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Men’s Inside Out Shirts: Style Meets Function


Gentlemen – this is masculine style 101.

In this article, we teach you ‘How to put on a shirt?’and we expLain when you should keep your shirt tucked in and when you should unbutton it.

You will learn:

  • Should men wear their Shirts tucked in or out?
  • How to wear the shirt outside the PANTS
  • How to properly tuck in a shirt

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Should men wear their Shirts tucked in or out?


In about four out of five DRESS situations, I recommend tHat a man tuck his shirt in.

THat sounds like a lot. But it’s based on the assumption that well-DRESSed men have plenty of collared Dress Shirts in their wardrobes, which look Best when tucked in. Most good looks for men involve at least one tucked in layer.

However, what about that other time in five?

Not “bad style” wear an unbuttoned shirt – as long as you do it correctly.

What Shirts are traditionally worn without tucking in?

  • T-shirts
  • Poles
  • Rugby shirts
  • Henley Shirts
  • Short-Sleeve Button-Front Sport Shirts (but check the hem)
  • Tank tops and other sleeveless tops
  • Breton tops
  • Guayaberas
  • Hawaiian Shirts and Other Holidays
  • T-shirts

What shirts are traditionally worn tucked in?

How to wear the shirt outside the PANTS

Getting the right fit is essential for an unbuttoned shirt.

They look looser than a shirt tucked in, for obvious reasons, but that doesn’t mean you want a looser fit.

If anything, it makes a loose fit more difficult to correct since you don’t have the option of stuffing extra fabric into the back of the PANTS and Belting it in (not an ideal solution, but at least a solution Short term for a bad -tight Dress Shirt).

Here are the key points to keep in mind:

Shirt Length

infographic correct mens shirt length

The length is the determining factor so that you can wear an unbuttoned shirt.

As a basic rule of thumb, if it doesn’t reach at least to the Belt, the shirt is too Short. Move in the wrong direction, and your belly will show everyone.

At the other extreme, something that covers your BODY to the crotch is too long and can Shorten your gaze.

For most styles, the shortest is ideal: low enough to cover the belt and not much beyond that. Some shirts, like theguayabera, they are meant to be a bit longer and can drop a few inches below the belt.

Shirt Waist and Chest

Significantly fewer Casual Shirts taper at the waist (and all shirts that must be worn untucked are Casual, in addition to the guayabera’s traditional role in South and Central American political and business dress).

This means you want a snug fit across your torso so that theshape of your bodyit won’t choke on the fabric.

Finding the size that fits you Best will require a bit of trial and error. Most brands have some difference in their sizes, which means that Small on one brand may be closer to Medium on another.

Because the hem is unbuttoned, you’ll get a bit of billow and breeziness even with a tight fit, so stick to the Smaller side when possible.

Shirt shoulders and sleeves

The sleeve seams should rest just below the curve of your shoulder. If they meet at the middle of your biceps, then the sleeves are too long. If they fall above the shoulders, the sleeves are too short.

Wear shirts with tails unbuttoned

One last thought: from time to time you will see men (particularly young men) wearing Dress Shirts with tails in the front and back unbuttoned.

There is a deliberately sloppy edge to this look that some find appealing. The trick to achieving this is to make sure the shirt fits you well and that you wear it with confidence.

Never wear a shirt unbuttoned to a formal event UNLESS it’s a style designed to be versatile (the guayabera is one example). Formal equals tucked in, plain and simple.

How do you properly tuck in a shirt?

The basic fold

The basic is the first technique that we all get to learn when we are younger. You open your PANTS, put on your shirt, tuck it under your pants, and then pull your pants up; zippers and buttons closed, buckle up for the final finish, and hope your shirt doesn’t puff up any time soon.

The fold of Underwear

Infographic - How To Tuck In A Shirt

Toguys wearing a T-shirtwith your Dress Shirt, this method is useful. It’s so simple and it works every time.

This is how to do it:

  1. All you have to do is tuck your T-shirt under your Underwear first
  2. Then tuck the dress shirt into the pants and Underwear
  3. Put on your seat belt and adjust it acCordingly
  4. This technique uses friction to keep the shirt in place

The military fold

Infographic - The Military Tuck infographic

Tuck shirt under pants, close zippers but leave button open. You need space to perform this maneuver.

Separate your legs far enough to prevent the pants from sliding down.

Pinch any excess fabric from the side seams toward the back with thumb and forefinger to form a neatly folded pleat at the side of the hips and linea with the armpits Do this maneuver simulTaneously on each side in one continuous motion.

Close the button and even out any folds or wrinkles.

Buckle upfor additional grip.

Wear shirt suspenders

Infographic - Dress Shirt Stays

Also known as shirttail garters,men’s shirt bracesthey are an innovative tool and what you will need when all else fails. Invented during the 19th century, shirt suspenders use consTant downward pressure to prevent the shirt tail from ballooning.

It’s a must-have Accessory because it keeps your shirt in place no matter what you do. So whether you’re running, reaching, crouching, or dancing – it is guaranteed to keep your shirt in place.

Unlike other products that don’t hold up for long or slip out of place (magnetic pins) or restrict breathing and circulation (tension Belts), shirts are comfortable to wear because pressure is applied only to the Sock of the shirt.

Braces are so versatile that they are implemented by:

  • The military for their dress uniform.
  • Law enforcement officers for their field and dress uniforms.
  • Business leaders for their Suit jackets.
  • Sports officials, especially in basketball and Football, with all the runs and stops of professional ballroom dancers, especially when wearing their Tuxedos.

I’m sure you’re wondering how these guys keep their shirts neat and tucked in after a full day’s work. Now you know.

As you can see, the applications are endless. If it’s all about tucking your shirt in and keeping it that way forever, having a shirt garter should be at the top of your wish list.

Now let’s say you’ve bought one for yourself, how do you use it then? Just remember the following steps:

  1. Attach a clip to the front and back shirttail.
  2. Attach the clips to the fabric by pulling them down.
  3. Attach the bottom clip to the sock.
  4. Attach the clip to the material by pulling it up.
  5. For a better fit, adjust the slider.
  6. If attached correctly, it should look like a letter “Y.”
  7. For the other leg, repeat the steps.
  8. Put on the pants and adjust the belt acCordingly.

As long as the clips are securely attached to the shirt and sock, it will not come loose. That’s what the pulling up and pulling down is for, to keep the shirt garter in place all day.

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PostingMen’s Inside Out Shirts – Style & Functionfirst appeared inReal Men Real Style.

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