Design & Style

Developing Your Personal Style

Tan France

Lesson time 15:24 min

Learn where to find inspiration, why style is more important than fashion, how to use mood boards, and how to dress for work.

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Topics include: Look to Those You Admire • Look to the Runway • Look to Everyday Life • Create a Mood Board • Take Risks • Don’t Check Your Style at the Office Door • Your Assignment


[00:00:00.00] [MUSIC PLAYING] [00:00:07.38] - Style this definitely not one size fits all. It's something that you develop and that is something very personal. I'm not going to teach you how to dress like me or Jonathan Van Ness or anybody else that you see in the public eye. I'm not going to teach you about the hottest trend. I'm not going to teach you about my favorite designer. I'm trying to teach you all how to embrace your style, not mine. A question I get so regularly is what if I don't have a style? What if I don't know how to find a style? I have the answer. [00:00:36.73] [MUSIC PLAYING] [00:00:43.28] How to find your own personal style-- start with a capsule wardrobe, which we've already shown you, and then build on top of that. So next step is decide who you want to be. If you have no idea of where you truly want to go with style, that's when you pull in your most basic resources, which is my family and friends. Who do I admire at home? Who do I admire at work? What are they wearing that makes me think, they look nice? And then start to use those as your reference point. You don't have to go for a certain genre. You don't have to go for a celebrity. Everybody, I'm positive, has somebody in their life that they look to and think they look nice. [00:01:27.98] Use your search engine to find the kind of look you're going for. If you are a man, key in man style. If you're a woman, key in woman style. If you're a non-binary, non-binary style. And there will be a plethora of options available to you. Start to click through those and see, could that be me? Does that feel like me? Would I like to feel like that person? [00:01:50.15] Second, if there is a celebrity or an influencer that you think they live a similar life to me if they lived a regular life outside the public eye-- they've got kids. They've got two kids. They're married. They do this on a weekend. They read those kind of books. What are they wearing? Who are they when they're not in the spotlight? What are they posting on their outfit of the day? Start to use that as your reference point when you're looking online. So decide, am I going for Sienna Miller or am I going for something more '50s housewife? Am I going for Brad Pitt or am I going for more ASAP Rocky? [00:02:31.95] There is a big difference between copying somebody and being inspired by somebody. Copying somebody is literally taking on somebody else's aesthetic. You're never going to feel like you if you're dressed as somebody else. It's just not possible for you to feel like the best version of you. So be inspired by that person instead. Think, would they wear this? Is it something they're actually wearing? Don't go for that. Is it a vibe or a mood that they've gone for that you can incorporate into your life? Go for that. Be inspired. Don't copy. [00:03:01.95] Back in the day when I was younger, I really didn't have a clue where I was going to start, and David Beckham was an icon. He was a major football star, ev...

About the Instructor

Beloved style icon and Queer Eye cohost Tan France has styled thousands of people on and off camera over the past 20 years. Now he’s sharing his comprehensive and transformational approach to developing your own personal style. Learn how to build a capsule wardrobe; select colors, shapes, and patterns that work for your body and your unique personality; and discover the confidence to look and feel your best, every day.

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Tan France

Queer Eye cohost Tan France breaks down the principles of great style, from building a capsule wardrobe to looking pulled together every day.

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