Are You Tszujing?


Have you ever seen a photo shoot or ad for a brand you love, yet when you buy the pieces they just don’t look the same? Chances are there is one major thing that the stylist who worked on that campaign is doing that you aren’t, that is elevating their look to the next level.

They are tszujing.

I know... The spelling on this word is truly alarming. In fact, the spelling is so perplexing I feel like I need to come up with a new word for it. Ultimately, this word is so fancy that whether you can pronounce it or not, you HAVE to try it.

Tszujing is the art of rolling your shirtsleeves, folding your cuff, flipping your collar, and tucking in your shirt in just the right places. It’s about taking a minute after you get dressed to take your look to the next level.

Think about anyone you’ve ever seen who you consider “put together”. Chances are they aren’t leaving their house without tszujing at any given time.

Here are a few more examples of tszujing at it’s finest. Any J Crew Ad. Tan France’s half tuck (Queer Eye anyone?!), spending more than 10 minutes on your hair getting it “just right” and meticulous layering.

So WHY is tszujing so important? Well a few reasons, and I’m here to break them down for you.

  1. It helps with proportions. So often our bodies don’t fit a piece of clothing exactly right. Maybe a shirt is a bit too long on you, but by half tucking your shirt into your jeans you are changing the proportions making the shirt not swallow you whole.

  2. It adds a little something special. Ever feel like your outfit is just missing something? It’s tszujing. Every. Single. Time.

  3. It’s a major confidence booster. Go ahead, flip the collar of your shirt and tell me you don’t feel a little bit cooler. Now try rolling up your sleeves or pushing them up to have a more casual, relaxed look. By rolling instead of pushing it will look a bit more intentional.

And THAT is the true power of tszujing. It truly is the game changing last minute step that elevates your look. If you are currently thinking that this sounds great but you don’t have the time, I’m gonna go out on a limb here and remind you that you should always have 1 minute of your morning to make sure your outfit is making you feel your best. I just know it.

I can’t wait to hear if you are someone who practices the art of tszujing! What’s your favorite way to complete a look? Let me know in the comments!

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