Each day most of us will go through a range of activities and motions like sitting, standing, bending, reaching, and getting in and out of the car.
Inevitably, our nicely tucked shirt is now disheveled, and we find ourselves doing the shirt retucking dance. Of course, this isn’t just a one-time thing – it reoccurs many times throughout the day.
Over the years I’ve been on the lookout for solutions that will help keep shirts tucked in, and I’ve compiled a list of them below. Before we dive in, however, let’s briefly review the questions I receive most often about how to keep your shirt tucked in.
What is a shirt tucker?
A shirt tucker can be one of two things, depending on how it’s used in a sentence. In one scenario, a shirt tucker is simply someone who prefers to tuck in their shirt. The alternate definition is a product that keeps shirts tucked.
What is the best shirt tucker product?
The most well-known and reasonably effective shirt tucker product type is shirt stays. However, there are many other shirt tucking products outlined in this article below that work as well as shirt stays.
13+ Hacks to Keep Your Shirts Tucked
1. Keep Your Shirt Tucked with Traditional Shirt Stays
Shirt Stays are probably the easiest to explain, as most people are familiar with them. They are also regularly used by officers in the military and armed forces.
How it works: One end attaches to the bottom of your shirt (front and back) via clasps and the other end is either looped to go around your foot, or equipped with clasps to attach to the top of your socks.
For more information, please see my Shirt Stays article that covers the best types of shirt stays and shirt garters.
Where to buy: Amazon
2. TCKYOU Shirt Stays Belt
This shirt stay belt is comfortable and easy to put on.
How it works: Just hook it up to the last button of your shirt (or skip if you’re wearing a casual top, like a polo) and wrap it around your waist. It’s easily adjustable to your waist size and is TSA-friendly.
Where to buy: TCKYOU website
PantsProp is a simple-to-use accessory designed to keep your pants up. Plus, it’ll keep your shirt tucked too!
How it Works: It attaches to the bottom of your shirt and creates a gripping point for the waistline of your pants.
Where to buy: pantsprop.com
4. Shirt Tuck Keeper / Lock & Ultimate Belt Shirt Stay
Think of this as a belt for the bottom of your shirt.
How it works: This device wraps around the bottom of your shirt, just below your waist, and when tightened, it essentially secures your shirt to your body.
5. Hidden Tailor / Rubber Belts
Rubber belts are similar to the Shirt Keeper, but these shirt holders are made of a rubberized material with tiny fingers/knobs which are designed to provide more grip.
How it works: Wear the belt underneath your pants and directly against your shirt to hold it in place.
This device is comprised of two small round magnets: one flat, and one in a half-sphere shape.
How it works:
- Place the flat piece on the inside of your shirt
- Place the half sphere/dome shaped piece on the outside of the shirt
- Ensure both parts clasp together
- Place one on each side of your body
Similar to the prototype undershirt below, the pants belt-line is raised above the two-piece assembly. When your belt is tightened, the Magnetuck stays in place under the belt-line.
Are they effective? This product has mixed reviews, so try it if you’re interested. These will not fully prevent your shirt from coming untucked, and some complain about the bulge it creates.
7. Strapless Suspenders
The easiest way to describe strapless suspenders is to envision four elastic flat loops that slide onto your belt, equally dispersed around your waist.
How it works: A rubberized coating situated on the end part that you tuck into your pants provides the shirt-tuck gripping.
Are they effective? Amazon reviews are mixed, with a below-average rating of 2.8 stars. Personally speaking, I wouldn’t want to have the visible elastic loops on my belt.
Where to buy: Amazon
8. Tuck Your Shirt Into Your Underwear
Let’s not forget that you can also tuck your undershirts or shirt into your underwear if you’re so inclined. More about that topic here.
9. Shirt Tails
This product is also magnetic in nature, but it comes in a set of four and there is a rubber coating on one side of each of the four sets.
How it works: It attaches to the shirt similar to Magnetuck, where one magnet is on the inside of the shirt and the matching one is on the outside. The difference here is that Shirt Tails uses two in the front of the shirt and two in the back.
Are they effective? Ratings are pretty bad on this item, and I can understand why. These just don’t seem like they’d be that effective based on where you place the magnets.
Where to buy: Amazon
10. Men’s Shirt Stays Underwear
Men’s Shirt Stays Underwear is essentially a boxer brief integrated with gripping components that are designed to keep your shirt tucked. They are a more efficient alternative to traditional shirt stays since the mechanism is part of the underwear.
How it works: There are silicone dots on the inner side of the waistband, and a security button hole to secure your shirt to. There are no clips and no elastic bands around your thighs or feet. Getting dressed requires no extra effort or accessories.
Just put on your underwear like you normally would, fasten one button, and off you go.
Tukz is another brand of underwear made with gripping components built-in. They have options for both men and women.
How it works: Shirt stays or clasps are integrated into the design of the underwear.
Are they effective? I’m a bit skeptical about this product because if you pull on your shirt, it seems like you’d pull up the legs of your underwear. Also, it’s hard to tell if this company is still operating & actively selling this product.
12. Boxstays Underwear Shirt Stays
Boxstays are conceptually similar to Tukz because, again, the technology is integrated into the underwear.
How it works: Boxstays Underwear Shirt Stays utilize auto-adjusting clips that attach to two places on a reinforced thigh band.
Learn more: Boxstay Underwear Shirt Stays
13. Style Stays Gripping Dots
Think of glue dots for your clothing.
While the website shows a couple of product usage examples such as keeping your collars and tie in place, I would assume these could also be used to help keep your shirt tucked.
How it works: Try applying one of these anchors to the inside of your waistline and voila, a greatly improved shirt tuckability.
Where to buy: Amazon
BONUS IDEA: Prototype Undershirt To Keep Pants Up (& Shirt Tucked)
A while back, an inventor contacted me to share news of his invention that kept his undershirt tucked, and pants up.
How it works: A couple of inches from the bottom of the undershirt, there is a channel that wraps around the perimeter of the shirt. Within that channel is a soft tubular rod, possibly made of foam.
To use, raise the pants belt line slightly above the channel. The raised channel stays in place under the belt-line, as you tighten your belt.
Do You Know How & Why To Tuck In Your Shirt?
If you’re in search of more information about how and when to tuck in your shirt, my buddy Antonio over at Real Men Real Style wrote an amazing article on the Art of Manliness about the topic.
How Do You Keep Your Shirt Tucked?
Do you have a special way to keep your shirt tucked?
Do you know any other products designed to keep your shirts tucked?
If so, tell me about them in the comments section below.