A brief History of keeping your shirt tucked in.

Back in 2010/11 when the idea of making Shirt Stays came to life, I wanted to find out more about Shirt Stays and how long they have been around. (Picture of me from 2011)

When digging deeper I found out that a beloved child have many and often interesting names as well as solutions. 

People as far back as 19th century had trouble with their shirts riding up and were looking for solutions for this problem. 

Improvement in Shirts. Shirt tucking.

A timeline

Whilst doing my research, it seems that the first solutions came on the shape of or attachments to the shirts themselves.

In 1872, J.A. Peters filed for a patent on the Improvements in Shirts. (US130657A). Pictured above.

“Consists in a device for keeping the bosom smooth and taking up the slack cloth around the waist, and in the use of the patterns shown, as hereinafter more fully described.”

Here is an idea to keep the fabric around the torso taught to make sure the shirt will always keep smooth and look tidy. An idea I fully support but not 100% about the execution. You need tension my good man!

20 years later, in 1892, G.H. Brown came up with an updated version of it's predecessor, this item is simply called Shirt. From what I can see, the front of the shirt was cut in such a way it made so that it would tuck in underneath the groin of the wearer leaving the shirt looking perfect. I have never been a fan of these solutions. Wouldn't you give yourself a wedgie every time you raise your arms? 🤔

Shirt. Shirt tuck.

In GB in 1897, Philip O’Neil wanted to join the party, and now we are starting to see products that attach to the shirt. From what I can gather, Mr. O’Neil, came up with an accessory that was made up by a piece of adjustable material with clips on either end. One end attaches to a shirt stud and the other to the trouser or pants.

As much as I love the idea of Mr. O’Neil’s A new or improved shirt-front adjuster, they still had a bit to go for the perfect tuck. (Unfortunately, there are no images for this invention).


  1. And James Columbus Kimsey invents the Combined Shirt Supporter and Waist holder. (Belt)

This invention was aimed for women for holding the shirtwaist down at the back.

It was adjustable which was great, but even to this day I’m not a fan the belt idea as the shirt will still ride up during the day, it will just take a bit longer. Then re-tucking your shirt will be more annoying as you have to remove or at least loosen the belt that is supposed to keep the shirt in place.

I’m sorry James, but that’s not quite my cup of tea.

Shirt Belt. Shirt Tucking.


1908 and now we’re talking. Frederick C Ferrell knows what’s up. (US949728A)

This “supporter” is more like the Shirt Stays we would use today.

Attached between the sock and the shirt it should do the job. My only problem is that this version only could clip on to the sides of the shirt, not preventing the front or back from riding up.

 Shirt Stays. Shirt Tuck. Shirt Garter. Shirt Supporter.


1913 (US1152929A) and Lee E. Berebaum has an idea for what seems to be sock garters, but in his patent drawing there is also something resembling Shirt Stays. Main problem, it looks like it’s attached to the underwear. Wouldn’t that pull your underwear down? Mate, attach them to the shirt instead! That’s the better option.

Did you think wearing a belt underneath your trousers to keep your shirt in place is a new idea?

Garment supporter. Shirt Stays. Shirt Supporter.

Think again. In 1919 Samuel F, Swantees came up with idea US1380605A.

I have the same problem with this version as I have with the modern ones.

The shirt will ride up, it will just take a bit longer, and once it’s up it will be a right faff having to take everything off to re-tuck.

Nope, belts for me are to keep my jeans in place. (And that’s not even working most off the time.)

 Belt. Lock Garment. Shirt Stays.


1921 and Anthony S Anderson has made what looks like an improvement to the 1908 Version.

Hose supporter. Shirt Stays. Shirt Tuck.

Not much to say really other then people seemed to copy each other back in the day just like we do now. ;)

I do love the illustration of this one though. The man in the chair is looking very relaxed. A bit like myself, when I wear my Shirt Stay. Still, These would only tuck in the sides so the front and back would still be able to have a party. 


To be continued...