it just didn't seem right. I've seen other 'real' people pull it off, but it's just not for me.

Liz said...

I feel like it looks SO great in photos, then I try it and it just looks disheveled... And not in a cool way, in a I-forgot-to-tuck-my-shirt-in way :/

abby said...

i love doing this! {mostly because my shirts never stay tucked anyway} . . . it makes you look not soooo serious.

Stephanie said...

i've never seen a real person do it either! always thought it was the clothing company showing me my options.

Elizabeth said...

I agree with @Shannon, this is what I did in high school to try and sneak a little past the rules.

bwburke said...

Definitely a don't.

That looks ridiculous on the models.. So it would look absolutely absurd on me.

Tania said...

I like it! It's tousled and pretty.

RWL said...

I would definitely do it on the weekend! Not sure it's office-appropriate...

http://sisterswithasideofstyle.wordpress.com

Tara St said...

I just thought it was to show off how the bottom of the shirt looked while still showing you how it looked tucked in! Haha! Shows you how much I know! I don't think I would rock this style because I think it would get annoying after awhile. Plus, my mother would repeatedly tell me to tuck my shirt in.
Tara
Penniless Socialite

Lisa Griffin said...

i do do the half tuck! especially with my button downs and a short skirt, it makes it less casual
in dramatic fashion

Olivia said...

I really love the half-tuck. It is quite annoying when people tell you that you missed a side- but those people just don't appreciate/under the little tousled/sloppy look that I'm going for. I just adore this style especially with colored/printed pants!

xx Olivia
IWANTTHESESHOES

June Lemon said...

I do it!!! And it actually adds the hip touch to the look!

Carlyn said...

i like tuckin in some of my shirts just in the front but im not sure about this half tuck, i guess if you are going for a relaxed vibe though!

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Lauren {Stylized Existence} said...

Doesn't work for me, at all. I think it needs a long torso to look right. If you notice in all of the photos, the bit hanging isn't SO long. On short torso'd girls, the hanging portion hangs down way too far and looks strange :(

Barchbo said...

Proudly doing the 1/2 tuck since 1986. Front in, back out. I do it when I need some shape (front in) but since I have a short torso and long legs I need some elongating, too (back out.)

Michelle said...

I've always done it, I think it looks fun :)

Anna (A Newfound Treasure) said...

I 1/2 tucked my chambray yesterday… I dig it.

sarahmichelle said...

i always thought they did that so you could see what the shirt looks like tucked and untucked without having to display two photographs :)

Kate said...

I sometimes tuck just the front portion of my shirt... I guess this is similar! I like the way it looks on the models, I am not sure how I feel about it in real life...

Devon said...

Ugh- the half tuck always alludes me. The JCrew models look so gorgeous with it. Then, I throw on my chambray shirt....and look a hot mess :(

17 Perth said...

I say it is a do! Perfect for a sunday stroll. :)

brenda said...

It drives me crazy. I spent 6 years teaching in an all-girl school. They wore a uniform and I stood by the door-way as they came into class, stopping those whose shirts were hanging out.

Michelle said...

no, it reminds me of too many frat boys...I can't handle it.

C. said...

I noticed this on the JCrew website too. I don't like it, it looks too intentional. I like the casual absentminded tuck, but when you specifically tuck in only one side like that it looks silly.

Abby said...

I love the half tuck. I think it looks really effortless, and that way, I can still feel casual but show off a cool belt at the same time. It's the best of both worlds.

DENISE. said...

I'm a photographer & while on set, stylists need to make sure you can see certain pieces of the garment. So I think it's really more about that. Sometimes there's a sloppy tuck and then a need to pull a little bit out. I think that's a look but I'm not sure about this half tuck being a trend. But gosh, maybe I'm behind on this one! I love J.Crew, too! :)

ElsaD said...

I have mix feelings about it: It's cool as long as it comes out naturally and organic, Otherwise it comes out like too pretentious...

Rachael said...

I like it, even though it doesn't make the most sense. Its more relaxed than tucking the shirt completely in, but is very helpful if you're wearing a cute belt or short shorts.

