I’m a big fan of adding a small front tuck to my shirt to elongate my leg line and finish an outfit. But, tucking isn’t always ideal or right for every body type. Here are four outfits showing how to look together with an untucked top!
I like adding full or half tucks to elevate my outfit and make it feel more finished and elongate my leg line. But, depending on the top, half tucking your top isn’t always the right choice. I also hear from a lot of you that you don’t think tucking is flattering with your body type. Here is how to feel put together with an untucked top!
4 ways to wear an untucked top and look pulled together
Untucked top example #1: Choose a shorter top
There are lots of cropped tops out there right now, and it’s a major trend, but when I say “choose a shorter top,” I’m not talking about wearing crop tops. Look at the outfits above and see how the longer cream cable knit sweater on the left hits at a wider part of the skirt, making my whole middle feel boxy?
The blue sweater top on the right hits higher, closer to my natural waist and a narrower part of the skirt, creating more of a waistline. Also this top has a bit of a fitted hem, which also creates some better shape.
Untucked top example #2: Choose a top with a banded hemline
This example incorporates example one and two. You’ll see I’ve chosen a shorter top, but also I’ve chosen a top with a banded hemline. This helps the top and outfit feel finished without any tucking needed. In fact, sometimes tucking or half tucking a banded hem top makes the outfit look off.
But also, the length of the top hits me higher up on my hip, rather than down lower at my widest part. It helps give my body some shape with the clothing, instead of feeling boxy and shapeless.
Untucked top example #3: Choose a fitted pant with long tops
Tunic length tops are a great example of a top that doesn’t need to be tucked. I would never tuck this long of a top because it would create a very bunchy mullet kind of look. But with a long top like this, I’d recommend a legging instead of a dress pant. It balances the longer and wider top.
Untucked top example #4. Choose a top with more structure.
Lots of tees are lightweight, but sometimes they’re lacking in structure. This structure mean that there’s a weight to the fabric and it smooths over bumps from your pockets or fly or your curves. Lightweight tees can cling and show every little lump and bump through them. Choosing a shorter top with structure allows the outfit to feel finished and polished without any tuck!
I hope this is helpful as you put together outfits and if you choose not to half or fully tuck your shirts!