Queer Eye has brought a lot of joy into the lives of its fans. The Fab Five are all about helping people live better lives in all aspects from style to self-care to home decorating. Most fans wish they would get the chance to have their lives made over by these five men, but the truth is that the advice and tips given on the show can be applied to your own life. Tan France is the resident personal stylist, and he has given a variety of style tips and tricks over the three seasons of the show.
We’ve collected a list of 10 of the biggest style tips Tan France has given on the show and beyond. If you are looking to do your own style makeover, these tips from the incomparable Tan can help you along the way.
10 DON’T FORGET TO BE YOURSELF
One of the best things about the Queer Eye makeovers is that they try and tailor everything to fit the individual people that they are helping. The Fab Five realize that different people have unique needs when it comes to fashion and everything else.
Tan often works with each person to figure out their own unique style and vibe and help dress them according to that. He knows that style is all about being an individual. So, while he might have some overall tips most people can follow, he wants people to embrace who they are as that’s how they will feel their best.
9 YOU CAN BUCK GENDERED CLOTHING IF YOU WANT
The show is also fabulous because it opens up the idea of what beauty means for people of all genders. Some of the episodes of the show have featured people who don’t always dress along a strict gender binary. Tan and others on the show, especially Jonathan, encourage people to dress to show who they are, not dress to fit some gender binary or rules. In season three, the Fab Five especially encourage people to buck gender in clothing and feel free to dress more masculine one day and more feminine the next.
8 KEEP STAPLES IN YOUR WARDROBE
While finding your own personal style is important, there are also some staples that most people should keep in their wardrobe. By having staples, you can add in statement pieces and individual accessories to make their style their own. In an interview, Tan France gave his suggestions of the staples that people should keep in their closet. He said most people should have a suit, leather jacket, slim jeans, a cashmere sweater, and a go-to pair of shoes.
7 SHOP AT PLACES YOU CAN AFFORD
One downside of many other makeover shows in the past, is that they always have people shop at high-end stores that are very expensive using the show’s budget. While this can be fun to watch, it’s not reasonable that most people will be able to shop at these stores in the future. Tan France takes a very different approach. He takes each person on the show to stores that they can afford and that are accessible to them based on where they live. In one episode, he goes to Target and in another H & M. This is also inspiring for fans to realize that they can dress well without spending a lot of money.
6 A GOOD JACKET IS A MUST
One thing many fans notice while watching the show when it comes to fashion is the importance of a great jacket. Tan will often put stunning leather jackets on people to polish off their look.
Also, Tan isn’t the only person on the show to represent wearing a great jacket as Karamo is known for wearing the most fabulous bomber jackets around. Tan France shows that using staples like a good jacket can pull an outfit together and make you feel gorgeous.
5 GET CLOTHES TAILORED IF YOU CAN
Another point that Tan makes many times throughout the show is the importance of getting clothes tailored.
While you might not get every piece of clothing you own tailored, certain main pieces in your closet should fit you perfectly. If you have a hard time finding clothing that fits your body precisely, it can be worth spending a little money to get a few of these articles fitted to you.
4 A BOLD PRINTED SHIRT GOES A LONG WAY
One of the main things Tan is known for in his own personal style, besides that immaculate hair, is wearing a bold printed shirt. He is especially fond of slightly flowy short-sleeve button-ups that have a floral or plant pattern on them. This look definitely inspired many fans to follow suit. Of course, this might not be everyone’s personal style, but Tan shows that playing with bold prints can make a statement and be a lot of fun.
3 REMEMBER TO ACCESSORIZE
While main pieces such as great jeans and a go-to jacket are essential, accessorizing the outfit will really polish it and make it your own.
Tan is shown a few times throughout the series wearing some great hats. Accessories such as hats, jewelry, and scarves can make your outfit pop and show off your personality.
2 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SHOP BRANDS TO LOOK GREAT
Just as Tan will take people to more affordable stores, he’s also not someone who pushes brands on people. While Tan himself definitely has his favorite brands, he doesn’t tell people they need to wear brand names to look great. He focuses more on the articles of clothing themselves and how they look on people than making sure they always wear particular brands. This is also a great tip for fans to remember because trying to only wear popular brands can definitely be hard on the bank account.
1 THE FRENCH TUCK!
Number one on this list has to be the French tuck because it’s the thing Tan France is best known for. He is always talking about the French tuck when giving people style makeovers, and it’s something he does himself many times. The French tuck is a great way to make an outfit look more put together without looking odd. Tan definitely brought the French tuck into mainstream fashion.