-Rachael
http://closet-12.blogspot.com

JEREMYandCHELSEA said...

I don't love it. It's one of those things that we'll look back on in a few years and wonder, "why?"

leigh said...

sigh... nope. I can't even do a messy pony tail....

although i'm big into the tucked in look right now...

a half-tucked... just seems... half assed. ;)

Julie said...

I think it can work with some looks and on some people. Definitely wouldn't be cute on me right now, with leftover baby belly trying to come off. Nope, nobody wants to see that. The looser the fit, the better.

Anitra Sweet said...

I always feel silly doing stuff like that.... kind of like i'm trying too hard! it looks so cute on others though!

{Liana} said...

Half-tucked looks very cool and unstudied but the reality is that it's contrived.So, when I feel I can pull it off, I do:) Today I have a belt on and have my tee half-tucked {speak of the devil}and a cardigan over this...it feels less conservative.

Grandma Kathleen said...

the half tuck looks like you forgot to tuck in after using the bathroom...

Leslie J said...

Yeah, I have to agree with other commenters--I think it's to show how long the shirt is and what the bottom edge looks like :)

Lindsey said...

I am one of the silly ones who love this look... I always get mixed reviews when I do the half tuck, but I feel great with it so I rock it!
http://lindseyyoung.net

Anonymous said...

Yes! Otherwise I lose my one asset, my waist. :) I love the laid back look too.

simplemittens said...

I recently tried this style with a snug-ish maxi and a loose shirt. It saved me from looking like I was swimming in cotton since I have a full bust and straight figure.

Lauren said...

In high school, I would totally half-tuck my shirt into my uniform skirt. It was my sneaky way of defying the tucked-in shirt rule!

Katie M said...

I guess I can see it being useful in a magazine so that people can see how it looks tucked into pants and untucked, but as a style, I'm just not into it.

Anonymous said...

No way! I looks like you're intentionally doing something that is supposed to be unintentional.

Lauren Ashley said...

I like it, but I think it's a look to save for the weekend and should skip the office. :-)

sarah ann said...

what do you do with the back of the shirt? Tuck it in? leave it out?

Hollie said...

I have to say, this annoys the heck out of me. It looks so tacky.

nicole said...

A "don't." I could never imagine walking into the office like this... unless my husband and I had a quickie on my lunch break. ;)

Melissa Jade said...

I do it most days- love it! So many people wear stretchy pants or sweats out, to call some styling "sloppy" is ridiculous.

danaf said...

i actually stood in front of my mirror today and couldn't decide whether to tuck my shirt in or not. so i ended up with the half-tuck. funny timing with this post today.

lia said...

I wouldn't do it with the types of shirts that JCrew is doing it with in those pictures since those shirts are already pretty small and fitted.

I do the half tuck with the back out and the front tucked in a little bit when I'm wearing an oversized shirt. I just think it allows to still show of a little shape from my hips so I look less frumpy.

I always feel silly actually doing it though 'cause its kinda a ridiculous theory. Works though, I swear!

Anonymous said...

Won't do it. Looks cool on the models and on posters, but definitely looks sloppy on me.

Tragic Sandwich said...

Doesn't work for me. It looks sloppy, specifically in a way that looks like you went to the bathroom and didn't put yourself back together afterward.

SummerTeeth said...

hmm it appears I do this constantly.... I think because full untucked feels sometimes sloppy/too boyish? and full tucked, well, full tucked feels a bit prim and prudish, or something. But it has got to be the right fabric weight! It has to fall, rather than sit. The half tuck can accentuate a waistband or belt, and is perfect for oversized oxfords which styled any other way feel a little bit bulky.

Anonymous said...

only looks good on models. in real life, it looks like you're trying too hard.

Anonymous said...

I haven't half tucked a shirt of this nature but I do half tuck all my t-shirts. I will tuck either the back half, front half, or side depending on the shirt/bottoms. Been doing it for years because I don't like the way a tshirt naturally hangs on me.

hello, Friday said...

Not so much for me. It looks sloppy. xoxo
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Melanie said...

Whenever I did it someone would tell me I was coming untucked. I stopped doing it.

