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The 'French Tuck' is the style trick that will improve any outfit.

Figuring out how to tuck in your shirt all fashionable like can be tricky.

How much do you tuck? How tight should you tuck it? What if you stuff it up and then your top’s all wrinkled? Do I tuck it all in or half in?

Much questions.

It’s at this low point of contemplation that Tan France from Netflix’s Queer Eye walked into our lives and introduced us to the ‘French tuck’.

The makeover show’s fashion expert casually dropped this intriguing term during the franchise’s second series. In doing so, he sparked somewhat of a fashion phenomenon.

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Sure, people have been lazily tucking in the front of their shirts for years, but Tan was the first person to give it a name (and a fancy name, at that).

Ever since season two of Queer Eye dropped in June, #frenchtuck has been trending on Instagram.

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People all over the world are sharing photos of their French tuck efforts too, and how happy do they look?!

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Rocking a #frenchtuck courtesy of #queereyeseason2

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For anyone who missed the trend or needs a quick refresher, here’s an explainer on exactly what is a French tuck and how to wear one:

What is a French tuck?

A French tuck is a fancy way of describing what it looks like when you only half-tuck in your shirt. But, deliberately.

According to Tan, fixing yourself a French tuck is the easiest way to:

a) Fake the effortlessly chic air of a Parisian.

b) Balance your proportions and look taller and leaner (thanks to drawing in your waist).

c) Feel ‘pulled together’ and tszuj your outfit.

How to French tuck shirt.

Normally when people say things are ‘simple’, it’s just condescending. But honestly, guys, styling a French tuck is simple.

All you need to do is tuck the front-middle part of your top/shirt/jumper into the front of your pants/jeans/skirt, leaving the back hanging out.

The more you practice your French tuck, the easier it will be to find the perfect amount of tuck for the shirt, but also your own shape. For example, if you have a straight-up-and-down shape, a dramatic French tuck can create the illusion of a waist, whereas a more draped French tuck is great if you want coverage over your tummy area, without wearing the shirt completely out.

Here are some real-life examples from some Mamamia staffers (some of whom wished to remain anonymous, despite looking fantastic with their French tucks).

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Oh hi, just me and my French tuck.
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And this is my friend Jess, she loves a French tuck too.
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This French tuck is a little bit shy.
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As is this one, bless them. Images: Supplied.
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Ways to wear a French tuck.

The best thing about the French tuck is you can do it with almost anything.

Although I had a heated exchange with one of my colleagues about whether her black, high-necked top was 'tuckable', honest, you really can French tuck almost every kind of top.

To prove it, here are some ways to wear the French tuck:

  • A loose T-shirt tucked into a high waisted midi skirt.
  • A crisp shirt tucked into fitted jeans.
  • An oversized knit tucked into a pant or skirt to create shape at the waist.
  • A floaty or straight cut blouse tucked in to soften the hemline or highlight waist detailing on your pants/belt.
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Images: Getty.

Now, go forth into the world with your French tuck looking fabulous and chic.

Have you been doing the French tuck for ages? What's your favourite style tip right now? Tell us in the comments section below. 

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