Faux Pas Fridays is a new, weekly initiative commencing at the Fab Man-ual to expose common style blunders that men make. In these posts, I’ll highlight the mistake, then suggest ways to fix it and really amp up your style!
If you are an 18+ year old male, there’s a high probability that you have this “uniform” when going out to a restaurant, bar, or nightclub: casual loafers, jeans, and a dress shirt.
I went out one lovely Saturday night not too long ago, and I noticed one thing that happens to be a major pet peeve of mine. 90% of guys wear dress shirts when they go out and leave their shirts untucked. One thing comes to mind when I see this: SLOPPY.
It’s not that you HAVE to tuck in your shirt – it’s simply that some shirts are meant to be tucked in and some aren’t. Check out this graphic from GQ.com
- In the left photo, the guy looks ridiculously sloppy because the shirt is too long and too baggy.
- In the right photo, the shirt fits well, hugging his waist and stopping around where his zipper rests.
Here’s the simple rule of thumb: If the shirt goes about 3-4 inches past your zipper, tuck it in. You will look much more put together. If you like to leave your shirt untucked, buy shirts that are meant to be untucked. They need to hug your waist and stop at around your zipper.
A number of faux pas occur because we only see ourselves in isolation. However, I hope that the side-by-side comparison above elucidates the ridiculousness of the untucked, baggy shirt.
Keep it fab, always.