Design & Style

Staying Current

Tan France

Lesson time 11:32 min

Learn how to tend to your style, navigate trends, and make “mistakes.”

Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars

Topics include: Tend to Your Style Like a Garden • Avoid Falling Victim to Trends • Don’t Throw Money Away • Stay on Trend With a Little Crafty Know-How • Comebacks • Making “Mistakes” • Tan’s Favorite—and Least Favorite—Trends


[00:00:00.00] [MUSIC PLAYING] [00:00:07.26] - Style is definitely not one size fits all. It's something that you develop and that is something very personal and you you'll work on for years, decades. This is a lifelong process. And it should evolve, as you do. [00:00:24.87] [MUSIC PLAYING] [00:00:31.66] Style is an extension of you. It's a part of you. It's going to make you feel a certain way. Tend to it. Care for it. Make sure it's nurtured. And so that means checking in on it regularly. Yes, it may feel good, what you're wearing right now, but, you know, you've worn it for the last 17 years, and you really need to pick it up. Just don't be lazy. Try new things. If you know that you've hit a point in your life where you've become a little complacent, your style's stuck in a rut, buy something you wouldn't ordinarily buy and at least try it. [00:01:01.96] Continue to invest in yourself. And I'm not talking about a lot of money. I'm talking about investing the time to make sure that you still feel that same kind of newness, that same kind of excitement about what you're putting on your body every day. I see style as ever evolving for anyone, including myself. Even though I style for a living, that is constantly evolving. I never want it to become stale. [00:01:24.58] [MUSIC PLAYING] [00:01:31.31] What I wish somebody had taught me was that I didn't have to embrace every trend. When I was younger, especially at college and in my first couple of jobs, I thought, oh, I've got to keep up with the trends. I've got to seem like a cool kid. And now I look back thinking, what a plonker. You do not need to participate in trends in order to be stylish. However, trends are a really fun part of style. So incorporate one or two as you feel comfortable. Don't go crazy with it. Just play with it. See it as an extension of your current closet and of your current style. [00:02:04.05] When there's a new trend that comes out, I will at least experiment with many of them, even if I know there's no way I'm going to wear 16 of these, but I may find one. And so I will try it and mix it into my regular wardrobe, my capsule wardrobe, and find a way of incorporating it that makes it feel like me, that version of a trend that is very much me. That's why it's important to decide who you are beforehand. You stick to that rule of who do I want to be, what do I want to portray, and you won't go wrong. You won't fall victim to all of these trends. [00:02:33.54] [MUSIC PLAYING] [00:02:39.99] Trends are changing constantly. They actually change at a much faster rate these days than they did 15 years ago before we had social media and very easy access to the internet. Back in the day, a trend would last roughly around about six months, and you'd know we'd move on to something else quite soon after that. However, these days with fast fashion in particular, you can have a new trend every three or four weeks. As quickly as they can produce a new trend, you will have a new tr...

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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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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