If you've opened a J.Crew catalog in the past couple of years, then you've probably seen the J.Crew half-tuck. Admittedly, it looks a little bit messy, but it's clearly done with purposeful, fashionable, can't-touch-this intention. You might think the J.Crew half-tuck is as simple as tucking your shirt into your pants or skirt, but oh no... If you want to look sassy instead of sloppy, sophisticated instead of simple, then you need to understand the intricacies of the J.Crew half-tuck.
And lucky you, I've devoted a whole post to it. :)
BEFORE you start thinking I'm a total NUT for writing an entire post on how to tuck in your shirt, let me tell you this: THE HALF-TUCK, AND ITS COUSIN THE SEMI-TUCK, ARE ACTUALLY REALLY USEFUL STYLING TOOLS.
ONE - tucking creates an illusion of a defined waist for those with a rectangular/straight silhouette. Add a cute belt and you increase the illusory effect!
TWO - the half-tuck and the semi-tuck are super useful for all of those shirts in your drawer that are too long for you. I'm not sure WHY so many shirts are 4 feet long these days, but seems many of them are. If you've got a long torso, then you especially don't want to have that snug long shirt hanging way down to your hips because it'll leave you looking like an inch worm. Yes, you could do the full-tuck instead of a half-tuck or a semi-tuck, but sometimes a full-tuck can feel too confining, be too high maintenance (keeping it evenly tucked all the way around) OR it can feel a wee bit too formal and uptight.
THREE. I love the half-tuck and the semi-tuck for some of my boxier shirts that otherwise would leave my torso feeling like the clapper inside of a bell (you know, the thing inside the bell that makes it go ding-dong).
So, let's take a look at some real life J.Crew images so you can see what I'm talking about.
The Button-Down Shirt J.Crew Half-Tuck
[tooltip text="TooltipText"]HOW TO: Tuck in the front flap of the button side of your shirt (not the side with the button holes) and leave it untucked everywhere else. [/tooltip]
The half-tuck does have a certain, je ne sais quoi about it, doesn't it? You either love it or you hate it, and I have to admit, I kind of love it. Not just for the fashion-fashion of it, but for its functionality!
This angular half-tuck hasn't been a signature J.Crew look for eternity... from what I've read on the interwebs, it's rather new. But what HAS been around for a while is the semi-tuck.
The J.Crew Semi-Tuck
[tooltip text="TooltipText"]HOW TO: (Done with button-down shirts, knits or wovens) Semi-tuck your shirt into your waistband, either front-center, or off-to-the-side, allowing the rest of the fabric to gently drape your body.[/tooltip]
I definitely use the semi-tuck on a weekly basis... especially the semi-side-tuck. And BONUS material for you here: I use a little move I call the "Twist n' Tuck" when I semi-side tuck. Basically, you grab the fabric with your index finger and thumb, twist the fabric around your index finger, then tuck the twist into your waistband. It'll leave you with the perfect drape.
Stasia's "TWIST" of the Half-Tuck, the Semi-Tuck, and the Twist n' Tuck
[tooltip text="TooltipText"]HOW TO: Put on a shirt, decide if it needs some tucking, then try the half-tuck and/or the semi-tuck (with a little twist n' tuck) in front of a mirror, and see what looks best.[/tooltip]
Remember this picture from a couple of weeks ago? Total J.Crew half-tuck right here folks!! It proved to be a strong winner after the semi-tuck and the full-tuck left me feeling like a poof ottoman under the sweater vest.
This picture was taken yesterday... and here I am using the semi-side-twist-n'-tuck, which was totally necessary because this tank is SUPER long. I tried the straight up semi-front-tuck, but it didn't work. The off-center asymmetry was a far nicer look because it balanced out the floral embroidery along the neckline of the tank. (Balance folks. Balance.)
STYLE NOTE: All half-tuckers and semi-tuckers listen up - the trick to pulling this look off is to have good posture AND good accessories. It's all about looking intentional and put together!
Well there you go folks, you've wasted another perfectly good 10 minutes reading my Thrift Me Pretty blog... (a loving tribute to Tom Magliozzi from Car Talk, who passed away this week). I hope you enjoyed it. :)
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