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Let us talk about something so basic it’s literally ridiculous. Or rather, something you think is so basic that you don’t even put enough effort to get right. The goal of this article is to expose you to a few tactics that might eliminate the nuisance of a wrongly tucked shirt. But first, what to tuck in and what not to tuck?

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Shirts that are made with a flat bottom hem are meant to be worn untucked. But if the shirt has visible “tails” — that is to say, the hem varies in length, rather than being even all the way around — it should always be tucked in. Also if the shirt’s hem doesn’t reach your butt, the shirt won’t stay tucked in the first time you bend over for a dropped pen.

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Now that you’ve decided if your shirt should be tucked in or not, it is time to do the act. A good tuck should make the front of your body smooth and flat. There should be no wrinkling and no “muffin-topping” — where the shirt blouses out over the trouser waist and makes a ring around your midsection. You should also have a clean “gig line” — a military term for the imaginary line straight down the front of your body, from the point of your chin to your crotch.

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The Gig Line

Then stuff your shirttails (that’s the back of the shirt) into your pants. Finally, use the extra inside button on the side of your trousers. That is the purpose of that weirdly-placed runt button. This little buddy keeps your shirt in place, and once it’s closed, allows you to push and pull your shirt down as far down as possible. Here’s a real master tucker tip: Reach through the fly to maximize tuckage.

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Written by Obiajunwa Ugochi

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