For the imperfect Fashion lover.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

To Tuck or Not to Tuck... That is the Question.

Kettlewell Yellow Jumper, Navy Velvet trousers, Embroidered Shoes | Fake Fabulous

Tucking in, there are so many ways to do it.
Check out this magazine article, and prepare to be as confused as me!

If you are small waisted and/or curvy, tucking in will probably be your friend and accentuate your fabulous figure.
BUT, if you are more of an apple shape (or an ironing board) you may feel that tucking tops in makes you look lumpy.
Tucked-in tops (especially in thicker fabrics) can add bulk, and the bump-factor.
No one wants to look like a folded up duvet!

Kettlewell Yellow Jumper, Navy Velvet trousers, Embroidered Shoes | Fake Fabulous

If full tucking leaves you cold why not go for a half tuck, or a semi-tuck?
A half tuck works well with shirts, but can look a bit accidental and messy.
A semi-tuck (or a mullet tuck) is the easiest one to do.
Up at the front and down at the back.
A nice curve of fabric that creates a lovely line.

Tucking in tops can lengthen your legs, and hide a belly.
Hiding a belly?
That seems counter-intuitive doesn't it?
Surely pulling a top (or jumper ) down will lengthen the body and hide a bit of a paunch much better...right?
Well... not really.

Stretching a top over your tum highlights it rather than hiding it.
The simple art of tucking distracts the eye by creating a pleasing curve that draws attention away from the offending area.
Up and over!

Kettlewell Navy Velvet trousers, Embroidered Shoes | Fake Fabulous

Today's outfit started out untucked, and ended up semi-tucked.
{I had to road test my theory after all!}

The whole tucked/untucked look began with these fabulous shoes, which were kindly gifted to me by Kettlewell.
This company really appeals to my love of colour as they sell great basics in seasonal shades.

I often find myself loving the style of certain items in high street stores, but then the colours can often let me down.
Many 'collections' focus on a specific colour palette for that season, and these can sometimes leave me cold.
With Kettlewell, if you know your seasonal palette then you can find colours you love all year round... and even play around with some fun colour clashes!

{If you don't know your palette they they have a handy quiz to help you find out.}

Kettlewell Yellow Jumper, Navy Velvet trousers, Embroidered Shoes | Fake Fabulous

Today I'm wearing a simple, subtle and understated outfit....
Well, as understated as a bright yellow jumper can be!

This jumper was calling out for my trusty navy velvet trousers.
Golden-yellow and navy is a match made in heaven, and this combo went perfectly with the pretty embroidered slippers.

Kettlewell Yellow Jumper & Tassel Necklace | Fake Fabulous

I was also sent this tassel necklace and, although it is a pretty (and popular) item I felt a little uninspired with it hanging in it's usual way.
An easy way to mix it up a little was to double it over, and add a brooch.
Just a little bit different, and a great way to ring the changes.

A simple navy grab bag, and red lipstick, finished this look off perfectly.

Yellow Jumper, Navy Velvet trousers & Bag, Embroidered Shoes | Fake Fabulous

Over to you...
Do you tuck or are you tuck-shy?
Would you rock a full tuck?
A half tuck?
A mullet tuck?

Tucking confused?
Hahahaha....Me too! 😝

JUMPER, NECKLACE & SHOES: c/o Kettlewell
TROUSERS: Boden (old)... similar.
BAG: c/o Lotus
LIPS BROOCH: H&M... similar.


  1. Love the red lips with the way you styled the necklace, genius.
    Lisa x

    1. Thank you Lisa.
      I felt like it was looking too 'samey' hanging long.... especially with such a simple outfit.
      It's good fun to experiment.

  2. This is such a pretty color palette and striking on you! Always love your style.


    1. Thank you so much Carrie.
      I love this golden yellow colour :o)

  3. Fabulous shoes! I favor a tucked look for sweaters and tees as I think that it adds a little interest and can fix a "too long" problem. The one tucking style I don't like is the half in/half out that's done with a front button shirt.


    1. I agree Rena... the half tuck can look half dressed, or that the person has slept in they're clothes!
      I suppose it depends on the wearer, doesn't it?

  4. Love that yellow with the blue, Sam. I'm mostly an untucked girl. Short waist and long skinny legs makes me look like a ball on sticks if I tuck things in. The exception being full skirts.

    1. too Susan!
      I often feel like a potato with two pencils stuck in the bottom. :oP

  5. Love these mix of colors Sam. I only tuck shirts in if they are a thin material . Cool idea for the necklace, ive added a brooch to strand of pearls and i love the sparkly lip brooch here. I am on the hunt for a pair of jacquard booties.. those shoes are fab!
    have a great day!
    jess xx

    1. Me too Jess.
      The jacquard boots look great online but are often cheap looking in real life.
      Let me know if you find a great pair.

  6. I love the way you've styled the necklace with your lips brooch! It looks great with your red lipstick! I actually just bought a red lips necklace the other day! Your brooch is better tho!;) Love your shoes too! XXX

    1. Oooooo a red lips necklace.
      Please share that, I'd love to see it!

  7. Ahhh those shoes <3

    I love tucking tricks! I confess to standing in front of a mirror countless times trying to decide if a particular top looks good tucked in or not, and if yes, tucked in how?

    But usually it's not the top that helps me decide whether to tuck in or not, it's actually what pants or skirt I'm wearing. But I'm sure everyone has their own little trick!

    1. True Liyana, very true!
      I sometimes think the mirror lies to me and the only way to tell if the tuck is/isn't working is to look at a photo.

  8. I'm with Liyana on this one. I'm very much inspired by whether I'm wearing a skirt or pants. If I'm wearing pants it has a lot to do with the silhouette of the pants.
    Cheryl, of Northwest Mountainm Living blog taught me a neat trick by running one lower end of your top through a front, side belt loop on your jeans. It's a great look!
    Once again Samantha your bright colors just bring a smile to my face.. The blue and golden yellow is joyful to the max!!! I also love your creative necklace idea!!

    1. That's a fab trick Judy!
      Thank you for sharing, I'm going to give it a go.

  9. This is one super look, I love all these colours together and wow those shoes. x Jacqui

  10. You'd think tucked in would emphasise a tummy but it's often the other way round. Top over the offending bump can look so much worse and as you say just add bulk. It's the shape of your hips that dictate whether you have a tummy or not! Fab colors as always Sam. Pamela x

    1. Thank you so much Pamela, you know all the tricks of the trade!
      I had a sneaking suspicion you might like this colour combination :oP

  11. what a lovely bright yellow jumper, and it looks so cool with your velvet pants, the rich texture adds depth and interest!. So cute accessories too!
    Tucking is not my cup of tea, as my short torso looks even shorter if I tuck in my tops. However, I prefer a tucked look when wearing skirts. I've not any advice to share on this!!

    1. Hahahaha...thank you Monica. I appreciate your comment and your opinion on the matter!
      I have a short torso too but sometimes like the look of even longer legs. We can have fun playing with proportions, can't we? :o) XXX

  12. Hi, Samantha!
    I often feel that tucking in creates a tummy with the spandex-y material and the fly sticking out on most jeans/pants nowadays. But when I try a half tuck or messy tuck, I have a hard time arranging it to look right. So I often give up and leave tops out. Lessons are in order, I guess! Time for YouTube, I guess...
    Thanks for discussing this issue!


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