Mastering The JCrew Half Tuck

Tips for mastering the famous JCrew half tuck! By mastering, I mean pulling it off! 

Classic Stripe Button Up Shirt // Mastering The JCrew Half Tuck // Late Summer Style // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

photos by andrea kinnear photography + design

c/o top // c/o jeans // scarf // c/o handbag {last seen here} // loafers // sunglasses // c/o earrings

Do you know the famous J.Crew half tuck I’m speaking of? Flip through any J.Crew magazine and you’re bound to see it as least five times. Online, I surprisingly only saw it a couple of times. BUT either way, it was there and it is their signature move {aka tuck}. I’m a huge fan of this half tuck. I love the laid back, preppy vibes it gives off. There’s also this major cool factor it exudes. Do you feel the same? Or not a fan? 

If you are a fan, there are a couple of tips I recommend when trying to make it happen! 

  1. Your button up needs to be relaxed. That’ll make it easier to tuck and also to wear. 
  2. Tuck in the side with the buttons sewn on. This looks more natural and doesn’t give you a weird bump that the other side often does. 
  3. Don’t tuck the whole side in. I only tucked about two-three inches wide of fabric. This way your shirt can hang down a bit on the side and again give you a more laid-back vibe. It’s also more flattering and less severe. 
  4. Similar to #3 don’t tuck your shirt in tight, give it a little pull so it hangs over the waist of your jeans a bit. 

Classic Stripe Button Up Shirt // Mastering The JCrew Half Tuck // Late Summer Style // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Classic Stripe Button Up Shirt // Mastering The JCrew Half Tuck // Late Summer Style // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Classic Stripe Button Up Shirt // Mastering The JCrew Half Tuck // Late Summer Style // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Classic Stripe Button Up Shirt // Mastering The JCrew Half Tuck // Late Summer Style // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Classic Stripe Button Up Shirt // Mastering The JCrew Half Tuck // Late Summer Style // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Classic Stripe Button Up Shirt // Mastering The JCrew Half Tuck // Late Summer Style // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Classic Stripe Button Up Shirt // Mastering The JCrew Half Tuck // Late Summer Style // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Classic Stripe Button Up Shirt // Mastering The JCrew Half Tuck // Late Summer Style // Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

c/o top // c/o jeans // scarf // c/o handbag {last seen here} // loafers // sunglasses // c/o earrings

To up my cool factor I decided to add my favorite silk scarf. {p.s. I hope y’all I’m totally playing around, I really don’t think I’m too cool haha}. I love how much a simple scarf can change an outfit. With the addition of this scarf, the look took a step up and is complete! 

I also, wanted to take a second to talk about my handbag. If you follow me via IG stories you spot this bag regularly. It is one of my absolute favorites! Between the white and shape I am madly in love. Not to mention the incredible leather. Neely & Chloe is a newer brand that is making a serious name for themselves! Their handbags are incredible, they make the chicest loafers, and the prettiest accessories. If you haven’t checked them out yet, I highly recommend it. Also, if you’re wondering what’s on my Neely & Chloe wish list: the lizard slide,  large suede clutch, and mini lady bag.

32 Comments

  1. August 24, 2017 / 7:42 am

    I am a *huge* fan of the J. Crew half tuck – it’s so fun but relaxed at the same time. However, I am awful at it, so I will definitely be using these tips (especially tucking the side with the buttons!!). Loving your outfit, too!

    Rachel / http://www.helloher.co

    • August 24, 2017 / 5:01 pm

      I am right there with you gal! I’ve been swooning over it for years and finally decided I needed to make the look happen for me haha. Hope you find the tips to be helpful!

      xo Laura Leigh

  2. Ashley Houston
    August 24, 2017 / 8:58 am

    I can never make this look like you did but I have been wanting to rock this look for so long. Super cute

    • August 24, 2017 / 5:04 pm

      Aw thank you so much Laura! Really appreciate that comment as it’s like a dream of mine to be a J.Crew model haha #goals

      xo Laura Leigh

  3. August 24, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    The J.Crew half tuck is serious #goals!! I love how you styled this adorable top with that neck scarf! It is so chic!

    Maggie @ Polished Closets

    • August 24, 2017 / 5:05 pm

      Thanks Maggie! I’m truly addicted to the scarf and try wearing it ever chance I get.

      xo Laura Leigh

  4. August 24, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    There’s definitely an art to achieving this style and you nailed it! Didn’t even think about tucking a certain side in would help it lay better, but you’re totally right!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    • August 24, 2017 / 5:06 pm

      Yay! So glad you think so! Thank you Morgan. Glad you found the tip to be helpful. I expect to see you rocking it soon!

      xo Laura Leigh

  5. August 24, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    Great tips for mastering the half tuck, I think I need to look for a looser fitted button down. Also love that you paired it with a neck scarf! Definitely too cool!

    • August 24, 2017 / 5:09 pm

      Thanks Nicole! Glad you found them to be beneficial. The neck scarf is my addiction. I can’t stop wearing it haha.

      xo Laura Leigh

  6. Nataly
    August 24, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    I am a huge fan of the “half tuck”! You mastered it perfectly!

  7. August 24, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    I am in love with the way you styled this outfit! I love that top and scarf together!

  8. Maggie
    August 25, 2017 / 11:23 am

    You wear it so well!

  9. August 25, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    I love how much thought goes into the ‘relaxed’ look of the half tuck haha. You’re rocking it like a pro but I’m not sure I’m cool enough. Maybe one day 😆

    • August 25, 2017 / 4:05 pm

      Haha right?! We all try so hard, to look like we didn’t try too hard haha. Thank you so much gal!

      xo Laura Leigh

  10. Ashley
    August 25, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    You are the cutest!! I love love love this outfit and the jcrew half tuck! Need to try this!

  11. August 27, 2017 / 6:45 am

    OK, I love this post. The half-tuck is tough to pull off, but you do it effortlessly!

  12. Stephanie
    August 28, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    I love the cool factor of the half-tuck, but I’ve never been able to pull it off! Maybe if I take your tips into consideration, I’ll be able to figure it out a bit better haha! I love this look!

    • August 30, 2017 / 2:26 pm

      Thank you girly! The bag has been a favorite. Neely & Chloe design some incredible bags!

      xo Laura Leigh

  13. September 5, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    YAS! You have mastered the half tuck and are looking too cool wearing it! I also need that scarf!! Love this look.

    • September 6, 2017 / 8:35 am

      Ah thanks Emily! Means a lot coming from a former J.Crew employee who rocks all of their looks perfectly.

      xo Laura Leigh

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