6 Ways to Wear an Oversized T-shirt: French Tuck, Bra Tuck, Knotted Tee and More
Oversized t-shirts are large, comfy and loose. Learn how to look shapely and put together in your favorite oversized tee with six different styles like the French tuck, bra tuck, classic tucked in t-shirt, knotted tee and more.
When oversized tees, hoodies and shirts fill your closet, it helps to have ways to polish your look like the French tuck. Don’t worry, styling oversized shirts does not require a PhD.
Try these tucked and knotted styles with snug jeans or with a belt for a nineties look. They all add definition around the waist so you can wear your oversized tees with skirts too.
6 Ways to Wear an Oversized T-shirt
1. Tuck in a t-shirt Mom’s way
My mom taught me to tuck my shirt in by securing my underwear over my shirt and then pulling up my pants or skirt. Depending on what kind of underwear you’re wearing, feel free to bypass the underwear-tucking part.
After zipping up, tug at the fabric just above the waistline to create a billowing bulge as large or small as you like. Try to avoid bouncing up the fabric in the front by creating a neat, flat section over your belly button. In back, it matters much less if the fabric has a messy look.
2. French tuck an oversized t-shirt
The French tuck is a fancy word for a half-tucked in shirt. For this look, it’s much easier to start with your pants in place and then tuck in the front part of your shirt over your jeans zipper. The best amount to tuck in is usually about two palm-widths across the front of the pants. It’s a casual style, so it is not important to make it perfect.
3. Tie a t-shirt knot
The knotted tee is a perfect summer look to wear with shorts. Start by holding your t-shirt tightly at the belly button so the extra fabric is pulled forward. Then twist the fabric to form a t-shirt rope. With the twisted fabric, form a donut shape close to your belly button. Use the tip of your finger to push the end of your t-shirt rope through the center of the donut and pull it into a knot. Secure the knot firmly and hide any excess by wrapping it around the knot.
4. Side, back and high knot variations
Follow the same steps above, but create a knot at the side or the back rather than the center of your shirt. Or, if you want to show more of your midriff for a cropped look, create the knot a few inches above your belly button.
5. Fold under your t-shirt knot
If you don’t want the big, lumpy knot of a tied t-shirt knot to show, simply fold under the knot and let the extra fabric billow over the knotted bulge.
6. Bra tuck an oversized t-shirt
Mimic the cropped look with the bra tuck if you don’t want to cut your shirt. Use two fingers to wind up a front roll starting from the bottom of your t-shirt. Tuck that roll into your bra. Gently pull out the t-shirt fabric enough to create a high, draping piece of fabric over your chest.
With each of these looks, you’ll never have to drown in your t-shirt again.
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Article written by Erica Eller