Most male shirts are designed to be worn tucked in properly while some are designed to be worn un-tucked. If you decide to tuck in a shirt, you want to make sure the shirt has the proper fit and the length is right for you; having at least two inches extra, so that whenever you raise your arms up, you’re not going to expose your midsection.
Now that we have agreed on the fit, let’s talk about some occasions where we should tuck in shirts and when we might not bother to do so.
Leaving your shirt un-tucked at some formal events or celebrations can be seen as a breach of etiquette bordering on disrespect. If you are attending weddings, graduations, religious ceremonies, funerals, court appearances and other formal events, you should always have your shirt tucked in.
In the business world, some situations will almost always call for a tucked-in shirt, except you are the “Oga At The Top”. So, if you are involved in certain jobs that demand formal behaviour like meeting with new or important clients, meeting with strangers in a ‘meet and greet’ setting, or job interviews, you may need to always tuck in your shirt.
CLASSY EVENTS OR DATES
If you are going for events that require class, you might want to tuck in your shirt even if it is not a formal event. It’s worth noting that some events which aren’t exceptionally formal and aren’t connected to work can still demand a tucked-in shirt, since you may want to look as nice as possible; either to make yourself attractive or to show that you take things seriously. For example, if you are going on a first date, or attending a party that will include many people that you don’t know; an un-tucked shirt may not be seen as disrespectful, but may be a bad idea all the same.
KNOW THE RIGHT POLO OR TEES
In general, leave polos and tees un-tucked because most polos and tees are meant to be worn un-tucked. When properly-fitted, these sorts of shirts should hang right up against your belt or the waist of your pants. The exception here is when you have to wear an exceptionally-long tee or polo and you have to tuck in the extra material to make it look better on you.
TUCK IN SMART
After ensuring your shirt has the proper fit without that extra material that could have made it look like a flowing nightgown, also tuck in smart to achieve the best look. When tucking in your shirt, ensure that the buttons on your shirt, the button on your trousers, the buckle of the belt, and the zip of your trousers all form almost a straight line i.e. they are nearly collinear.
KNOW WHEN TO BE CASUAL
It’s important to remember that you definitely don’t always have to tuck your shirt in. If you are heading to a close friend’s house, or just dining at a casual restaurant, there’s no need to tuck in your shirt or even wear a formal shirt in the first place. Some of us are too formal that we don’t know when to go casual. So, once in a while, relax and skip tucking in your shirt unless you are striving to look formal 24/7.
Next week, we will look at how not to tuck in your shirt.
About the Writer:
Chris Bamidele is a passionate and unapologetic Nigerian, who believes in God and humanity. He is a writer, blogger, and an aspiring Television Director; and an optimist to the core. He blogs at www.chrisbamidele.wordpress.com and tweets @Chrisbamidele
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This article was first published on 20th March 2015
Chris Bamidele is a passionate and unapologetic Nigerian, who believes in God and humanity. He is a writer, blogger, and an aspiring Television Director; and an optimist to the core. He blogs at www.chrisbamidele.wordpress.com and tweets @Chrisbamidele.
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