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How to do the Military Tuck

The Problem

You know you have seen it. The un-disciplined tucking of the shirt, the wrinkles and uneven fabric.  You feel like you want to say “drop and give me twenty” for their offense.

Wrinkled Tuck

The culprit is typically the see-saw like motion most people use to tuck in their shirts. Using this method causes wrinkles and unevenness of the fabric as shown in the picture above.

Previously, we talked about when to tuck in your shirt. Now we are going to show you how to tuck in your shirt military style. This tuck will help give you a fitted look and compensate for enemy number one: regular fit shirts.

This type of shirt is purposefully designed to fit the bell curve distribution to maximize the amount of people that can wear it. In other words, regular fit shirts aren’t designed to fit anyone properly.

Granted, the best answer to dealing with all the excess fabric and shapelessness of a regular fit shirt, or any other cut, is to get it tailored. Nothing looks better than clothing that actually fits you. However, not everyone has the time nor the means to do so. Here is the solution.

Military Tuck

To start off, it’s usually best to put your shirt on first and gently bring your trousers over them and button up.  If the shirt bunches up, try straightening it out as much as you can.

*Note: Keep your pants buttoned up but use the zipper to gain access to your shirt tails to prevent them from bunching up.

Grab the seam of your shirt

Next, use both of your hands to pinch the seam with your index finger in front and your thumb in back as shown below.

Finger placement for military tuck

With both of your hands, pull the back and front of your shirt taunt. Then, in a counter-clockwise fashion, use your index fingers to pull the front part of your shirt back and use your thumbs to pull the back of your shirt forward as shown below.  This will help hide the excess fabric along the seam.  Try to extend the fold past your waistline to help maintain the tuck so that it does not come undone.

Hiding excess fabric in seam

The end result of the military tuck should give you a fitted look.

Military Tuck gives you a fitted look.

This tuck is pretty easy to do, but remember that shirts have nasty tendency to come untucked. You may find yourself doing this tuck often to maintain the fitted look. A tailored shirt that fits you will always be better and save you time in the end.

As a side note, remember that the extra fabric is being tucked in the side seams which can make the shirt billow around your armpit (because that part isn’t folded).  Just remember to keep your arms down and no one will be the wiser.

Stay Classy Men, Jared and the Trendkin Team

  • Ramzi

    Thank you! Very helpful. Best visual guide to the military tuck on the web. The only difficulty I found was holding the fold as I get my pants fastened around it. Thanks again.

    • jsnoble1

      Thanks, I’m glad you found it helpful! It can be a little difficult but a tip would be to have your pants half way zipped up so when you make the fold, your pants are within finger length to pull them up. Hope that helps.

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  • Ginta

    And now I’ve learned how to tuck a shirt, thanks!

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  • Michael

    I’m finding a very hard time to comprehend this unfortunately :/ I’m a visual learner and can’t do it from simple still shots.

    • n1ckname

      Youtube is your friend.

    • n1ckname

      Youtube is your friend.