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*Plus size!* How to tuck in a shirt & look flattering? 7 real tips + photo!

*Plus size!* How to tuck in a shirt & look flattering? 7 real tips + photo!

To tuck or not to tuck.

If you are a curvy girl, you will know the struggle is real!

We all know that when our shirt is tucked in, it can make our legs taller and look more put together.

However, sometimes we have to be real that sometimes tucking our shirt is not that flattering.

It shows all the unwanted details of our belly and muffin top, which doesn’t do me any favor.

So ladies, to tuck or not to tuck? Well, my answer is a BIG FAT YES!

We should for sure tuck our shirt in some situations but all we need to do is incorporate some little tips and tricks!

So ladies, here are 7 ways to tuck in a shirt as a plus-size lady, enjoy!


The truth is, we are all perfect imperfections.

You want to learn these outfit hacks ONLY if you feel like it but are not pressured by others. Remember, we never have the need to “fix” our bodies!

You don’t have to be pretty like HER, you can be pretty like YOU.

And believe it or not, there’s still NOT ENOUGH plus-size content around Pinterest and other places on the internet …at all.

So ladies, before reading the tips, please help pin the pin below & support plus-size ladies ♥!

1. Always opt for a thin shirt to tuck to minimize the bulk

First thing first, always choose a good quality thin shirt (not see-through) to tuck.

How to tuck in a shirt plus size female
Source: Penningtons

Avoid all the bulky or thick fabric tops like corduroy shirts or fisherman sweaters so you can tuck the shirt seamlessly without adding too much bulk.

In the meantime, always remember not to tuck the shirt that is way too long, it just makes your belly bigger than it is.

how to tuck a shirt plus size
Source: Pinterest

For me, I always tuck clothes that are made from cotton and silk chiffon.

My favorite top to tuck is a plain white shirt, it never adds additional bulk!

2. Always tuck your shirt with thick and structured materials

This tip is equally important (if not more) as finding the right thin shirt.

Trust me, there’s a HUGE difference between tucking it in structured high-waist denim jeans and tucking it in jeans jeggings.

With structured fabric like denim jeans, thick cotton, and tweed, it gives you enough support to hold its shape and smoothen all the bumps and bulk after you tuck your shirt.

That being said, avoid all the thin and stretchy materials like jeggings and stretch cotton pants as they will exaggerate the bulk instead of hiding it.

Above is the jegging – a blend of cotton and polyester.

Yes, it is way more stretchy and flexible than jeans, but guess what, it will look really bad when you tuck in a shirt.

I know it sounds silly but it takes me a while to realize the importance of the fabric!

Seriously, tucking the shirt just gets easier when I finally pay attention to the materials.

For me, I usually will tuck in skinny jeans, mom jeans, and any sort of high-waist structured dress.

3. Tuck it in high-waist pants or dresses

While it sounds obvious, in case you need a reminder, tuck it in high-waist pants!

The reason for us to tuck our shirts is to improve our body ratio and thus look taller and more put together.

Tuck it in the high waist can accentuate our waistline and make our legs appear to be longer!

So ladies, if you want to look more flattering, don’t tuck it in low-rise jeans.

how to tuck in shirt plus size
Source: Pinterest


4. Your belt is your best friend if you want to tuck in a thick top

If I really have to tuck in a thick top during winter, I will also add a belt to it.

How to tuck in a shirt plus size female
Source: Tanesha

As it’s unavoidably to look a bit baggy with a thick top, a belt can be a helpful tool to accentuate my waist and draw attention away from the bulk.

As a curvy girl, I just don’t think the thin belt is working on me.

how to tuck shirt plus size
Source: Stylecaster

Instead, I will choose the extra thick belt to show my silhouette, and most importantly, it’s wide enough to hide the bulk!

5. Style your tucked shirt with a corset belt to level up your styling game

Ever since I styled my tucked shirt with a corset belt, it’s been a real game changer!

