Outfit Thirteen | Thoughts on the shame tuck and T-shirts and Jeans


Let me tell you I have always, always, always wanted to be a Jeans and a T kind of girl. As a teenager growing up I listened to enough female singers lament about how they are just a jeans and T girl at heart to find myself longing to be a part of their gang!

The reality of this however is that I’m not entirely sure that I really suit this style. Of course I at first blamed my body shape; being an apple you always struggle with how your stomach donates a separate size to your legs. Got a waist band that isn’t hurting? Well then you have to have swathes of fabric on your legs and in my case on my none-existent hips. However if I downsize on the waist so my legs are happy? Hello muffin top! Which is never cute, especially with that whole none-existent hip issue you then lose your waist as well! Double whammy!

So luckily with time I have learnt to half tuck my less fitted T-shirts* which allows me to half rock the look. However while wearing it I always feel a little underdressed and incredibly young! Probably because I spent so much time as a teenager trying to get the look together that now I just associate Jeans and a T-shirt with being a teen. So one way to mix up a simple look like this? Accessories, always, always accessories.

This time it’s all about my new faux fur stole from Dorothy Perkins, I bought it last week and let me tell you it is already off of the site and nowhere to be seen in stores! That’s because it was a great price (£18! Hello, so cheap!) And what a great colour as well! I was hoping that they would have it in a forest green but alas you can’t have everything! Next week, I’m going to share my new clutch which I am totally in love with from Zara! With that however I think I might have to now put a halt to the faux fur buying! I loved this look when I wore it out last Saturday and I always feel like adding stripes, bright colours and boots really does make what should be a simple look, work for me.

What do you think about dressing up simple looks? And also what works for you on pieces that you don’t feel always suit perfectly?

*Why do I do the half tuck?

I think within the personal style blogging industry the ‘shame tuck’ is discussed a lot and often, negatively. Why I still use this despite the fact that many believe a full tuck or untucked looks better is because for my body shape this works in covering the bits I don’t like so much.

There are of course times where this isn’t needed or doesn’t work but the shame tuck acts like most techniques stylists etc use to show off your best bits and hide the bits you don’t like so much! I have great legs (even though if you pay enough attention you will notice my left, your right calf is quite a bit smaller than my right thanks to my injury). I also have good arms if I remember to use toning weights but then I am also busty and an apple shape so my weight is all centred in one place, my middle. In using the shame tuck I’m able to show my narrower areas while covering my wider ones which ultimately make me appear more balanced.

I also want to stress that I don’t just use this in photos but also in real life to make all my outfits look better. I also don’t use photoshop really ever on my posts, why? Well that’s a story for another time but I thought it would be interesting to point out.