I’m not going to lie, there are some fashion secrets that you have probably overlooked most of your life. And the french tuck, is one of them. So here’s how to do a French tuck, and achieve that effortless, sophisticated look.
Certainly people have been casually half-tucking their shirts for a while now, but Tan France from Queer Eye decided to give this sophisticated style hack a name- The French Tuck.
What is a french tuck?
Coined by Queer Eyes Tan France, the “french tuck” is a styling technique that involves tucking the front of an oversized, billowy, or looser top into a higher rise bottom and letting the back of the top be untucked.
When done properly, this provides an easy french style sensibility and a casual air to your outfit. It also helps elongate your proportions and emphasizes your waist.
What do I need to do a french tuck?
For your top you will want something that is long and loose. Oversized sweatshirts, men’s shirts, loose tees, and billowy tops all work for the french tuck.
For your bottom you will want something mid to high rise so that it creates the most flattering proportions and your top has something to tuck into. This creates a waterfall look from the front (tucked portion) to the back (untucked proportion).
How to do a french tuck (for every top style)
So there are many techniques to properly accomplish a french tuck. Here’s a video to show you some of them in action.
Full French Tuck
Button your shirt to right above the top of your pants (or skirt). Take the end of one blouse and tuck into the opposite side of the shirt, crossing over your belly button. Repeat with the other side, overlapping the first tuck. Next, gently tuck the overlap until you reach the side seam of your pants. From there, adjust the “poof” of the shirt, either pulling a little more shirt out or tucking more shirt in along the front to create a flat tuck.
T-shirt French Tuck
For a t-shirt french tuck make sure your t-shirt has enough length. Then, tuck in the front section of your t-shirt at your belly button. Gradually tuck in less as you reach the side seams of your pants, and let the back of t-shirt hang out (or waterfall).