Nicole Jeannette said...

No! I would feel messy!

rachel kirk peterson said...

i do this...i get the best of both worlds!

Anonymous said...

I think the "half-tuck" where one side is in and other other is out looks incredibly stupid.

When I read your post title, I was thinking "front tucked in, back untucked." This was big in the early '90s. That, to me, looks a bit better than one side in and one side out. Really, though, I just prefer fully-untucked unless the shirt is really made to be tucked in.

Anonymous said...

Looks dumb to me. And like one is trying too hard.

A Little Coffee said...

This looks awful. No way.

Sarah O'Brien said...

i can't pull this look off but i think it is adorable!

antique engagement rings said...

I don't get it but at the end of the day do what you want to do!

Ann Cundy said...

I agree with what some of the others are saying: it looks so fun on those models, but it would look like I was trying too hard to pull off a certsin "look." But it probably comes down to just owning the look and deciding to work it like a model1

Nomadic D. said...

I say do it! I've been doing it for years, though I'll admit that I just tuck the front (or if it's a t-shirt, just a pinch slightly off-center) and leave the back out. I don't think I've ever done just one half of the front. But I try never to say never about these things. Yeah, maybe we'll look back and laugh in the years to come, but don't we do that about most things? Isn't that kind of what's fun about fashion?

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Ester said...

I love it. I think Emmanuelle Alt and her voguettes at Vogue Paris started it.

Sarah Young said...

I love the half-tuck! It adds this casual cool element to your look. I say, give it a shot! You will see a lot of half-tuck fashion inspo photos on my blog :) xo

-Sarah
www.cafelafemme.blogspot.com

redwhitebride said...

i usually tuck the front and let the back out for a more casual look, even when i teach. not for more formal situations though.

allison said...

the half-tuck is my go to! it's my favorite tuck!

Anonymous said...

quarter tuck.

jessica quadra said...

think it looks slightly too contrived even though it's trying to look effortless.

Monica said...

DO, DO, DO :)

Shawnee said...

oh my gosh!! i'm surprised that people don't like this!
it's one of my favorites - i've been doing this for as long as i can remember! LOVE it. i love the whole front tuck too. it's so adorable and a cute change-up!! :) xo

Angie said...

I have loved this look for a while. I even make my husband do it. (The latest BK commercial with David Beckham sports it as well). :)

Ash said...

i tuck the front part of my shirt in, but not the sides or back...

i LOVE it with a tee shirt, skinnies, and a skinny belt.. it looks SO MUCH BETTER than if i didn't tuck it in..

i like this look, too.. i like disheveled "i dont give a damn about fashion" fashion looks

Trina said...

A half-tuck looks indecisive to me.

Danny said...

Here's the beauty of the half-tuck.....you get to slightly define your waist and yet the loosey goosie effect in the back hides a bit of the back chub one might have......it's brilliant.

However, my daughter, who has mad style (at age 8.95) has already moved on to the full tuck with belt......hhhhmmm, I may need to watch those late night ice cream binges for that one.

Anonymous said...

I think this "trend" started because the clothing companies wants you to see how great the shirt looks both tucked and untucked, and also be able to show both the pants and top in one picture.

Courtney Suzanne said...

That drives the symmetrical, matching-bag-and-shoes side of me nuts! However, it's not as bad as that fad years ago of rolling up one pant leg.

Brenda said...

I half-tuck all the time. It can look cool and effortless (if done right) but mostly because it's the only way I can get a shirt into my jeans since my body changed after pregnancy. Ha!

Amy said...

"Strategically laidback" is pretty hilarious, no?

goodnightstars said...

i've tried to do this, but it ended up just getting weird as i moved around throughout the day.

Elle Amerie said...

I will often times only tuck the front and leave the back out...more butt coverage that way...

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Looks unkempt. I don't like the look at all.

13bees said...

models can do whatever they want:)

Tara said...

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5Q2i2USsk00/T3tYqfsSkPI/AAAAAAAAnhQ/mtEQWTFFHW0/s400/austin-trip-.jpg

Looks okay here. A bit sloppy for me to wear, esp. to work.

nancy @ adore to adorn said...

