How to Wear a Tucked In Shirt Without Looking Like an Old Man

how to properly tuck in a shirt

You’ve probably heard colloquially that you should never tuck in your shirt unless you’re dressed up. You’ll look like a dork. An old man, they say.

Well, there’s some truth to that. Growing up in the 90′s, we went through a rough patch as far as the tucked shirt goes. Button up shirts were cut big during that time, and we’re only now starting to recover from all the excess fabric.

These baggy shirts ballooned when tucked in and it was a horrible look, that’s why we’ve grown up hearing we shouldn’t tuck in our shirts.

But these days lots of brands are creating trimmer options that look sleek and clean when tucked in, not frumpy and baggy.

The trimmer cut goes by many names: trim cut, modern fit, custom fit, athletic fit, slim fit. Don’t be scared, you don’t have to be ripped to wear a shirt that fits. As long as it doesn’t pull anywhere you’ll look great.

 

»Shirt: Ralph Lauren Custom Fit

»Jeans: Gap 1969 Authentic

»Boots: Clarks Desert Boot

»Sunglasses: Anon Kennedy

Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page.

  • Tony

    Great article. Now all you need are some cufflinks

    http://vintage-cufflinks.org

  • Tony

    Great article. Now all you need are some cufflinks

    http://vintage-cufflinks.org

  • Tony

    Great article. Now all you need are some cufflinks

    http://vintage-cufflinks.org

  • Tony

    Great article. Now all you need are some cufflinks

    http://vintage-cufflinks.org

  • Tony

    Great article. Now all you need are some cufflinks

    http://vintage-cufflinks.org

  • Tony

    Great article. Now all you need are some cufflinks

    http://vintage-cufflinks.org

  • Tony

    Great article. Now all you need are some cufflinks

    http://vintage-cufflinks.org

  • Tony

    Great article. Now all you need are some cufflinks

    http://vintage-cufflinks.org

  • honeywhite

    Just a comment from a girl – the “after” is infinitely more attractive than the before. Very few things are sexier than a man who puts a little effort into how he looks. Not a pretty boy, but a man with a little style. Meow!

  • Trey

    John C,

    If concealed carry is a desire, check out Thesis Holsters. They are holsters that go inside the waist and a shirt can be tucked over it. This is what I carry with and at 5′ 10″ 175 lbs with a thin build who wears slim fit everything it conceals very nicely.

  • Fabrzio

    What brands do you recommend for man that are 5.6? I am having a really hard time finding a shirt that isn’t too long..

  • Francisco

    It’s rather funny that my coworker and I represent the two examples in the article, him wearing the 90′s JC Penney Sale’s Associate outfit to work every day while I try to spruce things up and wear more trim-fit outfits that work out aesthetically. I have showed him this magazine many times but he would rather stick to his square-toed shoes, poorly-fitted pants, and two-sizes-too-big shirt.

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