How to Half Tuck Your Shirt

how to half tuck your shirt like a pro

Did you know half tucking your shirt can make you look taller, thinner, and more polished all at once? It’s true. Here’s how to do it. 


A few years ago, I started to notice people were half-tucking their shirts into their pants and skirts. At first it seemed a little weird to me to just tuck the very front of your shirt into your jeans and leave the rest hanging out. But now, years later, it’s really the only way I wear my tops.

These are three good reasons to half tuck your shirt.

The first reason you should front tuck your shirt is because it makes your legs look longer. Being able to see your entire jeans from waistband to ankle makes your legs look longer, period.

The second reason to half tuck your shirt is because it makes you look thinner. Oversized shirts are so popular, and wearing something oversized often makes you look, well, bigger. It’s true. But a little front tuck of your shirt keeps the shirt from overwhelming your body, AND it helps give your silhouette a waist. And show your waist is always more flattering and makes you look thinner.

The third reason to half tuck is that it makes your outfit feel finished — as long as you do it right. It might seem awkward at first, but trust me on this one. It adds a cool, effortless vibe to almost any outfit.

It’s such a simple, quick-fix, and can make a huge difference.


Which shirts can be half tucked?

Not all shirts are half-tuck eligible. Shirts with trim on the hem, really long tunic length shirts, peplum tops…these are some examples of shirts you would not half tuck. They’d just look wrong.

But t-shirts, blouses, button down shirts, sweaters, swing tops…they’re all fair game and will almost always look better either half tucked or fully tucked into your skirt, shorts, pants, or jeans.


Don’t know how to half tuck properly? Here’s how.

If you’re new to the half tuck or can’t quite figure it out, I’ve got you covered. I’ll take you through step by step and show you the difference it can make to an outfit.

Step 1. Pull your top tight and flat at the hem with your hands.

Step 2. Tuck your shirt about one or two inches into your pants or skirt, making sure the fabric is completely flat.

Step 3. Blouse your top gently to make the top billowy and loose. This will achieve the easy, carefree look.

Here’s a really simple video to show you…

Or you can watch it HERE on my youtube channel!

Check out these outfits where I’ve tucked the front of my shirt!


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half tuck your sweater into your chinos
half tuck your tees into your shorts
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how to half tuck your shirt like a pro


  1. I wear most of my shirts this way. I find that it helps to hide my over 40 waistline and makes me look slimmer!

  2. April says:

    OK…settle this debate…
    Can you half tuck into jeggings with a knit waistband (i.e. old navy jeggings)?

  3. Stacy says:

    Yes! Love the half tuck. Been doing this off & on since I was in high school. I’m well into my 40’s now.

  4. maria says:

    Do you ever wear a belt? Any recommendations?

  5. MAkensie says:

    Love the half tuck! I’m not sure i own any shirts that i Don’t half tuCk 🙂 I think the easiest way to do it for tshirts or thinner Knit tHings is to pull it foWard a bit, twist around your FiNger, then tuck the Little Twist in the front. I like doing it that wAy when i Can’t get a top to lay right, somehow it fixeS any sides that lay funny. Thank you for the half tuck outfit insPiration!

  6. EJ says:

    I struggle with two things related to the half tuck: 1) I always wear a camisole underneath my shirt. I hate tucking the camibsole in all the way around and MAKING sure it’s flat all the way around. 2) I have a little belly. I always feel that the half-tuck, right at the widest part of the belly, makes the belly look bigger. Thoughts?

  7. Brianna Soloski says:

    I’ve been half Tucking all wrong for months. Thank you For Setting me riGht.

  8. Debra says:

    Where can i purchase the blue and white striped button down? Thank you!

  9. Emeli says:

    Hi, thanks again for your advice! They are excellent)) in our family, I constantly follow the trends in fashion for myself and for my husband. I want us to look modern and young. Recently read for him about badass mens jewelry , it was very interesting, not strange, some tips I even found useful for yourself:))

  10. Marie says:

    I originally thought the “half tuck” was a stupid looking fad… I guess I was wrong… it’s a stupid looking staple of modern fashion…

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