To all of you ladies who say you just want to wear your shirt untucked: I hear you. You don’t have to half tuck, quarter tuck, French tuck, bra tuck, etc.
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But there is a fine line between modern…and matronly…when it come to untucked shirts. Let me offer some guidance!
PS: When I was researching this post, I could not find a single post on Google telling women it was okay to wear their shirts untucked. Let’s change that position!
In Part II of our Styling the Midlife Midsection for Summer series, I told you that sometimes its okay to just wear your shirt untucked. You don’t have to French tuck, half tuck, quarter tuck, back tuck…or BRA TUCK (*rolling eyes*). And WOW at the response I received from so many you after making that statement. Countless women in your community commented that they were relieved to finally hear that it is totally okay to leave their shirt untucked and that the half tuck options only served to accentuate their midlife midsection. What I heard from you is this: its okay to sometimes wear the shirt tucked, but overall we don’t want to wear our shirt tucked. So…let’s UNTUCK IT!
But there is a fine line between modern…and matronly…when it comes to leaving your shirt untucked. Let me give you some guidance to keep you on the modern side and away from matronly. None of these rules are hard rules, and they don’t won’t all apply to every situation. But hopefully these will guide you when wearing your shirt untucked.
1. Get the Right Fit:
A shirt that is too tight could look unflattering while a shirt too loose could look frumpy. Play around with different types of fits (slim, relaxed, etc.) to see what looks best for you.
2. Find the Right Length:
Untucked shirts are where it is especially important for short ladies to buy petite size and tall ladies to buy tall size.
3. Pair Loose with Fitted:
To balance the looseness of the untucked shirt, consider pairing it with a fitted pant (i.e., SKINNY JEANS!) to create balance.
4. Gathered Option:
Another option for wearing an untucked shirt is to gather the hemline with a rubber band to create definition to the waistline.
5. Add FLARE to the Look:
- Unbutton the top two buttons
- Roll up the sleeves
- Wear a camisole or tank underneath.
As with almost every rule, there is an exception: linen button up shirts and tunics are meant to be worn untucked and unfitted…to create the appearance of easy breezy summer style.
FITTED White Button Up + Boyfriend Jeans + Slide Sandals + Designer Straw Tote
Linen Button Up + Linen Joggers + Sport Sandals
FITTED Striped Button Up + Boyfriend Jeans + Slide Sandals + Designer Straw Tote
Sleeveless FITTED Button Up + Linen Crop Pants + Designer Block Heels + Handbag
Silk Blouse + Linen Blend Trousers + Beige Pumps + Beige Work Tote
UNFITTED White Linen Button Up + Beige Crop Pants + Espadrilles + Straw Tote
Light Blue Linen Tunic + White Linen Crop Pants + Sandals + Straw Tote
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