If you were once that struggling student who sold your soul to Abercrombie & Fitch (more than once in my case), then I’m going to assume that you’re already well acquainted with this trend. I spent a grand total of 5 years working for this company at their Gilly Hicks and Abercrombie Kids stores. You can already assume that I’ve seen every kind of tuck imaginable. Whether you worked at Gilly Hicks, Hollister, Abercrombie Kids or A&F, you’ll recall the “loose front tuck” as one of the brands go-to styling tips. I remember receiving my triple AAA uniform one season and being completely mortified when the infamous “style guide” told me that it was compulsory to tuck ONE side of my shirtfront into my leggings like an idiot.
The style guide aka the holy bible of every store, taught associates how to style their uniforms in a way that made you look ‘cool’ and ‘laid-back’ without looking like you tried too hard. I’d beg to differ. This thing dictated how many buttons I needed to have open on my shirt regardless of how much cleavage I had on display, down to how many inches I needed to roll my shirtsleeves up. Each season I would strategically go through all of the looks to try and find a uniform, where I didn’t have to tuck anything in. Of course that was almost near to impossible because according to A&F: who doesn’t love a loose tuck?
Looking back, it seemed a bit ridiculous but who would’ve thought my shirt tucking skills would one day become useful? Here I am today, willingly styling the front tuck. Oh how naive I was back then. It seemed almost inevitable and somewhat written in the stars for me because look at where we are today:
With statement belts becoming an essential piece in every fashionista’s wardrobe, I’m not surprised that this trend has taken over the world of Instagram. It’s definitely something that I’ve been doing more of recently, particularly with my Gucci marmont belt. Some have gone down the typical route of tucking in their shirts whilst others have been somewhat creative and taken it to the next level – tucking in hoodies or jackets into their jeans. Yes, I’ve seen it all. Realistically any trend that happens on the runway inevitably works its way down into everyday fashion.
Specifically, the over-sized jumper tuck has been a massive trend recently. It looks and seems effortlessly chic, right? Truth be told, trying to get that perfect loose tuck or half tuck is no simple feat. Getting ready to achieve this casual and easy-going look was painstakingly arduous. It required me to re-master the front tuck manoeuvre that I was once forced to learn as a Gilly Hicks associate.
Styling is essential in fashion and there’s no doubt about it. It can elevate any look and instantly make it runway ready, if you will. However the art of tucking is all fun and games until you need the toilet. So be prepared to spend a couple of minutes (or ten) rearranging your self in the cubical without a mirror. It seems almost torturous in a sense. This might sound like an absolute nightmare depending on how far you’ve come with your ability to get that perfect tuck. I guess you won’t know unless you try it now, will you? So go tuck yourself…
Lots of love,
Jumper: Zara (previous season) | Jeans: Abercrombie boyfriend jeans | Shoes: Chanel sneakers (previous season) | Bag: Vintage Chanel backpack | Belt: Gucci nylon web belt | Watch : Larsson & Jennings | Bracelet: Louis Vuitton nanogram cuff