I'm into it! But I'm also into a messier look in general... =)

Sarah Carlson said...

First of all, I love J.Crew. Secondly, yes! I love the half tuck. It looks like, "I roll out of bed looking this good." I'm a fan of effortless chic.

nocreamcorn said...

I've been doing that for years...it's a great way to show off a belt buckle.
It's also great if the shirt isn't long enough to stay tucked in all over.
Another thing, doing this allows me to wear jeans that might give me a little muffin top...since I'm not tucking in the back portion, I'm not accentuating it.

Messy? Hardly. If that's messy then tucking in the entire shirt is uptight and fussy.

Liz said...

I worked for j crew for a few years in college and they did this then too. Although it was generally a front in-back out or just a small piece of a loose shirt tucked in then. I think that worked because it gave some shape to the really float shirts that are in style. The half tuck looks a little odd to me when it is a chambray...

Lisa said...

I think it's a look that says, "I am trying really hard to look effortlessly cool, and I take all my cues from J. Crew."

Amanda said...

Elin Kling does this look really well as shown above on those J. Crew models. I prefer doing the half tuck as tucking in the front a bit and leaving the back untucked, the quarter tuck (?) look just doesn't quite work for me. Or maybe I haven't found the right shirts.

tjremp said...

NO! it looks sloppy, but it also looks like you're trying too hard to be cool, a failed attempt at looking "natural". i say pick a side and stick with it -tucked or untucked, no in betweens.

Catherine said...

I do it all the time.

Catherine
FEST

Taylor Yves said...

Not for me. I love J.Crew but this look tells me "I'm trying really hard to look relaxed and fun."

Aya said...

I like it. Although, I am usually one to tuck the front of my shirt in and leave the back out. That way my legs aren't shortened, I can show my belt but I still can show the shirt a bit in the back.

Rachael said...

i think it looks adorable in the pictures....however, in real life, it doesn't look effortless. it looks like you tucked in half your shirt to look cool, so for me, it's too trendy and not natural.

Meagan Murtagh said...

it only looks good on those super tall/skinny models at j.crew!

Kelsey Ross said...

I love the half tuck! I wore one last week to school (i'm a middle school teacher) and one of my students raised their hand to inform me, "Mrs. Ross! You're shirt is half stuck in your waistband. You might want to fix it!" Instead of explaining that I was trying the half-tuck on purpose (and that I thought I was uber hip) pretended that I was so glad for her help! I haven't tried it again yet :)

laura said...
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laura said...

I think this look works for models, but not in real life. It's slightly awkward...

xoxo,
great little day

Zelina Garza said...

I actually liek this look and have been seeing it alot I've tried it too and i feel so chic and effortlessly cool

.aubrey c. said...

Half tuck totally works if, the person is (not pregnant) over 5'4 and had a flat stomach, just saying! aka not me! But totally awesome!

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Kessey said...

It IS done only for the purpose of showing how the shirt looks tucked and untucked without having to use 2 images per item. Believe me, I work in the industry.

Why people take it as a "trend" and run with it, is beyond my imagination :D

agnes said...

it looks nice!!

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Sarah said...

To tuck in a bit in the front and leave the rest out is a Do. To tuck in one side and leave the other side out, as in these pics is a DON'T! Its done to show the hem of the shirt, its not a fashion trend!! You really didn't know that? Joanna, you've worked in fashion magazines, surely you know this stuff!!

shoegirl said...

I love it! Fully tucked can look a little stiff - not to mention not terribly flattering unless you have just the right body type. A little undone is always a good way to go!

LC Taylor said...

Sure, why not? Give it a try and if it looks good to you, go for it. I think I'd feel lopsided all day, but that's just me. :)

everyday katie said...

every day! I hardly feel like myself if I'm all the way tucked or all the way un-tucked.

Kate said...

I noticed this too! Personally, I don't really like the look. You either tuck it in or you don't!

Kate {Something Fabulous}
http://thesomethingfabulous.blogspot.com

Leslie C said...

