Trying to figure out when to tuck and when not to tuck your shirts? I’ve got a simple guide to help you!

Tucking versus untucking your tops into jeans and skirts

I talk a lot on here about tucking and untucking a top into your skirts and tops. But which tops? And which skirts and pants?

Today I want to share a few tricks and a simple guideline for tucking verses untucking your tops.

This isn’t the end-all-be-all guide for half tucking verses fully tucking your tops, but hopefully it helps you figure out some general guidelines for tucking, half tucking, and untucking your shirts.

When to tuck or half tuck with high waisted jeans:

  • Fully tuck longer or mid length tops so they don’t pull down over your hips and get bunchy
  • Half tuck shorter tops that are just a few inches longer than your jeans waistline
  • If you’re concerned about lower stomach weight and don’t want to half tuck, choose tops that aren’t too long below your jeans waistline, and choose ones that lay smooth — no bunching!

*remember, these are not hard fast rules. Try them out and adjust as needed for your exact body type!

With high waisted jeans, you’re created a waistline close to your natural waistline. If you half tuck your shirt with high waisted jeans, you get a lot of bunching in the front and back (with longer or oversized tops), and you lose that nice waistline that the jeans created.

Look at the examples below of high waisted jeans with fully tucked tops:

When to tuck or half tuck with high waisted skirts:

  • Fully tuck longer, oversized tops. 
  • Half tuck shorter tops
  • Half tuck thicker sweaters that you can’t fully tuck without a lot of bulk
  • You can leave your top untucked completely if it lays nicely at your waist (no bunching) and doesn’t make you lose your shape. This works best for pencil style skirts.

*remember, these are not hard fast rules. Try them out and adjust as needed for your exact body type!

I have a whole post about why tucking makes a difference with a high waisted skirt. You can see the difference on me RIGHT HERE.

Look at the examples below of high waisted skirts a fully tucked top and a half tucked shorter sweater:

When to tuck or half tuck with mid or lower rise jeans: 

  • Half tuck long, oversized tops so you can see your jeans waistline
  • Untuck if your shirt lays nicely over your jeans (no pulling or bunching) and isn’t too long
  • Be careful fully tucking your top into low rise jeans because it draws attention to a wider area and can throw your body proportions off a bit. 

*remember, these are not hard fast rules – play around with them and see what works best for your body type!

I never wear mid or low rise jeans anymore, but I know many women still feel more comfortable in them. That’s great if that works for you!

But remember, the lower your jeans sit on your hips, the more boxy your upper half becomes because you don’t get that natural waist definition from your jeans rising up toward your natural waist.

So use your tops to give your body less of a box shape on top. A simple half tuck will give your waist some definition!

See the examples below of where I half tucked a shirt with mid rise jeans

When to tuck or half tuck with mid rise or lower rise skirts

  • Half tuck oversized, long, or mid length tops where you need some waist definition
  • Be careful with tops that are thick, because half tucking can cause bunching at the waistline
  • Untuck tops that fit you nicely and aren’t too long

*remember, these are not hard fast rules. Try them out and adjust as needed for your exact body type!

See the examples below of half tucking and untucking a shirt with mid rise skirts

When to Half Tuck vs. Fully Tuck Your Top

How to half tuck your sweater

Trying to figure out when to tuck and when not to tuck your shirts? I’ve got a simple guide to help you!

 

Tucking versus untucking your tops into jeans and skirts

I talk a lot on here about tucking and untucking a top into your skirts and tops. But which tops? And which skirts and pants?

Today I want to share a few tricks and a simple guideline for tucking verses untucking your tops.

This isn’t the end-all-be-all guide for half tucking verses fully tucking your tops, but hopefully it helps you figure out some general guidelines for tucking, half tucking, and untucking your shirts.

 

 

When to tuck or half tuck with high waisted jeans:

  • Fully tuck longer or mid length tops so they don’t pull down over your hips and get bunchy
  • Half tuck shorter tops that are just a few inches longer than your jeans waistline
  • If you’re concerned about lower stomach weight and don’t want to half tuck, choose tops that aren’t too long below your jeans waistline, and choose ones that lay smooth — no bunching!

*remember, these are not hard fast rules. Try them out and adjust as needed for your exact body type!

With high waisted jeans, you’re created a waistline close to your natural waistline. If you half tuck your shirt with high waisted jeans, you get a lot of bunching in the front and back (with longer or oversized tops), and you lose that nice waistline that the jeans created.

Look at the examples below of high waisted jeans with fully tucked tops:

high waisted jeans
pink top and white jeans

When to tuck or half tuck with high waisted skirts:

  • Fully tuck longer, oversized tops. 
  • Half tuck shorter tops
  • Half tuck thicker sweaters that you can’t fully tuck without a lot of bulk
  • You can leave your top untucked completely if it lays nicely at your waist (no bunching) and doesn’t make you lose your shape. This works best for pencil style skirts.

*remember, these are not hard fast rules. Try them out and adjust as needed for your exact body type!

I have a whole post about why tucking makes a difference with a high waisted skirt. You can see the difference on me RIGHT HERE.

Look at the examples below of high waisted skirts a fully tucked top and a half tucked shorter sweater:

holiday party outfits
merricksart.com | maxi skirt and white top

When to tuck or half tuck with mid or lower rise jeans: 

  • Half tuck long, oversized tops so you can see your jeans waistline
  • Untuck if your shirt lays nicely over your jeans (no pulling or bunching) and isn’t too long
  • Be careful fully tucking your top into low rise jeans because it draws attention to a wider area and can throw your body proportions off a bit. 

*remember, these are not hard fast rules – play around with them and see what works best for your body type!

I never wear mid or low rise jeans anymore, but I know many women still feel more comfortable in them. That’s great if that works for you!

But remember, the lower your jeans sit on your hips, the more boxy your upper half becomes because you don’t get that natural waist definition from your jeans rising up toward your natural waist.

So use your tops to give your body less of a box shape on top. A simple half tuck will give your waist some definition!

 

See the examples below of where I half tucked a shirt with mid rise jeans

half tuck your shirt
jeans and sweater

When to tuck or half tuck with mid rise or lower rise skirts

  • Half tuck oversized, long, or mid length tops where you need some waist definition
  • Be careful with tops that are thick, because half tucking can cause bunching at the waistline
  • Untuck tops that fit you nicely and aren’t too long

*remember, these are not hard fast rules. Try them out and adjust as needed for your exact body type!

 

See the examples below of half tucking and untucking a shirt with mid rise skirts

mid rise skirt with sweater
pencil skirt and lace top

I’ll be doing an episode of Get Dressed with Merrick all about tucking vs. untucking today on Instagram stories, and answering your questions about tucking and untucking tops.

Make sure you’re following along so you don’t miss it!

Here’s a video all about tucking tops:

 

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One Comment

  1. Sandra Blackwell says:

    i would love to only wear high waisted jeans also! however, for a lot of us it just isn’t feasible to replace all of our jeans.

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