Hanging on David Beckham’s shirt tails
What the tuck is Beckham playing at?
When the crown prince of menswear speaks, the villagers must listen. The saying goes that “three’s a trend”, but if David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE is caught wearing the same thing just a couple of times, it becomes a global retail event. He is the über-influencer. In the past, thanks to DB, the UK has suffered extensive droughts in ripped denim and Adidas Superstars, while who can forget the great baker boy hat famine of 2014?
So creative is Beckham that he has recently unveiled the “third way”, a method of wearing one’s shirt tucked both in and out. He has created Schrödinger’s shirt, and it’s a gift unseen in recent times. Becks has been cooking it up for a while (our research shows him half-tucking as far back as 2006) but he seems to have doubled-down recently and that means you have to as well.
Doing something so clearly contrived is tricky, but Becks pulls it off, and you can too. Maybe it’s best constructed with eyes shut, allowing an element of chaos. Or perhaps you should get someone else to half-tuck it in for you (not a co-worker; that way lawsuits lie). A good idea would be to try the half-tuck beneath some light knitwear first, but if you do stick a jumper on top make sure it’s a V-neck and the shirt collar is skewwhiff as well.
Going into summer, one thing to note is that Gucci’s Alessandro Michele has been half-tucking his T-shirts. Bear it in mind for the warmer days, but wait for Golden Balls’ green light, obviously.
Becks playing for the shirt at Kent & Curwen’s flagship store, Covent Garden, London, 2017
Oscar Isaac goes halves for his Esquire cover shoot, December 2017
The half-tuck on parade at the Louis Vuitton x Supreme AW ’17 collection show