Blouses, silk, cotton, linen or whatever fabric, are the best garments to achieve that effortlessly chic French style. The best ones, (off-)white silk, can be thrown on any skirt or pants and immediately give a certain ‘chicness’ to an outfit that cannot be attained by any t-shirt how hard you try.
And what is more effortless than the tucked in blouse statement? It says chic as in ‘I’m still wearing a silk blouse, you know’ and nonchalant as in ‘oh this thing? Yeah I just tucked it in my jeans and put my hand in my pocket like it’s nothing’. Catch our drift?
But here’s the clue, there’s a system of this tucking in-technique. You may not know this, and you are not to blame, but effortless in fashion, honestly, is never as effortless as it looks. Are you going for the semi- or full tucked in look? How much blouse billowing ís permitted? Well, here’s how:
Step 1 Unbutton your pants or skirt for the easiest access to your waistline. If you have a little extra space between your mid-section and the waist of your clothes, you can tuck the shirt in without worrying about unbuttoning anything.
Step 2 Tuck the part of your shirt with the horizontal buttons down first. Keep the buttons straight or you will have a haphazard and crooked look.
Step 3 Tuck the sides and the back of the shirt into place after you secure the part of the shirt with buttons in place. Straighten the shirt if it skewed while you tucked in the sides and the back.
Step 4 Smooth out the shirt to avoid any billowing. If the shirt billows, it may cause you to have a strange and bulky look that is not flattering.
Usefull? Total wa(i)ste of time? Maybe, but it never hurts being educated, effortlessly educated that is!
By Suzanne Stal