Tucking your shirt into jeans, skirts or trousers isn’t exactly a new phenomenon. In fact, many of us have been doing it since our decidedly les-stylish teenage years. But with high-waisted styles and looser fitting denim now firmly taking the lead over hip-hugging skinnies, tucking in everything from T-shirts and printed blouses to dressy evening tops has become de rigueur. If you missed that memo, however, we’re pretty sure you’ll have caught the Queer Eye stance on the whole thing. Especially since #FrenchTuck has begun trending on Instagram.
Since season two of the cult Netflix show aired last year, Google searches for stylist Tan France’s French tuck have skyrocketed—and it's happening all over again with the (may we say EPIC) season three screening on Netflix right now.
If you’re not yet a fan of the show, the French tuck is simply the art of tucking in a shirt at the very front while leaving the back loose—don't tuck it in at the sides, this is all about an artful front drape. According to France, who sports the look regularly, this simple tucking technique instantly adds polish to any look and can elongate the body too, helping to slim or add balance to your silhouette.
It works for both men and women (as you can see, Tan is doing it with his jumper, pictured above), and for different weights of top—you'll find you can French tuck a jumper into jeans or a skirt just as successfully as you can a flimsy, silky blouse. It truly is the styling gift that just keeps on giving.
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