Monday, January 8, 2018

To Tuck or Not To Tuck

Reacting to this photo in yesterday's post, Paula Goodwin commented, "As something of a self confessed fashionista (although not of your standing!) I always enjoy the photos you share. Today's Femulatee picture does beg a question for me ~ To tuck or not to tuck?

"I have always felt that a jumper should be worn "out" over the waist line of the nether garment, yet I have a few skirts and trousers with lovely waist line details that then get covered up. Clearly there can be no hard and fast rule, but I am now rethinking this little problem."

It is a question that I have struggled with in the past (even in boy mode). When confronted with the tuck or no tuck question in boy mode, I will ask any handy cisgender female, "Which looks better?" and I usually go along with their advice.

In girl mode, the answer from a not-so-supportive female might be "neither," so I don't bother asking and look in the mirror for an answer.

Before I dropped 20 pounds, I usually did not tuck because my girdle did not reduce my girth enough and I ended up with a muffin-top. Down 20 pounds, the muffin-top is gone and I can tuck or not tuck with great abandon.

When I dressed for the company Christmas party, I initially tried my outfit on wearing the top untucked. The top came down to my hips and hid half of the pretty skirt I was wearing. So I tried tucking and I was much happier with the results, as you can see in the accompanying photo.

So, it depends on what you are wearing. For example, you would not tuck a top that was obviously designed to be worn untucked like a belted top, pleated top, a top with flounces, etc. Similarly, if the skirt or slacks you are wearing demands to be seen in their entirety (like my gold pleated mini-skirt), then you want to pair it with a tuckable top.

Source: Bebe
Wearing Bebe (Source: Bebe)

Ames McNamara
Actor Ames McNamara dresses femininely in television's 2018 reboot of Roseanne.


  1. Try each out fit tucked and untucked
    Your mirror will tell you which is right

  2. LOL! I was more than half way through this post, scratching my head, then I realized you were talking about the top, shirt, blouse, etc. Tucked or Un-Tucked might have been a better title, because "To Tuck or Not To Tuck" made me think of something else (which is always tucked in girl mode). Cheers!

  3. Ha Ha. I was thinking the same thing. It took a re-read of the article to realize you were not talking about "tucking".

  4. Yup, same here.