Design & Style

The Rules of Great Style

Tan France

Lesson time 14:45 min

Tan reveals the simple but critical rules for great style, including why style is for everyone, why you should know your proportions, and when to let go of the rules.

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Topics include: Invest in Your Image • Know the Basic Rules • Rule #1: Understand Proportions • Rule #2: Know Yourself • Let Go of Archaic Rules • Let Go of Limiting Beliefs • Let Go of Dressing Your Age • Keep It Classic • Never Do These Things


[00:00:00.00] [MUSIC PLAYING] [00:00:07.16] - I meet people pretty much every day who say style isn't for me. That's for other people. That couldn't be more wrong. Style is for literally every person. If you are not a nudist, style is you. [00:00:21.92] A common misconception is that straight men, you out there are worried that if you look too stylish, people are gonna think you're gay. First of all, that would be quite the compliment. Second of all, that's not a concern. Nobody's gonna think that. They will just think that you're a stylish man. Clothes don't make you gay. [00:00:41.40] For most people who look at a fashion magazine or use Instagram and see bloggers or models or entertainers, they think, well, that's their world. That makes sense because they they're in entertainment for a living or they're in the public eye for a living. You are still in your version of the public eye. People are seeing you. Unless you don't leave your house for a few years at a time, you have your own public image to protect whether it be with your family, your friends, your colleagues. So your style does matter. [00:01:13.03] I wasn't in entertainment up until two and a half years ago, but style was still important to me, and it helped mold my life. There is a way to incorporate style no matter whether you have an entertainer's budget or an average, regular person budget. I did it on a shoestring budget for about 17 years. [00:01:37.72] To anyone who thinks, well, it doesn't matter, clothes are just clothes, style is superficial, actually, it has had a massive impact on my life and everybody who I work with. And now I live the life that I only thought was a fantasy as a child. And it's because of clothes. And for many people, that may sound so shallow. But when you really do start to invest in your image and how you style yourself, it can really mold your whole life. [00:02:05.38] I've always seen my wardrobe as being the vehicle to achieving what I want to achieve in my life. If I want to be taken seriously, I will dress a certain way whether that be at work, in the dating world. I want to make sure that people see me first and foremost as somebody they should respect. And by making an effort with your style, by making conscious choices, you are saying I'm worthy and deserve your respect. [00:02:28.51] We all live incredibly busy lives. And it probably feels like your wardrobe is the last thing you should be focusing on because you've got bills to pay, you've got a job to do. The way you are presenting yourself to the world will help facilitate all those other things that are going on. If you're wanting to improve your social life, date somebody, get that promotion, your wardrobe will help facilitate that. [00:02:58.02] There are certain people who say that there are no style rules. I disagree respectfully. Yes, I know that fashion is play, style is play. It should be fun. However, there are some basics that really help mold great style. And those thi...

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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