Don’t Be Afraid to Tuck Your Sweater
Sweaters were never meant for tucking in my world. My unhealthy brain always thought I wasn’t lean enough to tuck in a sweater and look good. And I have to admit… I was right about some things. There’s this one picture in particular from my senior year of high school. I’m in a pair of khakis and a short-sleeve sweater and I look absolutely schlumpy.
To put some things into perspective, the cut of the khakis did everything to accentuate the part of my body of which I have always been most self-conscious - my middle. They were pleated and hyper 90s in that they cut in at my waist (which is straight, not curved) but baggy in my middle and tapered down to the ankle. There was literally nothing good happening there. Not to mention, my senior year of high school wasn’t my healthiest. I still thought fruit juice was a good alternative to milk. There are so many things wrong with that sentence. I was also still in the mindset that if I could just eat less, I’d look better. So somehow a lunch consisting of a slushy and a plate of tater tots was supposed to give me the super model physique for which I so desperately yearned. Hashtag fitspo.
Now I’m here with a healthier inner monologue (most days) and a much better sense of how to dress my body. And I’m sort of getting into tucking.
Ok, shut up. I know. Tucking. How NOVEL. I guess I was just surprised when I tried this combination and I actually thought it worked. So here’s what I learned.
You can definitely tuck in an entire oversized sweater when it’s a thinner material, like this wool|cashmere piece. It looks great with a pair of pants that are a little roomier (comforrrrrrt). And I like to have a tighter, flatter tuck on the front and to pull out a bit in the back for some volume.
Don’t like the idea of the full tuck? Cool. Do the French tuck. Queer Eye might have brought the name “French tuck” into our modern vernacular, but I specifically remember Lisa Bonet wearing the style on The Cosby Show and instantly making every girl I knew do the same thing with her Umbro t-shirt. Also, if you are not familiar with Lisa Bonet’s style generally and during that period specifically, you should go down the rabbit hole a little bit because she suh-laaaaaaayyyyyed and still does.
Also, Jason Mamoa and Lenny Kravitz.
So BOW DOWN to Ms. Bonet.
That took a weird turn. Tuck in your sweaters. I think you’ll love it!