Who said you can only style a corset belt with oversized clothing, it can for sure make your tuck shirt look more put together and chic.

shirt with corset belt plus size
Source: Bloglovin

With the hard and supportive structure of the corset belt, it can perfectly hide any bulk.

There are so many high-quality plus-size corset belts out there so I am sure you girls can find the right one!

I am truly surprised no one talks about tucking the shirt into a corset belt, this is definitely a no-fail and flattering way for the plus-size ladies!

corset belt tucked shirt oversized
Source: Pinterest

Or else, if you are feeling carefree, just rock the shirt and belt like this lady above!

This just screams effortlessly chic in the best possible way.

2023 Update:

These days, I’m obsessed with another kind of belt – a peplum belt!

Featuring the peplum design, it hides the midsection area in the most stylish way.

Or else, team your shirt with a peplum skirt!

peplum skirt with shirt tuck in
Source: SHEIN

Need I say more? This combo is such a confidence boost!

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6. Do the front tuck to hide the muffin top and butt area

Besides the typical full tuck, the front tuck is also a causal way to go!

Somedays when I don’t want to show my butt I will always go for the front tuck.

To do the front tuck, you can tuck the front portion of your shirt under the button of your pants, and let the sides fall over the waistband.

That way, you can still show your waistline without showing your muffin top!

Or else, do a half tuck!

plus size half tuck white shirt
Source: Seeroseg

Despite it looking so effortlessly chic, the vertical line makes your legs appear to be longer visually and distracts attention from the midsection area.

Try this style out – you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

This is so random… BUT

hey ladies, why not quickly do an affirmation and feel instantly better?

This new year, I’m trying not only to share fashion tips but come up with ways to instill body positivity in all women who are reading my articles – aka YOU!

Instead of just reading it, say it loud or murmur the quotes (if you are in public) to maximize the effect.

Ready? Here we go.

I love my body. She is my forever home and sanctuary.

Sassy isn’t a shape, it’s an attitude.

Work out because I love my body – not because I hate it.

I can love myself and change my body at the same time. No guilt about that.

It is completely normal to have tummy rolls. I come to realize that social media isn’t showing the reality… at all.

My happiest moments in life had nothing to do with the way my body looked.

I don’t have to be pretty like her, I can be pretty like …ME.

I AM perfect imperfection.

What are your thoughts on that? I hope that makes you feel better (as you deserved).

Please help me pass the body positivity message in your community. #womenhelpwomen

Alright, now keep on reading!

7. Layering your outfits

Last but not least, let’s not forget we can always layer our outfits!

How to tuck in a shirt plus size female
Source: Forever21

If you are worrying that tucking your shirt will show the love handle or belly, you always do some easy layering to hide it!

If you want a more casual look, a lightweight Chambray button-down shirt is a perfect choice.

To jazz up the look, adding a blazer is the no-fail way to go.

plus size layer up white shirt
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I used to wear baggy tops in the past, and tucking a shirt is not a comfortable thing for me to do.

So adding some layering is a perfect way for me to go through this transition.

Plus, with layering, it defines your waistline and makes you look smart and sharp in a causal way!


So ladies, here are the 7 tips on how to tuck in a shirt as a plus-size girl! Let’s have a quick checklist first.

  • Always opt for a thin shirt to tuck to minimize the bulk
  • Always tuck your shirt with thick and structured materials
  • Tuck it in high-waist pants or dresses
  • Your belt is your best friend if you want to tuck in a thick top
  • Style your tucked shirt with a corset belt to level up your styling game
  • Do the front tuck to hide the muffin top and butt area
  • Layering your outfits

For a long time, I don’t know if I have the right to tuck my right.

The misconception that fat ladies shouldn’t wear fitted clothes is so instilled in my mind that I don’t think I can look nice with a tucked shirt.

The reason for me to write these tips down is to tell all the curvy ladies out there:


It’s time to break all the limiting beliefs and get bold and creative with different styling and outfits!

If you are interested in plus-size fashion, you may enjoy the following read, see you there!

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