An Ode to The Half Tuck

Half tuck layout

This tucking phenomena has been around for some time now, but so in love with this simple garment manipulation am I, that I just had to commend the trend and write an ode to the Half Tuck! In my humble opinion the half tuck is the perfect and most simple way to manipulate almost any garment worn on the upper body, be it a shirt, t-shirt, jumper or whatever else we might care to wear. Unlike say, the embellished collar trend, that’s dependent on many factors; it requires a shirt with the perfect collar,  a statement necklace – the necklace needing to be the right size to sit perfectly between the front band and point spread of the collar and it has to do this without dishevelling it, the half tuck doesn’t require nearly half as much technique. It’s merely a tuck! Having said that, there are many ways to wear the tuck and many reasons to do so; Those of us  rocking the half tuck will have our very own reasons to rock this upper garment manipulation and will have perfected our very own way of tucking – one that works for just for us! The rule of thumb would have it that the less contrived the tuck appears to be, the better it looks. This doesn’t mean, however, that the tuck isn’t contrived!

I personally wear the half tuck for its slimming effect. Being that I am curvier than model straight up and down, wearing a jeans and shirt ensemble for example, with the half tuck makes all the difference. The tucked in element reveals my waist – exposing one of the smallest parts of my body. Consequently, the loose element of the shirt conceals my derriere – a particular advantage for me when I’m wearing skinny jeans. I wear my skinnies tight enough to be a second skin, to make my legs look slimmer, however this also pronounces the derriere – which I am not always entirely comfortable with – especially when I am in the office. The half tuck offers some concealment of my derriere. Of course shirts worn loose, particularly if they are over sized or loose fitting, disguise my derriere too, but in the meantime they also disguise my waist line – the half tuck allows me to reveal and conceal all at the same time.

The way the tuck’s worn can be dependent on a number of things – the length of the garment being tucked in, the occasion we’re dressing for, the type of garment we’re pairing our top with, the belt we might be wearing – if we’re wearing a statement belt we won’t want our shirttails disguising the statement, our body shape and many other factors. Some of us half tuckers might tuck the front of our garment in, others will tuck just the front corner away and some might tuck one side of the shirttail into a waistband whilst wearing the other shirttail loose. Some of us will tuck in every which way possible. Regardless of how we’re tucking, those of us that have adopted the half tuck will appreciate the aesthetic brilliance this effortless manipulation can have on an ensemble.   I would argue that the half tuck is miraculous – I really would. I think I first discovered the half tuck being worn on Victoria Beckham seven or eight years ago and I’ve been half tucking in this fashion ever since!

Of course the half tuck isn’t all about accentuating waistlines, disguising bottoms, flat or rounded, saggy or wide, this tucking of the upper garment adds a stylistic edge to an ensembles; making a simple jeans and white shirt appear effortless yet stylish, a sheer shirt and black jeans ensemble appear more casual as opposed to stuffy and make an otherwise sexier or more revealing garment, cutaway shorts or mini skirt for example, appear less sexual and more relaxed and easy. For all the half tuck’s massive feats it must be celebrated!

 

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Olivia Palermo wears the half tuck

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Rosie Huntington Whitely

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hakf tuck - floral jeans

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#Trending – Pastels and Peplums

My first Polyvore set

Stella McCartney peplum top
$525 – net-a-porter.com

H m jacket
£25 – hm.com

Nobody jeans
£175 – farfetch.com

Studded shoes
$56 – topshop.com

As much as I’m loving the new pastels and poptastic coloured skinny jeans, there must be strategy applied when wearing – particularly for those of us that aren’t fortunate enough to adorn ourselves without thinking about our body shape.

I have recently developed hips and an ass, because I am not so keen on looking bootylicious, the brightest colour I will ever wear will always be on my top half. This isn’t to say that those with curves can’t sport the bright colour skinny jeans trend that’s going to be all the rage once spring actually kicks in. But I would make sure the colour of the jeans are stark and without any fading, distressing or anything that causes the eye to focus on the hips or upper thigh, ie zips or studs (usually the largest part of the leg). I have chosen this cobalt blue as opposed to a paler blue to make the legs look thinner. The peplum is perfect to draw attention to the waist, whilst the pop pink jacket completes the whole colour blocking trend.

I am a particular fan of the peplum, for its ability to hide and accentuate, but also because they just look so great. The magazines seem to be documenting the peplum as a work wardrobe essential, but I beg to differ. The way I’ve incorporated this Stella McCartney peplum top in jersey is a nice way to wear the peplum casually.

I am so getting that pink H and M jacket!

Be charmed, stay inspired! x