I am going to cut right to the chase. I prefer the look of a man wearing his shirt tucked in with a belt. Of course, there are always exceptions (especially in casual wear), but in general, even a T-shirt looks better when tucked in with a belt. Read on for why.
Please look at the photos above and notice a few important details:
- An un-tucked shirt, while comfortable and popular with men (notice I didn't say women), tends to make the man look shorter and wider. In the photos above it's the same man, same clothing, different appearance and presentation.
- If Mr. Slim above at a whopping 6' 5" looks a bit shorter and wider with his shirt un-tucked, imagine what it does for the shorter, stockier fellows.
- The white, crew-neck undershirt, which is widely favored by men, especially in the tech industries, interrupts the line (the visual line that runs from your neck to your toes) and as most interruptions tend to do; makes him look wider and shorter.
- The images where he is wearing a v-neck undershirt show a more sophisticated, modern look. The line is clean and you see the man as a whole; versus a white shirt first and then the man. If you don't know what I mean, look at the images again. The first two, your eye runs smoothly over. The third image, your eye darts back and forth between the white undershirt and the rest of his clothing.
- Men seem to equate a tucked in shirt with being formal and stuffy. On the contrary, it can be casual and comfortable in a polished, confident way. The first image of jeans and a dress shirt, tucked in with the sleeves rolled up, is clearly casual and wouldn't ever pass for formal business attire. Is your definition of "casual" stuck in your college-era wardrobe?
- I've noticed men tend to stand straighter and look more confident when they tuck their shirt in. It makes sense since it's easier to slouch and let your gut hang out so to speak when your shirt is un-tucked.
When you are hanging out with the guys after work at the bar, un-tuck your shirt and slouch away. When you want to look your best, I recommend you tuck your shirt in and if wearing an open collar, switch out your crew neck undershirt for a v-neck. If you are wearing your shirt tucked in, please wear a belt. Even better, please wear a nice looking belt. It's an accessory people do notice and one that should be kept up to date and in good condition. Just because you have a belt doesn't mean you should wear that belt.
The images in this article are all thanks to my favorite Hendricks Park man (my Hubbie). The photo shoot wasn't staged, this is what he actually wore to work that day. Trust me, it took a great deal of begging to get him to agree to be my model for this article!
For inquiring minds: He is wearing a pair of Seven For All Mankind boot-cut jeans, a plaque belt and a blue, pinstriped dress shirt from Arbitrage (which is a new clothing line that I will review very soon).
-Lisa Bruckner Hendricks Park