It seems cute in photos but I feel like I would not be able to pull it off! I did, however, do this accidentally while wearing leggings and it was so horrifyingly bad, I always double check before I leave the house...haha.

amynicole said...

I think it dedinitely depends on the oitfit and maybe the attitude of the wearer. Love the lipstick color the model is wearing and the polka dot sweater is adorable!

Essence Brown said...

I used to until my grandmother saw me doing it and forced her little old hands down my pants to tuck in my shirt.

don't do it unless you want that to happen to you.

sécia said...

I heart the half tuck!!!

♥ sécia
http://www.petiteinsanities.com/

JR :: Sarah said...

i think it's one of those things that looks killer in photos and "off" in real life.

teeny said...

i've noticed that too, and i've been trying to pull it off without as much luck as i had hoped. perhaps i'll leave it up to the jcrew models....

mylettchronicals

Dora said...

One of my ex-boyfriends used to do the half tuck all the time, and I used to tell him that it looked like he didn't tuck in his shirt properly while in the bathroom. I'm sad to see the trend appear in the women's fashion as well. For me it's a definite no no,

Missy said...

no the antisymmetry is an eyesore for me

Anonymous said...

I do this all the time! I think its something younger girls can easily pull off, but those 30 and up can still try this look.

Jenny P said...

I think it looks cool but I'm too shy to try it! My friend calls it a shirt mullet.

Desiree Fawn said...

Totally. I blogged about this a while ago and I LOVE it!

Lauren said...

Yes it's very casual and cute.

Jackie said...

i totally did this today...but i'm just now reading this post! coincidence? i think it only looks good with the button down shirt and skinny pants, like the photos. i like it! i think its more for casual weekend attire...cute, laid-back, comfy. i'm not sure if i can pull it off, but hey! what's fashion without taking a few risks every now and then?

Joanne Cox said...

a definite do!

bon said...

i already do do it!! so YES! :) haha

Kate said...

LOL- this is so "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" 2007! Hilarious!!

Olya said...

I did! Today, actually :) And even with the same denim shirt! :) I LOVE it! Totally effortlessly casual-chic. I hope it sticks!

Olya
www.livingnotesfromnyc.com

Jessica said...

I do it all the time!! Especially with a chambray shirt.
It's very comfortable too when you eat a lot =P

Xoxo,
Jessica

www.prettystems.com

Mrunmayee said...

Love that! I do do it all the time, may not be intentional though ;o)

Eat My Scabs (April) said...

Do! it'a totally tomboy

Bambi said...

No I think it looks a little silly!

Traveling Mama said...

This is totally in here in Europe and I love it! I'm not sure I would do it with a button down shirt like the ones in the photos, but it's a great way to add a waistline with a big, oversized shirt, which again, is super popular here (particularly in Denmark!) I also would tuck exactly HALF of the shirt, but maybe a piece tucked into the belt at the front.

Zoë said...

I love it on them! Why can I never pull it of? Do you do it?

Melissa B. said...

I don't like it at all. If I saw somebody wearing a shirt that was only half tucked in, I would have the hardest time taking them seriously.

Madelyn St.Claire said...

I 'half-tuck' ALL the time...

I've never been a fan of tucking my shirt in... so the half tuck is a great way around it.
Love this post!

xoxo M

Madelyn St.Claire said...

For proof- visit my blog post here

BunnyFuFu said...

refined but not- i love it



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Jennifer said...

Heck, NO! It looks too contrived to me.

Liz said...

i do it! but not like those j crew models, i think it's really key to do a quick sloppy tuck rather than their perfect low-blousiness option. i dig it!

Samara said...
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Samara said...

I think about the tuck way to often however tend to think maybe I should do the full front tuck and out at the back... maybe I should give the half tuck a go?

Samara

http://thesecretlifeofsamara.tumblr.com

the Queen City Style said...

Aaah! At my alma mater, UNC, we called that the frat tuck! So funny!

Cheryl said...

stupid

anda said...

haha, i love this look ... but when i do it myself, my husband says that i look like i had a stroke while getting dressed!

Anonymous said...

They do it so they can show the top of the pants. It is not so much of a style thing as a way to show the product.

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