Getting the hang of the French tuck

Susan B. wears a denim jacket, fisherman sweater, jeans and leopard print oxfords. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

It’s just a date on the calendar, but…

Today, I’m looking ahead with cautious optimism. Yes, there are still some challenging times ahead. We may not have yet turned the corner, but at least we can see it from here.

So I wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year! 🎊 🎇 🍾 🥂

Wearing: earrings (c/o) | jacket (similar) | sweater | ring | rings | jeans (similar) | shoes

Detail: Susan B wears a Jenni Kayne fisherman sweater, and Dean Davidson earrings and a Charlotte Chesnais ring. Info at une femme d'un certain age.

Kicking off the New Year with some old and new favorites. I’ve had these jeans for 4? 5? years now, and hope to wear them for many more. The oval ring was from one of my Paris trips. The sweater and shoes were more recent purchases, and both hit that comfortable-but-polished target quite nicely.

Here’s a similar sweater that’s more budget-friendly.

At-home outfit with fisherman sweater and jeans. Details and how to do a French tuck at une femme d'un certain age.

(It may look sunny in these photos, but was actually chilly and breezy, hence the messy hair…)

Detail: Susan B. wears Cole Haan leopard print oxfords. Info at une femme d'un certain age.

How to do a French tuck

Some of my Instagram followers requested a video tutorial on how to do a French tuck (half tuck). I’ll admit, I resisted this for a long time, but after seeing others do it successfully (and lots of experimentation), I’ve come around.

A French tuck is a great styling tool to “wrangle” tops that are too long or oversized, and to create some definition. (I won’t say “create a waistline” because that’s just a bridge to far for me 😂 )

I’ll add a couple of tips to those I mentioned in the video below.

  • This works best (IME) with fabric that’s not too stiff or bulky, and that has some drape.
  • If you’re going to layer underneath a jacket or cardigan, stick with a softer, lighter fabric.
  • You can also do an asymmetrical tuck, more on one side than the other which creates a nice diagonal line.

Tuck-able tops

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  1. I know how you feel about cautious optimism! I too am looking around me to see what is different this morning.
    I would add to that that I plan to live intentionally this year, with awareness of what is and a plan for the future.
    Happy New Year!

  2. Happy New Year. Hoping that 2021 brings all of us some joy and happiness, and with any luck, a move back to “normal”.

  3. Happy New Year Susan! Thank you for your great posts! They’re fun, informative, and something I look forward to.

  4. Happy 2021 Susan! Thank you for all of the great inspiration and joy that you bring. That oval ring from Paris is everything, LOVE!

  5. My husband said something this morning which I think put my mind in a proper, positive frame of mind – that 2021 would be a year of transition. Happy New Year to all!

  6. Happpy New Year! I’ve never been a big fan of the New Year fuss either, but this year felt different. I spent part of yesterday considering the good things that had happened to us in 2020 (successful heart surgery for my husband, a physically distnace wedding for my daughter, and quite a few more), and we actually had a lovely New Year’s Eve celebrating via Zoom with our kids. It made me appreciative for the small silver linings that 2020 brought. I hope to be more observant and thankful for small silver linings as we go forward into 2021.

  7. Never have the words to Auld Lang Syne meant more and not taken for granted !
    And same for the saying “Have a Happy and Healthy New Year “
    Blessings to all for 2021 !

  8. Happy New Year, Susan! Bless you & 2021! I love this outfit on you! It looks so easy yet very polished! I love your blog! Thanks for hanging with us during this last year! xo

  9. Happy New Year, Susan. You always look great, but today’s post finds you looking absolutely radiant. Great outfit, charming video, and as always a thoughtful message.

  10. I love everything you wear. You know just what touch to add to kick it up a notch. The cream or beige top with the leopards and the red orange with giraffes were two of my favorites. It was the subtle look of the little animals. Not in your face like so many patterned tops. I love this sweater because it will never seem dated and with regular denim jeans, it looks perfect. You have the ability to add just the right shoe too. Happy New, with emphasis on the New, year. It’s like wiping the slate clean and writing in a new story.

  11. TUCK TUCK!!
    AT first I thought it was going to be a scarf TRICK!
    Do you follow MAI TAI for her HERMES SACRF TRICKS?I think you might enjoy her she is DANISH but lives in FRANCE!
    OVER 100K looks on REELS!!!!
    AT 80 she is GOBSMACKING ME!!

  12. French tucks look great if you are dainty and thin like you Susan. But if you have a little too much flesh around the waistband or muffin top (God help us), you can definitely forget this look.
    You always look great Susan, happy new year!