If you’ve ever found yourself in the fashion conundrum of wanting to tuck in your sweaters but feeling unsure about the right way to do it, you’re not alone! Tucking in your cozy knits can be a real game-changer, giving your outfit that extra touch of insouciance. However, it can also be a disaster, adding shapelessness and creating bulk. This is especially a struggle if you’re petite! I’ve been getting a few DMs about how I tuck in my sweaters while hiding the extra fabric, so I thought I’d break it down for you girls as we head into December. Scroll ahead to unravel the mysteries behind achieving that effortlessly chic tucked-in look without the fuss. These easy tips and tricks will make sweater tucking a breeze.
Basic Tucks: Front, Side and Full
Let’s start with the basic tucks, which I consider the front, side and full. For an easygoing and relaxed appearance, the front tuck is my go-to option. Simply tuck the front hem of your sweater into the waistband of your pants or skirt, leaving the back untucked. The result exudes a laid-back charm. It’s perfect for those casual outings or when you want look effortless.
An alternative to this is tucking one side of your sweater into the waistband, allowing the other side to flow freely. This creates a dynamic and slightly asymmetrical look. The side tuck is great for showcasing a stylish belt or drawing attention to statement pants. The key to getting the front and side tucks right is to tuck in the smallest amount of fabric so you don’t lose your waist or get too much bulk in your belly from the side.
If you’re aiming for a more refined and polished appearance, the full tuck is the way to go. Tuck your entire sweater into your bottoms, ensuring a smooth and even finish around the waist. This technique works well with high-waisted pants or skirts, creating a clean and tailored silhouette. Be sure to opt for fitted sweaters that don’t have a ton of extra fabric and thickness to them.
The Bra Tuck
The bra tuck is a fashion hack that’s clever and functional. It involves tucking a chunky knit sweater into your bra band for a streamlined look. This technique can be customized to suit your style – whether you opt for a front tuck to showcase a stylish belt or go all the way around for a clean finish. I resort to this when I want to prevent the infamous sweater bunching. Be sure you’re wearing high-waisted bottoms!
Another option to achieve that cool, tucked-in look is to add a belt to your sweater. It works with sweater dresses as well. You can hide the belt by ensuring your sweater covers the belt all the way around. If your goal is the create the illusion of a tucked-in look, use a thin belt so you can easily hide it. I find that this technique works well with oversized, chunky knits and helps transform them into figure-flattering ensembles.
Hair Tie Tuck
You can also try the hair tie tuck, a clever styling maneuver that involves tying the bottom of your sweater with a hair tie, creating a gathered effect. Then, either fold the tied portion inward or tuck it into the waistband of your bottoms. This simple yet effective technique allows you to customize the length of your sweater for a flattering silhouette