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How to tuck in a shirt so it fits

How to tuck in a shirt so it fits

Shirts, even when they’re in your size, often don’t fit. That’s because manufacturers create them for the ‘average’ body shape, which means they’ll tend to sit in the right places on your neck and shoulders, but rarely look good around the waist.

The solution, it would seem, is to tuck them in. “It’s a simple fact that a tucked in shirt looks smarter, and it’s essential when worn with tailoring,” says Thread stylist Alice Watt. “Shirts are usually made with a flat hem, and by their very nature, are designed to be tucked in.” But when your shirt doesn’t fit perfectly, that’s not as simple as it sounds; excess material quickly gets rumpled, or can billow, neither of which makes you look put-together.

Which is where the military tuck comes in. This simple technique masks excess fabric, to give you a tailored look that’s good enough for the parade ground.

Step 1: Tuck

Step 1

With your waistband undone, tuck the hem of your shirt so it’s flat against your thighs and buttocks.

Step 2: Pinch

Step 2

Grab your shirt at the side seams and pinch the fabric until the front of the shirt is flat against your chest and stomach. Use a mirror to make sure it’s taut, not pulling. Fold the fabric back, pushing the material at the rear forward with your thumb, to create a tuck.

Step 3: Fasten

Step 3

Hold each flap firmly, then fasten your trousers to hold them in place. Now admire your newly trim silhouette.

Illustrations: Eric Chow