Posted by menstyleqa on Apr 4, 2012 in Culture & Etiquette, Men's Shirts | 4 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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There’s going to be some difference in construction between a shirt that’s meant to be worn tucked in versus one that’s meant to be worn untucked.
If the bottom edge of a shirt is the same length all the way around it’s assumed that you’ll be wearing the shirt untucked. You want these shirts to always fall low enough to touch your belt, and never so low that it completely covers the belt and starts to hide the cloth beneath it as well. It’s a pretty small window. Fortunately, shortening the hem is an easy adjustment, so when in doubt buy long and have a tailor shorten the shirt up for you.
If the shirt’s hem has scooped “tails” in the front and back, the assumption is that you’ll be tucking it in. In this case you want to pay attention to the highest point on the bottom hem — where the scoops come together to make a little V-shape, usually right at the sides of your waist. You want that point to fall safely below your trouser waist and belt line. If it’s too high, it’ll keep popping out when you walk and expose a triangle of skin or undershirt above your hips.
Usually you can un-tuck your shirt when you are home or just if you go out somewhere. If the shirt tail is really long – tuck it in, if it isn’t covering your butt as much then you should be okay with not having to tuck it in.
I just un-tuck my shirt when I’m going to shower haha, honestly I don’t really untuck my shirt when I get home… I know a lot of people change their clothes when they get home but for me, I don’t like to have a big load of laundry to do so I just wear the same clothes that I wore throughout the day.
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