Posted by menstyleqa on Apr 4, 2012 in Culture & Etiquette, Men's Shirts | 2 comments
I feel like most young guys these days wear their collared shirts untucked. Is this okay? It looks cool but also kind of sloppy.
This is a tough one to give you a clear-cut answer to because there are lots of collared shirts that are true “dress shirts” meant for business wear, but there are also lots of collared shirts specifically designed for casual wear.
The general rule of thumb is that you shouldn’t be wearing any shirt you regularly wear with a necktie (or would if your work required neckties) untucked. If it’s a nice light-colored shirt with minimal pattern and a nice sharp collar, it’s supposed to look dressy. Don’t try to pull off cool and mussed with it.
Shirts that have a looser, softer collar and more color and pattern can be untucked. Only in social settings, of course — at work you should have it tucked in regardless!
Overall I’d generally say that a guy looks better with his shirt tucked in (even a casual shirt) and a soft-shouldered blazer thrown over it instead of wearing it untucked. It’s the same casual feel without the sloppiness.
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