Design & Style

The Right Fit

Tan France

Lesson time 12:16 min

Tan helps you understand proportions, tailoring, and how to achieve flattering cuts in pants and shirts.

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

Topics include: Know and Dress for Your Proportions • Give Yourself the Most Flattering Look • Do Your Legs a Favor • Do Your Torso a Favor, Too • If You Break the Rules, Break This One • Tailor Your Way to Perfection


[00:00:00.00] [MUSIC PLAYING] [00:00:07.22] - I cannot stress enough the importance of fit so that is something I'm going to focus on with you now. I want to show you how to get the basics down, which is how to dress your body to elongate your body and to balance out your proportions. Balancing out your proportions means balancing your top and your bottom to highlight exactly as it truly is. [00:00:33.86] The rules around fit and proportion are universal. It doesn't matter what age you are, what gender you identify as. They are universal. It doesn't matter if you are a size two, four, six, 16, or 26. As long as you are balancing out your proportions, you are going to flatter your body in the very best way. [00:00:53.22] The most common thing I hear when people are looking to dress a certain way is that they are struggling to find clothes that fit them because they have a long torso. That is actually not a thing. What you're doing is you're currently shopping for the wrong length of shirt. You're currently shopping for the wrong length of pant. You don't have a problematic body type. You just need to learn how to dress for it. [00:01:25.14] I want to talk you through fit of trousers, fit of jeans. Whatever you're wearing at the bottom, I want to fit you perfectly. That is the foundation of great style, proportion, knowing your proportion. That's where we're going to start. [00:01:39.55] I know comfort is paramount for most people, but there is a way of achieving confer and style. However, this style of jean is not it. It's the least flattering of all jean styles. A wider leg is not going to look as flattering as a more narrow leg. It is going to make you look shorter than you are. Our model here I'm assuming is six feet tall or above. [00:02:02.61] However, this actually creates an illusion that he's much shorter because it's not making the most of his proportions. So a wider leg like this is just not going to do you any favors. You want to avoid that. As you can see, this fit of jean is a lot more flattering. It's simply a slim cut jean. It highlights his legs way better than the wider pair of jeans. It's a lot more flattering for his frame. [00:02:30.45] I'm going to show you a side by side so you can see very clearly what this wider jean does to your body and then what a more tapered jean does to your body. This is a wider leg pant on somebody a five-three. If you are on the shorter side, you don't have the real estate to be able to facilitate a much wider pant. [00:02:53.73] I'm going to show you what happens when we put her into a much skinnier pant. This balances out your proportions. You now look like your proportions are even. Your legs look longer. Your torso looks the correct length. This is the most flattering silhouette for you. Again, you do not have to go for a super skinny. You can go for a tapered. You can go for a slim, just not a wide leg. [00:03:14.73] Many would say that a taller person can get away with a wider cut pa...

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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