Hang­ing on David Beck­ham’s shirt tails

What the tuck is Beck­ham play­ing at?

Esquire (UK) - - Contents - By Char­lie Teas­dale

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

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